The Passions of Girls Aloud

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The Passions of Girls Aloud
StarringGirls Aloud
Opening theme"Can't Speak French"
(Passions Mix)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes4
Production
Running time1 hour (including ads)
Release
Original networkITV2
Original release14 March (2008-03-14) –
4 April 2008 (2008-04-04)
Chronology
Related showsPopstars: The Rivals
Girls Aloud: Home Truths
Girls Aloud: Off the Record
The Girls Aloud Party

The Passions of Girls Aloud is a four-part[1] television series starring girl group Girls Aloud.[2] The series premiered on ITV2 on 14 March 2008.[3]

Premise[edit]

The show is based around each member achieving something they always wanted to do, other than sing:[4]

All four episodes were narrated by British comedian and actor Mathew Horne.

Episodes[edit]

Cheryl (14 March 2008)[edit]

Cole's aspiration was to be a street dancer. She had received training in ballet, ballroom and tap, but had never done any hip-hop or street dance.[5] She met with Kenrick "H2O" Sandy and Kymberlee Jay, choreographers, in London and learned basic street dancing. She took a gymnastic lesson and also learned how to pop and lock. Cole's main problem was her lack of confidence.

Later, she flew to Los Angeles with her mother Joan. After going sightseeing around Hollywood, Cole met with Kennis Marquis, Diddy's choreographer, at the Millennium Studios. He taught her about dancing with style and swagger. He took Cole shopping for hip hop fashion, so that she fit in with the L.A. street dancers. The next day, Cole headed to Compton, one of the most dangerous areas of L.A., to dance with Tommy the Clown and his friends. He taught her "krumping" and she participated in a block party. Cole danced with two professional dancers to work on her routine further the next day.

Finally, she auditioned for a part in will.i.am's video for his new single "Heartbreaker", and got the part. The show ends with an advancing screening of the music video, which Cole's bandmates, family and friends all attended. Cole also contributed vocals to the UK radio edit of the song.[6]

Sarah (21 March 2008)[edit]

Harding's aspiration was to play polo. During the show, Sarah trained in the United Kingdom and Argentina.

Harding had a love of horseback riding, but her skills were "rusty". She learned the basics of polo while practicing in the UK. Whilst in Argentina, Harding was set to compete in a polo competition against a successful polo team, but due to weather issues, the match was cancelled and Harding flew back home. Luckily for her, a British polo competition was available for her to take part in. Harding completed her passion when she competed against some of the best polo players across the world during a British game. Band members Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle came to support her.

During the game, Harding suffered from a lack of oxygen and fell off the horse. Although she didn't sustain any major injuries, she insisted that she couldn't remember what had happened, causing her mentor and the coach to pull her out due to scares about her health if she continued. At first, Harding was distraught about this, but support from her fellow band members and family cheered her up, and she resolved not to give up and try try polo again in the future.

Kimberley (28 March 2008)[edit]

Walsh decided to audition for a West End production of Les Misérables. Kimberley trained in both London and New York City.

Walsh met with a vocal coach in London, notorious for being difficult. She had less than a week to practice her audition. The producers of the show cast her as a whore in the song "Lovely Ladies", and she would also perform an encore of "On My Own" in character. Walsh then flew to New York City to practice with a Broadway vocal coach, as well as a coach who helped her act through facial expressions and body language. Walsh returned to London for the show. She participated in a dress rehearsal with the rest of the cast, and must perform "On My Own" in front of them. On the night of the show, her family, Steven Ansell, and Cheryl Cole came to watch her perform.

Walsh stated in an interview with Metro that the experience was hard because "the range for musicals is huge and you have to sing everything clearly. I haven’t used my upper register for years."[7]

Nicola (4 April 2008)[edit]

In Roberts' episode, she has had a passion for many years to create her own foundation for girls with fair skin like herself.

Roberts proved her point by going to a high street store, where there are no foundations for girls with such pale complexion. She met with two directors from Jelly Pong Pong, a cosmetics company. They told Roberts that creating a make-up range in two weeks could be difficult. They called in some favours, and Roberts goes to Taiwan to test out various textures and shades. She personally made these decisions, and took a tour of the factory where her range was created. She also arranged a launch party for the press, her family, and her friends. She selected models and a venue, and had creative control of the launch. Her bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole attended the launch at London's Sketch.[8]

Dainty Doll, Roberts' make-up range, was released on 18 April 2008.[9] The foundation was praised by The Times, which said that it "sinks in instantly, leaving a velvety second skin."[10]

Controversy[edit]

Unlike the other four members of the band, Nadine Coyle chose not to take part in the programme.[11] Coyle was initially going to conduct an orchestra, but pulled out due to the programme's bosses refusing to let her change her passion project to being a charity worker in Brazil.[12][13] Sarah Harding later stated in an interview that Coyle was simply more reserved than the rest of the band, and didn't enjoy taking part in reality shows.[14]

As a part of Passions, the Girls Aloud website posted a competition called "Be A Model for Nicola", which was meant to give one fan the chance to model for Nicola Roberts as part of her final task.[15] However, it was later revealed that the winner would actually be attending the show and getting a makeover by Roberts.[16] Roberts said that she tried to stick to her word, but the production company had the final decision.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Passions Of Girls Aloud". ITVMedia.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  2. ^ Alex Fletcher (13 September 2007). "Girls Aloud star to dance in Compton". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
  3. ^ "GA TV". GirlsAloud.co.uk. 19 February 2008. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  4. ^ Davis, Johnny (27 October 2007). "Why it's OK to love Girls Aloud". London: Times Online. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
  5. ^ "The Passions Of Girls Aloud". The Mirror. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Cheryl Cole records with Will.i.am". Soundgenerator.com. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2008.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Girls Aloud happy for Nadine to lead". Metro (Associated Metro Limited). 10 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Girls Aloud star launches make-up line". Marie Claire. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  9. ^ Nadie Mendoza (1 April 2008). "Nicola Roberts is beauty queen". The Sun. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  10. ^ Helen Brown (20 April 2008). "Leading ladies". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  11. ^ "Nadine pulls out of Girls Aloud TV show". RTÉ.ie. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
  12. ^ "Nadine pulls out of show". The Mirror. 13 November 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  13. ^ McLean, Craig (11 November 2007). "Smashed Hits". The Observer. The Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Sarah Harding: I'm a lairy gobsh*te - but a softie inside". Celebs On Sunday. 24 February 2008. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  15. ^ "Be A Model For Girls Aloud". GirlsAloud.co.uk. 21 December 2007. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
  16. ^ a b "Nicola's modelling Competition". GirlsAloud.co.uk. 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2008.

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