Despite reportedly turning down an earlier offer to appear on the programme it seems that she has been tempted by an offer of £500k to stay in the house for 4 weeks. Nadine is said to owe the US tax people some $100k in taxes on her LA bar Irish Mist.
Although it is certainly a very healthy pay-out for the 26-year old Irish lass 2 of her countryfolk have beaten her to the highest ever fee for appearing on the series. In last year’s CBB series Jedward received a cool £1m for their time in the BB house.
An insider said of Nadine’s appearance on the next series:”This money will allow Nadine to clear all her debts in America and start the Girls Aloud tour with a clean slate. Initially, when she was approached by the station to take part, she turned it down flat. But when she met TV executives in London last week and saw how much was on the table she eventually agreed. They simply made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.”
Despite having what was generally agreed as the best voice in Girls Aloud, and the looks to go with it, Nadine has struggled to launch a solo career. Her 2010 solo album Insatiable only managed to get to Number 47 in the UK Album Charts.
The new series of Celebrity Big Brother is due to be shown this summer on Channel 5.
Weedon will always be best known as the author of the Play In A Day guitar manuals. The first Play In A Day book was published in 1957. These manuals have been credited by such guitar greats as Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Bill Wyman, Mike Oldfield, George Harrison and John Lennon as giving them their first start at playing the instrument.
He was born in London in 1920 and first starting playing the guitar at the age of 12. He worked as a professional musician straight from leaving school and played with most of the big orchestras and bands of the 40’s and 50’s such as The Ted Heath Orchestra. He was also in demand as a session musician and accompanied many big stars of the time during their concert tours. He worked with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole.
He has received a number of tributes from those in the music industry including Eric Clapton who said: “Thank you for all those tips on guitar playing that I got from your book, when I was young,”
Apart from his classic guitar manuals he will also be remembered for his own records. In 1959 he became the first British guitarist to enter the charts with his track Guitar Boogie Shuffle. His 1976 album 22 Golden Guitar Greats made him the first solo guitar player to get to Number 1 in the album charts.
He was also heavily involved in raising money for charity especially through the showbiz charity the Grand Order of Water Rats and in 1992 Weedon was elected King Rat. He was made an OBE in 2001 for his services to entertainment and charity.