Jane McDonald: ‘Strictly? No, it’s too much hard work!’
We’d love to see her on the dance floor, but former Loose Women star Jane McDonald tells us exactly why she won’t be joining this year’s batch of celebs...
Since springing to fame on reality TV show The Cruise, almost 20 years ago, singer Jane McDonald has never looked back. She’s performed all over the country, made us laugh out loud on Loose
Women, and dropped a whopping 1½st on ITV’s Sugar Free Farm.
Now, Jane, 54, is back with a second series of her hit Channel 5 show, Cruising With Jane McDonald, as she returns to the sea visiting places like Naples and Stockholm – with plenty of her trademark fun and frivolity thrown in along the way! Here, the downto-earth Yorkshire lass tells best why she’s wilder than ever before and the reason she won’t sign up to another reality TV show.
Hi Jane, so you’re back for a second series...
I know, it’s great! It’s the best job in the world. It’s not hard work at all. Well, apart from choosing clothes!
What are your favourite moments of this series?
There’s so many, but Cuba was wild. It was like being in the film La La Land. Every corner we turned there were people singing. One day, I heard music coming from a house, and there was
a woman stood outside. I said, ‘Is that a party?’ Bearing in mind it was 12 o’clock in the afternoon. She said, ‘ Yes,’ so we went in, and it was wild! There was a band playing and people dancing – it was like being in Fame!
We hear you had a dance lesson in Cuba. An audition for Strictly, perhaps?
No, no. Strictly’s proper hard work! This was learning how to salsa and samba. It was great fun.
You said Cuba was wild – did it take you back to crazy days in your youth?
I’m more of a party person now, actually. I’m in my second youth. I don’t know whether it’s a mid-life crisis – I think it might be, you know! I’m just like, ‘ Where am I getting this energy from?!’ I’m a bit worried because I think, ‘ What’s going to happen next?’ We are quite rock ’n’ roll on tour and on the tour bus.
What do you do?
We’re just wild! I think it’s because the buzz is fantastic after we come off stage. We live on a tour bus and have known each other for years, so we have a good old party each night. We call it a conga.
You quit alcohol when you went sugar-free. Do you ever miss it during those nights out?
I don’t need it. I have a cup of tea, and I’m still wild! Thankfully, I don’t have the alcohol now, as I can’t deal with the hangovers any more – that’s the only thing about getting older. But it’s the adrenalin with us. We finished a concert recently in Southampton, got off the bus with our cases and flew straight to Italy. Me and my friend Sue were looking at each other thinking, ‘ What are we doing?’
Cruises are known for great food. Was it hard to stick to the diet?
I let myself go a bit because there’s so much choice. I can’t say I’m 100 per cent sugar free – I’d never do that – but I am aware now of what I’m putting in my body. But on the cruise, there was amazing food everywhere. We also did a pub crawl, and there’s 20 bars on that ship! I fell off the wagon that night.
What did you drink?
Everything! I thought, ‘I’m all right, I can hold my booze.’ But apparently, I can’t! It was like a rave on there – I’ve never seen anything like it. I was in a very dark place the day after.
Does your other half (musician Ed Rothe) stick to the diet when you’re away?
He probably falls off the wagon, too. He’s like, ‘ Yay! I can have a chocolate biscuit!’ But when we’re at home, we’re really good. I do tend to stick to it even when I’m away. I’ve been doing it for nearly three years now, and haven’t put a pound on. I can’t believe it.
You’ve said your weight loss has given you both a new lease of life – has it added spice to your relationship?
I’m never here, love! So if it has, it’s not with me. [Laughs]. Let’s just say we’ve got a very good relationship.
Finally, you must have been asked to do reality TV shows. Are there any you would consider?
Never say never, but I don’t tend to go in for reality TV shows. I don’t like anything I could be voted out of! That can be catastrophic. I live in a little bubble where I’m happy and safe. So if I went into something and people didn’t like me that would burst my bubble. I just think, ‘ Why put yourself up for that?’
Cruising With Jane McDonald airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 5
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