With years of keen TV talent show viewing behind us, we know only too well that very often, the runners-up can go on to have a more successful career. Back in 2002, however, not being picked as the winner was seen as the kiss of death. When Popstars finalists Kelli, Michelle, Tony, Kevin, and Jessica weren't selected to be in the handpicked pop group Hear'Say, it looked like the end of the road.
They didn't give up, however, and came together to form Liberty, and all was going pretty well as they went Top 5 with debut hit Thinking It over, until yet another setback – the name Liberty was already taken by a different band. The dream appeared to be over, until the plucky quintet whacked an X on the end of their bandname, donned some of the tightest PVC ever seen on the face of the Earth, and released an instant pop classic.
Just A Little was fortunate to come when edgier pop was beginning to dominate: Sugababes had just scored a huge comeback Number 1 with Freak Like Me and Holly Valance had scored a smash with the quirky Kiss Kiss, and the public were looking for songs that had, well, just a little bit more…
First-week sales were huuuuuge, with 153,000 copies flying off the shelves – Just A Little has sold 530,000 copies, and amassed 3.47 million streams since we started counting in 2014.
Elsewhere in the Top 40, Enrique was highest new entry at 3 with Escape, Fat Joe and Ashanti's What's Luv was new at 4, and Pink's Don't Let Me Get Me was new at 6, while trance outfit Milk Inc were in at 9.
Other new entries included A1 at 11, Eurovision hopeful Jessica Garlick – herself a graduate of TV talent show Pop Idol – at 13, and Luck & Neat at 31.