So you can understand when Girls Aloud announced their reunion tour, Ten - The Hits Tour, I was making sure I was one of the first to buy tickets to what could possibly be the final time they toured. It has been 10 years since they burst onto the scene, and since then have had every gay guy dancing away to hits like Biology, The Show, Something Kinda Ohh, and Love Machine.
On Saturday, I made my way back to the O2 arena with Vitor and Ben for a night of camp filled pop music. As part of the experience, we were fortunate enough to be invited to visit the Sky Backstage Bar beforehand and relax before the show. None of us are Sky customers, but if you happen to be then you can sign up to gain tickets if you are visiting the arena for a show. You are greeted with a red-carpet arrival and then offered a complimentary massage to help you break out your dance moves, followed by sitting back in the bar with food and wine.
As we drank up our final glasses of wine, we made our way through the bar and into the arena to grab a standing spot. This is the part I hate the most, as the waiting around can sometimes drag out longer than you want. Luckily, the support act was Amelia Lily which made the waiting game a little easier.
As the lights dropped and the arena started screaming, we knew it was time for the main show. As the opening video came to a close, the music started to kick in and suddenly the 5 ladies appeared stood above their name.
Cue screaming and ecstatic gays for about 100 minutes!
One of the highlights of the night came from when the band emerged dressed similar to the Victoria Secret models. Strutting their stuff down the 'catwalk,' they looked uh-mazing and gorgeous. We all turned to each other and said the same words...
'I am now straight!'
I did scream out 'I Love You Nadine' at this point!
Although the highlight of the concert came mid way through, when the chords for 'Sexy, No No No,' started. The girls appeared on top of the Girls Aloud sign again, and this time flew out into the audience to land on the B-Stage.
It was absolutely amazing. To be thisclose to them was unbelievable.
As the show went on, all the old numbers were belted out, and Oh My God did they sing live. We all know Nadine is the best singer, but Nicola could belt it out just as well! From watching the whole arena jump up and down for 'Jump,' to singing along to Can't Speak French, Girls Aloud put on a show from start to finish! We kept taking pictures, screaming and singing along word for word!
Yes, we really are those kind of fans!
After wowing us with Something New (that number 2 hit that should have been number 1!), the girls thanks us, disappeared and left us waiting for the encore!
All I can say is... Hello Jessica Rabbit inspired outfits! Damn did they look amazing. Starting with I'll Stand By You, complete with a video montage from the last 10 years, and then finishing withthe Brit-Award single The Promise...
There were even red and white feathers as the confetti!
As they disappeared down below the stage, the lights came up and we took a few minutes to come to terms with how good that concert was. A lot of people beforehand had a little giggle about me going to see Girls Aloud, but I was so taken aback at how flawless the performance was. For 10 years after winning a reality TV show, they have showed us they have earned their place in pop-history! It was pure pop-perfection, and if this is their final tour as they are saying, then they went out on a level that other girl-bands cannot compete with.
Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola, Sarah and Kimberly, you absolutely rocked!