Girls Aloud lined up to play Royal Variety Performance 2012

Group will play comeback show in front of the Queen for 10-year anniversary

Girls Aloud have reportedly been lined up to play this year’s Royal Variety Performance in November.

The group, who announced earlier this year that they were reforming for a 10-year anniversary tour, will be filmed playing in front of the Queen for a special documentary to be aired on ITV later in the year.

The 75-minute special documentary, titled 10 Years Of Girls Aloud, is pencilled in to be screened after The X Factor on Sunday, December 2 and will also feature footage of the band’s rehearsals leading up to their comeback show at Royal Albert Hall on November 19.


A source told the Daily Star Sunday: “Being asked to perform at the Royal Variety Show is massive for the band. They performed in 2004 when they were at the height of their fame so it’s fitting that they would return eight years late.

“It will be one of the Queen’s final engagements of a year which will have seen her Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. So it’s a major scoop for the girls’ comeback to be added to the bill.”

The newspaper’s insider added: “The weeks leading up to the big night will be captured in the documentary, which was given the green light by producers last month. The programme will also look at the group’s rise to fame, their domination of the charts and their solo careers. It will also have new interviews with all five members.”

Earlier this year, production and songwriting team Xenomania revealed that they were in the studio working on new material with the group. They tweeted: “New GA sessions with @NicolaRoberts @KimberleyJWalsh @SarahNicHarding in the studio over the last week.”

Girls Aloud originally formed on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 and went on to have major chart success before going on hiatus in July 2009, to allow band members Cheryl Cole, Kimberly Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding to pursue other projects.