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“With this golden highlighter swept over my cheekbones, I’ll be the dance-floor queen all party season.”
Claie Wilson, Features Writer
We’re feeling festive, so here’s our cheat’s guide to Christmas…
- Selection boxes are pricey. Instead, save the nets from oranges and stuff with your fave choc bars. Ho, ho, ho!
- Who needs tinsel? Turn your Fabulous covers into bunting, tying ’em together with bits of ribbon. Deck the halls!
- People getting restless at a festive family do? Stick some Wham! on and make a Christmas pass the parcel, with gold coins in every layer. Jingle bells!
Carly! Answering the phone to you when our ringtone is Call Me Maybe is a bit surreal.
Oh my God, that is hilarious!
If you could have a call from one celebrity, who would it be?
My lifelong crush is Ryan Gosling, I’d get him to call me, he’s cute.
We loved your crowd-surf at the MTV European Music Awards. How did you stay so composed?
It was the most gentle crowd-surf ever! I was wearing high heels, I had to be careful I didn’t take an eye out.
Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction?
I once forgot to put hot pants on under my skirt, and mid twirl I realised I had just flashed the entire audience my pink knickers. Everyone cheered so it was kind of funny.
Do people stop you in the street and sing your songs to you?
Yes, my life has become a musical! One girl came up to me at the airport and sang a song beginning to end. I didn’t know what to do so I just stood there and kind of clapped.
Your new single is This Kiss – do you remember your first kiss?
I was 17, I was obsessed with him and when he finally kissed me it was like a fairy tale. I had butterflies.
Aww! If you could be any mythical character, who would you be?
Cupid! I would be like: “Oh you’re looking for your soulmate? He’s over there!” People would appreciate that.
- Carly’s single This Kiss is out now.
What film gets you in the festive spirit?
“The Polar Express – it’s amazing!” Stacey, via Facebook
“Watching Love Actually in cosy jammies just after a bath.” Angela, via Facebook
“The Muppet Christmas Carol – it’s just festive!” Nicola, via Facebook
“The Wizard Of Oz… you know it’s Christmas when that’s on.” Jo Marie, via Facebook
“Home Alone. ‘This is my house and I have to defend it!’” Anna, via Twitter
This week, we’re…
The British Comedy Awards
Comedy royalty come together with host Jonathan Ross for a night of amusement and awards. It’s a live show, so expect a few close-to-the-bone moments!
Wednesday, C4, 9pm.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12A)
The little people with the furry feet are back in the first part of a prequel trilogy to Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings.
Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox
We like the name of the album. And Bruno’s real name is Peter Gene Hernandez. Seems the Grenade star is good with names. And music.
The moment when you embarrass yourself at dinner.
You’re on a first date with a super-cute guy and everything is going great. But as you’re eating you notice he keeps staring at your chest. You’re disgusted and after 10 minutes you’ve had enough. “There’s more to me than my boobs!” you shout as you furiously stand up and prepare to leave. But the guy looks shocked: “Sorry, but you’ve got something on your top.” Oh. Thanks to your little outburst, everyone in the restaurant is staring and your face is now the same shade of red as the huge dollop of bolognese sauce you’ve spilt all over yourself. Err, waiter. Can I have the bill please?
Is it just us or…
Are you bored of all the “sensitive” interpretations of classic songs used in adverts over Christmas? Enough already!
Date for your diary
After winning the Mercury Prize last month with their album An Awesome Wave, the late-’90s-Radiohead-sounding quartet are going on tour. You won’t need your dancing shoes, but you will hear some gorgeous songs, including Something Good and Breezeblocks. As for the band’s name, it’s a Mac keyboard command which produces a little triangle. Hmm.
- Touring nationwide, May 5-17, Ticketmaster.co.uk
This week we want to be…
When we think of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird, it conjures up images of GCSE English, when staring at the boy we fancied took priority. But as we’ve grown older (and possibly wiser), we realise it’s one of the most important books ever written, and if you haven’t read it, do so now!
Nelle Harper Lee, 86, hasn’t published anything since TKAM, stating that she’s said what she wanted to say and will not say it again. And say, she certainly did. Set during the Great Depression in America’s Deep South, lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Alongside racial inequality, Harper explores humanity’s intolerances through Atticus’ children, Scout and Jem and their friend Dill, as they learn to see things from others’ viewpoints. The character of Dill is based on Harper’s childhood friend Truman Capote, who went on to write Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Not bad for two kids from Alabama!
The book was made into a film starring Gregory Peck, and this month sees the movie’s 50th anniversary. The story is as relevant today as it was then – the book has sold over 40 million copies, and apparently it’s VB’s fave read, which explains her daughter’s name.
More important than celebrity offspring though, TKAM is credited with having changed attitudes and the course of 20th-century bigotry. What Harper Lee did for racial prejudices is up there with what Emmeline Pankhurst did for women’s rights and that folks, is real girl power.