He has partied with the Rat Pack, dined with Marilyn Monroe and sung for presidents, so it was particularly nice to catch up with King of Swing Buddy Greco, who wowed the Matcham Room at the Hippodrome in London. Famous faces included singer Paul Young, Felicity Kendal and soap siren and boss of the Rovers Return Michelle Collins aka ‘Stella’.
Mark Wright may have been the attraction on the reality TV show The Only Way is Essex but the hopeful presenter is stunned that ITV have dropped his much hyped TV show ‘My Man Can’ without even screening it. A source reveals Mark and his management had high hopes for this, but it’s not meant to be.
Ex-soap actress Kara Tointon opened to dazzling reviews at the Wyndhams Theatre in London last week with Relatively Speaking – she tells me: “It’s great to do comedy after years of darkness in Albert Square. I do miss the gang, and you never know I may just return one day.”
Rylan Clark along with Emma Willis has been named the new hosts of Big Brother this year after Five axed the previous team which included the lame Jamie East. A source reveals “we really have the most fun team now, last year’s outfit was so dire we needed to do something drastic to put the show back on top.”
The recent soap awards has proved that we are all starting to tire of the format. Not even Philip Schofield making yet another ‘rare’ TV appearance can it save. Ratings are just over 5 million, which is way down on previous years.
Comedy legend Les Dawson will soon be on screen again thanks to the digital age. The programme will use old footage of Les with a body double and using material never broadcast before to make a brand new performance. A source tells me: “It’s really a one-off and one for Les’s fans. We just hope people enjoy it.”
Apprentice mentor Karen Brady claims that the show gives hope to people who really want to get started with their own business or careers rather than hinder them. She said: “It can inspire and also show that it’s not so easy too, which gives good feedback in the end.”
With the decline of the C4 quiz show Countdown ongoing, Channel 4 bosses have decided once again to move it back to a later slot to see finally if there is life still left in the show or if it simply should be canned. A source tells me: “It’s been a tough time for the show but hopefully this will put it back on track.”
The new Rovers Return set may have been unveiled, but true pub owners say the show and the set are not reflective of reality. It seems to only do lunchtime food, there are no special nights or promotions and above all else where is the big Sky TV that all pubs now have to have if they want to make it a success?
Did you know that the hollering and screaming which appears at every turn with Loose Women is because, according to spies, they have a warm up comedian?! I know, how shocking, but this person makes the audience more receptive and happy for when the guests do finally come on.
John Michie who plays Karl in Coronation Street tells me that he has to meet a sticky end in the soap. “It’s soap law really, that no matter what you think you have got away with you don’t for long.” He added: “I shall miss the show, as I made so many good friends, but you know Karl is a bad boy, and you only have so long on a show to be bad, don’t you?”
Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian in Eastenders, is now the longest serving cast member on the show and to mark this he received a lifetime achievement gong from the recent soap awards. But he tells me: “I hope to go on playing him for years and years to come. It’s the best job in TV and so much has happened to Ian over the years you do wonder what is left don’t you?”
BBC News Channel presenter Nicolas Owen, never one to shy away from a camera, claims that MPs come on TV simply because “they just love the fact the camera is on them”. Unlike Nicolas, who is on for up to eight hours across each weekend!
Once a real life cop until TV got his attention, Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding is fed up with his lack of career direction. So he appeared on Daybreak via his new agency, which that day also had another six on their roster on camera from Lorraine Kelly through to the newsgirl.
Simon Cowell is launching his much hyped musical based on the X Factor and is called ‘I Can’t Sing’. It opens at the London Palladium next March and Simon says he has high hopes for the show. “It’s very funny and totally captures the feeling of the show. I think Harry Hill, who has penned the script, really has a winner.”
Ex-Destiny’s Child diva Kelly Rowland has signed on to become a judge on the US version of X Factor after appearing on the UK version two years ago. She tells me: “I did well and enjoyed it so to get the call back has been great for me. I’m totally out to win though for sure.”
X Factor bosses have finally confirmed that Sharon Osbourne will return to the X Factor judging panel to replace Tulisa Contostavlos. She will join Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger - who have all signed up - on the show when it comes to back to ITV later this year.
ITV series Dancing on Ice is to be axed after one further series, it has been announced. The show, which pulls in more than seven million viewers and is presented by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, will be screened for the last time in early 2014.
Jennifer Ellison has joined Radio City 96.7 in Liverpool. The actress, best known for roles in Waterloo Road and Brookside, will host a new Sunday morning show from 6am to 10am with drive time presenter Dave Kelly. She tells me: “It’s a perfect job actually as I love music and gossip, so who knows, this could be a whole new direction for me.”
EastEnders bosses have denied claims that Denise Van Outen is in talks to join the soap. A report suggests that the actress is being lined up to play a glamorous new landlady for the Queen Vic.