Strictly Come Dancing Vs X Factor in a fight for Celine Dion!
It seems that the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing bosses and ITV’s X Factor chiefs have been having a little game of We Landed A Big Name Celeb & You Didn’t! which has seen Strictly coming out victorious in a battle in which Celine Dion was up for grabs.
Not literally obviously – she wasn’t dangled from one of those arcade hooks that teasingly promise to drop a prize if you manoeuvre the lever properly – but she has signed up to sing on Strictly after The X Factor bosses wanted her to sing live, but Strictly were happy with a pre-recorded performance.
A TV insider told the Daily Mirror that Celine will “belt out some classic hits on the ballroom show in the lead-up to Christmas.”
The source added, “It’s been insane! X Factor wanted contestants to fly out to Las Vegas and sing live…
“Celine doesn’t tend to do anything like that these days because she’s a perfectionist with her vocals.
“She always likes pre-recorded performances because she freaks out big time if she gets a note wrong.
“Celine’s taken advice and decided Strictly’s the way forward. They said they’d pick up all her costs and pulled out all the stops to get her on board.
“She will be flown in with her team, perform ‘live’ on a pre-record and jet back to Vegas to continue her shows there.
“It will be a whistle-stop visit but will do the job to promote the album. X factor must be gutted.
However, the insider added that Strictly may regret their decision to fight for Celine, given that she can be something of a “diva” and has an entourage of people with her at all times.
The source said, “She doesn’t do anything by halves. She will have a team of people – stylists, make-up, hair and her PA.
“Then there’s first-class tickets for everyone, luxury hotels and expenses. It will cost an absolute fortune for the show.”
How the other half live eh?