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Saturday 18 August 2018

Louis defiant as Wonderland dumped by their record label

Girlband Wonderland have been sensationally dropped by their record label.

However, co-manager Louis Walsh (below) has said they should feel "very proud" for trying their best to make the group a success. Speaking from his holiday home in Miami, he confirmed the news to the Herald -- and said the girls shouldn't feel too devastated about what happened.

"They had some great songs, they could all sing and they worked really hard. They tried to do something different and it's just a shame it didn't work out. But people haven't heard the last of them," he said of the Irish group.

News that Mercury Records had decided to drop them after just one album was greeted with shock by their fans, who inundated them with messages of support.

Members Kasey Smith, Leigh Learmont, Sharon Condon, Corrina Durran and Jodi Albert were put together after a series of nationwide auditions held by Louis and Westlife's Kian Egan.

However, there was huge speculation about the future of the band after former Hollyoaks babe Jodi got pregnant with her first baby in July.

She always insisted that her impending motherhood wouldn't get in the way of the band's future -- and performed on stage with her band-mates last month.

They have been busy promoting their self-titled debut album and performed a string of dates over the summer.

Lucky

She said in interviews how she had been "really lucky" with her pregnancy and that she hadn't experienced much nausea at all. She and Kian are expecting their first baby on January 1, 2012.

The happy couple met while she was touring with her previous group, Girl Thing. They married in a spectacular ceremony on Turtle Beach in the Caribbean in May 2009, after five years together.

Last night Wonderland was still listed on Mercury Records website, but on their own site, it stated how they had no forthcoming gigs.

They were formed in July 2008 and were unveiled on the Late Late Show shortly before they nabbed a record deal. Their co-managers spent years making sure they were polished performers before they released their debut single Not a Love Song.

mfinn@herald.ie

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