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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Strictly star Walsh signs solo deal

Kimberley Walsh is recording a solo album
Kimberley Walsh is recording a solo album

Strictly Come Dancing star Kimberley Walsh has signed a solo record deal to release a collection of film and show tunes.

The erstwhile Girls Aloud singer will issue debut solo album Centre Stage in February next year after agreeing a deal with Decca.

She previously worked with the label to record a version of Queen's hit One Vision as the official anthem for Team GB at the Olympics, appearing alongside tenor Alfie Boe.

Kimberley dazzled judges on Saturday's Strictly with a routine to Beyonce's Naughty Girl which saw her descend to the floor, seated in a circular trapeze.

She began recording her album in Stockholm in the summer, performing a version of the Randy Crawford hit One Day I'll Fly Away, which went on to feature in screen hit Moulin Rouge.

The singer has also worked on tracks such as Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

"I've always loved musical theatre and doing Shrek! The Musical definitely reignited the passion in me," she said.

"The melodies in so many musical songs are so brilliant I knew we could create something special by experimenting with the production and I really feel like we've come up with some interesting takes on classic songs."

Kimberley - who will play tenth anniversary dates with Girls Aloud in the near future - releases her album on February 4.

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