This girl’s al­lowed do what she likes

In an age when ev­ery pop star is per­fectly pol­ished, Na­dine Coyle is a wib­bly wob­bly wonder

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Louise Bru­ton

Na­dine Coyle’s ca­reer has been built al­most en­tirely on chance and as the Derry singer and Girls Aloud star takes a sec­ond shot at a solo ca­reer, you can’t help but ad­mire her blind faith in wing­ing it.

Get to Work is her lat­est sin­gle, a club song so charm­ing in its un­pol­ished na­ture that we’ll for­give the fact that it sounds more 2007 than 2017. Pro­duced by Girls Aloud hit­maker Brian Hig­gins, not only is it this year’s best song about morn­ing wood (“Tell me what I gotta do to/ To get you up in the morn­ing/ To get you up in the morn­ing”), its pro­mo­tional trail has been par­tic­u­larly en­ter­tain­ing.

The 32-year-old has long been off the PR train in an age where most me­dia in­ter­views are so care­fully cu­rated. So she has no qualms in say­ing that be­cause she got the ma­jor­ity of the lead vo­cals in Girls Aloud, there was a di­vide in the group. She has been able to give us what few pop­stars can – the un­fil­tered truth – even if her ca­reer be­gan on a lie.

Na­dine first came to our at­ten­tion in 2001 on the Ir­ish ver­sion of Pop­stars. Stun­ning judges Louis Walsh, Linda Martin and Bill Hughes with a snip­pet of Rox­ette’s It Must Have Been Love, she was a clear star and a shoe-in for the win­ning line-up of Six. That was un­til three lit­tle words let her down. Nine­teen. Eighty. Five. 1985 is a year that will for­ever be­long to one Na­dine Coyle. She failed at the first hur­dle as a mem­ber of Six by re­veal­ing that she had added on an ex­tra two years to her own 16 to be on the show. Thank­fully, for her own ca­reer’s sake and our own jol­lies (“nayun­tahyn ay­hty fayuv”), she could no longer be in the group.

But was this the end of Na­dine? God no. Less than a year later, she was back on our screens on ITV’s Pop­stars: The Ri­vals, where the min­i­mum age to en­ter was 17.

Of le­gal pop age, she was thrown to­gether with Ch­eryl Tweedy, Kim­ber­ley Walsh, Ni­cola Roberts and Sarah Harding, an army of Tan­goed girls loaded with streaky high­lights and ironed hair, who would be­come Girls Aloud.

For the next 10 years, they de­liv­ered a stream of glo­ri­ous pop hits – ex­clud­ing the 2009 to 2012 hia­tus that saw Sarah and Kim­ber­ley try their hand at act­ing, Ch­eryl re­lease three suc­cess­ful al­bums, Ni­cola re­lease one crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bum, and saw Na­dine open an Ir­ish pub in Los An­ge­les and re­lease one solo al­bum, In­sa­tiable, ex­clu­sively through . . . Tesco.

The glory came to a blunt end on the fi­nal night of their re­union tour in March 2013. Via Twit­ter, they an­nounced their def­i­nite split, with Na­dine tweet­ing af­ter­wards “You should know by now I had no part in any of this split busi­ness. I couldn’t stop them. I had the best time & want to keep go­ing. Xxxx.”

It was a hun­gover tweet that she re­cently con­firmed that she still stands by. That’s our girl.

In a shim­mer­ing pop sphere of Bey­on­cés, Tay­lor Swifts and even Ch­eryls, where sleek­ness is par for course, Na­dine’s ca­reer is a wib­bly wob­bly wonder. She has all the vo­cal ta­lent, but the dancing rhythm of a wooden spoon. And with all of the good will in the world, each slap­dash ca­reer re­launch seems to fail to hit the main­stream.

While Ch­eryl and Ni­cola aim for cool and the other two aim for, I dunno, hap­pi­ness maybe, Na­dine al­ways aimed for camp, even if it’s not to­tally in­ten­tional. And based on her beam­ing grin dur­ing her ap­pear­ance at Lon­don’s G-A-Y last week­end, she’s right where she wants to be.

Photo: Getty

Na­dine Coyle on stage at G-A-Y Heaven in Lon­don last week.

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