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Last Updated: Wednesday October 21 2009 15:50 GMT

In pictures: Cheryl Cole's rise to fame

Cheryl promoting her debut single

Cheryl Cole looks set to storm straight to number one with her debut solo single, Fight For This Love, this week.

Cheryl Cole on the X Factor

But life hasn't always been so high-profile and glamorous for the X Factor judge.

Girls Aloud performing in 2004

Rewind seven years to 2002, and Cheryl was the one competing in a reality TV show, called Popstars the Rivals, where she was transformed into a member of Girls Aloud.

Girls Aloud performing in 2005

The girls released their single at the same time as their boy band rivals on the show, One True Voice, but it was Cheryl and co who had the last laugh.

Girls Aloud at the Disney Choice awards in 2004

Girls Aloud went on to become Britain's most successful female group, with 20 top 10 singles, four number ones and a BRIT award.

Girls Aloud with dolls of themselves

In 2005, they were so popular toys makers decided to bring out a range of Girls Aloud dolls!

Cheryl Cole and her husband Ashley Cole in 2006

But Cheryl's also made plenty of headlines on her own, especially after she announced that she was dating England footie star Ashley Cole.

Cheryl Cole with fellow Wag, Victoria Beckham, at the Germany World Cup in 2006

In 2006, Cheryl was snapped cheering her husband on with fellow Wag Victoria Beckham at the Germany World Cup.

Cheryl Cole and her husband Ashley Cole in 2006

And the pair were a regular sight on the front row of several fashion shows that year too.

Cheryl Cole and her husband Ashley Cole in 2006

But publicity for the pair wasn't always favourable. Lots of people criticised them when they agreed to pose for this advert for a new lottery game.

Girls Aloud during a Live Lounge recording for Radio 1 in 2009

Meanwhile, Girls Aloud carried on with their assault on the charts. Here they are recording in Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley's home as part of the 2008 Live Lounge tour.

Cheryl and Kimberley from Girls Aloud

In 2009, Cheryl and Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh were among the celebs who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for Comic Relief.

Cheryl Cole's album cover

Now Cheryl is by far the most famous member of Girls Aloud and preparing to launch her first solo album, just a year after helping Alexandra Burke to stardom on X Factor.