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The Academy goes Atomic with Liz
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Atomic Kitten stars Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton, and Jenny Frost
Who's up for a game of footy with the Kittens?

Pop band Atomic Kitten may be musical megastars but that's not their only passion in life.

The Academy caught up with Liz McClarnon who revealed what her real love is and how the girls stay in shape.

Who's the lucky person? It's her beloved Everton Football Club!

Toffees fans haven't had it easy for the past few years, but a bright young manager and a certain Mr Rooney have made the blue side of Liverpool a whole lot happier.

And Liz is loving every minute of the Everton revival.

Wayne Rooney
Teenage star Wayne Rooney

"I can't wait for the new football season to start," she told us just before the season kicked off.

"I've been lucky enough to meet Wayne Rooney and he was very, very nice - if a bit quiet.

"He's really sweet and fantastic for us. He's brought a lot of publicity to Everton as well."

Liz used to be a striker herself, so it's hardly surprising that Rooney is her hero.

"I used to play a lot of football but I don't really have time any more.

"I was a centre forward before I joined the band, but now I wouldn't be able to play for a team every week."

Liz McClarnon
Performing keeps Liz in shape

She may not run around the football pitch any more.

But being in the band helps Liz stays fabulously fit.

"We're dancing on stage every single day," says Liz.

"Doing a live show - dancing and singing away for up to an hour and a half - keeps you very fit."

And if Rooney continues his fine form this season, Liz could be dancing and singing from the terraces at Goodison Park!


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Atomic Kitten factfile
The band: Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Jenny frost
founded: 1998
Number ones: Whole again (January 2001), Eternal Flame (July 2001)
Other hits: I Want Your Love, See Ya, Right Now
Did you know? Liz loves Everton, but Natasha and Jenny are both Liverpool fans

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He's really sweet and fantastic for us. He's bought a lot of publicity to Everton
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Liz McClarnon on her footballing idol, Wayne Rooney



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