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James Victor MacKenzie (born 6 January 1986, London, England), better known as Kenzie or James Kenzie, is a DJ and celebrity personal trainer, formerly a member of 10-piece UK hip-hop group Blazin' Squad.
Blazin' Squad was a ten-piece UK hip-hop vocal group. Despite avoiding the typical 'boyband' image, they appealed to a similar pre-teen female fanbase. They enjoyed moderate success in the UK, achieving six consecutive Top 10 hits, including a UK number one single "Crossroads"; a cover version of the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony original. They released two albums which just made the UK Top 40 album chart. While in the Blazin' Squad, he went by the name MC Kenzie.
The group subsequently split in 2005. MC Kenzie, MC Flava and MC Strider went on to form the group Friday Hill (as Kenzie, James and Mus). Friday Hill split up and on 14 June 2009 five of the original Blazin' Squad members released a single ("Let's Start Again") after reforming. It peaked at No. 51 on the UK Singles Chart.
Work outside music
In 2005, Kenzie appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 3 and finished as the runner up, losing out to dancer and musician Bez. At the time he was the youngest contestant to ever enter the house. He appeared in a "Rock and Pop Special" edition of The Weakest Link, alongside Kelli Young and Rick Wakeman. He also appeared on that show's 1,000th episode, but was voted off in the fourth round for answering too many questions incorrectly. Kenzie also appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in March 2005 and again in March 2006.
Kenzie released his autobiography in April 2005, published by HarperCollins, titled Kenzie: My Life. The book was somewhat a "damp squib" with one reviewer saying "it's full of incredibly dull revelations."
In autumn 2006, Kenzie appeared in the Sky One reality show Cirque de Celebrité. In week ten of the show he was eliminated, coming third (losing out to model Emma B and Big Brother 7 housemate Grace Adams-Short). In September 2008, he was a contestant on the ITV reality show CelebAir. He was eliminated in the second episode, shown on 9 September. He also appeared on an episode of Ready Steady Cook which aired originally on 12 March 2009. He competed against, and defeated, Chico Slimani.
Kenzie is also a fully qualified personal trainer for Studio 23 gym, and stars in The Active Channel's Star Trainer. He trains celebrities such as Professor Green and many of the cast of The Only Way Is Essex.