Ok so we all loved S-Club 7 back in the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s and to be fair they were successful and right for the music of the time. It made me cringe slightly when I saw that they were due to re-unite this summer for a tour and for two brand new albums. S Club 7 achieved four UK number one singles, a number one album and over 17 million record sales worldwide during their five-year stint.
So what did they do after leaving the group ?
Rachael Stevens : After S Club were disbanded Stevens signed a £1.5 million solo four-album deal with Polydor Records and re-signed with Fuller. Stevens said that breaking out on her own after success with S Club was difficult: “I think we (S Club) ended up conforming to what people’s perceptions were. This one was the ditzy one, this one was the singer, this one was the dancer. And to come out of that and be a whole person has been a real challenge for me. I didn’t have my say, really, in the group. None of us did.”
Jo O’Meara : In her teenage years, O’Meara would serve food at her local pub in Ilford. It was there that someone from 19 Entertainment spotted her on stage and recruited her to join a new pop group S Club 7.
Her debut single, “What Hurts the Most“, was released on 26 September 2005, peaking at number thirteen on the UK singles chart, followed a week later by her album, Relentless. This, however, quickly fell out of the chart and sold poorly, peaking at #48. In February 2006 she took part in the BBC reality show Just the Two of Us. Her singing partner was Chris Fountain. The pair came third in the competition, failing to attract enough votes to make the final after their performance of “Never Had a Dream Come True“.
In January 2007 O’Meara appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. Along with Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd , O’Meara was accused of racist and bullying behaviour toward fellow “contestant” Indian actress Shilpa Shetty , resulting in a record number of complaints to “OfCom” , extensive national and international media coverage, and condemnatory statements from the British and Indian governments
Hannah Spearritt : In early November 2005, she made her acting comeback in the BBC’s Blessed , an eight part sitcom. In Blessed, she played a minor role, appearing as a member of a fake girl band in two episodes. December 2005 saw Spearritt appearing in the unsuccessful West End musical, Snow! The Musical, at London’s Sound Theatre. The musical was cancelled just three weeks into its run because of poor ticket sales – one show managed to attract an audience of only two people.In 2010 she made a cameo appearance in a short film, Bubble Wrapped produced by her partner. In late 2011 she performed The Belle’s Stratagem where she played the role of Lady Frances. In March 2012, Spearritt will take over the role of Pauline in a play called One Man, Two Guvnors in the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Tina Barrett : Barrett led some of the tracks on the groups’ albums, such as “I’ll Be There” and “Stronger”. Stronger was set to be a single, but was canceled when Paul Cattermole left the group. The six remaining members stayed together until 2003, when they split after releasing their greatest hits album.
Paul Cattermole : He has probably been the least successful member of the group. He was the first member to leave the group in June 2002. Cattermole split up with Hannah Spearritt, his S Club 7 band mate, in early 2006; after dating for six years. In the run-up to Christmas 2007, Cattermole and Bradley McIntosh undertook DJ sets at the University of Winchester Christmas Ball (1 December) and at ‘The Old Firestation’.
He joined up with former band mates Jo and Bradley to form ‘S Club 3’ in 2008.Cattermole sang with his own band at a charity concert called ‘The Sounds of Summer’ at ‘The Lord Taverners’ club in London on July 27, 2011. He implies in a YouTube video interview promo that he is planning to launch more musical material.
Bradley Mc Intosh : In 2006 McIntosh starred in an MTV’s’ show, called Totally Boyband. Other people starring were members of disbanded groups. He became part of a boy band, Upper Street made up of ex-group members. The groups that each member was from were 911, Steps, Another Level and New Kids on the block . They released their first (and only) single, “The One”, in 2006, but it was a commercial disaster and charted at #35 in the UK Singles Chart. Also in 2006 he took part in Celebrity Sport Relief Boxing against Jack Osbourne.
Further to this, he regularly performs at top UK student nights, such as the nationwide weekly JUICED event – Every Friday at Wahoo Brighton and Chilli White Southampton and Keele.
Jon Lee : Jon was the youngest member of the group. He was only 16 when they formed. After leaving the group he went on to pursue a career in the West End and played the role of Marius in Les Miserables between 2003-2004. In 2006 he starred in the short TV series “The Sound of Musicals” alongside some famous stars such as Carrie & David Grant and John Barrowman. His latest role was the lead of “Frankie Valli” in Jersey boys from 2011 + . I have to say after seeing him live in Les Mis back in 2004 he doesn’t have the strongest of voices and is one of the weaker Marius’s. He’s also had small acting roles on soaps such as Casualty.
(Back in the day)
(The group after seeing Jon Lee star in Jersey Boys last year)
What’s next for them ?
S Club 7 have signed a deal to reunite this summer, according to reports.The seven-piece will be performing a series of UK gigs and one-off appearances and have lined-up a possible two-album deal, the Daily Mirror said. A source told the newspaper: “The guys have been inundated with approaches and offers over the past three years, but always said no.
“But following a series of talks and meetings, they decided to go for it… It was a case of now or never… Everyone is really excited and frantically getting back in shape.”According to The Mirror, S Club 7 will announce their return shortly.”The guys have been inundated with approaches and offers over the past three years, but always said no,” a source told the paper.
What do you think ? Is it a good idea that they are re-uniting or should they just let the past lie and move on ?……