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10 June
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Dressing room demands and famous faces at the Capital FM Summertime Ball

Hi everyone,

I’m off to Ireland today after a really hectic but incredibly exciting week. We had two days of rehearsals leading up the Capital Summertime Ball which took place on Sunday.

The tour rehearsals can be very intense – you’re literally singing and dancing all day. I always sing in dance practice because you have to know that you’re going to be able to do both when you’re up there on stage and not sound breathless. It’s a great opportunity to rehearse your vocals too.

 

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Rehearsing before the performance – I always use the time to practise my vocals too

 

I always treat our dance rehearsals as a workout – I dress in my gym clothes and use it as my gym substitute!

The actual ball was so much fun from beginning to end. I think we had the smallest dressing room going and there were about 20 of us – hair, makeup, styling, people from our record label, and the dancers – all crammed in there and although it was a bit claustrophobic, I think it’s more fun that way. Will.I.Am and Taylor Swift’s dressing rooms were just next door to us!

 

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Outside our tiny dressing room

 

We’re not very diva-ish in our dressing room demands – in fact, we’re probably a bit boring! We always share a dressing room – our staples are water, energy drinks, some soft drinks, cheese and biscuits, toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant and face wipes.

 

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The Sats hanging out with DJ Marv

 

The show was great – hearing 80,000 people singing What About Us back to us was brilliant – it is one of those moments you need to soak up because they don’t happen all the time!

I bumped into Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field in the corridor and they introduced me to their little girl Teddy (Theodora Rose). We had a great chat about our children – when you’ve got kids you instantly have a bond with other parents and lots to talk about.

 

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Early morning soundcheck ahead of the concert

 

I managed to see a few of the performances – Justin Timberlake was a favourite. His acoustic set was so impressive – I’m a big fan and he is unbelievably talented.

 

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I couldn’t resist photobombing Mollie’s pic at the Newmarket races on Saturday

 

So now for some rest and relaxation in Ireland – I haven’t had any time off since Christmas so it’s going to be a blissful week.

Speak to you all soon.

Love from Una xxx

07 June
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Rochelle is such a natural mother, I always knew she would be

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Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week and made the most of the warm weather.

I took Aoife with me to see Rochelle and Alaia the other day. Aoife was really taken with the baby and was stroking her hair while Rochelle was feeding her – it was absolutely adorable. Aoife looked huge compared to Alaia, I forgot how tiny babies are when they’re newborn!

Every time I see Alaia she changes but she’s you can definitely see both of her parents in her. Rochelle’s mum said she is very much like Rochelle, she’s a really content and quiet baby. Rochelle is such a natural mother, I always knew she would be. Marvin is so sweet with his two girls, he totally dotes on them both.

Rochelle is missing us girls though and we miss her lots too and is looking forward to joining us again in the summer. You can’t rush going back to work when you’ve just become a new mum but I think she will be ready by then to start doing little bits with us.

Can’t wait to tell you all about our busy weekend – hope to see some of you in the crowds!

Love from Una xxx

06 June
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The Sats rehearse for an exciting weekend…

Hi everyone,

una-rehearsals-bThe Sats are getting excited for the weekend! We’ve got a couple of big performances coming up – we’re playing at the Newmarket races on Saturday and the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley on Sunday – and we’re hoping the weather stays lovely.

We had rehearsals for the ball on Wednesday and Thursday and here’s a photo of me in the studio.

On Friday night I’m covering for Rochelle on Sweat The Small Stuff  so tune in and let me know what you think of the show – it should be lots of fun.

Speak to you all soon.

Love from Una xxx

 

 

31 May
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Gorgeous gifts from the Sats aunties for adorable Alaia-Mai

Hello lovely readers,

Hope you’re all enjoying the blog.

The Sats aunties have been doting on Rochelle and Marvin’s adorable baby girl Alaia-Mai. We went to visit her last week and went back yesterday.

She is so unbelievably gorgeous. We’ve been showering their baby with gifts for a while now, we can’t seem to stop! Last week, I took Alaia a really cute Ralph Lauren bib and babygro and a hamper full of sweet little baby gifts and goodies. The other girls took her pretty little dresses and outfits so she’s got a great wardrobe already!marvin-alaia

It’s hard to tell whether she looks like her Mummy or Daddy at the moment because she’s so tiny. I think she’s got Rochelle’s lips and the rest is a good mix of both of them.

Rochelle is doing great and loves being a mum. Of course she’s really tired though. They say sleep while you can before you have the baby (which we all know is almost impossible) — and now she knows why.

After visiting Alaia, I sent a tweet and mentioned that I was getting broody. Spending time with such a gorgeous little girl is enough to make anyone broody but it doesn’t mean Aoife will be getting a little brother or sister right away! I am happy for the moment with just the one.

Rumours always start flying that we’re splitting up when a pregnancy is announced but having children is no reason for the Sats to stop. I proved you can do it and we’ve got a really bright future together.

Speak soon!

Love Una xxx

 

 

 

29 May
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When Mollie met Bradley Cooper…

hangover3-sats-2  hangover3-sats-4Hi everyone,

The Sats went to the Hangover 3 premiere in London last week which was a brilliant evening out.

Mollie went up to Bradley Cooper, who stars in the film, and had her photo taken with him. She’s the best at grabbing an opportunity like that when there is one.

We were all a bit jealous that we hadn’t been braver and asked

He said he recognised us which was amazing because he’s such a massive Hollywood star — but I think he might have been told who we were while he was on the red carpet!

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My white mini dress was by a designer called Rachel Gilbert. It had really pretty embellished details and I loved wearing it. I had huge heels on which I struggle with sometimes but I was alright on the night! We all accessorised with dazzling Swarovski jewellery.

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The Sats got ready together in the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. Our wonderful ‘glam squad’, Nick Peters and Celena Hancock, were on hand to make sure we were red carpet ready. Our stylist Frank Strachan was there too and made sure we looked the part. We get to try lots of outfits on then we see what looks best together. We like to pick outfits that suit our personal style but we make sure we look like a group too.

I think the Hangover 3 probably appeals more a guy’s sense of humour than a girl’s but it’s definitely worth seeing if you liked the first two.

Aoife and I said goodbye to Ben today because he flew off to Argentina for a three-week tour with the England rugby team. We’re going to miss him lots but we are quite well-adjusted to spending time apart. We make the most of Skype and that makes the distance not feel quite so huge.

Did you like our outfits from the Hangover 3 premiere? I would love to know what you thought.

Thanks for reading!

With love from Una xxx

 

28 May
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Radio One’s Big Weekend was very special for me

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Hi everyone
Hope you had a lovely bank holiday and made the most of the sunshine while it lasted.

The Sats were performing at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the  weekend.

It was a particularly special performance for me because I performed at the BBC sessions in Belfast ten years ago when I was trying to break into the music industry. I remember hearing that they were looking for unsigned artists to perform. There was no fee involved or anything but I was just grateful for the opportunity and the exposure.

The contrast between the two performances ten years apart is just amazing. You never know what will happen and being up there on the main stage is something I always dreamed of. It’s a totally different experience performing solo compared to with the girls. It can be quite lonely as a solo artist but having the girls means the experience is shared and that’s one of my favourite things about being a Saturday.

Our show went so well, we did an exclusive performance of our new single Gentleman. Because it was the first time we’d done it and we’d only learnt the routine a few days before, we did it early on in the set. We wanted to be as fresh as possible and give it our best and we were really pleased with how it went!

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Did any of you manage to catch the performance on BBC3? I’d love to know what you thought.

Love from Una xxx


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21 May
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The Sats can’t wait to meet Rochelle and Marvin’s baby girl

rochelle-una-blogHello everyone,

The Sats are so excited that Rochelle has had her baby! It’s a little girl named Alaia-Mai. We’re over the moon for her and Marvin and can’t wait to meet her.

We’d been waiting for a call to hear the baby had arrived for a while. Every time my phone rang I thought it was baby news. The last few days we hadn’t heard from her much so we were all thinking it was very soon so we’re delighted that their little girl is here and well.

The Sats were performing at the Doncaster Races on Saturday. It was great fun, we’re doing quite a few racecourse concerts this summer. They’re great because there’s always a big crowd, at Doncaster there were about 9,000 so the atmosphere is electric. The people in the audience are a real mix so it’s really fascinating as a performer. You get the fans who have bought tickets specifically to see you and then there’s the race goers who hang around afterwards to catch the show. Lots of them were wearing fascinators which is quite novel for one of our gigs and they looked really glam! We sang What About Us and it proved a real hit with the crowd who were singing it back to us which gave a really cool echo effect.

I found time to watch Eurovision over the weekend, it’s a really special show to me because I performed on it with Ireland in 2006 as a backing singer for Brian Kennedy. I watched the competition when I was little — Ireland were really successful back then. We came last this year — I was so shocked, Ryan Dolan is such a good singer and the song was great. Bonnie was great too. I’m a big fan of hers and power ballads in general. I supported her at a gig in Ireland once so I’ve got a bit of history with her too. She’s a lovely lady.

I thought the general level was incredible this year. I’m a massive fan of the whole spectacle — not just the singing but the staging, the dancing and their costumes too. I remember being really wowed by performing on the Eurovision. It’s such a huge event with millions of people watching so it’s an awesome thing to be a part of.

Speak to you all soon.

Love from Una xxx

16 May
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Rumours about the Sats’ series being axed

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It was reported in the press last week that our TV series Chasing The Saturdays had been dropped.The real truth is that we signed up to make 10 episodes, which we did and they were all shown in America. The series is now being shown in over 40 different countries, which is so exciting for us. It’s such a shame that the press are saying it’s been axed because we had such a great time making it and has been such a positive experience. For us – Chasing The Saturdays is only just starting in several countries, so we’re going to be talking about it and promoting it for probably the rest of the year!

 

Love Una

15 May
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Why The Sats love having family and friends in the crowd

una-healy-parisHello everyone,

Hope you’re having a great week. I’m in Paris with the Sats at the moment, we’re having a fabulous time, it’s such a glam city. Can’t wait to tell you more about it next time.

At the weekend, we had a fun family dinner with my parents who were visiting and on Sunday we went to watch Ben playing rugby. It was a big game for his team Northampton Saints and I’m happy to say they won and that they’re through to the finals of the premiership.

The Sats are performing at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Derry-Londonderry on the same day so sadly I won’t be able to see him play. But of course I’m looking forward to being up on stage with the girls and it’ll be the first time we perform our new single Gentleman so that’s very exciting.

Aoife and I watched the match from one of the boxes because it’s safer for her up there than down with the crowd. She’s still only tiny and not quite ready for that yet so we were up in a box with all the girlfriends, wives and children from the other team, Saracens. We didn’t wear our Saints shirts this time because we were mixing with the enemy and I thought it might’ve been a bit cheeky if we’d turned up in our Northampton colours.

I always used to watch Ben playing rugby in the stands, I love the atmosphere down    there. When Aoife gets a bit bigger and can sit on my lap for the duration of the game I’ll take her closer to the action.

I’m hoping she’ll get into watching her Daddy play rugby but at the moment she’s still too little to understand what he’s really doing. Even so, I know that Ben absolutely loves us being in the crowd and knowing that we’re there to support him.

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Despite the fact that he can’t see us, I know that it’s really good mentally for him to know that we’re watching. It’s the same for me when I’m singing with the girls. In fact, all of us love having family and friends in the crowd watching.

Thanks so much for all your comments about our new single Gentleman, I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying it. It’s a really fun track, has anyone managed to learn the lyrics yet?

Speak to you soon.

Love from Una xx

12 May
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Learning the dance for our new single ‘Gentleman’

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve managed to hear our new single Gentleman. We’ve had some great feedback so far and think it’s going to be a really fun tune for the summer. Has anyone managed to learn the lyrics yet? They’re pretty speedy!

It was announced last week that the Sats would be playing at Radio One’s big weekend in Derry-Londonderry and we’re really excited to be performing there. We’re opening the main stage on the Saturday and I think it’ll be the first time we perform Gentleman.

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We’ve got to learn a new dance routine for it next week. We work with a choreographer named Paul who we’ve worked with for ages. He’s worked with everyone in the business from Five to Liberty X so we’re very lucky have him in charge. If Paul is booked up we work with a guy called Aaron who used to be in S Club Juniors so he knows Frankie and Rochelle well.

The Sats can normally learn a new routine in one day but it takes a couple of days to get it into your head properly. In the early days, I struggled with the dances. I didn’t have a dancing background so I found them harder to pick up than the others but learning the routines is something you get better at. I’m not an amazing dancer but as my confidence has grown I’ve found that the routines sink in quicker.

My previous experience was quite limited to sitting on a stool with a guitar so I had to learn quite fast. But the truth is that our routines are actually quite simple and people can do copy them at home quite easily.

I’d love to hear what you think of our new track – you can leave your comments here and i’ll make sure I read them.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love from Una xxx

 

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