They were the squeaky clean seemingly perpetual youngsters at the height of their fame – but S Club Seven showed that time waits for no man – nor manufactured pop act – last night. The band caught up with each other for the first time since their 2003 split to celebrate former member Jon Lee taking over the starring role of Frankie Valli in the smash hit West End musical Jersey Boys. For the first time in nine years, all seven originals reunited to try their best popstar poses again – but it was new mother Rachel, 32, who dazzled in a sparkly sequin dinner jacket and satin heels.
However, the attention was almost stolen from her by Paul Cattermole, 34, as the former teeny boppers lined up. He certainly showed he was more of a man nowadays when he got back together with his former bandmates after watch Jon perform onstage at the Prince Edward thetare.
Paul – who before S Club had various jobs including postman, butcher, theatre doorman, dustman and toilet cleaner – was actually first to leave the band when he quit in 2002 to join heavy metal band Skua. However, they failed to have much attention and in 2008, Paul together with bandmates Jo O’Meara, 31, of Celebrity Big Brother racism row notoreity and Bradley McIntosh, 29, got back together as S Club 3.
Most recently, they played a sell-out gig at the Universirty Of Hull on 18 March, a concert hailed by local media as ‘the comeback of the century’ and ‘the best thing to happen to Hull since John Prescott starred in the Moneysupermarket.com adverts.’
Hannah Spearritt, 29, meanwhile has been busy bothering dinosaurs on ITV1’s Primeval since the split, while Tina Barrett, 34, is apparently trying to launch her solo career. Rachel meanwhile, who had a successful solo career after groups disbanded, came second on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008, won rear of the year in 2009 and gave birth to her and businessman husband Alex Bourne’s first child Amelie in November last year.
S Club Seven – masterminded by Spice Girls svengali and Simon Cowell’s rival Simon Fuller – had a clutch of Number Ones throughout the UK and Europe – including classics Don’t Stop Moving and Never Had A Dream Come True. They recorded a total of four studio albums, released eleven singles and went on to sell over seventeen million albums worldwide.
Jon began his West End odyssey in Jersey Boys on 15 March. He’ll be alternating with Ryan Molloy who enters his fourth year in the multi award-winning show. Jon has a long history with the stage, and played the title role in Oliver! at the London Palladium when he was 13. Recently, he has starred in musicals including Les Miserables.