Cheryl Cole stole the show again as the gorgeous Girls Aloud five piece kicked off their tour in Newcastle last night – but it wasn’t her vocals that took the audience by surprise.
The pint-sized pop princess was sporting her latest piece of body art in the form of two enormous roses and she made sure her on-stage costumes revealed all.
It may have been ten years since theses ladies first stepped into the spotlight thanks to Popstars: The Rivals but the energy and passion they had then has definitely not aged. Opening the show with Sound of the Underground strapped to a huge, sparkling Girls Aloud sign which was hanging from the rafters, theses lovely ladies gave us die-hard fans a night to remember.
The ladies had big hair and figure-hugging chain mail embellished outfits, and there was no need for extravagant set changes as they had the audience in the palm of their hands as they took us on a tour of their toe-tapping hits.
Bravely singing live there were a few bum notes and worryingly Sarah Harding looked a little disorientated, but watching them energetically perform Jump, Love Machine and Biology I was transported back to the early noughties and I loved every minute of it.
Nicola was the surprise of the evening, often over looked and known as the ‘ugly one’ she was simply stunning and vocally at the top of her game.
The costume changes became more and more glam throughout and they performed The Show adorned in carnival style outfits complete with huge feather headdresses and wings, glitter and let’s not forget every girl band’s best friend … the wind machine.
It was a cheesy pop feast and I couldn’t get enough. I still knew all the words and so did all the other thirty-something women who had crowded into the Metro Radio Arena to catch a glimpse of the girls.
Taking time out between songs they praised their fans and thanked them for their support which was met with deafening screams of appreciation. And as an added treat they jumped aboard the huge sign once more and floated onto a stage in the centre of the arena.
From here they performed new material before returning to the main stage to do the hugely popular Something New.
Just when we thought it was all over they took it up one last notch when they rose up onto the stage wearing floor length, red sequinned gowns and serenaded the crowd with I’ll Stand By You. It was an emotional finale for the girls and there was no doubting that the sweat and tears that had gone into this mesmerising show were real.
By CARA HOUCHEN