For the third single of their debut album, JLS grace us with One Shot, a song which seems purposefully crafted for those X Factor auditions where people get through – the lyrics “You’ve only got one shot, so make it count, you might never face this moment again…” perfectly suited to those moments where a talented singer with a sad story (I’m recovering from bunions) gets a thumbs up from the judges.
It’s a strange single for the JLS boys – it’s got all the hallmarks of a boyband ballad, but filtered through a Basshunter backing track. And if it doesn’t sound like a good mix on paper, One Shot is a passably good single, ticking all the right chart-friendly boxes. It’s danceable, it’s got an uplifting sing-along chorus and the video features the boys making microphones magically appear! Extra cool points for that one!
Three singles in, and JLS still have the feel-good factor. Personally, I put that down to the boys being a group before they ever signed on for [[The X Factor (UK TV Series)|X Factor]]. They’ve got a great vibe about them, and the dance routines in their music videos are fantastic. Check the ‘fumbling my words’ bit about 26 seconds in to the video – and practice in front of a mirror with some friends!