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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Rachel Stevens has her say
GO THE EXTRA MILE
Sport Relief Saturday:
10 July 2004
BBC One from 1900 BST

Sport Relief gave you the chance to pop the question to Rachel Stevens in an exclusive website Q&A.

Pop star Rachel is playing a major part in Sport Relief '04.

Her new single Some Girls, released on 12 July, is the official fundraising song for this year's campaign.

And Rachel will be joining thousands of people doing the Fitness First Sport Relief Mile on 10 July when she runs at Birmingham's Centenary Square.

But she took time out of her schedule to answer the best of the hundreds of e-mails you sent in this week.

Thanks for all your questions - a selection appear below.


What made you decide to run the Sport Relief mile?
Craig Hutchings, England

I am really proud to be doing the Sport Relief single but I also realise how important it is for people like me, Nicki Chapman and others to go out there and run the Mile along with everyone else who is supporting Sport Relief, to raise awareness for the charity.

Have you been doing anything to train for the Mile?
Hannah Miller, England

Officially? No. I haven't had time. I've been really busy promoting the single. But I have all the dance rehearsals and running around promoting the single, so hopefully that has kept me in shape. Fingers crossed that will have done the job.

How will you do the mile (running, walking, freestyle etc)?
Kirsty, England

To the best of my ability I promise to try and run it, though I might have to do a cheeky walk in the middle.

Will you go on and run a marathon?
Sam Booth, UK

Never say never, but probably best to see how I get on with the Mile first.

If you could have any reward at the end of the mile, what would it be and would it make you run faster?
Lauren Chidgey, UK

The ideal thing to make me run faster would be a nice pair of shiny new Christian Louboutin shoes.

What sport did you used to hate doing at school?
Lukas, Germany

I never really hated any particular sport but out of all the sports, I used to prefer the team games to running and sprinting and those types of things.

Were you any good at sports when you were at school? Gavin, Wales

Again, I wasn't particularly sporty but I was on the rounders team, netball team and ran relays, so I was ok.

If you could be stuck on a desert island with one sports person and one musician who would it be?
David Williams, Wales

Music wise? Anyone alive or dead? It would have to be Elvis, because he's a great entertainer.

Sporty? It would have to be Colin Jackson, I met him during the video for Some Girls and he was so lovely. I wouldn't mind being stuck on a desert island with him.

If you were a sports star rather than a pop star, which sport would you like to be associated with?
Lee Willson, England

It would definitely have to be high jump because I'm really tall and I have the longest legs ...... not.

Who are your sporting heroes?
Jon Abrahams, UK

I used to love Jimmy White when I was younger. I thought he was really cool. And like everyone else I was really proud of the English rugby team when they won the World Cup.

Has all the running around these last few weeks doing all your TV slots got you fit ready for Saturday?
Alistair Todd, England

Hopefully all the running around has knocked me into shape. I'll have to cross my fingers and I'll let you know on Saturday

If you were going to run in a relay race which three people would you choose to be in your team?
Hannah Miller, England

Chris Moyles, to make me laugh; Thierry Henry, the football player and Linford Christie to take it home.

How does it feel knowing that 99% of men would sacrifice their own granny to go out on a date with you? Sam Jones, England

Is there any way I can find out that that's an official statistic? Seriously though, I am always really really flattered but it does make me feel a bit embarrassed sometimes.

Which of your S Club pals would you have to convince the most to do the Sport Relief Mile?
Stevie, England

Bradley would, hands down, be the hardest person to convince. And then probably only if he got someone to carry him round!

Who would you most like to sing a duet with?
Laura, England

There are so many people. But at the moment it would have to be Justin Timberlake. No explanation needed there.

How do you keep your drive and ambition to maximum? Does all the constant working ever just make you tired and wanting a night away from it all?
Martin Miller, England

Of course, working all the time you do get tired and it can get really stressful, especially before you are about to release a single or an album.

But, the thing is, I absolutely love what I do. I am really passionate about my career and my music and I am so lucky to be able to do what I do for a job, so for all the early morning starts and long days, I could never trade it all in.

What was it like performing alongside the likes of Rod Stewart and James Brown at the Olympic Torch Concert?
Jon, Cheshire

It was really special. Not just because of the other people included in the line-up, but it was the first really huge live gig that I have done on my own since being out of S Club.

I was absolutely thrilled to have done it and the crowd was amazing. It was really nerve wracking but amazing.

How easy/difficult did you find the transition from a close knit group such as S Club 7 to becoming a solo artist?
Andrew Foster, UK

I have been on my own for a while now, so I am getting used to it. I do love being solo because I can have more of my own creative input to every aspect of my career.

Before there wasn't the time and scope to do it because there were seven of us.

When I first came out of S Club it was really really hard to do live gigs and interviews by myself because I had been used to having the guys with me for so long.

But you do get used to it. And I am really happy where I am now as a solo artist.

Do you still stay in touch with Hannah and the crew from S Club 7?
Andrew, Scotland

We do all keep in contact, we call and text. It is quite difficult to see each other as often as we did, purely because people are so busy doing their own thing.

But we all went to Hannah's film premier and John's opening night in Les Miserable, so we do all keep supporting each other.

Do you prefer being an actress to being a pop star? Lauren Hruszka, England

I couldn't choose between them. Acting was something that I really really enjoyed doing when I was in S Club, LA 7, the movie. It is something that I really want to explore in the future, but I am so focused on doing the music at the moment.

If you were not a singer or an actress, what job would you be in?
Agni Thilakan, Cardiff, South Wales

I studied fashion at the London College of Fashion. I get involved in it as part of my own styling, so if I wasn't a pop star maybe a fashion buyer or a stylist.

Who do you think is Britain's best sporting ambassador and why?
Sam Meadows, England

I think there were so many of them. The England rugby team and David Beckham have such high international profiles and also people who have come out of Euro 2004, like Wayne Rooney.

We are lucky because we do have so many, but it is difficult to think of just one person.

What is your favourite song at the moment?
Franziska, Germany

Might sound like a bit of a cop out, but I couldn't pick one favourite song at the moment as there is so much great stuff out there.

I like the Kelis album and I'm listening to a lot of Coldplay, but I can't pick one at the moment.

If you could be any one member of the friends cast for a day who would you be and why?
Naimh and India Bown, England

Purely for laughs and because he has some of the best lines in the whole series, it would have to be Joey.

But if I was allowed then I would like to throw a bit of Rachel in there as well - for the obvious reasons.

What is the craziest thing a fan has done to get your attention? Alex, Britain

When we were in Asia we had one group of fans that followed us around for the whole trip.

They used to sleep outside the hotel in sleeping bags and take it in turns to stay awake in case we came out.

In the UK, during a trip to Sheffield a guy burst into the dressing room and the girls all thought it was a practical joke that the boys had played on us.

It was only when the security came in and took him away that we realised that it was a fan who had gotten in past security into our dressing room.





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