Thursday, February 28, 2008

Amy Winehouse sparks frantic TV bidding war

Amy WinehoueTroubled singer Amy Winehouse is at the center of a TV bidding war between three US and UK chatshows.

The 24-year-old 'Rehab' star - who bagged an impressive five Grammys at the prestigious US awards ceremony earlier this month, is being pursued by prime-time TV greats Larry King and Oprah Winfrey in the states, and TV legend Sir Trevor McDonald in the UK.

Each network is said to be pulling out all the stops to ensure they get Amy on their show for an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with her.

CNN star Larry, 74, has personally been in touch with Amy's Stateside and UK management. He even sent a begging memo to her offices which read: "I would love to have Amy on - as soon as she is well and ready."

A source said: "Larry King is leading the race to secure an interview with Amy on his show. He's confident he can see off Oprah in the race to get her signature."

But UK legend Sir Trevor, 68, has come out fighting. The ITV news anchorman - most notable for having been the first black news anchor in the UK - is planning a one-off Tonight special with Amy and has already made discreet inquires as to whether she would consider doing it.

The source adds to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "Trevor knows the US market may have a slight edge money-wise, but he feels strongly that he can get her. There are so many unanswered questions from Amy about her drug use and time in rehab - not to mention her Grammy comeback. It will be compulsive viewing."

By Owen Williams, Feb 28 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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