Jessica Wright – she of The Only Way Is Essex fame – has launched her pop career with her first single and video.
Released under All Around The World – the same label who ‘own’ Tulisa – ‘Dance All Night’ hardly breaks new ground, musically or lyrically, but is a pleasant surprise in terms of how well-suited it is to the summer pop-club scene.
The video is a little cheap, mainly because there are SO MANY different locations (and the dance scenes are terrible), but it does the job well enough.
It’ll be fascinating to see how well this does – those who were never going to like a song by a reality TV star will bemoan its generic sound, whilst others could fall in love with it. Airplay might be a bit hard to come by, but if you ask me it’ll be great if it did well enough for us to see what else Jess has in store.
Jessica Wright of The Only Way Is Essex was seen in the studio throughout the recent series planning her assault on the charts, but naturally we all assumed whatever she recorded would be total shite.
However it seems like better producers have been thrown at the project than we had expected, and ‘Dance All Night’ is not too shabby.
You won’t be shocked to hear that the lyrics are as original as buttering bread, but as a production it’s got a decent enough beat to keep the clubs ticking over this summer, and Jessica’s got a good enough voice to lead it.
Sam Faiers is apparently on the verge of walking out on The Only Way Is Essex.
It’s nothing particularly sensational or feud related, just general boredom, according to The Sun. Sam, who has been on the show since the first series, doesn’t want to be scraping the barrel for storylines.
In fairness she doesn’t actually say “I’M LEAVING”, but she does hint that her final bow may be on the horizon.
When asked, she said:
“I haven’t decided yet. I’ve done five series so there will come a time when I leave. I don’t want to be there with no new storylines because I’ve already done everything I can do.”
Right, this Lauren Goodger vs TOWIE thing has been all over the place today so the reality TV siren has understandably grasped the opportunity to set the record straight, on camera, to Max Clifford’s Exclusive TV channel.
It was reported by both The Sun and Mail Online earlier (and subsequently bajillions of other outlets, including TL) that Lauren got into a scrap with producers at the weekend when filming of her scenes got delayed because of the shoot at the London marathon. It was then suggested that she has been indefinitely suspended from filming until ‘her people’ met with ‘their people’.
All she says on the issue in this new video clip is:
“There’ve been some issues which are currently being looked into while TOWIE’s on a break. That’s all I can say at the moment, unfortunately.”
Something about the delivery implies it’s a line which has been heavily rehearsed and pre-prepared – it’s hardly an off-the-cuff remark – but then it is worth remembering that this whole interview’s been set up just so she can say that, so you can’t really blame her for it.
The way she continues to talk about the lasting appeal of the show implies she hasn’t been categorically fired, though the fact she hardly lights up when talking about it suggests there’s some definite trouble a-brewin’ behind the scenes.
It’s not an embeddable clip (the clue’s probably in the name Exclusive TV), but you can watch it here.
Lauren Goodger has apparently had a massive barney with the producers of The Only Way Is Essex, and has been axed from the series with immediate effect. BURN!
The star has been in the series since the very first episode but is alleged by Fountain Of All Truths The Sun to have had a row with producers over a possible move to MTV with sisters Nicola and Rianna, after complaining that her scenes for the ITV2 show are constantly put on the back-burner.
A source says:
“Bosses were livid as Lauren was already an hour late while the rest of the crew had been there all day filming Arg, Billi and Cara doing the marathon… Nobody is bigger than the show.”
Someone else tells the Mail Online:
“She can’t scream at producers and turn up late and then say she is the star of the show.”
She herself said on Twitter that it’s time to ‘spread her wings’, saying :
“Think about time spread my wings a lot things arising @NicolaGoodger @RiannaGoodger… Never been so angry in all my life! All I can say is what a shame.”
The general consensus is she’s been axed, but then the reports also say that she will not appear in any more scenes for the show unless she apologises post-haste… so whether the axe is final or dependant on an apology is a little unclear at this stage. We’ll have to watch tonight’s episode to find out.
The Only Way Is Essex won the YouTube Audience Award at the BAFTA TV Awards last year, but the ITV2 hit has been snubbed in the Reality And Constructed Factual category this year in favour of E4 rival Made In Chelsea.
The London-set show will compete against An Idiot Abroad, Don’t Tell The Bride and The Young Apprentice – but not The actual Apprentice – at the ceremony on May 27.
The candidates for the YouTube Audience Award are Celebrity Juice, Educating Essex (which has our vote!), Fresh Meat, Frozen Planet, The Great British Bake-Off and Sherlock.
The side-splitting Modern Family has earned itself an International Programme nod against The Slap, Borgen and Forbrydelsen; and Christmas No. 1 holders the Military Wives are up for Factual Series for The Choir, alongside Educating Essex, Our War and Protecting Our Children: Damned If We Do Damned If We Don’t.
Hollyoaks and Emmerdale were snubbed in favour of Holby City and Shameless for Soap And Continuing Drama, with Coronation Street and EastEnders both making the cut; and surprisingly there are no nominations for Doctor Who whatsoever in any categories.
The Only Way Is Essex blasted so quickly into viewers’ hearts that it was only natural for it to feel very tired very quickly. Amy Childs left, Mark Wright left, Harry Derbidge, Kirk Norcross and Maria Fowler were chucked, and Season 4 had been broadcast when the show was still just over a year old. Was it good? I couldn’t tell you, I stopped watching it half-way through.
And now, after just two months away, it’s back for its FIFTH season. A couple of people have been axed (Dino, Georgio) and Joan Collins has joined the ranks. Gemma’s mum, that is.
Truthfully, the show still feels as tired as it did towards the end of season four. Lucy’s eye-rollingly predictable strop when Mario “bid” for Cara, Lydia’s stress over Arg, and Lauren Goodger being generally dry are just three of the things that didn’t help in the slightest.
The decision to push Gemma to the front is certainly a good one, and her new romance with Charlie threw up the main storyline of the night. “I feel like one of them pigs in blankets you eat before Christmas” for one was a priceless quote. Will Chemma be the new Lauren and Mark? Of course not. But they’ll do for now. The older characters are also pulling their weight in spades. Nanna Pat’s awkward look to the ceiling when Lauren Goodger arrived to wish Deb a happy birthday was priceless, and she needs far more airtime.
What will it take for TOWIE to pull itself back on track? Has it lost too many key characters, or is it just running out of ideas? Who knows. But I really do hope it regains its mojo over the coming weeks before it passes the point of no return. It’s a cracking show, but tonight was not a classic.
Epic news everyone! Joan Collins is joining the cast of The Only Way Is Essex in time for season five!
Wait… wut? No, not the Dynasty actress/Snickers flogger. It’s Gemma’s mum.
An insider tells The Sun:
“They think bringing in Joan will be great fun. She is Gemma’s rock, but also ten times wackier than her and they have great fun together. She might not appear in the first episode but she is certainly on her way. Together with Gemma’s new boyfriend Charlie they are hoping to create a whole new family unit with them. Older women always work really well on the show and Joan will join Jess’s mum Carol and Lydia’s mum Debbie as well as Nanny Pat and Nanny Brighton.”
Bosses are apparently touting the forthcoming run – already the second of 2012 – the best yet, but cast members have been warned to up their game or consider themselves axed. Dino and Georgio, the twins Gemma previously spent a lot of time with, have already been given their marching orders, and Georgina Dorsett – who was never realistically going to live up to all the “FEMALE MARK WRIGHT!!” hype she had before Season 4 – has been told she’s on her last warning.
Last year it was revealed that The Only Way Is Essex would air four series’ this year, and to that end the second run of 2012 (fifth overall) is due to kick off next Sunday, just a few weeks after the last one ended.
Anyone hoping for some nice scenes between Jessica Wright and Lauren Goodger (…) will be disappointed, because Mark’s sister has told The Sun she’s refused point blank to film any scenes whatsoever with her would’ve-been-sister-in-law after their massive falling out earlier in the year.
“I want to have fun in this new series. I can’t be bothered with the bitchiness, I don’t want to be involved in it. I want to do girly stuff. I want more girls’ nights out but not with Lauren,” she said. “In the last series everyone was getting really bitchy and I can’t stand playground c**p. I won’t be doing any scenes with Lauren. I’ve said that. We haven’t made up.
“She apologised the following day a few times but it had gone too far. I just won’t film with her. I won’t hang out with her so I won’t be in scenes with her.”
On her own ‘fame’ compared to Goodger’s petrol-bombing incident, Wright said: “I haven’t had any problems. I’ve never been too controversial on the show so I don’t think people have a reason to hate me. I’ve always been nice to people but I’m even nicer now because I’m well-known and I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m better than them.”
Well that was my thought so I’m glad that’s been cleared up.
The Only Way Is Essex will go from drama to drama tomorrow night (February 5), as Cara Kilbey comes clean to Lucy Mecklenburgh about recieving sexy texts from her cheating boyfriend Mario Falcone.
We found out in Wednesday’s second episode of Season 4 that Cara has been among those that Mario has been getting flirty with, but she wimped out of telling Lucy about them.
Tomorrow though, we’ll see her come clean.
“Basically Luce, I’m here to have a little chat with you about something I probably should have mentioned the other day,” she says. “I wanna sort of tell you that I’ve received a few messages myself from Mario.”
Lucy will then confront the love rat face-to-face, referencing her alleged tryst with Mark Wright which first led them to split last year.
“I was drunk and I made a stupid mistake,” she wails. “You’re stone cold sober messaging girls to meet them… I don’t understand though, Mario. Why was I not enough in the first place? You’re messaging absolute skanks. They’re disgusting. Why are you messaging them? Why?”
All Mario can muster in response is a feeble apology, which he’s also dealt out on Twitter over the last week.