From Pop Idol to panto ...it's all been fantastic!

I CAN'T believe this is my last column of 2013 and what a year it's been, although with that in mind I once again find myself asking the same old question, why do I never learn?

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My 10-year career has been busy but always a lot of fun
My 10-year career has been busy but always a lot of fun

With only six shopping days left until the big man in the red suit comes shooting down our chimneys, I find myself in the all too familiar panic-ridden scenario of having zero Christmas presents purchased.

It honestly isn't my fault this time (Mother, please take note of this) as I've been completely run off my feet with work over this festive season. Not that I'm complaining of course.

Firstly there is panto at the Pavilion and with two shows each day it's impossible to be seen out in public on the break when your entire body is covered in glitter and your blue eye makeup was last fashionably acceptable in 1986, so crimbo shopping during this time is simply out of the question!

Trust me, I tried, but after two Japanese tourists asked me for a picture while giggling uncontrollably on Sauchiehall Street for no other reason than my sparkly appearance, I threw the Christmas towel in there and then.

When I've not been chasing that cheeky wee Pinocchio on his magical adventures I've been spending all of my time working on two TV shows due to air on Christmas Day and Hogmanay.

First up is a fly-on-the-wall documentary of my attempt to compete in this year's Royal National Mòd competition which took place in October in Paisley.

The programme looks at Gaelic culture and just how prestigious and extremely difficult entering a competition like this can be especially for non native speaker - as I discovered on my journey.

The programme is called Michelle at The Mòd and will air on BBC ALBA on Christmas Day.

Next up is Hogmanay and I'm delighted to say that STV have given me the honour of bringing in the bells with you this New Year.

The show is called Swing into 2014 and rehearsals have been going great. It's a mixture of personal memories, a look back at 2013 and a right good old fashioned Hogmanay singsong.

The show will be filmed at The Tron Theatre, in Glasgow, and I'll be chatting to a few famous faces in the audience on the night, too.

So if you're seeing in the New Year at home this year I'd love you all to join me for a party at the bells from 11.30pm on STV.

Thank you so much to each and everyone of you for reading my column this year and for all of your wonderful comments.

Tomorrow is my official 10th anniversary of winning Pop Idol, and I know my career or life would not be what it is now if it wasn't for all of the support and love I've been shown during that time.

After work on Friday, I'm spending the evening with my family to celebrate with lots of champagne and no doubt the old Simon Cowell photos and Pop Idol DVD will make an appearance, too.

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year. Here's to a truly wonderful 2014!

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