Boyband JLS have revealed it costs them a small fortune every time they win a music award — because they always have replicas made for their mothers.
The bandmates – Aston, Marvin, Oritse and JB – have to fork out £800 each for three more awards, plus one for each of their mothers.
In their first appearance on the Brit Awards winners’ in 2010 – when they won gongs for British Breakthrough and British Single – the band said they splashed out on 14 extra awards.
Marvin said: “When we get an award, we actually get eight because we get one for our mums as well. You’ve got to buy them. You only get one and you have to buy the rest.”
JB added: “If you win two awards, like we did the first time, we had to buy 14 awards. That was an expensive night. But we’d be over the moon to buy lots more.”
The band are nominated for a MOBO award this year in the Best Video category for ‘Do You feel What I Feel’.
They scooped two MOBOs in 2007 for Best Song and Best Newcomer and two in 2010 for Best UK Ac and Best UK Album.
Reflecting on their time on the X Factor during a visit to Real Radio in Glasgow on Wednesday, the band said contestants on later shows enjoyed far more freedom than they did.
“The show, when we did it, was a lot different to how it is now. Last year was the year we were most shocked since we did it,” said Marvin.
“When you reach the live finals stage, last year they were able to go out after the shows and roam around, do what they want.
“We were like, ‘hold on’. When we were on the show, you were in this house and you had to be up by 7am in the morning doing something along the lines of training, then back in the house no later than 7.30-8pm.
“And you were locked in this house, you couldn’t go out and about, you always had to be chaperoned, so you don’t get to see or hear anything.
“Now, everything is accessible which I don’t think is the best thing. If you are getting this sort of treatment the first two or three weeks and it gets taken away from you instantly, I don’t think that’s very healthy.”