Take a Chance on Me (JLS song)

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"Take a Chance on Me"
Single by JLS
from the album Jukebox
Released4 November 2011
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreR&B, dance-pop
Songwriter(s)Emile Ghantous, Frankie Bautista, Nasri Atweh, Nick Turpin
Producer(s)Emile Ghantous, Nasri
JLS singles chronology
"She Makes Me Wanna"
"Take a Chance on Me"
"Wishing on a Star"
Music video
"Take a Chance on Me" on YouTube

"Take a Chance on Me" is a song by English boy band JLS from their third studio album, Jukebox. It was released as the album's second single on 4 November 2011. The ballad was written by Emile Ghantous, Frankie Bautista, Nasri Atweh and Nick Turpin, and it was produced by Nasri Atweh and Emile Ghantous.[1] The song debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, selling 67,850 copies in its first week.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Critics praised the song. Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian called it "a wet, Bruno Mars-apeing ballad saved by pretty nifty harmonies."[3] Entertainment website 4Music described the song as "the perfect October ballad".[4] Digital Spy's Lewis Corner gave the song three out of five stars, comparing the song to Bing Crosby recording of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and calling it a "customary boyband composition of feather-light beats and smooth piano".[5]

Chart performance[edit]

In Ireland, the song debuted at number thirteen on the chart dated 10 November 2011.[6] In the UK, although the song reached number one on the mid-week chart update, the song debuted at number 2, behind the sixth week sales of Rihanna's "We Found Love".[7]

Music video[edit]

A lyric video for "Take a Chance on Me" premiered on YouTube on 24 September 2011, four days after the song first premiered on radio stations across the United Kingdom. A music video was released making basically a tour of London sights at night, path walk of the River Thames, the Tower Bridge and the London Eye illuminated.

Live performances[edit]

The band performed the song live for the first time during the live shows of the eighth series of The X Factor.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[9]
  1. "Take a Chance on Me" - 3:36
  2. "Take a Chance on Me" (Soul Seekerz Club Mix) - 7:17
  3. "Take a Chance on Me" (The Wideboys Club Mix) - 5:41
  4. "Unstoppable" - 4:21
  1. "Take a Chance on Me" - 3:40
  2. "Unstoppable" - 4:21


Chart (2011) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 2

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Ireland 4 November 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom 6 November 2011[12]
7 November 2011 CD single


  1. ^ "ACE Title Search - TAKE A CHANCE ON ME". ASCAP. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (14 November 2011). "Music Week - Music Week - Music business magazine - UK Singles Chart Analysis: Rihanna track sells another 80k". musicweek.com. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (10 November 2011). "JLS: Jukebox – review | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  4. ^ "JLS - Take a Chance on Me". 4Music. 21 October 2011. Archived from the original on 12 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  5. ^ Corner, Lewis (25 October 2011). "JLS: 'Take A Chance On Me' - Single review - Music Singles Review - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Chart Track: Week 45, 2011". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  7. ^ "Rihanna keeps JLS off number 1". Official Charts Company. 13 November 2011.
  8. ^ Robertson, Colin (5 September 2011). "Seven stars back in X Factor finals". The Sun. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Take a Chance On Me - EP by JLS". iTunes.
  10. ^ http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=363289
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "JLS Confirm New Single 'Take A Chance On Me' - Capital FM". Capital FM. Retrieved 11 November 2011.

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