Mel B says she is in line for a more regular role on the X Factor after being a guest judge on the new series. “I think people think I am outspoken but at least I am honest and people seem to like that ... well it showed in the ratings anyway,” she giggled.
Jane McDonald is on TV again with Loose Women, but she reveals starring in the Boney M musical ‘Daddy Cool’ is even better. “I get to act and sing, plus everyone knows the songs so I know the crowd will be going wild when I come on,” she said.
Johnny Ball will be swapping numbers for rhumbas to become the oldest contestant to star in Strictly Come Dancing. The 74yearold follows his daughter Zoe on to the show after she came third in the 2005 series, and she has since gone on to be the host of spinoff show It Takes Two.
Emmerdale is marking its 40th anniversary with a music festival. A full stage with lighting rig was built on Emmerdale Farm for the Homefields Festival, which was planned by Declan and Megan Macey (Jason Merrells and Gaynor Faye), and featured performances by Scouting For Girls and The Proclaimers.
Sue Johnston has spoken about her first spell in Coronation Street in 1982. The Royle Family actress, who has rejoined the show as Gloria Price, originally played a lady referred to as Mrs Chadwick for a few months. “I was terrified as the cast then were icons and so well known, but now it’s far more downtoearth and friendlier,” she said.
Ross Kemp has revealed that a return to EastEnders is unlikely, but possible. The actor and TV journalist stated that he has no plans to follow Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts) back to the BBC soap, but that he would never fully rule it out.
Liz Hurley has revealed that her son Damian is to make an appearance in an upcoming Neighbours episode. The 47yearold actress is currently staying in Melbourne, where Neighbours is filmed, with her Australian cricketer fiancé Shane Warne, after the pair became engaged last year.
It looks like a new format is needed after Pete Andre’s new effort on ITV2 ‘Bad Boyfriend Club’ failed to take off. As ever TV bosses are blaming the low viewing figures on the summer ... but it’s hardly been blazing now, has it?”
The Great British Bake Off on BBC Two is now the most watched show on the channel. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are the main presenters, but fans also think that Sue Perkins is also the secret ingredient to the show’s success...
ITV Studios has purchased Graham Norton’s So Television Production Company in a deal that could be worth up to £17 million. Set up by Norton and Graham Stuart 12 years ago, So Television produces comedy and entertainment shows including The Graham Norton Show and The Sarah Millican Show.
Tickets for Cheryl Cole’s upcoming arena tour are struggling to sell online. Insiders tell me that the former X Factor judge’s solo tour is simply way too expensive for her many young fans and that “she could be looking at a lot of empty seats”...
X Factor dancer Brian Friedman is returning to the show to add some glamour to the dance routines. A source reveals: “Simon felt that the last series was lacking dancewise, so he called for Brian to come back to the UK and sort it out.”
Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts is to finally have his story made into a film, but Paul will only have a cameo role. James Cordon will play the lead and mime to the songs sung by Paul ... it’s out early next year.
Eastenders actress Linda Henry who plays Shirley in the show admits her craggy face is her fortune “ I figured I would never get the beauty roles and besides they tend to be dull, so I am grateful for the way I look, as it’s kept me in work,” she said.
Dr Who’s last assistant Karen Gillian admits she was shocked to be axed from the show. “I read it in the papers and then asked the team and sadly it was true, but what you can do?” she told a pal.
Lloyd Grossman has agreed to front the next attempt at a TV hit from Simon Cowell with his ‘Food Show’ which will air next year. Lloyd reveals: “I am passionate about it and so is he, I think we can really show that the Brits do have a great taste in food after all.”
Gareth Malone from The Choir says that his success has shocked even him. “I owe so much to the show, but it was never a game plan to get famous,” he said. “That was down to the viewers who just loved the show and what we were doing.”
Having recently gushed about the return of Dallas in a special documentary for Five, actor, singer and multitalented presenter John Barrowman is hopeful of a guest appearance in the show. “That would be my biggest dream, I simply love the show,” he said.
Sports presenter Clare Balding has laughed off reports she is in line for a honour, after simply reporting on the recent games. “Oh I don’t believe any of that and besides I am just doing my job, what is so special about that?” she said.