Dolly Rockers

The Dolly Rockers
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop, electropop, dance, wonky pop
Instruments Vocals, guitars, musical keyboard, drums
Years active 2006–2013
Labels Parlophone/EMI (2009)
RedWalk Productions (2010–2013)
Past members Brooke Challinor
Lucie Kay
Sophie King
Daniele Owen

The Dolly Rockers were an English girl group from London, Leeds and Manchester. The group's final line-up consisted of Lucie Kay, Sophie King and Daniele Owen.[1][2] They first became known when they competed in the third series of The X Factor in 2006.[3] In 2009, their song "Je Suis une Dolly" received an unexpected amount of airplay, receiving coverage in British tabloids[4] and feuding with other pop groups.[5] They were signed with EMI Parlophone, and worked with hit songwriters Ray Hedges and Nigel Butler.[6] Their sound has been called "wonky pop" and "drunk disco",[7][8] and they have described themselves as "the pop equivalent of Marmite."[9]

The Dolly Rockers re-auditioned for The X Factor in 2013, but failed to get to bootcamp. On 10 October 2013, the band confirmed that after their failed X Factor audition, they had decided to go their separate ways after seven years together.[10][11]

Career beginnings

The band members met after successfully auditioning for a girl band, Innocence, advertised in The Stage. They formed the Dolly Rockers after this band failed.[9][12] The name comes from a vintage clothing company.[6] After The X Factor, they worked with Hedges and Butler for a year and a half, recording material in Jersey while still working in their day jobs.[6] They say that "A lot of people who have been on X Factor try to capitalise on the connection. We're trying to put it behind us."[12]

Current band

The band were signed to EMI in 2009 and hit the mainstream in with the single "Je Suis Une Dolly", based on Bill Wyman's 1981 hit "(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rockstar". The song was heavily promoted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills. Because the song became so popular so quickly (in part due to a video shot on the London Underground)[13] that EMI decided to rush the single as a download.[12] A new single, "Gold Digger", had been released by September 2009 and was promoted in various TV shows, with the Dolly Rockers complaining they hadn't yet gotten playlisted on Radio 1.[14] A video was shot on the streets of East London.[4] Lucie Kay left the band in December 2009, and was replaced by Daniele Owen. In August 2010, Kay rejoined the band because Challinor left. The band said that they had signed a US record deal with RedWalk Productions (A RedOne venture with Charlie Walk) and started working on their debut album.[15] On 10 October 2013, the band confirmed that after their failed X Factor audition, they had decided to go their separate ways after seven years together.[10][11]


Year Title Peak
2009 "Gold Digger"


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