After a race to make her slot at pop festival In:Demand Live at the SECC, we managed to catch up with the gorgeous Girls Aloud star backstage, once she had wowed the crowds.
She said: “It was really good. We had one of those days where like our flight was nearly two hours delayed and so we got here and it was all like rush rush rush to get ready and I kind of just ended up on stage, so that was funny, but once I was on there I calmed down and it was good and the crowd were amazing like they always are here in Glasgow, cause it was really warming and I had a really good time.”
Nicola was nervous ahead of the performance as she is so used to having Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding by her side, but once she got on stage and launched into her new material, the nerves disappeared.
“Last time I was here was two years ago on the Girls Aloud tour, so to then be on the same stage and looking out at what looks like the same crowd on your own is really bizarre, but I had a really good time and the crowd were amazing so it was fun.”
Nicola’s first solo release, Beat of My Drum, has been met with praise, with many critics dubbing it the best solo effort from any of the Girls Aloud girls.
How does that feel for the Liverpudlian who recently admitted she didn’t have the best of times during the early years of the band?
“It feels really nice, like critically, I haven’t had one bad review of the song. It almost feels like being at school and all the teachers give you good grades but you want all of your classmates to like it as well.”