Although they originally rose to fame as rejects from the 2001 ITV talent search show Popstars, five-piece R&B-infused pop group Liberty X surpassed everybody's expectations by eventually eclipsing the success of the show's winners, Hear'Say. Comprised of Tony Lundon, Kelli Young, Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, and Jessica Taylor, Liberty X signed to Richard Branson's V2 label just weeks after being turned down by the Popstars judges. But while Hear'Say's bubble burst a little under 18 months later, Liberty X's continued to grow thanks to a succession of hit singles. In September 2001 the group released its debut single, "Thinking It Over," under the moniker of Liberty. But after receiving a legal challenge in the High Court from an American R&B act, also called Liberty, the group was forced to add an X to the end of its name. And from there, they briefly became one of the U.K.'s biggest pop groups.