All the gossip from the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain awards….

Posted by Dean Piper On November 14th, 2010

*Abbey Clancy tells me she’s thrilled to be up the duff with her man Peter Crouch. She beamed: “I’m so pleased to be a MILF. A proper MILF. I’ve waited a long time for this.”
But the star’s night didn’t go without a hitch – she turned up wearing the same £385 Helmut Lang black dress that Cheryl Cole was wearing. She giggled: “I’m mortified by this. But I guess I’m filling it slightly better with my pregnancy bump.”
Over the years Abbey has continually asked me to refer to her as having the celebrity world’s Best Bikini Body. She quipped: “I’ll try to get in a bikini within three weeks of the birth just for you, Dean.” You’re on, Abbey!

*Jermaine Defoe needs a cold shower. The footballer – who’s bedded more glamour girls over the years than any other player – had his heart set on Rebecca Ferguson at the after show bash. He was following her around like a lap dog and even introduced his mother to the star. I warned Rebecca she was leagues above Jermaine and she squealed: “It’s still Jermaine Defoe though.” No Becky – you’re too good for him!

*Phillip Schofield is preparing a replacement for when Holly Willoughby goes off to have her second baby in the Spring. He told me: “It’s actually only going to be about six weeks of cover that we are going to need but it’s a hard one to cast.
“They have to relate to a huge audience, be compassionate one minute and be silly the next. I’ve got a couple of names that I’d love.”
He shot down rumours that Christine Bleakley could move over from Daybreak to fill the slot after all the negative publicity and ratings problems. He said: “Oh no, Christine’s fine where she is. She’s had a tough time but it’ll blow over.” Indeed.

*If looks could kill then Cher Lloyd would have taken the Pride of Britain award. The lil’ snarler had spent much of her evening ogling a young boy with a red scarf and she had a full on shit flip when she spied Katie Waissel flirting with said boy. Cher said: “Oh. My. God. What’s she doing. Is she for real?” Fortunately Cher calmed down when Katie moved onto the next person that could help her career move forwards. But poor Cher chickened out from saying hello….

*Fans have a habit of bugging celebrities at the most random times. So I’m in the toilet at the Grosvenor House and Bruce Forsyth is peeing and as he comes out and we are both washing our hands a guy comes up to him and says: “Bruce, great to see you. I’m a big fan of the show.” Bruce replied politely: “Oh, thank you very much.” Said fan then shakes Brucie’s hand and says: “Well it’s been nice to see you, to see you nice.” Hysterical.

*After the bash I went for a drink with X Factor contestant Matt Cardle. We hooked up with Legally Blonde’s Sheridan Smith and Blue’s Duncan James at Boujis and danced the night away. How refreshing to have an X factor hopeful that is allowed off the leash once in a while. I’m backing Matt to get all the way to the finals. He told me: “I’m not just here for the show. I’ve written lyrics for years. This just feels like the beginning for me.”

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