American Princess

Three girls remain in the final week and by the end of this week’s episode one will be crowned the American Princess.

The girls begin their final frantic week with a waltzing lesson from one of the world’s top ball room dancers, Anton Du Beke. Following this is a dress fitting with Jacques Azagury, one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers.

That evening, each of the girls goes on a date with a ‘beau’ and is presented with a personalized gift. They also receive a letter from the Prince in which he says how much he is looking forward to dancing with them at the ball.

On the eve of the ball each girl makes a final appeal to the judges on why she should be crowned with the glittering tiara and named the American Princess. Not forgetting that this isn’t all that’s in store for the winner, she will also get to dance with a real Prince at a ball thrown in her honour, win a $50,000 cash prize, a $5000 diamond necklace from Kwiat and a real British title of Lady of the Manor of Netherhall. The experts must face their biggest decision yet and make one girl’s dream come true.

Saturday 1 March 2008 6:45pm – 7:45pm on ITV2.

With only four girls left in the competition, the pressure is mounting in this week’s episode. For the first task this week the girls must imagine themselves as the American Princess and paint their self-portraits, with the aid of acclaimed artist Jeff Stultiens, who has painted Her Majesty The Queen herself.

Next, the princess wannabes are informed they will be dining with aristocracy, joining Sir Simon and Lady Benton Jones at their country estate. A crash course in everything the girls will need over the course of their visit ensues. Paul teaches dinner table etiquette, Jean shows the girls how to exit a car like a lady, James instructs on the art of fine conversation and speech and diction specialist Francis Wright makes a return visit to teach the girls how to make a memorable toast.

After everything the girls have learnt so far, they are given a reason to be truly terrified. They must provide the after dinner entertainment by singing. They are offered some guidance to calm their nerves from Gillian Humphreys, an international soprano.

All lessons complete, the girls travel to Lincolnshire to the setting of their evening of etiquette -15th century, Irnham Hall. An unforgettably entertaining evening follows and unbeknownst to the girls, one of the guests around the table is their dashing Prince to be who will be crowning his Princess in less than a week. But one of them will not make it past this week after the judges decide who must leave the competition.

Saturday 23 February 2008 7:30pm – 8:30pm on ITV2.

Only five girls remain in the running to be crowned American Princess. The craft of afternoon tea is the subject of this week’s first lesson. The girls learn how to make perfect sandwiches and pretty cakes under the expertise of the head chef at London’s exclusive Berkley Hotel. Paul Burrell, one of the show’s experts, steps in to show the wannabe princesses how to make a flawless cup of tea, something he has down to perfection from his years of butler service to Princess Diana.

The girls are tested on their newly-learned culinary skills along with their abilities in the game of croquet when they host a tea party. Among the guests is HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Catherine Oxenburg’s mother. The girl who is triumphant in the afternoon’s challenge enjoys a day viewing world class tennis.

For the second challenge of the week the girls are taught how to play a typically English activity – cricket. The coach of the England Women’s Cricket Team gives them a lesson in the sport, preparing the girls for the following day where they play against some of the members of her team. The setting for the day’s match is the stunning Shenley Cricket Centre in Hertfordshire. But there’s still a bigger competition here as one girl will be leaving behind her princess training by the end of the day’s activities.

Saturday 16 February 2008 8:15pm – 9:15pm on ITV2.

This week the princess hopefuls begin with a lesson from our experts, Jean Broke-Smith and Paul Burrell, on dating dos and don’ts. With the session fresh in the their minds the girls are paired off to meet three handsome, eligible bachelors who go by the names of Theo, Ben and The Lord of Muff. Accompanied by the boys, they then visit some of England’s most celebrated sights, including St.Paul’s Cathdral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Brighton’s Royal Pavillion.

The girls receive more expert advice from British wine connoisseur Jilly Goolden in a wine appreciation lesson. At a picnic with the bachelors the following day the would-be princesses are forced to put their new found knowledge to the test, when they are asked to chose the wine.

The final lesson of the week – flower arranging – is taken by a royal florist at the beautiful Hatfield House, a former Tudor palace. The main challenge is to arrange a table centrepiece inspired by the theme of American Princess. The varied results of the challenge are put on display at the manor’s annual Rose Weekend festival.

At the end of the show one girl’s time is up as Catherine returns to eliminate someone from the competition.

Saturday 9 February 2008 6:20pm – 7:20pm on ITV2.

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