HANNAH Spearritt has revealed a leading actress who was rejected from the S Club 7 audition before she even sang.
The singer’s new tell-all book, titled Facing The Music, looks at the star’s youth and her evolution into the big name she is today.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Hannah recalled the time she lived in a shared house with actress and singer Sheridan Smith.
She recalled how they once “passed out” in the living room after a night of drinking.
During this time, Sheridan starred in Bugsy Malone – and was due to wake up early the next morning to promote the stage show on TV’s This Morning.
Hannah recalls in her new book: “I woke up with a tongue like fur and turned on the TV to hear This Morning music playing happily.
“Sheridan woke up with a start and groaned as I clattered around the apartment.
“She raised her head to look at the television screen and her eyes widened in horror.
“‘F***!’ She screamed. ‘What time is it? We have to be on TV at 10:30!'”
It was Sheridan’s mother who had spotted an advert in The Stage newspaper looking for singers for music mogul Simon Fuller’s new band.
Sheridan convinced Hannah to attend the open audition for the group that would later become S Club 7.
However, only Hannah made it to the next round.
She said: “Can you believe they sent Sheridan home without hearing her sing? Imagine if you were the one who made that decision.
She described the audition process as “brutal” and couldn’t believe she had made it to the next round of auditions.
Meanwhile, Sheridan was at home waiting for Hannah to return.
“She was so supportive of everything that happened to me and didn’t seem to mind missing out at all,” she said.
“Just look at what she’s done since then.”
S Club 7 released four UK No1 singles and one UK No1 album.
They were famous for hits like Reach, S Club Party, Don’t Stop Movin’ and Bring It All Back.
Next on the band’s list was Cracking America, releasing an S Club television series, later renamed S Club 7 in Miami.
The film was a huge success and had an audience of over 90 million viewers in over 100 countries.
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After two decades in the spotlight, the band decided to break up in 2003.
They reunited on a UK tour in 2015 and were due to do another tour in 2023 before Paul Cattermole sadly passed away.