|Origin||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Years active||1998–2001, 2013–2014|
Girl Thing are an English-Dutch girl group, consisting of members Jodi Albert, Anika Bostelaar, Linzi Martin, Michelle Barber and Nikki Stuart. They were formed in 1998 by Simon Cowell and were originally intended to rival the Spice Girls, but their success was minor and short-lived. They sold 2 million records worldwide before disbanding in 2001.
The group reformed in 2013 for the second series of The Big Reunion to perform a one-off gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.They then confirmed over Twitter that they no longer would sing together, even though one band member would have liked them to continue.
In 1998, Simon Cowell, having previously turned down the Spice Girls, decided to form his own girl group. Girl Thing's debut single "Last One Standing", written and produced by the Steelworks production team of Tim Lever, Mike Percy and Eliot Kennedy. "Last One Standing" received major promotion and media attention and was expected to top the UK Singles Chart with ease. Record company executives funneled huge amounts of money into the promotional campaign, including an appearance at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Girl Thing even pre-recorded their congratulatory interview with BBC Radio 1. However, the song ended up only charting at number eight. It also made the Australian top 15, where it achieved gold sales.
After the failure of their second single "Girls on Top", which reached number 25, the album release was cancelled in Britain. It was, however, still released in Australia, New Zealand, India and Japan. The band also recorded the songs "Young, Free & Happy", "Extraordinary Love", "Summer Daze", "If That's What It Takes", "Last Goodbye" and "You Can Run but You Can't Hide". The band also recorded "Pure and Simple", before it was given to Hear'Say, the winners of ITV's Popstars.
- Jodi Albert appeared on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks as Debbie Dean before joining short-lived girl group Wonderland.
- Michelle Barber worked as a presenter on Nickelodeon.
- In July 2007, Anika Bostelaar released a single called "King of the Dancefloor" under the name 'Kiana'. She also passed the audition in the Dutch-Flemish TV programme K2 zoekt K3.
- Nicola Harrington makes occasional appearances on the ITV programme Lorraine.
- In 2014, Linzi Martin auditioned for The X Factor, but failed to get through to bootcamp.
- Girl Thing (2000)
- "Last One Standing" (Cardsleeve 2 Tracks)
- "Last One Standing" (Maxi Single Rare 2 Tracks with Interview & Enhanced CD (Featuring Video)
- "Last One Standing" (Maxi Single 4 Tracks with Interview & Enhanced CD (Featuring Video)
- "Last One Standing" (Cassette Tape 2 Tracks)
- "Girls on Top" (Limited Edition Maxi Single with Poster 2 Track with Videoclip)
- "Girls on Top" (Japan Edition EP 3 Tracks)
- "Young, Free and Happy" (Maxi Single 4 Tracks With Videoclip) (Australia Only)
- "It's a Girl Thing" EP (New Zealand And Japan Only)
- Chester, Jason (6 February 2014). "'I thought, "Why is this happening to me?"': Girl Thing singer Nikki Stewart recalls moment bandmates attacked her 'for having a boyfriend' on The Big Reunion". Daily Mail (DMG Media). Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records (19th ed.) (London). p. 228. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Wightman, Catriona (27 December 2013). "Eternal, A1 and a supergroup: Big Reunion series two lineup unveiled". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- Dave Simpson. "Yesterday's promising music stars: where are they now?". the Guardian.
- "Kiana-King Of The Dancefloor". YouTube.
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- "Awkward X Factor reunion for Girl Thing's Linzi Martin months after Simon Cowell calls her 'bitter'". mirror.