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Westlife's Kian prepares for blast-off with girlband single

Westlife's Kian Egan has revealed how he's busy planning the next step for his new Irish girlband Wonderland -- and they're gearing up to hit our small screens this October.

The sexy fivesome spent weeks filming a documentary for ITV2 as they follow in the footsteps of X Factor's Jedward with a fly-on-the-wall show of their own.

Provisionally called The Management, the show will reveal all about the search for a new girlband, which saw thousands of hopefuls turn up for auditions in Dublin.

Managed jointly by Louis Walsh and Kian, the line-up for the girlband was confirmed more than a year ago, but the band has yet to release a single. However, Kian (pictured below) explained how it's all part of a carefully devised plan to launch them on the pop market at the right time.

"We're going to wait until the documentary comes out first. We think that's going to be around the end of October, and then we're going to put out their first single. It's very much full steam ahead," he told the Herald.

The girlband were signed up after a nationwide search lasting several months, with the band making their debut on the Late Late Show in December 2008.

They made their stage debut last May after they joined Westlife on their UK and Ireland tour Where We Are. They started their Irish career in style by taking to the stage as the support act for the group's Croke Park concert on June 5, which represented their first series of concerts since taking a year-long break.

Signed to Mercury Records, the group is made up of Kian's wife, Jodi Albert (27), alongside Kasey Smith (20), Corina Dunne (24), Sharon Condon (24) and Leigh Learmont (21).

Most recently, the girls performed with the band at their sell-out show in Lissadell House. And now lead member Jodi, who married Kian in Barbados last year, said they are ready to take on the world as they gear up to release their debut single this autumn.

However, she has ruled out following in the footsteps of bands like Girls Aloud, saying there's no way they'll be seen cavorting on stage in overtly sexy outfits.

"We have our own style and we're not going to sell out and pose in skimpy underwear just to get attention," she said.

mfinn@herald.ie