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Stereo Kicks Split: 'X Factor' Boyband Announce Breakup On Facebook After Failing To Land Record Deal

18/07/2015 11:19 BST | Updated 18/07/2015 11:59 BST

X Factor’ boyband Stereo Kicks have announced they are to split.

The eight-piece group were put together on last year’s series of the ITV talent show, when they failed to make it through Bootcamp as solo acts.

However, after failing to land a record deal after the show ended, the lads have decided to call things a day.

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The group - made up of Casey Johnson, Reece Bibby, Barclay Beales, Charlie Jones, Tom Mann, Jake Sims, Chris Leonard and James Graham - announced the news to their fans in a statement on their Facebook page.

“We all feel the time has come for us to now continue our journeys individually,” they wrote.

“We have learnt first-hand just how tough the industry is as an unsigned act. Unfortunately, due to these circumstances, we are no longer able to carry on as a band.

“Please understand that there is nothing more that you could have done and that this is a situation completely beyond both your control and ours.

“We have considered endless ways of how we might try to make this work, but it is logistically impossible for us to continue as Stereo Kicks. From the bottom of our hearts, we will be forever grateful for all of your hard work, support and love. We can't thank you enough.”

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They insisted that they still remain the “best of friends” and “will continue to support each other in everything we do”.

The boys had hoped to land a recording contract after releasing debut single ‘Love Me So’ last month.

The track was funded by their management company, James Grant, but it failed to set the charts alight, entering the top 40 at number 31.

They will continue to play gigs that had already been scheduled for this week, with their farewell performance at Thorpe Park on Saturday 25 July.

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