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Christine proves she’s got real star quality

By Gail Walker

What’s a girl to do when she’s been subjected to a barrage of criticism about the show she presents, the man she loves, her on-screen chemistry with her co-presenter, what she’s wearing or the way she talks ... ?

Er, pick up an award for best TV presenter, then talk up the programme, the boyfriend and, well, life in general. All the while, smiling broadly and making it clear you mean every word.

Which is why, if you’re ever in a jam, you’d want Christine Bleakley on your side. Since the launch of Daybreak — indeed even before it aired — she’s been on the receiving end of some particularly cruel barbs, many of which have mixed with gloating that she may be about to get her comeuppance.

I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

As she said at the weekend, there’s a sense the breakfast show has turned a corner, with last week’s viewing figures on the rise. She’s evidently blissfully happy with Frank Lampard.

Nor has she lost her sense of humour, joking about how Frank is having to train harder than ever following a hernia operation: “He’s working his groin off, so to speak.”

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and Christine’s not going to lose her nerve, bottle it or throw in the towel. She’s always going to raise a smile and rally the troops. In other words, she’s got star written all over her. Mark my words, Daybreak’s going to rise and shine.

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