Strictly bosses woo Loose Women's Stacey Solomon as they try to poach her from ITV
HAVING successfully conquered I’m A Celeb and X Factor, Stacey Solomonlooks set to complete a reality TV hat-trick as Strictly bosses woo her for the second year in a row.
We hear the Beeb are keen to get Loose Women fave Stacey, who is engaged to fellow jungle champ Joe Swash, on the dancefloor as they try to poach her from ITV permanently.
A source said: “Stacey’s name was in the frame for Strictly last year but she didn’t want to quarantine away from her kids. The pandemic meant she wanted to be at home as much as possible to home-school her eldest two boys and because her youngest Rex was still a baby.”
The source added: “Now things are on the roadmap to getting back to normal, Stacey is much more open to the idea of making the serious commitment which Strictly requires.”
Bookers have their pick of household names this year, particularly those from the music and acting industries who have been unable to work for most of the past year because of the virus restrictions.
They are hoping to get a wide range of celebs across different sectors and of varying ages so the show can appeal to different fanbases — and maintain its position as the most-watched entertainment show on the box.
As well as her commitments with ITV’s Loose Women, Stacey isn’t short of things to do.
Her book Tap To Tidy, which condenses the crafty ideas for around the home she first showcased on Instagram, has become a best-seller. Stacey also revealed this week she and Joe have completed on the purchase of their forever home in Essex — which they have named Pickle Cottage after the moniker she gives her children Zachary, Leighton and Rex.
Later this year she will front a new six-part BBC series, Sort Your Life Out, which will follow families trying to declutter their homes.
Our source added: “The Beeb sees huge potential in Stacey and are keen to lure her away from ITV for good. With the offer of Strictly on the cards they are promising her the opportunity to take her TV career to the next level.”
Tap Dance To Tidy here she comes . . .
DIVORCE DRAMAS . . . KIM IN PYJAMAS
KIM Kardashian isn’t letting a little thing like a multi-billion dollar divorce slow down her shapewear empire.
The reality TV queen, who filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West last month, posted snaps of her sexy Skims slumber party with pals on her Instagram page.
The mum-of-four showed off her gym-honed figure in silk blush loungewear and a pair of feather heels in the super glam shoot.
Her outfit certainly puts our comfy PJs and fluffy slippers to shame . . .
DRAG DEALS TO BRAG ABOUT
THE finalists in the second series of RUPAUL’s Drag Race UK are set to make a million between them as they sign deals galore.
Lawrence Chaney, who was crowned the winner, as well as Bimini Bon Boulash, Tayce and Ellie Diamond have been inundated with book deals, spin-off shows and even record contracts.
A source said: “The drag queens will become mainstream stars in their own right.
"Fans can expect to see a lot more of the final four – it’s an exciting time for them.
"While they have a cult following, they’re all set to make waves in the showbiz world with big money offers.”
It comes as we can reveal skin guru Dr Vincent Wong treated Bimini and Tayce ahead of the show with botox and lip and cheek fillers to give them a sculpted look before the final.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADING TOFF TO?
GEORGIA Toffolo might have been all dressed up with nowhere to go on Friday night as she posed in her London flat wearing a classic LBD, but she has getaway plans with her jungle pal Stanley Johnson.
I’m A Celeb winner Georgia and the PM’s dad, whom she bonded with on the 2017 show, are hoping to re-book a trip to Africa which they were forced to cancel last year due to the pandemic.
She told us: “We’re planning to go on holiday to Uganda to see the mountain gorillas – it’s a conservation success story.
"I’m in touch with Stanley so much.
"He’s had both his vaccinations now so I’m really happy.”
VICK’S STICKY SITUATION
BABY-FACED presenter Vick Hope found herself in a sticky situation when buying super glue recently.
The TV and radio star was asked to prove she was old enough for the arts and crafts essential.
Vick, 31, said: “I look younger than most people. I got ID’d for buying glue at the supermarket.”
Speaking on the Dangerous Dinners podcast, Vick added: “Do I look like a 15-year-old glue sniffer to you?”
BLOOM’S SEX WOE
ORLANDO Bloom is struggling with the lack of bedroom action since he and Katie Perry welcomed their first child together last August.
And things are about to get trickier when she moves to Las Vegas to take up a residency at new casino Resort Worlds.
Quizzed on how often he has sex, Orlando said: “Not enough. We just had a baby though.”
When asked to rank the greatest loves of his life, he replied: “My son Flynn, my daughter Daisy Dove, a dog called Mighty and then, of course, my fiancee.”
The couple started dating in 2016, and this week Katy was spotted wearing what looked like a wedding band on her ring finger.
Orlando is going to be doing a lot of nappy changes after ranking Katy below his dead pet.
SON MIGHT SAY, LIAM
LIAM Gallagher's lookalike eldest son Lennon is following in his famous father’s footsteps by fronting a rock band.
The model, whose mum is Patsy Kensit, is set to release music with pals in acoustic group Automotion after being inspired by OASIS.
A pal said: “Lennon has that rock god stage presence and has learned the art of performance from his dad. Liam is super-proud and has listened to his songs. He’s always around to offer advice.”
Lennon has said previously: “I grew up with my mum being an actress. Also my dad is a musician.
“I just like being in front of the camera, as cheesy as that sounds.”
Not cheesy, Lennon – inevitable . . .
MUMFORDS HIRE AD’S MAN
MUMFORD & SONS have hired Adele’s manager Jonathan Dickens to breathe a new lease of life into the Brit Award-winning band.
It’s been nearly six years since their last album Wilder Mind hit No1 on both sides of the Atlantic.
Earlier this month it was revealed that banjo player Winston Marshall was booted out of the group by his bandmates Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane after tweeting praise about controversial right-wing pundit Andy Ngo’s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy.
A source revealed: “Marcus, Ben and Ted feel it’s time to breathe new life into the band and they believe Jonathan is the right man to do it.
“The success he has had with Adele speaks for itself – he is a music industry leader. They are excited about the next chapter.”
We’re really looking forward to it too.
JOE’S GIN AND EAST 17
WE didn’t think we needed extra reasons to like Joe Wicks – until he revealed his guilty pleasures.
The fitness guru, who last week finished his third stint as the nation’s lockdown PE teacher, loves gin and tonics and nineties boybands.
Joe said: “I’ve moved house and the previous owners had a bar.
"I had a little shelf with a few bottles of gin, but I thought: ‘I’m going to keep that’. Now I’ve got a collection of flavoured gin and have one gin and tonic a night.
“It’s more of a social thing, not like getting smashed every night, and I love to listen to boyband music like WESTLIFE, EAST 17 and TAKE THAT.”
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- CELEBRITY Best Home Cook star Ferne McCann launched voting for the British Takeaway Awards this week. She said: “I’m a huge fan of taking a break from cooking .”
- FORMER rock front man turned contemporary classical composer Wide Eyed is helping lift our lockdown spirits with new single First Light, out on Friday.
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