Milby on Music: End of the road for X Factor boy band

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DARREN MILBY writes...It was a bit of a joke for a while that reality show winners had a very little success in the music industry, yet the runners up went on to do really well.

Pop acts like Liberty X, Olly Murs and One Direction are great examples.

JLS never won the X Factor yet in five short years they have managed four number one singles and sold millions of records.

The band, who had hits with ‘Beat Again’, ‘She Makes Me Wanna’, ‘One Shot’ and ‘Everybody in Love’, have decided to call it a day and are saying goodbye to their fans in a farewell tour.

It’s probably a good idea to quit while you are ahead.

I was lucky enough to have one of the last ever radio interviews with the guys.

I had to ask them why they have decided to throw in the towel when they are one of the UK’s most successful boy bands.

Marvin told me: “It wasn’t an easy decision to call it a day.

“It’s something we thought about for a long time. We’ve had an incredible seven years it’s been absolutely amazing.

“We are still best friends ultimately and we want it to remain that way.

“We like it’s time to bow out on top and we are finishing our career at the O2 Arena which is quite an achievement. Not many people can say they have done that.”

I was keen to know what plans they had next.

It must be difficult when a successful group break up forging a career on your own.

The guys seem genuinely excited about the next step in their lives.

Aston told me he is working on a new solo album but he is the only one working on music.

Marvin has signed up to present the next series of The Voice on BBC1.

JB owns his own farm and his future lies in pig muck and wellies whereas Oritse is working on several business ventures.

Pop groups have a habit of reforming.

They love to relive the glory years with the fame, the money, the adoration.

I posed the question will JLS 40 years from now struggle onto the stage with their Zimmer frames for assistance, the lights beaming off their shiny bald heads to sing ‘The Club is Alive.’

JB said: “No way! I’ll be a pensioner in 40 years!”

And Oritse had the final word.

“I don’t want to give people false hope. As far as we are concerned this is it.

“This tour is the last time people will get to see us.”