TOO often, telly legends aren’t fully appreciated until it’s too late.
But I’m thrilled to break the cycle and applaud one of the finest TV castings in recent memory.
Richard Madeley will join the new series of The Circle[/caption]
Channel 4 has convinced Richard Madeley to join the new series of The Circle, which begins tomorrow at 9.15pm.
The incomparable presenter will shake up the fly-on-the-wall show as only he knows how. I couldn’t be more excited.
Insiders tell me: “He’s TV gold. Nobody would be better placed to bring people in. He’s an eccentric character but brilliant telly, a real-life Alan Partridge.”
Ant and Dec have suggested Richard is their dream signing for I’m A Celeb.
Any entertainment format would be better with Richard in it[/caption]
But the TV host insists he would struggle to swallow some of the more exotic Bush Tucker.
He said: “I’ve been asked about I’m A Celeb but I’ve got a really bad gag reflex — seriously. I very nearly choked to death four years ago on a piece of raw beef at a restaurant during a family gathering. My sister saved my life with the Heimlich (manoeuvre).
“Since then, if I’m not careful — it’s kind of a psychosomatic reaction — if I’m not careful when I chew food and swallow, I can gag a bit.
“So I just wouldn’t be able to eat a kangaroo’s b*****k or swallow it whole because I’d have the gag reflex.”
The presenter, married to Judy Finnigan, has been described by insiders as ‘TV gold’[/caption]
Richard insists this is a serious medical issue that prevents him from signing up.
And I could only legitimately tell him to grow a pair if I was a qualified doctor.
But from Strictly to Celebrity X Factor and everything in between, any entertainment format would be better with him in it.
I can’t think of a finer signing for any of the big reality shows — a telly genius who tells it how it is at every possible opportunity.
Ant and Dec suggested Richard would be their dream signing for I’m A Celeb[/caption]
And we need more of him . . . if only to put Steve Coogan out of business.
I want to see Richard foxtrotting on Strictly in 2020, storming through trials in the jungle and whatever else TV executives can throw at him — because more Madeley is exactly what we need.
He’s the king of television.
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Mabel in the news
THE only way Mabel could have looked better in this newspaper print outfit is if the words and snaps were from Bizarre.
She delivered a steamy performance at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Sunday dressed in luminous bicycle shorts and a tight crop top.
Mabel wowed in a newspaper print outfit on stage[/caption]
The Brit star is currently supporting US singer Khalid on tour across the UK but has also been at work with another hit musician.
Mabel has teamed up with Dutch DJ Tiesto for new song God Is A Dancer which has been streamed more than 260,000 times on Spotify since it was released on Friday.
With her own headline tour planned next year, Mabel’s future is looking even brighter than her outfit.
Andrew appy to hook up online
MANY of us have vowed that we won’t succumb to dating apps while single, only to set up a profile on the quiet.
So perhaps I can spare a little sympathy for Hollywood hunk Andrew Garfield, who has been spotted on Raya following his splits from Rita Ora and comedian Aisling Bea.
Andrew Garfield is on celeb dating app Raya[/caption]
The former Spider-Man actor has bitten the bullet and signed up to the exclusive celebrity dating app despite publicly bashing it in a 2017 magazine interview.
Andrew, who also counts Emma Stone among his exes, said: “How many people have found actual love on Raya? That’s what I want to know. I want to see hard data. I want to see the wedding pictures, I want to see the children that have been born.”
However, Andrew conceded that friends on the app were having a “fine time”.
The Oscar nominee started dating pop star Rita last November, was linked to Irish star Aisling in March and was spotted holding hands with model Christine Gabel in July.
Andrew previously dated comedian Aisling Bea[/caption]
Other stars known to have used the app include Sam Smith, Nadine Coyle and Caroline Flack.
But it’s so exclusive members have to first be referred by an existing user then fork out for a membership fee.
Andrew must be knackered from all that swiping right.
Ballerini: Touring was tutu much
THE wait is almost over for new music from country star Kelsea Ballerini.
I can reveal she is planning to release her fourth studio album at the start of 2020, two years after her last record.
Kelsea Ballerina will release her fourth studio album in 2020[/caption]
In an exclusive interview, the singer said: “We’ve cut ten songs and we have the songs that are the singles but I am still deciding the rest. It’ll be out in spring next year and I feel it’s my most honest work. A lot has changed in two years.”
Her latest track, Homecoming Queen, is a taste of what’s to come and was inspired by her struggle to cope with relentless touring.
And Kelsea, who counts Taylor Swift among her best pals, said: “I had been on the road for the past five years and I was exhausted.
“I was touring with Kelly Clarkson and I found myself just feeding my career but I became really insecure and sad. I am better now and I feel healed but at the time it was tough.”
He’s the Chan for me
JESSIE J has penned a romantic tune about boyfriend Channing Tatum.
She performed the as-yet-untitled track during an intimate concert in Los Angeles on Sunday, when the actor was in the crowd.
Jessie J has penned a love song about boyfriend Channing Tatum[/caption]
The Brit sang: “Where you go I know I want to follow, let’s make a promise today. Let’s be still, just stay calm, so we’re not rushing what we are.
“Pressure on, just have fun, it’s not a race, no need to run, if it’s for ever, let’s just simply be in love.”
Someone should tell her Valentine’s Day is still five months away.
Tove Lo can’t give up her vice
TERRIFYING vocal surgery has caused Tove Lo to overhaul her lifestyle . . . almost.
The Swedish singer, who has just released brilliant new album Sunshine Kitty, underwent an op on her vocal cords in 2015 but has struggled to give up one vice which would help her voice – smoking cannabis.
Tove Lo underwent vocal surgery but still hasn’t given up smoking weed[/caption]
In an exclusive interview, she said: “I needed to cut down. Of course I quit smoking cigarettes completely and stopped smoking weed as much.
“But my doctor was like, ‘You can’t have a schedule like this, you can’t do 15 interviews then a show, or a show on the same day as flying.
“I changed a few things and that’s really helped.”
Chris: I’m weddy to get hitched to Jesy
CHRIS Hughes’ relationship with Jesy Nelson has got so serious they’ve discussed tying the knot.
Former Love Islander Chris said of the Little Mix star: “We both want to get married.
Chris Hughes revealed he has discussed getting married with Jesy Nelson[/caption]
“We found each other and we have endless respect for each other. I think that’s why our relationship works. We’re proper family people. We love each other’s family. I’m ready to settle down and I think she is.”
Speaking at the launch of a competition where Chris’s Instagram followers can join him at a 24-hour party in Ibiza with Captain Morgan’s rum this weekend, he added: “I’m traditional – I like a nice church wedding and I think Jesy is open to that too.
“I like traditional things. I wouldn’t get married abroad. No, that’s not for me.”
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