Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Didn't Want to Celebrate Hitting 50, but It's Incredible' ; SPOTLIGHTSinger Jane McDonald Will Soon Be Back on Our Screens with a New ITV Makeover Show. She Talks to DIANNE BOURNE about Being Busy after Her Milestone Birthday

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Didn't Want to Celebrate Hitting 50, but It's Incredible' ; SPOTLIGHTSinger Jane McDonald Will Soon Be Back on Our Screens with a New ITV Makeover Show. She Talks to DIANNE BOURNE about Being Busy after Her Milestone Birthday

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LOOKING more glamorous than ever at 50, singer and entertainer Jane McDonald is looking forward to her busiest-ever year, styling up the nation with her new TV show as well as plotting her latest UK tour.

But Jane admits that at first she didn't think turning 50 in April this year would be cause for celebration.

"I didn't want to celebrate it at all," she confides.

"It's just a number and I didn't feel any different. But then so much has happened since I turned 50 it's been incredible. I thought doors would be closing on me, but more doors have opened this year than ever before!" She adds with a twinkle in her eye: "I suppose experience is something you can't teach."

She'll be on screens from August 19 through to early September with her first major presenting role since she hosted ITV's Star For a Night back in 2008 - the talent show that introduced us to Joss Stone.

Yorkshire's finest, Jane, presents Star Treatment, an hour-long makeover show, preening deserving workers from up and down the country.

She says: "It sounds a bit grand, but I didn't want to do something I didn't like on TV. Half of this industry is all about what you turn down.

"Waiting has paid off for me because Star Treatment is a feelgood show that deals with real people and real heroes across the country - with a happy ending.

"I couldn't bear to do a show that makes your toes curl up in embarrassment - I think people have had enough of cruel TV.

"It's been hard work I must admit, but it's so fulfilling when you see how they look at the end of the makeover. It's so lovely watching their transformations.

"We're visiting factories, supermarkets, and letting the bosses pick their six most deserving people for makeovers.

"It's the sort of people who've been through a lot, and yet they still come to work with a smile on their face."

There's a particular northern warmth to the show - with cheery Wakefield-born Jane at the helm, and the styling team all hailing from the north too.

There's Manchester make-up artist Cassie Lomas, Andrew Trott- Barn in charge of coiffing hair and Liverpool's Lorraine McCulloch selecting the perfect outfits for the participants. …

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