LATEST: Pop trio THE Sugababes were thrilled to land a deal promoting chocolate - but didn't know their rivals Atomic Kitten had turned it down at double the cash.

The FREAK LIKE ME singers are set to be paid $80,000 (GBP50,000) for the advertisements for food giant NESTLE's latest offering KIT KAT KUBES, but are not aware that the Kittens were first offered $160,000 (GBP100,000) for the deal.

A spokesman for Nestle says, "Their image is wholesome and family orientated. They appeal to a wide variety of people."

The news is likely to upset The Sugababes, whose Keisha Buchanan recently described Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton as having "a banana stuck up her a***".

19/10/2003 14:18