Girls Aloud’s Sound of the Underground, in 2002, was the first reality TV Christmas number one. None of us realised then that Cowell would have the slot sewn up for most of the rest of the decade.
I like this song a lot, but I think the video is misjudged. It should have been cool and edgy, not slow-motion and faux-sexy, although faux-sexy seems to be what Girls Aloud mainly do, stylewise, which is a shame because if they weren’t forced into dressing like a teenage boy’s idea of a prostitute they would all be – they all are – properly sexy anyway. At least they all have their own hair in this video.