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New girl band Wonderland were formed in 2008 by X Factor’s Louis Walsh and Westlife’s Kian Egan after attending open auditions in Ireland. The five girls were whittled down from three thousand, and after spending the summer touring with Westlife, they are set to release their debut single in February.
The band is made up of Jodi Albert, Sharron Condon, Corrina Durran, Kasey Smith and Leigh Learmont. The girls have spent the past two years honing their sound and they can’t believe how much support they have received from audiences. Sharron told The Hour:
“We went on the Westlife tour last year and the female audience warmed to us straight away. We’re not forcing people to like us and the audience have just been amazing, they’ve just warmed to us naturally.”
Corinna added: “We’re quite casual and laid back girls. We sing music that’s quite heartfelt and we really want to get into our performances. For us it’s about vocals and about sounding well and hopefully the audiences like us.”
Jodi is no stranger to fame, having been in a band called Girl Thing in 1999 and starring in soap opera Hollyoaks for three years. The talented lady started dating Kian in 2002 and the pair got married two years ago. She said of Wonderland:
“We worked really hard on an album that we got to co-write some songs on, including our first single, and all we can really do is hope that people like it and that we do a good job. That’s all we can hope for really.”
The girls will be touring with Westlife again in February and will also support Boyzone and Taylor Swift on UK and Irish tour dates in March. Their debut album will be released in the summer. Debut single Not a Love Song comes out in February.
For more information on Wonderland, see their website.