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West End nightingale Elaine Paige’s 50 years in showbiz have apparently taken their toll on her body, and she’s considering surgery to correct what’s known as ‘singer’s neck’, which she claims makes her look like ‘duck face from the side’.

Elaine is currently promoting her ‘I’m Still Here’ 50th anniversary farewell concert, Having met the diva up close, she looks and sounds as great as ever ... keep the memories, Elaine.

Al Murray is going to be the subject of a new documentary about his attempt to become an MP.

The comedian is standing against UKIP’s Nigel Farage in South Thanet. Let’s hope that it proves more successful than his new book ‘Let’s re-Great Britain’ which has failed to sell at all, despite numerous plugs on TV and radio.

Harry Hill’s Stars in Their Eyes has been axed by ITV after a single series. Harry, who also lost out in London when his X Factor musical flopped at the Palladium last year, is stunned. He told a source: “I thought we may have gone with another series, but sadly it’s not to be, which is a shame.”

Former Big Breakfast stars Zig and Zag are set for a return to TV after CBBC ordered an animated series starring alien puppet duo. If successful, a longer run will also be booked and a new cartoon series is in the pipeline too.

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer is taking a much-needed break with a family holiday in the Caribbean after his filming schedule left him exhausted.

The Cockney actor, 37, has proved such a hit that he has been written into as many episodes as possible. He tells me: “I love the show but I never expected this level of interest in it.”

Top of the Pops may be making a comeback. Insiders tell me that the show is in line for a few specials, and if they’re a hit then it could return on a regular basis. As yet there’s no word on who would host the show, but it won’t be like the old days when it was fronted by Radio One DJs...

Victoria Wood has said she hates comedy panel shows – comparing them to zoos and saying she’ll never go on one. “I just think they are not that funny and it’s all so scripted, whereas in the old days you all ad-libbed off each other and it was a genuine fun fest,” she commented. “It’s so not like that now.”

The BBC have unveiled three new dancers for Strictly Come Dancing, with Russian-born Gleb Savchenko, Italy’s Giovanni Pernice and South African Otlile Mabuse joining the line-up, alongside regulars including Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole and Kristina Rihanoff. The show returns in August.

Denise Van Outen has claimed that offers of TV presenting work have dried up for her now that she has hit 40. The former Big Breakfast host, who turned 40 last May, reckoned that she has noticed a decline in opportunities as she has got older. She said: “I think acting is the direction I wish to take and I hope that I get a chance to appear in a period drama one day too.”

Jane McDonald is purring with delight after landing the lead in hit stage musical Cats – at the age of 52. The role has previously been played by younger women like glamorous US star Nicole Sherzinger, who is a mere 36, and Kerry Ellis, 35. She tells me: “I am not bothered I am the oldest. I mean, it’s a cat, they have nine lives don’t they? But what great company to be in too...”

Former EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson has admitted that he would like to get a part in another soap. The actor, known for his role as Walford’s Barry Evans, said: “I do miss being on a soap, and it’s great fun, plus the regular money is not bad too, so yes if the opportunity came up, why not?”

Tom Jones has no idea if he will return to The Voice again as a judge. “I do enjoy the show, but we don’t get offered contracts straight after the series is ended, so hopefully something will pop in the post,” he said. “I would like to, so take it from me it’s a yes.”

Coronation Street actress Claire King tells me she broke down in tears at the shock revelation of her new storyline. “It’s explosive and I adore that about soaps, but also a big shock to me as it’s close to my heart,” she said. “I can’t give much away, but let’s just say that Erica stuns a few residents in the street, for sure.”

Downton Abbey’s Rob James-Collier tells me he is sad at the end of the show, but is hopeful there will be a movie spin off. “I think it could be very successful and the producers would be silly not to see this, but who’s to say my character would stay in the show? We can only hope can’t we?!” he laughed.

Amanda Holden is proving a difficult sell for ITV after her new series Give A Pet A Home, which featured celebrities looking after animals in an RSPCA centre, failed to rate highly. Now the remainder of the series may be moved to a different time slot.

Craig Revel Horwood wants Dermot O’Leary to join the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. He tells me: “Caroline Flack came on after being axed from the X Factor and now she got her job back, so it could just work again ... but seriously I think he would be a great addition, and why not just give it a go?”

Actor Jason Merrells says he was pleased that his Emmerdale character Declan Macey wasn’t killed off. “I thought it would be very clichéd if he was and I like the fact he could reappear at any time, as no-one knows if he is dead or not,” he said.

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