Simon Cowell has proven he’s got the magic touch when it comes to discovering hot new talent. Now, following in the footsteps of One Direction, boy band PRETTYMUCH is ready to make some musical waves.
His first big band since bringing the world One Direction, Cowell saw pure talent when it came to Austin Porter, Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Nick Mara and the band’s resident Canadian, 18-year-old Zion Kuwonu from Ottawa, who were each pursuing solo careers at the time.
“We were all chilling at home doing our thing and Sony music and Simon had an audition and scouted us five,” says 18-year-old Honoret. Now, the group is busy living together and recording their debut album in Los Angeles.
“It’s a lot of fun, we are always pranking each other, like going crazy in the house. Trying to keep it clean,” Arreaga, 17, says, adding. “As much as possible.”
Though Cowell is known for being a bully on “America’s Got Talent” – he recently ending up at the receiving end of a cup of water thrown at him by his fellow judge Mel B after he made a disparaging remark about her former marriage – the PrettyMuch guys say they’re not intimidated by him.
“It looks like that on TV sometimes, that he can be mean, but I mean sometimes people don’t like honesty or too much honesty,” Honoret tells ET Canada.
Now the world is getting ready to meet PrettyMuch. The group recently made their television debut at the Teen Choice Awards earlier this month. Nick, 19, from New Jersey, says the band had a lot of fun on stage.
“At the beginning of the performance they had beach balls and they were supposed to throw them up and like bop them around, but they were just pegging at them on the stage,” he says. “And Brandon was kicking a few mid-solo.”
And the group certainly doesn’t have any qualms about being called a boy band.
“It’s what we are,” Arreaga adds.