Louis Walsh and Westlife‘s Kian Egan have formed an Irish girlband with a country pop swag.
Here we present for your taste testing pleasure: Wonderland.
Back story: turns out all the industry rumours of Louis Walsh forming a girl band (sadly not in association with Geri Halliwell) were true. Back in October, the X Factor judge and creator of Boyzone and Westlife debuted the girls on an ITV2 special Louis Walsh and Kian Egan’s Next Big Thing – and you could see the cogs slowly turning in everyone’s heads.
A country pop girl band is a breath of fresh air in a market so asphyxiated with Pussycat Dolls-types clawing for the top. You want to believe that these five girls have the songs to back it up and a marketable image to boot. And they do!
The band consists of Jodi Albert (former Girl Thing member turned English soap star), Sharon Condon, Corrina Durran, Leigh Learmont and Kasey Smith – all picked out of the 700 hopefuls that auditioned for Louis and Kian back in 2008.
Check on Wonderland‘s debut single ‘Not A Love Song’. I could get into this:
Sounds like: Taylor Swift pop swag hooked up to five pristine pop vocalists. While you’re at it, have a listen to the gorgeous ‘Nothing Moves Me Anymore’:
‘Not A Love Song’ has a tentative digital release date of 6 March in the UK. The girls are still putting together their debut album and have so far confirmed that they’ve written a track with Mark Owen of Take That, and there’ll be a cover of Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Need You Now’.
Are you feeling this?