The Wanted's Max: "US Success Is Surreal"
The Wanted may be riding high in the US charts but band member Max George has exclusively told MTV.co.uk that they still can't quite come to terms with their overnight success Stateside.
Following the news that The Wanted's hit single Glad You Came has hit No.2 on the US iTunes chart - edging ahead of fellow UK boyband One Direction - George claims things feel very surreal for himself, Tom, Siva, Jay and Nathan.
Speaking of their American success, Max told us: "Obviously, it feels great. We've been over there and gave it a go. We did a few TV shows and had a sell-out small tour but we never expected to be top five as quick as we have.
"We have just got to keep at it now. We've not broken America yet and we've just got to keep pushing it but it feels great."
As for their appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres , he claimed: "Ellen actually heard the song [Glad You Came] and got in touch with us and was like 'listen guys, I love the song and would really like it to be my show that broadcasts you performing it first' and we were like 'alright then yeah'.
"So then we got on a flight the day after and flew out and did the show. We were pretty nervous before because we didn't know what the reaction would be, but as soon as we went out, the audience were dancing and we thought 'sod it' so we went off into the audience and got involved."
When asked if he was surprised that their Stateside tour sold out, George claimed: "Absolutely as it was our first time over there and obviously, you see on Twitter that people are saying come over [to America] but we didn't expect that.
"We would turn up at every gig that we did and it was absolutely rammed and they were singing every song - we cant really get our heads round it to be honest."
He continued: "To be fair, it's all surreal at the moment. Not only are we on our way to success in the US, we've got our first arena tour in the UK and to turn up at such big arenas and have them sold out and your stood there on the stage thinking 'all these people are here for us' it's a strange feeling.
"We are absolutely loving it and having a top time and I cant wait for the tour to finish in Dublin so we can have a drink to celebrate."
Comparing their UK and American fans, Max revealed that audiences in Blighty are far more excitable when it comes to their shows, explaining: "With the US crowd, they love music over there and they really get into it when we are performing and literally bounce off you.
"Here [in the UK], they are just crazy in the sense of they scream in your face and they wanna rip your clothes off which is brilliant."
WHEN a lad called Jay says he's slept with hundreds of women it's usually born out of fantasy.
But unlike his namesake in The Inbetweeners, Jay McGuinness from The Wanted isn't telling any porkies.
The singer revealed all while giving an insight into the band's recent tour of America.
Jay said: "I slept with more girls in America in one month than I have for a whole year in the UK.
"The main difference is there are more fake boobs and girls have better dental hygiene. But I don't mind a bit of plaque and a bit of character — like Kirsten Dunst's fangs."
Jay admitted himself and bandmate Nathan Sykes have benefited from being the only single members in the group.
He said: "I use the others to lure in more girls and, as I'm single, they settle for me.
"It's a good technique and I don't mind it."
American girls haven't just been welcoming in the bedroom, they've also been buying their music.
Their single Glad You Came is currently No2 in the US iTunes chart. But the lads are still far from familiar faces in the US. Jay said: "Some of the girls we went back to the hotel with were surprised we were genuinely famous.
"On one occasion we put on Glad You Came and this girl went, 'This is my ringtone!'"
The band's gigs were also eventful — especially for Jay who can't remember being at one. He said: "I was so p*****.
"A mate of mine was in the crowd and told me I sang everyone's lines off mic really loudly apart from mine which I slurred into the mic.
"He said it was the s****** show he'd ever seen."
Jay thinks the lads have gone down well in America because they're not up themselves.
He said: "We thought they'd hate that we don't dance and don't wear posh clothes. But they liked all our flaws."
With One Direction also making strides, these are good times for British boybands in America. And Jay insists he's not bitter the X Factor boys are also enjoying success.
He said: "We're both in different markets.
"They're doing the Justin Bieber teen magazine thing and we're doing well on radio.
"If they were knobheads I'd be annoyed but they're nice guys.
"If I see them out there I'll ask them for a beer."
Can't see One Direction's management encouraging that...
Lucky Bitches tbh
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