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  • Matt Dawson 2nd
  • Emma Bunton 3rd
  • Louisa Lytton 4th
  • Carol Smillie 5th
  • Claire King 6th
  • Peter Schmeichel 7th
  • Ray Fearon 8th
  • Jan Ravens 9th
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Emma Bunton to be a Loose Woman

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Emma Bunton has signed up to be a panellist on the TV talk show Loose Women.

The former Spice Girl will feature in the feisty show from December 1 to December 5.

"I am very excited about joining the Loose Women for a week. I was a guest recently and I can't wait to get back and have my say just like the others!" said the star.

Emma, who came third in Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, has been focusing on TV work since the Spice Girls worldwide reunion tour ended earlier this year.

She recently co-hosted Richard and Judy, fronted One Night Only on ITV1 with Jimmy Tarbuck and helped Dannii Minogue pick the final three contestants in the over-25 category for The X Factor

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Has Vincent got a new partner?

Vincent Simone was spotted arriving at London’s Embassy club with a new girlfriend by his side

According to the Sun Ex-Eastender Louisa Lytton and Vincent looked very cosy as they arrived together on Tuesday night. The couple were paired together in the 2006 series of Strictly Come Dancing and last month represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Dance Contest. Are they now partners off the dance too?

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Strictly's Claire on top of fitness chart

Tv superbitch Claire King has blown away rivals and set a new sales record with her fitness DVD.

The Emmerdale star's Ultimate Body Workout has sold over 50,000 copies in days, knocking ex-EastEnder Natalie Cassidy off the chart top spot.

The 45-year-old Bad Girls and Strictly Come Dancing star actress, is now just nine stone.

She said: "It's really exciting to be helping women look and feel great, especially over 40."

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Ramprakash gets another chance

Strictly Come Dancing love cheat Mark Ramprakash is back with his wife Vandana.

The former England cricket star and Vandana split up at Christmas over his two-year affair with single mum Sadia Saleem.

But now Vandana has decided to give him another chance."Yes, Mark is back home again," she said. "He is still the man I fell in love with. We've had a lot of strain put on our relationship, but trying to work through it."

Mum-of-two Vandana, 37, was devastated when Ramprakash confessed to his secret affair with 27-year-old Sadia just over a year ago.

He met Sadia in a Cardiff bar when he was playing for Middlesex, in 2000. He admitted he was married, but the pair became close. Three years later they met again and had an affair which ended shortly before he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

Once Vandana found out about the affair she and Ramprakash tried to battle through their problems but finally announced they were separating in December.

Yet Vandana has now let him return to their £1million home in North-West London.

Ramps, 38, who won the hit BBC1 dance show in 2006, was full of remorse about the affair with Sadia. "I am distraught at the grief I have caused my wife," he said at the time.

The cricketer and petite Vandana first fell for each other at a chance meeting 19 years ago in London.

They married three years later and have two daughters, 10-year-old Cara and Anya, five.

Ramprakash's agent confirmed the the couple were back together and trying to make their marriage work.

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The 5-minute Interview: Peter Schmeichel,

Peter Schmeichel, 44, was voted best goalkeeper ever in a poll by Reuters in 2001. During his time at Manchester United, they won five Premiership titles and three FA Cups.

He retired in 2003 and has since been conducting research into the game, with Wrigley Extra

A common misperception of me is...

That I'm a big, loud, violent brute which I'm not. That's why I'm glad I did Strictly Come Dancing because people saw me for who I really am. It was an amazing experience.

I wish people would take more notice of...

The environment.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

As a footballer you have to be confident you can win all the time so it does not come as a surprise. Winning the treble with Manchester United and saving Bergkamp's penalty against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final was not a surprise. You have to believe you can win.

I'm not politician but...

I would focus on the debate about the environment. I think in Denmark we are quite good whenit comes to the environment. We are quite a few years ahead of the UK but you are on your way. Denmark is only a small country and we need the whole world to recognise the problem and start doing something about it.

I'm good at...

My work. I have worked hard at it. I'm also good at being a family man. I'm quite good at golf. I'm not amazing but I play a lot.

I'm very bad at...

Cricket.

The ideal night out is...

Nice food, nice wine and nice company. I'm really not into clubs any more.

In moments of weakness I...

I try to think about the problem and resolve it.

In another life I would have been...

A pianist. My dad was a pianist. Now I just play for recreation.

The best age to be is...

It is always now for me.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is ...

To wake up every morning, be happy that you are here and achieve as much as you can every day.

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I'll fight for my Ramps

The wife of love-cheat Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Ramprakash has vowed to fight to save their marriage.

Glamorous mum-of-two Vandana, 37, told The People: "He's still the man I fell in love with 15 years ago.

"We are trying to work things out at the moment.

"We have had a lot of strain put on our relationship but we are just trying to work through it." On Thursday it was reported they'd split and had been leading separate lives since Christmas.

Since then they have been in crisis talks at the family home in Northwood, north west London.

Ex-England cricket ace Ramps, 38, who won the hit BBC1 dance show in 2006, had a two-year affair with a single mother, 27.

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We’ve been Tangoed!

So it’s easy to see why Strictly Come Dancing stars strutting their stuff at Barrow’s Forum 28 should be so popular.

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace delighted their fans in a sell-out show.

The pair performed the ballroom and Latin steps that brought them fame on the programme, including their award-winning Argentinian tango.

Tickets for co-stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova sold out on the first day when they came to town.

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Elle 'single again'

Elle Macpherson has split from her Strictly Come Dancing contestant boyfriend Ray Fearon.

Elle Macpherson has split from her Strictly Come Dancing contestant boyfriend Ray Fearon.

The 43-year-old Aussie model, dubbed 'The Body' for reasons that are obvious to those of even the meanest intelligence (see picture), became romantically linked to former Coronation Street star Fearon during his time on the BBC dancefloor last autumn. Both of them have insisted their relationship is just friendly, claims widely dismissed by eager tabloid journalists everywhere.

Now a source has told the Sun that their non-relationship has come to a tragic end.

"Elle and Ray aren't together any more. They just realised things weren't working out so they called it a day. There's no hard feelings on either side and they are still friendly," the insider said.

Macpherson has been romantically linked to many men in the past, including Al Pacino, Colin Farrell and Arpad Busson.

In February she sparked panic among unattractive females everywhere by claiming to Esquire magazine that she was finding it so difficult to get a man she had been celibate for almost two years.

"I don't do flings because relationships are important to me," she said at the time

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Former soap star 'just really lucky'

LOUISA Lytton says she's just an average Islington estate girl with a lot of luck.

She's only just turned 18 but she's already played a gangster's daughter in EastEnders, been named sexiest female in the British Soap Awards 2006, and captured hearts as the darling of Strictly Come Dancing.

She's even been snapped with Arsenal footballer Freddie Ljungberg - although rumours that they're an item are apparently "absolutely untrue".

Louisa's latest role will be playing rookie cop PC Beth Green in ITV's The Bill.

But she took time out to give a lesson with Strictly Come Dancing partner Vincent Simone at St Peter and St Paul Primary School in Compton Street, Finsbury - where she used to be a pupil.

The appearance was to promote the release of Cinderella: A Twist in Time on Disney DVD.

And Louisa still lives nearby with her parents Alan and Jane on an estate near the Angel, Islington.

"I have lived there all my life," she said. "My best friends are there and I haven't changed at all - although, now I'm 18, I can start going out to bars in Oxford Street!"

"Since I left school and got into EastEnders, it's been madness," she added. "So much has happened in the space of a few years.

"I have always enjoyed acting and it's just luck that's got me where I am. But it's nice to know that even council estate girls can still get out there."

Louisa, an only child, first got into acting at Saturday classes at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, based in Goswell Road, Finsbury.

She said: "I was only about three or four. I was a baby - I don't think I made an impression." But after leaving St Peter and St Paul, Louisa headed to the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School.

"It was brilliant," Louisa said. "It was a dream come true just to go there."

It was at Sylvia Young that she auditioned for the Albert Square soap, where she played Ruby Allen.

"It was good fun," Louisa chuckled. "People stayed away from me for a while."

But her last EastEnders scenes were broadcast in November - and the following month Louisa said on ITV's Loose Women that it was not her decision to leave the soap.

But she has already started filming for The Bill and will be back on television screens in May.

She said: "My character is only a recruit and is a bit clumsy at first. But I have only just started so I don't really know myself what's going to happen."

So, as pupils at St Peter and St Paul are bound to ask, has she taken up ballroom dancing?

"I haven't had time," Louisa said. "But I think I will. Strictly Come Dancing was brilliant.

"I was training for five or six hours a day, every day, but I didn't know I'd be good. I just thought it would be a laugh. I had done bits of ballet and tap when I was younger but not ballroom."

But she must have been a little miffed not to clinch the title - losing out to cricketer Mark Ramprakash.

"Well I never went in to win but I was enjoying it so much that I was a bit upset it was over," she admitted.

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Award for brave Hammond

Top Gear star Richard Hammond and weather presenter Sian Lloyd have picked up broadcasting awards.

Hammond, 37, who has made a miraculous recovery since his life-threatening crash last year, was named best satellite/digital TV personality for his role as host of Sky One show Brainiac.

He joked: "I'm not allowed to drink for a couple of years so I'm the designated driver, but no one wants to take the car with me."

Lloyd, who has also experienced a rough year due to her fiance Lembit Opik's romance with Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia, was named best TV weather presenter.

Deal or no Deal was named best daytime show, Spooks won best TV drama, and the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing was named best TV reality programme. Have I Got News for You was named best TV entertainment programme.

Duo Ant and Dec won the TV personality award - their gong was picked up by I'm a Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here! star Myleene Klass.

Coronation Street was named TV soap of the year, while Emmerdale won a Special Award, leaving only EastEnders out in the cold. But Lacey Turner, Stacey Slater in EastEnders, won a TV personality award.

The 2007 Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Gary Lineker won the sports presenter award, which was handed to him by his 16-year-old son George.

BBC journalist Fiona Bruce was awarded the newsreader title, the acclaimed Planet Earth won best TV/arts documentary, and the Chris Moyles Radio 1 breakfast show won best radio programme and he also won a digital radio award.

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Strictly no clue to Star's pregnancy!

SOUTH Yorkshire dance star Darren Bennett revealed his Strictly Come Dancing partner Emma Bunton did five hours of vigorous training a day without realising she was pregnant.

Darren and Baby Spice made it to the semi-final of the hit BBC1 show and weeks later Emma revealed she was four months pregnant.

But Emma had no idea she was expecting while filming the Saturday night show and Darren said he was amazed at how well she had performed.

Darren, aged 30, was in Sheffield city centre with his Strictly co-star and professional dance partner wife, Lilia Kopylova, who laughed: "If Emma's baby comes out dancing I'll be asking some questions!"

Darren quipped: "The baby is nothing to do with me!"

He added: "We didn't know Emma was pregnant until she announced it after the show had finished. It is very physically demanding doing the rehearsals and the shows but it must have been even more so for Emma.

"She did feel fatigued but she put that down to the amount of physical work and she still carried on and did very well.

"We were rehearsing about five or six hours a day and one week we had four dances to learn, so it was absolutely horrendous, but that's the nature of the show."

Darren and Lilia – who split their time between London and a home in Rotherham – were in the city centre to launch HSBC bank's new £2.7 million flagship branch which has opened at the top of Fargate, Sheffield.

Spread over two floors, the branch is one of HSBC's largest in the North and features futuristic technology including a virtual receptionist.

The couple stopped off at the bank fresh from the gala opening of Darren's parents' new City Limits dance school in Hillsborough.

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke, Erin Boag and celebrity winner Jill Halfpenny all travelled to Sheffield for the glittering launch.

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Strictly Come Dancing stars open studio

STARS of hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing sashayed into Sheffield for the opening of a new studio.

South Yorkshire's very own Strictly champions Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova were joined by fellow pros and Strictly stars Anton du Beke and Erin Boag for the official launch of the new City Limits dance centre on Penistone Road in Hillsborough.

Darren's celebrity dance partner from series two of the top-rated show, Strictly winner Jill Halfpenny, also shimmied into Sheffield with her mum for the grand opening.

City Limits is the official 'home' of Darren and Lilia and is the new venture of Darren's parents, Judith and Tony Bennett, replacing their long-established dance school in Walkley.

The new venue, overseen by Darren's twin brother and fellow dancer Dale, aged 30, boasts four air conditioned studios for classes in ballroom, Latin, salsa, disco, freestyle, ballet, tap, rock 'n' roll, cheerleading, and street dance styles.

The highlight of the grand opening - attended by hundreds of invited guests - was a dazzling exhibition performance of Latin dances by Darren and his Russian-born wife and professional dance partner Lilia.

Debonair Strictly Come Dancing favourite Anton du Beke, dapper in a double-breasted pinstripe suit, kept the ladies entertained by posing for photographs and flirtatiously whirling a lucky few on to the dancefloor, and Jill Halfpenny signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans.

The former EastEnders actress, who starred in West End musical Chicago as a result of winning Strictly, told The Star she had loved every minute of dancing with Darren.

"Everybody still asks me about the jive. I don't know why that dance captured everybody's imagination so much but it was fantastic to do," she said.

"Unfortunately I haven't really kept the dancing up. I've kept in touch with Darren since the show but dancing together would be impossible.

"I'm certainly not going to be dancing tonight - Lilia does it so much better than I do!"

Darren told guests the dance centre was the culmination of months of hard work by his parents, and revealed his father had bought the premises - a former kitchen factory - without telling anyone his plans.

"The first time Lilia and I saw the place there were about 30 broken window panes and a pigeon had got in and was flying around. Everybody thought my dad was mad," said Darren. "Tonight proves he was right all along. This place is fantastic."

Darren and Lilia, 28, now split their time between London and a home in Treeton, Rotherham.

For more information about dance classes at City Limits log on to www.city-limits.co.uk or call 0114 234 4866.

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