Kregg Gibson (KG), Jonathan Glenn (Jon Glenn), George Jenkins III (Trae Badd), Leeland Stephenson (Trace Kennedy), and Justin Williams (Just’n) talk about their experience on The X Factor — and explain the meaning behind their unique name!
When Simon Cowell says that you’re the best on the planet, you’ve got to feel pretty good about your chances.
Just’n: I mean, that’s worth almost $5 million in itself.
If Simon thought you were the best, then why did he vote to send you home?
Trace Kennedy: Yesterday, the consensus was that we had the strongest [...] performance, and then he still voted against us. So, I mean, there’s no tellin’... I think the judges are in competition and they’re gonna try to eliminate the biggest threat. So, I mean, we’re out of there. [laughs]
Was your sound on The X Factor similar to how you sound outside the show?
Trae Badd: Music-wise, our song choices had a lot to do with Paula and the show and everything: So the themes of the week and everything. The “Try a Little Tenderness” performance is even more like what you will get from our music when we hit the studio. But it will be just as energized, and just as creative as our performances. That’s pretty much what we’re going to do next, is hit that up [the recording studio].
Last week, you were in the bottom two with inTENsity. This week, it was with Lakoda Rayne. Why doesn’t America like voting for groups?
KG: It’s a little bit more difficult to connect with a group versus an individual act. With an individual act, you get to connect with just one personality, one face. [...] We’re five. That’s five different people that you have to get to know. It’s a little more difficult.
Who are you rooting for now?
Just’n: It’s gonna be a tight race. [...] Melanie Amaro, Marcus Canty, Lakoda Rayne — I mean, everyone’s doing such a good job. I can’t even choose one.
On Paula Abdul’s tearful vote to send Lakoda Rayne home, hoping to keep their group in the running:
Trace: Paula works really closely with us and she loves us so much. I know the decision was hard for her. I think she really felt a strong connection with us. She loves Lakoda Rayne, but I think we were like her pride and joy. She chose to go with us. [...] She still believed in us to the very end. We love her even more for that.
What does your group’s name come from?
The Stereo Hogzz: Just’n came up with the name, and it means that we want to hog the stereo as a whole. We want to be on the pop stations, we want to be on the hip hop stations — R&B, country, it doesn’t really matter. [...] You can get any sound, and you can get it legitimate. [...]
We just want people to know that we’re well-versed, and that’s what our album’s going to be like.
Now that you’ve been eliminated, what’s next?
The Stereo Hogzz: We’ve got a lot of doors opening for us — we can barely get out of the building! Once they told us “no” … like, business cards, and “yeah, I got a label” this — we’re just taking everything in stride and trying to come up with a good game plan.