Guinness World Records lists them as "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2007 edition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. Cheryl and the One Direction star have been spotted holding hands as they headed out on another date, this time to Salmontini restaurant in London.

And they’ve either coordinated their outfits on purpose or just both decided to go black for the occasion.

While still in the group, she began a solo career in April 2009, releasing her first solo studio album, 3 Words, in October.

The album was a commercial success, giving rise to three successful singles, including "Fight for This Love", which entered at number one on the UK charts and became the best selling single of the year.

Two of their albums have reached the top of the UK Albums Chart: their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008's Out of Control, both of which entered the chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold.

The group's musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop.

She attended Walker Comprehensive School in Newcastle between September 1994 and July 1999, and left at 16 with few qualifications.

Cheryl was one of thousands of people who auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, which aimed to create a boy band and a girl group to compete for the Christmas Number One spot on the UK Singles Chart.

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