80s pop star Sinitta, famed for hits like ‘So Macho’ and ‘Toy Boy’ may have been let go as a mentor on this year’s X Factor, but now the singer is in the jungle and loving it. “I adore Freddie Starr, and it is a shame that he has now left, but I think this show could help relaunch my singing career,” she said recently. Has Nick Hewer been fired from The Apprentice? The sidekick of Sir Alan Sugar has landed the job as the host of Countdown and Nick reveals: “It’s my favourite show, I can’t believe they have offered me the job.” Vic Reeves has seen his show ‘Shooting Stars’, which started in the 90s, axed from BBC Two again. Bosses claim they don’t have enough money for the comedy panel show any more and now Vic is looking at other channels to see if they want to take it on. Ralf Little made his name as part of the big comedy hit ‘Royle Family’ but now he’s written his own comedy called ‘The Café’ in which he also stars. He tells me: “It’s set in a seaside town and is basically focusing on all the people that come into the café and the gossip.” It airs on Sky One. It’s that time of year again as Dancing On Ice returns with the usual suspects lined up to take part in the ‘starstudded’ show. Soap names include Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden and Andrew Whyment of Coronation Street fame, who have both been spotted at ice rinks learning the ropes... Strictly Come Dancing hunk Harry Judd from pop/rock band McFly admits that his youth fanbase help him stay in the show. He says: “I do think although we have an older audience, the fact I have teen fans helps not just the show, but also the voters. I hope I can go all the way to the final too.” While Five may consider it a success, it appears that this year’s Big Brother has not been that successful ratingswise. The grand final pulled in just over 1.5 million viewers, and let’s not even mention the phone votes... Bad news – Johnny Vaughan, who fronted the Big Breakfast in the 90s, and is now leaving his London radio show after eight years because “I want to return to the world of TV, I have missed it badly.” Great news – Downton Abbey will return for a new eightpart series in a year’s time, along with the entire cast. However should fans take note as there is a Christmas special looming too, which promises to have a “dramatic ending for one wellloved character”. Jason Manford saw his ITV comedy show axed but the comedian reveals he will be going back to playing theatres again after doing an arena tour. He said: “I don’t like the vastness of them, you can’t really interact at all, but I don’t think my agent will be happy with this.” Paul O’Grady says he has no plans to return to Channel 4 after ITV axed his chat show after just two series. “I have received no offers of the sort, I would consider it, but at the moment I am just too busy on the farm with all my animals,” he said. Danny Miller, who plays Aaron in Emmerdale, is leaving the show after three years. The actor reveals: “I am hoping to move into films and hopefully take a look at Hollywood at some stage, but I am glad they won’t be killing me off, as I may just come back.” Peter Kay will once again be the host of The Royal Variety Show this year, broadcast from Salford at the Lowry Theatre and starring Tony Bennett and (top of the bill) Barry Manilow. Vicky Binns, who played Molly Dobbs in Coronation Street, is now hiring herself out as a celebrity guest for weddings and parties. It all started in the US but Vicky tells me: “Work is hard right now and I am prepared to work hard to keep in the game.” Strictly Come Dancing contestant Anita Dobson is hoping her stint on the show will lead to a role in a musical after the show. “I love musical theatre and that would be the icing on the cake,” she said. DayBreak goes from bad to worse in the ratings, but now the breakfast team are all worried about a new boss on the show who plans to “radically change” the team within the new year. Who will face the axe, I wonder. Christine and Adrian? Shobna Gulati, who plays Sunita in Coronation Street, is set to become a Rovers Return barmaid. The actress told pals: “Let’s just say that she gets in a tight spot moneywise, so when Stella offers her a job she gladly accepts.” Steve McFadden who plays Phil Mitchell in EastEnders, reveals he would be happy to stay with the show forever as: “I can’t believe how the years have gone. But truthfully I just love playing Phil Mitchell, he has so many sides to him.” Joe Tracini has landed a role in Hollyoaks as part of the Savage family, but what viewers may not know is that Joe has a famous father in the shape of comedian Joe Pasquale ... so now you know!
Anns AngleFriday 25th November 2011
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