Only a few months ago Sarah Harding had some very high hope for her future career as a soap star. The former Girls Aloud singer has appeared on Coronation Street as Joni Preston, somewhat of a trouble maker, apparently.
However, it seems that the 33-year old pop star has failed to make an impression on the soap’s loyal fan base. Many viewers have taken to Twitter to voice their rather scathing reviews of Sarah’s acting skills.
A source for The Sun has said that “it’s safe to say Sarah’s Corrie career hasn’t gone as planned. Fans and critics have been pretty unimpressed with her acting”. The paper reports that she will not be making any further appearances on the show for the time being.
So so far it seems Sarah Harding couldn't act her way out of a paper bag #Corrie
— Amanda Pickering (@ajpickering) July 23, 2015
Her stint on the show is to be cut short as “it doesn’t reflect well on Corrie” according to the insider.
They went on to say that Coronation Street has been accused in the past of hiring famous faces for guest appearances in efforts to boost their ratings. Sarah’s appearance is “a failed experiment”.
Sarah herself came forward to say her experience on the soap was a “learning curve”, after fans slammed her performance.
However, a spokesperson for the show has pointed out that Sarah’s role was billed as a cameo appearance from the beginning.
“Sarah was cast for four episodes in a cameo role for a specific storyline. There are no immediate plans for the character of Joni to return.”
— Jenna Hughes (@JennaHughes7) July 23, 2015
— Diane C. (@Brassylassy) July 23, 2015
In the past Sarah did mention her nerves about joining the cast. She told ITV’s Lorraine “They are icons and they're pros as well and I came in thinking, 'Oh my goodness, I'm so going to fluff my lines, I'm such an amateur!”