Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus makes strange confession about Holly Willoughby

Whatever works!

You may not have been aware that as well as being a former Pop Idol star, Michelle McManus also holds down a regular writing job.

She’s a weekly columnist for the Glasgow Evening Times, and keeps the residents of her hometown updated on what’s going on in her life.

And like so many others, Michelle’s decided that January’s the time to get a fresh start on her diet.

Michelle thinks she overdid it over Christmas (Credit: Rocky/

Her goal? To look like none other than This Morning host Holly Willoughby come the end of the year!

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Writing in her column, Michelle said: “Obviously I’ve done the usual January stuff like step on the scales only to look down and start roaring and greeting at my weight in stones and pounds.”

Michelle’s using Holly as fit-spiration (Credit: Instagram)

“I then cut out a picture of Holly Willoughby from a magazine (replacing her face with mine) and stuck it to my fridge door in a bid to deter me from opening it again until at least May.”

Michelle then took a bracingly honest look at her own current dimensions.

She said: “I love that curves are celebrated today and not vilified like they were when I first started out back in 2003 but trust me this ain’t curves I’m carrying.”

The Pop Idol star slimmed down in 2008 (Credit: WENN)

The Meaning of Love singer then revealed she may need to take drastic measures to reach her ultimate goal of Holly-ness.

She wrote: “I’ve thought really seriously about gastric bypass surgery as a few friends I know have had it and they look incredible.

“They rave about it and say it’s changed their lives and I’m so proud of them for taking that step but there’s part of me that really wants to give myself one more chance to do it on my own.

“I’ve done it before so why can’t I do it again?”

Michelle and Jeff married last September (Credit: Twitter)

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Michelle married her partner Jeff Nimmo in September of last year, and says her new husband adores her just the way she is, but she’s set a goal – and she’s going to stick to it!

Best of luck, Michelle!