On Monday night Anita, Emma G and Letitia will go head to head in the live final of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. OTB caught up with the three girls ahead of next week’s showdown to discuss their time on B&INTM, and to find out what advice they have for models that want to enter next year’s show…
The final of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model will be on Sky Living at 9pm on Monday 1st October
Hi girls, congratulations for getting to the final. What are your personal highlights from your time on the show?
Anita: I’ve loved my time on the show and I don’t regret one part of it. I’ve really enjoyed everything – my biggest highlight was getting Picture of the Week for the first time.
Emma G: I’ve loved it so much. I suppose being told we were going to Dubai was the first time when it hit me that this was real and actually happening.
Letitia: Going to Dubai was unbelievable. I had a really great time. The French speaking challenge in Episode 6 was a highlight, mainly because I won!
Hotel GB opens it doors on Monday evening and any members of the public who feel like being waited upon by a bunch of celebrities should head down, safe in knowledge that they’ll be doing their bit for charity while they enjoy the facilities.
Mary Portas will be front of house, Gok Wan will be running the bar, Katie Piper is overseeing the spa, Hilary Devey is looking after the shop and How Clean Is Your House‘s Kim Woodburn will be cleaning the rooms.
But they won’t be doing ALL the work themselves because Channel 4 have recruited a group of unemployed youngsters to help our celebrities out and hopefully secure a job in the process.
This morning we caught up with Hotel GB’s head chef Gordon Ramsay to talk about the project..
HOTEL GB starts on Monday 1st October at 9pm on Channel 4
How does it feel to be working in such a small kitchen?
All good food comes out of a small kitchen. All those years ago when I got that great chance to work for Marco White, my kitchen was a shoebox. I couldn’t quite believe it. But some of the best food I’ve seen in my life came out of that small space. The biggest problem with this kitchen is that it’s open and everyone can see what we’re doing!
You’ll have to keep a lid on things?
I can’t keep a lid on things. That’s impossible. But having that distance of 12 inches between the kitchen and the dining room is actually a dream. It means we don’t have food hanging around the hot plate. It also means we’re very close to our maître d Phil Spencer. I’m not sure he’ll be so happy about that.
The professional dancer suffered a broken leg this week after a training session with Johnny Ball – the oldest contestant in Strictly.. history – ended in disaster.
Vilani – who won last year’s series with McFly singer Harry Judd – was taken to hospital, where doctors explained that she’d suffered a hairline fracture to her ankle.
Vilani has been told that she won’t be able to dance for a month, which means that a replacement dancer will be partnering Ball for the opening weeks.
The accident happened when Ball, 74, made a wrong turn during their routine. The damage is not career threatening, but Vilani has been banned from dancing until she can see a consultant next week. It is expected that she will have to rest her ankle for up to a month.
A friend of Vilani said: “‘Aliona and Johnny were rehearsing today when Johnny pulled Aliona in the wrong direction and twisted her knee and right ankle – she immediately felt a pop in her leg. She was in terrible pain and couldn’t walk on the leg.”
Strictly Come Dancing kicks-off on Friday 5th October and stars Olympic athletes Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton as well as a host of other celebrities.