Former WESTLIFE star Brian McFadden has been dealt an unexpected boost ahead of his quest for solo success - fans arrived in hordes and queued for more than 20 hours to meet him.

The Irish singer - who releases his debut single REAL TO ME today (06SEP04) - was left dumbfounded when over 300 fans turned up to his record singing event in Dublin on Friday (03SEP04).

And McFadden views the overwhelming support offered by his faithful followers as proof he can make it on his own.

He says, "I wasn't expecting it. I was delighted and flattered.

"Obviously it was different when I was in Westlife as it was a group. When you are on your own and they do it, it is definitely more special."

06/09/2004 02:16