It’s a tough job being in showbiz, but last week I was invited to clink champagne flutes at the world-famous Hippodrome Casino in London to welcome in their one millionth guest. Not only that, the lucky winner received an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas. The owner has promised me a trip ... will it be Withernsea though?
It appears that Simon Cowell’s offer to help out at Eurovision next year for the BBC has not gone down well with ITV. The commercial channel is home to all of his shows, and of course his new deal is still being worked out. A source reveals: “There is no way they would let Simon become involved in the show as it’s a rival channel, end of...”
Sir Roger Moore has hinted that he would love to appear in Doctor Who or Sherlock after Mark Gatiss, who co-created Sherlock and writes for Doctor Who, praised the star’s ‘wonderful’ performance in 1970 film thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself. “I might be equally wonderful in Dr Who or Sherlock if asked!” Roger said.
Anne Kirkbride, who plays Deidre in Coronation Street, has been told by the show’s bosses that she has a job for “life”. She reveals: “I think they see me as a long-time member, someone that people actually relate to in the show who will be around for many years to come, which is great for me.”
Proof once again that Britain’s Got Talent is really set up ... remember comedy impressionist Philip Green, who claimed he was in fact a shop worker? Well, it appears he also fitted in stints at stage school and also paid for his own TV presenter’s course. But his team tell me: He is not a professional, but just hopes to be in the future.”
Bill Oddie has claimed he has been offered ‘a lot of money’ to appear in Celebrity Big Brother, but has apparently turned it down. The 71-year-old bird lover and star of The Goodies revealed on Twitter that he had been offered the chance to earn more money than he would in a year to appear on the Channel 5 reality TV show.
Nick Grimshaw has lost millions of listeners on his Radio One breakfast show, and now his much-hyped BBC Three show ‘Sweat The Small Stuff’ is facing the axe after just one series. A source tells me: “It’s been a disaster rating-wise, and there are no plans to bring it back at this stage.”
Katherine Jenkins dismissed reports she has been dropped by her record label due to falling sales and expensive ‘diva demands’. The Welsh singer signed a £5.8 million three-album contract with Warner in 2008, said to be the biggest classical recording deal in history. Insiders claimed executives at the label decided not to renew her contract after the singer requested up to £1,500 a day to be spent on her styling, hair and make-up during promotional and live events.
It looks like the panto offers are drying up, as actress Bev Callard is once again returning to Coronation Street. Bev, who plays Liz McDonald, is back on screen in October after leaving two years ago claiming she was depressed many times on set. But now she gushes: “I have missed all my pals on the show, and I can’t wait to get started back as Liz.”
Samantha Womack has spoken out about her return to EastEnders later this year, saying she cannot wait to get back to Albert Square. Speaking to me the actress – who revealed last week she was returning to the role of Ronnie Mitchell – said she felt as if she had never been away from the show.
The Rolling Stones are reportedly not allowing the BBC to air their full Glastonbury performance insiders tell me, the broadcaster has held “top-level discussions” with Sir Mick Jagger after the band only permitted their four opening songs at the festival to be shown on TV.
Sir Bruce Forsyth has intensified his war of words with Simon Cowell, while also revealing he’ll be performing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The showbiz veteran, who will be singing songs from his solo album These Are My Favourites, at the festival, said he was a fan of Britain’s Got Talent, but was worried about children suffering ‘emotional damage’ from the pressure of performing.
Many fans will remember the 70s hit TV show Starsky and Hutch. Well, Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky, is returning to the UK to star in the stage musical Fiddler on the Roof. He tells me: “It’s a challenge, but I can’t wait to get started with it all and yes people ask me about that famous car every day, but sadly I don’t own it.”
Despite terrible ratings yet again, this year’s The Voice will in fact be back for a third series next year, the BBC has revealed. A source tells me: “They have to really, as they paid out £22 million to secure the rights, and so they need to claw some of the money back.”
Lee Mead is back in the West End. The reality TV winner is starring in the smash hit show ‘West End Men’ at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. It’s a brilliant show and if you’re into musicals you will love it. It also features ex-Busted heartthrob Matt Willis...
It appears with Dancing on Ice being axed due to low ratings that Philip Schofield has also developed a frost with his “best friend” from This Morning, Fern Britton. He let slip that he has not been in touch with her since the day she quit the show, which possibly shows the real story behind their “laughing friendship” on air.