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

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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!!

Rachel Appears In Print in Movie GBF

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September 26, 2014

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Film this under random, a very observant fan spotted this. If you’re not familiar GBF (Gay Best Friend) was a movie released earlier this year. In one scene, the main character is sitting on the couch with his mother whilst speaking with her.

In the scene (Tannner) reading a magazine which is seemingly the same print as the magazine used in Hollywood 7 episode 3 “Public Relations”. You can see Rachel holding the magazine to the right, however it never shows the front of the magazine. In the movie you can clearly see it says “S Club 7 Scandal”.

How cool is that? Did you know the apartments used for L.A. 7 were also the same apartments used in the movie Romey And Michelle’s High School Reunion?

Rachel at Junior Fashion Awards

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September 26, 2014

As previously announced Rachel went to judge at the annual Junior Fashion Awards, This is the fourth year Rachel has partaken in this event.

Below you can find a very brief interview with Rachel (and the other judges) about the show!

OFFICIAL: Rachel Becomes Ambassador for Dettol

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Rachel will be collaborating with Dettol on a campaign to raise awareness of their Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser whilst also helping underprivileged children both here and abroad.

The campaign will encourage people to donate their baby blankets to Dettol, who will wash them using their product to ensure that they are hygienically clean, before distributing them to children who otherwise wouldn’t have the comfort of a blanket.

You can donate and share your favourite blanket memories and photos on Twitter @DettolBlanket using #sharethememories and for every blanket received, Dettol will also donate £1 to the charity, Sparks.

You can gather more information and donate on the Official website or
their Facebook.

Rachel’s ALS Challenge

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August 27, 2014

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Rachel has taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS is the American name for the condition usually referred to as motor neuron disease (MND) in the UK. Rachel has been nominated by fellow S Clubbers Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, and Bradley Mcintosh (Let the reunion rumors begin…..)

You can donate to the campaign in the UK and in the US.

“Come & Get It” Most Underrated Albums

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Any news regarding Rachel’s music is worthy of a post, Recently Flavorwire compiled a (worldwide) list of the 20 Most underrated albums of the past 20 years, it’s of no surprise Rachel’s 2nd album Come and Get It gets a mention!

Remember S Club 7, the British pop group with a goofy sitcom that aired in America circa 2000? Well, first off, they were an actual band, and one of S Club’s female members — Rachel Stevens — went on to make one of the best dance-pop albums of the ’00s. Unfortunately, many people don’t know that, even in the UK, where Stevens is a sex symbol who spawned four Top 20 singles with Come and Get It alone. The album peaked at No. 28, despite the fact that it does everything right: not only is Come and Get It wildly consistent beyond its singles, but it hits the sweet spot between experimenting with new electronic techniques and production and still feeling familiar from a pop songwriting point of view. Goldfrapp circa Supernature meets Kylie Minogue circa Fever.

Released in 2005 following singles “Some Girls”, “Negotiate With Love”, “So Good”, and “I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)”. The album was previously listed as One of the 1,000 Albums You Have to listen to before you die.

Come and Get It was released via Polydor records on October 17, 2005, You can purchase the album via iTunes!

Rachel Join’s WaterAid’s #MeAsAGirl

Rachel, Wateraid Ambassador, mother, and more recently FHM’s Sexiest Women In The World has joined WaterAid’s #MeAsAGirl campaign. The article comes complete with a never before seen Childhood picture of our gorgeous Amelie Rachel!

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A new WaterAid campaign, launching today, is asking women everywhere to post a childhood snap with the hashtag #MeAsAGirl, to raise awareness of the thousands of girls around the world who are suffering because they lack access to clean water.

The problems they endure aren’t limited to the obvious – lack of safe drinking water, personal hygiene and clean toilet facilities – but also have a direct link to education, as children spend their days trying to collect and carry clean water for their families, rather than going to school. The consequences of not having these basic services affect women and girls the most, as going to the toilet in the open leaves them vulnerable to violence and sexual assault.

“I’m supporting WaterAid’s To be a girl campaign as I believe all girls should be able to go to school and get an education,” Sarah Brown said today. “Too many girls around the world drop out of school because of the lack of somewhere private to go the toilet, or spend hours collecting water every day or have school sick days from drinking dirty water. No girl deserves to miss the chance to fulfil her potential because of lack of access to clean, safe water.”

Aiming to highlight the carefree childhoods that most people growing up in the UK have, WaterAid is aiming to also raise £1million to help bring safe, clean water and sanitation to over 130,000 girls around the world. Take a look through our gallery of celebrities above including Sarah Brown and Laura Whitmore (not to mention a few Marie Claire staffers) and start posting your own.

We will be re-tweeting everyone who shares their #MeAsAGirl pictures with us and WaterAid on Twitter and texts GIRLS to 70300 to donate £3. We will also update the gallery above with the best snaps.

Visit www.tobeagirl.org, to read stories from girls around the world and to find out more. Support the appeal by sharing a picture of #MeAsAGirl and text GIRLS to 70300 to donate £3 to WaterAid.