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'X Factor': Simon Cowell Creates Eight-Member Boyband Supergroup At Bootcamp Stage

19/08/2014 07:43 BST | Updated 19/08/2014 07:59 BST

Simon Cowell has reportedly created X Factor's biggest ever band after grouping together eight male solo singers at the bootcamp stage of the show.

The music mogul used the same tactic to create One Direction on the seventh series of the show in 2010 and is hoping he'll be able to replicate the same success with the new boyband.

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Simon Cowell

Simon and his fellow 'X Factor' judges - Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Louis Walsh and Mel B - reckon the as-yet-unnamed group will appeal to a mass audience.

A source told The Sun: “The boys were the strongest category by far at boot camp and it really hurt the judges to say goodbye to so much talent.

"In the end they decided to make the extra boys into one big group. Between the eight of them they’ve got everything they need to be a success.

“The boys have been told to go away and gel.

“They really need to find an identity they can all agree on and to become friends."

Becoming friends isn't something high on ‘X Factor’ judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh's list of priorities, with show bosses fearing their “toxic” relationship could be detrimental to the show.

Things are apparently so bad that the two judges are even said to be refusing to speak to one another off camera, after Louis has made a number of digs at Cheryl during the audition and boot camp stages of the competition so far.

A source told The Sun: “The atmosphere has become toxic - she hates him with a real passion and it shows.

“It’s no secret that Cheryl didn’t want Louis on the panel, but since then he has been lording his victory and takes every opportunity to knock her.”

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