G4 hits the top spot

Last updated at 08:46 07 March 2005

Housewives' favourite G4 had one more reason to celebrate on Mother's Day as their album hit the number one spot in the charts.

The all-male vocal quartet cracked open champagne when they returned to London's Covent Garden where they started out busking on the streets.

The boys, wearing identical suits, thrilled a crowd of on-lookers with a rendition of My Way followed by a classical number - although they were only thrown 2p for their efforts.

But Jon Ansell, Matt Stiff, Michael Christie and Ben Thapa are unlikely to be counting the pennies now their efforts have been rewarded with album chart success.

The four singers caught the imagination of millions of viewers last year when they appeared on ITV's the X Factor show with their operatic versions of rock and pop classics.

Since the album was released last Monday, the boys have been making a whistlestop tour of stores across the country.

A spokesman for the group said: "The response has been incredible.

"The group have visited Edinburgh, Bristol and Birmingham and have been literally overwhelmed by thousands of fans."

The classically-trained singers piped rival male vocal group Il Divo to the coveted first place.

Their album has sold more than 200,000 copies and is expected to go platinum by the end of next week.

While they were in Covent Garden yesterday, the boys signed a super-sized photograph of themselves to be sold for Comic Relief.

G4 will perform on next Friday's Top Of The Pops and their double A side single Bohemian Rhapsody/Everybody Hurts is released on March 14.

Ansell said of their chart success: "We're speechless. I don't think it has kicked-in yet.

"It's ridiculous to think that a group of friends from college have fun and set up a group and randomly telephone a TV show, and now we're number one.

"It's great that people have been buying the album for Mother's Day, and hopefully, on the sly, they're buying it for themselves too."

He joked about his bank balance: "It hasn't changed a lot. We're not really rich or anything yet. There's no megabucks."

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