The Saturdays have invaded the states in new reality show.
By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/21/2013—“We are so excited about these young ladies,” new co-anchor for E! News Terrence Jenkins said of The Saturdays while at the TCA Winter Press Tour. “They have dominated the charts over in the U.K. with, I think it’s 11 top-ten singles…They’re phenomenal, and they’re beautiful, so I can’t wait.”
The Saturdays are an English-Irish girl group who are hoping to gain the same fame in the U.S. that they have already achieved in the United Kingdom with the help of a new reality show on E! titled Chasing the Saturdays. With four studio records, 11 top-ten hits, and a huge following in the U.K. under their belts, they hope the transition will be easy. Chasing the Saturdays premiered Sunday night on E! and returned with another new episode tonight.
The half-hour show introduced us to the girls—Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford, and Vanessa White. Upon landing in Los Angeles, the girls get cozy in their new apartments and do as girls do – compare closets and couches. They don’t have much time to relax though, with news from manager Peter Loraine that they will be attending MTV’s Video Music Awards and performing at one of their major supporters, Perez Hilton’s after party. They get straight to it, practicing choreography and planning what to say on stage.
Giuliana Rancic said of The Saturdays, “And they’re not just famous for their voices. They have got pretty incredible fashion sense. A lot of young people follow them and try to emulate them. They’re also part of high profile relationships. So there’s definitely some scandal mixed in there, some drama mixed in there, which of course makes for an amazing reality show.”
It’s clear that their time spent in the U.S. will not be easy for all of the girls. Wife and mother Una Healy, the oldest member of the group, has brought along her daughter and mother for part of the trip, but being away from rugby player husband Ben Foden may be a challenge. Last night also focused on Frankie Sandford and her past battles with depression which resurfaced after arriving in LA. Clips from upcoming episodes also foreshadow Vanessa White, the youngest group member’s possible struggles with alcohol and over-partying.
Although the premiere did little to showcase The Saturdays’ music, perhaps they will focus more in upcoming episodes. The TV writers were given a CD of the music and it reminds me of workout tunes. The girls do have roots in the music industry. Humes and Sandford were both members of the group SClub 8, a spin off of the popular SClub 7. King spent some time with her former girl group Fallen Angelz on The X Factor. White has appeared in productions such as The Lion King. Healy comes from a musical family and spent time singing backup before rising to fame with The Saturdays. Watch Chasing the Saturdays Sunday nights at 9/8c on E!.