Luke and Joel

Luke, 23
Joel, 21


Songwriters and musician brothers Luke, 23 and Joel 21, grew up backstage at music gigs, with their dad working as a roadie for such legendary Aussie artists Marcia Hines, Mondo Rock and Jon English.

The inseparable siblings from Newcastle have always sung together, but it wasn't until two years ago they started to get serious starting a local band called "The Ondays".

"You either write music to make people feel something, or you want to make them dance," Luke says. "Right now we want to make people dance!" Joel adds: "We bring our own thing to the

table, we have an identity and we have songs. We hope that Australia will love us."

The boys have given up their day jobs - . Luke is a physiotherapist and Joel is a youth worker at an outreach program - to give their all to The X Factor.

Luke also had to put his wedding on hold while he is part of the show - his fiance Jessica also auditioned for the show but didn't make it through the bootcamp stage. "But she's really happy for me to stay in the competition," he says.

Of mentor Guy Sebastian, Joel says: "We just want to soak up everything we can from Guy - learn as much as we can and be ready for the first live performance."

Check out our exclusive interview with Luke and Joel:

Congratulations on making it to the top 12, how does it feel?

So stoked!! Can't wait to get into it.

What's been the most rewarding part of the journey so far?

Meeting all the contestants. Meeting the stars, hanging with Guy.

And the toughest part?

Early mornings!!

When did you start performing and what spurred you on to apply for the show?

Been playing in bands for years, applied for the show cause there was a group category.

Have you bonded with any of the other contestants? What's brought you together?

Yeah, everyone. Been skating with all the boys.

Who's your favorite judge and why?

Guy--mentor; Kyle--quick wit

Which artist inspires you and why?

42--amazing music and positive impact; The Rolling Stones--true rockers.

Why do you have the x factor?

We can connect with the audience and we are artists. Brother combination as well.

So fast forward in time. You are the x factor winner. Describe what happens next?
Produce an amazing album that is successful internationally. Create music and connect with everyone - maybe Joel could find a girlfriend!!

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