They started out as a classical boy band, but now eight years on Blake are back with a brand new album ‘In Harmony’ which, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of at the five star, Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London.
It’s more of our favourite songs and those that the fans have requested. “It’s been a labour of love, but yes we’re nervous,” Stephen, Humphrey and Ollie tell me. Check it out for yourself, when it’s released later this month.
They may be the star of the Great British bake off now, but Mel & Sue are not all they seem according to X Factor host Dermot O’Leary who reveals: “When I worked on their show ‘Light Lunch’ back in the 90’s I used to sign all their autographed pictures, as they would shoot off straight after the show ... I am not proud of it though.”
X Factor judge Simon Cowell may have attacked the recent ratings success of the Great British Bake Off but he failed to mention that his similar styled show for ITV called Food Glorious Food failed in the ratings, and failed to rise for a second series .. oh dear Simon!
The famous singers on Strictly are set to get something of a moment to shine in the spotlight. Sources tell me that the singers which have always been overlooked, will be recording an album of favourites from the show, which will be due out early next year.
Singer Pixie Lott admits she is grateful for the chance to appear on Strictly this year, more so after her last single failed to chart, and peaked at just 184 in the charts. She tells me: “This could really help my recording career, well I am hoping so anyway.”
Remember the lovely dog from Britain’s Got Talent – Pudsey? Well earlier this year he had his movie out after a huge launch in Cannes but sadly it appears that his big screen moment is already over, as he has been dropped by Simon Cowell for another movie ... In the doghouse then.
Louis Walsh says that he is serious that he would quit X Factor if Simon told him (confused?) But he also says “As the longest serving judge I know I have a lot to offer, so people look to me for the experience on the show” ... well after Simon.
The One Show host Matt Baker admits he still misses his time as a host on Blue Peter. “We got to do some terrific stuff, and you know looking back you are so young you don’t realize that the opportunities you are given, when so young .. But not a day goes by, when I don’t miss it.”
Tess Daly may be hosting Strictly alone now, after the departure of Sir Bruce, but she freely admits “I don’t do comedy at all, I just try and be polite and entertain, after all really who could follow a king like Bruce on the comedy front?”
Wendi Peters has admitted that she had doubts about returning to Coronation Street. The actress who plays Cilla in the soap tells me: “She was quite bad last time around, you know and I think they have made her a bit nicer this time, but having been away so long I wondered if or how the public would re-act to her returning ... But I know now, it’s a good storyline.”
Shane Ritchie who plays Alfie in EastEnders tells me he has no idea where the stories arise from that he is quitting the show again. “I am very happy here, and while it’s a been a bit quiet for Alfie and Kat, things do take off and then it gets busy again ... I am going nowhere and I am happier than ever.”
Sue Johnston who appears in the new series of Downton Abbey and the Christmas special tells me that she can’t believe she is getting such great work at this point in her career. “I did love the call to say I was going to be in it as I know this TV show will go down as a classic – I mean it’s TV gold really in the making,” she enthused.
Benny Hill was one of the biggest TV stars of the 60s, 70s and 80s but nowadays you never seem to see any repeats of the star. This is not the same in the US, where his shows are repeated all the time. In the UK this could now change also, as a new campaign group are focusing on TV channels to start “repeating this TV legend”. Do you agree or has Benny had his day?
New Tricks star Dennis Waterman may be leaving the show, but he tells me that “I shall miss it you know, I mean the show is great, but for me playing Gerry I do feel that I have taken him as far as I can ... I hope to be back on the box though at some point. People tell me they still want to see me which is nice.”
Fancy attending next year’s 2015 National Television Awards? Tickets are priced £23.50 to £38.75 but according to the official line you “will never be closer to the stars”. Or you can see it for free on TV.
Olly Murs is to front a special one-off show on ITV later this year. A Night With Olly Murs will see the ‘Wrapped Up’ singer perform some of his biggest hits, along with a handful of brand new tracks. Olly tells me “I am proof that despite, not winning X Factor you can still have a great career”.
The EastEnders cast are already getting into the festive spirit even though it's still October. The Christmas Day show is already almost filmed, and a source tells me “We are working into January.” Danny Dyer confessed “Because we film so far in front, many is the time I have actually no idea what month we are really on.”
AXED STRICTLY contestant Tom Evans wants a career in acting. He auditioned in Los Angeles before joining Strictly and was also even in a doomed boy band rejected by X Factor.