Chasing the Saturdays
The Spice Girls became a pop phenomenon in the '90s, but now it's time for another British girl group to grab the spotlight. Mollie King, Frankie Sandford, Vanessa White, Una Healy and Rochelle Humes are The Saturdays, and they're taking over Sundays on E! with the series premiere of Chasing the Saturdays (January 20, 10/9c). "It's really important that everyone doesn't just see us as reality stars," says Frankie. "We want to make sure that everyone knows that we are a band, and that's why we're all together at the end of the day."
Those days — filmed over the course of three months in the U.S. and the U.K. — are filled with music, music and more music. From footage following the pop stars into the recording studio, rehearsing and performing, audiences will have a front row ticket and backstage access to the group that has sold out arenas overseas. "Our personal life is the band so there is so much about the music in there," says Frankie, "but then there's a hell of a lot of us being ourselves at home." And that means lots of laughs, girl talk and nights out on the town. "I definitely like to go out and have a good time," reveals Vanessa, 23, the band's youngest member and self-proclaimed party girl. "I dragged the girls out with me quite a lot when we were in America."
You'll also catch a glimpse into the group's love lives, which delivers a who's who of Britain's bachelors and famous figures. Mollie dated none other than Prince Harry; Frankie has been involved with Manchester City soccer star Wayne Bridge; Rochelle recently married Marvin Humes of the X Factor's boy band JLS; and Una just welcomed a baby with her husband Ben Foden, a professional rugby union player.
Love is in the air, but one thing you will not see much of is starlet squabbling. "We're five girls so everyone asks if we fight," says Vanessa. "But we never really have that bitchy kind of argument — we would not be able to stay together if we didn't get along." However, the stage isn't always set for perfection. "It would not be a day with The Saturdays if there wasn't drama," Frankie says. From technical issues to costume changes or running late at rehearsal and getting ill on tour, "if it's not something, it's another."
But through all the madness, the girls have their eye set on stardom in the states. "I definitely think to have a single in the [American] Top 10 would be a massive, massive deal for us," says Frankie, admitting that it's harder to top the charts in the U.S than in the U.K. "Coming to the U.S. has definitely been our ultimate goal. From the very beginning, we always said we want world domination."
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