Pop Gladiators Hyrise auditioned for 2004's Eurovision contest and came in second in the British part of the competition. Unfortunately, this is about as long as the group lasted.
Hyrise consisted of Matt, Maxwell, Ant and Ben.
Matt left his native Birmingham in 2003 to pursue his musical ambition of being part of a band. He hooked up with Maxwell as both had been part of an earlier act put together by a record company. Chilled out Maxwell is a Windsor lad and as of 2004 was juggling his A levels with his Hyrise commitments and some modeling.
Ben is now a heart-throb actor and can currently be seen in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as the swashbuckling prince.
Hyrise had a broad range of artists who influenced them - from Queen and Bob Dylan to OutKast and Alicia Keys.
The group only had one song-"Leading Me On"-but it was catchy and the urban pop jam is still rocking the playlists today.
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