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People are finally realising what JLS stands for

Rhianna Benson

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People are finally realising what JLS stands for

Featured Image Credit: Simone Joyner/ Samir Hussein / Getty Images

An unbelievable 15 years after they first performed on The X Factor, fans of JLS are ONLY JUST realising what exactly the band name stands for.

The viral discussion comes as one-quarter of the band, Marvin Humes, has appeared on the already-controversial 2023 series of I'm A Celebrity.

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The dad-of-three is best known from the band which came second on the 2008 series of hit singing series - to Alexandra Burke.

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But the 'Everybody in Love' singer and radio DJ, 38, has officially swapped the studio for the jungle, and was even spotted teaching co-star, Made In Chelsea alum Sam Thompson, the famous dance moves from the band's 2011 hit 'She Makes Me Wanna'.

With Marvin belting out of JLS' biggest hits from the comfort of the star-studded camp, many viewers have only just realised they're unaware what the band name actually stands for.

JLS' Marvin Humes is currently appearing in I'm A Celebrity. Credit: ITV
JLS' Marvin Humes is currently appearing in I'm A Celebrity. Credit: ITV

Those who owned one of red, green, yellow or blue JLS hoodies (each colour representing a member of the group, with green being Marvin's colour), might be aware that the band weren't always called JLS.

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In fact, prior to auditioning for Simon Cowell's talent series, the group - which also consists of Aston Merrygold, JB Gill and Oritse Williams - were actually called UFO when they first came on the scene.

And - as cringe-worthy as the early noughties were - the band name fittingly stood for 'Unique Famous Outrageous'.

But during their audition for The X Factor back in 2008, had to change their name because it was already being used by another musical group.

JLS auditioned for The X Factor back in 2018. Credit: Brian Rasic
JLS auditioned for The X Factor back in 2018. Credit: Brian Rasic
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They therefore went for the name JLS.

'But what does that stand for?' I hear you ask.

Well, it turns out that the name the supposedly stands for ‘Jack the Lad Swing’ - and the revelation has left some fans of the band baffled.

"f**k off does jls stand for jack the lad swing", one I'm A Celeb viewer tweeted in shock.

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"My whole world collapsed when I found out that JLS didn’t in fact stand for 'just love songs' like I thought it did in 2010 xo," another admitted.

A third simply reacted to the revelation by writing: "I hate them".

People are only just realising what JLS stands for. Credit: Getty/Simone Joyner
People are only just realising what JLS stands for. Credit: Getty/Simone Joyner

We all know 'Jack the Lad' in British slang refers to a cheeky chappy. Well, when it comes to the 'Swing' element of the name, the boys previously claimed they added this due to the fact they're all fans of swing music.

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Well there you have it, folks.

Topics: Music, TV And Film, Im A Celebrity, ITV, Celebrity

Rhianna Benson
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