Jennifer Lynn Lopez is an American singer, actress and producer. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination and became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film, she went on to star in Anaconda and Out of Sight establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood. Lopez ventured into the music industry with her debut studio album On the 6, which helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J. Lo and her romantic comedy The Wedding Planner in 2001, Lopez became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week, her 2002 remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes, became the first in history to debut at number one on the U. S. Billboard 200; that year, she released her third studio album This Is Me...
And appeared in Maid in Manhattan. After starring in Gigli, a critical and commercial failure, Lopez subsequently starred in the successful romantic comedies Shall We Dance? and Monster-in-Law. Her fifth studio album, Como Ama una Mujer, received the highest first-week sales for a debut Spanish album in the United States. Following an unsuccessful period, she returned to prominence in 2011 with her appearance as a judge on American Idol, released her seventh studio album Love?. In 2016, she began starring in the crime drama series Shades of Blue and commenced a residency show, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Since 2017, Lopez has served as a judge on World of Dance. In 2018, she starred in the film Second Act. With a cumulative film gross of US$3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, Lopez is regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the United States. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world.
Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: "If You Had My Love", "Love Don't Cost a Thing", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", "Jenny from the Block", "All I Have", "On the Floor", one of the best-selling singles of all time. For her contributions to the music industry, Lopez has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award among other honors, her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, a production company, a charitable foundation. Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1969, in The Bronx borough of New York City, to Puerto Rican parents Guadalupe Rodríguez and David López, she has an older sister, a younger sister, Lynda, a journalist. David worked the night shift at the Guardian Insurance Company before becoming a computer technician at the firm, while Guadalupe was a homemaker; when Lopez was born, the family was living in a small apartment in the Castle Hill neighborhood.
A few years her parents had saved up enough money to be able to purchase a two-story house, considered a big deal for the poor family. At the age of five, Lopez began taking dancing lessons, she toured New York with her school. Her parents stressed the importance of work ethic and being able to speak English, they encouraged their three daughters to put on performances at home—singing and dancing in front of each other and their friends so that they would stay "out of trouble". Lopez spent her entire academic career in Catholic schools. In school, Lopez did gymnastics, ran track on a national level, was a member of the school's softball team, she excelled athletically rather than academically. While attending her final year of high school, Lopez learned about a film casting, seeking several teenage girls for small roles, she auditioned and was cast in My Little Girl, a low-budget film co-written and directed by Connie Kaiserman. Lopez acted as a young woman at a center for troubled girls. After she finished filming her role in the film, Lopez realized that she wanted to become a "famous movie star".
To please her parents, she enrolled in Baruch College, only to drop out after one semester. She told her parents about her dream of becoming a movie star, but they insisted that it was a "really stupid" idea and that "no Latinos did that"; the differences in opinions led Lopez to move out of their family home and into an apartment in Manhattan. During this period, Lopez performed in regional productions of the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma!. From there, she was hired for the chorus in a Golden Musicals of Broadway, which toured Europe for five months, she was unhappy with the role. She got a job on the show Synchronicity in Japan, where she acted as a dancer and choreographer. Lopez was selected as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block in 1991 and performed with them during their performance of "Games" at the 18th Annual American Music Awards. Shortly after, Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on the television program In Living Color, she applied for the job.
Out of 2,000 applicants, Lopez made it to the finals. She was the runner-up but received the role when the winner was unable to accept the job, she moved to Los Angeles to film the series and remained a r
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search. Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000. She achieved greater success playing doubles. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002, the WTA Championships in 1999 and 2000, they referred to themselves as the "Spice Girls of Tennis". Kournikova retired at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk, she lives in Miami Beach and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis, she was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13. In addition to her tennis and television work, Kournikova serves as a Global Ambassador for Population Services International's "Five & Alive" program, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families.
Anna Kournikovas father, Sergei Kournikov, a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion earned a PhD and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow. As of 2001, he was still a part-time martial arts instructor there, her mother Alla had been a 400-metre runner. Her younger brother, Allan, is a youth golf world champion, featured in the 2013 documentary film The Short Game. Sergei Kournikov has said, "We were young and we liked the clean, physical life, so Anna was in a good environment for sport from the beginning". Kournikova received her first tennis racquet as a New Year gift in 1986 at age five. Describing her early regimen, she said, "I played two times a week from age six, it was a children's program. And it was just for fun, it was only. I would go to school, my parents would take me to the club, I'd spend the rest of the day there just having fun with the kids." In 1986, Kournikova became a member of the Spartak Tennis Club, coached by Larissa Preobrazhenskaya. In 1989, at the age of eight, Kournikova began appearing in junior tournaments, by the following year, was attracting attention from tennis scouts across the world.
She signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, Florida, to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy. Following her arrival in the United States, she became prominent on the tennis scene. At 14, she won the Italian Open Junior tournament. In December 1995, she became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament. By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18. Earlier, in September 1995, she received a wildcard into the WTA tournament in Moscow, the Moscow Ladies Open and played her way through the qualifying rounds before losing in the second round of the main draw to third-seeded Sabine Appelmans. There at the 1995 Moscow Ladies Open Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final. Partnering with 1995 Wimbledon girls' champion in both singles and doubles Aleksandra Olsza, she lost the title match to Meredith McGrath and Larisa Savchenko-Neiland.
In February–March 1996, Kournikova won two ITF titles, in Midland and Rockford, Illinois. Still 14, in April 1996 she debuted at the Fed Cup for Russia, the youngest player to participate and win a match. In 1996, she started playing under Ed Nagel, her six-year tenure with Ed would produce terrific results. At 15, she made her Grand Slam debut, when she reached the fourth round of the 1996 US Open, only to be stopped by then-top ranked player Steffi Graf, the eventual champion. After this tournament, Kournikova's ranking jumped from No. 144 to debut in the Top 100 at No. 69. Kournikova was a member of the Russian delegation to the 1996 Olympic Games in Georgia. In 1996, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year, she was ranked No. 57 in the end of the season. Kournikova entered the 1997 Australian Open as world No. 67, where she lost in the first round to world No. 12, Amanda Coetzer. At the Italian Open, Kournikova lost to Amanda Coetzer in the second round. However, she reached the semifinals in the doubles partnering with Elena Likhovtseva, before losing to the sixth seeds Mary Joe Fernández and Patricia Tarabini.
At the French Open, Kournikova made it to the third round before losing to world No. 1, Martina Hingis. She reached the third round in doubles with Likhovtseva. At the Wimbledon Championships, Kournikova became only the second woman in the open era to reach the semifinals in her Wimbledon debut, the first being Chris Evert in 1972. There she lost to eventual champion Martina Hingis. At the US Open, she lost in the second round to the eleventh seed Irina Spîrlea. Partnering with Likhovtseva, she reached the third round of the women's doubles event. Kournikova played her last WTA Tour event of 1997 at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, losing to Amanda Coetzer in the second round of singles, in the first round of doubles to Lindsay Davenport and Jana Novotná partnering with Likhovtseva, she broke into the top 50 on 19 May, was ranked No. 32 in singles and No. 41 in doubles at the end of the season. In 1998, Ko
Michelle Elizabeth Keegan is an English television and film actress. She is known for her roles as Tina McIntyre in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and Lance Corporal Georgie Lane in the BBC drama series Our Girl. Keegan starred as Tracy in Ordinary Lies and as Tina Moore in Tina and Bobby. Keegan was born in Stockport to Jackie Turner, her maternal great-grandmother was a Gibraltarian who married a British soldier stationed in Gibraltar, she has Portuguese and Italian ancestry. She attended St Patrick's RC High School in Eccles near Manchester, the Manchester School of Acting, she worked at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, as a check-in agent at Manchester Airport. In late 2007, in only her second audition, Keegan was offered the part of Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, accepted the role, beating around 900 other people who auditioned, she decided to leave the show after six years in 2013 and Tina was killed off, making her last appearance on 2 June 2014. Throughout her time on the show, Keegan's character Tina featured in many high-profile storylines.
The Guardian listed her as one of the 10 best Coronation Street characters of all time in 2010. In 2008, the actress flew out to South Africa to film the straight-to-DVD film Coronation Street: Out of Africa, a Coronation Street spinoff, in which she appeared as Tina. In June 2009, Keegan made her radio debut co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 programme The Official Chart, she was featured on the cover of FHM magazine in January 2011 and placed at number 30 and number 26 in their 100 Sexiest Women poll for 2010 and 2011, respectively. She appeared on their cover again in March 2013 and was placed at number four in the 2013 poll winning in 2015. Keegan made a guest appearance as herself in Red Dwarf: Back to Earth. In June 2014, she embarked on a European tour to perform as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. In 2015, she was cast as Tracy in the BBC television drama series Ordinary Lies. In June 2015, it was announced that she would play the starring role of Corporal Georgie Lane in series 2 of the BBC drama series Our Girl, which aired throughout September 2016.
In 2016, Keegan landed a guest role on the ITV2 comedy series Plebs. In June 2016, she began filming the ITV drama series Tina and Bobby, based on Tina Dean's and Bobby Moore's relationship in which she played Tina. Keegan was in a relationship with The Wanted singer Max George from December 2010; the couple split up the following year. In September 2013, after a nine-month courtship, the actress announced her engagement to Mark Wright, they married on 24 May 2015. Michelle Keegan on IMDb
Mary Rosa Alleyne Hunnings, known professionally as Mary Berry, is a British food writer and television presenter. After being encouraged in domestic science classes at school, she studied catering and institutional management at college, she moved to France at the age of 21 to study at Le Cordon Bleu school, before working in a number of cooking-related jobs. She has published more than 75 cookery books, including her bestselling Baking Bible in 2009, her first book was The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook in 1970. She hosted several television series for the Thames Television. Berry is an occasional contributor to Woman's Saturday Kitchen, she was a judge on the BBC One television programme The Great British Bake Off from its launch in 2010 until 2016. Berry was born on 24 March 1935, the second of three children, to Margaret and Alleyne William Steward Berry. Alleyne was a surveyor and planner who served as Mayor of Bath in 1952 and was involved in establishing the University of Bath at Claverton Down.
Mary's great-great-grandfather on her father's side, Robert Houghton, was a master baker in the 1860s who provided bread for a local workhouse in Norwich. Her mother Marjorie was a housewife, her mother died in 2011 aged 105. At the age of 13, Mary Berry had to spend three months in hospital; this resulted in her having a weaker left hand and thinner left arm. She has said that the period of forced separation from her family while in hospital "toughened up" and taught her to make the most of every opportunity she would have. Berry attended Bath High School, where she described her academic abilities as "hopeless" until she attended domestic science classes with a teacher called Miss Date, encouraging of her cooking abilities, her first creation in the class was a treacle sponge pudding which she took home, her father told her that it was as good as her mother's. She studied catering and institutional management at Bath College of Domestic Science. Berry's first job was at the Bath electricity board showroom and conducting home visits to show new customers how to use their electric ovens.
She would demonstrate the ovens by making a Victoria sponge, a technique she would repeat when in television studios to test out an oven she had not used before. Her catchment area for demonstrations was limited to the greater Bath area, which she drove around in a Ford Popular supplied as a company car, her ambition was to move out of the family home to London, something which her parents would not allow until she was 21. At the age of 22, she applied to work at the Dutch Dairy Bureau, while taking City & Guilds courses in the evenings, she persuaded her manager to pay for her to undertake the professional qualification from the French Le Cordon Bleu school. The temporary move to France came as a culture shock, she left the Dutch Dairy Bureau to become a recipe tester for PR firm Benson's, where she began to write her first book. She has since cooked for a range of food-related bodies, including the Egg Council and the Flour Advisory Board. In 1966 she became food editor of Housewife magazine, when she had children, she only took five weeks' leave on each occasion, as there was no set maternity leave at the time and each time she risked her post being filled by someone else before she was scheduled to return.
She was food editor of Ideal Home magazine from 1970 to 1973. Her first cookbook, The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook, was published in 1970, she launched her own product range in 1994 with her daughter Annabel. The salad dressings and sauces were only sold at Mary's AGA cooking school, but have since been sold internationally around Britain and Ireland with retailers such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Tesco each stocking the product ranges, she has appeared on a BBC Two series called The Great British Food Revival, her solo show, Mary Berry Cooks, began airing on 3 March 2014. In December 2012, Berry became the first president of the new Bath Spa University Alumni Association. In her own kitchen, she uses a KitchenAid mixer which she describes as being the one gadget she could not live without, she has always had an AGA cooker, used to run cooking courses for AGA users. She describes Raymond Blanc's restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons as one of her favourites as well as the Old Queen's Head, local to where she lives in Penn, High Wycombe.
In February 2015 Berry featured in a programme in aid of the Third World charity Comic Relief. In May 2015 she began presenting a new BBC Two series called Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites. In November 2015 she was the subject a two-part biographical documentary entitled The Mary Berry Story. Starting on 30 November 2015, she was one of the two judges for a four-week American edition of the popular baking competition The Great Holiday Baking Show on ABC, which followed a similar format to the British competition. In November 2016, it was announced that Berry would present a new six-part series, Mary Berry Everyday in which she would share her cooking tips, family favourites and special occasion recipes; the show aired on BBC Two, it has since been shown on BBC One on Saturday mornings. In April 2017, Berry launched a series of cakes; the cakes contain emulsifiers and preservatives that Berry has described as "unwanted extras". On 27 September 2017, Berry opened the newest Chesham Grammar School Food Tech kitchen.
From 22 November 2017 to 13 December 2017, Berry pre
Emmanuelle Béart is a French film actress, who has appeared in over 60 film and television productions since 1972. An eight-time César Award nominee, she won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1986 film Manon des Sources, her other film roles include La Belle Noiseuse, A Heart in Winter, Nelly and Mr. Arnaud, Mission: Impossible and 8 Women. Béart was born Emmanuelle Béhart-Hasson in St. Tropez, on the French Riviera, the daughter of Geneviève Galéa, a former model, of Croatian and Maltese descent, Guy Béart, a singer and poet, her father's family was Jewish. In her late teens she spent her summer vacation with the English-speaking family of a close friend of her father in Montreal, she stayed with Beverly Mellen and William Sofin and their two children Andrew and Sean Sofin, who took her in as their own. At the end of the summer the family invited her to stay with them and complete her baccalauréat at Collège international Marie de France, they have remained close friends. Béart got an acting role in 1976 film Tomorrow's Children.
In her teens she appeared in bit parts in television. Upon graduating from the Collège International Marie de France in Montreal, she returned to France to attend drama school in Paris. A short time she was cast in her first adult role in a film, in 1986 she achieved fame with her role opposite Yves Montand, playing the avenging daughter in French hit Manon des Sources. For her performance, she won the 1987 César Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1995 she won the Silver St. George for Best Actress award at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival for her starring role in film A French Woman. In addition to her award for Best Supporting Actress, she has been nominated for another seven César Awards for Most Promising Actress and Best Actress. With Most Promising Actress nominations for Love on the Quiet. In the mid-1980s, Béart began a relationship with Daniel Auteuil. Béart was romantically linked to music producer David François Moreau and to film producer Vincent Meyer for two years until his suicide in May 2003.
She has three children: Nelly Auteuil, Johan Moreau. She married actor Michaël Cohen on 13 August 2008 at Genappe in Belgium, in 2009 they adopted a child from Ethiopia, named Surafel. Béart and Cohen separated in 2011. In addition to her screen work, Béart is known for her social activism, she is an ambassador for UNICEF, has made news for her opposition to France's anti-immigration legislation. In 1996, she made headlines when, defending the rights of the "sans-papiers", she was removed after her group’s occupation of a Parisian church. In March 2012, Béart spoke out against plastic surgery in Le Monde, saying that she regretted having an operation on her lips in 1990 when she was 27. Le grand Poucet Zacharius Raison perdue La femme de sa vie Et demain viendra le jour Les jupons de la révolution D'Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires Gaffez, Fabien. Emmanuelle Béart. Nouveau Monde Editions. ISBN 978-2-84736-090-5. Emmanuelle Béart on IMDb Emmanuelle Béart at AllMovie Emmanuelle Béart at AlloCiné
Uma Karuna Thurman is an American actress and model. She has performed in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following her appearances on the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue, Thurman starred in Dangerous Liaisons, she rose to international prominence with her performance in Pulp Fiction, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hailed as Quentin Tarantino's muse, she reunited with the director to play the main role in both Kill Bill films, which brought her two additional Golden Globe Award nominations. Established as a leading Hollywood actress, her other notable films include Henry & June, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Les Misérables, The Producers, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and The House That Jack Built. In 2011, Thurman was a member of the jury for the main competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, in 2017, she was named president of the 70th edition's "Un Certain Regard" jury.
Thurman made her Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman. For her performance in the made-for-HBO film Hysterical Blindness, Thurman won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Film, for her five-episode role in the NBC musical series Smash, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Thurman has starred in the miniseries the series Imposters. Thurman was born in Massachusetts, her first name "Uma" means "splendour, light" and it is one of the epithets of Hindu female Goddess Parvati, while her second given name "Karuna" means "compassion" or "empathy". Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, a high-fashion model, was born in Mexico City, to German and Scandinavian parents. Thurman received a Buddhist upbringing, spent altogether around two years in the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora, she grew up in Amherst, where she went to Amherst Regional Junior High School moved to Woodstock, New York.
She has three brothers, Dechen Karl, Mipam, a half-sister named Taya, from her father's previous marriage. Thurman's first cousin, once removed, is Swedish football player Max von Schlebrügge. Thurman is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl, teased for her appearance and unusual name; when Thurman was 10 years old, a friend's mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, she attended Amherst Public Schools. In the eighth grade she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting. Thurman began her career as a fashion model at age 15, signed with the agency Click Models, her early modeling credits included Glamour and the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue. She made the transition to acting with her film debut, the teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight, released in 1987.
Thurman was subsequently cast in three 1988 films — Johnny Be Good, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and most notably, Dangerous Liaisons. In the comedy Johnny Be Good, she played the girlfriend of a top high school quarterback prospect, in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, she made a brief appearance as goddess Venus. In the Oscar-winning drama Dangerous Liaisons, co-starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich, Thurman took on the role of a naive young woman seduced by a manipulative man; the picture was an arthouse success, garnered Thurman recognition from critics and audiences. At the time, insecure about her appearance, she spent a year in London, during which she wore loose, baggy clothing. Malkovich said of her, "There is nothing twitchy teenager-ish about her, I haven’t met anyone like her at that age, her intelligence and poise stand out. But there's something else. She's more than a little haunted." In 1990, Thurman appeared with Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Henry & June, a sexually provocative drama about the relationship and affairs between writer Henry Miller and his wife June Miller in 1931 Paris.
The film was the first to receive an NC-17 rating and because many American newspapers refused to advertise films with the new rating, it did not get wide release in the United States. However, it won Thurman good notices. After playing Maid Marian in the 1991 British adventure film Robin Hood, Thurman starred as the patient of a San Francisco psychiatrist in the neo-noir drama Final Analysis, opposite Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, as a blind woman romantically involved with a former policeman in the thriller Jennifer 8, with Andy Garcia. Thurman
Cheryl Ann Tweedy is an English singer and television personality. Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, she rose to fame in late 2002 upon winning a place in Girls Aloud, a girl group created through ITV's Popstars: The Rivals. While still in the group, she began a solo career in April 2009, between and 2014, she released four studio albums – 3 Words, Messy Little Raindrops, A Million Lights and Only Human. Collectively, the albums included ten singles, five of which – "Fight for This Love, "Promise This", "Call My Name", "Crazy Stupid Love" and "I Don't Care" – reached the top position on the UK Singles Chart. Cheryl was the first British female solo artist to have five number-one singles in the UK, she held the record for the British female solo artist with the most UK number-one singles until Jess Glynne overtook her in 2018. Cheryl became a judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008, she mentored two of the eventual winners of the competition, before resigning in 2011 and joining the panel of the American version, which she left during the auditions stage.
She returned to judge series 12 of the UK version. Cheryl has become a recognised and photographed style icon, being referred to as a "fashionista" by the press, she has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, fronted cosmetic company L'Oréal from 2009 to 2018. Her net worth was estimated at £20 million in October 2014. Cheryl was married to England footballer Ashley Cole from July 2006 to September 2010, she married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014, was granted a decree nisi from him in October 2016. From 2016 to 2018, she was in a relationship with One Direction singer Liam Payne, with whom she has a son born in March 2017. Cheryl Ann Tweedy was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 30 June 1983, grew up on council estates in the suburbs of Walker and Heaton, she is the fourth of five children of Joan Callaghan, the first of her two children with Garry Tweedy following the collapse of her marriage to the father of her three other children. Cheryl's parents never married.
At the age of seven, Cheryl appeared in a television advert for British Gas. Interested in dancing from an early age, she began sequence dancing at the age of four, participated in a short summer holiday course at The Royal Ballet School's Summer School at the age of nine, she appeared doing dance recitals on different television shows in the UK, such as Gimme 5, in 1993. Cheryl 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, she sang "Have You Ever" in her audition, was one of twenty contestants chosen as finalists by judges Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Geri Halliwell. The finalists performed live on Saturday evenings, with one gender performing each week, each week the contestant polling the fewest phone votes was eliminated, until the final line-ups of the five-piece groups emerged. Cheryl was in danger of elimination twice, surviving over Emma Beard and Aimee Kearsley in consecutive performing weeks.
On 30 November 2002, she was the first contestant to qualify for the girl group, was joined by Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh to form Girls Aloud, following the final public vote. The group's debut single "Sound of the Underground" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one over boy band One True Voice's "Sacred Trust / After You're Gone". Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between being formed as a band and achieving a number one single. Girls Aloud released their debut album Sound of the Underground in May 2003, which entered the charts at number two and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry the same year, their singles "I'll Stand by You", "Walk This Way", "The Promise" charted at number one. Two of their albums 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.
They achieved seven certified albums and were nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for "The Promise". The group's musical style was pop, but throughout their career they experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud's collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim, due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music; the group amassed a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records listed them as "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2007 edition, they held the record for "Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group" in the 2008 edition, were credited again for "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2011 edition. The group was named the United Kingdom's biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. Girls Aloud took a hiatus in 2009 in the pursuit of solo projects, saying they would reunite for a new studio album in 2010, but this did not materialise.
In 2008, Cheryl replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge for the fifth series of The X Factor alongside creator Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh. She was given the girls category and subsequently ended up as the winning judge when Alexandra Burke was crowned the winner of series five on 13 December