Scott from boy band Five to be on his own in Herne Bay
This Is Kent - August 19, 2009
TAKE That did it, Blue are doing it and Westlife have reformed, too.
But boy band Five, which had 11 top 10 hits with songs like If Ya Getting' Down and a cover of Queen's We Will Rock You, won't be climbing on the bandwagon – much to singer Scott Robinson's disappointment.
Now happily married to childhood sweetheart Kerry Oaker and with two boys, the dad was ready to try his luck again.
But the other four – Ritchie Neville, Jason "J" Brown, Richard 'Abs' Breen and Sean Conlon – have refused.
Instead, Scott, 29, is touring all the old songs on his own and will be supporting a reformed S Club at Herne Bay's Kings Hall next month.
He said: "I'm doing all the old Five stuff. I am still committed to it. But the others haven't the bottle for it anymore.
"We were almost ready to tour but it fell apart. It's a great shame because I know we would be successful if we got our act together. But once you have lost the desire to be a performer it is hard to win that back.
"J (Jason Brown) says at 34 he is too old to be in a boy band. But Take That are in their 40s and are more respected than ever. It doesn't make sense not to give it another go.
"Sean said he is not interested in reforming and wants to concentrate on his solo work and I understand that. But it could still work with four.
"We came so close. We had been working on songs with Guy Chambers (ex-Robbie Williams) and were in a meeting to sign up for an eight-date tour but Abs didn't turn up and the others suddenly lost face.
"I told Kerry I was really looking forward to reforming. But the others wanted to record and then tour. But that's not the way it's done these days. It's all about live music. I was really shocked and gutted when I discovered it was not going to happen.
"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't for the money but I love performing.
"It's not often you get a second chance in life. But it's out of my hands now and down to the others, although it makes no sense not to make a comeback.
"Instead, I am working my cobblers off singing all five parts on my own. I'm like a one-man band. I had to learn to rap which needs a completely different breathing technique from singing. But I am enjoying it and having a laugh."
Scott recalled: "I can still remember the day of the audition. It was a Saturday. My dad saw the advert and suggested I go. But I'd had a few beers the night before. He had to wake me and pull me out of bed.
"It was weird because I was next to J in the queue and we both ended up in the band. It was a bit like the X Factor but without the cameras.
"When Simon Cowell picked us we were sworn to secrecy and had to move into a house. I couldn't even tell Kerry but I saw her mum at the market and slipped her my phone number saying I was sorry I was leaving but I was going to be in a boy band.
"We ended up going out and have been together ever since.
"People ask if girl fans ever tempted me but I can honestly say I have never smoked, taken drugs or been weak enough to cheat on someone I love.
"Obviously it put a strain on our relationship because I wanted her to be with me wherever I was. I was a 17-year-old lad in a boy band and in love.
"But now I have two kids, a dog and a family home and it's great."
Credit - Ros