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How to be iconic like Nadine Coyle

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Indifference

Nadine is the queen of indifference. Flicking that hair, talking like a transatlantic explosion of brilliance, she just doesn’t give a shit. Take this video for example: as Cheryl worries about looking like a “dickhead”, Nadine just continues to play with her hair and feigns interest. Cheryl may as well be speaking Mandarin because Nadine litch just doesn’t pay her bandmate a drop of attentch. Don’t you love it? You do!

Steal the show

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Nadine is a notorious show stealer and anytime she has ever been on stage with Girls Aloud, her ad libs are fantastically and hilariously flamboyant, often causing Nicola to give her the odd dirty look. ADORE.

Embellish the truth / Just lie

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For example: “Date of birth? 15/6/85 making me a Gemini!” or “yes, Cheryl and I still talk and we’re good friends!” Nobody can fully become Nadine Coyle without telling a few porkies!

Literally invent an accent

Nadine swears blind that she can’t fathom why anyone would think her accent is any different to other people from Derry, but there’s no denying that Nadine’s Northern brogue has all the inflections of a Californian princess. The result is a transatlantic twang that manifests itself when Nadine sings, so much so that the exaggeration and show-stealing adds to her iconic persona. Shhh, don’t question it. Watch the above vid of Nadz on Daybreak interview where she is quizzed on her eclectic accent.

Flick your hair

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When Nadine released her hurtfully and disgracefully-underrated Insatiable (which I obviously adore), she gave a lesson in flicking your hair. She even said that she pulled a muscle from tossing her mane around so ferociously. (Me on a night out, tbh). It has become her signature dance move and it’s an essential part of her iconic allure.

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The Unyielding Perfection of Girls Aloud

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Jamie Tuohy

As thousands of red and white feathers descended from the roof of Dublin’s O2 arena on Saturday night (March 16th), Girls Aloud belted out The Promise to a 14,000-strong encore. Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine, Kimberley and Sarah were in town for the Irish date of their Ten tour and as they gave it their all on stage, shimmering in figure-hugging Jessica Rabbit-style gowns, amidst the floating feathers and glitter was an obvious sense of nostalgia and sadness. It was probably one of the last times that these five women would be on stage as Girls Aloud again. Loathe me to say it, but the Ten tour, which was packed from start to finish with crowd-pleasing hits had all the hallmarks of a farewell concert. ticket

Making their way to the stage by descending from the roof, the iconic chimes of Sound of the Underground kicked off proceedings and Nadine’s transatlantic brogue was out in all its fabulous form from the concert’s outset. Split into four acts, the girls revelled in the camp pageantry, as they donned embellished leotards, elaborate feathered headpieces and finally show-stopping ball gowns. The crowd erupted into hysteria and I felt like I was watching my destiny being played out on stage – caught somewhere between the ingenious self-interest of Nadine, the nonchalance of Sarah and the perfection of Cheryl.

The girls sang all their hits – Love Machine, Jump, Biology, Can’t Speak French, and Call the Shots to name but a few, and it wasn’t hard to see that they were having the time of their lives – particularly Nadine, who exaggerated every move and lyric to impeccable faultlessness. I couldn’t help but worship her.

As Cheryl and Co. held hands for the encore, a montage of the girls was projected onto a screen and they sang Stand by You. It was sublime, but it felt like this was them saying goodbye to the end of an era – they were looking back on the last ten years with fondness, but these girls are now women and it’s time to spread those deliciously-OTT pink wings. It was emotional to say the least.

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Whatever happens to Girls Aloud after their Ten tour, they have immortalised themselves in musical history. I’m totally unbiased and this is a wholly objective review. (And if you believe that, you’ll believe that Nadine was born on the 15/6/85, making her a Gemini).

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EXTREMELY EXCITING GIRLS ALOUD NEWS | Jamie Tuohy

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Although it has yet to be confirmed (or denied), it is widely believed that Girls Aloud will perform their new single Something New on The X Factor on November 18.

Of course, without any official confirmation from the GA camp, this could all just be a rumour, but there are some interesting statistics that would signal Cheryl and Co. are set to make a return to The X Factor stage.

While the girls HAVE been confirmed to be performing on rival Saturday night show, Strictly Come Dancing, it will be exactly 52 months to the day (Nov 18) since Girls Aloud appeared on The X Factor, singing their No.1, Brit-award-winning hit, The Promise.

And, I’m no mathematician, but with 52 being made up of 5 and 2 AND 5 multiplied by 2 equalling 10, it doesn’t take a genius to make the connection between this fact and their numerically-identically-entitled album, Ten.

Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed! In the meantime, here’s a refresher of their last XF appearance in those memorable gold gowns.

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Cheryl covers Glamour magazine’s December issue | Jamie Tuohy

Check out how refreshingly beautiful Cheryl looks on the cover of the December issue of Glamour magazine, as she insists she isn’t the ‘victim’ and says that she is “strong, happy and settled.”

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On finding love again:

“I’m not unlucky in love or anything else.

“And I’m absolutely not a victim. I’m strong, happy and settled – and I really don’t give a s**t any more.”

“It takes a long time after you’ve been with someone as long as I was (with Ashley) not to feel like you’re cheating on them.

‘That may sound crazy, but it’s the way I felt after him. I had completely committed myself.”

“Dating someone who’s not in the industry can be difficult but dating someone in the limelight has its own problems.”

“Everything is intensified. If I fell in love with a binman I’d be happy but if I fell in love some really famous man I feel like that would belong to the media.”

On cruel internet jibes about her weight:

“You can’t call someone who’s a size six fat.”

“An average woman is a size ten to 12, so if you’re calling me fat because I’m a size six, and I have never ever been bigger than an eight, you’re causing women some serious issues.”

“When you’re on the receiving end of it, it’s nothing short of bullying in the workplace.”

On her diet:

“One week I might have a few nights in, eating pizza and watching the X Factor now that I’m not on it!”

“We used to eat Gregg’s and pasties. Now it’s raw fish.”

Check out the full interview and more stunning pictures in December’s Glamour magazine, out on November 1.

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Girls Aloud to call it quits after 10 year anniversary | Jamie Tuohy

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Fans are waiting in eager anticipation for Girls Aloud’s BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (which Cheryl has actually already revealed) this Friday, but the forthcoming news will be slightly dampened by the revelations that their reunion comeback tour will mark the end of the band.

In her newly-released autobiography, My Story, Cheryl has revealed that Girls Aloud will be embarking upon a farewell tour and a greatest hits album.

She writes, “We’ll be working on a tour and greatest hits album. Then I think that’s it for Girls Aloud. We’ve achieved more than any of us ever dared to dream of.”

The anticipation for the announcement has been heightened through the band’s new website, www.girlsaloud.com, which is hosting a countdown, right to the very second.

Speaking on Alan Carr’s Chattyman, Cheryl revealed that her book caused anger amongst her management, as she spoiled the surprise. She said, “The book was supposed to come out after we said something, so to put it quite frankly I’ve dropped myself in the sh*t.” Oh well.”

Girls Aloud have enjoyed record-breaking chart success and became the most successful girl band to emerge from a talent-show, but with Cheryl emerging as the band’s most famous and successful star, it was speculated that the tension between her and the band’s lead-singer Nadine was a major force in their ‘taking some time out.’

However, in her book, Cheryl dispels such notions, but does concede that when Nadine didn’t show up to the 2008 BRIT Awards with the rest of the band, it was a slap in the face for the girls.

“I think we all expected her to come up with some sort of excuse, but she actually just admitted, ‘It’s not really my thing’.”

“I can remember a sort of stunned silence, like we’d all be slapped in the face, but I was so cut up about my marriage this didn’t really make the impact it probably should have.”

Nadine recently tweeted that she ‘never ever’ wants Girls Aloud to end, but it looks like her hopes and the wishes of millions of loyal supporters are about to be dashed.

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Girls Aloud Set to Reunite for Royal Variety Performance and ITV1 Documentary – Jamie Tuohy

If reports are to be believed, then Girls Aloud will reform this November to sing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.

Cheryl and Co announced earlier this year that they would be commemorating their 10th Anniversary in some shape or form, and now it has been revealed that they will take part in an ITV1 documentary, entitled 10 Years of Girls Aloud, which will chart their rise to fame and include details of their preparations for their Royal Variety gig. 

The Brit Award winning girlband, who rose to fame after winning Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, took a hiatus in 2009, to allow Cheryl, Nadine, Sarah, Nicola and Kimberley to pursue solo projects. This year will mark 8 years since the girls last performed on the Royal Variety Stage, having last sung for Her Majesty in 2004.

As it’s the Royal Variety’s 100th Anniversary, and the gig will signal one of the Queen’s last engagements in her Golden Jubilee year, the show is set to filled with A-List acts. Girls Aloud will reunite for the gig, as well as the documentary, which will also feature interviews with each member and will pay tribute to their chart dominance and respective solo careers. It has also been widely speculated that the five-piece will embark on a 10th Anniversary tour, but fans will have to sit tight for an official announcement.

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