The Only Way is Essex star described the group as "annoying", and said that he doesn't see "eye-to-eye" with them.
When asked by We Love Pop which boyband he would like to join, he quickly replied: "Definitely One Direction.
"Swerve The Wanted. They're just annoying, man."
Essex went on to explain that one of The Wanted's members used to date a friend of his in the past.
"Years ago when I used to go out with Pixie Lott around Essex, one of her friends used to go out with one of The Wanted and we didn't really see eye-to-eye. That's all I'm saying..."
The reality TV star also spoke about his fashion aspirations, saying: "I used to say my style is based on Zac Efron, Justin Bieber and Danny Zuko from Grease.
"Because Danny's got the leather jacket, Justin's got the swag and Zac Efron's got the cool hair.
"But now I think I've got my own style. In a few years time you'll be asking people who their style icon is and they'll be saying: 'Joey Essex'."
Joey Essex was the sixth eliminated celebrity on ITV reality show Splash! on Saturday (January 12).
The Wanted are planning to release two albums in 2013, recently explaining that they have plenty of material.
Latest celebrity pictures: