A scene from Boy Band S1 with RIta Ora and the contestants in the background.

Let's be honest, we're all secretly fans of some of the most well-known boy bands - let's see what inspiration up-coming musicians can get from them.

Love music? Enjoy looking at the best in dance choreography? Chances are you’re going to love Boy Band S1 starting on Friday 15 December at 19:00 and streaming live on DStv Now.

Hosted by Rita Ora and joined by Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, the Spice Girls' Emma Bunton and Timbaland as the architects who help guide the contestants. The show sees a group of male vocalists compete to be a part of a new five-member boy group. Ever wondered what goes into making a popular music group? This is the show to watch!

Now let’s take a look at some boy bands adored around the globe that the contestants can get some inspo from.


These boys had the whole world talking when they had their debut performance at the recent American Music Awards and we can see why – they’re beyond talented!

RM, Suga, Jin, J-Hope, Jungkook, V and Jimin make up the South Korean boy group that have stolen the hearts of millions. From their serious street style to ability to go from rap to pop with a mix of electronic, these boys are great at 0the art of branding. When it comes to the whole package, the guys should get some inspiration from these musical sensations.

One Direction

Sadly, they’re not together anymore but even as a group or as solo acts, the power of One Direction and their fans run deep. At the peak of their career as a group, these boys were described as The Beatles of the current generation. They had girls at a frenzy and had everyone hooked on their every word. We live in hope that Harry, Zayn, Niall, Louis and Liam will re-form to make our 1D hearts happy.

Mindless Behaviour

How time has flown by since the boys of Mindless Behaviour originally debuted after a massive audition. Sure, they’re not together anymore – and saw a number of members leave and join- but we’ll always remember them a s group that fused pop, rap and R&B perfectly. Described once as the Jackson 5 of the 21st century, these boys had it all: talent, looks and personality. If the guys of Boy Band need some direct musical inspo they should listen to hit tracks like My Girl and Mrs Right.

Watch Boy Band S1 starting on Friday 15 December at 19:00 and streaming live on DStv Now

By Michelle Govender