Showbiz 10: Farewell Sarah Harding

This week’s top ten Showbiz stories, rounded up by ATV’s own drag queen, Penelope Teeth.

Sad news to start with and BBC News reported this week on the death of Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding aged only 39 died from breast cancer.

BBC News noted ‘Harding revealed in August 2020 she had been diagnosed with the disease, which had spread to other parts of her body. Her mother Marie announced the news of her death on Instagram, describing her “beautiful” daughter as “a bright, shining star”.

Earlier this year Harding revealed doctors had told her she would not see another Christmas.’

The singer, actress and model rose to fame as one fifth of Girls Aloud, who were put together on ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The band went on to have massive chart success, scoring 21 UK top 10 singles and four UK number one singles. Sarah’s subsequent solo endeavours included a stint in the West End as the leading lady in Ghost the Musical. In August 2017, she won the twentieth season of Celebrity Big Brother.

There was happier news when EastEnders performer Louisa Lytton welcoming her first child with fiancé Ben Bhanvra. The Mirror noted ‘she is “overwhelmed with love”.’ The tabloid added ‘Louisa and Ben are now set to tie the knot in Ben’s hometown of York in July.’

The Beeb and Cheryl (always want to call her Cole) have been criticised over a podcast about R&B music. The Girls Aloud star, former X-Factor judge and solo chart-topper shared details of the BBC Sounds podcast You, Me & R&B on social media. BBC News reported ‘Critics say it should have been hosted by a black presenter and some feel it’s an example of “black talent being pushed to the side and ignored.”‘ Of course in the 1960s, it was white Dusty Springfield who championed R&B music, giving her the nickname the ‘white queen of soul’.

Jeremy Kyle said he felt “scapegoated” after his TV show was axed following the death of a guest. This is the man who used to bang on in most episodes how it was ‘his show’ and said things like ‘its my name on the set’. If you can’t take the flack, don’t take the credit when its all going well…

The Sun report Kyle as saying “I’ve felt hunted and made out to be responsible for everything that ever took place around that show. But I was just the face of it.” A very well paid face of it for over a decade which saw most episodes belittle people, quality stuff eh?

Channel 4 have scrapped plans for a Celebrity Naked Attraction as a fundraiser for Stand Up To Cancer. It was reported the broadcaster found it difficult to lure any male star names to whip out their willies and female celebs didn’t want to unleash their titties and muff. This is probably a good thing we’re all still recovering from Keith Chegwin’s dinky when he exposed it on Channel 5.

Stacey Solomon has been praised by her fans on Instagram, after sharing an untouched photo of her blossoming bump, noted Entertainment Daily!. The item added that the Loose Women regular had been mocked for having a hairy bump.

Hitting back on social media Stacey said, “Truth is I absolutely love my furry belly. It’s always a bit hair but really blooms in my pregnancies and it reminds me how grateful I am to be growing another human and how much I’m going to miss my little fuzz ball when this pregnancy is over.”

Sticking with Loose Women, Saira Khan, a former panellist on the ITV daytime chat show is suing Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares win after she was physically hurt on the show where celebrities are put through gruelling physical and mental tasks.

What did she think it was, Bake Off in a tent? Surely the title gives away it might be just a little brutal? …

Sticking with celebrity injuries Atomic Kitten singer Jenny Frost has been pictured with a nasty gash. And it wasn’t for Naked Attraction. The warbler was rushed to hospital Digital Spy revealed after she slipped and hit her head on a rock in Ibiza where she currently resides.

The NTAs have announced that boy band JLS will give a special performance of their classic hits and brand new single ‘Eternal Love’ – penned by Ed Sheeran – when the show broadcasts Live next week on ITV.

The National Television Awards will be broadcast LIVE from The O2 London on the 9th September from 7.30pm and on ITV. You can still vote for your favourites at

Number one, oh, I think nine is enough isn’t it for this week? I mean I’ve got a wig to sort and a sparkly dress to wash… Chow.

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