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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stacey Solomon announces engagement

There's more good news for former X Factor contestant Stacey Solomon as she's announced she's set to wed boyfriend Aaron Barnham.

The painter popped the question to Stacey while on a romantic break in New York together – a month after they revealed they were expecting their first child together.

It happened while the pair took a horse and carriage ride around Central Park at the weekend, and Stacey was keen to tell the world of her big news, breaking it on Twitter.

"I can't believe he's finally asked me... :D" she said.

Stacey and Aaron have been dating for three years and are expecting their new arrival in April. Stacey is already a mum to three year-old Zachary, who she had when she was 19.

The couple are yet to set a date for the nuptials but they needn't worry about catering for the reception – sure Iceland will have that one covered.

Ri-Ri goes diva with demand for FOUR dressing rooms

When you're as big a star as Rihanna you can generally get exactly what you want, when you want it - and it seems Ri-Ri has been flexing her diva muscles while here in the UK.

She is reported to have demanded four dressing rooms for herself and her entourage at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball - apparently leaving UK stars like Olly Murs and Pixie Lott getting changed in broom cupboards (or something like that).

The Sun quoted a source as saying: "Rihanna brought a huge entourage with her and asked for them all to be looked after with food and drinks.

"And backstage she needed one room for her bags, one for clothes and two for her team to use."

Rihanna may have topped the bill, but the show also featured a host of homegrown talent, including Jessie J dressed as a Christmas cracker, Olly Murs wearing another bloody trilby, JLS and One Direction.

We told you recently how Rihanna turned to her pal Beyoncé when it was all getting a bit too much for her.

Russell's Strictly Blog: Quarter Final

Although I am no longer part of the Saturday night fun and games this has still been a very busy week for me and all the competitors, past and present in the Strictly line up.

It was wonderful to be invited back for the Strictly Christmas special and for Flavia and me to be announced as 'special guest stars' was just so amazing. It is going to be an essential 'don't miss' in the festive Christmas TV schedule. There is so much skill and dexterity to admire mingled with a few laughs along the way. So don't miss it – you'll love it.

Once again I cannot write the blog without mentioning all the drawings that are flooding in from the four corners of the country. I am surprised and touched by all the youngsters who are taking the time to draw pictures of Flavia and me and then send them to the BBC.

I don't know if this sneezy, chill and coldy-fluey thing is down your way, but I think I might have picked up something nasty while I was down in London. I got home to Wales in the middle of the week, headed for the Lemsip, lit the fire and put the telly on.

One thing is certain the cool, clear, mountain air of Snowdonia will do me a power of good.

Now, what did you think of Saturday's show? It was full of surprises and, of course, the expected. I think many people could have predicted that Harry and Aliona's Paso Doble would be top of the leader board after that sizzling, sexy performance, but maybe quite a few folk were surprised that Jason and Kristina came so far down the board after they produced such a special moment to entrance and enchant us.

Chelsee continues to go from strength to strength, although I much prefer Pasha without the green tinge.

With so few couples left in the contest the scoreboard gets shorter and shorter each week so even the very best that any couple can produce means it has to find its place on the board.

And so Robbie and Ola's bow out of Strictly after having reached such a high standard of energetic, entertaining performance and winning so many new friends and fans. Of course we shall all be meeting up for the final on December 17th in Blackpool and there's the Strictly Christmas special to look forward too.

I don't know about you, but I think the standard of dancing and performance is getting stratospheric. I know firsthand just how much time, effort, energy, concentration and stamina goes into each of the week's training and performance. I take my hat off to everyone who is pulling all the stops out to make our Saturday night's viewing complete.

And so the dance goes on....

Thanks for being there & keep dancing!

Sarah Harding's bagged herself a new bloke

The will-they-won't-they? between Sarah Harding and ex Tom Crane looks like it may finally be over as the Girls Aloud star has been pictured cosying up to a new fella.

She may only just have left rehab, but it seems Sarah has made the decision not the reunite with her former fiancé.

Sarah was pictured cuddling up to a mystery man as she took a stroll near her house in Surrey at the weekend.

The singer was rumoured to be getting back together with DJ Tom, after it was reported they had shared 'heart-to-heart chats' during her time in rehab.

A pal had told The Mirror at the time: "She still loves Tommy... she's just not sure if things can get back to where they were."

But Sarah looks like she's moved on once and for all as she shared a laugh and held hands with her new bloke, sporting a longer blonde 'do again after previously dying her short hair ginger.

It was revealed last month that she has spent her 30th birthday alone in a hotel room, so at least now she's got some company.

Misha gets a boost from fan Missy Elliott

She was booted off The X Factor one week before the final but Misha B already has friends in high showbiz places.

It turns out Misha's fans had sent links of her performances to US rapper Missy Elliott and after her Sunday night exit the up-and-coming singer decided to tweet her musical heroine.

And just hours after leaving the show, Misha got a reply from the superstar rapper who wrote, "Congratulations to all the SUCCESS that will be coming 2 u! U R talented:)."

Not one to waste an opportunity, Misha tweeted, "WOW!!! Words Can't Describe How Much It Means To Have Ur Support! Got Me Thinkin... IMAGINE Missy E && Misha B *MUSICALMADNESS* (sic)."

Okay, so it's not yet a done deal but Missy did reply to say, "Looking 4ward 2 meeting ya."

Misha told The Sun, "I totally didn't expect to get a reply but she replied and we got chatting - and hopefully, you know, with music we can work together."

No wonder Misha's so philosophical about her X Factor departure.

Of the bullying row, the 19-year-old told the paper, "I think it did have an effect. But I'm not going to fully blame Tulisa because everything happens for a reason.

"That chapter of my life is closed now - closed for good - and I'm very grateful for the experience it gave me."

Mark Wright: 'I got upset over TOWIE image'

Before he went into the jungle and became 'the new Peter Andre', Mark Wright was famed for using his Essex boy charm and fit body to woo the ladies.

But the former TOWIE star has revealed he hated his womanising image and regularly "got upset" over the way he was portrayed.

"I am so grateful to TOWIE for putting me where I am today," he told The Sun. "But I did get upset a lot over the way I was portrayed.

"My family and friends, and my sister Jessica, would get upset too. I had several discussions with producers about it."

And there was us thinking it was all about the money.

Mark pointed out The Only Way Is Essex "exaggerated people's personalities" and said, "My storyline was to be a bit of a ladies' man. But that is just one side of me, an exaggerated version of me."

That's all behind him now though because Mark's become the hottest ticket in TV town and he's setting his sights high... very high in fact.

"Acting is the path I want go down," he revealed. "I have a motto, 'Reach for the stars,' so I'll say it. Laugh all you want, but I want to be the next James Bond."

Since James Bond is also a bit of a ladies' man, Mark's already half way there.

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