What The Heck Happened To S Club 7?

In case you've forgotten your early 2000s music history, S Club 7 were the British septet that found fame with hit pop songs and wholesome exploits on their TV show named Miami 7. So what happened to S Club 7? After forming in 1998, thanks to a carefully crafted audition process, they quickly broke into the UK market, then branched out to audiences across Europe and the United States. They stuck with each other until 2003, when the band split, then reunited in various forms in the years since. 

Like other forgotten pop stars, the S Club 7 band members have remained relatively obscure. Former fans who don't follow the group's current formation - as the pared-down S Club 3 - might be wondering what the band members are up to now. Some have faced legal and financial troubles, and others have led successful careers in the entertainment industry, popping up on screens and stages mainly based in the UK. 

  • Simon Fuller Started S Club 7 After Being Fired By The Spice Girls
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    Simon Fuller Started S Club 7 After Being Fired By The Spice Girls

    Simon Fuller came to prominence in the 1990s when he masterminded the success of the Spice Girls. He was instrumental in transforming the pop group into a worldwide phenomenon by planning out the act's strategy from marketing to the way they should record singles.

    He was fired from the group in 1997 and came up with the idea for S Club 7 almost immediately afterward.

  • Over 10,000 People Auditioned To Join The Group

    With the idea of S Club 7 firmly established in his mind, Simon Fuller set about assembling the new group. Roughly 10,000 singers auditioned for a role that was featured on advertisements in magazines and notices sent to agents. Producers who worked for Fuller's company 19 Entertainment also invited several singers to audition.

    Tina Barrett, Rachel Stevens, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Paul Cattermole, and Hannah Spearritt made the final cut. 

  • They Began Their Careers On Their Own BBC TV Show
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    They Began Their Careers On Their Own BBC TV Show

    S Club 7 had a huge advantage over many pop groups because they could reach a large audience, thanks to the fact they had their own television show. Miami 7 launched on the Children's BBC in the UK in 1999 and was quickly exported to other countries, including the United States.

    The fictional show follows the group's seven members who move to Miami in an attempt to find fame and fortune. It quickly became successful, appealing to young audiences around the world.

  • The Group Became Instantly Popular And Sold Millions Of Records

    S Club 7's first single was "Bring It All Back," the theme song from Miami 7. The song immediately went to No. 1 in the charts, selling more than 600,000 copies. In addition, the song's popularity led to S Club 7's mainstream success.

    Their future releases were equally popular, and they sold more than 10 million albums across the globe.

  • The Group Has Never Officially Revealed What The ‘S’ Stands For

    Fans have wondered for years what the "S" stands for in S Club 7. Theories have ranged from "sugar," because Sugar Club was an early name for the group, to "Simon," for the act's founder, Simon Fuller. Though the band never officially revealed the truth, an interview with several members in 2014 did shed some light.

    They believe it was likely chosen because it is the 19th letter of the alphabet, and Fuller's production company was called 19 Entertainment. Fuller allegedly considered 19 his lucky number.

  • Paul Cattermole Was The First To Leave
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    Paul Cattermole Was The First To Leave

    In 2002, Paul Cattermole revealed that he was leaving S Club 7. According to interviews at the time, the singer wanted to return to his roots in rock music and joined a metal group called Skua with friends. The timing came as the rest of the members signed new record deals with their management company, allowing Cattermole to leave freely because he was no longer under contract.

    Cattermole remained with the band for a few more concerts and episodes of their TV show.