All the gossip from the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards including Alesha Dixon, Denise Van Outen and Louise Redknapp

Posted by Dean Piper On November 14th, 2009


Strictly Come Dancing judges can’t help pondering the big debate over whether Jedward should have left X Factor last week. Alesha Dixon told me: “What on earth was all that about? Those twins should have bloody gone at the weekend. I mean, what was all that about?” My sentiments exactly! She also told me who she’s backing to win Strictly. “It’s all about Ricky Whittle for me,” she revealed. “I think he’s a potential winner of the series.” Alesha’s brand new single written by Gary Barlow is out tomorrow – it’s called To Love Again. Go check it out!

Spice Girl Mel B is thrilled with her new pad in the Hollywood Hills. She’s just moved her family into the seven bedroom home during a brief visit back to the States. She tells me: “I don’t get anybody in to move us. We do it ourselves. I don’t want people rifling through my stuff! It’s a great house and just around the corner from my daughter Phoenix’s school.
“We move in and then a fabulous gay guy we know comes round and decorates. Stephen and me don’t always see eye to eye style wise so we have different areas in the house for our own time!” I wonder if her rooms are leather clad or leopard print?

George Lamb can’t help but laugh when he sees his dad Larry – who plays Archie Mitchell – snogging the face off of Barbara Windsor on EastEnders. He told me: “He’s always snogging. Which isn’t easy to watch. I thought all that stopped as you got older. I guess not.”

I’m totally thrilled for Denise Van Outen who announced she’s expecting her first baby with hubby Lee Mead. She told me at the bash: “I’m four months gone and I’ve not been ill at all so far. We’re both just so happy about the news and can’t wait to be parents.” She then cheekily grabbed her boobs and added: “And Lee’s obviously loving these beauties.” I bet!

You can rule out a reunion of everybody’s favourite early nineties girl band Eternal. I spoke to Louise Redknapp about the chances of an Eternal reunion and she told me: “I’m not even in touch with Vernie and Esther. And haven’t been for a number of years. It would be great to see them again. They were both incredibly strong girls but I did love my years with the band. Esther’s voice was just amazing and I would love to see her back recording again.” Louise also told me she’s done with  breeding for now. “I’ve got my two boys and I’m happy,” she said. “I don’t think I need any more. I just want to enjoy life with them for now. Maybe I’ll change my mind in a few years but for now I’m done and dusted with having babies.”

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