1. Next Of Kin, “Can’t Find Me”
Fact: You may recognize them from X Factor UK season 10 singing their original song “Can’t Find Me,” which led to Nicole Scherzinger tearing up.
2. BBMak, “Back Here”
Fact: The band is named after the surnames of the band members and they also guest starred in an Even Stevens episode.
3. Union J, “Beautiful Life”
4. Loveable Rogues, “Honest”
5. The Wanted, “Glad You Came”
Fact: Their first performance in the US was on The Ellen Show.
6. McFly, “Love Is On The Radio”
7. A1, “Same Old Brand New You”
8. Busted, “Air Hostess”
9. JLS, “Everybody In Love”
10. Boyzone, “Love Me For A Reason”
11. Blue, “One Love”
Fact: They represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with “I Can”.
12. Westlife, “If I Let You Go”
Fact: Irish band Westlife were a huge hit for manager Louis Walsh and record producer Simon Cowell. They have done covers of songs such as ABBA’s “I Have A Dream,” Barry Manilow’s “Mandy,” and Lonestar’s “I’m Already There”.
13. Five, “Everybody Get Up”
Fact: Russell Brand had auditioned to be in this band. They were offered the song “Bye Bye Bye”, which eventually became a huge hit for ‘N Sync.
14. East 17, “House Of Love”
Fact: They took their band name from the postcode (zip code) of their hometown Walthamstow in East London. Their song “House Of Love” was used in a commercial by phone provider T-Mobile that parodied William and Kate’s royal wedding.
15. Another Level, “Freak Me”
Fact: Band member Dane Bowers went on to sing “Out Of Your Mind” with Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.
16. 911, “Love Sensation”
Fact: They sang “More Than A Presenter,” a take on their cover of Bee Gees’ “More Than A Woman,” to say goodbye to Jamie Theakston and Zoë Ball, who left Saturday morning TV show, Live & Kicking. Ah, memories.
17. One Direction, “One Thing”
Fact: The band was put together on the show X Factor UK but Zayn almost didn’t make it. He refused to take part in the dancing section of bootcamp but thanks to Simon Cowell he went out and overcame his fears. You can see it here.
18. Blazin’ Squad, “Flip Reverse”
Fact: This band consisted of 10 members and for their first hit covered Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s “Crossroads”.
19. One True Voice, “Sacred Trust”
Fact: This short-lived boy band was created on the show Popstars:The Rivals, where they lost a No. 1 single to Girls Aloud’s “Sound Of The Underground”.
20. Take That, “Pray”
Fact: When Robbie Williams left Take That, the Samaritans set up a helpline to counsel thousands of distraught fans. Robbie Williams went on to have a successful solo career, but Take That has come back as a lucrative four-piece band. They have since made up and all become friends again.
21. PJ & Duncan AKA, “Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble”
Fact: Everyone in Britain knows this famous ’90s song. PJ & Duncan were the names of two characters from the TV show Byker Grove that Ant and Dec played when they were teenagers. Check out some of their other hits like this one.
22. The Vamps, “Can We Dance”
23. Wet Wet Wet, “Love Is All Around”
Fact: This quartet was formed in Clydebank, Scotland. This song was a cover of The Troggs and was featured in the film Four Weddings And A Funeral. The song was also in the film Love Actually, although it was called “Christmas Is All Around”.
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