In the wake of reports suggesting Girls Aloud are planning to return without Cheryl Cole, their manager Hilary Shaw has confirmed that they will be back in 2012 as a five-piece to mark their tenth anniversary.
Baby steps, though: Shaw reportedly told MTV that while “one or some” live gigs are on the cards, there won’t be any new material due to the girls’ packed schedules.
There will however be new music very soon from Nicola Roberts, while Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh continue their careers in acting and TV presenting respectively. Walsh is rumoured to be nearing a deal to take over ‘The Xtra Factor’.
Cheryl Cole is still waiting to have her place on the US ‘X Factor’ confirmed, and Nadine Coyle released her solo album (here’s our review) last November. She parted ways with her management in February after the record stalled outside the UK Top 40.
We’re not sure if there ever will be new material from the girls, and we’re actually kinda suspicious that the gigs next year will be treated as a “farewell” event; but with media interest remaining strong on all five girls it certainly doesn’t look like they’ll be off-radar altogether any time soon.