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In a bid to reduce the costs of Coronation Street many stars won’t be around as much as normal, I can reveal. Helen Flanagan, who plays Rosie Webster, is on a threemonth break and will return also at some point with her own online spinoff show. More stars are set to follow with ‘breaks’...

It appears that fans want the return of Paul O’Grady at 5pm and not 9pm on a Friday. The exLily Savage star has shed almost a million viewers since he launched two weeks ago and fans have said on net forums that his guests are “way below par”. Last week was Antony Cotton of Coronation Street...

It appears that we may be Blue again after this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The boyband who represent us this year in the show have spurned chances to be interviewed by major TV networks, clearly believing that they are already a huge hit with fans who will support them regardless.

Oh dear. Boxer Joe Calzaghe has claimed that he felt “bullied” during his time on Strictly Come Dancing. Speaking to a source the boxer slammed “destructive” judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon for their comments during his fiveweek stint in the 2009 edition of the BBC contest.

Rita Simons has admitted that she is “absolutely dreading” Samantha Womack's exit from EastEnders. The two actresses made their debut as the Mitchell sisters in July 2007. However, Womack announced that she is quitting her role as Ronnie Mitchell earlier this year.

Todd Carty, who played Mark Fowler in EastEnders for over 10 years, is busy touring the UK in the show ‘Spamalot’. He tells me: “I think people are shocked that I sing and dance in the show, as Mark was such a miserable character and people do associate you with that.”

Stacey Solomon failed to win X Factor last year but now she is the face of Iceland and hosting TV show ‘Sing If You Can’ on ITV1. She admits: “I get lots of free food per week and it’s too much – I can’t get through it all...”

Britain’s Got Talent continues to flounder without the presence of Simon Cowell with ratings dipping again. This is despite David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre joining the stellar panel...

Coronation Street bosses have planned a dramatic week of episodes to coincide with the forthcoming Britain’s Got Talent live shows. ITV1’s talent contest broadcasts its nightly semifinal stages at the end of May and early June, while high drama will also hit the cobbles in a special week for the Weatherfield soap.

Lord Alan Sugar has confirmed that The Apprentice will return this month on BBC One. The multimillionaire announced on Twitter the launch details for the seventh series of the businessbased reality show. Sir Alan has also defended the lack of success with winners from the series, stating: “It’s a good grounding, I know that for sure...”

Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec  think they are not on screen enough in the new series ... the duo just add in the voiceovers and stand at the side sometimes offering “advice”, but now they want to do more with the show.

Cilla Black now a regular on Loose Women admits that she still gets bothered about her famous teeth. “I have had them done so many times I have no idea, but yes if someone is cruel about my teeth I still get a bit upset,” she said. “It’s daft at my age, right?”

Katherine Kelly announced with great fanfare she was leaving the role of Becky in Coronation Street at the end of the year to pursue other changing roles. Her first one, though, is panto this Christmas ... oh yes it is?!

Robson Green has joined the BBC soap ‘Waterloo Road’ and it appears he has already offended the people of Rochdale, where the show is filmed. He described it as “a holding pen for guests on the Jeremy Kyle Show”. This, as you can imagine, did not go down well with residents!

Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, who created the hit Sunday night drama ‘Downton Abbey’, reveals that landing Dame Maggie Smith was a “pinnacle” of his career when she agreed to star in the drama. “Oh yes, to write words just to hear her speak them is superb,” he said. “She is one of the greatest actresses ever, to my mind.”

Cheryl Cole says that she is prepared to become a new star and start at the bottom in the US. She said: “I don’t mind as it’s a new opportunity and a great one should I actually land the job, but at this stage I have to work on ‘upping’ my name over there.”

Jessie Wallace is another keep fit queen that has decided to give up the ghost. Two years ago she showed off a toned body after releasing a bestselling workout DVD but admits: “As I play Kat I can’t have that supertoned look can I? She is a normal girl and needs a fuller figure.”

Emmerdale actor Marc Silcock, who plays Jackson in the soap, will be leaving for good towards the end of May, I can reveal. The actor tells me: “I think it’s a sad ending, but also good for the character and for me it’s time to move on.”

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