Emmerdale ex Lisa Riley talks the Christmas Strictly and her ideal job… starring in Coronation Street!
When heavily pregnant Strictly Come Dancing star Erin Boag stood on the scales and saw the alarming numbers, she sobbed. The dancer had piled on a whopping FOUR STONE. And she was terrified of forever losing the svelte figure that had wowed the show’s audiences for a decade.
But today we can reveal how the 39-year-old professional dance champion found the answer to her fears at the end of a 'Rainbow'. And it has helped her shed a remarkable THREE STONE since giving birth to 7lb 6oz baby Ewan by unplanned Caesarean 12 weeks ago.
Strictly star Erin Boag shows off the bouncing baby boy for whom she quit the hit BBC1 show. The mite, named Ewan, was delivered by Caesarean on Erin's husband Peter O'Dowd's 50th birthday
Explaining her decision to leave the show last year, first-time mum and professional dancer Erin told Hello! magazine: "We went to see producers in early June and I said 'thank you very much, but no thank you'.
Strictly Come Dancing star Aliona Vilani has married sales director Vincent Kavanagh in a private ceremony on the Caribbean island of St Thomas.
The pair were joined by the dancer's parents and Vincent's mother, though they allowed Hello! Magazine to capture their special day. Aliona, 29, revealed that finding the perfect wedding dress was made all the more challenging because she had worn so many beautiful gowns during her time on Strictly.
Strictly Come Dancing star Erin Boag has given birth to her first child. The 39-year-old professional ballroom dancer welcomed her bundle of joy on Thursday with business executive husband Peter O’Dowd. The happy news comes on her spouse’s birthday, making the announcement even more special.
“So pleased to announce the arrival of our beautiful baby boy today, and on my husband’s birthday too,” she said in a statement to HELLO! Online. “Big thank you to the wonderful nurses and doctors. Can't describe how beautiful our little baby miracle is.”
After a decade hosting Strictly Come Dancing, Sir Bruce Forsyth has finally decided to hang up his disky bow and call it a day, which means the race to replace the 86-year-old in this year's series is on.
Bookmakers Paddy Power have already installed the BBC ballroom show regular Anton Du Beke as favourite to step into Sir Bruce's shoes and make him 7/4 to be the new co-host. Graham Norton and John Barrowman are second favourites at 9/2 with Claudia Winkelman third favourite at 6/1. Meanwhile, Gethin Jones, Ronnie Corbett and Vernon Kaye (husband of current Strictly presenter Tess Daly) are all at 8/1.
Kimberley Walsh has revealed to fans she is expecting her first child.
The former Girls Aloud star, who made it to the finals of the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, announced her baby news just days after her ex-bandmate Nadine Coyle became the first member of the group to become a mother.
Ex-Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone is getting ready to waltz down the aisle after popping the question to his girlfriend on Christmas Day. The Italian dancer said proposing to Susan Duggan - with whom he has two children - was "emotional".
"I went with my heart on the spur of the moment on Christmas morning and gave her a Christmas card in which I wrote: 'Will you marry me?,'" he told Hello! Magazine. "I am a bit of a showman and had hoped to do something spectacular but both Susan and myself have travelled and lived exciting lives so I thought perhaps the most surprising gesture of all would be to do something understated in our cosy home on Christmas Day.
Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, singer Michael Ball and actress Samantha Bond are among the celebrities competing in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off this month.
Judged by cookery writer Mary Berry and master baker Paul Hollywood, 16 celebrities will compete across four shows on BBC Two from 13-16 January. The other celebrity bakers include broadcasters Emma Freud and Johnny Vaughan, Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner, and actresses Jane Horrocks and Doon Mackichan.
Lisa Riley says her time on last year's Strictly Come Dancing helped her to cope with the heartbreak of her mum's death. The former Emmerdale star also said that despite her mum having died of breast cancer, she wouldn't be having any genetic testing done because she liked to live for today, as her mum did, too.
She said: "Me and mum were carbon copies of each other. She was the life and soul and would never have wanted me to sit and throw my head in a pillow and cry, but I was dying inside.
If fans thought that all of this year's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here campers had already made it to the jungle, they were wrong as two new celebrities will soon be entering.
One celeb who has decided to leave the UK behind for a couple of weeks is former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Vincent Simone who has admitted that he declined the offer of appearing on the Christmas special of Strictly to appear on I'm A Celeb.
Dancer Vincent Simone is confirmed as a contestant for I'm a Celebrity 2013. The 34-year-old Italian is a professional dancer, best known for his time on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
His first celebrity partner on the programme was soap star Louisa Lytton and two years later he made it to the final with singer Rachel Stevens, losing out to Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup. Simone's professional dance partner Flavia Cacace announced that neither of them would be taking part in this year's Strictly, due to "lots of new projects ahead."
Actress and former Strictly Come Dancing favourite Lisa Riley admits she drank herself “into oblivion” to cope with the pressures of fame in her youth.
Lisa, 37, who is releasing her new autobiography Never Judge A Book By Its Cover, recalls struggling to cope with the spotlight after landing her popular role as Mandy Dingle in soap Emmerdale.
Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.
I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant! My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year.
Denise Van Outen has spoken out in defence of Natalie Gumede after the former Coronation Street star was criticised for appearing on Strictly Come Dancing despite having previous dance experience.
Denise faced similar flak last year when she appeared on the TV dance competition due to her stage experience – which included playing the part of Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.
Kimberley Walsh has revealed that she wants to start a family soon. The Girls Aloud singer also added that she is ready to tie the knot with her partner Justin Scott.
She told Hello magazine: “We're both really broody. Friends laugh at us and say we're the best babysitters, which we are. “I really don't think it's going to be long now.”
Strictly Come Dancing professional Vincent Simone and his partner Susan Duddy welcomed their second baby boy on Thursday. Vincent and former flight attendant Susan are already parents to a four-year-old son named Luca.
"He's absolutely gorgeous," said Vincent. "Susan, Luca and I are over the moon." "Luca is very excited to have a younger brother," added the proud new dad.
Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan has revealed how he has been there to help his former dance partner Denise Van Outen during her split from husband Lee Mead.
The TV personality and her hubby broke it off because they apparently “fell out of love”. Denise is said to be desperately fighting to mend her marriage.
Strictly Come Dancing pros Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone have said that the show can go on for many more years.
The professional dancers - who have tangoed their way out of the up coming series of Strictly - reckon the BBC dance show is still a must-watch, amidst host Sir Bruce Forsyth blaming the lack of celebrities for the previous ratings slump and competition from ITV rival The X Factor.
Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly has hinted the show may have a shelf life due to fears they will run out of celebrities, as the new line-up on contestants is unveiled in full.
Daly, who co-hosts the show with Sir Bruce Forsyth, said the BBC had “standards to maintain” and prided itself on a “higher class of contestant”.