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The One Show’s Alex Jones has let the cat out of the bag by telling pals she has been for fittings for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing show. “I love what they are making for me, it’s lush,” she reportedly said. Alex (pictured right) is also going to be getting a new ‘big money’ contract to stay with the BBC. Money well spent?

Lorraine Kelly is set to finally fulfill her dream of appearing in Coronation Street. Thankfully she plays herself interviewing Rosie Webster in a webonly spinoff show about the character’s bid to become a model. Lorraine tells me: “I am over the moon with it all, truly.”

X Factor’s newest judge Tulisa Contostavlos has had secret dental work done ahead of the show. “I was worried about how I may look with full HD and all that, but Simon was really helpful with suggestions and about where I should go,” she said.

Comedian John Bishop, who hosts his own show on the BBC, tells me he has no plans to do a situation comedy like Lee Mack. “Oh no, I just prefer to appear on screen telling jokes, that’s enough for me really!” he said.

Former Sky Sports reporter Paul Boardman, son of legendary comedian Stan, has decided to make comedy his fulltime job now too. Paul, who is producing the new Comedians stage show, is also a regular at comedy clubs across the UK every night.

Dennis Waterman, now starring in the hit drama ‘New Tricks’, says he knows  the reason for its success. He said: “Simple – it’s not PC at all and because we are all of a certain age, the public see us saying what they think. I think we can all be happy with that.”

Sophie Powles, who plays Holly Barton in Emmerdale, is fearful that writers may make her have a drug relapse in the future. “I would like to see her becoming strong and taking charge of her life, but as ever I have no say in that,” she said.

Shane Ritchie has been caught out over ‘affair’ claims in a tabloid, and I hear he is more concerned that his career in EastEnders may now also be harmed. A source revealed to me: “It’s not as if he’s a topflight character anymore now, is it?”

Joanna Page has said she could never join her soap star husband James for a scene in Emmerdale – because they'd giggle too much. The former Gavin and Stacey star, whose other half plays John Barton on the show, admitted she loves seeing him wearing his farmer's costumes. But she revealed: “I don't think we'd be able to film together because we'd probably start laughing.”

Loudmouth TV cook Gordon Ramsay has been given the last orders as the face of Gordon’s Gin. He has starred in the ads on TV and in print since 2007 but now bosses are looking to refresh the ad brand and like the idea of ladies and actors mixing it right up again.

Desperate Housewives may be coming to an end next year, but ABC TV who makes the show have not ruled out making four yearly specials for fans who want to know what happens to the girls in Wisteria Lane. Terri told an online forum: “I hope that Susan’s story can go on a while longer.”

Sean Maguire who played Aiden in EastEnders in the 90s says he would like to return to the soap for a guest stint. “I think its natural that people come back to their old haunts,” he said. “I do hope that he has some fans still from his previous time.”

Lisa Maxwell has revealed that she was almost cast as a Rovers Return landlady in the Street. The former star of The Bill says she auditioned for the role in April and was very keen to work behind the bar in the ITV soap, but lost out to ExEastEnder Michelle Collins. Lisa said: “I have turned down other things, but the chance of being on Corrie was too good an opportunity to miss.”

Dixon of Dock Green, made famous by Jack Warner for over 30 years on the BBC, has made a huge comeback on Radio Four. Now bosses are looking at remaking the show for a new audience and like the idea of exDr Who star David Tennant in the title role.

Just to let you know Natasha Kaplinsky’s latest comeback vehicle ‘Born To Shine’ has failed to shine in the ratings and ITV have now no plans to make a second series or a Christmas special, as previously proposed. Nats is now returning to regional newsreading in London ... very wise.

Stefan Dennis, who plays Paul in Neighbours, admits that his pop career in the late 80s was a “crime to music”. “Oh yes I enjoyed it but truthfully I had no idea what I was doing, I was no rival to Jason was I?!” he laughed.

Former soap actor Ricky Whittle, who also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, has landed a small Hollywood role opposite former Bond girl Jane Seymour. He reveals: “I am not the lead but that suits me just fine, I just need to learn and get some film experience under my belt and this is ideal.”

Reality TV winner Connie Fisher has pulled out of the tour of The Sound of Music, claiming that she no longer has the range to sing such demanding songs. She also told pals she now expects to focus more on acting rather than singing in the future.

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