Marie Louise McConville: I'm sorry, but TOWIE's Gemma Collins is not for me

I really wish tv bosses would stop hiring Gemma Collins for shows - it's boring watching her wannabe, diva antics
Marie Louise McConville

Goodness above, why oh why, does this keep happening?

You would think that lessons should be learned with experience but when it comes to Gemma Collins, clearly, they're not.

The former The Only Way Is Essex participant (I absolutely refuse to call her a star) is one of the latest names (she is also not a celebrity) to be announced for the new series of Dancing On Ice.

To be honest, I was never really a fan of this show before but the fact that this woman will now be appearing on it has definitely sealed the deal that I will not be tuning in.

Why on earth would anyone book her for a show?

Look how many programmes she has already ruined for us viewers.

If you're a fan of I'm A Celebrity, you may not remember `The GC' - which is what she calls herself - because she only made a brief appearance in 2014.

Following an unimpressive start, when she refused to parachute into the jungle with her camp mates, she then called it a day after 72 hours.

What a wasted opportunity.

There had also been Splash and a few other low-level reality tv shows including Celebs Go Dating.

Then someone thought it would a good idea to book the 37-year-old for Celebrity Masterchef, which I love and which is on a whole other level when it comes to television.

Of course, she came on the show, giving orders this way and giving orders that way.

It was the first time I turned the show off because in my opinion, she had no real desire to learn about cooking or improve her skills.

Thankfully, she was thrown out of the kitchen not long after she arrived and so I could salvage the rest of series.

And after all that someone has booked her to appear on Dancing On Ice.

Let's get something straight.

This show is due to appear on our screens in January when it is cold outside, when we are all tired and broke and feeling down.

All we want to do is stay in our jammies and watch comforting telly until the Spring arrives - and now we don't even have that because this woman is spoiling it for us.

I am sure she has some very fine qualities but her television persona is not for me.

It's time to give `The GC' the heave-ho.


What on earth were they thinking?

No doubt, someone somewhere thought the Glider service would be a great idea.

Well, I for one am not very impressed.

After grocery shopping at Sainsbury's at the Kennedy Centre in Belfast on Saturday, I was just over the moon to sit for ages and ages in traffic, not even being able to pull out on to the Andersonstown Road because there is now only one lane because of the Glider and it was just mayhem.

It was just brilliant and my two young children just loved it too.




Halloween's just around the corner, so how do you fancy winning a crazy cocktail experience to kick off the celebrations in style?

Based in the Queen's Quarter area of Belfast, the city's first pop-up potion cocktail experience is sure to please those taking part who will be decked out in a clock and with a wand on arrival.

The story is set around an old wizard called Professor Phileas Fisherwick, who travels the country to gather up magical ingredients for his potions.

However, the Professor has been cursed and now needs help to break the spell.

During the experience, all assistants will receive a set of instructions, equipment and elixirs for each potion and have plenty of time to create it, snap it and share it with their friends.

The whole experience lasts for one hour and 45 minutes.

The secret entrance to The Cursed Goblet can be found inside The Parlour on Elmwood Avenue.

Further information about the experience, is available at

I have one group pass – for four people – for The Cursed Goblet experience to give away.

If you fancy winning the pass, simply email your name, address and telephone number – along with the answer to the question below – to

Closing date for entries is 12 noon Tuesday, October 16, 2018

(Q) What date is Halloween?

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The winners of the Smallfoot competition are Imelda Camplisson, from Belfast and Danny Cochrane, from Lurgan.

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