An Audience with Atomic Kitten: 10 Things we learned about life in a band from Liz McClarnon & Natasha Hamilton
From the lofty heights of the number one spot to that all important Rear of the Year award back in 2003 and EVERYTHING in between. The Scousers of Atomic Kitten reveal what life is really like in a chart topping girl band.
Gusto, Albert Dock played host to a lively all-Scouse bash on Friday as two thirds of number one album and single selling girl band, Atomic Kitten joined our very own Jay Hynd for a glitzy Audience with event.
20 years since releasing their first single, ‘Right Now’, two of the bands original line-up, Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon revealed the truth about Kerry leaving the band, how a meeting in a club toilet helped the band regroup and love, loss and chart topping success.
Organised by Carolyn Hughes PR to raise much needed funds for Radio City’s Cash For Kids, the event was a sell-out as fans enjoyed a warm welcome, a delicious meal, plenty of fizz and simply breath-taking live performance from the girls. Watch above as our cameras capture all the gossip, laughs and singalong at one raucous afternoon on the dock.
Not content with achieving chart success here in the UK and in particular in Asia (where fans stole their shoes and tried to pull out their hair!), both Natasha and Liz have gone on to enjoy careers in music, acting, business and more. With our Jay asking the burning questions we all want to know the answers to since the Scouse teens burst onto our screens and mix tapes back in the 90’s, the Gusto audience was in for a real treat.
Here’s 10 things we learned from an Audience with the Scousers of Atomic Kitten….
1 – All About Kerry
Despite the media frenzy that followed her departure, both Natasha and Liz confirmed that Kerry was never kicked out of the band.
2 – Whole Again
Natasha met Jenny Frost in a club toilet and the following morning the new band line up performed on the Pepsi Chart Show!
3 – Never Meet Your Heroes
When put on the spot with quick fire questions, Liz told Jay and the audience that she thought Elton John was a bit of a let down, a proper diva!
4 – Dream Duets
Natasha revealed that her dream duet would be with either the late, great Whitney Houston, Mariah or Christina Aguilera. Can we make that last one happen please!?
5 – Chart Stardom or…?
If the girls hadn’t made it in music, their futures could have looked very different. Liz would have trained to be a solicitor whereas Natasha fancied a career as a spy, a new female Bond perhaps?
6 – Off Duty Chill
Both the girls said the warmth of the city and Scousers is what they love most and when they’re not busy with the next steps in their careers, Everton fan Liz said she love’s a good movie (Labyrinth is Liz’s fave) a meal out at La Famiglia and sticking a bit of Little Mix on.
7 – Reality Success
Liz took part in the first ever series of Love Island – and she didn’t even know it was a dating show! It’s safe to say she was surprised when Natasha’s ex was put on the island! Liz also proved she’s a pro in the kitchen, winning the 2008 series of MasterChef!
8 – Celeb Big Brother
Natasha took part in the 2015 edition of Celebrity Big Brother and reveals to the Gusto audience that it took its toll on her family. Her kids didn’t want her to do it and despite finishing 3rd in a tumultuous mix of celebs – she stood her ground and refused to be bullied. G’wed girl!
9 – Big Reunion
The girls admitted they were scared to get back to into performing on The Big Reunion. Their first time on stage with Kerry in years, they joined their mates, Five, Liberty X, The Honeys, 911, B*Witched and of course, Blue with absolutely EVERYTHING being caught on camera!
10 – Next Steps
Liz has continued her passion for music with a country vibe and Natasha has retrained to open her own beauty clinic earlier this year. Two determined, hard working scouse girls who continue to boss it, no matter what they turn their hands to!