After three years in the pop wilderness, Girls Aloud proved they can still cause a stir as they were mobbed by fans and photographers on their first public appearance together.
With just three days to go before their first performance as a group since taking a break, the Girls Aloud comeback got into full swing this week.
The five girls — who have been on a break since 2009 — are set to perform their new single Something New this Friday as part of Children in Need and will then appear on Strictly Come Dancing the following night.
The eagerly awaited reunion was revealed by the band at a Press conference last month, when they also announced plans for a greatest hits album, Ten, and a 2013 tour.
On Monday the five — Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Londonderry's Nadine Coyle — kicked off their busy week's schedule with appearances on radio stations including BBC Radio One's Breakfast Show and Kiss FM.
The pop group were all smiles as they made their way into the BBC's west London studios for an interview with Radio One's Nick Grimshaw.
Cole, dressed in black jacket, skinny camouflage jeans and ankle boots, made her way in first followed by Coyle, who was wearing berry coloured leather leg warmers and a black, off-the-shoulder top.
Harding, Walsh and Roberts then came in behind, with all five stopping to greet the large number of fans who had gathered outside the studios from late the previous night.
Their arrival sparked chaotic scenes as fans, held back by crash barriers, clamoured to meet the singers and get their photos taken together.
Once inside, the girls talked about their delight at being back together, their early days on the road when they used to get dressed in their cars en route to concerts, and their adoring fans.
Northern Ireland lass Nadine was one of the more vocal members of the group, telling Grimshaw that up and coming popstars had it easy now, compared to 10 years ago when Girls Aloud first started.
“This whole business has changed from when we started,” she said.
“All this, one or two radio, one or two television shows. We used to work all day, every day. Artists coming up now have no idea of what we had to go through.”
Nadine later swore on air when talking about Twitter and how she often got involved in “p***-takes' on the social networking site. When Grimshaw apologised to any listeners who might have been offended by her language, Nadine joked: “If anyone is offended by that, they need to get out more.”
Despite a 5am start for the promotional round of interviews, the five women were in good spirits and said they were looking forward to performing this weekend for Children in Need and on Strictly Come Dancing.
Walsh is currently taking part in the dance show and is one of the contenders tipped to win, despite finding herself in the bottom two at the weekend.