Peter Andre is perhaps best known as the ex-husband of Katie Price, but it appears that while he also fronts the DIY show 60 Minute Makeover he won’t quite give up the pop career yet, and plans a tour next year. Peter tells me: “It will always be music first.”
X Factor may be slipping in the ratings and it appears that ITV once again want to cut the wages of the judges for next year, after such dire performances. A source tells me: “It’s been dire and even if Simon does return it won’t help the show, it is in decline now...”
Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman likes to make sure she is popular on the set of the show and brings in her home-made cakes for the crew and contestants. She told me: “I do enjoy the baking aspect and I would be great on a cookery show, you know...”
JLS star Marvin Humes has spoken about joining The Voice UK, commenting that new coach Kylie Minogue is “really getting stuck in”. Humes, who will present the upcoming third series alongside Emma Willis, described the “inspirational” popstar as having an “amazing aura” around her during filming.
Soon-to-depart soap actress Charlie Brooks, who plays Janine in EastEnders, tells me that she won’t be doing any more reality TV shows. “I have done I’m A Celebrity and Strictly, really they are the best, so I won’t be doing Big Brother ... I don’t really enjoy that show.”
Ben Price has signed a new contract with Coronation Street. The actor, who plays Nick Tilsley on the ITV soap, will stay in the role for at least another year.
Strictly Come Dancing’s Patrick Robinson is not planning to strip off in order to gain more points. The Casualty star told me that he wouldn’t copy rugby player Ben Cohen and take his shirt off during the competition...
Beverley Callard, who plays Liz in Coronation Street, tells me that she wants to see the older stars land more storylines in the soap. “I think Emily should land a boyfriend and Rita should be centre stage too,” she said. “People love the older characters, they really do.”
There really is no escape from soaps – even if you’re in the sky, now that Virgin Atlantic are planning to screen all the major soaps as part of their in-flight entertainment. So now you have no excuse to miss your favourite show...
“It Takes Two” host Zoe Ball tells me that actually appearing on Strictly never quite leaves you. “Oh no, once you hear that theme music it just makes your tummy churn again and again,” she said. “I do feel for the contestants every year, it’s far tougher than people think.”
Paul O’Grady tells me he is nervous over his new sitcom with pal Cilla Black “You just know the critics are going to be out in force, but we are having a laugh doing it and hope it transmits over the screen,” she said.
Best known for playing troubled Amy in Emmerdale, actress Chelsea Halfpenny tells me that she plans to move to London as “I want to be a jobbing actress, and do all that audition stuff ... people think you’re mad when you leave a soap, but I relish a new challenge.”
X Factor winner Matt Cardle admits that his promotional efforts were overshadowed by his rivals One Direction, despite the band not winning the show. Matt reveals: “I kind of felt that they thought this was the band to put the effort into, so yes I was sidelined a bit...”
After Marks & Spencer were unsuccessful with their latest celebrity ads featuring Dame Helen Mirren and co, now bosses think that the Great British Bake Off queen Mary Berry would be the best bet to help restore faith in the brand as “she is fast becoming a clothes icon for ladies of a certain age.”
Man From UNCLE star Robert Vaughn is currently starring in ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at the Garrick Theatre London and he told me that it’s down to the British that the 60s spy show lasted so long as “while it was a hit here, it was not in the US, so we have you to thank...”
While original Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts may have a “greatest hits’ album out in time for Christmas, it appears that the big-screen film based on his life to date has not proven a huge hit at the box office. Bosses have been stunned – despite okay reviews it appears Paul is not a draw at the cinema...
June Brown has a new book out. Best known for playing Dot Cotton, she told me: “I have written the book because I want my history noted ... it’s not about my soap years, but the time before all that, hence I called it ‘Before the Year Dot’ ... good innit?!”
New to Downton Abbey, singer and actor Julian Ovenden tells me that he was not a fan of the show beforehand. “I actually had not seen it much,” he said. “It was only once I started to work on the show I think I realized just how big the show was, and naturally I am happy to be associated with it.”
After the flop of Minder and the Fix It revival, now Shane Ritchie is hoping his luck will change with his new quiz show ‘Reflex’ which starts on daytime next year. Shane hopes this will put him back into the showbiz spotlight, and not just as a soap actor.
Tess Daly may be the face of a beauty brand, but the one-time model admits she won’t endorse anything to do with slimming. “I don’t get it, us girls all go up and down and to think you’ll stay the same weight all the time, is madness really,” she said.