Certainly preferable to the odious one direction that is for sure. Its a shame they went down the route they did (marketing awful songs to young girls) since, from I could see anyway, they could carry a tune, at least in the early days. Like a poster previously stated they had a modicum of talent, so its a shame they decided to put their names behind such dirge.
I think the big difference was that they were actually a real group and not a manufactured one.
I cannot be too hard on them for releasing the music that they did because they were in the clutches of a mass money making machine.
JLS are most likely delighted to now be out of the clutches of whoever had signed them up in the first place.