Bake Off judge Prue Leith doesn’t watch the show as she feels self-conscious about her appearance
The 77-year-old said at the star-studded Specsavers Spectacle Wearer Of The Year Awards 2017: “I quite like the [higher profile] but on the downside all I think about now is how I look. I ask the cameramen on the show why they have to film me from so many unflattering angles.
“So when I’m meant to be concentrating on the baking, I’m distracted by what they’re doing and how I’ll end up looking with my double chins.”
Prue, who was honoured at the annual London ceremony for her inimitable specs-appeal, also tells us that because of her appearance, the hit Channel 4 baking show is not on her viewing list.
“I can’t watch Bake Off as I can’t stand to see myself on it. My husband [John Playfair] will watch but I don’t stay in the room,” she adds.
Despite her worries, Prue ensured she was the centre of attention at the bash in her bold Asian-inspired ensemble with its eye-catching colours.
The cook rubbed shoulders with 1960s fashion icon Twiggy, actor Martin Kemp and presenter Lisa Snowdon.
The X Factor’s Louis Walsh attended as a guest judge to decide on awards that celebrate ordinary specs wearers – in aid of anti-bullying charity Kidscape.
Former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle provided the entertainment, performing her new solo single Go To Work and assuring guests that she was singing live following accusations the day before that she mimed the track on ITV’s Lorraine.
Dolly Parton named country’s top pick
Dolly Parton won’t be begging anyone not to take her man now she’s country’s most powerful woman.
The 71-year-old star pipped the legendary Loretta Lynn, 85, to the post in an extensive online poll launched to find the most admired singer in her genre.
The respected Taste Of Country website conducted the survey with editors stating: “Separately, Dolly Parton’s artistry, versatility, business sense and courage would earn her a high ranking on this list of country music’s all-time great female singers.
“Combined, these unique assets make her a no-doubt pick for the most powerful woman in country music history.”
Coal Miner’s Daughter Loretta, who recently returned to the stage after suffering a stroke earlier this year, is the runner-up, while Miranda Lambert lands at three.
Reba McEntire and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood round out the top five.
Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain also feature in the top 10.
Dolly Parton was voted the most admired singer in an online poll
Gloria Hunniford keeps quiet about the men in her life
Meanwhile presenter Gloria Hunniford poked fun at Prue when we bumped into her at her recent book launch.
The 77-year-old, whose autobiography My Life is out on October 19, says that it will be nothing like Prue’s saucy memoir Relish, in which she discusses her wild past, including when she was a young woman living in Paris when she attended an orgy with a friend called Pierre.
Rip Off Britain star Gloria, who will receive an OBE for her services to cancer charities this month, tells us: “I don’t talk about men in the book. I am very happily married – why would I want to do that? I would not for the world want to upset my husband… I am not doing a Prue Leith!
“She will tell anything. I love her but it is not the book I want to write.”
Gloria Hunniford said her new book will be nothing like Prue Leith’s saucy memoir Relish
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe to launch album and tour
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will appear in five cities in 24 hours to sign copies of their new album Together Again.
The pair saw their first album Together sell more than 600,000 copies in the UK in 2016 and now hope to replicate that success with the whirlwind promotion of the new record, out on October 27.
They will greet fans in Alfie’s home town of Blackpool before appearing in HMV stores in Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham, completing their signing in the flagship store on London’s Oxford Street.
Together Again continues where the theatre star Michael and tenor Alfie left off, with a collection of the duo’s favourite songs from films, West End and Broadway shows.
Their UK tour starts on November 30 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will visit five citiies in 24 hours to sign copies of their new album
Carey Mulligan scared of gongs
Award season is under way and Carey Mulligan claims she’s dreading almost every minute of it.
“Awards season terrifies me,” says the 32-year-old actress, who was an Oscar and Golden Globes nominee in 2010 for her role in An Education and stars in new movie Mudbound.
“The whole red carpet thing and the ceremony is nerve-racking although the afterparties are fun, when the pressure is off and you can relax.”
Indeed. Voluntarily stepping out in free designer kit at a glittering event in the hope of a gold statue for doing obscenely overpaid work seems incredibly difficult.
Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:31:00 +0000