*Becoming Nancy is a fantastic new novel from Terry Ronald – who wrote my buddy Dannii Minogue’s autobiography, My Story. A touching and brave story about a gay teenager growing up and experiencing all that life has to throw at him. It’s full of hilarious tales, wild antics and touching moments. It’s out this week and a great summer read!
*If you’re still mourning the loss of Busted then fear not as there’s a new pop-punk trio in the shape of swoopy-fringed teenagers Twenty Twenty. Brothers Sam and Jack Halliday and Sonny Watson-Lang, who release their debut single Love To Live on April 17, have already been getting chummy with label mates The Saturdays who they recently supported on tour. “They’re just as up for partying as we are so we had a great time,” said bassist Jack.
*Strictly’s Brian Fortuna is pulling a Derek Hough and making plans to try and get into the music industry off the back of the dancing show. Brian told me at the Embassy club this week: “I’ve been having singing lessons for the past five months. I want to be in the West End rather than a pop star – a Role in Jersey Boys would be ideal.”
*Congratulations to Angelica Bell and Michael Underwood on their recent wedding. The pair threw a dazzling bash at the Mayfair Hotel last night to celebrate their nuptials and guests included Konnie Huq, Sarah Cawood, Alan Carr and Jenni Falconer. I hope a fun night was had by all – congrats, Team Underwood!
*New male trio Encore are building up quite a celebrity fan base. As well as hanging out every night in the bar with Jessie J on her UK tour, the guys are busy writing songs and performing with both Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk. And Tulisa from N-Dubz overheard them rehearsing in a studio this week and popped in asking if she could watch. They ended up performing two acoustic tracks for her and are now talking about a collaboration with her for their album. I checked them out this week and they’re great – Theo Walcott said so too!