Review: JLS, The 02, Dublin
Runners up to 2008 'The X Factor' winner Alexandra Burke, squeaky-clean boyband JLS (short for Jack the Lad Swing, whatever that means) have parlayed television fame into the bones of a proper pop career.
Over the past 18 months, they've had two number one singles, while their self-titled debut album has gone triple platinum in Britain. Beat that, Jedward.
Perhaps their greatest asset is their lad-next-door affability. Even when exposing their honeyed torsos for the delectation of the thousands of 10-year-olds at the O2, the London quartet are never less than a picture of wholesomeness. Shaking their midriffs and curling their lips, they project all the swagger and menace of a troupe of 'Blue Peter' presenters.
Needless to say, their actual music is as forgettable as the personalities of the individual band members (anyone over the age of 18 who can tell the difference between Aston and Marvin really ought to switch off their TV and let some air into the room).
Chart-topping hit 'Everybody In Love' is speeded-up Westlife and 'Beat Again' sounds like an early-learning centre version of Dizzee Rascal's 'Bonkers'.
Still, they give good value as they mug their way through a medley of Michael Jackson hits and bash out a pumped-up version of Rihanna's 'Umbrella', accompanied by a routine in which, yes, they dance with umbrellas.
Admittedly, it would normally be deeply creepy to hear four men in their early 20s assuring a room full of squealing tweenies of their red-hot sexiness. JLS, though, are such good, clean fun it's impossible not to take it in the spirit of innocence it is surely intended.
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