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.”
It might feel like a distant memory now, but as recently as a few years back, pop stars – and certainly rock stars – did and said whatsoever they pleased. No marginally off-key comments took on the epic proportions of a Twitter storm. No drunken behaviour in clubs was captured on a hundred smartphones and beamed around the world within seconds.
Sure, their antics were often well-documented. Some became the stuff of legend. But until the advent of social media and camera phones, the landscape was far more permissive.
That, at least, is how one pop star who was there at the time sees it (the time being any period before the current decade or so). Nicola Roberts, the self-described “quiet one” from Girls Aloud, is in reflective rather than quiet mode today. And she’s keen to stress that just because the band was a product of the reality television system, assembled by public vote on a precursor show to The X Factor called Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 (remember that?), we should be under no illusions that the quintet’s behaviour was in any way tame.
“We were fortunate we didn’t have camera phones or social media,” she says. “We’d go out and have wild nights and not worry about anyone being like that” – she mimes someone taking a picture – “with their phone. Honestly, we got away with absolute murder. We’d go from the club to [breakfast] television. We were wild. Just young and free. [It was] great fun. [I have] great drunken memories. So don’t be fooled: just because it’s a pop band and not a rock band it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a goody two-shoes.”
No. But it might now. “I do think it’s harder for bands these days,” she says. “Everyone has to be so, you know, PC, and look great, because the scrutiny is there so much more than it was. Now you can’t move without someone being on their camera phone.”
I went up to Skipton in North Yorkshire for my friend’s wedding last week and left the boys with family. I considered taking the boys but it’s such a long way for them to travel for one day. It’s the first time I’ve ever left Cole at all and he’s nearly 11 months so it felt very strange. To be honest I was really anxious about it for the whole week leading up to it and was losing sleep over the idea of it. I just find it really hard to let go. I’m always the one who puts Cole to bed and he’s still so young I just can’t bear the thought that he would want me and I’m not there. We had to stay away two nights cos the wedding was early so we couldn’t risk travelling all that way on the day. It was my friend Simone’s wedding and we’ve know each other since school so I really wanted to be there and celebrate with her.
My mum and my little sister Amy had them the first night and then Justin’s family came down to have them the second night as we were going out to celebrate his mum’s 60th the same weekend. I knew the boys would be fine and probably love the excitement of having everyone staying especially Bobby but it didn’t stop me missing them terribly and thinking about them every second. Don’t get me wrong, a bit of a break is probably a good thing and it was really nice to spend some time with Justin on our own but we did spend a fair bit of the time looking at pictures of the boys and talking about them. It’s so funny how sometimes all you want is a break from them but after a few hours away you want them back. It was a beautiful wedding and lovely to catch up with some of my old school friends and reminisce. We all have families now and it’s lovely seeing how we’ve all grown. The boys were obviously fine while we were gone even if I wasn’t!
It’s Pride Of Britain again on Tuesday, I can’t believe how fast it’s come around. I was heavily pregnant with Cole when I attended last year and it honestly feels like yesterday. I’ve been enjoying looking for a dress to wear this year without having to worry about the bump and fitting in to my shoes! I’ve got a couple of dresses to choose from and I haven’t decided yet but they’re black. One is very simple and chic and the other has much more detail but I love them both, just depends what mood I’m in! Justin’s coming with me again this year, he really enjoyed it last year. It’s such an inspiring awards ceremony and so lovely seeing people out of the public eye being recognised for doing amazing things. They really get the chance to get the recognition they deserve and I love being a part of it.
It’s almost Halloween and Bobby’s pretty much been waiting all year for it. He got really into it last year and has been loving watching all the kids Halloween cartoons on YouTube for the whole past year and asking me constantly when he can get his costume. My friend Jenny threw an early Halloween party last weekend and in true three-year-old form this was the time Bobby decided he no longer liked Halloween and no longer wanted to wear the skeleton costume he had asked me to buy. Kids are so fickle at this age, it’s so funny. I finally managed to persuade him to wear his not so scary spider costume from last year and once we got to the party he was absolutely fine and had a ball playing pass the pumpkin and bobbing apples. We’re gonna do some pumpkin carving today, ready for tomorrow and then I’ll go over to my sisters on Halloween so he can go trick or treating with his cousins Billy and Alfie. Hopefully I’ll get both of the boys in their skeleton costumes then!