Norwich’s Andrew Stone causing a stir in Celebrity Big Brother House
As good at dancing as Justin Timberlake and 'bigger' than Coronation Street - the former Taverham High School pupil in this year's Celebrity Big Brother is certainly not shy of the cameras.
Celebrity dancer Andrew Stone, who grew up in Taverham and Weston Longville, is one of the 13 contestants who entered the reality TV show's house on Thursday night.
One of the stars of Sky One's popular reality show, Pineapple Dance Studios, Stone's outrageous statements and exuberant personality have already caused a stir among viewers.
Yesterday afternoon he was 'trending', meaning one of the most popular topics at the time, on micro-blogging website Twitter.
He seemed to be splitting opinion, with some hating and some loving his brash statements, such as: 'I'm not fame hungry and I'm not a wannabe. I can cut it. I'm in it to win it and I will not give up. I'm bigger than Corrie (Coronation Street).
'I would say, as a dancer, I'm as good as Justin Timberlake. I've sung with Tina Turner, I've danced with Britney Spears, my CV speaks volumes so I'm not a wannabe.'
The former pupil of Ghost Hill First, Taverham Middle and Taverham High schools spoke to the Evening News at The Mall Norwich in March 2010, to promote his band's - Starman - debut single.
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Since then the electro-pop group have split up, due to 'creative differences between the band members'.
Mr Stone was cagey about his age when asked by the national press before his entrance to the house, and there has been speculation that he is 38.
Mr Stone told the Evening News in March 2010 that he was 28, although Taverham High School said yesterday that none of their teachers remembered him as he was at the school around 25 years ago.
Mr Stone appears to already be planning for when he comes out of the house as his management company, Quite Great PR, say he is planning a solo music career and a debut album which is set to be released this summer.
His representatives, in association with Proven Media, confirmed his management deal yesterday, with Quite Great MD, Pete Bassett, saying: 'Andrew is a real talent on so many levels from music, to dance, to acting, he is almost a mini British institution.
'However, music is his first love and you can tell this in the professional way he has approached all aspects of this part of his life.'
Mr Stone is in the house alongside the likes of shamed X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza, former Wales rugby union player Gareth Thomas, former Loose Women star Denise Welch and ex-Eastender Natalie Cassidy.
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