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Boy Band is ABC's reality television series that began on June 22, 2017. After thousands of singer auditions, the top thirty were chosen and flew to Los Angeles to audition for one of the 18 spots. With Rita Ora as the host of the music competition, the three judges called "architects" Emma Bunton, Nick Carter, and Timbaland critiqued each performance and determined which two contestants were up for elimination. Each episode featured a different theme, and the architects shuffled contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform. After the top eight contestants performed solo survival songs, American viewers at home voted live for their favorite to remain in the competition. In the finale, America's five favorite band members performed their new debut single, written by Justin Tranter. The group also won a recording contract with Hollywood Records.[1]

The show lasted about two months, ending on August 24, 2017. Brady mentioned that they worked 10-11 hours a day, and had a new song to learn on their days off.[2] Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor are revealed to be the winners of the show.

Selection Process

Contestant Eligibility

The eligible age-range for contestants was fourteen to twenty-one years old.

Initial Auditions

When the top thirty contestants were chosen, they flew to Los Angles to audition in front of the the architects. Only eighteen spots could be filled, and twelve went home.

Audience Voting

After architects collectively decided which two (three in later episodes) boys were put up for elimination, the American audience voted live for which potential boy band member to save. Each week they voted using the "Boy Band Live" app.[3] After the top eight contestants performed their solo performance, America voted over the ABC website for a 24-hour period, allowing a maximum of 1000 votes across a device.[4]

Series Overview

A series where talented singers battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. And for the first time ever, viewers at home voted for their favorite five band members, live, creating a group America can truly call its own.

Reception

The first season of Boy Band averaged a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.46 million viewers.[5] The ratings have dropped since its premiere. In the live finale, the show collected 151 million votes.[6]

Controversy

The general audience of the show disagreed with the architects' decisions at times, and felt that there was not enough black representation as there were only four of the thirty contestants.[7][8]

Progress Chart

Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Brady Tutton SAFE Reverb
TR5BLE
Next Up All In Relentless Never Gone SAFE
In Real Life
Chance Perez SAFE Reverb Top Line
Timeless
All In Awake Third Wheel SAFE
In Real Life
Drew Ramos Uplift Top Line Maxed Undivided Awake Out of Control SAFE
In Real Life
Michael Conor SAFE Six Track Top Line
Timeless
Leveled Relentless Third Wheel SAFE
In Real Life
Sergio Calderon Uplift Top Line Maxed All In New Wave Never Gone SAFE
In Real Life
Jaden Gray SAFE Reverb Element Next Up Undivided Relentless Out of Control SAFE ELIM
Marcus Pendleton Uplift
TR5BLE
Timeless
All In New Wave Third Wheel SAFE ELIM
Mikey Jimenez SAFE Six Track Top Line Next Up All In New Wave Out of Control SAFE ELIM
Devin Hayes Uplift Element Maxed Undivided Awake Never Gone
Andrew Bloom SAFE Reverb Element
Timeless
Leveled Relentless
Jay "J Hype" Gilbert Uplift Element Maxed Leveled New Wave
Andrew Butcher SAFE Six Track
TR5BLE
Timeless
Undivided
Cam Jackson SAFE Reverb
TR5BLE
Maxed Leveled
Dorian Tyler SAFE Six Track
TR5BLE
Next Up
Miles Wesley SAFE Six Track Element
Gavin Becker SAFE Six Track
Jon Klaasen SAFE Reverb
Cameron Armstrong Uplift
Alan Ayala ELIM
Dylan Rey ELIM
Gianni Cardinale ELIM
Jordan Grizzle ELIM
Lukas James ELIM
Matthew Dean ELIM
Nate Wyatt ELIM
Paul Toweh ELIM
Santino Cardinale ELIM
Stone Martin ELIM
Timmy Thames ELIM
Zack Taylor ELIM
     Top 5 Winner
     The group won the challenge.
     The contestant was in the bottom two or three.
     The contestant was eliminated.

Episodes

No. Title Original Air Date U.S Viewers (millions)
1 "Meet The Boys" June 22, 2017 2.995
Thirty young male vocalists audition before the three judges, labeled as architects, and 18 are selected to advance to the next round. The judges separate the remaining 18 boys into three groups to perform. After each performance, a member from each group will be eliminated. In this episode, the group Uplift perform and Cameron Armstrong is eliminated.

Group Performances: "That's What I Like"

2 "Who’s Got The Right Stuff" June 29, 2017 2.645
The group Reverb perform before the three judges and Jon Klaasen is eliminated.

Group Performances: "Stay"

3 "Sweet Sixteen" July 6, 2017 2.729
The group Six Track perform before the three judges and Gavin Becker is eliminated.

Group Performances: "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"

4 "Live Live Live" July 13, 2017 2.441
The remaining 15 contestants are separated into three groups: Topline, TR5BLE and Element. The groups perform before the three judges and TR5BLE is chosen as the "safe" group such that none of their members are up for elimination in this round. Mikey Jimenez from Topline and Miles Wesley from Element are up for elimination. The audience votes and Miles is eliminated.

Group Performances: "Despacito", "Rolling in the Deep", "Don't Let Me Down"

5 "Blast From The Past" July 20, 2017 2.236
Group Performances: "Livin' on a Prayer", "True Colors", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
6 "Soundtrack Hits" July 27, 2017 2.388
Group Performances: "How Far I'll Go", "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", "See You Again"
7 "Breakup Week!" August 3, 2017 2.312
Group Performances: "Since U Been Gone", "Without You", "Jealous"
8 "Girl Power!" August 10, 2017 2.302
Group Performances: "Titanium", "Fighter", "The Edge of Glory"
9 "America, It’s Decision Time!" August 17, 2017 2.134
10 "Top Five Revealed" August 24, 2017 2.399
The winners of In Real Life are announced, and perform "Eyes Closed".


Trivia

★ Contestants contacted had to sing/dance over Skype to the producers. The top 50 contestants met on April 10, 2017.[9]

★ Brady and JHype were the youngest contestants on the show, being 15 and 14.

Cam Jackson was the first person Brady met.

★ In Real Life's favorite performances from Boy Band were: Reverb's "Stay" (Brady), Maxed's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Drew), New Wave's "Jealous" (Brady), Third Wheel's "Fighter" (Michael and Chance).[10]

  • Their favorite architect is Timbaland (Michael, Sergio, Brady) and Emma Bunton (Drew and Chance).[10]

★ Drew did not like the "Despacito" performance, only because of his hair.[11]

★ Michael's solo song performance was changed three times, originally "Billionaire" then switched to "Can't Hold Us" due to technical problems. He felt that it was his worse and least favorite performance.[12]

★ Chance noticed his voice crack in Awake's performance of "Without You".[11]

★ Sergio and Brady agreed that their embarrassing Boy Band performance was performing "The Edge of Glory" due to the dance moves.[11]

References

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Radio
iHeartRadio · Radio Disney · Zach Sang Show
Awards Shows
AMAs · Kids' Choice Awards · Teen Choice Awards · VMAs
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Boy Band · ¡Despierta América! · El Gordo y la Flaca · Good Morning America · Jimmy Kimmel Live! · Live with Kelly and Ryan · TRL
Events
103.7 The Q Night at the Fair · Arthur Ashe Kids Day · Club Splash · Hot Summer Blast Off · ipsy Gen Beauty · Jingle Ball Village · K-FEST · Kidtopia · Kiss the Summer Hello · LovePup Family Fest · Maxwell's Pool Party · Next Big Thing · Q Summer Jam · Silent Disco · Starlight Children's Foundation · Summer In The City · Summer Jam · Summer Kickoff Concert · Summer of Z · Summer Slam · Summer Smash · Summerfest · T.J. Martell Family Day · Z Summer Concert Series
Performances
Destiny USA · Midland Mall · Minneapolis Convention Center · Packo's at the Park · The Basement at Oskar Blues · Planet Hollywood · Serramonte Center · Southern Park Mall · The Roxy · Universal CityWalk
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Performances
X-Mas with Cassidy
Films
LOL · The Rocket
Television Shows
Fresh Off the Boat
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