WE CHAT TO MIS­UN­DER­STOOD

The X Fac­tor duo spill on rub­bing shoul­ders with the stars

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It’s hard to ig­nore X Fac­tor duo Mis­un­der­stood’s in­fec­tious en­ergy. They lit­er­ally an­swer the phone to us in song – and we love it. If you think the boys look fa­mil­iar, that’s be­cause they were al­ready do­ing pretty well for them­selves be­fore Si­mon Cow­ell came along. The duo (Stephan Ben­son and Jef­frey Okyere) have worked with Will.i.am, and fea­tured in films – who could for­get Stephan’s star­ring role in Bring It On: World­wide? They even got to the semi-fi­nals of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent in dance troupe Myztikal in 2010. But they tell us now is their time…

You’ve had pretty good ca­reers al­ready, so why did you de­cide to do X Fac­tor?

Stephan: We’ve gone down so many dif­fer­ent av­enues and never re­ally got that spark. And The X Fac­tor this year… I don’t know what it was, but the stars were align­ing, so we couldn’t go against fate. This is our time.

As you’ve worked with some amaz­ing peo­ple, do you ever get star-struck?

Jeff: We don’t re­ally. Well, there was one mo­ment when we met Fifth Har­mony – that was fun.

S: We met Bey­oncé at a party in LA. It was only for a cou­ple of sec­onds – we shook her hand and then walked away.

J: But it was such an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. She’s one of the peo­ple we look up to so much. If we ever got to work with her, that would be in­cred­i­ble.

Has any­thing sur­prised you about work­ing with Rob­bie?

S: I think the big­gest thing would be how hum­ble he is. The way that he acts is al­most like he’s fresh in the in­dus­try, be­cause he’s still got that hunger and that drive.

J: Rob­bie as a men­tor is the best thing since sliced bread. He’s a big kid – like Peter Pan. When­ever we’re with him, it’s not even like we’re work­ing.

What’s it like liv­ing in the X Fac­tor house?

S: It is prob­a­bly the most fun thing that I have ever done in my life – it’s like hav­ing a mas­sive sleep­over. We’ve got so many new friends now. I think it’s the most peo­ple that have ever been in the house, be­cause of the choir, and it’s just so fun. It’s men­tal, in­sane, busy, hec­tic and great. All good vibes.

Watch The X Fac­tor on ITV on Satur­days and Sun­days

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As part of Myztikal on BGT

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