I was delighted to see Pixie Lott can now be added to the list of famous West Ham fans from the world of pop music. I’m sure I wasn’t the only supporter whose day was made by the sight of her in Claret and Blue.
She follows Katy Perry in posing in West Ham colours but while the American delighted Hammers supporters by posing in club-themed underwear, the 23-year-old singer was presented with a home shirt on BT Sport with the word ‘Pixie’ printed on the back.
‘Over the moon with my new surprise treat,’ Pixie said on Twitter afterwards, ‘Thank you so much West Ham and BT.’ I look forward to seeing her wearing her new top in the Bobby Moore Lower while cheering on the Hammers. And if she fancies a post/pre-game drink, I’m sure there would be a few Hammers fans in the Black Lion in Plaistow who will shout her a drink. Maybe.
Pixie was born in Bromley in Kent but moved to Brentwood in Essex aged 13, so it appears Charlton Athletic’s loss has been West Ham’s gain.
CHART-TOPPING singer/songwriter Pixie, 23, lives in East London with her boyfriend, model Oliver Cheshire
Not a lot of people know this but I’m very good at… remembering things. I can think back to a night in a restaurant five years ago and recall exactly who was there, what the conversation was and what I was eating. Although saying that, my short-term memory is terrible.
My best friend is… I have loads – my top best buddies are Jo, Georgie and Carla. I met them all at school when I was 13 years old. I also have another dear friend called Jo, who I’ve been mates with since I was 16. We all live quite near each other and spend a lot of time together. They keep me grounded.
My nickname is… Pics or Picholas. My real name is Victoria but only my mum calls me that when she’s really cross with me.
The bravest thing I’ve ever done is… On my 21st birthday I tried to do the themepark ride at the top of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. I’m terrified of heights so it was quite brave of me even to try, but when I got up there I was so scared that I literally crawled back inside, on my hands and knees.
This Saturday night on the Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan welcomes a host of A-list celebrities.
Film star Liam Neeson drops by to discuss his new movie Non-Stop. The 61-year-old Taken star plays an air marshal in the action movie alongside Julianne Moore.
Hollywood royalty Goldie Hawn is also in town. She shares the experience of being with her daughter Kate Hudson when she gave birth as well as the secret behind her 30-year relationship with Kurt Russell.
Peter Andre talks about the latest addition to his family, a baby daughter, and about proposing to Emily MacDonagh.
There’s also music from the singer-songwriter, Pixie Lott, who is rocking a 1960s vibe.
Tune into STV/ITV at 9.35pm on Saturday (February 1) to check out their interviews.
EXCLUSIVE: Pixie Lott says she is ready to smash her way back into the charts as she prepares to debut her brand new single on live TV on Thursday night.
The pop babe – who turns 23 this Sunday – also says her boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, 25, has made it easy for her to write and record music about love on her upcoming third album.
‘It’s my first time writing from the actual experience of being in a relationship. It has really helped,’ the blonde beauty told Guilty Pleasures in an exclusive chat, adding she has found writing from the heart easy to do.
‘I can relate to every aspect of what I’m singing – the good times and the bad times. I love writing about things that I experience. It makes songs greater,’ she said.
And while Lott certainly has beauty and music talent in spades, it would seem her model boyfriend only has one of these two qualities.
‘Oliver can’t sing! He tries. He thinks he is a bit of a DJ and he loves music, but he’s not really a singer. We’ve never even done karaoke. Will he be stealing my thunder? No!’ she laughed.
The singer will be performing her new single – titled Nasty – on the Brits are Coming on ITV on Thursday night as the nominees for the 2014 Brit Awards are unveiled.
‘It’s a funky, soulful track that is very up-tempo and fresh,’ she says of the single – which she also revealed she had to fight for after it was originally recorded (but ultimately rejected) by Christina Aguilera, sparking a bidding frenzy among her music contemporaries.
‘A few other singers had recorded it and Christina was one of them so everyone wanted this song. When I heard other singers had done it I thought “I need to get this!” It was a difficult song to get because there are so many old-school samples on it, like James Brown, that are hard to clear copyright on. But I got it and now it is my new single.’
The Brits are Coming is on ITV 1 at 10.35pm on Thursday.
At just 22, singer-songwriter Pixie Lott has two platinum albums under her belt and is about to release a third. Oh, and she’s dating a male model. So where does all the angst in her lyrics come from, wonders Liz Jones?
Pixie Lott is late. Only 40 minutes but, as she tells me when she arrives at the studio in East London, not too far from her home, she is always late. ‘I will say to my friend, “We will meet here at this time,” and something will happen and I get caught up and won’t be there for another hour. That’s my worst thing. I’m working on it. It’s my New Year’s resolution.’
She is wearing a very short tweed dress, buttoned up to her chin but which reveals her buttocks every time she hugs someone – the photographer, the make-up artist. Also black-rimmed spectacles, a hairband and flat patent pumps. ‘This dress I designed and had made when I was in China [she is very big in China]. I chose the fabric, then told them how I wanted it to look. The patent pumps belonged to my nan.’
Pixie’s maternal grandmother died not long ago. Her mum, too, has been a source of fashionable borrowing: apparently she has lots of old Vivienne Westwood ‘bodies’. ‘I took her vintage Chanel bag to Las Vegas, and I lost it. I was so upset: it was my favourite bag ever. I thought I was going to be in so much trouble. I phoned her up and said, “Something really bad has happened.” Her heart was pounding, she thought something terrible had happened to me. So when I told her I’d lost her bag she was like, “Oh, OK, that’s fine.”’
PIXIE LOTT had better hope the acting jobs keep coming – as the music thing has taken a bit of a bad turn.
The singer has drifted into relative obscurity since releasing second album Young Foolish Happy in 2011.
Now her label, Mercury, have postponed her third album because bosses think it’s not up to scratch.
Pixie’s currently starring as a holiday camp entertainer in Beeb TV drama Inspector George Gently.
It might be good practice.
PIXIE Lott is going back to her soul roots for her third album.
The 21-year-old, whose last No 1 single All About Tonight saw her dabble in dancefloor filling, is calling in the big wigs.
Pix told me: “I’m going to be heading to New York to work with the guys who did the original Motown records in the sixties to make a new album soon. I’ve also been working on a new perfume.”
Ahh, the sweet smell of success
Singing superstar, Pixie Lott, is taking to the stage at Ayr Racecourse this week (Friday 22 June) and it is hoped the bumper crowd expected will dig deep to support the STV Appeal Racenight.
Complete with her backing dancers, Pixie will perform her best known material including “Kiss The Stars” and “All About Tonight” and is the latest in a long line of stars to take to the stage at Ayr including Deacon Blue, Alexandra Burke, Status Quo, From The Jam, Stacey Solomon, The Human League and The Saw Doctors.
Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith said : “We are expecting a superb party atmosphere on Friday and the presence of a top star like Pixie Lott should add to the night.
“There’s also discos in both the Ayrshire Suite and The Horseshoe Bar until midnight and we are in for one huge party!”
There’s also entertainment on Saturday with The Floorstompers playing in the Horseshoe Bar after racing with a disco in the Ayrshire Suite.”
The STV Appeal works closely with six major Scottish charities – Aberlour, Action for Children, Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st, Save The Children Scotland and One Parent Families Scotland .
It is anticipated a huge amount of money will be raised for the STV Appeal, working to help children affected by poverty in Scotland. Launched in 2011 in association with The Hunter Foundation last year the STV Appeal raised almost £1.3 million.
Thousands of fans who braved the rain to watch Pixie Lott headline the Bristol Jubilee Concert at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway donated more than £10,000 to charity in return for their tickets.
Donations went towards ‘A Life for a Cure’, Bristol teenager Ryan Bresnahan’s Meningitis Appeal.
The money will be used to research a vaccine to fight meningitis B, which sadly killed the 16-year-old in just two hours.
As well as making a voluntary £1 donation whilst collecting their free ticket to the concert, fans were also able to donate £2 in exchange for a limited edition wrist band.
After a moving speech from the Bresnahan family, the crowd were encouraged to send free text donations to the charity throughout the concert.
Maria Crayton, head of marketing at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who made a donation to ‘a Life for a Cure’ both during the concert and at our ticket giveaways. These generous donations mean that we are able to exceed the target of £10,000 for ‘a Life for a Cure’.”