They raised eyebrows by wearing nothing but body paint to the Teen Choice Awards, but WHO exactly are The Janoskians?
Rocking up at the Teen Choice Awards wearing nothing but painted-on suits is a sure-fire way to get noticed, and that’s exactly what The Janoskians did.
The Australian troupe – we’re saying ‘troupe’ because they’re not a boyband, so we’re not sure what to call them – have been in the teen celebrity scene for a couple of years now, but they’re still an unfamiliar name to quite a few people.
So, if you still need to acquaint yourselves with the Janoskians, here are some handy facts.
1. There are five Janoskians
Three of them – Beau Brooks, 22, and twins Jai and Luke Brooks, 20, are brothers. Then there’s Daniel Sahyounie, 20, and James Yammouni, 19. Janoskians is actually an acronym of the, er…catchy slogan Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation.
2. They have YouTube to thank for their fame
The Janoskians began posting videos of their pranks on YouTube in 2011, where they perform feats of comedic genius like treading on Lego and making inappropriate noises in shopping malls. Luke, James and Jai apparently even dropped out of high school to focus on the group, and they’ve bagged themselves an impressive 1.8 million subscribers.
3. If you’ve heard of Jai Brooks, it’s probably because he dated Ariana Grande
Jai and Ariana were dating between August 2012 and July 2013, before she binned him off for Nathan Sykes, formerly of The Wanted. Jai then accused her of cheating on him with Nathan, but started dating her again after she broke up with Nathan in December last year. Ariana and Jai then split again last August. Keeping up?
4. Their main schtick is comedy, but they do also sing a bit
They released their first single, World On Fire, in 2012 after signing to Sony Music Australia.
5. One Direction are fans
Liam Payne has declared – fittingly, on YouTube – that he’s a fan of the Janoskians, after watching them cover 1D’s hit What Makes You Beautiful. The Janoskians, in their body-paint tuxedos, even presented One Direction with one of their eight (yes, EIGHT) awards at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.
6. They sold out Wembley Arena
Yes, they really are that big in the teen world. Back in March, the boys managed to pack out Wembley Arena, which is no mean feat considering they’re not really a musical act at heart.
7. They’ve got a lot of merch
As well as watching their Internet hi-jinks, you can also download a Janoskians game to your phone, or treat yourself to something from their clothing line, Dirty Pigs.
8. There’s going to be a Janoskians movie
Last year, the boys signed a deal with major production company Lionsgate to make a partially scripted movie that’s basically going to be a Jackass for the YouTube generation. According to some reports, it’s released this month – on the Internet. We’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of these chaps in the coming months!