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Let us cat-fight it out, Celebrity Salon stars urge TV3


Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison

After three long seasons and more bitching sessions than you would find on an episode of Fair City, Celebrity Salon will not be opening its doors this summer.

But one thing that could inspire TV3 to recreate the reality series would be reinventing the show with a catty showdown between past contestants, say its former stars.

In 2010, TV3 introduced Celebrity Salon, which focused on six personalities who had to complete daily tasks in relation to the beauty industry.

Previous series have seen the likes of Brian Dowling, Pippa O'Connor, Virginia Macari and Breffny Morgan. It was even where one-time couple Georgia Salpa (far right) and Calum Best became close.

"It was a great summer show; it's a pity it's not back this summer," an insider told the Diary.

"It's just something that the powers-that-be decided.

"Fingers crossed TV3 gives it the thumbs-up again."

TV3 has yet to officially confirm the show's demise, but it is thought to be just one in a series of programmes to receive the chop at the Ballymount station.

"Nothing has been decided yet about the future of Celebrity Salon; it is all still up in the air," a spokesperson said.

One way or another, stars of the reality show say an on-screen showdown between previous winners – including panto king Alan Hughes and model boss Celia Holman Lee – would be a ratings hit.

"It would be great to see people come back and see how their skills are now," said show stylist and beauty expert Elaine Butler Doolin, who runs Bespoke Beauty in Dublin.

"My top three would be Virginia Macari. I think she was brilliant. Along with Celia Holman Lee and Alan Hughes, she was the one who worked the hardest."

Hughes seems more than keen on the idea.

"I think it would be a great idea to bring them back," he said. "I did it the year Calum, Georgia and Rosanna Davison (inset) were on and it was just nuts; you never knew where Calum would end up."

Hughes was crowned winner of the second series of the show and he says his toughest competition would be season one victor Celia Holman Lee.

" I think Celia might give me the run for my money," he said.