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Can Strictly Come Dancing look forward to welcoming Sky Sports journalist Kirsty Gallacher?

According to my friends, and with the show’s track record of setting up some of showbiz’s most explosive new romances, the newly-single 39-year-old may have her eyes on more than just that glitter ball. I will keep you posted of course...

TV favourite Keith Chegwin tells me that he originally appeared in the very first pilot episode of the hit comedy Open All Hours. “I only had a few lines, but what a show,” he said. “Sadly I never made it to the full series, but Ronnie Barker was always supportive and such a super kind man ... we all miss him.”

Top TV writer Kay Mellor has attacked Coronation Street, saying the writing is not what it was when she was on the team and that fans felt let down by the episodes surrounding the loss of Deirdre recently. “I do think they missed a great chance,” she said.

While travelling back to Yorkshire from London on the Grand Central train, which hits Mirfield four times a day, I spotted Darren Day, who tells me he lives in Yorkshire now but of course has plenty of work in London. He often pops to Mirfield also to enjoy the delights, so keep an eye out, it could make your day...

Radio One DJ Greg James is set to make his acting debut in a new one-off BBC comedy he’s written, called Dead Air. He said: “It’s based on my experiences in radio, and many of the situations did happen, but in reality of course it’s TV and we sort of make them appear more exaggerated, but hopefully it’s still funny to watch.”

Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper is heading back to Blackpool for more scenes. The popular café owner will visit the seaside resort with his new friend,and possible love interest Cathy Matthews in an upcoming storyline. Fans can look out for the scenes in a few weeks’ time.

If you enjoyed the wonderful Sheridan Smith starring in the ITV drama ‘Cilla’, based on the life of singing 60s legend Cilla Black, it could soon be turned into a musical for the stage. A source reveals: “It did so well on TV, given the background it would make the perfect musical show and we are working towards it.”

Jessie J says she loathes the fame that has arrived since she launched her music career. “I enjoy the performing and writing side of it, but at times the fame side is hard to work with, but I am sure I will get used to it at some point,” she said.

The divine Bette Midler is gracing our shores with her first concert tour in Britain for 35 years. The Oscar-winning singer and actress tells me that appearing on reality TV shows is not for her and describes appearing on American Idol as “one of the worst experiences of my life”. “It seems much more formulaic than it used to be, and I’m not in the formula. People had more patience in the past. If you had one bad record they didn’t throw you out totally,” she revealed.

Emmerdale actor Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle, tells me that fans of the show much prefer when he is bad. “I know it’s daft but they do and this summer has seen that return,” he said. “I am not saying he will do anything too untoward, but I do think ‘what else can he do?’ and then the writers go one stage further all the time.”

Former EastEnders actor Scott Maslen tells me that while he misses the show, he also misses his other role on The Bill more. “I see the repeats sometimes and think we did some great storylines, and yet the show was always sniped at by the critics,” he said. “I do think it would be good to bring it back even as one-off specials now and again.”

BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce has revealed that she turned down the chance to star in Strictly Come Dancing because it is too “formal”. However Strictly bosses say that while they have asked her, they never heard back and assumed that she was not that interested ... so will she now change her mind?

Tom Jones is releasing his own tell-all book later in the year. Now best known for being a judge on The Voice, Tom is not holding back and says that at his age he feels ready to tell the whole story...

Lee Mead’s career is as amazing as Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat. But the reality show winner, who currently appears in Casualty, tells me that while he misses musicals it would have to be the right one to tempt him back to the West End. “I will never give up singing, but winning the show opened a few doors that were closed before,” he said. “And who knows what the future holds – I could be wearing the famous Dreamcoat again in the future.”

X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw is very slim for a 31-year-old and admits he really watches what he eats. A source on set tells me that he follows the Cliff Richard path of weight loss and keeps to one meal per day, but has a few healthy snacks too.

Louis Walsh may have been dropped from his role of judge on X Factor, but insists he will be still part of the show somehow. “I think Simon will be in touch as he values my opinion, and he knows my advice will be honest and blunt. I know I am going to miss the show, for sure.”

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