Nonetheless, the panel initiated their usual line of questioning at the start of the audition, prompting everyone to wince when the boys revealed they had only been performing together for a mere month. Compounding the situation, none of them possessed any professional musical background, prompting Judge Amanda Holden to bury her face in her hands in response.
Eventually, the boys took the stage to perform. The entire audience seemed poised for an impending disaster, eager for it to be over and done with. However, what unfolded next left everyone utterly astonished.
Anticipating a rendition of some run-of-the-mill pop tune, likely from a preceding boy band, the boys surprised everyone by opting for “Stars” from Les Miserables. This song is notoriously challenging to sing, compounded by its emotionally charged portrayal of a man’s final musings before taking his life. It’s hardly the type of song typically associated with a boy band!
Against all odds, the five young men flawlessly executed this demanding piece, delivering the standout performance of the night. The audience was left in awe as the lads shattered all preconceived negative notions.
“When the five of you stepped out,” Simon Cowell remarked to them after their phenomenal showcase. “I thought, ‘here we go, another boy band!'”