Sean Conlon hoped to return to the spotlight on BBC’s The Voice this year.
The former Five boyband singer has fallen from fame since the group split in 2001, after selling 20 million records worldwide, and having 11 top ten singles and four top ten albums in the UK.
However, he wanted to return to the music industry and tried out for the new talent series but the result was not a good one.
Sean attended the blind auditions and performed for Will.i.am, Jessie J, Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue and performed Coldplay’s ‘Trouble,’ while playing the piano on stage. However he suffered quite the snub when none of the panel turned around to offer him a place on their team, after hearing him sing.
Of course, as soon as the song ended, all four stars recognised the star immediately and Jessie confessed to Bang Showbiz that she couldn’t believe who was standing in front of her. She explained:
“I couldn’t believe I didn’t turn around for him…..his was the first concert I ever went to.”
“The way I react when I realise it’s him will be the moment people realise I am still very much in a dream world and pinching myself that I’m here.”
Conlon was said to be ‘gutted’ about his failure, as he was keen to put 5ive behind him, and strike out on his own finally.
The snub is the latest in a long line of disappointments for the singer too, as in 2006 J Brown, Abs Breen, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson briefly reformed the group without Conlon, with a new management team headed by music manager Richard Beck.
However, eight months later, having secured a lucrative tour, but failing to gain enough record company interest, Five made an announcement via their official website they would again disband.
Since Five disbanded in late 2001, Conlon has been pursuing a solo career as an R&B, jazz and soul singer and pianist in the cafés of London.
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