I’m really excited to be taking part in the Strictly Christmas Special this year. I absolutely LOVE Christmas and I love Strictly so it’s a perfect match. I’m so lucky to have been paired with Pasha again who was my partner when I took part in the main show 5 years ago. We’ve started training this week and it’s definitely been a shock to the system as I haven’t danced for so long. It’s like a Strictly bootcamp to get ready for the Christmas show but we’re working really hard so hopefully we’ll get there! Doing the Christmas show is just pure fun without the pressure of the real competition so I’m gonna just enjoy it. It’s gonna be fun for Bobby to watch on Christmas Day cos he’s never really seen me perform. I’ve shown him a few videos and he watches Strictly with me on a Saturday now so he’s gonna love it.
It’s gonna be strange getting back into a Strictly costume after so many years. I certainly won’t be rocking the shorts and crop tops that I wore five years ago after having two children that’s for sure! I’m really excited to get all dressed up though and get some sequins on for Christmas. I think Vicky Gill who does all the Strictly costume designs is amazing. We actuary worked with Vicky on the Girls Aloud tours, she did all the sparkly numbers for us so she knows my body shape and what I’m comfortable with so I’ve no doubt so she’ll come up with something fabulous!
Cole is almost a year old now and this week is my final blog. It’s been lovely documenting his first year and sharing my life with you all. The year has gone so incredibly fast and Cole is growing up so quickly. He’s close to walking now and getting braver every day so before long he’ll be running around with Bobby. I can already see his character coming out and what a cheeky little personality he has, I’m definitely gonna have my hands full for a few years but I absolutely love being a mum and all that comes with it.
Christmas party season is here! This week Denise is joined by singer Kimberley Walsh, TV presenter George Lamb and stylist to the star Caroline Watson tell us how they’ll be celebrating in style this festive season and a load more!
Announced this evening on ‘Strictly It Takes Two’, Kimberley will put her dancing shoes back on for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be getting my dancing shoes on again for the Strictly Christmas special.
I loved my time on Strictly so much so it’s going to be wonderful to be back in the Strictly bubble for Christmas.”
Even better news is that she will be partnered up with Pasha Kovalev again!
The one-off episode will see the famous faces competing to win the Christmas Silver Star trophy.
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.
Nadine has been announced as one of the acts to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for a special evening.
Get ready to get festive with some of music’s biggest names performing your favourite Christmas hits at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Sing-along to some true Christmas classics both old and new as we transform this iconic venue into a rock ‘n’ roll winter wonderland for one very special evening.
Our host for the evening Jason Manford will be joined by performers including Alexander Armstrong, Holly Johnson, Jona Lewie, Marc Almond, Melanie C, Ricky Wilson, Tom Chaplin, The Vamps, Nadine Coyle, Fleur East and Shakin’ Stevens, whilst musical director Ed Harcourt leads a hand-picked choir and orchestra in a medley of Christmas classics, surprises and unusual covers and collaborations. It’s sure to be a truly memorable, and not so silent, night!
Cheryl is returning home to Newcastle next year to open her Cheryl’s Trust building in the city centre.
A date has been set for the opening of The Prince’s Trust and Cheryl’s Trust centre – February 20, 2018, with Cheryl in attendance.
“It seems like a lifetime since I started talking about opening a centre in Newcastle with The Prince’s Trust,” said Cheryl, who grew up in Heaton.
“I cannot believe the dream is finally real. Getting to this stage hasn’t been easy but we did it.
“I want to thank every single person and company that has helped me reach this milestone. Without all the support and help along the way I would never have been able to get here. My heart if so full of pride, love and hope.”
The opening was announced on Wednesday evening at The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards, which were held at the Discovery Museum, in Newcastle.
The new centre is located on Blandford Square, Newcastle. Staff will move in this month, but the official launch will be next February. The centre will build on The Prince’s Trust’s existing presence in the area and significantly increase support for unemployed young people across the North East, connecting them with even more training opportunities and jobs.
Nick Stace, CEO of The Prince’s Trust said: “We are very grateful to Cheryl and proud of all that she has done to support The Prince’s Trust. The new centre will enable us to support over 5,000 young people in the next three years and grow delivery of all our programmes. It’s a huge achievement and we look forward to celebrating, when we officially open the centre in February.”