Where S Club Juniors are now - three footballer wives and I'm A Celeb star

By Kyle O'Sullivan

A lot of I'm A Celebrity viewers have started to feel very old this week because of S Club Juniors.

First we discovered that Olympic diving champion Matty Lee, who won gold at Tokyo with Tom Daley, is too young to know who the teens versions of S Club 7 are.

Then Frankie Bridge started speaking about her rise to fame and revealed she was just 12-years-old when she auditioned for the band, who were formed 20 years ago.

As part of a CBBC talent show, thousands of hopefuls applied but only eight managed to secure a coveted spot in the fresh new band way back in 2001.

"It was a big open audition on CBBC. So me and Rochelle Humes, now, went and people were practicing their songs in the queue," she explained to her fellow campmates.

"I hadn’t even decided what I was going to sing and we both ended up getting in. We used to go to the same dance school together when we were like 9 and it’s gone from there."

Daisy Evans, Jay Asforis, Frankie Sandford, Rochelle Wiseman, Stacey McClean, Calvin Goldspink, Aaron Renfree and Hannah Richings were the S Club Juniors (Hulton Archive)
They were all babies when they first started out (Hulton Archive)

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Originally they were only intended to be a support act for the adults at Wembley Arena but they performed at every venue on the S Club Carnival Tour.

They released six top 10 UK singles, including big hits such as One Step Closer, Automatic High and Puppy Love/Sleigh Ride, which featured in Love Actually.

They even got their own TV show about their fictional exploits, called I Dream, but the fun times couldn't go on forever and they split in 2004.

However, two members of the band, Frankie and Rochelle, went on to have even more success as part of The Saturdays.

"I felt like I’d peaked already – now what am I meant to do with the rest of my life," said Frankie. "Then I got a phone call about The Saturdays. And that was that. Ended up being lucky to be in two successful groups."

Three members of the teen idols went on to marry footballers, while others have actually turned their backs on the showbiz world.

Here is a look at what the S Club Juniors are doing now.

Frankie Bridge

Frankie is a contestant on this year's I'm A Celeb (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Frankie was the standout star from S Club Juniors and was clearly always destined for great things.

After disappearing from the limelight for a few years, Frankie remerged in 2007 alongside Rochelle as members of hit girlband The Saturdays.

After first UK number one single What About Us they had 12 other top 10 singles and four UK Top 10 albums.

Having first tried going solo in 2004, releasing a duet with former S Club Juniors bandmate Calvin, Frankie went out on her own again once The Saturdays split and released a solo album.

The singer has gone on to make many TV appearances, finishing runner-up on the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing with pro partner Kevin Clifton.

Frankie was a co-presenter on ITV gameshow Cannonball in 2017 and has become a semi-regular Loose Women panellist.

Frankie with husband Wayne Bridge and their boys (Frankie Bridge/Instagram)

As for her love live, Frankie married former Premier League footballer Wayne Bridge in 2014 and they have two sons, Parker and Carter, together.

Frankie has bravely opened up on her battle with mental health and explained Wayne supported her through dark times.

She wrote a book, Open, about her experiences in 2020 and said she received an "overwhelming" response.

We all know that Frankie has entered the I'm A Celeb castle this year - and smashed her first trial against TV host Richard Madeley.

The singer has also been very frank about her career, humbly confessing: "It feels so inadequate when people are winning goal medals."

Asked by Matty if it got intense being in The Saturdays, Frankie said: "It does, but in the same way it does with brothers and sisters. Genuinely we never had big rows and I think that’s why we never officially broke up."

Rochelle Humes

Rochelle got married to Marvin Humes (Rochelle Humes/Instagram)

Not a lot needs to be said about Rochelle, who has become one of the most recognisable faces on TV.

Rochelle actually already knew Frankie before they both got a place in S Club Juniors and the close pals reunited again in The Saturdays.

The singer was briefly a member of The TigerLilys, but the group disbanded without signing for a label or releasing any commercial music, then she became a chart-topping success with The Saturdays.

Rochelle is part of a famous family as she started dating JLS singer Marvin Humes in 2010 - with the couple marrying two years later.

The couple have ventured into the world of presenting together and started standing in as hosts on This Morning from 2013 as well as getting their own music quiz show The Hit List in 2018.

Rochelle then replaced Holly Willoughby as the main host alongside Phillip Schofield when Holly Willoughby went to Australia for I'm A Celebrity in late 2018.

You can't keep Rochelle off our screens as she has also presented Ninja Warrior, Lorraine and competed on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2013.

The loved-up couple have three kids, with daughters Alaia-Mai and Valentina getting a baby brother in October last year when Rochelle gave birth to baby Blake.

Calvin Goldspink

If anyone had to be dubbed the 'heartthrob' of the band then it would definitely have been Calvin.

After finding fame in the band, the spiky-haired teen landed a few television roles and went on to appear in the only season of Life is Wild for the CW network as Oliver Banks.

He described shooting in South Africa for seven months back in 2007 as "an unreal experience and one that I’ll never forget".

His other major role was in the 2011 movie William and Kate as the Duchess of Cambridge's brother James Middleton.

Calvin has swapped the UK for Los Angeles and enjoys a very glamorous lifestyle, working as a talent booker for the Peppermint Club in LA.

He married digital designer Melissa Callabero in march 2015 and they became parents for the first time to baby Aya in February last year.

Daisy Shelvey

S Club Juniors wasn't the end of Daisy's girl band journey - as she joined From Above in 2007.

The five-piece group toured the UK before being signed by Matthew Knowles, who is Beyonce's dad, then having their bid to find fame documented on MTV Reality show Breaking From Above.

The band didn't find chart success and only reached the Boot Camp stage on The X Factor, so Daisy completely changed career and is now a very successful make-up artist based in Newcastle and Essex.

She married Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in June 2015 and they have two children, Lola and Alba.

The couple were joined by Jimmy Carr, who gave a stand-up performance at the wedding breakfast.

Back in February 2015, Daisy was caught in a Twitter storm after laying bare her disgust at her husband's footballer manager.

When Shelvey was playing for Swansea, Daisy tweeted an angry response after he was subbed off by then manager Gary Monk, which read: "What an absolute load of s***. Ain't got a f*****g clue."

Supporters of the Swans advised Daisy that her comments wouldn't help the side, leading herto reply: "I'm entitled to have an opinion an if I want to tweet it, I will!"

Aaron Renfree

Aaron Renfree has worked with some big names (Rex Features)

The eldest member of S Club Juniors, Aaron was studying for his GCSEs during the height of their fame.

Aaron very nearly didn't make it into the band because he was originally told he had not made it but was dramatically called back two days later.

Once they split, Aaron went back to college, training at Laine Theatre Arts and graduating with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

He was part of the original cast of Flashdance the Musical which toured the UK in 2008 then made his West End debut in We Will Rock You in 2009.

Aaron shunned pop bands in favour of a career as a dancer and has worked with some major names, including Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, Take That and JLS.

He also worked dancing alongside ex band mates Frankie and Rochelle with The Saturdays, as well as on The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and The Voice.

If that wasn't enough, he has worked as a choreographer on Dancing on Ice and The Greatest Dancer.

Aaron is also passing his dance experiences on to the next generation in his role as head of MF Dance, an organisation offering street dance classes.

Stacey Franks

A few years after S Club Juniors parted ways, Stacey decided to try and go solo and auditioned for The X Factor in 2009.

She made it through Boot Camp and earned a place at Judges' Houses, having to sing in front of judge Dannii Minogue and her sister Kylie in Dubai.

Stacey failed to get through to the live shows but continued singing and in 2010 went on a 6-month tour of the UK as one of the stars of all singing all dancing stage production G*Mania.

Stacey then switched into working for radio but still sings in her spare time and is proud of her former bandmates.

Speaking back in 2016, Stacey said: "I’m so proud of the amazing success Rochelle and Frankie have had, it’s been great watching them develop.

"They’ve given me the inspiration to make a come back with my career. I’m so excited 2016 has lots of exciting projects lined up with modelling, presenting and singing… watch this space.

"Obviously, being in the band, I've had that taste of music and performing. I've had a nine-to-five job for the past five years, but it doesn't really make me happy."

Stacey became engaged to former Stevenage footballer Fraser Franks in Bangkok in 2015 - with the couple getting married in 2017.

She gave birth to daughter Nellie in 2019 and has founded two clothing brands called Little Franks and Missy Franks.

Jay Asforis

Jay did not appear at the auditions with everyone else and had a rather unusual route into the band.

Instead of standing up to sing in front of judges, Jay sent in a video tape of himself to S Club 7, who were so impressed they invited him to the final auditions.

Now going by the stage name of Jay Perry, the singer has toured the UK with musical productions such as Save The Last Dance For Me and Hairspray.

In 2018 he landed the lead role of Berry Gordy in the West End production of Motown: The Musical.

The following year he was seen as the standby for Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in the popular musical Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Last year, Jay started an Instagram series called 'In Conversation with... The Juniors' where he spoke to his former bandmates - and he is still very close pals with Rochelle.

Hannah Richings

Hannah wasn't even supposed to be in the group as she wasn't selected in the original line-up.

However, management put their foot down and she finally got the call up two days later after an agonising wait.

The baby of the group as the youngest member, Hannah was only 11-years-old when she joined the band.

Hannah has now turned her back on the showbiz world and married husband Phil Blackford in 2019.

She is mum to four adorable kids, who she shares cute snaps of on her Instagram page, claiming her family was "complete with our fourth bundle of joy entering the world" when baby Pippa was born last year.

*I'm A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm

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