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It’s every performer’s dream to appear at the world-famous London Palladium, and now I can say I have achieved that dream. Neil Sean and myself played to a packed house last week, with star guests from the worlds of TV, radio and media, lots of free gifts and goodies plus a standing ovation. What more can you ask for? A return visit to the Palladium is due before the end of the year, plus look out for the show in Mirfield this autumn. I would like to thank Gareth Parnell, all the Palladium staff, our camera crew Lucca, David, and Daniel, Yinka, Mark J, international music producer Mark Grant and everyone who helped make it such a lovely afternoon.

Phillip Schofield has admitted that his weight has plummeted after going on a strict diet. ‘This Morning’ viewers think he looks drained and years older than his age, but he is still keen to lose more, telling a friend: “I need to keep looking young if I am to stay in TV.”

Cheryl Cole admits she was humiliated after being axed from the US version of X Factor, but decided to return to the UK version as “the opportunity came up and people can be persuasive, so I decided why not, and just went for it. We shall see how it all pans out.”

TV presenter and wildlife enthusiast Kate Humble is best known for BBC shows like Springwatch and Lambing Live, but she tells me she is also working on a new cookery show. “I’m doing a wonderful new series called Kew On A Plate with Raymond Blanc for BBC Two. It’s brilliant fun, but truly I can’t say any more than that right now, it should be on this autumn.”

Alexandra Burke may have landed the role in the musical The Bodyguard in London’s West End but she angered chat show host Graham Norton by pulling out of his Radio Two show at the last minute. Sources tell me “he won’t be having her back in such a rush and was more than annoyed with it all.”

Sky One have announced new cast members for Trollied, its sitcom set in a supermarket. Series four is preparing to go into production this summer, and the network has announced that Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Tompkinson, Aisling Bea and Jack Carroll of Britain’s Got Talent fame will join the cast. It will air on Sky One this autumn.

Michael McIntyre may not have worked out as a chat show host earlier this year, but he plans to remind people how funny he is by taking to the stage later in the year for another arena tour. “I do miss it when I don’t do live shows, so this is a great opportunity for me to get out of the house for a bit,” he teased.

Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and Dynasty actress Emma Samms are among the stars who have signed up to take part in the new TV show ‘Tumble’, which will see various stars take on the world of gymnastics and the like. Emma tells me: “I was nervous about signing up but then I figured it’s something I can learn for free, so why not?”

ITV’s Soccer Aid coverage was down by around 400,000 viewers from 2012’s event. ITV are not happy with the ratings as they gave it a massive PR push and insiders tell me: “With Robbie Williams on, we really did expect far more.”

Britain’s Got Talent’s teenage rappers Bars and Melody are to release a single. Charlie Lenehan, 15, and Leondre Devries, 13, came third in this year’s series of the talent show and have now been signed by Cowell’s Syco label. The deal, which is just for one single, will see the duo release ‘Hope’.

Francis Matthews has died at the age of 86. The actor was famous for voicing Captain Scarlet in the 1960s science-fiction series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Matthews also starred with Eric and Ernie in all three of their big screen films.

Ross Kemp says that no matter what he does now on TV, he will always be remembered for playing Grant Mitchell in EastEnders. “It’s true, but I am so grateful for the role as it allowed me to get into this, and who knows after winning a Bafta, things might just change,” he said.

Former diving champ turned TV presenter Tom Daley has found that success can be short-lived, with his ITV2 outing ‘Goes Global’, which saw Tom travel the world taking on challenges, cancelled after only one series. Tom, I hear, was less than happy with the news.

Julia Bradbury is best known for her walking stints on TV shows like Countryfile, and she tells me she does in fact do all the walks and not just a bit for the TV camera. “I know people have insinuated that, but no, I do like to complete them, then you can truly say what it’s like and what to look out for,” she said.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache returned to filming on the soap last week, which will see him visiting his son Peter Barlow in prison, ahead of the Tina trial.

A source on the show tells me: “We are planning a big PR blitz for Ken’s return and Bill is very happy about this...”

Danny Dyer says playing Queen Vic boss Mick Carter means people assume he knows how to run a pub. He said: “It’s madness – if I go in one they tell me how much they are making or losing and I say, honest mate, I don’t know a thing about running a pub, it’s just acting, that’s all...”

While Mel B may grace the panel of X Factor this year it appears that TV work was rather thin on the ground, and so the show was able to get her rather inexpensively. Her last big TV outing was in an ad for ‘Costa Bingo’, which aired here in the UK around March time.

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