My highlights of 2009! Featuring Dannii Minogue, Florence and the Machine, Take That and Whitney Houston
*My woman of the 2009 has to be Dannii Minogue. My pal D was initially reluctant to return to the X Factor after hating every minute of last year’s show with the judges bickering. But wow didn’t she turn it around this year!
Team Minogue were victorious in so many ways and Dannii’s every move was on the talking point of the nation. Not only did Dannii look insanely good (thanks to her brilliant hair stylist Christian Vermaack), she’s happier in her own skin. She’s in love, she’s enjoying life and she’s currently enjoying her annual Minogue family Christmas in Australia with boyfriend Kris Smith.
Come back soon Dannii and bring some Aussie weather with you!
*When it comes to breakthrough acts it was definitely the year of Florence and the Machine for me. I caught Flo (above) at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on her tour and partied with her in Ibiza during the summer. She’s a class act and with the second album that she’s recording now 2010 should be just as big a success.
*We lost four showbiz greats this year. Jade Goody passed away in March, Michael Jackson died in June, Dirty Dancing legend Patrick Swayze passed in September and Boyzone’s Stephen Gately died in October. All four deaths were so tragic in their individual ways – and all will be sorely missed.
*Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton (above), Chris Moyles, Ronan Keating, Cheryl Cole, Ben Shepherd and Kimberly Walsh raised an astonishing £2 million by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief in March. These guys were some of the true champions of 2009 with their epic climb.
*Take That were the true champions of live performing this year with their huge Circus tour of the summer. They put all other boy/man bands in the dark when it comes to putting on a show – not bad for guys pushing 40!
My other favourite live performances were Britney Spears at the O2 with her Circus show. She may have mimed but she gave it her all and hey, at least she wasn’t shaving her head, whacking people with umbrellas or flashing her lady garden to the paps! Other highlights were Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour, Tina Turner’s comeback dates blew me away and partying with David Guetta in Ibiza for his live set with Kelly Rowland at Pacha was AMAZING!
*One woman I didn’t expect to ever see back on stage again after her ‘crack is whack’ years is Whitney Houston. But she’s emerged triumphant with her album I Look To You and I loved meeting the lady herself in July at the Mandarin oriental. She still has a hint of crazy in those eyes still but she hides it well!
*Spice Girl Mel B wins my award for becoming my new favourite drinking partner. I’ve spent far too many nights this year propping up the bar at the Mayfair Hotel with Mel and her hubby Stephen. It’s getting to the point where when I receive the call that she’s coming I pretend to be on antibiotics. JOKE! I look forward to plenty more fun and games, Melanie!
THEATRE SHOWS – Spring Awakening, Sister Act and Hairspray ruled.
PARTIES – Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscar’s bash, the GQ Awards, Take That’s Singstar PS3 launch at the Tabernacle
GOODIE BAGS – Glamour Mag, GQ and Cosmopolitan always win this one!
NBF – Joss Stone literally rocks my world.
STARSTRUCK MOMENT – Gassing with Blondie’s Debbie Harry over a Belvedere vodka at the Cannes Film Festival.
FESTIVAL – Glastonbury – the original and the best….followed by HARD ROCK and WIRELESS!