When Nadine Coyle woke up today to celebrate St Patrick’s Day by wearing a stupid hat and drinking 36 pints of Guinness, she can’t possibly have known she’d just overtaken band mate Cheryl Cole in this year’s 100 Sexiest Women poll. In fact, she probably still doesn’t know.

But the twinkly Irish member of Girls Aloud has stolen a lead on Ashley Cole’s long suffering wife, who is one of 2009’s hot favourites after being on TV loads recently. But could Nadine be a surprise challenger to Megan Fox’s throne? Her best performance in the competition came last year, when she finished a modest 27th. But the Irish voting contingent have given her an early push.

Cheryl, meanwhile, has finished seventh two years running, and is yet to top her 100 Sexiest high of second in 2005. Will she do it this year? Are you dead excited? Want to vote for her but don’t know how? CLICK HERE.

Other Irish ladies that you might want to big up include sexy Dancing On Ice flop Zoe Salmon, and one fifth of The Saturdays: Una Healy.