It was a night where Girls Aloud were supposed to mark their comeback in style with a glittering opening performance at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena in London; yet since the girls have been away on individual endeavors the landscape of British pop music has changed somewhat and the five-piece were surprised to find themselves eclipsed by, among others, The Wanted - fresh from a jaunt supporting Justin Bieber in the USA - Calvin Harris and Example, among others.
Indeed The Wanted boys stole the show from a group who The Independent described as "rusty" in their review of the massive event last night (December 9), despite only appearing for one song, 'Heart Vacancy'. Girls Aloud performed 'Something Kinda Oooh', 'The Promise' and new single 'Beautiful Cause You Love Me', though were lacklustre throughout.
Calvin Harris and Example were sandwiched between the two massive pop groups, and brought a club vibe to the giant arena - and impressive feat given the size of it. Example joined Harris for a version of 'We'll Be Coming Back', with the other guest joining the Scottish producer in his short set being Tinie Tempah.
With Pink headlining the event, Girls Aloud were given a glimpse at the standard that the pop world is at now, the singer still very much at the top of her game having come back from giving birth. A feisty, energetic performance it put Cheryl Cole et al in the shade - though at least they got their outfits right. The first night of the event on Saturday (December 8) had seen the likes of Bruno Mars, One Direction and JLS perform.