The Big Reunion
Published: Wed 20 Feb 2013
Ten years after they ruled pop, for one night only, six chart-topping groups will be reunited in an unmissable TV event.
The Big Reunion will follow their every step, as their worlds are turned upside down after years away from the spotlight. During the series, viewers will see the groups reunited for the first time since they split. For some it’s the chance to relive their dream, for others it may open old wounds as they prepare to face demons they thought they had buried forever.
At their peak, these acts dominated UK pop over a 10-year period from the mid nineties, selling millions of singles, albums and achieving multiple number 1’s. Now they will come together for the first time in a decade, to put on the show of their lives.
The cameras will capture the highs and lows, tears and tantrums as each of the bands hope they can once again discover the magic that helped them adorn magazine covers, sell out multiple arena tours and top the charts back in their heyday.
The Big Reunion, made by ITV Studios, will delve into the lives of these former pop heroes, exploring what happened after they slipped out of the charts. Some have remained in the celebrity spotlight, whilst others left their showbiz lives behind to pursue new careers as diverse as a stilt walker, a midwife, a teacher, a farmer and a photographer.
Tonight for the first time, our six bands come together, as rehearsals begin for the most important gig of their lives. Can these former chart toppers rediscover their inner popstars – in tune, in step – and in time?
With only two weeks of rehearsals and the stress of juggling their personal lives, the pressure is truly on - and the bands are feeling it.
The bands are starting to realise that it’s not just a matter of polishing up old harmonies and dusting off routines from the height of their fame. They have to be current and relevant, to find their place in this very different pop world where the demands are higher and the scrutiny far more rigid than it was back in their day.
For some, ‘new’ is great, an exciting challenge - an opportunity to turn up the performance levels and own the stage. For others it’s exhausting and draining, a struggle to keep up with the pace.
One of the UK’s top choreographers Paul Domaine and vocal coach extraordinaire Yvie Burnett are pushing them way beyond their limits as they all strive to achieve more than they could possibly have imaged in the little time available to prepare for the show.
And Five are rehearsing as a four piece as they are still searching for a replacement for J.
With frayed nerves, unrequited love, rubber catsuits and back stage confessions there’s as much going on around as well as in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the bootcamp.
Finally with only a handful of rehearsals under their belts, all the bands face their toughest critics – the other bands - as they perform for each other in a unique and mesmerising rehearsal that is explosive, emotional and simply breathtakingly exciting.