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Christine Bleakley attending a Downing Street reception

Christine Bleakley attending a Downing Street reception

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

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Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

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Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Gareth Fuller

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

Christine Bleakley leaves Dover at the start of her challenge to water-ski across the English Channel for Sport Relief.

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Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

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Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Zak Hussein

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley and dance partner Matthew Cutler

Christine Bleakley and dance partner Matthew Cutler

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

TV presenter Christine Bleakley

TV presenter Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Adrian Chiles says Christine Bleakley is no longer just the girl who sits beside him on a sofa

Adrian Chiles says Christine Bleakley is no longer just the girl who sits beside him on a sofa

Christine Bleakley dazzling the judges on the Strictly Come Dancing

Christine Bleakley dazzling the judges on the Strictly Come Dancing

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

BBC handout photo of television presenter Christine Bleakley and partner Matthew Cutler after being voted out in this week's Strictly Come Dancing. Television presenter Christine Bleakley and partner Matthew Cutler was voted out. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 1 2008. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire

BBC handout photo of television presenter Christine Bleakley and partner Matthew Cutler after being voted out in this week's Strictly Come Dancing. Television presenter Christine Bleakley and partner Matthew Cutler was voted out. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 1 2008. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire

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Christine Bleakley with dance partner Matthew Cutler

Christine Bleakley with dance partner Matthew Cutler

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley arrives at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall on April 26, 2009 in London, England.

Christine Bleakley arrives at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall on April 26, 2009 in London, England.

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Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley and her ex-boyfriend Mark Beirne

Christine Bleakley and her ex-boyfriend Mark Beirne

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley in the new Sport Relief T-shirt

Christine Bleakley in the new Sport Relief T-shirt

BBC presenter Christine  will attempt to water-ski across the English Channel for charity

BBC presenter Christine will attempt to water-ski across the English Channel for charity

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

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Presenter Christine Bleakley

Presenter Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show is held up by two fans, whilst out enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show is held up by two fans, whilst out enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

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Christine Bleakley

Northern Ireland-born television presenter Christine Bleakley is being head-hunted to front a string of prime time programmes, including the Xtra Factor, it has been reported.

ITV bosses are hoping a multi-million pound package will help persuade the 33-year-old Newtownards beauty to move off the sofa on BBC’s The One Show to host Simon Cowell’s popular X Factor spin-off.

Christine, who is currently dating England footballing star Frank Lampard, has raised her celebrity profile considerably after taking part in Strictly Come Dancing two years ago and, more recently, raising £1.3m for Sport Relief by becoming the first woman to waterski across the English Channel.

It has been reported that ITV are pulling out all the stops in their bid to poach her.

“ITV are desperate to nick Christine from the Beeb. They’re in talks about a number of very big projects,” sources inside ITV told the News of the World yesterday.

“But she’s very reluctant to leave The One Show and that would make it hard for her to present the Xtra Factor on Saturdays and Sundays because it would mean working seven days a week.

“The BBC will be very worried but Christine doesn’t have a golden handcuffs deal which means she can do shows on rival networks. Obviously the Beeb don’t want her on the rival station but they might have to let her do some work there just to keep her on The One Show.”

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Christine is also a friend of media mogul and X Factor executive Cowell and attended his 50th birthday party in London last year.


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