The X Factor – What About Tonight – Fake?
The X Factor has not only had to contend with the fact they have had to punt Josh Brookes from the show this week, but stories are emerging that boy band What About Tonight may not have met over YouTube as they have claimed.
The Sun Herald states the band was in fact put together prior to the show.
The article states:
Sources in the industry have told The Sun-Herald What About Tonight, who already have 32,000 Twitter followers, are being sued by a music manager who will allege he manufactured them for months before the show.
The veteran manager David Caplice and his partner, Alfred Touhey, are believed to be suing the group, who have repeatedly said on the Channel Seven program they formed after meeting online.
Caplice has worked with Human Nature, Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy.
Last week, another contestant, Josh Brookes, was kicked off the program for inappropriate behaviour on social media.
Caplice and Touhey declined to comment but it is believed the pair prepared the band’s members on what to say at the auditions about how they met and why What About Tonight was different to the hit British group One Direction.
”These guys created the act,” a source from the television show said. ”They cast it from huge auditions they held around the country, they developed it, they named it, they trained the boys and they gave them the opportunity.
”And once the boys hit the top 12 [on the program] they reneged on the deal they had with them.”
The insider said Caplice and Touhey cast the group by whittling the act down to the five boys aged between 14 and 18 from Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney, and paid for them to travel to Sydney and train with intensive dance rehearsals.
When asked about how they got together in an interview with The Sun-Herald last week, the band’s 18-year-old member, Cairns barista Luke Howell, said: ”We all met through YouTube. Mitchell’s older brother Clinton found us and we skyped each other, we literally met four days before the audition.”
He said What About Tonight managed themselves and were ”hoping to get picked up when the show finished”.
Earlier this year Caplice went on Ten’s Breakfast show to announce he was scouting for talent for a boy band.
The source also said Caplice and Touhey had cast some boys in the band who FremantleMedia already had in their sights as solo artists, and subsequently ended up in a group formed by the judges called The Collective. The source said the group had signed a short-term initial letter of intent as a binding contract with Caplice and Touhey but later pulled out.
Above is a clip of What About Tonight at a JMA Entertainment Day.
Neither the making of What About Tonight and The Collective sound very random at all. It will be interesting to see what else emerges.