Here is Goss HQ we like to reminisce on days gone by and with The Corrs making their big comeback we’ve been thinking about Ireland’s one hit wonders.
From reality TV stars to pop princesses, we take a look back at some of the big names in Irish music.
One hit wonders, Youtube sensations to plastic bag wearing pranksters, but where are they now?
1. The Carter Twins
Who remembers one of Louis Walsh’s earlier acts The Carter Twins?
Stephen and Tony Carter released The Twelfth of Never and then disappeared from our charts.
We’re not sure where they are today but we want to see a reunion in the future.
2. Samantha Mumba
Samantha Mumba was one of Ireland’s original pop princesses and her debut single Gotta Tell You was a massive hit.
The Dubliner enjoyed chart success for a number of years before moving to LA to pursue her singing career.
She still lives in the States with her husband Torray and daughter Sage but recently revealed that she may move home and on one trip home she even took to the stage to perform for Dublin Pride.
3. Mickey Joe Harte
Mickey Joe Harte was the winner of You’re A Star and went on to represent Ireland at the Eurovision with his track We’ve Got The World Tonight which was an Irish chart success.
The Donegal singer came 11th in the song contest and went on to release two albums.
Today, the singer/ songwriter is travelling around Europe gigging and is still fulltime in music.
4. The Rubberbandits
The Rubberbandits became a phenomenon in Ireland after they released Horse Outside, which featured Madeline Mulqueen but the Limerick lads kept their identity hidden by wearing plastic bags over their heads.
The pranksters grabbed attention across the pond in the UK appearing on Channel 4, MTV as well as working alongside Russell Brand.
Today, the duo are still working on new material and have a new show coming on RTÉ about the 1916 Rising and Madeline is engaged to actor Jack Reynor.
5. Donna and Joe McCaul
The McCauls represented Ireland in the Eurovision in 2005.
The brother/ sister duo won You’re A Star to land themselves a spot in the song contest but didn’t progress past the semi finals.
Joe went on to take part in The X Factor where he reached bootcamp while Donna went for The Voice USA.
6. The Conway Sisters
Laura, Marie, Sharon and Sinead are The Conway Sisters who made it to the final stages of The X Factor in 2005.
The family were met with controversy in the competition when Louis Walsh saved them from elimination in week 5 as Sharon Osbourne believed he saved them because they were Irish but the girls were eventually kicked off in week 7.
In 2006 the girls announced their split as they pursued solo projects and Sinead performs with a band in Dublin.
Who could forget the Irish pop group that nearly made the big time?
Six were the result of Popstars, a reality TV show in 2002 and they had chart success in Ireland and across Europe.
The band broke up in 2003 and they all took on new projects.
Today, Liam McKenna works for Louis Walsh, Emma O’Driscoll works on children’s TV, Sinead Sheppard is a Councillor for Fine Gael, Kyle Anderson went on to work for Shinawil TV production company, Sarah Keating is in London working for BBC Radio 4, Andy Orr works an an equity finance trader while Nadine Coyle went on to have a successful career with Girls Aloud.
8. Mary Byrne
Mary Byrne became a household name after featuring on The X Factor where she made it to the semi-final in 2010.
The Ballyfermot native went on to sign a record deal with Sony Music Ireland and released her debut album in 2011.
Her latest album Magic of the Musicals is now available online and in Tesco and she is in talks to do a her own sitcom which will be pitched to ITV or BBC.
9. Crystal Swing
Crystal Swing had the most peculiar rise to fame appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ Show in America.
The family band made up of Mary Burke and her children Derek and Dervla shot to fame after their video He Drinks Tequila went viral.
Recently 23-year-old Dervla got married and it has been reported that her brother entertained guests but the wedding was recorded and will be shown on TV at a later date.
10. 21 Demands
21 Demands were the runners up in You’re A Star in 2006 and they went on to release a single Give Me a Minute which became the first independent track to ever reach the number one spot.
The foursome then went into hiding but in 2011 reemerged as Kodaline who today are one of Ireland’s most successful bands.
Plus their hair cuts have improved (a lot).