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One True Nightmare; EXCLUSIVE: HOW BOY BAND'S DREAMS WERE SHATTERED.

Byline: PAUL MARTIN Ireland's No1 showbiz writer

ONE True Voice star Keith Semple has been left high and dry after making just EUR60,000 from stardom, the Irish Mirror can reveal.

The 20-year-old singer was promised riches beyond his wildest dreams when he landed a place in the Popstars: The Rivals TV band last Christmas.

But with rumours that the group will face the axe from their record company with their latest single, Shakespeare's Way With Words, only getting to No.10 in the charts, Keith has been left top of the paupers.

Each member of the group earned EUR60,000 when they were first signed but since then they have failed to make any money and have spent more than EUR20,000 on their showbiz lifestyles.

They have made nothing from single sales, nothing from album sales and not a penny from touring.

He added: "It's a nightmare for Keith. The band were meant to make E1million each from record sales, touring and promotion.

"But they have hardly made a penny. They made around EUR60,000 when they signed with Jive Records when they were first picked for the band.

"That's only about enough to cover their living costs and all the other expenses you run up in this business."

Keith and his bandmates frequently hired stretch limos to take them to showbiz parties over the past six months.

On top of that they have also had to pay pounds 2,000 (EUR2,845) a month rent for living in London. The source added: "Since their first single was released last December they have hardly made anything.

"They haven't toured and both their singles have performed abysmally in the charts.

"Keith has actually ended up spending more than he earns because the cost of living in London is so high."

The singer may be forced to return home to Larne, Co Antrim, where he left last year in the pursuit of stardom.

Sources said he is furious that One True Voice have been left in limbo by their manager Pete Waterman.

Another source said: "He was expecting to be making some serious money but it hasn't worked out like that at all.

"The way things are at the minute he couldn't even afford to splash out on a semi-detached home in Larne.

"It's a far cry from the glitzy lifestyle they were leading when the band released their first single. There were parties every night and nights out at the theatre and lavish hotels."

Keith spent his first two months as a pop star living with Hayley Evetts in her home, but Keith moved his things back to the band's London recording studio after they split.

Since then he has shared an apartment in London with his bandmates. Last night rival band Girls Aloud's manager Louis Walsh branded One True Voice "big time flops". He said: "They haven't done anything and nobody liked the songs they released.

"Without the right songs you become big flops very quickly and that's what has happened. Girls Aloud have been a success because we picked good songs. It's as simple as that."

A music industry insider said: "It's a really sorry state of affairs for One True Voice. Their record company are going to have to drop them because they are not making any money.

"Pete Waterman hasn't had anything to do with them for the past month and he is meant to be their manager. Keith and the rest of the lads don't stand a chance now.

"The future looks gloomy for all of them. Only six months ago they thought they would all be millionaires."

Keith and the other four band members - Daniel Pearce, Jamie Shaw, Anton Gordon and Matt Johnson - all denied yesterday they were splitting up because Daniel wanted to leave.

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HIGH AND DRY: Keith hasn't made any money as a pop star; FLOP STARS: Matt Johnson, Jamie Shaw, Anton Gordon, Keith Semple and Daniel Pearce from the failed Popstars: The Rivals boy band One True Voice
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Date:Jun 10, 2003
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