Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Union J chat to This Morning. (© Ken McKay)
George, Josh, Jamie and JJ made it through to Judges' Houses during last year's X Factor series simply because current finalists Rough Copy had visa issues and had to withdraw from the competition.
Initially a three-piece, George was added to the line-up before their Judges' Houses audition and the boys have continued to build on their success since coming fourth during last year's show.
"To think about how much we have done in a year is ridiculous," George told Phillip and Holly.
The band had huge chart success with their debut single 'Carry You' and are about to release the follow up record 'Beautiful Life'.
"This song was the first song we had before X Factor," explained Jamie. "When George came along, we played him the song and said this is the kind of music we want to do.
"Our fans come in all shapes and sizes, colours and sexualities, and the message on the song is very much what we stand for, it doesn't matter what you look like or who you are."
"And everyone can relate to it as well," added Josh.
The boys credited the X Factor for helping them find the sound they wanted to bring to the music industry and say the programme also helped them become a better band.
"It just kind of happened naturally," said George.
"Throughout the (X Factor) you choose the songs that you like singing as a group, and that is the amazing thing about the show, so by the time you finish it you know what kind of sound you want.
"Like Little Mix, they knew who they were before they came out of the show."
With JJ's girlfriend expecting a baby, Phillip asked if this meant they were going to slow down their quest for world domination.
But JJ insisted becoming an expectant father means he is more determined to do well and provide for his child's future.
Union J are about to embark on their first tour, with an extra date at Belfast's Waterfront Hall being announced this week.
The boys will perform in the city on 12-13 January 2014.
© UTV News