The Big Reunion announces bands for series two: A1, Eternal, Damage and more
The show will also put former solo stars together into a super-group called 5th Story, including Kavana and Adam Rickitt
The Big Reunion has announced its bands and cast members for series two. The ITV2 show will once again reunite long-split bands to try and patch up their rifts, but this year's cast will include Eternal, A1, Damage, 3T, Girl Thing and 5th Story. (If you're wondering who the last band is, more on that shortly.)
The line-up for series two was confirmed late last night by ITV2, who asked Twitter to help them unlock this year's bands.
Some of this year's bands are already raising eyebrows. Eternal are reforming with 75 per cent of the original members because Louise Redknapp doesn't want to be a part of the show.
Easther Bennett admitted that the rifts between band members weren't easily healed: "It’s like going through a divorce. Sometimes you speak to your partners, sometimes you don’t."
Addressing Louise Redknapp's absence, Vernette said: "We have a band member who doesn't want to be there. What do you do with that?"
In their time together, Eternal were one of Britain's biggest bands. They earned 12 UK top 10 singles, a number one with BeBe Winans, and three top 10 albums.
Girl Thing also revealed that they struggled to carve out a niche for themselves because everything around them was a rip-off of the Spice Girls. They also detail how their one potential hit was taken away from them and given to Hear'Say for their debut single. They achieved just one top 10 single before disbanding.
Things get tough elsewhere as A1 detail their struggles with depression after a fatal incident resulted in four fans being crushed to death.
"I really wanted to jump from that balcony, I’d hit rock bottom," Christian Ingebrigsten revealed.
A1's Paul Marazzi will not be part of the Big Reunion series two.
In a surprising twist – or another cop-out attempt to revive the flagging career of troubled popstar Dane Bowers, depending on your perspective – this year will also see the show put together a super-group of popstars from the 90s and early 00s. The band, now called 5th Story, is made up of Dane, Kenzie, Kavana, Gareth Gates and Adam Rickitt, who once stripped off in a glass box for his debut single, 'Breathe Again.'
Dane previously tried to form a supergroup in MTV's Totally Boyband, which was met with a negative reaction from the public.