Steamrollers unfazed by X Factor snub

  • 06/05/2013

Two young Aucklanders kicked off TV3's The X Factor last night have landed on their feet.

The teenagers were accused of not taking the competition seriously. Now there's serious interest from elsewhere for their odd act.

It was a rendition of a Michael Jackson classic that got Auckland duo The Steamrollers in the judges' bad books.

"That to me felt like you were taking the Mickey out of the whole thing," says judge Mel Blatt to them. "Do you want to leave?"

They did.

"We were having a laugh," they say.

The current and former private school boys' first performance seemed more serious, impressing the judges with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'.

"People keep saying 'you should've been on New Zealand's Got Talent – this is a serious singing competition'," says Steamrollers member Nick Armstrong. "We're like, 'We're sorry! We didn't know.'"

Since leaving the show, the duo has been offered four paid gigs in Auckland and continues to perform at house parties.

"When you think about it and look back at it, and you have kids and you go 'this what daddy did on national TV', it's going to be a great story," says Armstrong.

How they'll explain the outfits will be a different story.

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