In pictures: Girls Aloud celebrate their 10th birthday
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- Popstars: The Rivals, an ITV talent show, launched pop group Girls Aloud a decade ago. Today (19 October) is the 10th anniversary of the first live show of the competition that featured the girls, who were eventually whittled down from 10 competitors to the final line-up.
- Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole (formerly Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts went up against Popstars: The Rivals' boy band One True Voice to score the 2002 Christmas number one. Their single Sound of the Underground beat the boys' Sacred Trust/After You're Gone to the top spot.
- The girls followed up their Christmas number one with an album, also called Sounds of the Underground. It featured hits including No Good Advice and a cover of the Pointer Sisters' Jump, which was on the Love Actually soundtrack.
- Their second album, What Will the Neighbours Say? came out in 2004 with singles including The Show, Love Machine and a cover of I'll Stand By You which was selected as that year's official Children In Need single. The following year they were nominated for a best pop act Brit Award and went on their first tour.
- Girls Aloud launched their own range of Fashion Fever Barbie dolls, which they designed themselves, in 2005. Cheryl Tweedy and Ashley Cole announced their engagement in June and they were married the following year. Their third album Chemistry, was released in December and went platinum.
- Something Kinda Ooooh, from their 2006 greatest hits collection, became the first UK single to reach the top five purely on downloads. The following year they battled with the Sugababes on a Comic Relief cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way.
- The group went to the premiere of St Trinian's, which starred Russell Brand and Colin Firth. Girls Aloud made a cameo appearance as the school band. Sarah Harding went on to star in the sequel in 2009. Their fourth album, Tangled Up, was also released in 2007.
- Dreams that Glitter charted Girls Aloud's six years of fame along with their childhood and personal relationships. It was released in time for Christmas 2008. Around the same time Out of Control, their fifth album, came out and gave them their fourth UK number one single with The Promise.
- The group won a Brit Award in 2009 for best single for The Promise. In July of that year they announced they were taking a break from Girls Aloud to pursue solo projects. Although they were expected to release a new album in 2010, it never materialised. It has now been more than three years since they released new material.