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Wednesday, 22 September 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV2

Fearne and Beth Ditto

In the third episode of the series Fearne sets out to discover if the things she has heard about Beth Ditto are true ��” is she really the rebellious, squirrel-eating, shoplifting, overweight lesbian of popular myth?

As Fearne is kept waiting at their first two meetings, the presenter is unsure she is going to be a huge fan of Beth’s, but, as they head stateside to the singer’s hometown she relaxes and opens up and the pair start to get on well together.

On her way to meet her at a German rock festival, Fearne explains that she plans to get to the bottom of the stories she has heard about Beth. She says: “I’m off to meet Beth Ditto for the first time. I’ve never met her. I have no idea what on earth to expect. All I have heard about Beth Ditto is that she’s a major exhibitionist, so I’m really looking forward to finding out whether the outrageous front woman we see in the media is the same one I’ll meet.”

Their relationship does not get off to a great start when Fearne arrives to meet Beth and discovers she is still asleep on her tour bus. After being kept waiting for five hours, Fearne finally gets to meet the singer just minutes before she is due on stage.

Beth doesn’t seem phased by her upcoming performance and, as she takes to the stage and strips her dress off, Fearne sees more evidence of her wild-child image.

After her performance Beth takes five minutes to talk to Fearne about her partner and how she’d like to get married and settle down, but, midway through the conversation, she dashes back to the stage to gatecrash 30 Seconds To Mars’s act. Grabbing a nearby sweeping brush, Beth heads onto the stage to attempt to sweep them off.

Fearne says: “Just a minute ago Beth had been telling me how she was ready to settle down, but, seeing her attempt to sweep 30 Seconds To Mars off the stage made me think she was nowhere near ready to hang up her rock chick boots.”

At the end of her first whirlwind meeting with Fearne, Beth apologies to her for keeping her waiting.

Hoping their next meeting will be more successful, Fearne arranges to meet Beth at a photo shoot. Things get off to a good start and Fearne sits in with Beth while she has her make-up done. But, before long, Beth’s manager asks Fearne to leave the room and she is once again left waiting outside until the end of the day.

Fearne is unsure what kind of reception she will get when she heads off to Beth’s hometown of Oregon, but the atmosphere is more relaxed for Beth at home and she soon opens up. As they go shopping for outrageous clothes and singing in a lesbian karaoke bar, Beth talks frankly to Fearne and reveals the shocking truth about the shoplifting rumours.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV2

Perez Hilton

In episode two, Fearne travels to Miami, Toronto and back to London to get the low down on celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton.

Perez was born Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. to Cuban parents in Miami, where he still lives with his mum and sister. He has used the name Perez Hilton to carve himself a career out of blogging about the world’s celebrities. He shows Fearne around the family’s quirky home and the little office at the back of the house which he uses to do his daily blogs.

Perez’s mum explains to Fearne that she is proud of her son and thinks he’s amazing but doesn’t get involved with his job and refuses to read his blogs. As Fearne gets this rare insight into Perez’s world, she questions whether or not he remains Perez at home, or reverts back to being Mario.

Out on the celebrity circuit, Fearne goes with Perez to the Much Music awards in Toronto. The awards, which are being presented by Miley Cyrus, come days after a press backlash in the US against Perez after he published pictures taken up Miley’s skirt on his website. As she films with him, Fearne is wondering if Perez and Miley will come face to face.

In LA, Perez reveals to Fearne the secrets behind celebrities’ relationships with the paparazzi. He tells the presenter that celebrities regularly phone the photographers to tell them where they are going to ensure that they get spotted. To demonstrate, Perez rings a photographer and tells him where he and Fearne are having lunch. As the photographer arrives, he advises Fearne on where to sit so that the photographer can get the best shot of her outfit. Afterwards, the photographer admits to Fearne that one A-list actress regularly tells him where she is and he splits the profit from the photographs with her.

In his usual outrageous style, Perez tells Fearne that he can’t stand Christina Aguilera. As the pair head to London’s Gay Pride festival, Perez says he believes X-factor winner Joe McElderry is gay. At the time of filming Fearne and… Joe had not confirmed his sexuality. Fearne questions Perez to see if he feels guilty for hinting about people’s sexuality on his site, and making them feel pressure to come out.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV2

The first episode of the series sees Fearne meet Hollywood actress Mischa Barton.

Mischa shot to fame with her role as Marissa in The OC back in 2003. She has rarely been seen on our screens since her character was killed in 2006 but the press are still fascinated with her, following and documenting her every move.

Fearne sets out to discover what Mischa is doing now and why she causes such intrigue.

She visits Mischa at her home in LA and goes out in her Cadillac with her and the actress explains that she is constantly living under the gaze of the paparazzi.

Fearne also visits Mischa when she is in London and discovers that she was born in the city and her sister is a barrister there. Mischa tells Fearne: “Growing up in New York but having a very English family and background has really served me well, I think.”

Fearne visits the office where Mischa designs her handbags and tries to find out about her night out the evening before with singer Amy Winehouse.

The presenter also goes with Mischa to one of her London boltholes and gets to meet some of her friends.

Plus, as Fearne spends more time with her, she starts to question her about more sensitive subjects like her weight, which has been a hot topic of debate in the press.

Thursday, 5 November 2009, 10:00PM – 11:00PM

In the third and final episode of the series Fearne gets a rare glimpse into the life of pop star Alesha Dixon.

The 31-year-old singer shot to fame in girl band Mis-Teeq before quitting to start a solo career. Her first few singles charted badly and she was dropped by her record label at the same time as her much-publicised divorce from So Solid Crew’s Harvey.

She made her comeback as the winner of Strictly Come Dancing and then signed to a new record label which saw her debut album go platinum – Fearne gets close to Alesha to discover how her turbulent past has affected her.

Fearne follows Alesha into the recording studios as she works with Gary Barlow on some new tracks and watches her prepare for and perform at V Festival.

The pair also spend time at Alesha’s former school and with her beloved dogs. And she opens up to Fearne about her nerves at being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, her love-life, her marriage break-down and the rift in her family.

The cameras follow Fearne as she jets out to LA to the recording studio where Alesha is working with Gary Barlow – Fearne is desperate to get access inside the studio so sends a text message plea to Gary to see if she can go in.

After being given the greenlight by the Take That frontman, Fearne is delighted to see Alesha recording a new song – something which she has never allowed before. She speaks to Fearne about her new album and explains that one of the tracks is very personal to her – revealing how she feels about love.

She says: “For the last couple of years I’ve not even thought about being in a relationship or any of that kind of stuff because I can’t be bothered with it and I want to be selfish for a little while and do my thing and not worry about that. What this song illustrates is the vulnerability that is in me that part of me that is quite a strong character but I suppose wants to be in love wants to have a relationship but is cautious with that and I suppose the song demonstrates it in quite an honest way.”

As the pair head to the airport to travel back to the UK, Fearne asks Alesha about her new job as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. She admits to having reservations about accepting the job and was a bundle of nerves before embarking on what was to become a much criticised foray into the world of ballroom dancing.

Back in London Fearne meets Alesha for lunch and they discuss the showbiz lifestyle, Alesha admits that her career is a key part of her identity and that she sank into a ‘mini-depression’ when she was dropped by her record label.

Later, as the pair go shopping, Alesha talks about her failed marriage to Harvey, who she discovered was having an affair. She tells Fearne that, until that point, she had never had a journalist on her doorstep and she found the media intrusion very difficult to deal with.

As they visit Alesha’s former school in Welwyn Garden City, she reveals her early ambitions to be a teacher. She says the turning point for her was when she attended a street dancing class where she was approached by a record producer. She then had another encounter on the tube, with a woman forming a girl band, and decided she had to try her hand at performing. Her headteacher discusses some of her early performances and the pressure she used to put herself under.

Alesha opens up to Fearne about her childhood and says she felt very protected by her older brother at school. However, she reveals she is no longer speaking to him after he sold a story about her to a Sunday newspaper.

And Fearne helps Alesha at rehearsals for her performance at V Festival and gets a sneak preview of her dress. She is surprised at the amount of involvement Alesha has in the performance, planning everything from the dancers, to the way the stage looks.

When the day of the festival arrives, Fearne is waiting in the wings as a very nervous Alesha steps into the spotlight.

Fearne says: “”Hanging out with Alesha has been great, the chaotic life of a popstar. I’ve seen so many different sides to Alesha. I’ve seen someone who’s incredibly driven, very strong minded and thick skinned, all the while remaining the cool, bubbly lovely Alesha that we all know.

“I think her personality and confidence has really helped drive her through the Strictly Come Dancing controversy which is still obviously bubbling away. And I think any other situation she gets into in the public eye, she’ll cope with just fine because she seems to always be able to put a smile on her face with it. I really appreciate how open she’s been. She’s worn her heart on her sleeve the whole time and I feel like I’ve got to know the real Alesha Dixon.”

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