11 Musical Groups Formed On Reality TV To Prepare You For ABC's 'Boy Band'

From O-Town to Little Mix and everyone in between.

Premiering tonight on ABC is a new series aptly titled Boy Band, which has the goal of assembling the next big — you guessed it — boy band to take over the world. It will put talented singers to the test and have America vote live to determine which five guys will make the cut.

This show — which is hosted by Rita Ora and features a panel consisting of Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, Emma Bunton from the Spice Girls, and producer-performer Timbaland — is a new take on an old genre. While America has never gotten to create its own musical group, it has have gotten to vote for musical groups on shows such as America's Got Talent and The X Factor. American Idol and The Voice, on the other hand, only feature solo acts. That said, assembling musical groups has been a reality TV staple for quite some time now.

Before Boy Band — and we can only assume the inevitable, if this is even semi-successful, follow-up Girl Group to even things out — kicks off, let's take a look back at other groups that were put together on the small screen and see where they're at today.



O-Town — which was made up of Ashley Parker Angel, Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick, and Jacob Underwood — was formed on the first series of Making the Band in 2000. Their self-titled debut album was their biggest success with hits such as "Liquid Dreams" and "All or Nothing" charting. They won a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Artist in 2001 but ended up splitting in 2003. Angel turned down an invite from the other guys to reunite in 2013.


LMNT also emerged from the first series of Making the Band and lasted from 2000 until 2003. The group was made up of Bryan Chan, Ikaika Kahoano (who was originally supposed to be in O-Town), Mike Miller, Matthew Morrison (of Glee fame), and Jonas Persch. They are best known for the song "Juliet," which was the biggest song off their sole album, All Sides.

Eden’s Crush

Eden's Crush — which consisted of members Ana Maria Lombo, Maile Misajon, Nicole Scherzinger (of Pussycat Dolls fame), Ivette Sosa, and Rosanna Tavarez — was created on season 1 of Popstars in 2000. The group lasted just a few short years until 2002, and together only produced one album, 2001's Popstars, which had one successful single in "Get Over Yourself."

Scene 23

For the second iteration of Popstars, the group Scene 23 was formed. Made up of members such as Monika Christian, Laurie Gidosh, Donavan Green, Josh Henderson (of Desperate Housewives and TNT's Dallas revival fame), Moises Juarez, and Dorothy Szamborska. Their sole album together came in 2001 and was titled Music From the Show Popstars 2: Introducing Scene 23.

Da Band

Da Band —which was made up of Babs, Chopper "Young City," Dylan Dilinjah, Ness, Freddy P, and Sara Stokes — was formed on Making the Band 2 but were dissolved by the end of their run on the show. During their active years from 2002 to 2004, the group released their sole album titled Too Hot for TV in 2003, with their biggest hit being "Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That."

American Juniors

American Juniors was a pop band that was formed on a show also called American Juniors, and lasted from 2003 to 2005. The group — made up of Lucy Hale (of Pretty Little Liars fame), Chauncey Matthews, Taylor Thompson, Tori Thompson, and Danielle White — went on to only do one album together as a fivesome and it was, of course, titled American Juniors.

Danity Kane

Making the Band 3 followed the formation of Danity Kane — a girl group made up of Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Aubrey O'Day, Dawn Richard, and Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett. The group's original run lasted from 2005 to 2009, with a short reunion from 2013 to 2014. During their time together, Danity Kane debuted their first two albums, 2006's self-titled offering, and 2008's Welcome to the Dollhouse, at the top of the charts. The songs "Show Stopper" and "Damaged" are their biggest hits.


Day26 was formed on Making the Band 4 in 2007 and it appears they are still around today despite a brief dissolution. The group — which got back together in 2013 — consists of Brian Angel, Robert Curry, Michael McCluney, Qwanell Mosley, and Willie Taylor. They've released two albums thus far, their 2008 self-titled one and 2009's Forever In a Day, both of which debuted high on the charts, with their first single, "Got Me Going," as perhaps their biggest hit.

One Direction

One Direction — which was originally made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson — is not-so-arguably the most successful group on this entire list. Having formed on the third installment of the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2010, they have released five albums — all of which charted insanely well and went on to rack up accolades galore, including six Billboard Music Awards, seven Brit Awards, four MTV VMAs, and 28 Teen Choice Awards. Malik left the group in 2015 and the rest of the group went on hiatus in 2016. The best thing, though, is that they're all pursuing successful solo careers.

Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony — made up of Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello (who left the group in 2016), Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and Normani Kordei — was formed during the second season of the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2012, and are still dominating today. They finished third on the singing competition show and have gone on to release two albums, 2015's Reflection and 2016's 7/27, both of which have done well and spawned hits such as "Worth It" and "Work From Home." To date, they've won three MTV VMAs and six Teen Choice Awards.

Little Mix

Little Mix was formed in 2011 on the eighth installment of the U.K. version of The X Factor, going on to actually win the entire competition. The group, which is thankfully still together, is made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall. Together these ladies have released four albums, starting with 2012's DNA, and most recently with 2016's Glory Days, and won accolades such as one Brit Award and two Teen Choice Awards.

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