Belfast Telegraph

Backstage with Girls Aloud

By Maureen Coleman

Blue bathrobes and curlers? Sexy! No No No. But that’s exactly what Girls Aloud kitted themselves out in last night as they chilled out backstage prior to the first of their three shows at the Odyssey Arena.

The chart-topping Brit winners are back in Belfast this week as part of their Out Of Control tour, which has been described as their raunchiest yet.

But there were no signs of their sexy costumes when the five girls — Sarah Harding, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Londonderry’s own Nadine Coyle — arrived at the Odyssey around 5pm for a sound check.

According to a source, the girls took to the stage in matching blue bathrobes, slippers and curlers to run through their set — but still managed to look gorgeous.

After their sound check they retired to a backstage room to relax before the show.

It is understood treadmills, various exercise machines and scented candles were among requests on the band’s ‘rider’. A sports therapist and masseuse also accompanied the girls, as well as a hairdresser and make-up artist for each individual member. The insider said: “There’s one big room for all the girls to chill out in but there are also separate rooms if they want to go off and do their own thing.”

In a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph Nadine Coyle revealed that she was so nervous playing the Odyssey on their last tour that she sat alone in a room filled with scented candles beforehand in a bid to banish her pre-show nerves.

Yesterday fans of the sexy girl group gathered outside various hotels in the city in the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous five.

While every hotel contacted denied the girls were staying with them, it is believed they are based at Malmaison in Victoria Street, where they regularly stay while in Belfast.

A spokeswoman for the hotel said the band was not staying there, but a source said it was their venue of choice when in the city.

Last night around 30 young fans were spotted outside Malmaison with cameras and autograph books.

The hotel, which has 62 bedrooms and two luxurious sites, has previously played host to Westlife, Snow Patrol and Oasis.

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