Random (band)

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Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres R&B
Years active 2005 (2005)–2007 (2007), 2009
Labels Sony/BMG
Associated acts Rough Diamonds, 315
Past members
  • Xylocaine "Xy" Latu
  • Donald Tauvao
  • Tasesa Junior "TJ" Tauvao
  • Wayne Tauvao
  • Andy-Iese "Jesse" Tolo-Paepae

Random a former five-member Australian R&B vocal group formed in 2005. Band members included, Xylocaine "Xy" Latu, Wayne Tauvao, Tasesa Junior "TJ" Tauvao, Donald Tauvao and Andy-Iese "Jesse" Tolo-Paepae. Random were the winners of the first season of The X Factor (Australia); they were also the first (of four worldwide) group to win the franchise.[1] In October that year they issued their debut self-titled album, which peaked in the ARIA Albums Chart top 100. Their first single, "Put Your Hands Up", peaked at No. 7 on the related ARIA Singles Chart. A follow up single, "Are You Ready", reached No. 36. The group disbanded in 2007 but briefly reunited in October 2009 for a one-off performance.


Random formed at the Brisbane auditions for The X Factor (Australia) in December 2004.[2] Initially Xylocaine "Xy" Latu and Andy-Iese "Jesse" Tolo-Paepae were to compete as a duo, Rough Diamonds; while Tasesa Junior "TJ" Tauvao wanted to enter as a solo artist: he was attending with his brother Wayne Tauvao and their cousin, Donald Tauvao – all three were former members of a vocal trio, 315.[2][3] Prior to auditioning all five agreed to compete as a combined R&B vocal quintet and named themselves, Random.[2] The group were mentored by Mark Holden and won the TV talent contest.[3]

After X Factor[edit]

The group released their first single "Put Your Hands Up" on 10 June 2005[4] after their win. The single reached No. 7 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart on the week of 19 June 2005.[3][5] Their second single, "Are You Ready", peaked at No. 36 in September.[3][5] They released their self-titled debut album on 9 October 2005,[6] but it only reached No. 79.[3] It reached No. 2 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums Chart and No. 12 on the ARIA Urban Albums Chart.[3]

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'. In October 2009 the group reunited for a one-off benefit concert for victims of the Samoan tsunami.[7] Latu reflected on their split, "we all wanted to do different things and there were other personal issues that needed to be taken care of."[7] All five ex-members were either performers or record producers.[7]


  • 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 8 December 1985 in New Zealand) from Queensland, Australia
  • 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.



  • 2005: Random


  • 2005: "Put Your Hands Up"[8]
  • 2005: "Are You Ready"


  1. ^ "Teen, duo, country mum battle for X Factor". AAP. The West Australian. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Random". Trove. Destra Media. National Library of Australia. 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 30 July 2007. pp. 2, 4, 6–7, 10, 15–16, 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Random". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ a b c "Where Are They now from Reality Shows Long Forgotten". Reality Ravings. December 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Music video for Random's "Put Your Hands Up"
The X Factor (Australia)

Succeeded by
Altiyan Childs