GIANT STEPS ON SMALL SCREEN

Steps are to appear in their own one-off TV special...

Steps are to try their hands at television presenting with a special one-off variety show due to be broadcast on British TV in August.

‘Steps Into Summer’ will be shown on BBC One during the August Bank Holiday weekend. According to a fan-only circular e-mailed by band member Lee, the programme will feature all five Steps collaborating on songs with a number of guests including Lionel Richie and Lulu. Fans can also see their heroes in a selection of comedy sketches.

Meanwhile, Steps, one of the biggest grossing bands in the UK over the past 18 months, are also heading back into the studio to work on their third album.

Tim Byrne, manager of the |ber-popsters, revealed: “From the 5th of July through to the 18th of September, they’re doing eight weeks of recording; going back to PWL to do some more tracks by people who have done tracks on the first two albums. There’s definitely going to be things on the third album that people are familiar with. But they are going to be going to Sweden to work with the producers who have done Britney, *NSync, Backstreet Boys obviously, they are all on the same record label [Jive]. They’re going to be definitely recording some tracks for the new album with all those Swedish producers.”

Byrne also indicated that the album would be released in November and that a series of solo projects from each member would soon appear – Faye from the band being the first to dip her toe in solo waters when she travelled to Los Angeles on July 5 to work with veteran singer Cyndi Lauper.