JUST last week it was revealed Leigh-Anne Pinnock has hired a team to launch her solo career in music, film and TV alongside her Little Mix work – and they are wasting no time.
I can reveal she is in talks with BBC Three about reinventing herself as a TV host — fronting a new show pitting wannabe hairstylists against each other to see who can come up with the best do.
It would be the first time Leigh-Anne has fronted her own TV series — despite working over the autumn on BBC talent show The Search with bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson, before Jesy later left the group.
A source said: “Leigh-Anne has been working on the idea of a hairdressing competition behind the scenes.
“The show has been given the name Fro, for now, but that could change in the future.
“The premise is that different stylists are competing against one another to impress a group of judges.
“The concept is similar to The Great British Bake Off but instead of bakers they want to find the best hair stylists out there.
“It’s all very early days but Leigh-Anne is hugely passionate about the project and BBC Three are really keen to see if they could make it work.
“It hasn’t been commissioned yet but as far as Leigh-Anne and her team are concerned it’s just a case of when, not if.
“She loves BBC Three and this is a perfect fit for the channel.”
Leigh-Anne has history with the Beeb after working with them on hour-long documentary Leigh-Anne: Colourism and Race, which will air later this year.
She will also make her first feature film appearance later this year — in Kidulthood actor Aml Ameen's directorial debut, rom-com Boxing Day.
Aside from Jesy — who quit the band in December and is now launching her own solo career — Leigh-Anne is the only other Little Mix star to strike out alone.
But knowing how ambitious Jade and Perrie are, I’m sure it won’t be long beore they spread their wings.
I can’t wait to see what they all come up with.
Drag Race UK
THE final of RuPAUL’s Drag Race UK is on tonight but the winner will have competition from another star who is making big waves.
London-based DJ and producer Jodie Harsh has become the first drag queen in history to get their song onto the Radio 1 playlist, meaning it will be on regular rotation on the station.
The single, called My House, has been steadily growing over the last few weeks after she signed a deal with Warner Records.
Last month, four queens on Drag Race reached an impressive No27 in the charts with a song called UK Hun, released under the band name United Kingdoll.
I’ve got a feeling Jodie will do even better.
Fine-dine Jess is no monster
IN a week of high profile “cancellations” of celebrities who’ve put their foot in it – I’ve learned of another. And it’s time to slow down.
Last week singer Jess Glynne made a fulsome and heartfelt apology after using the phrase “tranny strip club” on a podcast – language which she was quick to admit was inappropriate and offensive.
She’s right, it was, but she was quick to recognise her mistake and her regret was sincere.
But now I’m told Jess, who is bisexual and has been widely praised for her charity work around LGBT issues, has been dumped by Manchester’s Pride festival over the ill-conceived remark.
I met Jess a couple of years ago, and we had lunch on the roof of a nice restaurant in East London while I interviewed her about her new album.
She was polite, friendly, and passionate about lots of positive causes which had inspired some of the music – and proud of her work to promote LGBT issues for which she had just picked up an award from a magazine.
She didn’t do a Nazi salute during the meal, she wasn’t racially abusive to the waiting staff, I can’t remember who paid but I’m sure she offered, and no homeless people were kicked in disgust on our way out.
In short, she seemed like a pretty normal woman – and not especially monstrous.
So before she’s hammered too mercilessly, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. We’re all going to need it at some point.
It’s Madame X-rated
MADONNA’s Madame X tour documentary was expected to go to Netflix but now she’s joked it could go on an X-rated website instead.
Madge is currently working on finishing the film, following the superstar behind the scenes and on stage during her 2019-20 tour, but suggested she’s unsure where to premiere it.
In a video on Instagram, she mused: “You should definitely have had that woman get her t**s out in Like A Prayer.
“I mean if nobody wants to buy this show and we end up on a porn site, it would be good.
“OnlyFans – do they have a format to show a whole show? All right, well that’s something to think about.
“It could make people feel a little bit uncomfortable because art is art, here to disturb the peace.”
There’s not much Madonna could do to shock me these days.
St Patrick's Day spirit
KIM Kardashian got into the St Patrick’s Day spirit yesterday, posing in this figure-hugging green dress.
The reality star shared the photo with her 210 million Instagram followers and wrote next to the picture: “Do not disturb plz.”
That might seem rich coming from a woman who’s made herself a multi-millionaire from sharing every tiny detail about her private life. And I’m sure there is plenty more of where that came from.
Kim is currently in the middle of what looks like a very messy divorce with Kanye West – and it’s highly unlikely we’ll be spared any of the details from the fall out.
The family’s new reality show begins on Hulu/Disney later this year. It couldn’t have been timed more perfectly…
Demi tells of 'rapes'
DEMI Lovato has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by her drug dealer on the evening of her near-fatal overdose in 2018.
The Confident singer almost died after taking heroin and was later asked by doctors if she’d had consensual sex that night, which triggered her memories.
Speaking in her upcoming YouTube Originals series Dancing With The Devil, she recalls: “I remembered him lying on top of me, so I said, ‘yes’.
“It wasn’t until maybe a month after my overdose that I realised, ‘Hey, you weren’t in any state of mind to make a consensual decision.’
“That kind of trauma doesn’t go away overnight.”
Camp Rock star Demi, 28, also said she was raped aged 15.
She said: “When I was a teenager, I was in a very similar situation. I lost my virginity in a rape.
“I was part of that Disney crowd that publicly said they were waiting until marriage.
“I didn’t have the romantic first time. That was not it for me — that sucked. Then I had to see this person all the time so I stopped eating and coped in other ways.”
Demi should be commended for speaking up.
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