With Sarah Harding entering the Celebrity Big Brother house this year, a lot of us have been looking back on the golden era of Girls Aloud music. They had some serious tunes and we loved every single one of them.


But we need to remember that the girl group came together as a result of a reality TV show. It's easy to forget, isn't it?! But 'Sound of the Underground' was, and still is, one of the best pop songs of the naughties.

This video of Sarah Harding's first audition is giving us all kinds of nostalgic feels. Also, hasn't TV quality come on a long way?! HD all the way, people.

Credit: BBC/Popstars The Rivals

I love her. She's incredible, isn't she?!

Believe it or not, our Sarah was just 21 at the time of her audition. Pete Waterman, Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh were all on hand as part of the judging panel, and she was given a resounding 'yes'.

Well, obviously she got through as she went on to win a place in the girl band alongside Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts.


Their rivals, One True Voice, came in second in the race to win the coveted Christmas number one spot back in 2002. Yup, 15 whole years ago. Damn. I feel old.

But anyway, the band, made up of Anton Gordon, Daniel Pearce, Matt Johnson, Keith Semple and Jamie Shaw released two singles (and no albums) before calling it a day. Ah, sorry boys.

They've all gone on to do different things though. From solo record deals to music producing. Fair play to them, I imagine that was difficult seeing their rivals continually smash the top 10.

Credit: One True Voice

I hate to say it but... girl power.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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