Chimp won’t make Kim a chump!

Kim Wilde faces her biggest audience yet when she tours with Michael Jackson who opens the European half of his tour in Rome this weekend. And she joked: “I won’t take second place to his monkey.”

Like everyone else, blonde Kim has been wondering whether Jackson will bring on stage any of his famous pets, in particular his chimp named Bubbles. Kim has been preparing herself by getting very fit. She swims every day and then rehearses with her new band. But she hasn’t called in a choreographer. “I’m not going to try to keep up with Michael on the dance floor”, she said. “I’m going to have to utilise my other assets. Dancing is not my strong point.”

Even so, Kim was spotted dancing at one of the Montreux hotels with Calvin Hayes, from the British group Johnny Hates Jazz, with whom she has been romantically linked. Calvin, the son of record boss Mickie Most, says: “Kim is the only girl for me.” Kim, however, remains coy. “Calvin likes to joke”, she smiles.