S Club 8

S Club Juniors
Also known as S Club Juniors (2001–03)
S Club 8 (2003–04)
Origin London, England
Genres Pop
Years active 2001–04
Labels Polydor Records
Associated acts S Club 7, The Saturdays, From Above
Past members Aaron Renfree
Stacey McClean
Jay Asforis
Daisy Evans
Calvin Goldspink
Rochelle Wiseman
Hannah Richings
Frankie Sandford

S Club 8 (formerly S Club Juniors), were a spin off of the British pop group S Club 7. The group's members, Frankie Sandford, Jay Asforis, Daisy Evans, Calvin Goldspink, Stacey McClean, Aaron Renfree, Hannah Richings, and Rochelle Wiseman were all in their early teens or younger when they were chosen from thousands of hopefuls on the television series S Club Search in 2001.

The group was originally intended only as a support act at Wembley Arena on S Club 7's S Club Carnival Tour. The group also had its own documentary series, S Club Juniors: The Story.


2001–03: Formation and Together

S Club Juniors was formed in 2001 through a reality television show. The auditions were aired on CBBC. S Club Juniors' appearances was considered a success and consequently 19 Entertainment, the management company that had created S Club 7 and auditioned S Club Juniors, decided they should perform as a support act at all of the venues on the tour. The juniors made their first television appearance on Children in Need on 16 November 2001. By the end of the tour, S Club Juniors had created a following and, with the encouragement of 19, Polydor Records signed the group. Their first single was called "One Step Closer". It was promoted by the TV series S Club Junior: The Story and released in the UK on 22 April 2002 in a chart battle with the Sugababes who released their comeback single the same day. Although the Juniors remained number one in the midweek charts, the single dipped over the weekend and managed to sell 73,000 copies, compared to the Sugababes' 85,000. The Juniors stayed at number two for a second week selling a further 60,000 copies, compared to Holly Valance's 143,000. In excess of 250,000 copies were sold in the UK in total and they stayed in the UK top 75 for 11 weeks.

The group began working on their studio album in June 2002. A second single was named "Automatic High", filmed in Spain, while S Club 7 began their fourth TV series. Released on 22 July 2002, the single reached number two in the UK charts selling 52,000 copies, and spent eight weeks inside the UK top 75 and sold in excess of 110,000 copies in the UK. The third single, "New Direction" released on 10 October reached number two in the UK charts selling 55,000 copies in the first week. It became their third consecutive top ten hit, selling 130,000 copies in six weeks. The Juniors released their debut album Together on 21 October reaching number five in its first week of sale and selling 40,000 copies. Their fourth single, "Puppy Love/Sleigh Ride", was released on 9 December 2002. The single debuted at number six in the UK charts, and sold 85,000 copies in the UK, spending eight weeks inside the UK Top 40. The song was also used in the film Love Actually.

2003–04: Sundown, acting and split

The band joined S Club on their S Club United tour in April 2003 where the announcement came of a name changed to S Club 8 and an upbeat fifth single, "Fool No More". The single released on 30 June reached number four in the UK chart, selling 26,000 copies in its first week and overall 75,000 copies in the UK. A second single, "Sundown", was released in the UK on 29 September 2003 reaching number four in the UK and became their sixth and final top ten hit and selling 37,000 copies in its first week and 80,000 altogether. The album, Sundown, was released on 13 October 2003 and reached number 13 in the UK charts, falling to number 40 in the second week. Despite selling a total of 60,000 copies in the UK and 315,859 worldwide, the record company perceived the album as a failure.[1] In a review for BBC Music, Jack Smith stated that some of Sundown's tracks, "Come across as brattier, livelier, younger relatives of... S Club('s)," and that, "The album only really flags when the '8 attempt to do more grown-up songs."[2] The third single, "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry", was released on 29 December 2003 in the UK where it reached number 11, becoming the band's first single to chart outside the top ten.

Unlike the S Club 7 shows which focused upon the band's fictional exploits, I Dream saw S Club 8 as members of a larger ensemble cast. I Dream revolved around the summer school Avalon Heights, run by Professor Toone (played by Christopher Lloyd), where the characters tried to improve on their talents in the performing arts. The show featured many songs and dances: normally two songs per episode. On 15 November 2004, the show's theme tune "Dreaming" was released as a single, sung by members Frankie and Calvin. The single flopped, charting at number 19, falling to 36 the following week, then out of the UK top 40. On 29 November 2004 an album titled Welcome to Avalon Heights was released, containing songs from the show performed by S Club 8 members and the rest of the cast. The album debuted at number 133, having sold around 700 copies. The following week, it left the chart entirely.[3] The group disbanded at the end of 2004.



Main article: S Club 8 discography


Year Title Role Notes
2001 S Club Search Themselves / Contestants Reality series
2002 S Club Juniors: The Story Themselves Reality series
2002 Viva S Club Crowd of fans "The Fame in Spain" (Season 1: episode 1)
2004 I Dream Themselves Main roles

Concert tours

Opening act


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  2. "S Club 8 Sundown Review". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. "We've been to the end of the year". Popjustice. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. "News". AaronRenfree OfficialWebTeam. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
  5. 1 2 Walsh, Ayeesha (8 April 2013). "Frankie Sandford announces her engagement to Wayne Bridge |Showbiz". The Sun. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. Andrea Magrath (31 December 2011). 'I can't wait to be Mrs Humes!' Rochelle Wiseman and JLS star Marvin announce New Year's engagement. Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
  7. "Marvin Humes and Rochelle Wiseman wedding closes Blenheim Palace". BBC. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. "Rochelle Humes baby: The Saturdays singer has given birth to baby girl Alaia-Mai with husband Marvin Humes". Hello. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
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