Where are the Popstar contestants now


IT was a ratings hit and paved the way for talent shows like The X Factor.

And this year marks two decades since ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals first hit our screens.


Girls Aloud came out of Popstars: The Rivals1 credit
But what happened to their rivals, One True Voice?


But what happened to their rivals, One True Voice?Credit: PA: Press Association

Hosted by Davina McCall, it created two opposing pop groups, a boy band and an all-girl band, in a battle of the sexes.

Judged by music moguls Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh, and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, the contenders had to compete for a spot in the winning bands, later named One True Voice and Girls Aloud.

The bands were then pitted against each other in a race to be Christmas number one.

Girls Aloud – made up of Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, the late Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle – won with Sound of the Underground and became one of the UK’s best-selling bands, selling four million albums . .

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Not only did One True Voice not win, but they disbanded eight months later.

From Girls Aloud rejections to the star who was the infamous ‘other woman’ in a Britain’s Got Talent judge’s wedding, we reveal what happened to the contestants.

Javine Hylton

Javine Hylton stepped out of the limelight after affair with MC Harvey


Javine Hylton stepped out of the limelight after affair with MC HarveyCredit: News/Instagram

The 20-year-old from Ladbroke Grove, west London, was one of the favorites to earn a spot in the coveted girl group and even host Davina was stunned when she missed out on Sarah Harding.

ITV was inundated with complaints from viewers saying they were unable to register their vote for Javine, but TV executives dismissed the claims following an investigation.

But she went on to a successful pop career, representing the UK at Eurovision in 2005.

She found herself at the center of a scandal when she had an affair with So Solid Crew rapper MC Harvey in 2006, while he was married to Mis-Teeq rapper Alesha Dixon.

The couple divorced, along with Harvey, whose real name is Michael Harvey Junior, and Javine had daughter Angel, now 14. But they later broke up after thinking he cheated on her.

Now 40, Javine has since had two more children and prefers to stay out of the spotlight and focus on her family instead.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson is still making music all these years later


Matt Johnson is still making music all these years laterCredit: Granada/Instagram

At just 17, Matt, from Chester, was the baby of the five-piece boy. When the band broke up in 2003, he signed a solo recording contract with Jive Records.

But he left the label over a disagreement in musical direction and continued to perform on The X Factor in 2004, but only reached boot camp.

Now a father of two, Matt, 36, is still in music and has a big fanbase, getting over a million monthly streams on Spotify.

He also runs his own label Tristar Records which champions other musicians.

Anthony Gordon

Anton Gordon didn't make it past the X Factor producer round


Anton Gordon didn’t make it past the X Factor producer roundCredit: Granada/Instagram

After One True Voice, Anton, from Neasden, north-west London, auditioned for the X Factor in 2006 but did not make it past the producers’ round.

The 38-year-old singer-songwriter, who now goes by the name Anton Romero, hasn’t given up on music, however.

He has released several tracks on YouTube and often posts videos of himself singing on his Instagram.

Keith Semple

Keith Semple then starred in The Voice US


Keith Semple then starred in The Voice USCredit: Granada/Instagram

The Northern Irish singer-songwriter traveled to America after his stint in the band to front Chicago-based rock band 7th Heaven.

He had another hit on reality TV when he auditioned for American Idol in 2010, but lost his ‘golden ticket’ spot and unfortunately had to quit the show because he only had a work visa. temporary.

In 2012 Keith, now 40, announced he was leaving 7th Heaven to pursue his own music.

Then three years later, he auditioned for the American version of The Voice and got a spot with judge Adam Levine of Maroon 5 but was eliminated on the very first live show.

Keith, who lives in Naperville, Ill., with his wife Lynette and daughters Rowan, eight, and Rozlyn, six, now leads his band Semple.

Jamie Shaw

Jamie Shaw's solo career failed to take off and he's now a BBC publicity assistant


Jamie Shaw’s solo career failed to take off and he’s now a BBC publicity assistantCredit: Granada/Instagram

Jamie, from Cardiff, South Wales, got his first recording contract at the age of 13 with Decca and after One True Voice he signed another solo contract with independent label Rockin’ Nation Music and even supported the Backstreet Boys on their UK tour in 2006.

Her solo album Different failed to take off and it was dropped.

Then in 2014 he decided to trade singing for TV when he became an executive publicity assistant working on shows such as the BBC’s Doctor Who.

Jamie, now 36, married his wife Daniella Serrano-Shaw on the Greek island of Santorini two years ago and they have daughter Mila-Rose, who will be two next month.

Daniel Pearce

Daniel Pearce is still recording for Genesis


Daniel Pearce is still recording for GenesisCredit: News/Instagram

Daniel, from Ashford, Kent, starred in the West End musical Jailhouse Rock after One True Voice disbanded.

He returned to reality television in a bid to revive his pop career when he auditioned for The X Factor in 2009, but failed to make it to live shows.

That year he provided backing vocals to Dizzee Rascal’s number one hit Dirtee Disco, performing alongside the British rapper on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.

The 43-year-old has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Craig David, Basement Jaxx, Chris Malinchak and The Chemical Brothers.

In 2011 Daniel, who has two sons Jude, 16, and Gabriel, 14, with ex-wife singer Charlotte Hodson, formed the funk band Shuffler with former members of Jamiroquai and is now a backing vocalist for Genesis.

Nicholas Ward

Nicola Ward was recently on I Can See Your Voice


Nicola Ward was recently on I Can See Your VoiceCredit: Rex/ITV

Nicola actually turned down a chance to be on Girls Aloud after quitting the show in an apparent row over pay – giving previously rejected 16-year-old Nicola Roberts a shot at fame.

At the time, it was reported that the 19-year-old thought she would be paid too little. But she later revealed that she didn’t sign the contract because her jealous boyfriend gave her an ultimatum.

She recalled: “He said ‘it’s me or the band, you’re gonna have to make a decision because if you keep doing this then I’ll never see you and it’s all between me and you, it’s over ‘”. ‘. And at the time, it was quite an ultimatum.

She tried reality TV again and auditioned for Pop Idol 2, but Simon Cowell told her he didn’t see her as a solo star.

She was then in two bands, Cookie and Cushh, who ironically supported Girls Aloud.

And last year Nicola, 39, who now sings on cruise ships, wowed viewers with his performance on BBC’s I Can See Your Voice

Hazel Kaneswaran-Grogan

Hazel Kaneswaran-Grogan was eight months pregnant when she auditioned


Hazel Kaneswaran-Grogan was eight months pregnant when she auditionedCredit: Rex/Instagram

Hazel, 25, from Dublin, Ireland, was eight months pregnant when she auditioned for the show.

She impressed the judges and initially won a spot, but was suddenly kicked out when it was discovered that she was ten days over the allowed age limit on the show.

She said at the time: “I have never lied about my age. They saw my passport, but it wasn’t until the contracts were sent to the lawyers that it became a problem.

After giving birth to her son, Oisin, now 19, Hazel joined Irish pop group Dove and had top ten hits in her native Ireland.

She remained on good terms with Popstars: The Rival judge Louis Walsh and wrote songs for Jedward which he mentored on the X Factor.

Hazel, who is also mum to Fionn, 18, Niallsean, 14, and Pierce, 13, is married to developer Martin Grogan and is now a reiki teacher and past life regressor.

She is also said to be the driving force behind the musical career of her younger brother Siva, 33, who was part of the hit band The Wanted.

Chloe Staines

Chloe Staines is now a DJ


Chloe Staines is now a DJCredit: Rex/Instagram

After being rejected from Popstars: The Rivals, Chloe, from Chelmsford, Essex, formed girl group Clea with fellow rejects Emma Beard, Lynsey Brown and Aimee Kearsley.

The group name was an acronym of the first letter of each member’s name.

They released their first single Download It in 2003 but it narrowly missed a top 20 spot. Chloe left the group when second single Stuck In The Middle charted outside the top 20 again and emigrated. in Canada.

Today, 38-year-old Chloe Morgan lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she works as a singer-songwriter and record producer.

And in 2015, she turned to DJing, becoming a huge success during lockdown hosting virtual dance parties.

Emma Beard

Emma Beard appeared in Paris Hilton's British Best Friend


Emma Beard appeared in Paris Hilton’s British Best FriendCredit: PA/Instagram

When Lynsey decided to leave Clea at the end of 2006, the band broke up and Emma and Aimee formed the dance duo Loveshy. They had some success in America but disbanded in 2008.

The following year, Emma, ​​from Northampton, appeared on the reality show Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend.

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Emma, ​​40, now works as a relationship manager for a major PR firm and is mum to three-year-old twins, Dylan and Ethan. She candidly revealed how she struggled to cope with their birth and created a podcast to help other new mums deal with the big life change.

Guests have included TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh.


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