Mel B. is slated to win this season’s Dancing With the Stars, according to BBC NEWS. DialIdol, the online voting tracker that measures busy signals to predict who viewers are voting off, also seems to indicate a Mel/Maksim victory. And it has been very accurate in predicting eliminations in recent weeks. Go Mel! It’s funny how DWTS can do wonders for a star’s reputation. After all, Mel had been dragged through the mud with her paternity suit against Eddie Murphy and accusations about her husband Stephen Belafonte. But there she is, week after week, putting in sizzling performances and coming off as engaging, warm-hearted, and playful. Even if she doesn’t take home that enormous trophy, she’s already won in every way that matters.
Photos: The Spice Girls turned up at Dancing With the Stars last night to cheer on their comrade Mel B.(Just Jared)
Judge Bruno Tonioli gets gobby about the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing. And if I’m reading this Sun article correctly, he has a crush on Gethin Jones. Who’s a man, if you didn’t know. A very hot one, too. Here he is dancing the Viennese waltz and looking very edible doing it.
Doctor Who fans will be ecstatic to hear that Billie Piper will return as Rose in Season Four. It will be a three-episode stint. So David Tennant‘s Doctor now has one, two, three assistants, including Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman.(BBC)
Billie Piper lost to Annie-Marie Duff (Saint Joan) in the Best Actress race at last night’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards. As expected, Patrick Stewart won for Macbeth.(BBC)
The husband of Nancy Shevell, the New York woman who has been linked to Paul McCartney, says he’s still BFF with his wife. Whatever that means.(Page Six)
Simon Cowell is plotting world domination. Not satisfied with America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, he’s planning The World’s Got Talent. “To be broadcast next autumn, with ANT & DEC at the helm, it will put 25 talent show winners from around the globe in a head-to-head battle so one can be crowned the most talented person on the planet.”(The Sun)
So, “Simon Cowell” ranks right up there with “punk-a** b****” in the world of insults. A 45-year-old lorry driver is currently facing trial for assaulting a 15-year-old student, allegedly because the young man said he looked like the X Factor host.(The Sun)
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.