14 Bands You Probably Didn’t Know Were Manufactured By TV Shows

Remember American Juniors, the kid version of American Idol? We’re so, so sorry.

1. Day 26

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They were the last to win Diddy’s edition of MTV’s Making the Band. Somehow they managed to get two No. 1 albums on the Billboard U.S. R&B charts. The band parted ways in July of 2012, but they jumped on the reunion bandwagon and announced they would be putting their beefs aside to put out new music.

2. Girlicious

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This girl group was supposed to be the second-coming of the Pussycat Dolls movement. Their show Pussycat Dolls Presents: Girlicious was filled with drama, and it was captivating. Sadly, they couldn’t carry that over to their music. But they’ll always have their MuchMusic Video Award and the memories of opening for The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears.

3. TLC feat O so Krispie

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R U the Girl was supposed to help TLC find that third member to replace TLC. But as the episodes aired, we all came to a collective agreement that none of the girls could compare to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. RIP.

4. Danity Kane

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Like Day 26, these ladies were also a brain child of Diddy on Making the Band. Sadly, their two No. 1 Billboard 200 records weren’t enough for Diddy to exile them from Bad Boy Records. They, too, have reunited (minus D. Woods) and are putting out new music this year.

5. O-Town

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The original Making the Band winners that tried to give ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys a run for their money. They didn’t, but they’ll always have that song about wet dreams, and we’ll have Ashley Parker Angel’s MTV reality series There & Back.

6. American Juniors

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Yes, that’s Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale. When American Idol took off, the obvious next step was to find a group of kids that could sing and dance together. They were wrong.

7. Sugar Jones

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This band was formed via the Canadian version of the show Popstars.The all-girl band was signed to Universal and released an album in 2001.

8. Scene 23

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Scene 23 won the second season of the U.S. version of Popstars.

Fun Fact: Dallas star Josh Henderson was chosen to be in this group.

9. Da Band

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Though Sure O-Town were the original winners of Making the Band, the most infamous winners were Da Band.

10. Girls Aloud

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They won the U.K. version of Popstars and split in March of 2013, after their tour that commemorated their tenth year of being a group.

11. Eden’s Crush

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Eden’s Crush were the winners of the first U.S. season of Popstars, introducing the world to Nicole Scherzinger. She went on to achieve fame with the Pussycat Dolls, left the group to go solo, and we’re still waiting for that debut album.

12. One Direction

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Liam, Harry, Zayn, Louis and Niall all auditioned as solo artists for The X-Factor, only for Simon Cowell to come up with the brilliant idea that they team to form One Direction.

13. Fifth Harmony

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Another product of The X-Factor, this time the American version, Simon Cowell wanted to see if lightning could strike twice. It did.

14. Little Mix

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Little Mix is yet another product of The X-Factor. While you may not know who these girls are by their name, their song “Wings” was a massive hit, and you can’t help but get up and clap your hands and dance like no one’s watching you to this insanely catchy tune.

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