There are few things better than an amazing girl group. Fifth Harmony is perfect proof of this, their songs “Work From Home” and “All In My Head” practically serving as the soundtrack of the summer for many and their live performances scheduled for every award show possible. Fifth Harmony is a powerhouse and the girl group that seemed to have been missing in recent years.
As with most bands, the girls of Fifth Harmony weren’t without controversy or rumors. Their alleged arguments and ventures culminated with the exit of Camila Cabello at the end of their record-breaking year of 2016. Their Harmonizers were sad that the group was broken, but the remaining members made it clear that they wanted to remain a legendary group.
There’s a lot to be learned about the history of Fifth Harmony from their X Factor beginnings to their curent passions. Check out these 10 little-known facts about Fifth Harmony’s journey and their current members.
1. Their fans are called Harmonizers.
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) December 25, 2016
The girl group boasts a dedicated and passionate fanbase that they’ve affectionately nicknamed Harmonizers.
These fans helped the band debut their first album, Reflection, in the fifth spot on the Billboard charts and their second, 7/27, in the fourth spot. At the time of this writing, both albums have been certified gold.
2. Their X Factor audition songs were very different.
Just as the members of the band are different, so were their auditions for The X Factor.
Ally Brooke sang “On My Knees” by Latin singer Jaci Velasquez, while Dinah Jane Hansen sang “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce, both leaving the judges wowed. Normani Kordei performed “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin, Lauren Jauregui sang Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” and former member Camila Cabello sang “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.
Each of their auditions has been released on video except for Cabello’s. There is currently a Change.org petition with 28 signatures to have her audition video released.
3. They weren’t always called Fifth Harmony.
Originally, the girl group was named LYLAS, a common internet acronym that stands for ‘love you like a sister.’ As they progressed through the competition, the band renamed themselves 1432, the numbers corresponding to the phrase “I love you too.” The name didn’t stick, with Simon Cowell leaving the group’s name to the public, who chose the name Fifth Harmony through online voting.
4. After their time on X Factor, the band made covers of songs.
The girls of the group recorded several covers on YouTube, each selecting a favorite artist or song prior to their major commercial success. Their covers included “American” by Lana Del Rey, “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran, “Red” by Taylor Swift and “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean.
5. The Huffington Post described Ally Brooke’s audition as a “highlight of the season.”
Brooke is the oldest member of the group at age 23 and is a native of San Antonio, Texas. The Huffington Post called her audition “a quiet but controlled performance, hitting some amazing grace notes.”
6. Dinah Jane Hansen was almost in a Disney movie.
Dinah Jane Hansen was raised in Santa Ana, California and is of Polynesian and Tongan descent. The singer auditioned for Disney’s Moana, though she eventually lost the role, much to the ire of some Harmonizers.
7. Normani Kordei records covers and dance videos in addition to performing with the group.
Kordei was born in Atlanta, Georgia, eventually moving to New Orleans, Louisiana and then Houston, Texas after Hurricane Katrina. Kordei is known for her covers, singing Tory Lanez and Drake songs in addition to the group’s music. She also records dance covers with choreographer Sean Bankhead.
8. Lauren Jauregui came out as bisexual in an open letter.
The Miami, Florida-native wrote an emotional open letter addressing Donald Trump about her sexuality. The letter was published in Billboard and in it, Jauregui compared Trump to Hitler and then divulged that she was “so proud” to be “a bisexual Cuban-American woman.”
9. “Work From Home” won several awards.
“Work From Home” was considered by many to be the song of the summer in 2016, with the music video earning over one billion views. Not only did the song surpass their previous singles, but it also earned several awards, including wins at the Teen Choice Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
10. Their first public performance without Camila Cabello will be at the People’s Choice Awards.
After the controversial exit of original member Camila Cabello, many questioned how the group would move forward in future performances. Their first performance without Cabello will be at the People’s Choice Awards, January 18.