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Join them on the final leg of their campaign to break America for more flirtation, fierce fun, and the odd hangover...
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The Saturdays could be giving the Kardashians a run for their money as they delve into the world of reality TV with their new show Chasing The Saturdays. Not since the Spice Girls has there been such a buzz around a UK-based girl band, and with their eyes firmly set on breaking America the five-piece are heading down a well-trodden path to superstardom.
But it’s no walk in the park, as the show attests. Never mind cracking the States, the girls have to get to grips with starting over again, homesickness, and a killer work schedule, all under the glare of the cameras.
We caught up with Frankie, Rochelle, Mollie, Una, and Vanessa as they revealed what’s in store...
What can fans expect from the show?
Mollie: You get a real insight into our personal lives and it’s nice for them to get to know us. You get to see what it’s like to be in a pop band, just doing things like going to the MTV VMAs, releasing a single in America, and being a tourist in L.A.
We went for a surf lesson, rented cars out there, then obviously you get to see Una with her baby. You kind of get all of it.
The first episode is pretty emotional. How did you cope with being away from home?
Frankie: As cheesy as it sounds, we’ve got each other. We're like a family. We all know exactly how each other feels and I think that makes it a lot easier. Una luckily had Aoife Belle and her mum, which was nice. And that was good for all of us because it was nice to have a mum around.
If any of us felt a bit down, we’d go and see little Aoife and get a little cuddle.
Did you feel like you could actually be yourselves in front of the cameras?
Mollie: We were filming for three months and we all said to each other, 'If we’re going to do this, we’re going to have to let our guards down.' When you do a reality show people want to see everything that goes on. And they really do, they see tough times that we go through. It’s not all happy, smiley faces.
Two of the girls are married and obviously we’ve got Aoife. There are difficult things about being in a girl band but we do love it and you get to see that side of it.
Was it weird starting out again?
Una: It was really refreshing. We’ve been together in the UK for five and a half years so to go out there like a brand new band has given us a whole new lease of life - it’s very exciting.
Are the American audiences quite hard to win over?
Vanessa: They’re really positive. All the feedback we’ve had from them has been amazing. We did a signing in New York and we didn’t think anyone was going come, but we got more people than we expected.
We’ve sold out two shows over there now, one at the Roxy and the other one at the High Line in New York, and it’s stuff that we’d never ever expected.
What’s been the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with to crack the USA?
Rochelle: The hardest thing is making people aware of who you are. But everyone’s been really welcoming. I guess it’s a little tough starting again.
Rochelle, you're known for your great fashion style. How’s the pregnancy wardrobe coming along?
Rochelle: Really badly…
That’s not the right answer.
Rochelle: It’s ok when our stylist is around to help but right now as we speak I’m in a tracksuit. I have no idea what to wear. We’ve been so busy that I haven’t really had a day off to go shopping and change my wardrobe.
Is there any clobber you’ve worn in America and that's made you think, 'Oh no!'?
Rochelle: Yeah! Absolutely.Mollie: We look back on days where we've gone 'sack the stylist', but we’ve kept him.
Rochelle: Or there’s been the days where he hasn’t styled us…Mollie: And when he hasn’t it’s even worse! And you think 'Oh my God, what was I thinking?'
Do you have an alter ego when you're performing, like Beyoncé has Sasha Fierce?
Rochelle: Yeah, I definitely think we have. When I look around the stage, no one is their normal self. We just haven’t named them yet, so maybe we should name them!
What name would you give yours?
Rochelle: Oh gosh, I don’t know. I kind of pretend I’m Beyoncé… Pretend to be, not think I am!
You’ve had a couple of high profile collaborations in your music, including the one out now that you’re trying to break America with. Are there any more in the pipeline?
Rochelle: We get more excited to work with producers rather than artists.
Any producers you’d like to work with, then?
Rochelle: We just did a track in the studio with Rodney Jerkins. You’ll hear it this year.
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