By Amanda Neale (Manager for Billy & Louie and Founder of Junior Star Singer Songwriter )
I switched the TV off and smiled. Part of me was relieved it was over, but the other half of me was excited for more exciting times to come. I had just watched Billy and Louie perform on Little Mix the Search, a new talent show that the band’s management company had produced for BBC television.
The boys had given a superb performance, singing with so much passion and heart. The boys themselves have commented:
Their harmonies had got the girls really excited, with Perrie in particular looking utterly gobsmacked. They later commented after the performance that the boys had definitely given the best vocally on the whole show. All the other contestants on the episode looked taken back with sheer surprise. And yet these boys were then asked to leave at the end of the episode. For me, the big question remains why. Why does talent escape like this given this opportunity?
I’ve worked in the music industry for more than twenty years. I’ve heard hundreds of demos for so many gigs across the country, whether I was holding a music night, managing a club or working for an agency. It’s very hard to come across genuine talent and if you do, you have to snap it up instantly with both hands. You have to water it like a plant, watch it grow, look after it, care for it, give it a chance of life, and success.
When I first had the pleasure of meeting Billy and Louie in the 2017 rounds of Junior Star Singer Songwriter I have to say that crowning them the winners of the competition was a no-brainer for the judging team. You’d have to be completely and utterly crazy not to want to have the chance to work with these guys. They’re so dedicated and passionate about their work and show no conceitedness at all. They give 100% in everything they do and take everything in their stride.
As I guide them through each path they must take, they have been open to trying everything that’s been thrown in front of them without argument, hesitation or nerves. I think they are more than ready to take on whatever new adventures the music industry holds for them. While you only know Billy and Louie as vocalists, I know them as great musicians, music producers, editors, songwriters, junior mentors. The world is about to see what else they can take on.
So, sorry Little Mix, but I have to say that anyone that rejects this kind of talent while admitting they are the best vocalists, has made a peculiar decision as they have clearly opened the door for someone else who will snap them up and give them an even better opportunity.
I know that these shows are more about making great TV than trying to uncover genuine new talent, but I have no doubt in my mind that these two brilliant and talented brothers will find the opportunities they rightly deserve.