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Liz McClarnon: I'm spending my money back home; SHOULD HAVE WON CELEBRITY LOVE ISLAND, BUT DOESN'T HOLD A GRUDGE.

Byline: Liz McClarnon

I'M delighted to be writing my first column for the ECHO. We've always read the ECHO in our house and I'm so proud to actually be part of it.

There's been a lot happening for me lately. I've just seen the video to go with my forthcoming single, Woman In Love, and I'm really pleased with it. We filmed it in Liverpool so we were able t o use lots of crew members from the north west.

When I first started earning good money I was still quite young but I always remember something my dad said.

He told me: "Eh girl, you'll earn money all over the world in the future, but just do one thing for me.

Make sure you always try and spend it in Liverpool That's always stayed at the back of my mind so I was made-up when we found the converted church Alma de Cuba in Seel Street and I realised w e could film most of it there.

We also did some filming in the Hope Street hotel. We were a bit worried about disturbing the guests because we had to have massive lights shining into the room where we were filming (which also lit up every other room on that side of the hotel!) but the guests were all really buzzing and some of them even offered their services as extras!

Local designer Phil Armstrong designed the dress and he actually made it in about three days, while Lorraine McCulloch and Justine Mills from Cricket did all the styling. They did a really amazing job and I think between us we've managed to make a really good video. Fingers crossed KATE Moss has hardly been out of the news over the past week. After her cocaine allegations she's now been dropped by H&M, Channel and Burberry.

You can hardly blame the companies, I suppose. They have their image to protect, and they just can't be seen to be condoning drug taking. High street stores like H&M in particular target young, impressionable girls so it is important that the person they are paying to promote them isn't sending out an entirely different message to the one they want to convey.

At the same time, though, w e shouldn't write her off. Kate Moss is a very beautiful girl and a talented model. Her behaviour is clearly a cry for help, so let's just hope she gets the support she needs. I SPEND a lot of time working in London now, and have been lucky enough to make a lot of friends down there, from my make-up artist Cassie to my housemate Viviana, who I met through old friend Michelle Heaton from Liberty X.

It's so easy to become part of just one group and only meet the same men, and that's not great for a single girl.

I recently went out on a real girls' night out for the first time in years and years. About 15 of u s went around all the pubs in north London on a real girls night out and it was the best fun I've had in ages.

THERE'S lots on over the next month. I'm working on my second single, and doing lots of other non-singing related things that are just in the planning stages. Wish me luck

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2005
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