‘Tay­lor’s the nicest per­son in the world!’

We catch up with X Fac­tor fi­nal­ists the Cutkelvins to talk about Tay­lor Swift, home­sick­ness… and their dat­ing ban

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They’re the Scot­tish fam­ily trio who blew men­tor Si­mon Cowell and his guest judge Ch­eryl away at Judges’ Houses. Now, the Cutkelvins – Shereen, 20 (whose for­mer girl group, Neon Jun­gle, sang with Tay­lor Swift at the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret fash­ion show in 2013), plus broth­ers Jay, 24, and Kyle, 22 – hope to be the first group to win The X Fac­tor.

In­spired by their mu­si­cian dad, who passed away from a heart at­tack seven years ago, they’re singing to make their fam­ily proud…

WHAT’S THE TOUGH­EST THING ABOUT THE X FAC­TOR SO FAR?

Kyle: Be­ing away from home. I’ve got a nine-month-old baby, Jaden Lu­cas, and this is the long­est I’ve spent away from him – my girl­friend hasn’t man­aged to bring him down to see the show. I want to make him proud of me.

HAVE ANY FOR­MER CON­TES­TANTS GIVEN YOU AD­VICE?

K: Liam Payne said it was re­ally im­por­tant to con­nect with the cam­eras. He said, ‘Al­though you’re per­form­ing live, it’s the peo­ple watch­ing TV who vote. You have to con­nect with them.’

SHEREEN, YOU’VE MET TAY­LOR SWIFT. WHAT’S SHE LIKE?

Shereen: She’s the nicest per­son in the world. We also met her mum and she gave us some good ad­vice – they were just gen­uinely nice peo­ple. Tay­lor was very down-to-earth.

WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE TO SHARE A HOUSE WITH SO MANY PEO­PLE?

Jay: It’s great fun. We come from a big fam­ily, so we’ve gone from one mad­house to an­other. The only dif­fer­ence is, this house is mas­sive!

ANY AR­GU­MENTS?

S: Only over food! Ash from Rak-Su wasn’t happy be­cause Jay ate his food. Now, he puts signs on his stuff, say­ing, ‘Jay, do not eat!’

JAY AND KYLE, IS IT TRUE YOU’VE BANNED SHEREEN FROM ANY RO­MANCES IN THE HOUSE?

J: Yes, one hun­dred, mil­lion per cent! She’s not al­lowed to date any­one.

HOW IS SI­MON [COWELL] AF­TER HIS FALL?

J: He’s great. He’s back on good form! It’s nice to see him back and to per­form in front of him again.

SI­MON’S YOUR MEN­TOR. HOW’S THAT GO­ING?

S: He makes you feel dead com­fort­able, like you’ve known him for a long time. If you’re watch­ing him on TV, he might seem scary, but he’s gen­uinely a nice per­son.

WHO ARE YOUR MU­SI­CAL IN­SPI­RA­TIONS?

J: Def­i­nitely our dad. Ev­ery week when we’re on that stage, I know he’s up there, singing the song with us. We can feel his pres­ence there, so it makes us feel a lot more com­fort­able.

IS YOUR BROTHER, BRAN­DON LEE, GO­ING TO JOIN THE GROUP?

K: Yeah, he’s just wait­ing for us to do the hard work, then he’s go­ing to join at the end of the year [laughs]. He’s 16, he sings and raps, and he’s a very good-look­ing boy.

S: Yeah, Bran­don will be pop­u­lar with the ladies.

ANY CELEBRITY CRUSHES?

S: R&B leg­end Smokey Robin­son for me. He’s 77, but he’s still rock­ing it. K: I’ve got a few. Ni­cole [Scherzinger] is very nice! The X Fac­tor is on ITV, Sat, 8.10pm, and Sun, 7pm

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Meet Jay, Shereen and Kyle Bro Bran­don (sec­ond left) might join the group Shereen’s girl group sup­ported Tay­lor Dad Derek: their main in­spi­ra­tion

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