H & Claire announce they are a duo on CD:UK
Former Steps members H and Claire have revealed they will continue as a duo. Speaking on this morning’s cd:uk show H told presenter Cat Deeley: ‘We’re very close to signing a deal with a record company right now. We’re working with a lot of songwriters including Diane Warren who’s written some massive US hits. The music won’t be the same as Steps. We want to take it to the next level.’ Explaining the reason for Steps’ split Claire said: ‘We felt we’d taken the group as far as we could go. We were on a sell-out tour and had just released a best selling greatest hits album and we realised that it wasn’t going to get better than this.’ The pair also revealed that they will be presenting their own TV show in the future. ‘It’s going to be a light entertainment show with singing and dancing,’ explained H. ‘We want it to be a Sonny & Cher style show or Donny and Marie.’
Former Steps stars H and Claire are to record as a duo. They are in negotiations with record companies and will be signing with a label within two weeks, a spokesman said. They are to be known simply as H and Claire. Claire said: “We both loved being in Steps and this is a way that we can continue the Steps spirit and the Steps sound but taking it to another level.” Although they have been approached individually to sign solo deals, the pair decided the best course of action was to team up, the spokesman said. H, 25, and Claire, 24, are also in discussions with broadcasters about hosting their own comedy/music entertainment TV show. Steps split up on Boxing Day. The five were Claire (Richards), of north west London, Faye Tozer, 26, of Northampton, H, (Ian Watkins), of Rhondda, Wales, Lee Latchford-Evans, 26, of Chester, and Lisa Scott Lee, 26, of St Asaph, Wales.