The Edge has completed a month long search for New Zealand’s next crush – Boy Band. Ten hopefuls seeking fame, fortune and unadulterated adoration have been named.
Joel Curran (16), Andrew Papas (18), Steve Ward (18), Bradley Tuivaii (19) from Auckland, Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma (18) from Hamilton, Jordi Webber (18) from Rotorua, Zac Taylor (18) from Whakatane, Haydn Linsley (19) from Palmerston North, Tom Hollow (20) and TK Paradza (27) both from Wellington.
All winning auditions are posted online at www.boyband.co.nz where the public can vote for their favourites until midnight Thursday, August 23. A final group of up to five who can really sing, dance (and have the look), will be chosen to sing songs written by Jersey Boys star Vince Harder.
The final 10 meet in Auckland this Saturday where they will take part in ‘Boy Band Camp’. It will be an intense week of training that includes choreography lessons with J. Williams, singing lessons with Vince Harder, styling and grooming, and media training to prepare the Top 10 for the head-to-head competition week.
“I’m looking forward to being part of this new venture and I’m hoping to harness some of New Zealand’s best raw talent to help produce something that we can all be proud of,” says Vince Harder.
The final band members will then create their own name and spend a week recording with one of the country’s most esteemed music producers, NOX (Illegal Musik), creating their debut single to be released on Friday, September 7.
As the new era of boy band madness reaches fever pitch across the globe, New Zealand’s very own One Direction is less than a month away.
Warner Music New Zealand is also adding its support. General Manager, Phil Howling, says: “WMNZ is delighted to get behind Illegal Musik and The Edge in their hunt for New Zealand’s next big music sensation.”