Random (band)

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Random is a 5-member Australian R&B group who, in 2005, won the first series of the The X Factor (Australia).


The group consists of:

  • Xylocaine "XY" Latu, (born 13 January 1979 in Tonga) from Logan Central.
  • Andy-Iese "Jesse" Tolo-Paepae, (born 19 January 1984 in Australia) from Kingston.
  • Wayne Tauvao, (born 12 December 1985 in New Zealand) from Kippa-Ring.
  • Tasesa Junior "TJ" Tauvao, (born 31 May 1988 in New Zealand) from Kippa-Ring.
  • Donald Tauvao, (born 12 October 1988 in Western Samoa) from Redcliffe.

Xy and Jesse arrived at the Brisbane auditions as Rough Diamonds – while TJ came to try his luck as a solo artist, with brother Wayne and cousin Donald in tow for moral support. The five, who had met briefly before at a youth talent quest and at a K-Ci & JoJo concert in 2004, soon got to jamming in the queue and shortly thereafter, Random was born.

After X Factor[edit]

The group released their first single "Put Your Hands Up" on 10 June 2005[1] after their win. The single reached No.7 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart on the week of 19 June 2005. Their second single, "Are You Ready" was released on, peaked at No.36 in the same chart in September 2005. They released their self-titled debut album on 9 October 2005,[2] but it only reached No.79.

The group performed at Australia's biggest Christian music festival, the Australian Gospel Music Festival Awards 2006.

UMA Urban Music Awards Australia * new Zealand 2006 ' BEST RnB GROUP '



  • 2005: Random


  • 2005: "Put Your Hands Up"[3]
  • 2005: "Are You Ready"


Awards and achievements
First The X Factor (Australia) winner
Series 1 (2005)
Succeeded by
Altiyan Childs