Saturday 20th October 2012
It has been announced this week by ITV2 that in 2013 they will be re-uniting 6 pop bands from the 90’s for a TV documentary series. Atomic Kitten, 5ive, B*Witched, Honeyz, 911, and Liberty X are back for the ultimate pop reunion.
The Big Reunion will follow their every step, as their worlds are turned upside down after years away from the spotlight. During the series, viewers will see the groups reunited for the first time since they split. For some it’s the chance to relive their dream, for others it may open old wounds as they prepare to face demons they thought they had buried forever.
The Big Reunion aims to delve in to the lives of the former pop heroes, exploring what happened after they slipped out of the charts. Each band will have just two weeks of intense rehearsals before they step back onto the stage to perform once again in front of thousands of fans.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated bands to be reunited is 5ive who split in 2001. They were signed to Simon Cowell and BMG/RCA and sold over 20 million records worldwide, had eleven top ten singles, and three top ten albums that went to platinum. They also boasted numerous awards on more than one occasion for best single, album, British band and International group, to name a few.
In September 2006 it was announced that four out of the five members would reunite, and went on to begin recording their fourth album and also planned a tour. Fans hopes were later dashed eight months later as the boys announced via their website that the reunion would no longer be going ahead.
Over the past eleven years the boys have gone their separate ways, but have still spent time in the spotlight. Ritchie has been seen on TV shows such as The Farm and Cirque de Celebritie. He is currently living in Australia and recently opened his first bar in Sydney named Guerrilla Bar and Restaurant.
Sean went on and signed to a Sony deal, and was later seen on BBC’s The Voice. Jason became a contestant on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, but has since decided not to be part of a reunion as he wants to continue to lead his life in private.
Abz had the most successful solo career as he went on to release his album Abstract Theory, of which three singles became UK chart toppers. He currently has his Lovedupgang project, and has been spending time touring around the UK and Ireland with former band member Scott, playing a handful of their original hits. Scott has also spent time on television shows when he became a finalist on Celebrity Scissor Hands, and has most recently been handing out ‘5 goal’ awards on Soccer AM.
Scott was the first band member to confirm the reunion, who tweeted:
@Scottlarock5 “Would like to add that we are so happy for the five fans who have waited for this for over 11 years. Look forward to seeing you all @itv2”
Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels said “We are really thrilled to be able to bring the stories of these pop groups bang up-to-date for ITV2 viewers. A lot has happened in the time these bands have been apart; marriages, divorces and changes in career. And who knows quite what will happen when they reunite.”