F.Y.D. members have dancing and singing experience. Seager has done backing vocals for Paolo Nutini and Alphabeat. Murdoch was a contestant on the second series of Living TV show Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life and danced and sang on occasions for JLS. Whereas both Newton and Lamey have performed on several occasions as backing singers for previous winners of The X Factor, Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry. Lamey has additionally worked with singer Duffy and rappers DJ Ironik and Chipmunk. In 2007 Kalvin Lamey was a contestant on BBC show Dance X but was chosen to leave in show six and didn't make the final. The Sun newspaper website has posted video with Lamey performing with cross dressing cabaret artists The Globe Act at a number of events and venues.
For their qualifying song in the judges houses, they sang "Beggin'", a song composed by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina and popularised by The Four Seasons. In week 1, they sang "Billionaire" from Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars, adding a reference to Cowell in the lyrics. As a result of the public vote, they were classified as Bottom Three and had to have a sing-off with Katie Waissel, also a bottom three contestant. They sang Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music". After the judges' votes, they were eliminated by a vote of 3-1 with all three judges Cole, Minogue and Walsh voting them out. Only F.Y.D.'s own mentor Cowell voted in their favor. They finished 15th overall.