In 2001, the face of British music changed forever. Following a series documenting the search for the next big thing, five people of varying physical appearance and musical aptitude emerged as the winners of ITV’s Popstars. For the generation who first dreamt of ‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe promoting them to fame and glory, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ will forever be associated with a room full of nervous wannabes, gathered around a piano in a fluorescent-lit conference centre. The TV show was a smash hit, at one stage transmitting to 12 million viewers. Sadly, for Hear’Say, the winning group, success was not to last. After releasing two albums in the space of 18 months, the band split and moved on to bigger and brighter things.
Or did they?
Hear’Say’s lead singer had a turbulent career following the band’s demise. Kym Marsh became a regular feature in the tabloids during her marriage to Eastenders star Jack Ryder. This partnership paved the way for Marsh’s future life in soap operas. In 2006, she joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing ballsy barmaid Michelle Connor. Since divorcing Ryder, she has found love with Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas.
Noel Sullivan was an understudy for the Welsh National Opera before being picked for Hear’Say. After the band broke up, Sullivan moved to America to host Simply Ballroom, before abandoning the celebrity lifestyle to forge a career in musical theatre. It has just been announced that Sullivan will reprise his role as Galileo Figaro in the West End production of We Will Rock You following its successful UK tour.
Myleene Klass disappeared into the vacuum of classical music after leaving Hear’Say. During this period, Klass began to carve out a career as a television presenter, featuring on shows such as CD:UK, but it was her appearance on 2006’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in that bikini that made her a household name. Since then, she has modelled for Marks and Spencer and has presented a range of television programmes.
Danny Foster has arguably had the least success since the band terminated. Despite taking part in a number of TV reality shows, Foster is now the lead singer of Motown and Soul covers group Danny Foster & The Big Soul Corporation.
Suzanne Shaw has been in and out of the spotlight in various roles post-Hear’Say, from West End musicals to Dancing On Ice. She currently stars as Eve Birch in bucolic soap opera Emmerdale, and is married to DJ Jason King of JK and Joel ‘fame’.