Saturday 24 February 2018

Pop Corner: Reunited feels so good... or does it?

Easther Bennett from the pop group, Eternal, pictured in 2000
Easther Bennett from the pop group, Eternal, pictured in 2000

Conor's Behan

Even in an era of reality TV fatigue, The Big Reunion managed to be one of 2013's TV surprises.

Roping together a number of late 90s/early 2000s pop acts like B*Witched, Five and Liberty X and making them rehash old differences might be an obvious idea but the resulting drama was far more intense than expected.

There were stories of drug use, excessive partying and feuds. More tear-jerker than car crash, it was the kind of show that gathered a group of pop stars so specific you couldn't imagine how it would happen again.

Still, the first series was a massive success for ITV so it's not surprising that the second series arrives next month.

Acts like girl thing, damage, 3t and a1 may not seem like big draws even if eternal were genuinely huge at their peak. There's also a boyband composed of solo male stars including Dane Bowers, Adam Rickitt and Gareth Gates. The story of what happened to Eternal is the sort of thing that would have easily fitted in with the once high-profile names of season one but this season could also show the strain that develops when acts don't quite make it.

Girl Thing were never huge at the time but the money pumped into them and Simon Cowell's insistence that they were the next Spice Girls lets us see what happens when the pop thing goes south. Then there's 3T, part of the Jackson family who roped Michael Jackson into appearing on one of their songs.

The Big Reunion offers a chance to show how the pop world treats both successful stars and those who don't quite make it.

Conor Behan

Irish Independent

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