They blew us away with their rendition of Jessie J's hit Bang Bang on the first X Factor show, but it turns out that girl band 4th Power have already enjoyed considerable success in the music industry


We’re only one show in and The X Factor is already causing controversy after it emerged that one of the bands from the opening show is in fact made up of pro singers.

We’re still bobbing our head along to girl group 4th Power‘s incredible performance of Jessie J, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande’s hit Bang Bang, which caused judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to declare: ‘Girls, you just absolutely took Wembley’s roof off!’

But, whilst the show is supposed to be a search for fresh-faced beginners, it turns out that the group – made up of four sisters from the Philippines – are experienced performers who have appeared on TV and have even released music available to buy on iTunes.

What’s more, X Factor producers were well aware of the girls’ professional background, having first met with them in London – long before they auditioned in front of the judges.

At the meeting, the girls were asked for a full breakdown of their previous ­experiences and revealed full details of their careers. And it turns out their music CVs are quite considerable!

The band have enjoyed singing success under the names The Gollayan Sisters and The Cercados, which saw them release an album called Unstoppable that is available to buy in the UK via iTunes and Amazon.

And last year saw the band reach the final rounds of Superstar K6, South Korea’s biggest TV talent show, under the name M.I.C.A.

They have also appeared on TV shows in the Philippines, including Pinoy Idol and Showtime.

Sisters Almira, Celena, Mylene and Irene went down a storm on last night’s show, telling the judges they’d flown in specially to try out for the TV talent contest.

Amateur video footage showing the girls boarding a plane from their native Philipines and heading to the UK for the X Factor auditions was played prior to their amazing performance – but this was filmed at the request of the show’s bosses, after they invited them to come to London and audition following their meeting.

A spokesperson for The X Factor said: ‘Producers were well aware who the girls were before they arrived in front of the judges – so it was no surprise that they were ­fantastic on the show.

‘Executives looked at everything they had done before and discussed them at length before making the decision to invite them back and make them a big part of the launch show. Obviously they were exactly what had been expected.

‘But the judges had not been told what was coming, to ensure their ­reaction was as strong and completely natural as it could be.’

Stephanie Wood