Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker failed ‘rubbish’ EastEnders audition by 'not learning her lines' and admits losing £500,000

BUCKS Fizz star Cheryl Baker failed her "rubbish" EastEnders audition by "not learning her lines" and admitted losing £500,000.

The singer, 67, admitted she "didn't deserve the part" because she was "a bit rubbish", but she is hoping the BBC One bosses give her another chance.

But Cheryl – who shot to fame after winning Eurovision in 1981 with band Bucks Fizz – revealed she's "not a big TV watcher" and hasn't watched any of the soaps.

Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: "I auditioned for EastEnders recently but I didn’t get the part. I was a bit rubbish really.

"I was a bit nervous and didn’t learn my lines properly.

"I don’t watch any soaps – I’m not a big TV watcher at all. I think it was the part of the woman who runs the theatre school, which is something that I’ve done in the past.

"It was in the midst of lockdown, my daughter was reading the other part and to be perfectly honest I didn’t learn my lines properly. I didn’t deserve the part. However, I’d like them to give me a second chance.

"I’m a very optimistic person, and if something doesn’t happen I believe something better is around the corner."

The former Bucks Fizz star added that the pandemic has been "terrible" for work and is now recording £30 video messages for her income.

The star would usually be touring with bandmates Mike Nolan and Jay Ashton in break-away group The Fizz – but all gigs have been postponed until 2022.

She said: "They’re only £30, and out of that I get £22.50, but they do build up, and also with the old Bucks Fizz discography and royalty payments – I’ve recently had two payments come in, so it’s the little things that help me along."

Cheryl also admitted she once blew £500,000 on two investment opportunities.

She added: "I invested £300,000. I sold my parents’ house which I bought for them, and invested all of that money in Cape Verde in two properties.

"In 2008/2009, the bottom fell out of the market, so I lost.

"I also invested £200,000 in a film a friend of mine made and it flopped. I made £300 back.

"So I’ve made some silly investments, but I don’t regret it."

In January, she told The Sun that she was using her pension payments to pay her mortgage.

She said: “I started paying into pensions when I was 21 but, for one reason or another, had to cash in all but one. 

“So I get a £700 state pension a month plus £250 from my private one, which is great.

“At 66 I still have a mortgage. I don’t suppose there are many people my age who still have one, they’ve been sensible with their money or downsized.”

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