Friend­ship and ri­valry

Woman's Own - - WOMAN’S OWN COLUMNIST - Dawn Nee­som

Why can’t fe­male celebri­ties be friends with­out all the hor­ri­ble snip­ing? This week’s show­biz bitch­fest is be­tween pop babe Ch­eryl wot­ser­name and beau­ti­ful Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse.

These two ladies present the brand­new Great­est Dancer show on Saturday nights to­gether. Yet, be­fore they’d even said hello, there were whis­pers that Ch­eryl was play­ing the diva and it was im­plied she thought Oti was below her.

Ch­eryl and Oti have both de­nied any rift un­til they’re blue in their ex­quis­ite faces, but telly spin doc­tors know there’s nowt like a star spat to sell a show.

Chezza’s spokesper­son sniffed, ‘Ch­eryl ab­so­lutely loves work­ing with Oti and has a bril­liant re­la­tion­ship with her.’ While Oti shared a snap of them cud­dled up, declar­ing how much she loved Ch­eryl.

‘Imag­ine a world where two women work to­gether with love, sup­port and noth­ing but sis­ter­hood,’ she added.

In­ter­est­ingly, there are strong psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tions be­hind why fe­male friend­ships al­ways con­tain an el­e­ment of ri­valry. Men are en­cour­aged to com­pete ex­ter­nally – at foot­ball for ex­am­ple – but women tend to in­ter­nalise and com­pare looks, talent, lifestyle etc.

Even Tess Daly and Claudia Win­kle­man faced scru­tiny and ev­ery re­al­ity show from TOWIE to Love Is­land has traded on play­ing one girl off against an­other.

Ch­eryl is a pass­able dancer, Oti is a bril­liant one. And much sex­ier to boot. But Ch­eryl is more fa­mous. The dy­nam­ics were al­ways go­ing to be tricky. Still, the show’s Ale­sha Dixon has avoided any wicked whis­pers. Cu­ri­ous, isn’t it?

I hope the girls are all great mates with a gen­uine bond, but I’ll tune in to check out the body lan­guage and eye con­tact.

Mur­der on the dance floor? Yes, please!

‘I hope the girls are all great mates with a gen­uine bond’

Ch­eryl, Ale­sha and Oti – is it all har­mo­nious be­hind the scenes?

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