Milby On Music

Sugababes (left - right), Jade Ewen, Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Sugababes (left - right), Jade Ewen, Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

If the Sugababes were ever to throw a reunion party for all former members, they would have to book a venue at least the size of Westminster Abbey.

During their time in the charts they seemed to change the line-up about three times a week.

Recently on my show on the Bay, former Sugababe Amelle popped in for a chat. She was the one who replaced founding member Mutya in 2005 after one of the group’s numerous skirmishes.

The Sugababes eventually split last year and the scores of former members are all doing their own thing. Amelle has been in the limelight again recently as part of the Saturday night reality show ‘Tumble.’

It’s like ‘Strictly’ but with gymnastics instead of dancing. The routines the celebrities had to perform looked so so tough.

Amelle told me: “It was really scary actually. When I watched my first one back you could see my leg constantly shaking with nerves the entire time. And there was the moment in week three when I had the really embarrassing fall!”

Despite this, Amelle made it all the way to the final.

“I really enjoyed it and I have muscles in places I didn’t know existed. I am certainly going to keep up the training because I’ve never felt fitter.”

Amelle is releasing her debut solo single ‘Summertime’ which is a breezy guitar-based happy summer tune. She may have missed the boat with the summer weather but she feels it is the right time to put her solo songs out there.

“In the Sugababes everything was planned for you. We were told what to say, what to wear and our songs had to very mainstream and poppy. I’m 30 years old now. I’ve reached the stage in my life where I know what I want and that is to be myself and I can do that on my album.”

Amelle was supposed to release her album last year but after completing it she scrapped the whole project.

“People were telling me I should sound like this while others saying it should be more like that. Much to the horror of my record label I just scrapped the whole lot and told them I was starting again. I’m so glad I did. I’ve not done an album that I’m so proud of and it is the real me.”