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How Nadine staged her West End revival thanks to Lord of the Dance Flatley

By Staff Reporter

She openly admitted she didn't want her days in Girls Aloud to end.

But Nadine Coyle has put the disappointment of her stalling pop career behind her with an exciting stage show which has been wowing the critics.

The Londonderry singer is enjoying a starring role in the West End production of Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games which she has been invited back to after impressing Michael Flatley during its opening run last year.

The 29-year-old is currently the toast of London's theatre land with stars such as David Beckham and Downton Abbey actress Lesley Nichols among the audiences flocking to the Dominion Theatre for its 10-night run.

The Northern Ireland star celebrated St Patrick's Day with her fellow cast members on Tuesday, just a few days into her role in the Irish dance extravaganza.

Nadine - who plays Erin the Goddess in the stage show which arrives in Belfast later this month - partied in an unusual black layered gown, with a bold red belt after the gala performance.

Earlier, the mother-of-one had been with her co-star Flatley and the rest of the Dangerous Games cast as they earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

Nadine left Girls Aloud when the hugely successful band called it a day in March 2013. The Derry star openly admitted at the time that she was against the break-up and wanted to continue.

Although widely accepted as the best singer in Girls Aloud, Nadine has struggled to find success as a solo singer since the break-up. She has also been busy with motherhood after giving birth to her first child with fiance Jason Bell, a daughter Anaiya last year.

The young mother was delighted last autumn when dance legend Flatley hand-picked her to star in his comeback show Dangerous Games when it debuted at the London Palladium.

Nadine's singing role was praised by the critics as one of the best elements of the high-octane performance.

The singer said she had been an admirer of Flatley for two decades.

"I am delighted as I have been a fan of Michael and Lord of the Dance for the last 20 years," she said.

"When we first met and Michael asked me to be in the show I was on cloud nine and still am."

Nadine will stay with Dangerous Games for its run at the Dominion Theatre before it departs on a UK and world tour. She and Flatley, however, have both confirmed they will be returning for the Dublin and Belfast dates on the tour.

The huge production, in a similar vein to Flatley's previous hit stage show Lord of the Dance, will be at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday, March 29.

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Nadine Coyle was one fifth of the pop group Girls Aloud whose record-breaking success included over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sales in the UK alone. Nadine was born and raised in Londonderry but moved to California after finding chart success. Her first solo album was a flop but the 29-year-old is planning a second release later this year. She is a mother-of-one and engaged.

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