|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
Buoyed by the runaway success of the reality television show Popstars, the UKs ITV1 channel launched Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The show adopted a new twist on the Popstars theme, picking opposing boy and girl bands to battle it out in the UK charts, with pop svengalis Louis Walsh and Pete Waterman in charge of managing the girls and boys respectively, and ex-Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell brought in to lend expert advice. The show, after a shaky start, began to attract larger audiences in the latter stages of transmission, leading to the final selection of the two groups in November 2002. The winning females were announced as Cheryl Tweedy (30 June 1983, Newcastle upon Tyne, England), Kimberley Walsh (b. 20 November 1981, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England), Nadine Coyle (b. 15 June 1985, Derry, Northern Ireland), Nicola Roberts (b. 5 October 1985, Runcorn, Cheshire, England), and Sarah Harding (b. 17 November 1981, Ascot, Berkshire,...