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Interview Andrew Stone

Stevie Kilgour catches up with the Starman frontman and 'Pineapple Dance Studios' star prior to his gig at The Cockpit on 1st August to coincide with Leeds Pride

Interview: Andrew Stone

"I can see how my character, confidence and how open I am in the show can portray me in one way, but, I’m just being myself"

As little as six months ago the name Andrew Stone would have meant nothing to the everyday man, but since the rise of Sky One’s hit TV show; ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’, one of the shows most charismatic faces is at the forefront of celeb-stardom and a regular face in the tabloids.

Did we mention he’s also danced with Britney and Christina?

Andrew Stone has found fame in recent months as the dance teacher, come wannabe pop star, who is full of confidence, hugely flamboyant and driven by an insatiable need for fame.

It is ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ that has propelled Andrew into the spotlight, although incredibly entertaining, he appears to play second fiddle to the studios marvellously gay artistic director – Louie Spence. This however, doesn’t deter Andrew from his long term plan; and is keen to reiterate it is not ‘The Louie Spence Show’, but that he does have Louie to thank for pushing him towards taking part in the show and being part of its success.

“I’ve not been surprised by the success of ‘Pineapple Dance…’ to be honest,” he says. “I was told it was going to be TV gold and although some friends tried to talk me out of it, I’m glad I got onboard.”

The show has been given a second series, albeit under a new name, which Andrew reveals to Leeds Guide as an exclusive, “it’s going to be called ‘Showbiz’ we’ve got a new series and we are finishing the filming of the second episode already. So, all those tabloid rumours about it being cancelled are complete rubbish. We’ve been given a lengthy contract by Pulse – the production company behind the show, so viewers will be seeing me for the next few years yet.”

As exciting as this is for all fans of ‘Pineapple Dance…’, it seems we will be seeing a lot more of Andrew, as Starman have also been given their own TV show due to air in 2011. “It’s a very exciting time for me and Starman, we’re taking a bigger role in ‘Pineapple Dance…’, we’ve sold thousands of our debut single ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’, which, by the way, is going to be used as the new intro theme for the next series of ‘Pineapple Dance…’. We’ve been made part of The Sims games franchise and we are currently in the middle of a bidding war in America.”

The fame Andrew currently enjoys has come at a price, he explains that striking up any kind of relationship can be very difficult and a strain on all concerned as his busy schedule just doesn’t allow him time to relax and do the enjoyable things a couple would. Being in the spotlight has also thrown up questions about Andrew’s sexuality, “with regard to my sexuality, I would just like to clear up that all members of Starman are straight. I do have a girlfriend at the moment but it’s very difficult and kind of on and off. I can see how my character, confidence and how open I am in the show can portray me in one way, but, I’m just being myself. I give the audience all I am. I’m just a modern guy.”

There is no secret made of how Andrew can grab the audience, whether it is with a sincere quote about wanting to take his music to the masses, or a comedy slip which could show him as being a little naïve. “The producers say I’m TV gold, I’ve been told I’m made for TV. That they’d film me taking a crap if I wanted.”

One of Andrew’s first moments on the show saw him ponder the fickle finger of fate by saying: “it takes 10 years to be an overnight success, I’ve been trying for… well, 15 years”. To many this would seem the rambling of a confused lounge singer, Andrew however insists this phrase was designed especially to show the audience that he does not take himself too seriously and that he is just having fun. “I’ve been in this business for so long, I’ve worked with Tina and Kylie, danced with Britney, Christina and Justin. I feel I have the experience to go further/”

Andrew brings Starman to The Cockpit in August – a band compared constantly to everything from The Scissor Sisters and Lady Gaga to The Monkees; expect a few clichés but all in good taste. No doubt watching them live will make you feel like you’re in an episode of the show itself.

1 August, The Cockpit, 7pm, £7.50

Posted on Wednesday 21st July 2010
Stevie Kilgour

The Cockpit

Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG

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