Only the Young (band)

Only the Young
Origin London, England, UK
Genres Pop
Years active 2012-2015
Labels The Qworkz
Past members Parisa Tarjomani
Charlie George
Betsy-Blue English
Mikey Bromley
George Shelley

Only the Young were an English pop group consisting of Mikey Bromley, Betsy-Blue English, Charlie George and Parisa Tarjomani.[1] They were created and managed by Jo Perry.[2] The group previously featured Union J's George Shelley, who was later replaced by Bromley.[3] In 2014, Only the Young entered the eleventh series of The X Factor and made it to the live shows, where they finished in seventh place.

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Early career

Parisa Tarjomani and Charlie George had known each other since they were children, and Jo Perry formed Only the Young casting Betsy-Blue English to the band and George Shelley in October 2012. Before auditioning for The X Factor, Only the Young auditioned for Capital's Summertime Ball on 21 June 2014, and were chosen to perform at Wembley Stadium alongside Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias, Little Mix and many other artists.[5]

2014: The X Factor

While on the series, Only the Young released their version of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.[6] They landed in the bottom 2 with Jake Quickenden in week three, but they were saved after receiving only Mel B's vote to go home.[7] This meant that, within three weeks of live shows, all four groups had already found themselves at risk of elimination. They were automatically eliminated in week seven as the act with the fewest public votes on Saturday, coming in seventh place. Two weeks after being voted off the show, the group announced their first headlining show which would be held in London's Under the Bridge on 28 December 2014, thus becoming the first act of the series to be successful after leaving the show. However, the group had to pull out of the event following the death of Tarjomani's mother on 21 December.[8]

2015: "I Do" and split

On 19 May 2015, they announced that they had signed a deal with Warner Music, with their debut single to be released during summer 2015. The music video of their debut single "I Do" was released on 8 June 2015, but their YouTube account was hacked four days later, which led to its deletion.[9] It was re-uploaded the next day (13 June), losing all its previous views. "I Do" was originally to be released on 31 July,[10] but due to the migrant crisis in Calais preventing a lorry containing copies of their single coming into the UK, it had to be delayed by a week, instead being released on 7 August.[11] "I Do" debuted at number 53 on the UK Singles Chart on 14 August, but was the most physically purchased song of the week. The single also hit Number 41 in the Irish Single Charts[12] On 18 August, the band announced their first headlining UK tour, which started on 1 September.[13]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2015 "I Do" 53 41 Non-album single


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  2. Bouwman, Kimbel (30 May 2013). "Interview with JO PERRY, musical director for Stooshe (UK Top 5) - May 30, 2013". HitQuarters. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. Smith, Carl (8 October 2014). "It's Only The Young's 2 year anniversary - Let's celebrate by looking back at their journey to The X Factor". Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  4. Hiramine, Brie (10 November 2015). ""X Factor" Band Only The Young Breaks Up: Parisa Tarjomani Leaves Group - J-14". J-14. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. "New Band Only The Young Win Chance To Perform At The Capital Summertime Ball". Capital FM. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  6. "Only The Young is fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust". Teenage Cancer Trust. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  7. Smith, Ryan (27 October 2014). "'He's like family to me!' Mel B sobs as her X Factor hopeful Jake Quickenden is sent home in third round of eliminations". Daily Mail. DMG Media. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  8. Ahmed, Tufayel (22 December 2014). "X Factor: Only the Young singer Parisa Tarjomani's mum dies". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  9. Smith, Carl (12 June 2015). "Only The Young thank fans for their support following 'I Do' music video hacking drama". Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  10. "iTunes - Music - I Do - Single by Only The Young". iTunes.
  11. Corner, Lewis (3 August 2015). "X Factor's Only The Young forced to delay single release due to Calais migrant crisis". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  12. Jones, Alan (14 August 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Dr. Dre tops UK Albums Chart with non-physical release". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 17 August 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  14. "Only The Young". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  15. Hung, Steffen. "Discography Stereo Kicks". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
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