Spice Girl Melanie C helps me celebrate at my 2nd anniversary bash!

Posted by Dean Piper On May 31st, 2011

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Sometimes you just need to blow your own trumpet – so I’m going to start by saying my party ROCKED!
Celebs were rammed into London’s swanky Cuckoo Club to celebrate two years of my showbiz column at the Sunday Mirror. And what a night full of surprises it was.
Not only did we all raise £1800 for my chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support we also partied the night away to performances by Spice Girl Melanie C and my new favourite singer Clare Maguire. Not only that I performed with Melanie on the encore and we belted out When You’re Gone – I was her Bryan Adams for the performance!

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Above: Melanie C rocks out…..

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Jordan turned up with boyfriend Leandro Penna (above). They both drank water and didn’t touch a drop of alcohol before heading off for a late night bite at The Ivy. Katie told me: “I’m sorry I’m being so well behaved tonight but I’m trying to be good. I don’t want to come tumbling out of here! I’ll leave that to you tonight.”

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Matt and Emma Willis (above) popped by to raise a glass of bubbles, Arlene Phillips swung by with her daughter Alana and fellow So You Think You Can dance judge Sisqo, Capital FM DJ Lisa Snowdon took me for a cocktail ahead of the bash, Donna Air and Caroline Flack were nattering away in a corner, despite being ill Beverley Knight came by to give me a squeeze, the Blue boys were raring to go when they pitched up, top chef Gizzi Erskine was busting out the moves and top model Poppy Delevingne raved at the front during my stage debut with Melanie.
Tunes were span by drag queen extraordinaire DJ Lady Lloyd and my old mucker Lisa Moorish and the 250 strong crowd were treated to amazing Ciroc vodka and Hoxton gin cocktails.
One celeb managed to go to extraordinary lengths to make it to my bash. Comedian James Corden came stage from the stage at the National Theatre to be there and was mortified to find out his car had been towed during the party! The next morning he told me: “That was such a nightmare. Never good leaving a party late at night and having to go to the pound to collect your car.” That’s what you call proper party dedication!
But it wasn’t just the stars that turned out that impressed me – Spice Girls Geri Halliwell and Mel B both sent me messages of support. Geri posted a card of a cricket pitch streaker leaping above a wicket and Mel wrote: “I’m so sorry I can’t be there tonight – I’m in Australia for X Factor and that’s just as well because you wouldn’t be able to fit my pregnant ass on any seat or couch right now.”
Overall the night was a huge success and we raised a lot of money for charity – thanks to everyone that came to help me celebrate and I had better start planning the 3rd anniversary….it’s going to take some real beating to out do this amazing night!

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The good news is my two year column anniversary bash at raised £1800 for Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity close to my heart. The likes of Caroline Flack, Donna Air (both above with me), Arlene Phillips, Blue and Lisa Snowdon all donated on the door. Special thanks go out to DJ Lady Lloyd and the wonderful Lisa Moorish for spinning the tunes. And biggup to the wonderful team at Cuckoo Club – special thanks to Pearl!

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Above: The wonderful Clare Maguire belts out Shield and the Sword.

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Above: New X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most grounded stars I’ve met of late. And she’ll be big news when she officially signs for X Factor as the new judge.  And it sounds like she’s preparing for her super stardom too – she’s put herself on a party ban (except mine). She told me: “I’m not going out anymore as I don’t want to be pictured falling out of clubs drunk. It’s not nice. So if I’m going to get drunk I’ll do it in the comfort of my own home.”
Tulisa was keeping her lips tightly sealed about bagging the X Factor judging role but she did say: “Of
course I’m thrilled. It will be amazing to do it, it really would, so fingers crossed.”

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Above: Arlene Phillips and Sisqo were on form. Poor So You Think You Can Dance judge Arlene didn’t realise the cocktails were alcoholic! Whoopsy!

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Above: My girls Lizzie Cundy and Alex Best strike a pose….

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Two of my favourite new girlbands Wonderland (above) and Parade met up at the bash and got chin wagging at the bar. Not long later, all ten girls were in the ladies, doing their make up and chatting together. Parade’s Bianca said: “Wonderland are great girls, we were chatting away to them. We got on so well that we’ve invited them over for a girlie night at our house. We’ll get some cheesy flicks, some cocktails and have a great night in.” Sounds like a fun night!

Pics with thanks to: Steve Bainbridge

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