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Arts and Entertainment Andy Burrows tested his songs on his daughter, Chloe

Between them, they have recorded number one albums and have won awards for scoring soundtracks for Hollywood films. But when it came to looking for a sounding board for their recent Christmas collaboration, Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri turned to a five-year-old girl.

Melanie C, Scala, London (3/5)

Four years after she got back together with the Spice Girls, Melanie Chisholm is stalking much smaller venues.

Having baby saved my life, says Mel C

Former Spice Girl Mel C has revealed the birth of her daughter saved her from the grip of an eating disorder.

Party Of The Week: Another costume drama for Keira Knightley

The paper-thin star Keira Knightley was centre of attention at the Laurence Olivier Awards nominees lunch at London's Haymarket Hotel, due to her film star status as well as her weird outfit.

Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre, London

It can be a dangerous game parachuting a pop star into a much-loved musical – even when that musical is one of the West End's hardiest perennials and the popstar is Mel C, better known as Sporty Spice, or the Spice Girl who could sing. Willy Russell's Blood Brothers has been bringing audiences tearfully to their feet for 21 years in London and last night was no exception. Quite right, too. Melanie C (as she calls herself in the programme) is brilliant as Mrs Johnstone, the beating heart of the drama and a luminous stage presence even as her character grows ever more careworn and downtrodden.

Preview: The Ryes, Various venues across the UK

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Catherine Townsend: Sleeping around

"Cut it," I laughed, sinking down into my trendy East London hairdresser's chair. "But nothing too drastic - if I end up with a mullet, I'll really be depressed." Since my break-up with Richard, I've spent a lot of time either wallowing in my tracksuit bottoms or out at tequila bars with my girlfriends.

My Mentor: Bridgid Nzekwu on Peter Barron

'He was ready to advise, and to criticise without undermining my confidence'

My Life In Media: Camilla Wright

'I want to get Wham! to reform and have a number one single'

Album: Melanie C

Reason, Virgin

THE INFORMATION on: `The Spice Girls'

Who Are They?

Pop: Bless them! Spice on earth and good will to all men

THE SPICE GIRLS

Music: Top 10 singles

1 (1) Millennium Prayer Cliff Richard

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