Alexandra Burke is finally preparing to release the first cuts from her second album. And despite being released from Cowell’s label Syco before signing a new deal at RCA it would appear Simon still has an influence on her career. She told me at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year awards this week: “Simon’s heard the tracks and his opinion is still very valid for me in my career. RCA is the perfect home for me and I just can’t wait to get started. It’s actually been ready to go since August,. I’ve got the lead single and it will go to radio at the start of December with a January release. I worked on 70 tracks for the album and I’m thrilled with it. I just can’t wait for it to be out there.” Exciting stuff.
I was getting worried about the future of the Sugababes after the release of their last single Freedom turned out to be a non-charting give away to fans. But Amelle Berrabah tells me that’s not the case. Amelle said: “You’ll be hearing from us soon. The main plan is for us to start releasing new music in February. We’re still recording material for the album now and it’s sounding great. We haven’t split and nothing bad is happening.”
And obviously Babe Heidi Range needs to take time out from the band – with all her training for Dancing On Ice! Apparently she’s doing well. Amelle added: “She’s taken to the ice like a duck to water.” Good for her.
Kelly Rowland seemed fairly into boxer David Haye after he presented her with the TV Personality gong. My spies caught the pair flirting outrageously in the corridor backstage. But something tells me David may need to brush-up on his chat-up technique. “He told me he w**ked off to my picture which left me stunned,” said Kelly.”He is so hot! He expressed himself and was very honest. I find British men are much more upfront and they very handsome especially when you find one that is just such a man because that’s so hot. I wouldn’t be interested in Frankie Cocozza though as he’s got too many names on his behind for me!”
Anti-WAG Abbey Clancy (above with me) may have got married to footie player Peter Crouch but she’s still yet to have her hen party! The star tells me she’s going to organise a ‘reverse hen’ next summer. “I’m thinking about taking all the girls somewhere abroad,” she said. “We just didn’t do anything the right way around when it came to the wedding. I was so busy and pregnant too so the timing wasn’t right. I think it will be next summer – maybe Ibiza.”
Despite their chemistry oozing electricity on the Xtra Factor, Olly Murs is desperate to set the record straight about him and co-presenter Caroline Flack. “We’ve got to a stage now where if there was something happening then we would come out and talk about it and say that ‘yeah we are dating’. I’ve heard that apparently we are sh**ging’ but we’re not. Though I’d be gay if I said I didn’t want to s**g Caroline.” What a charmer.
Newlywed Myleene Klass (above with me) is embarking on a new stage in her career – she’s entering the beauty market with a range of nail decoration. The star tells me: “I’ve been beavering away working on the designs and you can apply them in seconds and they last incredibly well.”
I also asked the lady outright if there was a chance Hear’Say might reform ala Steps for a new TV show. She laughed: “Not a chance in hell. It was hard enough the first time around with us all arguing and bitching. There’s no way I’d go back there.” Pure and simple answer to that one.
The race is on to fill the judging panel seats on Britain’s Got Talent for when the series starts again in April. Amanda Holden tells me she’s hoping she will be able to make a return after giving birth to her second baby. Amanda said: “I hope that I’ll be able to do both – bring up a baby and do Britain’s Got Talent from the start as I am a woman so I can do everything! I’m gutted Michael McIntyre isn’t coming back. As a judge on a show with Simon you are literally the last person to know anything and that’s what kind of makes it fun to be honest. I don’t want to be involved in the politics of the show so whoever they pick will be great. I’ve read in the papers loads of times about Paul O’Grady and I would kind of like that and if Cheryl came that would be amazing. I think she would be great.” have a word with Simon, Mandy!