They are the natural successors to Destiny’s Child. Fifth Harmony were thrown together when they featured on the second season of X Factor USA in 2012.
Though they finished in third place, they were snapped up by Simon Cowell’s record label and their album, Reflection, went triple platinum in the USA.
The chart-topping sensations will play Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Wednesday as they bring their 7/27 tour to the UK.
It’s taken the band four years to become established, following their successful run on reality TV.
Member Dinah Jane Hansen said: “We finally have a damn voice. We feel like actual artists. We were little babies in the beginning. Now we’re becoming big girls.” The band’s new album 7/27 reflects on the date in 2012 the five band members went from being complete strangers to a pop powerhouse. Like One Direction, each teenager signed up for solo stardom on The X Factor before agreeing to form a group.
Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio LA Reid and X Factor creator Simon Cowell put the band together after scattering photo cards of contestants on a table. They looked at different line-ups and decided to create the band.
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Reid says: “They found out in front of a live audience they were going to be an actual band, and now they’re challenged to be creative, be competitive and keep a sense of humour. I’m surprised they haven’t cracked up! They should be nuts by now. I would be.”
Cowell adds: “It was incredible how quickly they jelled, had each other’s backs and understood their roles. It was the same with One Direction. I’ve seen idiot managers in other situations try to control everything. With a group like that, you respect their talent and let them lead you.”
Normani Kordei is thrilled that the band have been a hit. She has been performing since the age of four, having been raised in New Orleans.
She was a Miss Texas Outstanding Teen finalist when she learned of X Factor’s Austin tryouts. “I was frightened. I would’ve rather not auditioned than risk failing, but my mom encouraged me to do it to better myself. I took that leap, I prayed, and everything worked out.”
Fellow band member Camila Cabello said: “I think on the Reflection album, and since we got off of X Factor, we tried to establish what the sound was for Fifth Harmony. With our first album, you heard the 808 urban-leaning drums as a skeleton in some of the songs, like Boss and Worth It. You can hear that now in Work From Home, and you’re gonna be hearing an expansion of that.”
By Andy Richardson