On 27 July, 2012 when X Factor USA judge Simon Cowell decided to join five soloists in a last-bid attempt to save them from elimination, no one would ever have guessed they would become one of the most successful girl bands today.
But they say rags to riches stories don’t happen overnight and the five talented members of Fifth Harmony (namely Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and previously Camila Cabello) have certainly had a challenging, if not memorable journey to the top.
Initially their live performances didn’t quite gel with the show’s judges, who cited the lack of a united sound and image as the main reason. Successive acts proved much more resonant and after going through two name changes (LYLAS and 1432 which were both heavily panned by the judges) the group soon found their footing with a mind-blowing cover of Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen.
After the show, and despite a surprising (and to many fans, a disappointing) third place finish in the finals, the group was soon signed to Simon Cowell’s label, releasing their first EP Better Together in 2013 which included the mega-hits Miss Movin’ On and Me & My Girls.
But 2015 is where it all came together for the sexy songbirds. Their debut album surpassed sales expectations, propelling them fully into the spotlight. Reminiscent of records from the 1990s, Reflection surged with upbeat, funky beats, overlaid with body positivity and #girlpower messages, spawning the hits Worth It, BO$$, and Sledgehammer.
Their second effort the following year took things a step further, each track pulsing with futuristic electronic beats and uber-catchy hooks. Called 7/27, their sophomore title was a tribute to the day the group was officially created.
But nothing in life is certain, and when the group announced the departure of Camila Cabello in December last year, many fans were left devastated by the news. Despite the rupture in the group’s dynamics, the remaining girls announced they would be going ahead as a foursome and would be heading on a world tour in support of 7/27, which includes a one-night-only concert in Malaysia for the very first time.
Truly gifted vocalists, KL-ites can expect to hear the band’s greatest hits including the recent single Work From Home, which broke records for being the first top-five by a girl group on the Billboard chart, in a decade. Held in the centre of Sunway Lagoon and featuring plenty of pyrotechnics and sultry dance moves, fans are promised an unforgettable evening.
Fifth Harmony Live in Malaysia
WHERE Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon
WHEN 7pm (8 April)
TEL 03 7880 7999