April 24, 2012
Will The Saturdays Launch A British Girl Group Invasion in America?
Here come the girls: Rumors have swirled for months, but according to an article in the New York Post earlier today, Una, Mollie, Vanessa, Rochelle and Frankie–together known as The Saturdays–have signed a deal to head stateside for an upcoming reality show on E!.
From the New York Post (so take it with a tiny pinch of salt):
British girl-band the Saturdays have just signed a development deal for a reality show with E! The fivesome girl group includes pretty blonde Mollie King, who was recently linked to Prince Harry. A source tells Page Six the new green-lit reality show will follow the band members’ personal and professional lives as they move to Los Angeles and work to climb the American pop charts, while continuing to build on their UK success. The Saturdays also includes Una Healy, who has just given birth to a daughter, Aoife Belle, with English rugby player Ben Foden. It is not immediately clear if Healy will be able to spend as much time filming the show stateside as her bandmates.
(I think my favorite part of that news item is the fact that the only two members mentioned are included merely because of their relationships with successful men. Girl power!)
I’m happy for them, but mostly nervous: If the Almighty Aloud and the Sugababes–the two highest selling and most influential British girl groups of the past decade–couldn’t spark even a little interest stateside with their music, I’m more than dubious that The Saturdays–who’ve yet to even notch a #1 single in the UK and just released a real stinker–will fare any better, exposure or otherwise.
Then again, they’re on E!–maybe someone will confuse Vanessa with a Kardashian sister or something.
Regardless, I’m still going to rally hard for these ladies and hope that they see some US success like their male counterparts, The Wanted and One Direction. It’s about time a girl group was recognized beyond the Spice Girls (even if we all know that The Saturdays are the Wet Seal to the Almighty Aloud’s Dior.)
Who knows? Maybe a little American success will light a fire under the Aloud’s respective butts to reclaim the throne–or even go stateside! Actually, I can already see Nadine tweeting from Nadine’s Irish Mist in Sunset Beach: “GAYRLS! ALL HAYNDS ON DECK! RAHYUNYUN! TAYME TO TURR! TAYME TO TURR!”
More than anything, we’re probably in for an American version of Totally Scott-Lee–which, now that I think about it, will probably be all shades of amazing. “But we were B-listed at Capital!”
Mollie, how do you feel about all this?