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Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh airs on ITV at 10am. Alan is joined by Barbara Dickson, who talks about her return to the stage. Barbara is a Scottish singer best known for her hits such as ‘I Know Him So Well’, ‘Answer Me’ and ‘January February’. “I Know Him So Well” was made alongside Elaine Paige, who is one of the West End’s most recognizable stars today, enjoying success on Broadway, television, radio and in the pop charts.

However, in 2015 Barbara was asked about speculation that she had fallen out with Elaine.

Asked how long it had been since they had seen each other, Barbara told the Mirror at the time: ‘It’s been years now. Years.

“We have this great past history but, you know, I live a long way from London and I don’t really see my London friends very often. Very, very rarely.

Commenting on a rumored spinoff, Barbara added, “That’s absolutely stupid.

“We have always had the utmost respect for each other and we love each other very much. She is a lovely girl.

Barbara also reflected on “I Know Him So Well,” saying she’s gone from when the song was number one for four weeks.

Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus helped create the song – the chorus is based on the chorus of “I Am an A”, a song performed live on ABBA’s 1977 tour.

Barbara added: “It’s been a very long time.

“It’s like it happened in a different life. But it’s okay. It was a very beautiful song. I have to sing to an Abba song and that’s fair enough.

“This is an important step in my life. Because it happened in 1985, I don’t look back. I choose songs that I can sing now and that I sang a long time ago.

“But I know him so well doesn’t really fit the mission. It’s a duet anyway, and it’s not my song. It’s kind of a karaoke classic now, and that’s enough fair.

“If people like it and they like the original recording, then that’s great.

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“So I would tell them what worked for me, what I liked to do and what popped out of my head, and I would teach them how to sing into an iPhone and find a melody and words.

“There is therapeutic value in the arts and I believe everyone can paint, draw or write in some sense, and it’s no less valuable if they don’t do it professionally. The worst thing is encouraging people to be on Top Of The Pops when they should actually be doing it for themselves. We are not targeting The X Factor.

“That’s teaching music – it’s looking at it as therapy. If I say healing, it sounds pretentiously American, but there is an element of it.

“I’ve read that writing things down in a crisis can be helpful, and it’s the same with building music or art. It’s just as valuable because you don’t have been discovered – it doesn’t matter. If you do for yourself, that’s cool.

“I really enjoyed that. I just wish I was in the same room with them rather than being virtual.