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Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass in May 2007
Background information
Birth name Myleene Angela Klass
Born 6 April 1978 (1978-04-06) (age 31)
Gorleston, Norfolk, England
Genres Pop, classical crossover
Occupations Actress, singer, model, pianist, presenter
Instruments Piano
Years active 2001–present
Labels EMI Classics
Associated acts Hear’Say
(2001–2002)
Website Official website

Myleene Angela Klass is an English actress, singer, model, pianist and media personality, formerly a member of the now defunct British pop band Hear'Say.

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Early life

Klass was born in Gorleston, Norfolk, England, to an English/Austrian father and a Filipina mother.[1] She comes from six generations of classical musicians on her father's side: Klass's grandmother was an opera singer and her grandfather left his violin to her, which she went on to play. Klass began to learn the piano and violin from the age of four and then the harp at 12. She took Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams in violin, piano and voice. She received an A grade in A-level music, and became a Norfolk County scholar.[2]

Klass attended St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, then Cliff Park High School in Gorleston, before going to Notre Dame High School, Norwich for a short time. While at school she spent her Saturdays studying singing at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and later took a musical theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music, University of London.

Music career

After graduating, Klass spent a short period as part of a reality show for Bravo, called The Dolls House.[3] She sang backing vocals for Cliff Richard,[4] and made her West End theatre debut in Miss Saigon.[1]

Hear'Say

In 2001, Klass auditioned for the ITV reality show Popstars, which gave an opportunity for contestants to become part of a newly formed pop band. Klass was chosen as one of the 10 finalists and became a member of Hear'Say, alongside Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw, Danny Foster and Noel Sullivan. Hear'Say's first single Pure and Simple was the fastest selling non-charitable record ever, selling 1.3 million copies. This record has since been beaten by Will Young, the first winner of Pop Idol, and his debut single Anything is Possible/Evergreen. Popstars, Hear'Say's debut album (named after the TV show), sold 1.2 million copies in the UK. Following the success of their first album, the band were given their own TV show entitled Hear'Say It's Saturday. During the show's run, the band had a chance to perform with established artists such as Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Bradley Walsh, Blue and Atomic Kitten. At the end of 2001, Hear'Say appeared on the Royal Variety Performance.

Subsequently, the group achieved a 37-date sell-out arena tour and performed numerous television guest appearances. Klass made many appearances with Hear'Say on TV and at live performance venues during 2002. The pop act's many promotional appearances during the year were also broadcast as part of their own TV shows entitled Hear'Say: A New Chapter In Full and The Hear'Say Story. In total, Hear'Say had 4 top ten singles including two number 1s in the British charts, before splitting after a reported long-term feud between Klass and Marsh. The feud resulted in Marsh leaving the band in December 2001 and being replaced by Johnny Shentall in 2002.

Moving On

Almost a year after the Hear'Say break-up on 13 May 2003, Klass signed a five-album deal with Universal Classics and Jazz. Promotion started with the release of the main promotional single Toccata and Fugue to TV channels and was the first ever classical piece to appear on British music television channel The Box. She also appeared in the video for Da Ya Think I'm Sexy with the FHM Hot 100, which went to Number 10 in the UK.

Klass' album, entitled carrying On, was launched on 20 October 2003 at Harrods, London. The album included reworked versions of popular classical pieces such as Fauré's Pavane, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Satie's Gymnopedie No.2. Moving On also included music from Oscar-winning films Gladiator and The Piano. New arrangements for piano of more contemporary works were also included on the album, namely Linkin Park's Crawling and Daniel Bedingfield's If You're Not the One. In its first week of release Moving On peaked at Number 2 in the Classical charts, behind Hayley Westenra. By mid-December 2003, the album had been certified Gold. On 15 May 2004, Moving On was nominated as Peoples' Album Of The Year in the Classical BRIT Awards. The award went to Bryn Terfel's platinum-selling record Bryn.

Klass confirmed there would be a re-release of the album featuring five new tracks, however its release was pushed back because of conflicts between Klass's new management company (Mel Bush Organisation) and her previous (Safe Management) regarding royalties. Ultimately the release was cancelled, the only remnant being the Asian release of Moving On, which includes three new tracks: Trouble (a Coldplay cover with Myleene's vocals), Sahara and Le Onde. Klass then revealed that she would be working on a new album, which would include a number of tracks featuring her vocals. However, on 23 October 2004 it was announced that Klass would not be releasing any further material through her current label UCJ, Universal Classics & Jazz.

EMI Classics

On 28 March 2007 Klass signed a record contract with EMI Classics as both a recording artist and an ambassador for the EMI Classics UK roster of artists. These include Alfie Boe, Natasha Marsh and Natalie Clein. The deal includes the release of a series of albums on which Klass performs two exclusive tracks and chooses a number of her favourite classical pieces from the EMI Classics back catalogue. The first album Myleene's Music for Romance, was released on 2 July 2007 and went straight to number 1 in the classical chart. A music video to accompany the lead track Cinema Paradiso was shot at the Bucharest Opera House, Romania in April. The photo session for the album was shot by Mitch Jenkins.

Myleene's second album in the EMI series, Myleene’s Music for Mothers, was released on 18 February 2008, and features two tracks played by Klass.[5] These two tracks are the popular "America" from West Side Story, written by Leonard Bernstein, and Ennio Morricone’s "Chi Mai", known best as the theme tune to the 1981 BBC TV drama serial The Life and Times of Lloyd George.

Television career

Presenting

In August 2005, Klass was signed as a presenter for the ITV1 music show CD:UK alongside Lauren Laverne and Johny P,[6] with her first appearance shown on 17 September 2005. However, CD:UK was axed in March 2006 because of poor ratings. On 27 November 2005, beside Brian Dowling, Klass presented the Variety Club Showbusiness Awards which were broadcast on LIVINGtv. Also in 2005, Klass appeared as a guest panellist on the topical discussion show The Wright Stuff on a number of occasions. During December 2005, Klass helped present the E4 spin-off from Channel 4's hoax television show Space Cadets. During Christmas 2005, Klass appeared in a celebrity version of the BBC's acclaimed quiz show Mastermind. Klass scored 20 points in round one on her chosen specialist subject which was Series 1 of Sex and the City. However, during the general knowledge round, Klass failed to answer a single question correctly.

On 9 June 2006 Klass hosted City Showcase's Classical Night, supporting the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Rochester Castle Gardens along with the Opera Babes on 22 July, and appearing at Music On Fire at Sandhurst on the 22 September. On 6 August 2006, Klass was as a guest reporter on BBC One's popular Sunday morning religion and ethics show Heaven & Earth with Gloria Hunniford.[7] Klass's report, billed as the feature of the week, was on the Pope's astronomer.[8] On 22 September 2006, Klass was seen discussing her own dramatic weight loss with Peaches Geldof in a report on Tonight with Trevor McDonald concerning body image issues. Since 2006, Klass has been seen an occasional reporter and sometime guest on the LK Today section of GMTV. With Andi Peters, Klass presented the Five Friday night series, The All Star Talent Show broadcast between 8 September 2006 and 13 October 2006. From 10 October 2006, Klass co-presented LIVINGtv's Ghost Towns beside popular medium and ex-Most Haunted star Derek Acorah.[9] As part of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards, broadcast on ITV1, Klass visited Kabul in Afghanistan to present troops with their prize. Klass's report of the trip was then broadcast during the ceremony shown on 7 November 2006. On 17 December 2006, Klass was part of the Outside Broadcast team for the ITV talent show The X Factor. Klass reprised her role in the following year's X Factor, this time in Wales.

On 13 January 2007, Klass appeared on the BBC One quiz programme Your Country Needs You, featuring in the England team alongside EastEnders star Perry Fenwick. A week later, on 20 January 2007, Klass was a guest on the ITV1 Saturday night prime time entertainment show, Al Murray's Happy Hour. In February 2007, Klass presented the red carpet coverage of the BAFTA Awards 2007 for Orange Mobile and its online services. Since March 2007, Klass has hosted a new movie show The Screening Room on CNN International, which reaches a global audience of over 200 million people. In 2007, Klass became a questioner on the new National Lottery show The People's Quiz. In May 2007, Klass appeared on Sky HD's Test Card: in a nod to the famous Test Card F and a play on words to Hear'Say, she is dressed exactly like Carole Hersee, the eight-year-old girl who is featured on Test Card F. Unlike Test Card F, Klass steps out of the frame to give viewers a guide to high-definition TV.[10]

On the 4 July 2007 episode of the BBC's The Daily Politics programme, Klass presented a segment criticizing the British Government's multicultural policies and in particular the provision of translation services by public bodies. Citing her own mixed race background she accused current policies of stifling ethnic minorities and the natural desire of children to integrate. From July - August 2007 Myleene co-presented the daily BBC One programme The One Show with Adrian Chiles, before quitting to concentrate on looking after her baby. Myleene has since returned to the show occasionally as a guest reporter. In March 2007 Myleene starred as the 'hidden' celebrity in an episode of the CBBC show Hider in the House. She also appeared as a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in December 2007. On 31 December 2007, Myleene presented the BBC 1 programme, live from London, for the countdown to the year 2008 at midnight.

Myleene appeared briefly in episode 6 of the 2008 series of The Apprentice (UK) as a 'treat' for winning team Alpha, performing a classical music concert in the living room of the contestant's London home. The episode was aired on 30 April 2008. She presented Last Choir Standing with Nick Knowles, a nationwide search for Britain's favourite choir. The show signalled her return to Saturday night prime time when the series began on 5 July. Klass also introduced Rihanna on the Royal Variety Performance 2008 shown on BBC 1 Klass was announced as the new presenter of Channel 4 series 10 Years Younger, on 21 December. The program is aired every Thursday evening, from 9-10. Klass replaced Nicky Hambleton-Jones as presenter.[11]

Klass has appeared in many shows featuring the reminiscences of celebrities and media commentators including The Law Of The Playground and 100 Greatest Kids' TV shows. Klass also features regularly in Marks & Spencers advertisements as well as adverts for Pantene. In one Pantene advert, she plays Aerodynamic by Daft Punk on a piano. She also co-hosts the American version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!.[12][13][14][15] In January 2010 Klass presented the ITV1 show Popstar to Operastar along with Alan Titchmarsh. The celebrities on this show include Klass' former bandmate Kym Marsh.

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Klass took part in the 6th series of ITV1's reality television series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which began on 13 November 2006 and ended on 1 December 2006. Klass finished in second place, behind Matt Willis. Klass' popularity was boosted by the show, particularly with male viewers as Klass' sex appeal in a bikini was a frequent focus of show coverage.[16][17] Klass's brother Don, noticing his sister's popularity with the male audience, suggested she auction off her now famous bikinis from the show on eBay.[18] Within a week of leaving the jungle, Klass took his advice and put her white bikini from the show on auction on eBay until 7 December 2006. [19] Klass pledged that all the money raised from the auction will go to charity to help victims of the Farepak savings scandal. The auction raised £7,500.[citation needed]

Upon returning to the UK, Klass did several TV and press interviews about her time on the show. Commenting on her famous showers, she said she never expected it to be such a focus of attention and that the reason for her frequent cold showers was to help cope with her sexual frustration, saying "Forget snakes and spiders - going without sex was the hardest thing.". In fact she revealed that so great was her frustration and sexual urges after nearly 3 weeks without sex, that upon her release from the jungle, she spent the first hour having unprotected sex with her boyfriend which resulted in her pregnancy with her first child.[20][21] [22] [23][24] After only one week on I'm a Celebrity..., Klass became the most searched for celebrity from the show ever on the internet search engine MSN/Live Search[25] and the third most searched for celebrity in the UK.[26] This was mainly fuelled by image searches of Klass; an unsurprising fact given that she was frequently featured on the show in her bikini. By the last week of the show, Klass became the top searched for celebrity by UK users.

Radio

In February 2006, Klass began presenting the Sunday Breakfast programme on Classic FM, taking over from Aled Jones. Klass can now be heard on the radio station every Saturday and Sunday between 7am and 9am. In addition to Classic FM, she was also heard on London's Capital Radio on Sunday evenings from 8-10pm. This show was also broadcast on GCap Media's One Network local commercial radio stations around the UK. On 27 May 2008 Klass presented the BBC Radio 2 show Friday Night Is Music Night in front of a live audience at the Watford Colosseum, Watford, Hertfordshire. The recording of this show waas broadcast on 18 July 2008. In 2008 Klass presented various shows on Britain's largest commercial radio station talkSPORT, filling in for both former presenters James Whale and Jon Gaunt.

Modelling

In November 2004 Klass posed for Loaded magazine. After this she appeared in a shot for Maxim magazine in February 2006,[27] it was revealed in April 2006 that Klass charted at Number 78 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Females of 2006, after not being included the previous year. Klass had previously been featured at Number 84 in 2002, 33 in 2003 and 43 in 2004. Klass was chosen as the new face of Ortak Jewellery.[28] In January 2007, it was announced that Klass had signed a multi-million pound deal with Marks and Spencer to model clothes and swimwear for the new season.[29] As the new face and body of Marks and Spencer's Spring and Summer Collection, Klass now appears in both print and television advertising, including one modelled on Ursula Andress's first appearance in Dr. No.

Miscellaneous work

In early 2006, Klass was cast as one of the 3 women starring in the long running play The Vagina Monologues and performed in Bromley, Richmond and Brighton. Her run was then extended to include all dates in Nottingham.[30] She has also participated in the Serbian version of The Vagina Monologues in April 2006 in Belgrade, Serbia. Olympic champions joined Klass on 13 December 2006 to launch Lucky Dog, a new London 2012 National Lottery scratchcard. In 2008 Klass began designing a range of baby clothes for Mothercare called Baby K.[31] Klass also writes a regular blog for the pregnancy and parenting website Gurgle, which is owned by Mothercare.[32]

Personal life

Klass lives near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire,[33][34] with her fiance, Graham Quinn. On 1 April 2007 she announced she was pregnant, with the baby due on 7 September.[35][36][37] As a result she delayed her wedding until 2008.[38] Ava Bailey Quinn was born three weeks before her due date on 16 August 2007 at 13.45 GMT[39] weighing 5 lb 9 oz (2.5 kg)[40] Klass' spokesman said: "Myleene presented The One Show and felt a bit weird on the way home. She went to the hospital to get checked out and they told her she was in labour".[41] Klass has published a book about her experiences of being pregnant, entitled "My Bump and Me: From Morning Sickness to Motherhood - An Honest Diary of My Pregnancy". As of May 2009, Klass has an accumulated wealth of £7.5 million. [42]

In December 2005, Klass was attacked by a group of teenagers in a newsagent in Bermondsey. Klass had a bag of chips dropped on her head, and was pushed to the ground. The teenagers attempted to take photos of Klass on their mobile phones.[43] On 1 May 2006, Klass was involved in a head-on go-karting crash at a Red Bull charity go-karting event in Cardiff, South Wales.[44] In January 2010, Klass claimed she received a warning from Hertfordshire Police for brandishing a kitchen knife (through a window) at a group of teenagers who entered her garden while she and her daughter were alone in the house – she stated she was "utterly terrified". She was said to be "aghast" at the response by the police.[45][46]Hertfordshire Police have denied making any such warning and stated that the law allows householders the proportionate use of defence to protect themselves. It has subsequently been reported that it was Klass' agent or publicist who notified the police of the incident and who then passed on the story to the Sun Newspaper's reporter, Emma Cox.[47]

Klass has been an amateur astronomer for most of her life,[citation needed] having been taught the basics by her father. She was one of only a handful of celebrities, engineers and scientists who were at the UK National Space Centre control centre for the touch-down of the UK Mars probe Beagle 2 in the early morning of Christmas Day 2003. Since then she has been a keen supporter of the UK's work in the European space program.[48] In March 2006, Klass publicly criticized the proposed closure of the London Planetarium and explained on television how to view Venus in the early morning. She also appeared on Channel 4's Richard & Judy to discuss the book Moondust, which follows the lives of the first men on the moon, and in 2007 attended the televised party on BBC1, held at the home of Sir Patrick Moore in Selsey to mark the 50th anniversary of Moore's monthly programme, The Sky at Night. Klass is now studying astronomy with the Open University.[49]

Charity work

As part of World Vision's 24 hour Famine appeal, Klass visited Sierra Leone to see how World Vision was working to help villages build up their lives.[50] She has also been the face of various charity campaigns such as stop text bully and ChildLine, and most recently help aid the Niger famine appeal by manning the phone lines.

At the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist, Norwich on 24 June 2005, Klass performed a selection of tracks from her Moving On album, as well accompanying some local school children in a concert of classical standards. The Cathedral summer concert was organised to raise funds for an extension of the church building. Part of this performance was recorded by MTV, who were following Klass at the time for a show called The Price Of Fame. The programme was later broadcast by VH1 and also by ITV1, where it was only shown in the London region. The recording by the music channel was acknowledged by Klass during the evening.

On 15 July 2006, as part of BBC One's Sport Relief charity spectacular, Klass appeared as a special guest in the Question of Sport Relief segment. Klass's appearance involved her playing a variety of TV sport theme tunes on a grand piano. This part of the fundraiser was based on the BBC's popular A Question of Sport quiz show and was hosted by Sue Barker. Guest panellists on the show included Nancy Dell'Olio and Zara Phillips, who played alongside the regular team captains Ally McCoist and Matt Dawson.

During December 2006, Klass also appeared on The Big Finish with Graham Norton, in which she competed alongside Bill Oddie and Big Brother star Nikki Grahame for the "Showbiz" team (against "Soap" "Sport" "News" and "Judges" teams) to compete to win £10,000 for the winning team's chosen charities. However, the Showbiz team, represented by Graham in the final round, was beaten by the Soap team represented by former EastEnders actress Wendy Richard. In November 2007, Klass guest-presented BBC Children in Need and performed Your Song with John Barrowman.

Discography

See Hear'Say for the full Hear'Say Discography

Hear'Say albums

  • Popstars
  • Everybody

Solo albums

  • Moving On
  • Myleene's Music for Romance

Solo promotional singles

  • Toccata and Fugue

References

  1. ^ a b "Myleene: Everything you wanted to know about Ms. Klass". MyleeneKlass.co.uk. http://www.myleeneklass.co.uk/myleene/. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Myleene Klass". Classic FM. http://www.classicfm.co.uk/on-air/presenters/myleene-klass/. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Brook, Sally (25 March 2001). "She Socked It To Lover On Camera". The People. http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/people-london-england-the/mi_7998/is_2001_March_25/socked-lover-camera/ai_n36304067/?tag=content;col1. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Before They Were Famous". Sunday Mail. Glasgow, Scotland: Trinity Mirror. 29 April 2009. http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/sunday-mail-glasgow-scotland/mi_7994/is_2001_April_29/famous/ai_n36316101/?tag=content;col1. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Myleene's Music for Mothers | Album Info
  6. ^ Biography MyleeneKlass.co.uk
  7. ^ Speakers' Corner
  8. ^ The Heaven and Earth Show BBC
  9. ^ Filmography
  10. ^ Revamped testcard gets a touch of Klass Daily Mail, retrieved on 21 May 2007
  11. ^ "Seven years younger! C4 makeover show bids farewell to Nicky, 37, in favour of Myleene, 30". Daily Mail. 4 November 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1083114/Seven-years-younger-C4-makeover-bids-farewell-Nicky-37-favour-Myleene-30.html. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  12. ^ I'm A Celeb US: Get Myleene Out Of Here!
  13. ^ Myleene Klass lands I'm A Celeb US presenting deal Daily Mirror 20 May 2009; Retrieved 20 May 2009
  14. ^ Sweet deal: Myleene Klass lands six-figure contract to present U.S. I'm A Celebrity Daily Mail 20 May 2009; Retrieved 20 May 2009
  15. ^ Myleene Klass to host US 'I'm A Celeb'? Digital Spy 20 May 2009; Retrieved 20 May 2009
  16. ^ I'm a Celebrity - We salute jungle babe Myleene
  17. ^ I'm a Celebrity - she's lean in the jungle
  18. ^ I'm a Celebrity - eBabe
  19. ^ Myleene's bikini up for grabs
  20. ^ MYLEENE KLASS - KLASS CONCEIVED BABY UPON RELEASE FROM REALITY SHOW
  21. ^ 'How I'm A Celebrity made me pregnant!'
  22. ^ Myleene Klass Conceived Baby Upon Release From Reality Show
  23. ^ Myleene Klass Conceived Just After Leaving I’m A Celeb Jungle
  24. ^ 'I was called ugly, untalented, and unemployable. Then I took a shower... and made millions'
  25. ^ Who is Hotlist's most-searched jungle star?
  26. ^ MSN Hotlist - what's making you click
  27. ^ Myleene - a Klass act
  28. ^ Ortak Jewellery
  29. ^ Marks & Spencer
  30. ^ Why she's First Klass
  31. ^ Mothercare teams up with Myleene Klass Drapers Online, 4 February 2008
  32. ^ Myleene at Gurgle.com myleeneklass.co.uk, 8 May 2009
  33. ^ Knife hero Myleene ticked off by police
  34. ^ Joy as Myleene has girl Daily Mirror
  35. ^ GMTV TV interview, 30 April 2007
  36. ^ Loose Women TV interview, 21 May 2007
  37. ^ Friday Night with Jonathan Ross interview, 8 June 2007
  38. ^ Musician Klass confirms pregnancy
  39. ^ Myleene welcomes baby girl at Celebrity Baby Blog
  40. ^ Myleene's baby is pure Klass
  41. ^ Myleene gives birth to baby girl
  42. ^ The Times - The 10 richest reality TV stars Times Online, 31 May 2009
  43. ^ Youths attack ex-Hearsay singer BBC News
  44. ^ Klass is injured in go-kart crash
  45. ^ "Myleene Klass 'bemused' at police knife warning" (in English). BBC News. 11 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8451369.stm. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  46. ^ Siddique, Haroon (11 January 2010). "Myleene Klass warned after brandishing knife to deter intruders" (in English). The Observer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jan/10/myleene-klass-knife-intruders. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  47. ^ Siddique, Haroon (15 January 2010). "Myleene: a hero for these lawless times" (in English). The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2010/jan/15/myleene-klass-marina-hyde. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  48. ^ Beagle 2 search: 'The baby is on Mars and the mother is very anxious to get in touch' The Independent 28 December 2003; Retrieved 23 November 2008
  49. ^ Stardate explores the Mysteries of Venus Open University
  50. ^ Join Myleene on her journey across Sierra Leone

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Preceded by
Nadia Sawalha
Co-Host of The One Show
2007
Succeeded by
Christine Bleakley

Simple English

Myleene Angela Klass (born 6 April, 1978) is an English classical pianist, commercial model, television and radio presenter, and former member of the UK pop group Hear'Say. She was born in Gorleston, Norfolk. Her pop success achieved 4 Top 10 singles, 2 of which were UK Number Ones. Hear'Say also released 2 albums, Popstars and Everybody.








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