5 MIN­UTES WITH KEITH LEMON

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Keith Lemon, 45, is set to snoop around more top celebri­ties’ homes as Through The

Key­hole re­turns to ITV with a sixth se­ries. With a for­mat change and a trip to the US in store, it prom­ises to be one of the best sea­sons yet, he tells Gemma Dunn.

■ IT’S BEEN A BUSY YEAR FOR YOU — AND NOW YOU’RE BACK WITH A NEW SE­RIES OF THROUGH THE KEY­HOLE?

>> Yes, I’m as busy as ever, go­ing round peo­ple’s houses and Celebrity Juic­ing. But this se­ries of [Key­hole] might be one of the best ones yet — we got great houses and they sent me to Amer­ica where we did one of my idols from the 80s. I can’t tell you who it is, but what a lovely per­son! We ex­changed phone num­bers and we still text now, but it’s funny some­times, be­cause you be­come friends with peo­ple un­til they text back and go: ‘You didn’t say you broke that!’ But gen­er­ally, I think I’ve grown up. I’ve ma­tured.

■ CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT THIS SEA­SON’S PAN­EL­LISTS?

>> One I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed was Cait­lyn Jen­ner. See­ing Cait­lyn Jen­ner con­vers­ing with Johnny Ve­gas, now that’s a cou­ple I never thought I’d see get­ting on well. It was lovely watch­ing them.

■ HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CHANGES TO THE SHOW’S FOR­MAT?

>> I’ll tell you what’s ex­cit­ing about this new se­ries — in the past we’ve al­ways shown [the au­di­ence] whose house it is, but we did get a lot of peo­ple on Twit­ter and other so­cial net­works say­ing: ‘I wish you wouldn’t show the house be­cause I like play­ing along’. Well now we don’t show the house so you can play along at home with the pan­el­lists!

■ IT SEEMS YOU’VE NO SHORT­AGE OF HOMES TO SNOOP ON, EI­THER.

>> We al­ways panic. Ev­ery se­ries we go: ‘Well, it’s prob­a­bly the last time we’re go­ing to do this. Is there any more houses to do?’ But as I al­ways say, there’s al­ways new celebri­ties com­ing up, and new celebri­ties go­ing down, or some­one who is sell­ing their home. I’m nosy, I like look­ing into peo­ple’s houses. It’s a lovely job.

■ IT’S ONE OF MANY TV JOBS FOR YOU. IS IT FAIR TO SAY YOU’RE IN DE­MAND?

>> I don’t know if I’m in de­mand. Nor­mally I’m just knock­ing on doors go­ing: ‘Let me have a go, please?’ But yes, I’m re­ally chuffed. I mean the next se­ries of Celebrity Juice is its 21st se­ries, and last year marked 10 years. Just the fact that Juice got to 10 years was an in­cred­i­ble dream and the next se­ries of Through The

Key­hole is se­ries six, so fin­gers crossed we’ll keep go­ing. You can’t get com­pla­cent, you’ve got to keep go­ing. What’s your next idea? What’s your next plan? ■ YOU WERE VERY SUP­PORT­IVE OF YOUR PAL HOLLY WIL­LOUGHBY’S STINT HOST­ING I’M A CELEBRITY... CAN YOU EVER SEE YOUR­SELF COM­PET­ING IN THE JUN­GLE? >> No way ever will I go in the jun­gle — even when I hit rock bot­tom and I’ve got no work at all, I’ll go work in Ham­leys.

■ WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE RE­AL­ITY SHOWS ON OF­FER?

>> I’d never do Strictly [Come Danc­ing]. Ash­ley [Roberts] told me how hard it is and I’m good friends with Emma Bun­ton, who did it years ago, and she was tired. It’s re­ally hard work, so I wouldn’t do that one. And

Big Brother has ended and I never would have done that. I got of­fered to host Big Brother after Dav­ina [McCall] and I said: ‘No, but you should get Emma Wil­lis’. Then they got Brian Dowl­ing. And then ob­vi­ously Emma took over. Then they said: ‘Will you go in it?’ I said: ‘I’m not go­ing to go in it’.

■ SO WHAT’S LEFT TO TICK OFF CA­REER-WISE? IS THERE A DREAM JOB?

>> I can’t tell you be­cause some dream jobs are hap­pen­ing. I’ve done a cameo in a film which I won’t tell you about, but that was re­ally ex­cit­ing. I re­ally en­joyed it, so more bits like that. I’d like to do a Christ­mas al­bum with Paddy McGuin­ness. We talked about it this Christ­mas [gone] but we didn’t fit it in, and now he’s do­ing Top Gear so we prob­a­bly won’t fit it in next year.

■ Through The Key­hole is on ITV from Satur­day, Jan­uary 12.

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