Chanelle Hayes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Chanelle Hayes
Chanelle Jade Hayes.jpg
Chanelle Hayes in 2007
Chanelle Jade Sinclair

(1987-11-11) 11 November 1987 (age 31)
EducationNEW College
OccupationTelevision personality, model, singer, businesswoman
Years active2007–present
Known forBig Brother
Chanelle: Wannabe Popstar
Home townWakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Partner(s)Matthew Bates (2009–2010)
Musical career
GenresR&B, dance, pop

Chanelle Jade Hayes (née Wang, born 11 November 1987) is an English television personality, singer and model. She was a student at NEW College, Pontefract, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, studying Spanish, music and English before becoming well known by appearing on the Channel 4 reality show Big Brother in 2007 when she was 19 years old. She currently runs a cake making business in Wakefield, along with occasional media work.

Early life[edit]

Hayes was born Chanelle Jade Sinclair in 1987 at Wythenshawe hospital, Manchester, England.[1] Her mother, Andrea Sinclair, a 32-year-old prostitute, was murdered by client Keith Pollard, on 5 April 1988, when Hayes was not quite five months old.[2] Hayes was then put up for adoption and was raised in Wakefield, West Yorkshire by Christine and Harry Hayes. At age 15 she sought information about her birth family from social workers, and was reunited with her grandmother and her sisters in Sheffield.[citation needed]


In 2007, Hayes appeared on the eighth series of the UK's Big Brother. Hayes began a relationship with another contestant, Ziggy Lichman, while in the house, and their relationship was the main focus of the show for many weeks until Hayes left the house on day 62. Following her appearance in Big Brother, she appeared many times in newspapers and magazines doing photo shoots and interviews.

On 23 November 2007, it was revealed that Hayes was voted the Favourite Big Brother Housemate Ever by the forum members of Digital Spy. She was also voted the second Sexiest Female Housemate Ever, losing by a narrow margin to Imogen Thomas.[3]

In April 2008, Hayes was cast in a video by the creative advertising team of Lee & Dan Special Projects, who had been hired by MTV UK to produce a viral advertisement for the new MTV comedy "Fur TV."[4][5][6][7]

In May 2008, Radio 1 declined to add her debut single to the playlist, despite interviewing her on the Chris Moyles breakfast show.[8] In May she also topped a poll by Domino's Pizza, to find Britain's least talented celebrity.[9] In June, she stated her "fame may be over" as TV producers started putting her television ideas on hold.[10] In August the organisers of V festival reportedly declined her request to sing.[11]

In June 2008, Hayes started a column in glossy weekly Star magazine. She shared her views on Big Brother 9 for thirteen weeks until the show finished on 5 September 2008.[12]

In 2011, Hayes opened a cake making business in Wakefield.[13]

Her autobiography – Baring My Heart, co-written with Anna Pointer, and published by John Blake Publishing, was released on 3 July 2014.[14]

Television work[edit]

Big Brother 2007[edit]

Hayes was one of the housemates of the 2007 Big Brother series. She started a relationship with fellow housemate Ziggy Lichman in the house, though they split up and got back together several times during the series.[15][16][17] Hayes was tested by Big Brother and had one of the highest IQs in the house, scoring 114[18] On Day 61, (Sunday 29 July 2007), Hayes left,[19] and re-entered the house after seeing a psychologist.[20] Hayes left the house on Day 62.[21] She re-entered the House on Day 89 as part of a task, however she had to leave minutes later.[22]


Hayes was asked to become a member of the judging panel in a VH1 UK show, Wannabe, where Hayes and a panel of judges had to put together a band of 25+ year old girls for a live concert.[23]

Nuts TV[edit]

Hayes co-presented live on Nuts TV with O.J. Borg and was asked to present the show on a regular Wednesday slot,[24] but she had to stop presenting on the channel to make time for her music career.

Chanelle: Wannabe Popstar[edit]

Hayes also starred in a reality TV series for VH1 UK called Chanelle: Wannabe Popstar.[25][26] Launched on 18 April 2008, it charted her progress as she attempted to make a debut single and music video.[27]


Hayes has also appeared on This Morning, Celebrity Scissorhands and Ready Steady Cook (1 episode, 22 February 2008, 2008) TV shows.

On Thursday 5 June 2008, Hayes appeared on the BB Launch Night Special of The Friday Night Project (1 episode, The Big Brother Launch Project, 2008). Among other things she co-hosted a quiz section with Brian Dowling.

On 8 June 2008, Hayes appeared in "Fame," the second episode of "How TV Changed Britain" (Channel Four). This episode described how television has transformed our understanding of fame in the UK.[citation needed]

On 27 July 2008, Hayes appeared as a celebrity guest on the first episode of "Totally Calum Best: The Best Is Yet to Come" (MTV UK).[citation needed]

On Tuesday 23 September 2008, Hayes appeared as a guest on Losing It-Griff Rhys Jones on Anger,[28] a BBC2 documentary by Griff Rhys Jones, where she discussed anger.

On 11 January 2009, she appeared as a contributor on the BBC1 programme The Big Questions, presented by Nicky Campbell. The topic she was asked to talk about was, "Is it wrong to kiss and tell".[citation needed]

On 18 March 2009, Hayes appeared as a guest panellist on the ITV2 show Celebrity Juice. She replaced Holly Willoughby who left the panel in the commercial break, as she was tired due to her pregnancy. Before joining the panel alongside Dave Berry and David Van Day, Hayes was the guest on the cover story section of the show. She returned as a guest on the cover story section in March 2011.

On 28 May 2009, Hayes appeared on the E4 show "Big Brother's Big Quiz" as a member of the audience along with many other ex-housemates and a few selected members of the public. The show featured humorous observations about Hayes' relationship with Lichman in the Big Brother 8 house, the September image from Hayes' 2009 calendar, and the name of her perfume ("Mwah!").


Hayes has modelled numerous times for Diva Corsets and regularly appears in the media promoting the Michelle for George lingerie line.[citation needed]

In May 2008, Hayes said that she wanted to make one of the biggest-selling calendars of 2009.[29] She revealed that she was aiming to beat glamour models Lucy Pinder, Gemma Atkinson and Keeley Hazell to the title, saying "All the girls are gorgeous and it’s brilliant to even be up there competing with girls who have been in the business a lot longer than me. But me, a relative nobody, came fourth this year (2008), which is pretty damn good! Now I want to do even better and maybe knock one out of the way!".

It was reported on 22 March 2009 that Hayes would promote the new MadWorld game for Nintendo Wii.[citation needed]

Glamour modelling[edit]

Since she left the Big Brother house, Hayes began to regularly appear on the cover of Lads' magazines such as Nuts[30] and Zoo.[31]


Having signed with Eminence Records,[32] 7th Heaven (Ministry of Sound) released a mix of Hayes' new song "I Want It" for the dance clubs.[33] Hayes' original "I Want It" song and music video premiered on MTV, and the CD and online download of the song (including three different mix versions, and a 7th Heaven radio mix music video) was officially released on 12 May 2008. The song entered the official UK Singles Chart at No. 63.[34] The 7th Heaven and Club Junkies Remixes of the song reached top 10 in combined DJ club charts, its highest position was No.2 in the UK Pop Club Charts (30/04/08)[35] and No.9 in the Upfront Club Charts.[36] Hayes has hinted at the possibility of recording a debut album.[37]

Hayes' American record label is Next Plateau Entertainment, which is affiliated with Universal Republic Records.[38] Her single, "I Want It," has been widely distributed on three CDs by Promo Only, the music source for professional disc jockeys, radio stations, music industry professionals, and entertainment venues. The three CDs are Promo Only UK Club Beats: April 2008 (7th Heaven Mix of "I Want It"), Promo Only Dance Radio: October 2008 (7th Heaven Radio Mix of "I Want It"), and Promo Only Rhythm Club: January 2009 (Club Junkies Club Mix of "I Want It").[39]

The 7th Heaven remix of I Want It was also added to Dance Dance Revolution Encore arcade machines.[40]



Year Title Chart Positions Album
2008 "I Want It" 63 33 7 5


In late 2007, Hayes designed and launched her own perfume called "Mwah...".[41] She has also released calendars for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. Her autobiography "Baring My Heart", was released in July 2014 in hardcover and ebook form.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Chanelle Hayes Fears Mum's Killer Release from Prison". Metro. 9 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Big Brother 8 - News - Digital Spy's Big Brother awards winners revealed". Digital Spy. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Lee & Dan". Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Case Study: Breaking out of the Mainstream Advertising Industry : Inside story : Knowledge". Creative Choices. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  6. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (11 November 2008). "The C word - Boards". Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Academy Films". Academy Films. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Music - News - Chanelle furious over Radio 1 snub". Digital Spy. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Chanelle unfazed by 'least talented' poll". Digital Spy. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Showbiz - News - Chanelle: 'My fame may be over'". Digital Spy. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Music - News - Chanelle Hayes snubbed by V Festival". Digital Spy. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Q & A: Chanelle, Big Brother 8". 5 June 2008.
  13. ^ Big Brother housemate Chanelle Hayes launches cake business, Wakefield Express, 24 February 2012
  14. ^ "The day I found out my Mum was a prostitute". Now Magazine. 1 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Chiggy Back On". Big Brother. 22 June 2007. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  16. ^ "Double Agent Gerry". Big Brother. Archived from the original on 4 March 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2007.
  17. ^ "Ziggy and Chanelle get back together". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 July 2007.
  18. ^ "Revealed:BBrainiest". People online. 17 June 2007.[dead link]
  19. ^ "Chanelle walks". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  20. ^ "Chanelle back in the house". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  21. ^ "Chanelle leaves the house". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
  22. ^ "Blindfold Date". 26 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2007.
  23. ^ "Chanelle lands her own TV talent show Called "Wannabe"". heat (magazine) 26 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  24. ^ "Chanelle I will be the next Lorraine Kelly". Digital Spy.
  25. ^ "VH1 Announces New Series - Chanelle: Wannabe Popstar". MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008.
  26. ^ "Chanelle: Wannabe Popstar". MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008.
  27. ^ "Chanelle: Wannabe Popstar". VH1. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008.
  28. ^ "Why Do We Blow Our Tops". Daily Record. 27 September 2008. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008.
  29. ^ "Chanelle aims to win calendar battle". 28 May 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Chanelle at Nuts". Nuts magazine. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  31. ^ "Big Brother's Chanelle Hayes Present 50 Topless Reality TV Babes!". Zoo magazine. 8 January 2013. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  32. ^ "Eminence Records Label Sign Chanelle Hayes". Single Minded Promotions. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  33. ^ "Blast from the Past: Chanelle". Archived from the original on 15 April 2008.
  34. ^ "The Official UK Top 75 Singles Week of Mon 19 May". Yahoomusic.
  35. ^ "DJ Pages Charts". DJ Pages.
  36. ^ "UPFRONT CLUB CHART". energyfm. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008.
  37. ^ "Chanelle: 'I may release an album'". 6 June 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  38. ^ "Next Plateau Entertainment". Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  39. ^ "Music On CD". Promo Only. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  40. ^ [1] Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  41. ^ "Mwah Baby!". Archived from the original on 28 September 2008.

External links[edit]