NEW PHOTOGRAPHS: The Voice Promo Shoot

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Yesterday (judging purly on the outfit) Rachel and the rest of the gang over at The Voice of Ireland posed for the first promo shoot of the season.

Click the image above to proceed to our gallery to see the judges in their chair action!!

Rachel Opens Up About Under-Active Thyroid Problem

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Rachel, 36, who lives in London with husband Alex and children Amelie, three, and six-month-old Minnie, tells how she found she had a thyroid condition while pregnant Singer, model and presenter Rachel Stevens shot to fame with pop group S Club 7, selling over 14 million records. Here, Rachel, 36, who lives in London with husband Alex and children Amelie, three, and six-month-old Minnie, tells how she found she had a thyroid condition while pregnant. I was always turning the heating up and tiredness was something I put down to being too busy – so I wasn’t aware I had anything wrong. My underactive thyroid was only picked up during the early stages of being ­pregnant with Amelie.

The condition can be hereditary and I knew it ran in the family because my mother and grandma suffer from it. But my mum doesn’t take any ­medication so hers must not be as bad. As a result, I never really thought to get myself tested. It came to light just over four years ago. Once a year I try to attend a well-woman screening to check hormone levels and general health. Thanks to one of these sessions, I discovered I was suffering from a slightly underactive thyroid. Between having the test to check on my thyroid and getting the results from a consultant at London’s The Wellington Hospital, I discovered that I was pregnant. It was strange how ­everything seemed to work out at around the same time. Read More…

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS: First Images of Rachel Filming “The Voice”

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The first images of Rachel’s chair (and buzzer) have been uploaded via Rachel’s twitter, in case you believed it was to good to be true. Take a look for yourself. Additionally we have the first picture of Rachel IN the chair!! Click the picture above to proceed to our gallery!

Blind auditions continue tomorrow!!

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS: Rachel Arriving in Dublin

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And it’s begun, earlier today our very own Rachel and Saturday’s member Una Foden arrived at the Dublin airport ahead of blind auditions which begin tomorrow and run through Friday at The Helix.

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Rachel Takes Beauty, Eating Healthy, & Fashion

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October 11, 2014

Here’s a recent interview Rachel has done talking about her beauty regimes, her fitness and eating healthy and some of her favorite fragrances!!

Which beauty products do you swear by?
I love the Ren skincare range. It’s chemical-free and really helps keep my skin clear. I’m lucky that I’ve never suffered with acne but I noticed my skin has changed a lot in my 30s and I’ve become prone to getting a massive spot now and then.

What’s your number one beauty tip?
Always take your make-up off at night. I don’t have as much time as I did before I had my children (Rachel is mum to Amelie, three, and six-month-old Minnie) so facial wipes are brilliant. Diet can really affect how you look too so I make sure I eat well.

Do you diet?
No. I left all the dieting behind in my 20s. I’m really interested in nutrition and eating food that makes me feel good – apart from when I was pregnant and craved Big Macs! I eat a lot of vegetables, brown rice and sweet potatoes. I stay away from white carbs and that’s helped with losing baby weight – although I didn’t gain a lot with Minnie. My guilty pleasure is an Indian takeaway but I eat it without the rice and bread.

What’s your fitness regime like?
Non-existent at the moment, but I am going to start hitting the gym again. When I’m in the gym, I do a lot of circuit training – short bursts of exercise using my own body weight. I also enjoy Pilates.

Which make-up products do you always carry in your handbag?
I love Giorgio Armani Luminous Bronze Tinted Moisturiser foundation. It gives me a real sun-kissed glow. If I’m looking tired, I whack that on and instantly feel like I’ve just come back from holiday. I also always carry mascara. My favourite is Benefit They’re Real mascara, which makes my lashes look so much longer.

What’s the most you’ve spent on a single item?
When I turned 30, I treated myself to a Chanel handbag, which was very pricey. I won’t say how much! But if you buy designer classics, they will stand the test of time. I can pass my Chanel handbag on to my daughters!

Who is your fashion icon?
I think Victoria Beckham always looks impeccable. I love her fashion range. She’s carved out an amazing career as well as being a brilliant mum. She’s very inspiring.

What’s your signature fragrance?
Narciso Rodriguez, which I’ve worn for 10 years. It has a musky but not overpowering scent. I love it. I’ve also recently discovered Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot. It’s a lovely, citrusy fragrance.

Would you ever have cosmetic surgery?
Never say never! One day I might feel I need a little bit. But at the moment I’m happy as I am.

Rachel is ambassador for Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser and is supporting the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation – a charity campaign aiming to improve children’s health. For further information go to dettol.co.uk/donate.

Rachel Talks Sexy Photoshoots In New Interview

Dale
October 9, 2014

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The 36-year-old singer, and mother-of-two, told the Daily Express Online exclusively she thought Carol Vorderman was deserving of the Sexiest Woman Of All Time title. She said: “Carol Vorderman is amazing, she’s so sexy. She’s got an incredible body and an amazing figure – yeah she’s amazing. “Every year she rocks those really fitted sexy dresses, it’s great.” Rachel added: “I think Beyonce is very sexy, I think Kate Moss is very sexy. There are so many gorgeous, sexy women out there.”

The former S Club 7 singer hasn’t ruled out doing sexy photoshoots, and said she’ll do them for as long as people ask. “As long as they’ll have me. The last shoot I did I was three months pregnant with Minnie. So that was quite an amazing time to do one of those photoshoots. “I love doing photoshoots anyway, I love working as part of the team. I’ve worked loads with FHM – they’re such a great team there, we always have fun.” Although she’s got a pin-up status, Rachel’s main priority in life are her two daughters: Minnie and Amelie. Having grown up in the music industry, the singer said if either of her daughters were set on having a career in the limelight she would support them all the way.

“If they were really, really passionate about being whatever they want to be – a dancer, an actor. Whatever it was, as long as it was their passion and their dream then a million percent I’d be supportive of it. I’d be supportive of anything that made them happy. “All I want for them is to be happy – and it’s a fun industry to be in, but you need to work hard and be passionate.” The star has just been announced as a judge on The Voice Ireland – an exciting extension of her pop career. And on the X Factor this weekend 16-year-old Lauren Platt sailed through to the live shows, with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as her mentor.
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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.”

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS: Rachel at Pride of Britain Awards

Dale
October 6, 2014

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Today has been a very exciting day for us Rachel fans, Not only did we get wonderful news of seeing Rachel every week on The Voice Ireland but we also got to see Rachel hitting the red carpet at the Pride of Britain Awards! Click the picture above to proceed to our gallery, more pictures will be added as they become available!

Rachel Stevens Announced as a Judge on “The Voice” Ireland!

RTÉ’s smash hit show, The Voice of Ireland, returns to our screens in January 2015. Bressie and Kian will be taking their seats on the spinning red chairs and joining them on the panel are two brand new coaches – Una Foden and Rachel Stevens, who between them have 11 chart topping albums and 24 singles.

Rachel Stevens enjoyed huge success with Brit Award winning pop group S Club 7 and went on to release two solo albums and several hit singles. She recently cha cha’ed her way to second place on Strictly Come Dancing and this year was voted FHM’s Sexiest Woman of All Time. Rachel is mum to Amelie and Minnie and works alongside charity Water Aid, which has seen her visit some of their projects in Ethiopia.

“I’m a big fan of The Voice so I can’t wait to join the team of coaches on the Voice of Ireland this year. I’m sure it will be great fun, but most of all I’m looking forward to listening to the great vocal talent that Ireland has to offer each week and to securing a team of people who have excited me enough to make me push that button for them. When I turn my chair, it will be for someone really special who gets under my skin and I truly believe has what it takes to make it to the final.” Rachel Stevens

The search for The Voice of Ireland will begin in mid October when filming of the Blind Auditions commences followed by the Battles in November, although viewers will have to wait until early January to catch the talent on RTE as the show will air from 4th January 2015.

“We are delighted to announce this year’s Coach line-up. It’s a welcome return for 2 time winner Bressie and Kian Egan. Kian is seeking his first win, although he came close before – Kian is determined to win this year! New to the coach line up we have Una Foden who has done it all in the world of music, including entering shows like this. Una stuck at it and has had a remarkable career with The Saturdays. Una as a Tipperary girl will know exactly what it takes to get to the top. And finally we introduce Rachel Stevens to Irish audiences as a coach, Rachel has also scaled the heights of the pop world not only as a member of S Club 7 but also with her solo career, so we look forward to Rachel adding even more glamour to The Voice this year” Larry Bass – Screentime Shinawil

“I am thrilled that Una Foden and Rachel Stevens have joined The Voice of Ireland and I know they’ll be an amazing addition to the show. Both Una and Rachel are talented artists with a string of hits and have the expertise to spot a star. It’ll be interesting to see how Kian and Bressie will react, as competition between the coaches is bound to intensify this year.” John McHugh Head of Entertainment RTÉ

Contestants will audition in the Blind stages, Battle against each other in the Battle Stages and finally take to the live stage in Dublin’s Helix for a chance to win a recording contractwith Universal.

Rachel to Appear on Buses for Children In Need

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October 3, 2014

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Rachel has always had a great relationship with Children In Need from when she was in S Club 7, right through to last year’s show when she presented a segment for them asking for your support.

And this year’s no different! From today you can catch Rachel’s image from last year’s Barefaced campaign (seen above) on the side of buses in Central London. She will join Tess Daley, Greg James and Louis Smith, who also feature on their own buses to help kick start this year’s campaign.

If you’d like to get involved with Children In Need this year, head to bbc.co.uk/pudsey to find out how to #BeAHero and sign up to their new fundraising hub. And if you see one of Rachel’s buses on your travels, don’t forget to tweet her a picture!

I love the relationship Rachel continuously has with Children in Need, even dating back to the S Club days Rachel has always had a soft spot for this charity!!