We’ve had eight delicious instalments of The Big Reunion – taking nostalgic Nineties fans through the nitty-gritty details of the bust-ups and break-ups suffered by their former pop icons. Eternal, Damage, A1, 5th Story, 3T and Girl Thing have treated us to an emotional rollercoaster of the highs and lows of pop superstardom, culminating in their one-off gig held in front of their impressively dedicated fanbases (tonight, 9pm, ITV2).
But there are surely so many line-ups still out there and ripe for another crack at fame? There’s got to be plenty of defunct bands bored of gracing the lower echelons of the Daily Mail and Heat magazine… All Saints may have sung Never Ever but surely they would never say never to The Big Reunion? Could we be about to see S Club 7 Bring It All Back? Will East 17 Stay Another Day? Here are our speculative suggestions for The Big Reunion series three…
Way back in 1997, four fresh-faced youngsters burst onto the music scene with I Know Where It’s At, baring their toned stomachs and brimming with attitude. Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and Nicole and Natalie Appleton rivalled the world-conquering Spice Girls, producing number one after number one, from Bootie Call to Pure Shores. But in a twist worthy of an episode of The Big Reunion, the girls split in 2001 to “clear the air between themselves” (we can already hear the violin strings playing in the background). Following an underwhelming reunion in 2006, Shaznay stated the group would Never Ever get back together, but the Backstreet Boys didn’t Want it That Way, signing the girls up for the UK leg of their tour. Surely a call from ITV2 bosses can get the girls to Rock Steady once again?
Reunion rating: 3/5 – with their acrimonious split behind them, it’s about time the girls air their dirty laundry (on television, of course)…
S Club 7
Rachel, Bradley, Jo, Jon, Hannah, Paul and Tina were a pop phenomenon when their brand of catchy pop first topped the charts back in 1999. Their CBBC TV shows Miami 7 and LA 7 may have demonstrated some terrible acting, but they instantly won the septet a loyal tweenage fanbase and their first number one Bring It All Back was soon followed by chart-toppers Never Had a Dream Come True, Have You Ever and dance-floor favourite Don’t Stop Movin’. But after the announcement of Paul’s departure in 2002, it wasn’t long before the band decided to Say Goodbye. While Rachel launched a solo career and Hannah branched into acting, Jo had an ill-fated run-in with Celebrity Big Brother, ending up embroiled in the infamous Shilpa Shetty race row. S Club 7 became S Club 3 when Jo, Bradley and Paul joined forces for an unsuccessful comeback in 2008, selling out nothing larger than a student union, but full reunion rumours will never cease to swirl with Rachel recently hinting last year to the Daily Mirror that plans could be afoot – over to you, ITV2…
Reunion rating: 5/5 – whether it be S Club 7, S Club 6, S Club 5…
If you haven’t heard the heart-wrenching piano chords behind East 17’s number one smash hit Stay Another Day then, really, where have you been? Formed back in 1991 and named after their London postcode, Brian Harvey, Tony Mortimer, John Hendy and Tony Coldwell were marketed as a tougher, grittier version of princes of pop, Take That. Enjoying 11 top-ten hits, and that chart-topper, the quartet were popular Around The World (well, in Europe, at least) before Brian’s drug-related issues reared their ugly head, causing him to leave the group in 1997 amidst a media furore. Various line-ups have recently graced the reunion circuit, but surely The Big Reunion would provide the band with a well-needed leg-up?
Reunion rating: 4/5 – but whether their latest line-up would include fiery twosome Brian Harvey and Tony Mortimer remains to be seen.
Cast your memory all the way back to February 2001 when bright young hopefuls Myleene Klass, Danny Foster, Kym Marsh, Noel Sullivan and Suzanne Shaw beat out thousands of hopefuls on ITV’s early reality format Popstars to form Hear’Say. Soaring to the top of the charts with their debut single Pure and Simple, the quintet rode the crest of the early reality publicity storm, following up their early success with The Way to Your Love and Everybody. But in a tale that surely belongs on The Big Reunion, cracks soon appeared in the line-up and Kym was replaced by Johnny Shentall in 2002. While their final single claimed Lovin’ Is Easy, topping the charts certainly wasn’t and the band soon disbanded. In the years that followed, Suzanne and Noel found their way onto the stage, Kym cropped up in Corrie, and Myleene slipped into her now-infamous teeny white bikini on I’m a Celebrity – and the rest was history.
Reunion rating: 1/5 – with Myleene’s new gig on Loose Women and Kym recently poo-pooing reunion rumours, it doesn’t look like Everybody’s on board.
The man band – Daniel Bedingfield, Darius, David Sneddon, Jay Sean, Craig David and Charlie Simpson
With the success of Big Reunion supergroup 5th Story, we’re sure there are plenty of failed solo artists waiting beside their phones for the call from ITV2. Top of the pecking order are surely this sextet, just waiting to bring their unique band of pop-rock-r’n’b to our ears. From Daniel “Gotta Get thru This” (yes, that’s how we spelt “through” in the noughties) Bedingfield to Craig “7 Days” David, this lot are just waiting to Crash the Big Reunion Wedding. (Apologies for that last one. We’re doing what we can here). Watch this space…
Reunion rating: 4/5 – with bands willing to reunite already on the wane, we’re all but certain series three will bring us another man band, and why wouldn’t the likes of Darius, Sneddon and co want to Fill Us In on their time away from the spotlight?
The girl supergroup – Ms. Dynamite, Samantha Mumba, Martine McCutcheon, Javine and Lolly
This is the Perfect Moment for a brand new (well, sort of) girl band, wouldn’t you say? And who better than this delightful five-some to join forces for series three… This lot know the highs and lows of pop superstardom and we imagine they’d all be up for another shot at fame or, in the very least, a “Dy-na-mi-tee” half-hour slot on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo. And you never know, with Lolly on board maybe they could Viva La Radio once again…
Reunion rating: 3/5 – Will Martine ditch the Activia for another assault on the charts? We’re not entirely convinced…
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