Fans of noughties nostalgia hold onto your hats – two of our favourite pop icons from one of the OG TV talent shows have reunited on Instagram and it’s everything we hoped it would be.
Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh, who formed 2/5ths of Hear’Say, the winning pop group from 2001’s Popstars, met up online for a takeover of One Year No Beer’s Instagram account to chat about their sobriety, but couldn’t help reminiscing about their pop heyday.
While Suzanne showed off her collection of Hear’Say merch, including the bands’ official Barbie dolls, Kym revealed she’d kept all the newspaper clippings from their time at the top – and both had a giggle over the noughties trends they wore on the road.
"We were dressed in some crazy stuff at times,” said Suzanne. “Towards the end we started to get some cool clothes.”
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While in the band, Kym was extremely popular, becoming one of the most famous members thanks in part to her high profile relationship with EastEnders actor Jack Ryder.
In January 2002, it was announced that Kym was leaving the band to pursue solo projects. She later revealed that part of the reason for leaving was because she often found herself clashing with fellow bandmates Myleene Klass and Noel Sullivan. In 2006, Kym joined ITV soap opera Coronation Street as Michelle Connor and has won various awards for her acting, including Best Newcomer and Best Dramatic Female Performance at the Soap Awards. Kym announced she was leaving the soap in 2019 after 13 years. Kym has since gone on to present Morning Live alongside Gethin Jones and is now married to army major Scott Ratcliff.
Danny was successfully picked to be in the band, after competing against thousands for a place. However, when the band split 18 months after being put together, he was left high and dry.
Since their split, Danny has taken a step back from the spotlight. He currently performs in his own group, "Danny Foster & The Big Soul Corporation", singing soul and Motown songs. However, he did audition for The Voice UK in 2013, but failed to impress any of the judges and didn't make it through. He also formed a drag act with his Hear'say bandmate Noel Sullivan called Do Blondes Tondres but they split after a few months due to "musical differences." Danny is now married to Victoria Goddard and if you have a scroll on his Instagram you'll see a lot of positive quotes.
Seen as the "Baby Spice" of the group, Hear'Say split just after Suzanne's 21st birthday. But that didn't stop her rising star as she went on to establish herself as a leading lady on the West End, starring as the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2005 and as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show national tour in the same year. She also joined the cast of The Bill in 2007.
In recent years, she is best known for playing Eve Birch in Emmerdale, but left in 2011 to pursue other opportunities. She also won Dancing on Ice in 2008 and returned in 2014 for an All Stars special, when ITV announced the show was ending. She's a mum to Corey (from her relationship with Darren Day) and Rafferty (from her relationship with Sam Greenfield). In 2021 she announced to her followers that she's sober.
A year after the band split, Myleene signed a five-album deal with Universal Classics and Jazz, and released a classical music album in 2003. The album, Moving On, peaked at No. 2 in the UK Classical Chart and was later certified gold. In 2007, she split from the record company but quickly signed another, releasing, Myleene's Music for Romance, in July of the same year, which went straight to Number One in the Classical Chart.
Aside from her music, Myleene has hosted The One Show (2007), Popstar to Operastar (2010–2011), BBQ Champ (2015) and currently has her own radio show on Smooth Radio. She's appeared on I'm A Celeb back 2006 and came second on the show. You may also recognise her from those iconic Littlewood adverts... Plus, Myleene is a mum to daughters Ava and Hero (from her relationship to ex-husband Graham Quinn) and her son Apollo from her relationship with fiancé Simon Motson.
Similar to Suzanne, Noel has also had an extremely successful career in theatre. He appeared in productions such as Fame, Love Shack, What a Feeling and Grease, before moving to America for 18 months. However, he was quick to return when he was once again offered the lead role of Danny in Grease in the West End.
Noel then moved into TV, landing a cameo appearance in Gavin and Stacey in 2010 before moving onto a role in the second series of the BBC drama Ordinary Lies in 2016. In 2019, he appeared in BBC's Years and Years. In 2017, Noel announced he had married his husband James.
"Yes we did,” agreed Kym. “It was cool for us. As the time went on styles started to change a little bit.
“You look back and think did we do that it sometime feels like another life."
Both women have gone on to work on popular soaps, with Suzanne playing Eve Jensen on Emmerdale from 2010 – 2011 and Kym playing the role of Michelle Connor on Corrie up until last year.
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Earlier this year Kym teased the band could be reuniting for real after tweeting, “Had a dream last night that we reformed Hear’say! 😂”.
“Make it happen... Oh to hear Everybody, Play To Win, Angel In My Heart, The Way To Your Love, Back Down To Zero & We Go On all in one live show".