“Take That, the Spice Girls, Westlife, One Direction, Boyzone, 5ive. What does that tell you about single-gendered, British Isles pop groups?” “There’s too many of them?” “That’s one way of looking at it. Another way of looking at it is; people like them, let’s make some *more* of them.”
And so it was. Back in 2002, toxic svengali facemelt Simon Cowell had had enough of the Gates / Young off and clearly wanted to play his weird, chart-dominating game of chess with more pieces.
One True Voice never stood a chance. Aside from launching a single that sounded like something even Color Me Badd would have retched into the nearest bin at, they were up against these lot and their clearly superior, gold-plated pop belter.
Yes, it sounds like ‘Beat Goes On’ by the All Seeing I, but what are you going to do about it now, eighteen years on? Nothing. I suspected as much.