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the diary; LISA MAKES MY HEART GO BOOM But Steps leave me cold says fiance.


IT must be love. Boom! star Johnny Shentall has the hots for Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee, even though he says his fiancee's music leaves him cold.

Johnny teams up with Lisa next Sunday when both bands perform at the Irn-Bru Live+Loud concert in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park.

But he could be stepping into his first domestic row after revealing his true feelings about Steps' music.

He said: "To be honest, it's not my cup of tea, but if we all liked the same things, life would be boring, wouldn't it?"

But Johnny quickly smoothed over any bad feeling by adding: "I respect all five of them very much. They're a very talented bunch of people who deserve their success."

The 22-year-old singer admits he's getting used to answering questions about his private life after he and Lisa "came out" as a couple at the end of last year.

He proposed to her on a romantic cruise down the Thames on Valentine's Day.

They met when Johnny worked as a dancer on Steps' first tour and have been together for more than two years.

He said: "I know Lisa better than I've known anybody in my whole life. We get on together so well.

"Our relationship wasn't any big secret, but we were reluctant to let it get out because we're both working so hard we feel our private life is something for us to enjoy. We didn't want to ruin that.

"But once we realised it was more serious, well, you can't really hide that sort of thing."

Boom! - Johnny, Shakti Edwards, Rachael Carr, Vicky Palmer, Nick Donaghy and Scot Shaun Angel - formed two years ago and have been working steadily towards the big time. Their first single, Falling, made the Top 20 and they are now working on new material and a secret TV project.

Tranent-born Shaun moved to London from East Lothian five years ago and can't wait to play in front of his home crowd.

He said: "We've done a lot in Edinburgh and Glasgow and it never feels like hard work because the audience are always up for it. I suppose I'm biased but it's a great place to play - and I'll get to see my family as well."

Though Johnny's relationship with Lisa might be getting all the attention, it's not a problem for the rest of the band.

Shaun said: "It's cool. We've known Lisa for a couple of years and we all get on really well with her. We're like brothers and sisters in the band so we're dead happy for them."

Johnny and Lisa have yet to set a wedding date, as both are too busy with their careers - and they have no plans to perform a duet at Live+Loud.

He said: "Maybe in a few years if Boom! get as big as Steps. I want us to get up there first. It's all about hard work but it feels worth it to get invited to a show like Live+Loud, especially to be on the bill with people like A1, Five... and Steps, of course!"

Are you ready to parTy with ORANGE


THERE'S only one way to make the most of Scotland's hottest music festival... keep in touch with your mates.

So we've joined forces with our friends at Orange for a top T in the Park competition.

The festival's official communications partner is offering five readers the perfect prize.

Each winner gets a pair of hospitality tickets for both days at Balado, near Kinross in Fife, on July 7 and 8.

They also win a state-of-the-art Orange Just Talk Sony J5e phone with access to Orange WAP services, the ideal way to know when Travis, Texas, Stereophonics or any of the other major bands take the stage.

Plus each winner gets a festival survival kit containing a hat, pillow, torch, bottle opener, can cooler and a toilet roll.

Five runners-up will also win this indispensable T in the Park survivor kit.

Orange is providing up-to-the-minute festival information. Simply dial 177 from your Orange phone (or 07973 100 177 from other networks) to access all the latest T in the Park news.

Orange customers can also register to receive text message updates on the run-up and throughout the weekend by logging on to the website

And at the T in the Park site itself, you can keep your phone topped up at the Orange Rapid Recharge area.

To scoop one of the prizes, you must be 18 or over and answer this simple question:

What are the dates of this year's T in the Park festival?

Answers on a postcard to Orange T in the Park Competition, Sunday Mail, PO Box 902, Glasgow G9 2DR, by next Friday.

The first five correct entries from our mailbag will be winners. The next five will be our runners-up. Usual rules apply.

Puffy is a much better Daddy

SEAN 'Puffy' Combs isn't the only rapper to be sued by Kim Porter.

The former model, who wants more than the pounds 5500 a month she gets from Puff Daddy for their four-year-old son Christian, has been to court several times with Al B. Sure, father of her other child, Quincy, 11.

Sure, real name Al Brown, "is supposed to pay pounds 750 a month, but doesn't," said a friend of Porter. "And he never sees the kid. Puffy is a much better dad."

So much so that Combs is reportedly helping to support young Quincy as well his own son, Christian.

Marti's debut will go Close

FORMER Wet Wet Wet star Marti Pellow, left, looks set to complete his recovery with a Top 10 debut solo hit.

According to midweek sales figures, Marti's single - Close to You - will enter the UK charts at number nine later today.

It's a triumphant return for the Scots singer, who has endured a well publicised fall from grace following years of serious drug abuse.

He beat his habit with the help of fiancee ex-Miss Scotland Eileen Catterson as well as Squeeze rocker and ex-addict Chris Difford.

But it looks like Shaggy should hold Marti off from that magic number one position.

Bad news, however, for Spice Girl Mel B, whose single Lullaby looks unlikely to make it past number 14.

EMMA Thompson, above, is planning to stay a shorn again Hollywood star.

The Oscar-winner is to keep the super-short hairdo she had in new movie, Wit.

"Big hair's more glamorous but this is practical. Longer shows too much grey and you must tint all the time."

Guess Em won't be signing a big bucks shampoo deal.

Getting it just Right for TV

BOY band Right Now, who got their big break when they supported Five after winning a Diary competition, are being followed by a BBC film crew.

Dillon McNiven, above, and the four others are making a video diary leading up to their Irn-Bru Live + Loud concert next Sunday, to be shown on kids' show Live and Kicking. They'll be sharing a stage with Hear'say, A1 and Five.

Manager Jim Ritchie said: "We are looking forward to showing everybody how far we've come."

Slam record a sinner's bible

SCOTS dance gurus Slam release a new album, Alien Nation, tomorrow.

The dirty disco duo - Stuart McMillan, above, and Orde Meikle - have teamed up with Unkle and Dot Alison for the LP which comes out on their own Soma label.

Slam, who've become an institution thanks to regular shows at the Arches in Glasgow and are on this year's T In The Park bill, also have a celebrity fan base.

Channel 4's Stuart Cosgrove said: "I have prayed at the altar of Slam - I have sinned."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 10, 2001
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