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    Reality star and vajazzle queen Amy Childs has landed her very own show just months after quitting The Only Way is Essex.

    The surgically-enhanced beautician will have the cameras all to herself on the imaginatively-titled It's All About Amy, which will trail the Essex girl as she prepares to open her own salon.
    Amy quit TOWIE earlier this year to concentrate on her burgeoning 'career', and a stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house obviously did the trick because Channel 5 have signed her up for an eight-week run.

    Director of programmes Jeff Ford said in a statement: "We're delighted to be following Amy as she embarks on the next exciting stage of her life.

    "She's one of the most talked about women in Britain and we're sure our viewers will take the bubbly bombshell to their hearts."

    Amy added: "I am ecstatic to have my own reality show. It will be great because people will be able to see the real me."

    Judging by the faces on those at the Pride of Britain awards last night (see pic above), we're not sure how interested people really are.

    What do you think - will you tune in for Amy's reality show? Comments below please...

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    Reality star and vajazzle queen Amy Childs has landed her very own show just months after quitting The Only Way is Essex.

    The surgically-enhanced beautician will have the cameras all to herself on the imaginatively-titled It's All About Amy, which will trail the Essex girl as she prepares to open her own salon.
    Amy quit TOWIE earlier this year to concentrate on her burgeoning 'career', and a stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house obviously did the trick because Channel 5 have signed her up for an eight-week run.

    Director of programmes Jeff Ford said in a statement: "We're delighted to be following Amy as she embarks on the next exciting stage of her life.

    "She's one of the most talked about women in Britain and we're sure our viewers will take the bubbly bombshell to their hearts."

    Amy added: "I am ecstatic to have my own reality show. It will be great because people will be able to see the real me."

    Judging by the faces on those at the Pride of Britain awards last night (see pic above), we're not sure how interested people really are.

    What do you think - will you tune in for Amy's reality show? Comments below please...

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    We don't mean that literally of course (no offence, Cheryl)... no, it's just that Chezza has become the latest celeb to wear one of Victoria Beckham's posh frocks.

    Making her first big public appearance since the X Factor USA debacle, all eyes were on Ms Cole and her new curly 'do (not to mention the full-length zip running down the back of her dress) at the Pride of Britain Awards last night.
    We're not sure how Posh will take to Chezza wearing her designs - two years ago, the Girls Aloud singer said VB's dresses were for "older" women.

    And it's rumoured Victoria is none too impressed with Cheryl's new career in fashion.

    She does look lovely though, even if there were a few pre-event butterflies.

    Shortly before the awards, Cheryl tweeted: "How can I still be nervous about red carpets after 10 years... Eeek!"

    She needn't have worried... she's clearly a red carpet pro. See how she's mastered the 'signing-autographs-whilst-still-posing-for-the-cameras' turn?

    Cheryl also managed a 'no hard feelings' hug for her X Factor replacement, Tulisa... we couldn't tell you whether she managed the same for her former protégé Joe McElderry.

    What do you think of Cheryl's Posh frock - hot or not? Leave a comment below...

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    We don't mean that literally of course (no offence, Cheryl)... no, it's just that Chezza has become the latest celeb to wear one of Victoria Beckham's posh frocks.

    Making her first big public appearance since the X Factor USA debacle, all eyes were on Ms Cole and her new curly 'do (not to mention the full-length zip running down the back of her dress) at the Pride of Britain Awards last night.
    We're not sure how Posh will take to Chezza wearing her designs - two years ago, the Girls Aloud singer said VB's dresses were for "older" women.

    And it's rumoured Victoria is none too impressed with Cheryl's new career in fashion.

    She does look lovely though, even if there were a few pre-event butterflies.

    Shortly before the awards, Cheryl tweeted: "How can I still be nervous about red carpets after 10 years... Eeek!"

    She needn't have worried... she's clearly a red carpet pro. See how she's mastered the 'signing-autographs-whilst-still-posing-for-the-cameras' turn?

    Cheryl also managed a 'no hard feelings' hug for her X Factor replacement, Tulisa... we couldn't tell you whether she managed the same for her former protégé Joe McElderry.

    What do you think of Cheryl's Posh frock - hot or not? Leave a comment below...

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    I don't know what I'm more surprised about - Kylie going brunette or the fact she's mates with Salma Hayek. Who knew?
    Kylie debuted her darker look at the Yves Saint Laurent Ready to Wear show at Paris Fashion Week where she also bumped into her old pal Salma, who - judging by her reaction to Kyles - is a fan of her new 'do.

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    The Aussie star took a break from filming her new movie Holly Motors in the French capital to attend the fashion show, along with other celeb guests including Brit actress Emily Blunt, Jared Leto and Rachel Zoe.

    We're liking the new shade here at Eleven - but then anything would have been an improvement on the blonde pixie crop she was sporting only a matter of days ago.

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    I don't know what I'm more surprised about - Kylie going brunette or the fact she's mates with Salma Hayek. Who knew?
    Kylie debuted her darker look at the Yves Saint Laurent Ready to Wear show at Paris Fashion Week where she also bumped into her old pal Salma, who - judging by her reaction to Kyles - is a fan of her new 'do.

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    The Aussie star took a break from filming her new movie Holly Motors in the French capital to attend the fashion show, along with other celeb guests including Brit actress Emily Blunt, Jared Leto and Rachel Zoe.

    We're liking the new shade here at Eleven - but then anything would have been an improvement on the blonde pixie crop she was sporting only a matter of days ago.

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    British pop sensation Adele has already conquered the globe in terms of sales, but now she's aiming for total world domination in the form of a James Bond theme song.

    The 23-year-old Londoner is reported to be using a week off from her touring schedule to write a song, having been asked to submit something by the producers of the next Bond movie - which is slated for release next October.
    The movie is currently only known as Bond 23, but since Adele names her albums after her age when recording them maybe the producers should stick with the working title.

    The Sun quoted a source as saying: "Adele is the obvious choice to record the next Bond theme. The last few songs for the spy movies have hardly set the charts alight. After her success this year film-makers know the song is almost guaranteed to be a huge hit."

    If Adele did get the gig she'd join such luminaries as Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and - erm - Garbage as having sung a Bond theme.

    Adele is working on the song with producer Paul Epworth - who has also worked with Florence and the Machine, Cee Lo Green and Plan B.

    And if she gets ill again (because she's been a bit under the weather lately), maybe this guy could step in.

    What do you reckon? Would Adele be the best choice? Comment below...

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    British pop sensation Adele has already conquered the globe in terms of sales, but now she's aiming for total world domination in the form of a James Bond theme song.

    The 23-year-old Londoner is reported to be using a week off from her touring schedule to write a song, having been asked to submit something by the producers of the next Bond movie - which is slated for release next October.
    The movie is currently only known as Bond 23, but since Adele names her albums after her age when recording them maybe the producers should stick with the working title.

    The Sun quoted a source as saying: "Adele is the obvious choice to record the next Bond theme. The last few songs for the spy movies have hardly set the charts alight. After her success this year film-makers know the song is almost guaranteed to be a huge hit."

    If Adele did get the gig she'd join such luminaries as Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and - erm - Garbage as having sung a Bond theme.

    Adele is working on the song with producer Paul Epworth - who has also worked with Florence and the Machine, Cee Lo Green and Plan B.

    And if she gets ill again (because she's been a bit under the weather lately), maybe this guy could step in.

    What do you reckon? Would Adele be the best choice? Comment below...

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    Kym Marsh has revealed that she has been helping her Corrie co-star Helen Flanagan deal with the anxiety problem that caused her to have a panic attack on set recently.

    Helen, who plays Rosie Webster in the long-running ITV1 soap, told how she had suffered several panic attacks and that they had been "very scary".
    And Kym, writing in her New magazine column, said: "I mentioned last week that my co-star Helen Flanagan had a panic attack on set. I've been giving her tips about how to deal with them and making her feel that she's not alone.

    "Panic attacks are very common, particularly in our industry. We had a conversation in the green room and lots of us have suffered from them at some point. Helen doesn't know what sparked them, but it could be her body reacting to stress or tiredness.

    "I know she'll be fine - I can't even remember the last time I had one."

    What do you reckon? Is Dr Kym the best person for the job? Comment below...

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    Kym Marsh has revealed that she has been helping her Corrie co-star Helen Flanagan deal with the anxiety problem that caused her to have a panic attack on set recently.

    Helen, who plays Rosie Webster in the long-running ITV1 soap, told how she had suffered several panic attacks and that they had been "very scary".
    And Kym, writing in her New magazine column, said: "I mentioned last week that my co-star Helen Flanagan had a panic attack on set. I've been giving her tips about how to deal with them and making her feel that she's not alone.

    "Panic attacks are very common, particularly in our industry. We had a conversation in the green room and lots of us have suffered from them at some point. Helen doesn't know what sparked them, but it could be her body reacting to stress or tiredness.

    "I know she'll be fine - I can't even remember the last time I had one."

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    Actress Kate Winslet has opened up about the torment her divorce from film director hubby Sam Mendes has caused her.

    The Emmy and Oscar winner, who is 36 tomorrow, revealed that she was filming the divorce scene in TV melodrama Mildred Pierce on the day that her own divorce proceedings started.
    Speaking in an interview with Harper's Bazaar, she said: "There's a scene where Mildred and Bert are divorced and they sit down together, because they've got to settle on a cause.

    "The first stage of my divorce with Sam came through on the very day that we were shooting. So that scene is nothing to do with acting."

    But Kate, who is now hooked-up with Sir Richard Branson's nephew Ned Rocknroll, insisted that things were now fine between her and Mendes following their split last May.

    She said: "One thing I will say about me and Sam is that it's fine, it's really fine. We're grown-ups at the end of the day, and however hard it's been for me, it's been equally hard for him."

    "As a woman, especially when you have children, one gets so good at soldiering on - almost too good. Because you know what it's like - as soon as you open that can of worms, it's so f***ing big, you wish you'd never taken the goddamn lid off.

    "I've had to remind myself to have those moments of being able to have a f***ing good cry, but it did take someone putting their hand on me - a gay male friend, actually, who put his hand on my shoulder and said: 'It's OK, you can cry about this, and maybe you should.'"

    And she sounded a little like she was confusing life with art again when she added: "I feel that I'm just at the beginning of a new narrative, and it's incredibly exciting."

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    Actress Kate Winslet has opened up about the torment her divorce from film director hubby Sam Mendes has caused her.

    The Emmy and Oscar winner, who is 36 tomorrow, revealed that she was filming the divorce scene in TV melodrama Mildred Pierce on the day that her own divorce proceedings started.
    Speaking in an interview with Harper's Bazaar, she said: "There's a scene where Mildred and Bert are divorced and they sit down together, because they've got to settle on a cause.

    "The first stage of my divorce with Sam came through on the very day that we were shooting. So that scene is nothing to do with acting."

    But Kate, who is now hooked-up with Sir Richard Branson's nephew Ned Rocknroll, insisted that things were now fine between her and Mendes following their split last May.

    She said: "One thing I will say about me and Sam is that it's fine, it's really fine. We're grown-ups at the end of the day, and however hard it's been for me, it's been equally hard for him."

    "As a woman, especially when you have children, one gets so good at soldiering on - almost too good. Because you know what it's like - as soon as you open that can of worms, it's so f***ing big, you wish you'd never taken the goddamn lid off.

    "I've had to remind myself to have those moments of being able to have a f***ing good cry, but it did take someone putting their hand on me - a gay male friend, actually, who put his hand on my shoulder and said: 'It's OK, you can cry about this, and maybe you should.'"

    And she sounded a little like she was confusing life with art again when she added: "I feel that I'm just at the beginning of a new narrative, and it's incredibly exciting."

    What do you reckon? Will Kate's new love last? Comment below...

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    They may have been the epitome of 90s cheesy pop, but now Steps have reformed for a documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of their split, it seems the group are hoping to become just a bit more credible.

    In an interview with Eleven, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee revealed they would like to collaborate with rap star Tinie Tempah and producer Mark Ronson if Steps decide to release new material.
    "Mark Ronson would be interesting. I met Tinie Tempah a while ago and he was a really sweet guy. He was actually a bit of a fan," said Lee.

    "He was a really lovely bloke to talk to and he knew of Steps because it was his era. He's doing very well, so that would be pretty cool."

    Lisa also pointed out that the group would have to look at the current crop of producing talent when creating a new sound for Steps.

    "I think someone like RedOne we'd love to work with. He's done amazingly for Gaga and I can see that would really work," she said.

    The pair also denied reports that Britney Spears contributed to the group splitting.

    It had been claimed that after touring with the US star, the group became unhappy after H formed a close friendship with her.

    "People have picked up on the fact that four of us were on the tour bus and H flew because he had insomnia," said Lisa.

    "He chose to fly and I think the media like to see that as having special treatment. We understood his reasons and that had nothing to do with the split. That was very early on. Britney's conscience is clear!"

    Read the full interview with Lisa and Lee.

    Would youlike to see Steps release new material? Or do you think they should stay firmly in the 90s? Let us know your thoughts.

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    They may have been the epitome of 90s cheesy pop, but now Steps have reformed for a documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of their split, it seems the group are hoping to become just a bit more credible.

    In an interview with Eleven, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee revealed they would like to collaborate with rap star Tinie Tempah and producer Mark Ronson if Steps decide to release new material.
    "Mark Ronson would be interesting. I met Tinie Tempah a while ago and he was a really sweet guy. He was actually a bit of a fan," said Lee.

    "He was a really lovely bloke to talk to and he knew of Steps because it was his era. He's doing very well, so that would be pretty cool."

    Lisa also pointed out that the group would have to look at the current crop of producing talent when creating a new sound for Steps.

    "I think someone like RedOne we'd love to work with. He's done amazingly for Gaga and I can see that would really work," she said.

    The pair also denied reports that Britney Spears contributed to the group splitting.

    It had been claimed that after touring with the US star, the group became unhappy after H formed a close friendship with her.

    "People have picked up on the fact that four of us were on the tour bus and H flew because he had insomnia," said Lisa.

    "He chose to fly and I think the media like to see that as having special treatment. We understood his reasons and that had nothing to do with the split. That was very early on. Britney's conscience is clear!"

    Read the full interview with Lisa and Lee.

    Would youlike to see Steps release new material? Or do you think they should stay firmly in the 90s? Let us know your thoughts.

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    If you picked up a newspaper or looked at the net this morning then there is a good chance you might have read about Robbie Williams leaving Take That again - but it seems there may be no need to panic/celebrate just yet.

    We were left confused by Gary Barlow's apparent admission that the man band was a four piece again and a band spokesperson's swift denial that the Robster had left the building - so we got on the blower to their management to get it straight from the horse's mouth.
    And the upshot is that Robbie definitely HASN'T "left for good" (as some hacks were punning), but rather he's simply working on his solo material while Gazza does his thing on The X Factor.

    A rep told us: "Gary's quotes from the Radio Times interview have been mis-interpreted. He explained on Jonathan Ross at the weekend."

    Basically Gary's explanation seems to be that YES the band are a four piece BUT they are also a five piece AND Robbie is also a solo artist.

    Got that? Good.

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    If you picked up a newspaper or turned on your laptop this morning then there is a good chance you might have read about Robbie Williams leaving Take That again - but it seems there may be no need to panic/celebrate just yet.

    We were left confused by Gary Barlow's apparent admission that the man band was a four piece again and a band spokesperson's swift denial that the Robster had left the building - so we got on the blower to their people to get it straight from the horse's mouth.
    And the upshot is that Robbie definitely HASN'T "left for good" (as some hacks were punning), but rather he's simply working on his solo material while Gazza does his thing on The X Factor.

    A rep told us: "Gary's quotes from the Radio Times interview have been mis-interpreted. He explained on Jonathan Ross at the weekend."

    Basically Gary's explanation seems to be that YES the band are a four piece BUT they are also a five piece AND Robbie is also a solo artist.

    Got that? Good.

    What do you reckon? Are you relieved or upset that Robbie isn't leaving? Comment below...

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    If you picked up a newspaper or turned on your laptop this morning then there is a good chance you might have read about Robbie Williams leaving Take That again - but it seems there may be no need to panic/celebrate just yet.

    We were left confused by Gary Barlow's apparent admission that the man band was a four piece again and a band spokesperson's swift denial that the Robster had left the building - so we got on the blower to their people to get it straight from the horse's mouth.
    And the upshot is that Robbie definitely HASN'T "left for good" (as some hacks were punning), but rather he's simply working on his solo material while Gazza does his thing on The X Factor.

    A rep told us: "Gary's quotes from the Radio Times interview have been mis-interpreted. He explained on Jonathan Ross at the weekend."

    Basically Gary's explanation seems to be that YES the band are a four piece BUT they are also a five piece AND Robbie is also a solo artist.

    Got that? Good.

    What do you reckon? Are you relieved or upset that Robbie isn't leaving? Comment below...

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    If you picked up a newspaper or turned on your laptop this morning then there is a good chance you might have read about Robbie Williams leaving Take That again - but it seems there may be no need to panic/celebrate just yet.

    We were left confused by Gary Barlow's apparent admission that the man band was a four piece again and a band spokesperson's swift denial that the Robster had left the building - so we got on the blower to their people to get it straight from the horse's mouth.
    And the upshot is that Robbie definitely HASN'T "left for good" (as some hacks were punning), but rather he's simply working on his solo material while Gazza does his thing on The X Factor.

    A rep told us: "Gary's quotes from the Radio Times interview have been mis-interpreted. He explained on Jonathan Ross at the weekend."

    Basically Gary's explanation seems to be that YES the band are a four piece BUT they are also a five piece AND Robbie is also a solo artist.

    Got that? Good.

    What do you reckon? Are you relieved or upset that Robbie isn't leaving? Comment below...

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    Love them or hate them, chances are you know a few Steps songs. Hell, who are you kidding? You knew every move to the Tragedy dance routine, so don't even bother trying to deny it.

    Once one of the biggest bands of the late nineties and early noughties, Steps sold over 25 million records worldwide spawning classic hits such as One For Sorrow and 5,6,7,8.

    However, when members H and Claire decided to leave the group in 2001, the pop party came to an abrupt end.

    But as the group become a subject of a Sky Living documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of the split, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans chat exclusively to Eleven about building bridges, those Britney rumours and dueting with Tinie Tempah.
    The first part of the documentary showed a clear divide in the group. Are things still awkward between you and the other members?
    Lee: I think me, Lisa and Faye were the most hard done by over the history of Steps. It was very tough to come back and talk about stuff. We were upset, gutted and shocked more than anything. I didn't believe it. There's even a part of me now 10 years on going 'did it happen?'.
    Lisa: We've all been honest and we've talked about it. It was like therapy, that's why it was quite emotional. Steps was such a massive part of our lives and now we are in a really, really good place. We've all aired our views and been able to build bridges.

    It was reported last week that Britney Spears played a part in the split. What's the story there?
    Lee: She wanted me and she didn't want H!
    Lisa: There's no truth in that. People have picked up on the fact that when we supported her on tour in America and Canada, four of us were on the tour bus and H flew because he had insomnia. He's the worst sleeper I have ever met. I felt for him because it's hard when you're trying to promote something. He chose to fly and I think the media like to see that as having special treatment. We understood his reasons and that had nothing to do with the split. That was very early on, so it was nothing to do with Britney. Her conscience is clear!

    So, the question on everyone's lips, what is next for Steps then?
    Lee: Everyone thinks that they all know what's going on and what's happening, but even we don't know how it ends.
    Lisa: We wanted to just be really honest and show the fans what happened with the split, because they never knew. Everyone has guessed over the 10 years. Our Ultimate Collection is our way of thanking them for their support but then from there we don't really know what is going to happen. It's quite exciting really. If they love the album and they want to see us touring, if the demand's there we'd love to do it.
    Lee: I don't think we could do it with just our mums in the audience! That wouldn't pack out an arena would it? We wouldn't want to do it and fail. We've always said we would never want to tarnish the name of Steps.

    Are there any plans to release new material?
    Lisa: We haven't actually talked about that because that again is something that's possibly in the future...
    Lee: A tour is quite easy because we've got a back catalogue and it would be very nostalgic. To actually look that far ahead into the future and look at the way the market is now, which is very different to back then. I think we would fit in, there's a place for us.

    How would you see the sound of Steps in 2011?
    Lisa: You have to look in the charts now and see what's current. I've always enjoyed dance music. I would like to see us go more down a pop-dance route, like Cascada.
    Lee: Everyone always says to us that the chorus Lady Gaga's Judas is Steps all over. A few songs out there that when you take away the image of us and just listen to it, you start to think actually that could work. It does do that circle and I think it's come back around to us actually. Name me a boy/girl band right now.

    Are you fans of your old stuff now?
    Lee: For me, some of the songs definitely. I've always said from day one when I went to the audition, it was a job and I did the best I could and made great friends and had the best experiences. There's definitely songs in there I think are wicked tracks. They're very cleverly written and performed very well!

    What's your favourite Steps song?
    Lee: It's quite easy for me - It's The Way You Make Me Feel.
    Lisa: That's actually the group favourite, we all like that but I also like Deeper Shade of Blue because I like the dance.

    Is there a particular outfit that makes you cringe looking back?
    Lisa: All of them! But do you know what, I wouldn't change anything because every costume went with every song and they all had their place is Steps history.

    What was your most embarrassing moment in the band?
    Lisa: We wore a lot of sequins in the band and there was a time when we were doing Party in the Park where there was over 100,000 people, and I had sequin trousers on and the sequins got stuck at the knees so I couldn't actually walk off the stage! I had to do a kind of crab-walk off stage.
    Lee: No, that was just part of the routine!

    You had a clean cut image as a group. Were there any scandals in the band we never knew about?
    Lee: The biggest scandal is in the show. It's what happened behind the scenes of the split and there was a bit of a divide. We did keep up the Steps tradition of being happy and all that, which most of the time was easy because we were. But we were human and we had exciting times, we travelled the world, of course there's darker times - we're only normal. But we're not rock and roll stars either.

    H came out after he left the band, was that hard to conceal while you were in the band?
    Lee: We were both shocked! (laughing)
    Lisa: We felt quite protective over him because he was a bit more immature than the rest of us. We felt like we needed to look after him, so whenever the subject came up, we'd all very quickly move it on. It's fascinating the way it's changed now, doing interviews 10 years on, the line of questioning is very direct. We can be honest and H has obviously come out in that time, there are no secrets and it's a very personal thing coming to terms with that.

    Earlier this year Blue reformed and did Eurovision. Is that something Steps would ever consider?
    Lisa: No!
    Lee: I think that would be a big no.
    Lisa: We got asked to do Eurovision quite a few years ago, after the split, and to be honest I don't think it would be the right move for us. It's a gamble, talking about the politics side of it, we're never going to be as popular as a country. And as much as Steps could be Eurovision, I don't think it's something that we'd do.
    Lee: It's an honour to be asked to do it, it's a really credible thing - there you are representing your country, that's fantastic. But realistically, no-one seems to do well out of it.

    Exclusive Interview: Steps' Lisa and LeeSony BMG

    Steps was formed through an audition process. What do you make of shows like The X Factor?
    Lee: The process has always been there but it's never been filmed and they never made such hype about it. It's a double edged sword - you have this amazing opportunity to get out there and hit a load of people in a special way and get your talent out there. On the flip side is when the people are not very good and they're shown quite a lot of. That side of it I don't really agree with and unfortunately that's the side that everyone wants to watch which is quite sad because it's supposed to be about talent.

    You've both dabbled in reality TV. Would you do anymore?
    Lisa: No!
    Lee: We're doing it now!
    Lisa: Our show is more of a documentary. I wouldn't want to do another reality show unless it was something where you were learning a skill, like Strictly. I wouldn't do pure reality again. I loved Dancing On Ice. It was amazing and it's actually one of my highlights. I loved all the costumes.

    Maybe Steps could get their own reality show once the documentary finishes?
    Lisa: Well the show is kind of like that but it's nice it's a documentary and not a reality show. We were very heavily involved in the whole process and felt very strongly we didn't want to do it like that.
    Lee: I also like the mystique at times, because when we were about there was no Twitter, Facebook, iTunes or YouTube - we just had tapes and CDs! The world is now very reality based and it's almost a quick fix for people and what I like about Steps is that people still want to know what it's like, without showing it warts and all.

    Who is the rudest celeb you've met?
    Lisa: We bumped into Christina Aguilera in America... It was when she was just starting out, she had big minders and we were in the corridor and they literally pushed us out the way to make room for her because she was coming through.
    Lee: We've met a lot of people from the biggest stars you can think of to people just starting out. It's those big stars that you love and admire who are all really nice people, they're quite down to earth. Yet the people who are up and coming who haven't got that level of success and think they've got it, they're the ones that have the attitude. They've got so much more to learn.

    Who's the biggest celeb name you've got in your phone?
    Lisa: We're all about our family and friends really. Our best friends are the friends we've had over the last 15 to 20 years, not necessarily celebrities.
    Lee: We used to do the scenes of going out to clubs and meeting loads of people, but haven't done that for years, and part of that is just fake at the end of the day. It's nice to go out with your mates and have a drink and a laugh, but over the time we've all met people, but wouldn't call them everyday and be like 'hi!'

    So you wouldn't want to be stumbling out of clubs with the cast of TOWIE then?
    Lisa: I mean I haven't got anything against them and I haven't seen much of the show because I live in Dubai.
    Lee: It's huge though, and dare I say it, it's because there isn't anything else out there.

    Who is your dream collaboration?
    Lisa: It's more about producers these days, they're like artists in their own right. I think someone like RedOne we'd love to work with. He's done amazingly for Gaga and I can see that would really work.
    Lee: Mark Ronson would be interesting. I met Tinie Tempah a while ago and he was a really sweet guy. He was actually a bit of a fan.
    Lisa: Really?!
    Lee: Yeah, I'm not going to say he was a big fan, but he was a really lovely bloke to talk to and he knew of Steps because it was his era. He's doing very well, so that would be pretty cool and I mean that because he's such a nice bloke.
    Lisa: It would be interesting!

    Steps Reunion continues at 9pm on Wednesday on Sky Living. Steps: The Ultimate Collection is released 10th October.

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    Love them or hate them, chances are you know a few Steps songs. Hell, who are you kidding? You knew every move to the Tragedy dance routine, so don't even bother trying to deny it.

    Once one of the biggest bands of the late nineties and early noughties, Steps sold over 25 million records worldwide spawning classic hits such as One For Sorrow and 5,6,7,8.

    However, when members H and Claire decided to leave the group in 2001, the pop party came to an abrupt end.

    But as the group become a subject of a Sky Living documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of the split, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans chat exclusively to Eleven about building bridges, those Britney rumours and dueting with Tinie Tempah.
    The first part of the documentary showed a clear divide in the group. Are things still awkward between you and the other members?
    Lee: I think me, Lisa and Faye were the most hard done by over the history of Steps. It was very tough to come back and talk about stuff. We were upset, gutted and shocked more than anything. I didn't believe it. There's even a part of me now 10 years on going 'did it happen?'.
    Lisa: We've all been honest and we've talked about it. It was like therapy, that's why it was quite emotional. Steps was such a massive part of our lives and now we are in a really, really good place. We've all aired our views and been able to build bridges.

    It was reported last week that Britney Spears played a part in the split. What's the story there?
    Lee: She wanted me and she didn't want H!
    Lisa: There's no truth in that. People have picked up on the fact that when we supported her on tour in America and Canada, four of us were on the tour bus and H flew because he had insomnia. He's the worst sleeper I have ever met. I felt for him because it's hard when you're trying to promote something. He chose to fly and I think the media like to see that as having special treatment. We understood his reasons and that had nothing to do with the split. That was very early on, so it was nothing to do with Britney. Her conscience is clear!

    So, the question on everyone's lips, what is next for Steps then?
    Lee: Everyone thinks that they all know what's going on and what's happening, but even we don't know how it ends.
    Lisa: We wanted to just be really honest and show the fans what happened with the split, because they never knew. Everyone has guessed over the 10 years. Our Ultimate Collection is our way of thanking them for their support but then from there we don't really know what is going to happen. It's quite exciting really. If they love the album and they want to see us touring, if the demand's there we'd love to do it.
    Lee: I don't think we could do it with just our mums in the audience! That wouldn't pack out an arena would it? We wouldn't want to do it and fail. We've always said we would never want to tarnish the name of Steps.

    Are there any plans to release new material?
    Lisa: We haven't actually talked about that because that again is something that's possibly in the future...
    Lee: A tour is quite easy because we've got a back catalogue and it would be very nostalgic. To actually look that far ahead into the future and look at the way the market is now, which is very different to back then. I think we would fit in, there's a place for us.

    How would you see the sound of Steps in 2011?
    Lisa: You have to look in the charts now and see what's current. I've always enjoyed dance music. I would like to see us go more down a pop-dance route, like Cascada.
    Lee: Everyone always says to us that the chorus Lady Gaga's Judas is Steps all over. A few songs out there that when you take away the image of us and just listen to it, you start to think actually that could work. It does do that circle and I think it's come back around to us actually. Name me a boy/girl band right now.

    Are you fans of your old stuff now?
    Lee: For me, some of the songs definitely. I've always said from day one when I went to the audition, it was a job and I did the best I could and made great friends and had the best experiences. There's definitely songs in there I think are wicked tracks. They're very cleverly written and performed very well!

    What's your favourite Steps song?
    Lee: It's quite easy for me - It's The Way You Make Me Feel.
    Lisa: That's actually the group favourite, we all like that but I also like Deeper Shade of Blue because I like the dance.

    Is there a particular outfit that makes you cringe looking back?
    Lisa: All of them! But do you know what, I wouldn't change anything because every costume went with every song and they all had their place is Steps history.

    What was your most embarrassing moment in the band?
    Lisa: We wore a lot of sequins in the band and there was a time when we were doing Party in the Park where there was over 100,000 people, and I had sequin trousers on and the sequins got stuck at the knees so I couldn't actually walk off the stage! I had to do a kind of crab-walk off stage.
    Lee: No, that was just part of the routine!

    You had a clean cut image as a group. Were there any scandals in the band we never knew about?
    Lee: The biggest scandal is in the show. It's what happened behind the scenes of the split and there was a bit of a divide. We did keep up the Steps tradition of being happy and all that, which most of the time was easy because we were. But we were human and we had exciting times, we travelled the world, of course there's darker times - we're only normal. But we're not rock and roll stars either.

    H came out after he left the band, was that hard to conceal while you were in the band?
    Lee: We were both shocked! (laughing)
    Lisa: We felt quite protective over him because he was a bit more immature than the rest of us. We felt like we needed to look after him, so whenever the subject came up, we'd all very quickly move it on. It's fascinating the way it's changed now, doing interviews 10 years on, the line of questioning is very direct. We can be honest and H has obviously come out in that time, there are no secrets and it's a very personal thing coming to terms with that.

    Earlier this year Blue reformed and did Eurovision. Is that something Steps would ever consider?
    Lisa: No!
    Lee: I think that would be a big no.
    Lisa: We got asked to do Eurovision quite a few years ago, after the split, and to be honest I don't think it would be the right move for us. It's a gamble, talking about the politics side of it, we're never going to be as popular as a country. And as much as Steps could be Eurovision, I don't think it's something that we'd do.
    Lee: It's an honour to be asked to do it, it's a really credible thing - there you are representing your country, that's fantastic. But realistically, no-one seems to do well out of it.

    Exclusive Interview: Steps' Lisa and LeeSony BMG

    Steps was formed through an audition process. What do you make of shows like The X Factor?
    Lee: The process has always been there but it's never been filmed and they never made such hype about it. It's a double edged sword - you have this amazing opportunity to get out there and hit a load of people in a special way and get your talent out there. On the flip side is when the people are not very good and they're shown quite a lot of. That side of it I don't really agree with and unfortunately that's the side that everyone wants to watch which is quite sad because it's supposed to be about talent.

    You've both dabbled in reality TV. Would you do anymore?
    Lisa: No!
    Lee: We're doing it now!
    Lisa: Our show is more of a documentary. I wouldn't want to do another reality show unless it was something where you were learning a skill, like Strictly. I wouldn't do pure reality again. I loved Dancing On Ice. It was amazing and it's actually one of my highlights. I loved all the costumes.

    Maybe Steps could get their own reality show once the documentary finishes?
    Lisa: Well the show is kind of like that but it's nice it's a documentary and not a reality show. We were very heavily involved in the whole process and felt very strongly we didn't want to do it like that.
    Lee: I also like the mystique at times, because when we were about there was no Twitter, Facebook, iTunes or YouTube - we just had tapes and CDs! The world is now very reality based and it's almost a quick fix for people and what I like about Steps is that people still want to know what it's like, without showing it warts and all.

    Who is the rudest celeb you've met?
    Lisa: We bumped into Christina Aguilera in America... It was when she was just starting out, she had big minders and we were in the corridor and they literally pushed us out the way to make room for her because she was coming through.
    Lee: We've met a lot of people from the biggest stars you can think of to people just starting out. It's those big stars that you love and admire who are all really nice people, they're quite down to earth. Yet the people who are up and coming who haven't got that level of success and think they've got it, they're the ones that have the attitude. They've got so much more to learn.

    Who's the biggest celeb name you've got in your phone?
    Lisa: We're all about our family and friends really. Our best friends are the friends we've had over the last 15 to 20 years, not necessarily celebrities.
    Lee: We used to do the scenes of going out to clubs and meeting loads of people, but haven't done that for years, and part of that is just fake at the end of the day. It's nice to go out with your mates and have a drink and a laugh, but over the time we've all met people, but wouldn't call them everyday and be like 'hi!'

    So you wouldn't want to be stumbling out of clubs with the cast of TOWIE then?
    Lisa: I mean I haven't got anything against them and I haven't seen much of the show because I live in Dubai.
    Lee: It's huge though, and dare I say it, it's because there isn't anything else out there.

    Who is your dream collaboration?
    Lisa: It's more about producers these days, they're like artists in their own right. I think someone like RedOne we'd love to work with. He's done amazingly for Gaga and I can see that would really work.
    Lee: Mark Ronson would be interesting. I met Tinie Tempah a while ago and he was a really sweet guy. He was actually a bit of a fan.
    Lisa: Really?!
    Lee: Yeah, I'm not going to say he was a big fan, but he was a really lovely bloke to talk to and he knew of Steps because it was his era. He's doing very well, so that would be pretty cool and I mean that because he's such a nice bloke.
    Lisa: It would be interesting!

    Steps Reunion continues at 9pm on Wednesday on Sky Living. Steps: The Ultimate Collection is released 10th October.

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