Lights, camera, action and a tick off my bucket list

SINCE winning Pop Idol I've been asked to do some pretty amazing things.

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For example I toured the Far East with a West End production of Little Voice, I sang for the Pope during his visit to Scotland in 2010, I filmed an episode of the BBC's Departure Lounge out in Memphis, Tennessee in 2005 during the celebrations for what would have been Elvis Presley's 70th Birthday.

I even got a private tour of Graceland from his friend Jerry Schilling and sang in the Jungle Room. I've interviewed some of my heroes, including John Cleese and Brian May and I was even asked if I'd like to be, wait for it, Mickey Rourke's date at an event he was attending in London.

Sadly I declined as I think Micky would make me look like a nun when it came to partying but still it was utterly surreal to have been asked anyway.

I've only got a few more things to tick off my bucket list, one being to holiday on a remote Island with Henry Cavill (less chance of him doing a runner) and the other is to be in a movie.

Well lo and behold did I not receive a phone call from my manager in London this week informing me that I had indeed been asked to make a cameo appearance in a new Scottish movie being shot this summer.

It's called The Fairy Flag and is a fantasy adventure written by Rory Mhor Nicoll & Peter Columbia and directed by David Izatt.

It's about a flag said to possess supernatural powers of protection that comes into the possession of a Highland clan of Scotsmen fighting for their survival.

The flag is of course a very real part of our history and has been held at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye for hundreds of years along with other notable heirlooms, such as the Dunvegan Cup and Sir Rory Mor's Horn.

­Legend has it that the flag was given to an infant chieftain from the fairies and has many magical powers including multiplying a clan's military forces, the ability to save lives, curing a plague on cattle, increasing the chances of fertility, and ensuring plenty of herring into the loch at Dunvegan.

Sadly I've checked and it doesn't have the ability to banish Nigel Farage and the rest of his UKIP cronies to a galaxy far, far away but hey it was a nice thought while it lasted.

I've just received my script and have to say I'm extremely excited about it all. It's great to see movies been made right here in Scotland and with the historical subject matter and the beautiful landscapes of our country this movie looks set to be a real cracker.

As for me it looks like that bucket list is indeed getting smaller.

First stop Isle of Skye next stop Hollywood and that holiday with Superman and me, tick. For more information on The Fairy Flag log onto

IF you are looking for a fabulous night out while supporting a wonderful cause, then why not join me at the Ayrshire Silver Anniversary Summer Ball at the stunning Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon on June 7.

The Ayrshire Hospice is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and it looks set to be a very special evening of fun.

I'll be performing after dinner to get the party started with tickets costing £85pp and tables seat 10 or 12.

It's the perfect occasion for a group of friends getting together or corporate entertaining while raising funds for such an amazing facility.

I had the pleasure of once again visiting the newly-refurbished hospice and I can tell you what amazing work goes on there and how much your support and donations affect so many people's lives.

To book your table, call the events team on 01292 288488 or e-mail don't miss it.

DELIGHTED to hear that the East End of Glasgow is to host a new music festival on Saturday, May 31.

Having grown up in Baillieston, the east of the city is a place very close to my heart with much home grown talent and culture to offer.

The festival has been organised by East End Social, a community group which aims to bring music, art and culture to the area and looks set to be a fantastic day with the likes of Admiral Fallow and Hot Chips Alexis Taylor performing.

For more information, log onto

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