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

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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

  • Kobe Lhasa

    How can you call a group or any girl band on earth “Professionals” ??? and yet till now they are still “chasing their dreams”.? Why blame these four ladies for being good and seasoned performers? They are not pretending that they are amateurs! they admitted in the video that they are singing since 2001 and still looking for their break!, that’s the reason why they are still joining singing contest by competing in other parts of southeast asia!, and now in UK!….for those critics… common guys use your brain…

  • dyenhime sama

    My thoughts exactly bro.. i bet not even half of the philippine population ever heard of them.. they did appear on tv on few segments or so but wasn’t really paid attention to by the general public.. mind you guys the philippines is overflowing with singers! Their album wasnt even a hit.. they are just like any artist out there wanting to get a big break.. the only difference is they didnt stop working on their dreams.. they did join a korean talent show but their style of singing didnt even click in South Korea.. they really tried hard to even learn korean language! They have experience to back them up as they have been singing at a very young age to feed their family! Experience is the best teacher mates!

  • dyenhime sama

    My thoughts exactly bro.. i bet not even half of the philippine population ever heard of them.. they did appear on tv on few segments or so but wasn’t really paid attention to by the general public.. mind you guys the philippines is overflowing with singers! Their album wasnt even a hit.. they are just like any artist out there wanting to get a big break.. the only difference is they didnt stop working on their dreams.. they did join a korean talent show but their style of singing didnt even click in South Korea.. they really tried hard to even learn korean language! They have experience to back them up as they have been singing at a very young age to feed their family! Experience is the best teacher mates!

  • jameskie

    very well said bro.

  • Edo- San

    PRO? Not quite. These girls are never-heard in the Philippines. Talents are scouted everyday in the world and this is nothing new. If they happen to sound pro, why is that a problem? The ladies have talent and as you mentioned, have been all over trying to make it big—just like any performer with a dream. Even a-list actors audition, no one is above that iMHO. West end musicals, fashion shows have open calls for both pro and aspiring performers and models, why is this a big deal now. This is reality talent show, it depicted the reality that these ladies are talented. It might be worth noting as well how extremely competitive the music industry is in the Philippines ( google: The voice Kids Philippines) that you almost need to go outside to be recognized–like in this case. These ladies are looking for a break just like any other kid who sings in the shower in the morning—the difference is that these ladies worked hard, never gave up, performed in every venue that will take them in the hope of reaching for their dreams.

    I think the way the seemingly negative spin on how they seemed shy is uncalled for. If you are standing in the Wembley stage with 4 a list celebs you only dream of seeing—not to mention the thousand of people watching—nerves will get to you, instead, these ladies composed themselves, took advantage of what could have been a once in a lifetime opportunity and delivered beyond expectation.

    One strong point as well is that the show is open for all talents —remember, not all acts who have albums, performed in shows before are that GOOD!

    Remind me, what is so controversial again?