Union J unveil former X Factor star as newest member after George Shelley's exit


Union J have been one man down since the departure of George Shelley to focus on other projects.

Now they've managed to fill the hole with a familiar face - Stereo Kicks' Casey Johnson.

Casey Johnson is now part of Union J (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA)
Casey Johnson is now part of Union J (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA)

Casey, who came fifth on the 2014 series of the X Factor with the eight-piece boy band, joins Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensley, who found fame when they came fourth on the same show in 2012.

Casey told The Sun: "I have always wanted to be in a band, not a choir.

"What I was in before wasn't like a boyband. Stereo Kicks was more of a choir."

Stereo Kicks released one single, Love Me So, in June last year but failed to land a major record deal and announced their split on Facebook just a month later.

Stereo Kicks
Stereo Kicks split after less than a year together (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA)

It seemed there was no love lost between Casey and the band.

He said: "There wasn't really any chemistry. There were a lot of egos."

Once the news was announced though, he quickly defended himself from the choir comment on Twitter.

Casey added: "Union J were always a much bigger band than Stereo Kicks.

"These guys are more mature and I feel already that this is the type of music I want to do."

The Union J boys revealed that they had yet to break the news of Casey's signing to George.

George Shelley Union J
George, second left, exited the band in March (Ian West/PA)

George, who came second on the last series of I'm A Celebrity, left the band in March this year to focus on his broadcasting career, with a new job as a co-presenter of the Capital FM breakfast show.