Rachel Talks Baby Blankets, Team Frankie, & Family

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Here is another interview regarding Strictly. Rachel goes more indepth about FHM, Her daughters and Christmas, and so much more. Check out the interview below. We also got a brand nee Dettol photo!!

She narrowly missed being crowned the winner having sailed straight through to the finals on Strictly Come Dancing six years ago. And now Rachel Stevens – who is set make a glamorous return for the Christmas special – has confessed she is backing fellow pop star Frankie Bridge to take home the glitter ball trophy this weekend. In an interview with MailOnline, the 36-year-old singer revealed: ‘I am Team Frankie all the way. I love all of them but she’s just so great. Rachel, now a mother-of-two, has said her eldest daughter Amelie, aged four, is particularly excited to watch her perform in the festive special. ‘My daughter Amelie is that age where she kind of understands things more,’ she explained. ‘After Children In Need, she watched it over and over again and knows all the words to Bring It All Back, so she’s going to love watching Strictly.

‘It will definitely be on the TV during Christmas day. I’m going to be with all my family, my mum, my mother-in-law, they all love the show. It’s such a great festive one to watch.’ Although, the S Club 7 star wishes she could do Strictly all over again, she said the whole experience was actually ‘nerve-wracking’. ‘I wish I could do it all again and every time I watch it I feel like that,’ she admitted. ‘It was so good to be back dancing again, I loved it. I don’t miss the nerves of the show. ‘I saw Frankie the other day and everyone says the exact same thing. The nerves on that show is just crazy and I think no matter how much you have performed or danced in your career it takes everybody out of your comfort zone.’ ‘You’re dancing with a partner, with someone who is kind of relying on you to be up to that pressure. Then the next minute you’re in front of millions of people – it was just difficult, nerve wrecking.’ Read More…

Rachel Talks Strictly Come Dancing + Christmas

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Another interview has been released in preparations for Rachel’s upcoming appearance on ‘Strictly’.

She narrowly missed out on winning Strictly six years ago and now as she returns on Christmas Day, Rachel Stevens admits she is putting herself under pressure to get the moves right in her Viennese waltz.

“It does feel a bit weird to be back,” says the 36 year old. “I’ve got a new partner, Tristan, who is taller than my previous partner Vincent Simone and I do feel the pressure a bit. I don’t like making mistakes.

“That said, it’s so much fun and the moment you sit back in the make-up chair you find yourself saying ‘sparkle me up’. It’s like you never left.

“This show is the best one and when I watch it now as a viewer, I do miss it. You get so into it. You really care about it.”

Now a mum of two, Rachel says her eldest daughter, four-year-old Amelie, is particularly excited about her return to Strictly. “She’s even been interviewed beforehand to talk about me doing it,” explains Rachel. “We will definitely be watching because she is so excited.”

Counting down the days until Christmas, which she will be spending at her sister-in-law’s, Rachel says she is totally relishing motherhood.

“I do love it,” she says. “The juggling is tough but it’s so nice and I can’t wait for Christmas. On birthdays and Christmas I do spoil my children.”

Next year is going to be a big year for Rachel as she reunites with her S Club 7 band mates for a tour. “It’s the right time,” she says. “We are all really looking forward to it.”

You read that correctly…. baby Amelie is getting interviewed on Strictly! I’m so excited!!

Tristan MacManus Speaks of Dancing with Rachel

Rachel’s dance partner for Strictly Come Dancing Christmas spoke fondly of Rachel in a new interview!

We understand that the Christmas Special has already been taped to air on Christmas Day, and our question has nothing to do with the results. What was Rachel Stevens like as a partner and what were her strengths? How much time did you end up rehearsing as a team for the show?
Rach was great. I really, really have a lot of time for her. She is just really talented and she was on the show before and was trained really well by Vincent Simone so it made it a lot easier even considering it had been six or seven years since she had been on. She’s just a really nice, sweet, beautiful girl. We got a dance that, to be honest, neither of us really wanted to do but she was great in it, and I loved working with her. We didn’t get too much rehearsal time because her band SCLUB7 had just got back together and were rehearsing and also she is a judge on The Voice in Ireland of all places so she had been flying around the place but we got enough in to put our dance together and to get to know each other a little.

Thanks to Cynthia and MacManiacs for the heads up on the article!

First look at Strictly Come Dancing Christmas

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With the holidays around the corner, and all of the exciting projects Rachel has lined up for 2015, lets not forget that in just 2 weeks time Rachel will be competing for the crown on Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special (2014!)

The first pictures from the show have been released, along with the theme.

Strictly Come Dancing will air its annual Christmas Special on Christmas Day with a host of previous contestants returning to dance again.

Taking part in this year’s show are S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens, actress Lisa Riley, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, newsreader Chris Hollins, gymnast Louis Smith and astrologer Russell Grant. They will be joined by pros Tristan MacManus, Robin Windsor, Aljaz Skorjanec, Iveta Lukosiute, Aliona Vilani and Joanne Clifton.

This year the special has a panto theme with all of the couples getting into the festive spirit by donning some wild and wacky costumes, even the judges

Be sure to catch the show as it airs Christmas day on BBC One. Click the photo above to proceed to our gallery!

Rachel to Appear on Strictly Come Dancing Christmas

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There is literally so much news going on right now! Rachel’s just announced that she will appear along side Tristan MacManus (rather than Vincent) in this years Christmas special for Strictly. Read the official announcement below!!

It’s all go at Rachel HQ at the moment with The Voice and getting back together with S Club 7 for Children in Need and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more exciting/couldn’t squeeze any more dates into the diary … I can now announce that I’ll be back on TV for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special!

I’ve been twitching to tell you about this for a little while but have been sworn to secrecy! As you know, I’m a huge Strictly fan (I’m #TeamFrankie all the way this year although there are a LOT of good people in the line up so I’m hooked as usual) so to be able to put my dancing shoes back on is amazing. We’re back in rehearsals getting ready for a pantomime inspired Christmas routine and whilst it’s strange not to be dancing with Vincent as we had a very special bond, Tristan MacManus is my equally fabulous partner in crime this year and we’re having lots of fun already as he puts me through my paces. So a big thank you to him!

Other people joining the Christmas Special this year are Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Lisa Riley, Louis Smith, Chris Hollins and Russell Grant – Sir Bruce will also be back this year hosting with Tess so it will be like old times!

I really miss dancing, it’s such a great feeling once you’ve got the routine down. And it’s one of the best work outs I’ve done! When you’re in your dress, the music starts and the live audience get excited of course it’s really nerve wracking and you slightly wonder what you’re doing and if you’ll remember the steps and all those kinds of things but the feeling you have in those few minutes with your partner, is magical.

I can’t wait to get under that famous glitter ball again and I hope you’ll tune in to find out what we’re dancing to, I’d love your support.

Rachel Backs Former S Clubber Frankie Bridge on Strictly Come Dancing

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Rachel Stevens is backing S Club Juniors’ Frankie Bridge to take home this year’s Strictly Come Dancing crown. Back in the good ol’ days of Rachel’s band, S Club 7, they created a mini version of themselves called S Club Juniors (who later graduated to S Club 8) and twelve-year-old Frankie was among the group’s eight members, alongside her Saturdays bandmate Rochelle Humes. They were basically brilliant and everybody and their dog were bopping along to ‘One Step Closer’ at their school discoes whilst trying to master Daisy’s fishtail plaits. It was a great time to be alive.

Grown up S Club member, Rachel, impressed when she took to the Strictly dancefloor back in 2008, coming in second place overall. And speaking exclusively to Yahoo, the 36-year-old reveals that she hopes Frankie goes all the way this year, saying: “I love Strictly, I’m definitely watching. “I have to back Frankie to win, she’s amazing and she’s my S Club Junior so obviously I have to support her. She is great, I think she is going to go really far.”

And although it’s The Saturdays’ star that she wants to take home the trophy, Rachel is full of praise for the other contestants, gushing: “It’s a really brilliant line-up this year. I love Mark Wright, he’s gorgeous, and Jake Wood is brilliant. “And Pixie Lott too, it’s a really, really brilliant line-up.”

But watching the show is a bittersweet experience for the singer, who tells us: “Watching always makes me miss being there. I love dancing and it’s something I really want to get back and do in some way. “I loved being on Strictly, I’ve never trained as a dancer so getting the opportunity to do it is what’s so amazing about the show. It’s incredible.”

Rachel Opens Up on Days in S Club

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Rachel had a very lengthy interview with Daily Mail, In the interview Rachel seemingly takes a look back at her career and hits on different subjects including being in S Club and hating her time in the band, Her bitter relationship with her father, Strictly Come Dancing, and the meeting regarding the S Club reunion.

There are few times when Rachel Stevens’ new life as a mother, and her old one as a sex symbol and No 1 pop star, collide. But when they do it’s almost always at children’s parties.  Reach, the S Club 7 song Rachel and her six bandmates had a hit with in 2000, may be more than a decade old but its catchy beat still makes it a firm favourite when it comes to toddler discos.  ‘Whenever it comes on everyone looks at me to see how I’ll react,’ she smiles. ‘I think it’s brilliant that people are still playing our music. But all that stuff feels like a lifetime ago. So much has changed.’

S Club 7 split up ten years ago and Rachel, as the band’s most famous face and resident FHM poster girl, went on to have a successful solo career and even acted in a couple of films. But then record sales fell and it went a bit quiet. Next came Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 (Rachel came  second behind actor Tom Chambers). But then, just as she had our attention again, she vanished.  That was thanks to Amelie, her two-year-old daughter with property developer husband Alex Bourne. Rachel, 35, has enjoyed a quiet couple of years being a mother, but now she’s ready to get back to work.

‘Being in a band gave me a strong work ethic and I’ve always been very driven,’ she says. ‘I’ve loved spending time with Amelie but I knew I needed to do something else. If she worried about being forgotten she needn’t have. She’s just become the face of Next’s Petites range, for women 5ft 3in and under, while from now until September you’ll see her face all over bottles of Belu water.  Proceeds will go to WaterAid – she’s an ambassador for the charity – and on a recent trip to Ethiopia in that capacity she says she met a single mother of eight who had to walk miles to get a bucket of dirty water, which certainly made Rachel appreciate her life a little more.

Since being ‘spotted’ in the canteen at Sony Records (at the time she was dreaming of becoming a fashion buyer and was only there to have lunch with her brother), and signed up to the band by Spice Girls Svengali Simon Fuller before he’d even heard her sing, Rachel has always happily admitted that, although she’s ambitious, there’s never been a plan.  She’d quite like to try her hand at more acting (the S Club 7 singers also starred in their own faux reality show, a kind of modern-day version of The Monkees) and she’s even been discussing – feel free to squeal or shriek depending on your taste – an S Club reunion.

‘We met at Tina Barrett’s flat and it was like we’d never been apart,’ she says. ‘It was really chilled. We talked about getting back together and although we all have our own stuff going on right now, if the right thing came up it could be fun.’  Read More…

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS: First Look at Strictly Christmas Special

Here goes the first look at Rachel’s appearance on the upcoming episode of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which airs Christmas day at 6.15 on BBC!

Rachel is once again partnered with Vincent Simone whom got Rachel a runner-up spot on the 2008 season of the hit BBC show! Contrary to internet reports and rumors, the TV special was shot yesterday. So all the “leaks” of information regarding the special are false!

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Vincent Talks Rachel Stevens….

Rachel’s former Strictly partner Vincent Simone has sat down with What’s On TV about the upcoming Christmas episode of Strictly Come Dancing.

This year, the Christmas special boasts six new celebs and an ‘all-star’ routine with past favorites. Are you looking forward to it?

Vincent: “I’m dancing with Rachel Stevens again. We’re having a little reunion and doing a bit of Argentine tango together.

It’s not quite what fans wanted, but, It’s a new Rachel appearance all the same!

Rachel and Vincent can be seen on Strictly Come Christmas on December 25 at 6.15 on BBC!

Lets Watch Rachel “Shimmy”

Wanna see if Rachel’s still got that ‘thing’? BBC have uploaded a new clip of Rachel practicing for the upcoming Christmas episode of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Rachel looks so cute!