It’s my birthday today! In December I’d celebrate the 12th birthday of Rachel-Stevens.co.uk / Lovely Rachel, as the site was launched in late 2004. That’s a very long time and I’ve had amazing fun running this fansite over the years. I got to experience the Come And Get It era, Rachel’s LA adventures, Strictly Come Dancing numerous times, all the FHM nominations, her marriage to Alex and the births of Amelie & Minnie, the Next campaign, the S Club 7 reunion and much more. I also think the many charity campaigns deserve a mention because they are important to Rachel and myself too.
Over the past months you’ve probably noticed that news were being updated much slower than usual. Or maybe you didn’t. Running a website is a lot of work and the majority of it doesn’t show for visitors. But I certainly noticed that didn’t have as much time for the website as I would have wanted and I felt bad for posting so little. I always like to invest 100% of myself into everything. Right now, that’s not the case. I have so many commitments right now, from work and university to my personal life, and there are only 24 hours in a day. Sometimes they are not enough. Closing the website is not a decision I did lightly, I considered it for months and changed my mind a million times, but it feels like the right thing to do now.
I’ll take this opportunity to thank some very special people: Dale for all his support and friendship over the years. Lorna for her help and numerous scans and pictures. World of Rachel/Rachel Junkie gang Cynthia, Blanka, Vanessa and Bud for all the fun conversations. Rachel’s team Charlotte and Emma for the exclusives. You visitors for 368,000+ hits and your interest, because it was you fans who I did this for. And quite naturally I want to thank Rachel, who’s been a massive inspiration to me over the years.
I never say never so perhaps the site will return one day, who knows! As for now, I’ll keep it open but inactive for about a month or so. You can still check the content and gallery and save any information and pictures if you wish.
If you want to, you can hit me with a birthday message, Rachel memory, a quick thank you or anything at webmistresslovelyrachel[at]hotmail.com. I’d be happy to read your feedback.
It’s a wrap for The Voice of Ireland! The winner was chosen last night, congratulations to Michael. Check out pictures of Rachel and her outfit below, all details are here as usual. The crew also hit the club afterwards. Make sure you watch the Final Countdown video too.
April 24 – The Voice of Ireland finale
April 24 – The Voice of Ireland wrap party
Rachel has visited her Voice of Ireland finalist Laura O’Connor ahead of this Sunday’s final.
The semi-final of The Voice of Ireland took place last night. The finalists are: Laura O’Connor (Team Rachel), Nigel Connell (Team Una), Kelesa Mulcahy (Team Kian) and Michael Lawson (Team Bressie). This year one contestant from each team got through, maybe to avoid situations like last year, when two Team Rachel members were in the final. You can watch all the performances here. The final is next Sunday at 18:30 on RTÉ1.
During the Disney on Ice show, Rachel revealed that she’s had talks about making a cameo role in BBC’s EastEnders! That would be amazing, I love EastEnders! She also says she’d like to join the UK version of The Voice.
Source: The Mirror
Rachel attended the Disney On Ice Silver Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday. She was dressed casually, wearing a pair of jeans and a sheer black top. More pictures to follow soon.
April 13 – Disney On Ice show
The quarter finals of The Voice of Ireland took place last night but the crew also had time to celebrate Rachel’s birthday. They sang her happy birthday, gave her a cake and also some much appreciated presents :D Outfit details can be seen below:
It’s Rachel’s 38th birthday today, happy birthday! The celebrations got a headstart yesterday with a lovely breakfast by Alex, Amelie and Minnie. It too would like to send her all of my best wishes!
The final Live Knockouts took place last night and next we proceed to quarter finals! Do you have a favourite already? Remember that all outfits details are posted on the Instagram account of the stylist of the show, Roxanne Parker.
April 3 – The Voice of Ireland Live Knockouts
On Saturday night Rachel appeared on The Ray D’Arcy Show and the interview is now available on RTÉ Player. There should be no country restrictions so enjoy the clip below:
Evoke and Rachel go behind the scenes of the YOU magazine shoot in a new video:
Rachel will be on Ray D’Arcy Show tomorrow night (Saturday). You can catch her at 9.50pm on RTÉ One. Fans outside Ireland can use this online stream to see her live.
Happy birthday to Rachel’s younger daughter Minnie, who turns two years today. And happy April Fool’s Day too!
I hope you remembered to tune in to RTÉ during the Easter days to watch the second Live Knockouts of The Voice of Ireland.
Rachel graces the cover of the newest You magazine (part of Irish Daily Mail). She’s wearing gorgeous dresses by Self Portrait, the blue one being the same as the infamous dress by Kathryn Thomas in the first Live Knockouts. According to Evoke, Rachel specifically requested the garment and I think she pulls it off perfectly.
Photoshoots – You magazine
Rachel recently appeared on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show and talked about The Voice of Ireland, TeamRachel and S Club 7.
The first Live Knockouts aired on Sunday, and the teams are shrinking as the coaches choose their favourites acts. Check out some pictures and a story on how to steal the ladies’ style. Screen captures will follow soon.
NOTICE that the next episode will air on Saturday 26th at 8.55pm because of Easter.
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