David Baddiel and Frank Skinner to re-record Three Lions anthem as Christmas song
IT wouldn’t be a game against England without footy fans singing Three Lions, but for the first Winter World Cup they’ll be singing a more celebratory version.
Comedy duo David Baddiel and Frank Skinner reunite once again with The Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie to recreate the 1996 hit, but this time as a Christmas song, Three Lions On A Sleigh.
And they’re gonna change the lyrics to refer to our Euro winning Lionesses
The gang are reuniting next month to film an updated video and are hoping to land a cameo from 1966 England striker Sir Geoff Hurst.
The track is believed to be released shortly after the tournament kicks off on November 20, with hopes it will become Christmas No1.
The famous lyrics are updated to include many Chrimbo puns.
A comedy source said: “The Three Lions track has become synonymous with football so the guys thought it would be really fun to stand behind the first ever Winter World Cup with a Christmas version.
“They massively enlarged the Lionesses in the new song and toyed with some of the lyrics to include corny Christmas puns.”
Three Lions became the English anthem during the Euro 96 campaign and it was re-recorded as the unofficial anthem for the 1998 World Cup.
Another version was made in 2010 with Robbie Williams and Russell Brand.
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In May, England legend Paul Gascoigne blasted the FA’s plan to scrap the Three Lions anthem, fearing its lyrics would offend other footballing nations.
But this new revamp of the song should ensure that it remains the anthem of English fans.
After the way the Three Lions played on Friday against Italy, let’s hope this song changes their fate. . .
PETER CROUCH, Maya Jama and Alex Horne will not return with their post-match chat show during the World Cup.
A source said of Crouchy’s Year Late Euros: Live: “It was decided not to bring it back as it was poorly received.”
A BBC spokesperson added: ‘It was commissioned specifically for Euros.
Football enthusiast Stormzy jumped at the chance to compete in the World Cup.
I can reveal that the grime artist is part of a lucrative Adidas ad campaign, where he plays a bus driver.
It comes as he prepares to release his long-awaited third album, featuring collaborations with emerging talents J Hus, Potter Payper and Tendai.
I bet it’s a bopper (vossi).
Bella’s new look
GIGI HADID is so worried about being caught sneaking off on secret dates with Leonardo DiCaprio that she’s taken to wearing disguises.
The model donned a sexy Little Red Riding Hood style outfit at the afterparty for the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week on Friday night.
Meanwhile, I learn that actor Leo has taken a private plane to join her in the Italian city so they can spend some time together.
I just hope his head doesn’t get turned by younger role models while he’s here. . .
CIAN DUCROT@The Lafayette, London
THE intimate place was the perfect setting for Ducrot’s mix of raw lyricism and melancholic pop.
Currently on his first sold-out UK tour, the Irish singer-songwriter showed laidback charm by giving humorous preambles before songs and snapping a fan photo for their social media.
Highlights included a powerful cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which he performed while wearing a fancy jumpsuit, and haunting unplugged vocals as he sat on stage.
In a touching moment, he broke down in tears on the last line of his hit All For You.
By the end of the show, it was clear that Ducrot wears his heart on his sleeve.
It’s a refreshingly honest talent that you can’t help but encourage.
Hollyoaks track link to the jungle
HOLLYOAKS fans are in for a treat, as I can reveal handsome Owen Warner is lined up for I’m A Celebrity. . . Get me out of here!.
The actor, who has played Romeo Nightingale on the Channel 4 soap since 2018, is set to head Down Under this winter as the ITV show returns to Australia after two years in Wales.
Owen – a former love of Geordie Shore party girl Chloe Ferry – is no stranger to showing off his six-pack on social media, so he’s likely to be a hit in the famous jungle waterfall shower.
He can also ask Malique Thompson-Dwyer for advice, as fellow castmate Hollyoaks was on the show in 2018.
A TV source said: “Owen is so excited to be in the mix. He’s never done anything like this, and it would catapult his profile to a new level.
“His abs are on point so he won’t be shy about showing off his body.”
I can’t wait to see who he might share camp with.
Lucie married and wild
LUCIE DONLAN looks like a jungle animal in this snap, but she wants an ocean-themed wedding to fellow Love Islander Luke Mabbott.
Speaking at the launch of her Ann Summers collection, she said: ‘We would like a wedding venue like Hawaii or Bali.
“We want our honeymoon at an underwater hotel in Australia but we want to be engaged for a few years.”
It’s time to start saving. . .
Mel: Spice up a pain
THEY were the pioneers of girl power, but Mel C admitted that working with the Spice Girls can be “a pain in the ass” and “a double-edged sword”. Ouch.
Sporty Spice also revealed her bandmate Victoria Beckham lacked confidence on stage as she opened up about the inner workings of the girl group at a talk earlier this month to promote her new book.
Mel, right, said: “I love working with the girls. Sometimes it’s a pain in the ass. But I love them dearly.
“It’s a double-edged sword, but working with the Spice Girls is a dynamic, like anyone with a group of friends, and you fit into that.
“And we created collaborative music, which we felt as a team, as a group of people, and then going on and being what I call very complacent.
“We played to our strengths. We know where everyone’s talents lie.”
Asked about their 2007 tour where Posh walked for her solo moment, Mel explained, “That’s all she had to do, but she can do so much more.
“There’s an element of her that doesn’t feel confident enough.”
Newly single Mel also dropped the biggest hint yet about reuniting 90s hitmakers as five original pieces to perform at Glastonbury next year.
She said, “I would like to do it 100%. I think it’s too big a gig for VB to be busy that night.
Maybe Mel should change her nickname to Shouty Spice. . .
BECK@The Lafayette, London
In a hastily arranged acoustic show, the Californian singer delivered a set of rarely released tracks from his vast and varied discography.
The lucky few who crammed into this little club got to see Beck, in all his raggedy, shabby-chic glory, blow his harmonica and strum an acoustic guitar for a stripped-down set.
Opening with The Golden Age, he returned to Nitemare Hippy Girl and Truckdriven Neighbors Downstairs from the 1994 album Mellow Gold.
He skipped the big hit Loser and launched the new song Ramona and entertained the audience with stories from his career.
Forgetting a verse here and there only added to a very enchanting close encounter with alt-rock royalty.
Daisy’s mother so guilty
DAISY LOWE has cut back on modeling to focus on a TV career, but her mother Pearl still feels guilty about the sleazy photographers her daughter encountered in the fashion world.
Daisy – who recently got engaged to property developer Jordan Saul – was spotted aged 15 and shot to fame.
But her fashion designer mother has revealed Daisy confided in her about unsavory incidents when she was a young model.
Pearl said: “She told me stories about photographers trying to get her to take her clothes off or hit on her.
“Daisy was also very sexual at that age. Daisy has always been very comfortable with her body.
“She was stripping and didn’t care, so I think maybe they were getting the wrong message sometimes.
“I watched a show recently about French modeling agencies and it really freaked me out because I knew some of the models there. It was so dark.
“You just think, ‘God, I’m letting my daughter go in this area.’ And that’s just awful.
“I don’t think Daisy told me at the time, but recently she was like, ‘Oh my God, it happened. . . ‘
“But she is very strong.”
I hope things finally change for young models.