Girls Aloud announce new single and tour, explaining what it's like to be working together again, looking back over their 10 years in the charts and answering questions about the future of the band.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 19, 2012) (REUTERS) - Girls Aloud are delighted to be back together, with Kimberley Walsh saying it feels "comfortable" and Cheryl Cole describing the last three years as "kind of weird".
The pop group decided to part for a while in 2009 and each of the five girls worked on solo projects.
However at an event in London on Friday (October 19, 2012) Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding announced the release of a new single and plans for a tour next year.
"For most of us I think it just feels so comfortable to be back together. You know, it's like a comfort blanket in a really nice way!" Walsh said at the news conference.
2012 marks the girls' tenth anniversary in the music industry.
Speaking about their reunion Cole said: "It was emotional to talk about the fact that we're ten years down the line and we're gonna be able, even able to still be together and tour, you know, so that's always gonna be emotional."
Their new single "Something New" will be released on November 18, followed by an album called "Ten" - a collection of their singles from over the last decade, plus four new tracks.
Walsh revealed filming the music video was nerve wracking: "I felt a little bit nervous because it had been three years, it was like ok, I need to get back into the groove a little bit!"
Girls Aloud were put together on ITV show "Popstars: The Rivals" in 2002 and have since scored four number one singles and two number one albums.
Friday's announcement was broadcast live on YouTube and fans were able to ask the girls questions - one teenager wanted to know their favourite track: "I love, I love love love love love The Promise!" Harding responed.
"I think, like, that particular song as well, we all came together and really fought for it to be the first single off the "Out of Control" album, so we feel really proud of the song and I dunno, we just feel like, nice memories around it." Roberts explained.
"The Promise" won the girls Best British Single at the 2009 Brit Awards, and they've each got a statue to prove it.
Enjoying success from the start Girls Aloud's debut "Sound of the Underground" went to the top of the charts.
Remembering that time, Coyle explained the advice she would now give to her younger self: "We were so dedicated trying to make the band work in whatever way that it was gonna work and I think I would tell us all, just chill out, it's gonna be ok."
The band plan to hit the road again next year, with a 12-date tour starting on February 21.
But as for their plans after that, Cole says they don't know: "We actually haven't made any plans further than the tour, it's so much preparation to just get to this point that nobody knows."
The girls all joked though that if they are still going in 2022, they might have to change their name to 'Women Aloud'.