LINDA Martin is looking to create a chart-topping S Club 7 group – and music mogul Louis Walsh has promised to get them a record deal.
The former Eurovision star is working alongside panto creator Stuart O’Connor to find the next Irish music group and 66-year-old Martin is on the hunt for “good looking and fun” hopefuls to fill the criteria.
The singer is preparing to hold auditions on Sunday in Dublin's Academy between 11am and 6pm, but animal lover Linda told the Herald that only singers who can dance should try out.
“I need good looking people who can dance and sing, as opposed to those who can just sing. We want the full package, that’s the priority,” she said.
“This is a fun group and with this mixture, two girls and three boys, we want have to have it all. There’s a niche for it at the moment in the market.
The idea to create a new S Club 7 came after close pal Walsh held a string of open auditions in Dublin to find what he’s hoping will be the next Westlife last year.
While only five have been chosen to complete 60-year-old Walsh’s band, Martin said they came across some “astounding talent”, in turn deciding to create another group.
"He was looking for particular types of voices, and at one point he turned around to me and said, 'Put a boy-girl band together',” she said.
"I said, 'Well if it's such a good idea why don't you do it?' And he said, 'I'm not working with girls - they're too high maintenance. But you do it'.”
“We’re friends a long time, so he’ll be helping me out – he has a lot of influence.”
With Walsh on her side, Martin is insisting there will be plenty of opportunity ahead for whoever impresses and makes it into the final five.
“They will be aimed at a young audience, but we also want them to be granny friendly. We want those who are 16 up to 21, but I think we could even aim younger than that.
“Record companies will come in with Louis’ influence and if we can get a good group, we’ll give it our best shot. There’s a plethora of talent out there, we should have a hit.”