Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Girls Aloud and screaming after ghost-hunt stunt

There was "something kinda ooooh" spooking Girls Aloud when the pop princesses spent the night in two of the UK's allegedly most haunted buildings.

There was "something kinda ooooh" spooking Girls Aloud when the pop princesses spent the night in two of the UK's allegedly most haunted buildings.

Four of the fearless five-piece, who overcame their nerves to win Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, took on their scariest challenge to date when they went ghost hunting with TV presenter Yvette Fielding for a one-off television show.

The programme didn't go as planned, with Northern Irish beauty Nadine Coyle refusing to take part while bandmate Nicola Roberts walked off set before filming had completed.

Two other members of the band, Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh, ended up in tears.

A spokesman for the programme said Nadine featured early on in the show, with presenter Yvette Fielding going to the singer's house to try to entice her to take part.

But the Londonderry lass proved too hard to persuade and refused to help out with the ghost hunting, telling Yvette she found the prospect too terrifying.

The other four girls did agree to go ahead with filming but were freaked out after taking part in ouija sessions at a disused hospital morgue in Cheshire and the 17th-century mansion Plas Teg in Pontblyddyn, north Wales.

Cheryl Cole said she had been reduced to tears during the show.

"It was terrible. I yelled the place down and burst into tears when something touched my arm," she said.

Kimberley Walsh said she had cried when a stone had gone flying at her.

During filming, the pop singers were accompanied by Big Brother psychologist Professor Geoffrey Beattie, who observed their actions via specially rigged cameras.

Afterwards, the singers said they were all firm believers in the supernatural.

Kimberley said: "I was the most cynical out of us all but I do believe in it now."

But Nadine said she had no regrets about not taking part.

"I am just petrified about all this kind of stuff," she said.

"I am just so scared, just the thought of doing it. I don't want to be mixing with that kind of thing. Now after hearing about the girls' stories, I know I made the right decision.

"I have no regrets that I didn't take part."

Ghost Hunting with Girls Aloud will be screened on Tuesday, December 12 on ITV2 at 9pm.

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