|Origin||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Labels||Sony Music New Zealand|
|Past members||Rameka Uitime-Paraki|
Moorhouse are a New Zealand boy band consisting of members Jason Aileone (born 1993), Brock Ashby (born 1993), Rory McKenna (born 1993) and Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai (born 1995). They formed in Christchurch in 2012 and are best known for their appearance in the first New Zealand series of The X Factor where they finished in fourth place. Competing in the Groups category, they were mentored by Melanie Blatt. Their debut single "Mama Said" was released in August 2013, peaking at number eight in the New Zealand charts.
Moorhouse was formed in Christchurch in mid-2012, originally with the line-up of Rory McKenna, Brock Ashby, Jason Aileone and Rameka Uitime-Paraki and eventually made a quintet by the addition of Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai. The group took their name from their rehearsal studio's location on Moorhouse Avenue, one of the "four avenues" surrounding Christchurch's city centre. The group became known online for their covers of songs uploaded to YouTube. In September 2012 the original quartet performed on TVNZ shows The Erin Simpson Show What Now and Good Morning. In October they won a Mai FM competition to perform as the opening act for Jay Sean's Auckland show. In 2012 Moorhouse met with an A&R representative from Sony Music New Zealand, but nothing eventuated. The group performed at the Parachute music festival in January 2013.
The X Factor
Moorhouse initially attended the Hamilton pre-audition on 29 January 2013, as they were in town for the Parachute music festival. From there were put through to the judges' auditions. At their judges' audition, they performed an a cappella version of Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me". Moorhouse originally auditioned as a five-piece group, but before the bootcamp round, fifth member Rameka left to pursue an opportunity in rugby. Moorhouse competed in the Groups category and were mentored by former All Saints singer Melanie Blatt. Moorhouse were in the bottom two only once, winning the sing-off against hip hop duo L.O.V.E in week three. Moorhouse were eliminated in the semi-final, immediately voted off with the lowest public votes and coming in fourth place.
List of performances on The X Factor
|First audition||Free choice||"As Long as You Love Me"||Through to bootcamp - stage 1|
|Bootcamp - stage 1||Group performance (Groups)||"Man in the Mirror"||Through to bootcamp - stage 2|
|Bootcamp - stage 2||Solo performance||"The A Team"||Through to judges' retreats|
|Judges' retreats||Free choice||"Beneath Your Beautiful"||Through to live shows|
|Live show 1||Number-one singles||"Boyfriend"||Safe|
|Live show 2||New Zealand music||"Why Does Love Do This To Me"||Safe|
|Live show 3||Best of British||"Every Breath You Take"||Bottom two|
|Final showdown||"With or Without You"|
|Live show 4||Soul classics||"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"||Safe|
|Live show 5||Top 40||"#thatPOWER"||Safe|
|Live show 6||Songs from movies||"Take It Easy"||Safe|
|Live show 7||Made in America||"OMG"||Safe|
|Live show 8||Coke Choice||"I Swear"||Safe|
|Semi-final||Love and heartbreak||"When I Was Your Man"||Eliminated (4th place)|
|The best of rock||"Use Somebody"|
Post-The X Factor
After The X Factor, Sony Music New Zealand signed Moorhouse in August 2013. Moorhouse's debut single "Mama Said", which had originally been recorded as their potential The X Factor winner's single, was released digitally on 23 August 2013. The group are due to release their debut album before Christmas 2013.
In 2014, Moorhouse released their second single "Take a Picture", which saw the return of Rameka Uitime-Paraki to the group.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2013||"Mama Said"||8||Non-album single|
|2014||"Take a Picture"||—||Non-album single|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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