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Goodbye Girls, Hello Heaven? To Nicola Roberts By Aidan Moffat
Aidan Moffat , March 16th, 2013 07:36

Aidan Moffat went along to Girls Aloud's last-ever Glasgow gig and was so moved by the experience that he penned a letter to Nicola Roberts. The Quietus is his postman, and you can read his perfumed billet-doux below

Hi Nicola,

I just want to say thank you for the show with the girls in Glasgow on Monday, it was pretty flawless – although I heard Sarah forgot the words to one of the songs when I was in the toilet, ha! But that's fine, audiences love that kind of thing; it reminds us that you're human like the rest of us. Mind you, we knew that already because we saw you form the band on the telly a decade ago and we've watched – and listened to – you grow. Even the most ardent talent show addict would admit the format started to wear thin years ago, but you were there when it still seemed like fun. And you can't fault the show's logic: if we watch some ‘ordinary' kids form a band and fight it out on the telly and vote for them, then we'll definitely buy their records because we'll feel we know them and we've shared their journey: vicarious stardom for a whole nation! And I kind of wanted to hate you back then; I wrestled with my enjoyment of Popstars: The Rivals. The methodical process that created the bands seemed to suck the romance right out of pop, and the whole rivalry thing – pitting boy band against girl band – seemed a little unsavoury too. In short: a bit of mystery's cool, and life shouldn't be a competition. That said, I voted for Girls Aloud every week, and I cheered when you won.

To be honest, I didn't think you'd last long...

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