Important Dates

2000


August: London Weekend Television place a full-page advertisement in the show business newspaper, The Stage: ‘Have you got what it takes to be a star? Are you aged 18-24 and simply bursting with talent?’ The search for 5 new Popstars had begun.

 

November: The band is secretly moved into the £1million, Popstars house in North London. They will be in hiding for several months before the official reveal.


November: The group attend An Audience with Ricky Martin at the London Weekend Television studios. So they don’t get recognised they go undercover as competition winners.

2001


10th January: Popstars begins on ITV1 and is watched by over 12million viewers.


3rd February: The members of the band are revealed on a tension filled episode of Popstars. Millions of viewers tuned in to watch the three judges break the news to each of the 10 finalists one-by-one.


5th February: The band faces the press for the first time when they flew into Heathrow Airport from Norway where they had been recording their first album. As yet the band has no name.


10th February: An Audience with Ricky Martin is shown on ITV1; if you look carefully you can see the band members in the audience.


17th February: Hear’say attends Heat Magazine’s party at the Park Lane Hotel, London.


20th February: It’s announced that the band have been officially christened as hear’say. It follows weeks of speculation about their title but the band say they decided on the name ‘ages ago.’


24th February: Hear’say makes their live television debut, singing on ITV1's Saturday morning music show CD:UK.


26th February: The band performs in front of 100’s of music executives and excited fans at The 2001 Brit Awards. Despite a dubious reception from some of the music industry the band carried on and proved to them all that they could actually sing! They also presented singer Kelis with her award for International Newcomer.

 

10th March: Hear’say makes their live stage debut, singing a 5 song set at a G.A.Y club night at the London Astoria.

 

12th March: Hear’says debut single Pure And Simple is released.

 

16th March: 8,000 screaming fans mobbed the group as they turned up at an in-store autograph session. Hysteria broke out among the crowd and many fans queued for hours to meet the band at a Woolworth’s store in Milton Keynes.

 

 17th March: The band launches their own range of dolls at Hamley's toyshop in London. Hundreds of fans queue for hours to meet the band.

 

18th March: Pure and Simple goes straight in at Number 1. It becomes the fastest selling debut single and the fastest selling non charitable single in history. It sold over 300,000 copies in the first 3 days with total record sales to date over £1.2million.

 

22nd March: Sir Paul McCartney comes out in support of hear’say, offering them ‘the best luck in the world.’ Speaking at a poetry reading in Liverpool, the former Beatle said of the group: ‘Popstars is what it is. They are kids looking for a break. I wish them the best luck in the world. They will need it.’

 

23rd March: Hear’say performs their debut single Pure and Simple on the BBC1 chart show Top of the Pops.

 

26th March: Their debut album Popstars is released. It had the biggest ever first week sales for a debut album with 306,631 sold in the first 6 days and over £1million overall.

 

29th March: Hear’say travel to Coventry to launch their debut album at Virgin Megastores. 1000’s of fans queued from 5am to catch a glimpse of the famous five.

1st April: Popstars is Number 1. Hear'say becomes the first British band to top the single and album charts simultaneously with their debut releases.


7th April: Hear’say join presenter Davina McCall for a celebration of their success and a chance for the nation to meet the bands family and friends on ITV1’s Meet the Popstars.


13th April: Hear’say performs their second single The Way to Your Love on BBC1’s Top of the Pops.


21nd April: Hundreds of fans turn out to see hear’say perform four of their tracks at MTV's Five Night Stand at north London's Ocean Club in Hackney.


28th April: The band performs at the Rugby League Silk Cut Challenge Cup final in Twickenham, London.


28th April: Hear’say help break another world record by playing to the biggest ever office party. The band performed to over 11,500 Vodaphone staff at London’s Earl’s Court. The party broke the record for the largest silver service dinner.


5th May: Suzanne becomes the victim of a sick internet hoax when reports of her suicide flood the internet. A webpage set up to look like BBC News reported that the young star had been found dead in her North London home. The rumours were quickly quashed by Suzanne’s management.


6th May: Hear’say performs alongside S Club 7, Wheatus and Shaggy at the BBC Radio 1’s Big Sunday Festival. 70,000 fans came out to see the group at the Morfa Stadium, Swansea.


11th May: Hear’say head to Germany where they perform in front of a packed crowd at The Dome 18 event at the Erdgas Arena, Riesa.


24th May: Hear’say sings alongside Lionel Richie and Shirley Bassey at a gala concert to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 80th birthday. The group performed their new single The Way to Your Love at the special event at London's Royal Albert Hall.


28th May: The band gives a surprise performance to an estimated 250,000 fans at the Orange WOW Festival in North Shields. They helped pull in record breaking crowds and had to be escorted by the police. In true showbiz style the band were hurried away by a speedboat.


 31st May: 1000’s of fans flock to Harrods in London for a high security book signing of Popstars: The Making of hear’say.


16th June: Hear’say performs the Three Degrees hit When Will I See You Again on the ITV1 extravaganza 70’s Mania.


25th June: Their second single The Way To your Love is released. The group had to reshoot the video for the track in England after their original video shoot in Spain was hit by torrential rain.


 30th June: Hear’say performs to over 80,000 people on the Radio One stage at the Mardi Gras festival in London's Finsbury Park.

1st July: Their second single, The Way to Your Love goes straight in to the charts at number 1.


8th July: Hear’say performs for Prince Charles and over 100,000 fans in Hyde Park at the Princes Trust Party in The Park.


14th July: The band performs to 10,000 fans as part of Party in the Park at Cardiff Castle.


29th July: Hear’say performs alongside Atomic Kitten at the Feel the Noise Live concert in Stockton.


18th August: The first edition of hear’say its Saturday is shown on ITV1. Three more programmes followed featuring guests Lionel Ritchie, David Cassidy, Atomic Kitten and Blue.


25th August: Hear'say begins their UK Arena tour with a matinee performance at Cardiff’s International Arena.


27th August: Hear’say takes time out from their busy tour schedule to perform at BRMB’s Party in the Park.


6th September: Hear'say sets the world record for having the loudest fans in a single location. Over 10,000 fans reached a sound level reading of 128.8 decibels, achieving a Guinness World Record. Guinness World Records researcher Della Howes said: ‘It was louder than a jumbo jet.

 

22nd September: Hear’say finds success at the Disney Channel kid’s awards, winning best new chart shakers. The group also take to the stage to perform their smash hit singles.


 29th September: Hear'say ends their sell out tour at the Manchester's Evening News Arena. Over 350,000 fans saw them in 9 cities across the UK.

25th October: Hear’say proudly launches The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2001 at London’s Covent Garden.


27th October: After the success of the original dolls, hear’say launches a new range of singing dolls. The dolls are kitted out in the band’s Brit Awards outfits and sing the chorus to Pure and Simple.


16th November: The group perform on BBC1’s Children In Need Appeal Night.


26th November: Everybody the band's new single is released.


26th November: Hear’say performs alongside Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Cher at The Royal Variety Performance, Dominion Theatre, London.


30th November: The band performs at the inaugural TOTP Awards at The Manchester Evening News Arena. Nominated for two awards, the group come away with nothing.


1st December: Hear’say attends The Children’s Bafta Awards at the Hilton Hotel, London.


2nd December: Hear’says third single, Everybody gets to number 4 in the charts.


3rd December: Everybody, their all-important second album is released.


3rd December: Hear’say attends the Chancellor's annual children's Christmas party at Number 10 Downing Street. Over 50 children with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families enjoyed the festivities alongside comedian Dawn French and TV favourites The Tweenies.


4th December: The group performs at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Tour event at the Cardiff International Arena. Other acts on the bill included A1, Blue, DJ Pied Piper and Liberty X.


7th December: Hear’say perform their new single Everybody on Top of the Pops, BBC1.


9th December: Everybody the album charts at number 24.


9th December: Hear’say performs on ITV1’s Record of The Year programme and come a respectable 4th. S Club 7 were voted the winners.


12th December: Hear’say performs on BBC1’s Top of the Pops Christmas Special.


23rd December: Hear’say attends The National Television Awards at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, London.


30th December: The Hear’say Story airs on Television. Little do the public know about the chaos going on behind the scenes for the group.

2002


1st January: Hear’say appears without Kym in ITV1’s Christmas Pantomime Dick Whittington.


24th January: It's officially announced that Kym marsh has left the group. The remaining four decide to carry on and replace Kym with someone else.


27th January: Hear’say performs for the first time since Kym’s departure at Dublin's Point Theatre for a Childline Fundraising Concert.


3rd February: Hear'say begins open auditions for a new member in Brixton, London.


5th February: After two days of intensive auditions dancer Johnny Shentall is announced as the new member.


10th February: The bands new TV show Hear’say a New Chapter starts on ITV2.


14th March: Hear’say’s 9 city second tour is cancelled, reportedly to let new boy Johnny adjust and settle in.


17th  April: Hear’say opened the new Maelstrom ride at Drayton Manor Park.


22nd April: Myleene and Suzanne help unveil the Guide Association as Girlguiding UK. Johnny’s then fiancée Lisa Scott-Lee was also on hand to help.


23rd May: Hear’say wins the Ivor Novello award for best selling UK single (Pure and Simple.) The awards take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London but the band does not attend.


27th May: Johnny and Suzanne take part in the charity football tournament Soccer Six.


9th June: Hear’say kicks off the Summer XS event at the Rivermead Centre, Reading. Fellow chart toppers The Sugababes, Liberty X, H & Claire and Busted also delighted the crowds.


23rd June: The band performs at the annual Brighton Party in the Park event. More than 100,000 fans made their way to the cities Preston Park for the star studded show.

6th July: Hear’say performs for a second year at BRMB’s Party in the Park at Birmingham’s St. Andrew’s Stadium.


6th July: The band performs at Liverpool’s Feel the Noise Live event at the Aigburth Cricket ClubOther acts included The Sugababes, Blue, Will Young and Ronan Keating.

 

July 16th: Hear’say flees a motorway service station and are chased down the M1 by a man brandishing a fake gun. A man was arrested and bailed but no charges were brought against him.


20th July: The band performs at Cardiff’s Red Dragon Party in the Park. The event, staged in the castle grounds of Coopers Field welcomed over 20,000 excited fans.


28th July: Hear’say performs at the Feel the Noise Live event as part of Stockton's Riverside Festival. 25,000 fans flocked to see acts including Atomic Kitten, The Lighthouse Family and 3SL.

 

12th August: Their first and only single with Johnny, Lovin' Is Easy is released.


23rd August: Hear’say performs their new single Lovin’ Is Easy on BBC1’s Top of the Pops.


18th August: Lovin' is easy charts at number 6.


30th September: Hear’say meets with their management and given their recent reception from the public decides they had no choice but to split.


1st October: Hear'say announces the split to the public.

News

Suzanne is currently busy working away at several projects including her upcoming role in the comedy horror film Neighbours from Hell.

Kym has just celebrated 10 amazing years walking the cobbles on Coronation Street. Her character Michelle Conner has become a fond fixture on our screens. Here's to many more happy years with Corrie!

Johnny and his lovely wife Lisa are busy teaching at their very own Dubai Performing Arts Academy. For more info and class details see www.dubaiperformingarts.com

Huge congratulations to Danny and his gorgeous new wife Victoria who are now happily married! They are already busy touring all over the UK with their fantastic group The Big Soul Corporation. For dates see www.dannyfosteronline.com

Myleene is as busy as ever juggling numerous work projects and has just launched her fabulous 2016 swimwear range for Littlewoods. 

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