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 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…
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!
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!