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Big Reunion: 20 things we learned from Damage's reunion, rehearsals

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It took us forever to recover from Girl Thing's so-tense-it-almost-snapped meeting on last week's Big Reunion, and now we have to deal with Damage's excruciating meet-up! Luckily, we also got lots of Kenzie's frankly terrible dancing and even some catty moments from the all-group rehearsal, so read on to find out what we learned from this episode...

5th Story - Adam Rickitt, Kenzie, Gareth Gates, Kavana and Dane Bowers - on The Big Reunion

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1. Kenzie is a terrible dancer.
Yes, we kind of mentioned this already. But seriously, did you see him? In 5th Story's first rehearsals, he announced that he is "good at staging - walking and that". "Walking?" choreographer Paul Domaine repeated, deadpan, wondering what he'd got himself into. Kenzie did a little awkward shuffle thing which made us fall in love a little bit. To be fair to him, Blazin' Squad were hardly known for their complex dance routines, but after seeing this we're surprised Kenzie can even put one foot in front of the other on a daily basis. "Bless him," Paul sighed. "I think I've peaked," Kenzie giggled, at half eleven in the morning.

2. Going from being solo to being in a group is hard.
Adam Rickitt and Kavana might be better dancers than Kenzie, but they don't quite understand how group staging works. Luckily, the dancers gave Kav a bit of a helping hand when he found himself in completely the wrong place...

3. 5th Story still have a whole lot of work to do.
The guys were allowed an extra week of rehearsals because of the whole 'never working together before' thing, but God, did they need it. After one rehearsal, Paul sighed: "Can I just ask what you were concentrating on? It certainly wasn't dancing." "And it certainly wasn't singing," vocal coach Yvie Burnett piped up. Oh dear. Adam in particular struggled to do both singing and dancing at the same time. This is the man who writhed around naked in a glass box. Where did it all go wrong?

4. The 5th Story guys responded to Kavana coming out by... mocking him.
Don't worry - it was all good natured banter. Kav decided to come out to the guys over email, but to be honest they don't really care. "Immediately, it just went straight to piss taking," Adam explained. Dane just wanted to make sure Kav is comfortable talking about it (aw), while Gareth admitted he wasn't all that shocked. So there we go. (For the avoidance of doubt, Kavana informed the guys that he doesn't fancy any of them.)

5th Story member Kavana on The Big Reunion

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5. The boys will all be chummy until the chips are down.
That's what Yvie thinks anyway - she says they're all getting along fine now and ribbing each other, but she can expect a "bit more friction between them" when they realise they're not quite as good as the other bands. "I had a couple of shaky bits," Dane mourns at one point. "His shaky bits threw me off!" one of the other guys announces. IS IT STARTING ALREADY? Poor Dane even admitted at one point that he was "knackered". It's not easy, this popstar lark.

6. Damage actually reunited in 2010 - and it was an utter disaster.
The quintet met up again for a gig in Leeds, and it all went horribly wrong. Andrez claimed that Coreé turned up with "random people" and drove up in a separate car. But the madness doesn't end there! Seriously, though, it did actually get a bit darker. After Coreé drank just a little too much backstage ("He was not even a bit but a lot worse for wear," Jade said), the band decided they had to leave so they wouldn't tarnish their reputation. But as they were driving down the motorway, the car in front - with Coreé in it - stopped in the middle of the road and started rocking back and forth. Don't be naughty - turns out he was fighting with his friend. Yep, a proper punch-up on the motorway. Rahsaan remembers dragging a crying Coreé out of the car - "[He was saying], 'You lot don't know anything about me, you never helped me" - and Andrez says that it was this point that made the guys decide to leave Damage behind.

7. The Damage guys thought Coreé had a drug addiction but he insists he did not.
In fact, Coreé took great exception to the suggestion that he was abusing anything other than alcohol. The other guys advised Coreé to go to rehab and Rahsaan offered his help, but Coreé admitted that the suggestion he was on drugs "f**ked him off". The other boys claim that their door was open to him, but he refused to take their help or advice. Whereas Coreé says it's strange for him because the other guys have a "unified story" but he knows the "truth". We're none the wiser, frankly.

Damage pose for The Big Reunion

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8. Coreé was late to the Damage reunion.
Rahsaan even checked Jade's watch when Coreé was 15 minutes late. "What is this reminding you of?" he asked the other guys. Gulp. When Coreé finally arrived ("Damage crew!") there were hugs which were quickly followed by fist-chewingly awkward silence. "You're wearing glasses now," Andrez said desperately. "They've been prescribed for a long time," Coreé informed him. We're not sure what happened next, because we ran away to avoid the cringiness.

9. Coreé didn't really know why the other Damage guys had a problem with him.
"Not really, no," he said. The other Damage guys, obviously, rushed to explain just why they weren't happy. Rahsaan explained that Coreé was "quite confrontational" whenever the guys wanted to talk to him about a problem (and so they never really addressed anything), while Noel said that he always found it hard to go to Coreé when he had a problem (then, when Coreé said he never knew that, Noel hurriedly said he hates conflict and he probably didn't articulate himself as well as he should have.)

10. The Damage debt was pretty intense. We're talking £100,000.
The boys mentioned the debt they were left with earlier this series, but in this episode they really talked about how much it affected them. Noel had to sign on for a while ("which was painful - it was back down to earth with a thump") but got help from his uncle doing odd jobs (and drinking and smoking weed) until he ended up working as a youth worker (thanks to Rahsaan, who suggested it.) But Rahsaan was the one left with the bulk of the debt as he had filed his name on... oh, you know what, I don't understand business, but just understand that he was first in the firing line when the creditors came calling. No-one was helping with the debt, except for Andrez (Noel admits he was "burying his head in the sand"). Andrez actually tried to start paying the creditors first - you know, being responsible - but it actually just made them come for him, and he had to declare bankruptcy.

Damage member Rahsaan J Bromfield on The Big Reunion

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11. Rahsaan had suicidal thoughts.
Rahsaan credits his two daughters for saving him when he split from his partner. "If it wasn't for the girls, I really don't know if I would be here," he told Noel, admitting that he has had suicidal thoughts in the past.

12. Coreé was in a really dark place after the end of Damage.
One of Coreé's biggest problems was with Andrez, as he claims that he went to him with "something really deep" but Andrez turned his back on him. "Something happened to me which changed my life, I spoke to you and you fobbed me off," he claimed. This went around in circles as Andrez denied it and Coreé insisted he wasn't lying (he called it a "turning point" of his life that "nearly brought him to death".) Coreé didn't clarify what exactly he was referring to, but elsewhere in the episode, he admitted how bad things got - from drugs, to suicidal thoughts, to sleeping on Brighton beach for two weeks (something his mum didn't know about until now.) He was meeting dealers in the street at the same time as signing autographs. And he ended up in jail for drink driving - with no contact from the other Damage guys. Still, he believes it was a turning point because now he knows what it feels like to hit that low, and he knows there are more important things than "tiffs". "We should be brothers until the end," he said.

13. The Damage boys aren't happy that Coreé used to go on stage drunk.
Andrez complained that Coreé crossed the line "numerous times" when it came to drinking before shows, but Coreé hit back that all of them had a drink. He did admit that he was "wrong in his thinking" but Andrez accused him of threatening not to go on at all when Andrez confronted him. Coreé said he only did that twice, but Jade said that was kind of enough. Oh dear. It's not going well.

Damage member Jade Jones on The Big Reunion

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14. Jade was Emma's first focus when she met Damage, and she was his.
Even though Andrez was helping Emma with his phone. Poor Andrez. But it worked out for Jade, because by the time Damage ended he was expecting a son, which gave him something to focus on (and he went on to become a chef in Claridges. Fancy.)

15. Coreé says he learnt he was out of Damage when a letter to the fans was released.
The other guys say that's not true, but Coreé disagrees. Honestly, we're not sure of much this week.

16. Coreé has "people" to send his tweets for him.
"Oh come on man, you're that big?" Rahsaan scoffed. But Coreé insisted it was true - especially because Andrez's wife received some "heated" messages from the account. "Once I knew it happened it stopped," Coreé insisted.

17. The guys basically decided that they didn't want Coreé to be part of The Big Reunion.
To be fair to Coreé, he seemed to be quite keen to move on ("I think you guys are living in the past") and start fresh with the guys, but it wasn't going to happen. He did apologise for the effect he had on them, but Jade said some friends are "forever friends" and some are people you grow out of love with - guess which category Coreé falls into? Andrez said he tries to surround himself with positivity - and he can't see much positivity with Coreé moving forward - and it was Rahsaan who said that he thinks this meeting would be the last time people would see Damage as a five-piece. Well, I guess they tried. Rahsaan thought Coreé was in denial, Coreé admitted that he was "gutted", and Noel said he couldn't see any change. As for Jade? "I don't want nothing to do with him." Boo.

Eternal pose together for The Big Reunion

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18. Ben from A1 still gets the tube.
That's nice, isn't it.

19. The bands meeting each other for the first time was all a bit scary.
Easther didn't know what to do with her hands ("Hi, my name's Easther, do you want to play with me?") Christian off A1 is "uncomfortable" in situations with a lot of people. 3T... don't know who anyone is ("We know just a little about every band," TJ said tactfully.)

20. Eternal really, really, really don't like being asked about Louise.
Yvie asked where Louise was, and, er, there was a little bit of an awkward silence. "I don't know, where is she?" Easther replied, joking through gritted teeth. "We're three albums settled as a three," she added. It was a bit, er, frosty. "I only know Kéllé from Eternal, who's absolutely brilliant," Kavana said later. "I found the other two a bit quiet. They did seem a bit moody." And Yvie didn't seem impressed, either. "I heard lots of reports that Eternal are divas," she said. "From the way they were today, I'm not exactly looking forward to working with them." OUCH. Eternal said they were just "upheavaled" and "twisted" and "trying to find themselves" but oh dear...

What did you think of this episode of The Big Reunion? What did you learn? Let us know below!

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