THE X FAC­TORS

Jupiters Gold Coast will be a time ma­chine to the 90s when it hosts Lib­erty X, Atomic Kit­ten, B*Witched, S Club 3 and East 17 next Fri­day

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When Lib­erty X dis­banded in 2007 af­ter an un­pop­u­lar third al­bum, core mem­ber Michelle Heaton ad­mits she thought that would be it. Now she’s back on stage for an all-star re­union.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think a se­cond op­por­tu­nity would come around,” she says.

“I thought that would be it. We didn’t want to go out be­ing washed up; we wanted to go out on a high.

“We’ve all got fam­i­lies here – hus­bands and kids and dirty laun­dry – so be­ing a pop­star again for three weeks in Aus­tralia of all places is beyond ex­cit­ing.”

Hav­ing re­united a hand­ful of times over the past decade, Michelle says her and her com­pa­tri­ots are pros at pick­ing up where they left off.

“Nos­tal­gia never washes away; every time we do a gig to­gether we feel that nos­tal­gia,” she says.

“Then there’s the fear of are we still go­ing to be good enough? Are we still go­ing to have it? We’re a bit older now – are we still go­ing to bring it on stage? But we’ve been re­hears­ing a lot and we’re not go­ing to dis­ap­point.”

Michelle pe­forms with not only Lib­erty X but also Atomic Kit­ten.

“It’s not been easy, I’m not go­ing to lie,” she says with a laugh. “I re­hearse as of­ten as I can but it’s easy to get steps mixed up with a song from an­other band. I’ll al­ways be a Lib­erty X girl at heart but I am thor­oughly en­joy­ing my time as a Kit­ten.”

But it’s not all work, no play, as de­spite be­ing a mother-of-two and heav­ily in­vested in health and fit­ness, Michelle makes no prom­ise to keep it tame.

“We’re all let­ting rip for three weeks,” she says.

“Back in the day with Lib­erty X, we were quite re­served in our par­ty­ing – we def­i­nitely didn’t do any­thing un­to­ward. We were ac­tu­ally quite clean – just a bit of drink and maybe a few late nights.

“I think ac­tu­ally we’ve wors­ened with time. I don’t do it as of­ten, but when I do it now I do it prop­erly.” Catch Michelle per­form­ing with Lib­erty X and Atomic Kit­ten, along­side B*Witched, S Club 3 and East 17 at Jupiters Gold Coast, Fe­bru­ary 17.

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