Steps are back and ready for action!

Posted by Dean Piper On September 18th, 2011

It’s with great pleasure that I show you the newly reformed pop megastars Steps!
I was the first journalist to get my mitts on the band recently when the fivesome – who had monstrous hits between 1997-2001 with 5,6,7,8, One For Sorrow, Tragedy and Deeper Shade Of Blue – met up for their first promo shots.
And I’m pleased to report Claire Richards, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Faye Tozer, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee are feeling extremely positive about the future of the band. After years of fall outs they’re all firm friends now and in a new Sky Living show we watch the kiss and make up chats in a four part series! All the Steps guys are excited and frankly honest about what happened.
Lisa told me: “It’s actually not weird at all being in the same room. It’s funny. We spent five years together and we’re like family now. To be completely honest we weren’t friends for a long time. Me, Lee and Faye remained friends because we felt betrayed by the other two when they left and you’ll see that in the show. I didn’t speak to H and Claire for two years or so. It took eight years to get where we are today.” Lee adds: “Now we want to celebrate 10 years since we split up. Doing the show on Sky has been weird and there have been a load of home truths. I actually didn’t speak to H for six years. I wasn’t sure if I was going to knock him out or become best friends again when we met. And we’ve become really close now.”
Claire told me she’s not sure where the future will take them but I’m hearing there’s definitely plans for a nationwide arena tour. “I’m scared about it all but it’s exciting,” she said nervously. “Until the show actually comes out and sees it all we don’t know what’s going to happen. This could be the start of it all again. A few years ago it was an “over my dead body” situation with Steps. But now I’m happy. We’ve all grown up a lot. I’m slightly scared about the dance moves though. H remembers everything but I’m clueless. And there will definitely not be any crop tops.
Cheesy H never even thought he’d go back. “I’d only just moved on from Steps finally and I never thought I’d be going back,” he said. “I would only entertain Steps being back in my life if it went well. For now it’s going well. I’m loving having the guys back in my life.”
Faye seemed the most dubious of all the Steps members when we spoke – she said: “We don’t know where it’s going to go or what we’re going to do. If people want us back in a way then it could be something more. It’s been beautiful and wonderful to all be in the same room but I’m not sure what the future will hold.”
Steps Reunion begins Sky Living HD, Sept 28, 9pm and the bands Ultimate Collection is out in October.

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