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It's a family affair for Jodi as Wonderland sparkle in debut gig

Westwife Jodi Albert was cheered on by some very special guests when her new girlband Wonderland performed their debut gig at Dublin's Pod nightclub.

Dressed to impress in a black jeans and white jacket combo, Kian Egan's wife explained how she was thrilled when her parents George and Eileen jetted into town to support her and her bandmates Kasey Smith, Corinna Durran, Sharon Condon and Leigh Learmont.

Jodi's parents spent several days visiting the couple at their home in Sligo before flying to Dublin with their daughter and her popstar hubby for the band's intimate launch gig.

Kian's in-laws are due to return home today for a family wedding at the weekend, at which Jodi and the band are expected to perform.

The close-knit family has been through a difficult time after Jodi's mum Eileen battled cancer last year, while Kian was left devastated when he lost his own father Kevin to cancer in July of last year.

However, last night was all about toasting Wonderland's successful five-track set.

"They were fantastic and we're so glad we were here to see it," Jodi's proud father George told the Diary.

"They've put a lot of hard work in over the past couple of years and I think they'll do very well."

Kian and Louis Walsh were on hand last night to support their protegees as they performed their first single Nothing Moves Me Anymore and four other songs.

Following their every move was an ITV film crew, who are making a documentary about the group, which will be shown later this year.

Speaking about his latest showbiz venture, Kian explained how he and his wife of a year and a half are careful to keep their personal life and their work life separate.

"There haven't been any disagreements and I don't anticipate that there will be," he explained.

"Jodi and the girls know that Louis and I make the decisions. That's why they have us there as managers.

"It's nice for us to work together and have that shared interest. We're both enjoying the different elements of it."

Kian's bandmate Mark Feehily and his husband-to-be Kevin McDaid, as well as former You're a star contestant Leanne Moore were also in the audience to wish the girls well.

The aspiring songstress was one of the main contenders when it came to choosing the line-up for the band, but was pipped at the post for the final spot by Leigh Learmont.


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