Ten hopefuls named to become NZ’s own boyband

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.”

One Direction feature in new series of X Factor Australia

Created by the world’s most powerful media identity, Simon Cowell – The X Factor is one of the hottest TV franchises around the globe.

For 2012, the show will return with judges Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian, with Luke Jacobz as host.

Also helping out this year are some of the world’s biggest stars who will be mentoring our contestants through to the live shows including Alicia Keys, Usher, Ke$ha and The X Factor UK super group One Direction.

Last year, The X Factor discovered 17-year-old Reece Mastin who has gone onto have three hit singles, a number one debut album and a sell-out national tour.

The X Factor is open to singers 14 years and over – either solo performers or groups. Once through to the final audition process, the four judges will take on mentoring roles as the performers are split into categories – Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and Groups.

The ultimate winner will be rewarded with a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.


The four judges all work together at this stage of the competition. An act must receive a ‘yes’ at least three times in order to make it through to the next stage of the competition – Boot Camp.


At Boot Camp, the judges will this year be working together to put the contestants through their paces. The contestants who received at least three ‘yes’s’ will be put through a series of challenges to see if they can take on different song genres and if they have the enigmatic ‘X Factor.’ The judges will select their most promising contestants from each of their four categories to take to the next stage of the competition – Judge’s Home Visits.


At the Judges’ Home Visits stage, each judge will discover which category they’ll be mentoring with the help of some celebrity friends. They will then pick their three favourite acts to represent them in the live studio shows.


The live shows will start later this year. After watching their performance in the live show the public will vote for their favourite act to stay in the competition. In the results show, the two acts with the lowest public vote will sing once again for the Judges and the Judges will vote on who they think deserve to stay in the competition and who should go home.


The Judges are completely hands on with shaping their acts. It is up to the Judges to help their contestants select the right song and wardrobe, as well as help with choreography and vocal workshops.
Helping the judges during the mentoring process this year are some of the world’s biggest acts including One Direction, Alicia Keys, Usher and Ke$ha.

Note: TV 3 have no plans to screen the Australian series at this stage.