A busy week in the world of showbiz, the annual TVChoice Awards took place at London's prestigious Dorchester Hotel. With the likes of Ant & Dec, Keith Lemon and the cast of Corrie, it's safe to say the stars of the small screen piled in for a night of fun, frolics and fizz. With cameras banned inside the venue, our most loved celebs certainly took advantage of a chance to let their hair down.
Hosted by comic Jo Brand, the usual suspects picked up the gongs. Voted for by the public, these awards often mean more than industry offerings, a true reflection of what the viewers like. Watched by the public, voted for by the public - kinda makes sense really.
Winners included triumphant TV veterans Ant & Dec, who picked up a prize for both Britain's Got Talent and I'm a Celebrity. However, with the recent multi-million pound turkey that is Red or Black? reportedly being axed, something tells me they won't be making it a hat trick next year.
The gorgeous Michelle Keegan picked up 'Best Actress' for Corrie, ITV2's Celebrity Juice stole their award category for the second year running, and Miranda Hart took a well-deserved gong for her role in 1950s drama Call the Midwife. A delightful lady who is always a pleasure to interview, and having read the original books which inspired the series, plays her role of toff midwife 'Chummy' perfectly. With EastEnders and The Jeremy Kyle Show also bagging themselves gongs, believe me that was ONE after-party we all wanted to be privy to...
Robbed (in my opinion) from its 'Best Drama' gong by rival network the BBC's Sherlock, Downton Abbey need not worry as we get set for the highly anticipated third season this weekend.
Ramping up its already plentiful talent pool, this series has been buoyed by newcomer Shirley MacLaine and a couple of new hotties (watch out for the new footman). I for one cannot wait to get stuck in and transport myself back to the 1920s. Nine months we've waited since Matthew Crawley finally got his act together and proposed to Lady Mary on Christmas Day, so we are well overdue our Downton 'fix'. I can promise you folks, you won't be disappointed.
And speaking of new series, our Saturday nights are now complete, as Strictly Come Dancing returns for its tenth season, with the lineup confirmed this week.
Following Alesha Dixon's defection to 'the other side', new recruit - and perhaps far more qualified - ballerina Darcey Bussell joins the judging panel. It remains to be seen how well she'll go down with the viewers and contestants alike, but what she may lack in personality, she should certainly make up for in knowledge.
Celebrity signings already tipped to go far in the contest include Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh, skinny minnie TV presenter Fern Britton, and Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer. My money is on buddy Richard Arnold, certainly for entertainment value! It remains to be seen how good he is at throwing shapes, but I guarantee you this, what he may lack in technique, he'll certainly make up for in personality. I urge you to give him a vote or two.
Speaking of votes, actor Ben Forster is certainly no stranger to being at the mercy of the viewer. Winning the title role of Jesus in ITV1's Superstar talent show, Ben and his co-stars - including Mel C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles - are gearing up for the start of their Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. Kicking off next Friday at London's O2 arena (no pressure then!), the cast were out in force doing the rounds with 'boss' Lord Lloyd Webber this week.
Appearing on Jonathan Ross's show, a first glimpse of what is in store was revealed with an emotive rendition of 'Everything's Alright' from the rock musical.
Clearly coping well with her recent break-up from long-term partner Thomas Starr, Mel C is looking better than ever nowadays. Working so closely with easy on the eye Ben no doubt goes some way in keeping her mind off it. And with Chris Moyles's emotional send off from his last Radio 1 breakfast show this week, he'll no doubt need a bit of TLC of his own.
Another Lloyd Webber juggernaut with a stellar cast, Jesus Christ Superstar premieres next weekend, and I'll be there with a front row seat to bring you all the on and off stage gossip.
I'd also like to announce my involvement with the Diamond Kids campaign. Over the next few weeks, with the help of fellow judges Arlene Phillips, Yvie Burnett, West End producer Nigel Hall and Jason Donovan, we're scouring the country for the best young talent we have to offer, all for the opportunity to perform in front of royalty to mark the end of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Taking place in theatres all around the country, this weekend we'll be in Liverpool, and the Royal Gala takes place on November 4 at London's prestigious Savoy Theatre. Jason and I will be hosting and let me tell you that already we have uncovered an award-winning 3-year-old drummer, a terrifically talented gymnastics dance troupe, who all share Down's syndrome, and a previous Britain's Got Talent child star whose experience on the show caused such a storm the entire format had to be revised!
Enjoy the last frolics of the summer sunshine folks, see you next week.