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Tuesday, 4 April, 2000, 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK
Eternal dropped by label
Pop group Eternal have been dropped by their record company, EMI.

With worldwide sales in excess of 6 million they group were the most successful British R&B group of all time in the mid-1990s.

But the group suffered from the loss of Louise Nurding to pursue a solo career in 1995, and the departure in 1999 of fellow singer Kelle Bryan, leaving just sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett.

Amid rumours of trouble in the group, the duo's last album failed to make the UK top 75.


Leeroy leaves Prodigy

Prodigy dancer Leeroy Thornhill - who is enagaged to BBC Radio 1 breakfast host Sara Cox - has left the chart-topping act.

A statement from the group said they are now a three-piece, of Keith Flint, Liam Howlett and rapper Maxim Reality.

Thornhill is planning to concentrate on his own music, under the name of Flightcrank. Meanwhile, the group's remaining members are recording their new album.


Abba star 'stalker' held

A man suspected of stalking former Abba singer Agnetha Faeltskog was briefly detained by police in Sweden over the weekend.

The 34-year-old told police he fell in love with the superstar when he was eight and was obsessed with her, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

Faeltskog filed a complaint last week after he followed her, phoned her, and wrote to her for several years.

The singer, who is nearly 50, is working on her first solo album in 13 years.


Cumming pens new career

Scots actor Alan Cumming has turned to screenwriting following his successes on the US stage and screen.

Reports from the US say Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow will appear in a film he has written, The Anniversary Dinner.

Cumming co-scripted the movie with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, with whom he appeared in Cabaret on Broadway.

The pair plan to co-star as a childless married couple who celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary together.


Baby girl for Travolta

John Travolta became a dad for the second time on Monday when his actress wife Kelly Preston had a baby girl.

The child - who weighed in at a healthy nine pounds - will be called Ella Bleu and is a sister for the pair's son, Jett, who is nearly eight.

In a statement, they said it was "a wonderful day for our family".

The couple, who met on the set of the film The Experts in 1989, have been married for eight and a half years.


Delia delights award judges

TV chef Delia Smith has been named food broadcaster of the year in a poll of Radio Times readers.

She received the honour from the Prince of Wales at the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme Awards in London.

The award comes shortly after Smith announced her decision not to make another series of her How To Cook show.

The Radio 4 Food Programme staged the ceremony to mark its 20th anniversary.


Dee bitter about beer ads

Comedian Jack Dee has said he sold out on his stage persona by starring alongside animated penguins in the popular John Smith's television adverts.

The 38-year-old told Radio Times he sacrificed his "creative integrity" for the pursuit of money by appearing in the long-running series of beer commercials. He said they "drained" him and dented his self-respect.

"I handed them over my entire image, the stage persona I'd crafted for so long, to do what they want.

"I was unhappy it was no longer my property, and I've decided never to do that again. It drained me and made me have less regard for what I really do.

"I was going for money rather than creative integrity, and although I was paid very well you realise money isn't everything."

He also said he regretted hosting ITV variety show Jack Dee's Saturday Night, saying it was "misguided" of him to try to introduce cabaret to TV audiences.

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