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Pete Waterman pays tribute to "lovely kid" Sarah Harding

Pete Waterman pays tribute to
Pete Waterman pays tribute to "lovely, lovely kid" Sarah Harding following her death from cancer on Sunday.

Pete Waterman has led tributes to Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding following her tragic death on Sunday.

The singer passed away at the age of just 39 after battling breast cancer for a year, with her mother Marie announcing the sad news on social media.

Music industry veteran Waterman was one of the judges involved in assembling Girls Aloud on the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals nearly 20 years ago and shared his memories of Harding on Good Morning Britain today.

"She was just a lovely, lovely kid - she couldn't believe she was in the competition and she bubbled with enthusiasm," he said. "She was just real, and that's what the programme picked up on - her ordinariness.

"She had enthusiasm, she was the girl next door, that's why she was in the band - the public loved her. Certain people, when they walk in the room, have an aura - and that's what you're looking for.

"She had that, no question. There was no question she'd be in the final band - there were probably 10 people who could have made it but I remember talking to her saying: 'Don't worry!'

"She doubted herself - she had enthusiasm but no self-belief."

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