Belle Amie
Genres
Years active
  • 2010–14
Labels
  • Dodient
Websitebelleamie1.com
Past members

Belle Amie were an English pop girl group based in London. They were formed during the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. The band originally consisted of Esther Campbell, Sophia Wardman, Rebecca Creighton and Geneva Lane. Their debut single, "Girls Up", was released in August 2011. Lane had left the group in early January 2011 and Creighton left in April 2012 in order to pursue a solo career.

History

2010: Formation and The X Factor

Main article: The X Factor (UK series 7)

Belle Amie consisted of singers Esther Campbell,[1] Sophia Wardman[2] Rebecca Creighton[3] and Geneva Lane.[1] The group was formed after all members applied as solo candidates for the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010, but failed to qualify for the "Girls" category. The judges, after a suggestion by Cowell, put them together in a band, qualifying for the Groups category.[4] Their qualifying song, as well as their first song ever as a group, was an acoustic version of "Faith".[5]

In the first week of live shows, they sang "Airplanes" by B.o.B and were safe. In week 2, they sang "You Really Got Me". As a result of the public vote, they were put in bottom three and had to sing in the final showdown on 17 October, after Storm Lee polled the fewest votes and was eliminated. They sang "Big Girls Don't Cry" and were saved by judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole voted to save them and eliminate Diva Fever instead, without having their mentor Simon Cowell to vote. Voting statistics revealed that Diva Fever received more votes than Belle Amie which meant that if the result went to deadlock, Diva Fever would’ve been saved.

In the third week, they sang "I'll Stand by You", in which they progressed to the fourth week, where they performed "Venus". However, they were in the bottom two with Katie Waissel, and sang "Breakaway" in the final showdown. The result went to deadlock, and Belle Amie were eliminated.[citation needed] A week later, the group performed at G-A-Y, along with Diana Vickers.[citation needed]

2011–12: Lane's departure, debut album and Creighton's departure

In January 2011, it was reported Geneva Lane had left the group.[6] Lane stated her short time with the band "was absolutely brilliant, but as time went on I realised that it wasn't what I wanted and I missed performing with a live band and songwriting."[7]

Two months after Lane's departure, they released a snippet of their debut single "Girls Up" in March 2011.[8] The band signed a record deal with Dodient Records and their debut single "Girls Up" was released on digital download and CD single on 28 August 2011.[9] The music video premiered in early June 2011 and became 16th most watched video worldwide in two days on YouTube.[10][11] On 29 June 2011 the group uploaded a Mash-up of songs from 2011 to their official YouTube channel.[12] On 1 July 2011, Perez Hilton blogged about the remix, stating it as "an awesome mash-up of some of the hits of 2011…so far!".[13]

On 11 August 2011, they appeared on The Crush and performed a cover of Tinchy Stryder and Dappy's "Spaceship".[14][15] On 30 September 2011, they released a snippet of a new song titled, "Shine".[16] On 2 October 2011, Esther and Rebecca revealed that the group plan to release their debut album sometime next year, after they release several new singles.[17] In February 2012 they uploaded their second full song "Stand Up" On 13 April 2012, it was announced that Rebecca had left the group to pursue a solo career leaving original members, Esther and Sophia, with an undetermined future.[18][19]

Discography

Singles

Year Song Chart
positions
Album
UK
Indie
2011 "Girls Up" 25 non-album single

Featured singles

Year Song Chart positions
UK IRE SCO
2010 "Heroes" (as part of The X Factor Finalists) 1 1 1

Music videos

Title Year Director
"Girls Up" 2011 D. O. Fissoun and Mouktar Mohammed

Members

Member 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Geneva Lane
(2010–2011)
Rebecca Creighton
(2010–2012)
Esther Campbell
(2010–2014)
Sophia Wardman
(2010–2014)

Members

References

  1. ^ a b Marion McMullen (4 October 2010). "The secrets behind The X Factor finalists revealed". Coventry Telegraph.
  2. ^ "Sophia's band takes spotlight". Scarborough Evening News. 2 October 2010.
  3. ^ Claire Murphy (27 September 2010). "Irish X Factor hopefuls given second chance". Evening Herald.
  4. ^ "The X Factor 2010: the 12 acts who made it to the Live Shows". entertainment.stv. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  5. ^ "The X Factor 2010: the 12 acts who made it to the Live Shows". STV. 3 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Geneva Lane leaves 'X Factor' Belle Amie". 26 January 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Geneva Lane on leaving Belle Amie, her split from Zayn Malik and being a Cher Lloyd fan". 11 August 2011. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Belle Amie release debut single teaser". 23 March 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Girls Up (Remixes) – EP". iTunes. Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Hold your Belle's up for these eX Factor beauties who are taking their careers to the next level". Flavour Magazine. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  11. ^ "'X Factor' Belle Amie premiere 'Girls Up' video". Digital Spy. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Belle Amie – 2011 Mashup". YouTube. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Tres Belle!". PerezHilton.com. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Belle Amie – Spaceship (Cover)". YouTube. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  15. ^ "The Crush: August". 4Music. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Belle Amie – Shine (Exclusive Snippet)". YouTube. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  17. ^ "X Factor Finalist – Belle Amie Interview With Amaru Don TV Part 1". 2 October 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Miss Red: Rebecca Creighton has left Belle Amie". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Rebecca has left Belle Amie". 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  20. ^ "Standing Upside Down Acoustic – Original Sophia Wardman". Sophia Wardman. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  21. ^ The Wow Factor 2008 Finalists
  22. ^ "Geneva Lane talks on leaving Belle Amie, Music&Boys". Water Media Talents. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  23. ^ a b c Murphy, Claire (27 April 2012). "Rebecca quits pop to pursue her R&B roots ... and a new look". The Evening Herald (Dublin). Retrieved 11 August 2012.