Whatever Happened to… Hear’Say
Back in 2001 a show called PopStars was created. Largely considered a fore runner of the current talent shows, PopStars was filmed more as a documentary about how the industry can manufacture bands. It had a cast of ‘expert’ judges and no public vote. The show created band of the moment Hear’Say.
Some 15 years later though, whatever happened to Hear’Say? Some are still very much in the public eye, whilst our younger readers will be forgiven for not knowing some of them. We take a look at the band and where they are now.
Former cleaner Danny Foster has had a mixed life following the international success of Hear’Say. The singer now fronts his own soul band, but also admits that he has had it rough since the dismantling of the group, including a dark time in his life when he hit the bottle, he also is a well documented survivor of a Vauxhall Zafira fire. He has been in a number of reality shows including The Games and unsuccessfully auditioned for The Voice.
So Myleene Klass has been VERY busy since Hear’Say called it a day. Partnering with company after company to front ad campaigns including M&S and Littlewoods. A baby range with Mothercare she has certainly made her money in fact she is worth an estimated £11m. Not bad for a classically trained pianist who was part of a TV experiment. Myleene has also done her share of TV work including Loose Women and BBQ Champ.
Suzanne has been relatively quiet for a few years now. Now engaged following a couple of failed relationships with fellow celebs Darren Day and JK for JK and Joel, Suzanne is also finding her way in musicals. Since the split, Suzanne has appeared in Holby City and Emmerdale and also auditioned for a part in Corrie. Like many others she has also appeared in a number of reality shows including Dancing on Ice in 2008.
Cardiff choir boy Noel Sullivan loved life as part of one of the highest selling bands of the time. However he was never really Mr Pop. Ever since the band disbanded Noel has been treading the boards in a variety of musical, mainly in the West End. Everything from Grease to Priscilla, Noel is currently touring with as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Noel did have some spells on the TV with Channel Five’s Trust Me – I’m A Holiday Rep and also in a cameo role on Gavin and Stacey.
Famously when asked if he would be part of a Hear’Say reunion, Noel replied
“I would rather cut my own leg off”
So mum of three Kym Marsh is probably the most recognisable of the former Hear’Say gang, largely thanks to her role as Michelle Connor on UK soap Corrie for the last decade (since 2006). She has won no fewer than seven awards for her acting. She also previously had roles on Hollyoaks and Doctors. Aside from her success in acting, she was probably also the most successful in music terms post breakup. Her debut solo single Cry reached number two in the charts and her album Standing Tall peaked at number nine.
Johnny Shentall was hardly a good luck charm for the band. No sooner had he joined to replace Kym Marsh after she quit the group than they disbanded. His success with Hear’Say was probably as long as it was with previous band Boom!
And just in case you forgot, here is their massive hit – Pure and Simple by Hear’Say