Sunday, May 31, 2009

Real Reason Susan Boyle Lost Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle losing Britain's Got Talent must be one of the biggest shock results this decade has produced from a reality TV series. Watched by 19.2 million viewers on ITV, with millions more watching around the world, this series of BGT became the most popular and talked about.

No-one was more talked about than Susan Boyle, she became an overnight sensation as she became a hit with the judges, audience and the viewers. Millions of hits on YouTube and becoming a TV star in the United States seemed to seal Susan Boyle's fate. Bookies had her as the favourite to win, the newspapers were full of stories about her and the pressures of the final week but ultimately it was the general public who would have the last say as they cast their votes in the millions.

The real reason Susan Boyle lost Britain's Got Talent was because we love losers more than we do winners and while Diversity were no losers, the voting public just couldn't vote Susan Boyle to win because they already felt she had won - thanks to all the additional publicity generated by her previous performances. As Brits we prefer to see someone struggle in life and then make it, rather than someone who is talented and has it all. Although Susan had initially struggled (that is why she won our hearts), by the final she already had it all. Everyone knew she would become a massive star so it was time to give someone else a chance. Looking at the finalists of Britain's Got Talent shows just how much we like those who battle to get somewhere - whether it's Hollie with her tears, proud father and son duo Stavros Flatley or third place runner-up Julian Smith with his saxophone.

Being too good or talented can be a downfall sometimes, as Susan Boyle found out - yet she can be assured that now she is a 'loser' again the British public will love her!

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Cristiano Ronaldo Sunbathing Pictures

Cristiano Ronaldo is pictured here in his famous white shorts as he soaks up the sunshine while on holiday in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. These pictures appeared in the Sunday Mail and show the Manchester United star topping up his tan. Estimated to be worth £70m, Ronaldo is making the most of the summer break away from football.

Maybe he is trying to catch up with Robinho, who was caught sunbathing back in January (see picture HERE)

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*Pics: Sunday Mail / MCP/ Rex Features

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Britain's Got Talent: Susan Boyle Loses!

It's the biggest shock of the decade as Britian's Got Talent favourite, Susan Boyle loses out on winning £100,000 and a chance to perform in front of the Queen during the Royal Variety Performance. That is a headline and situation that seemed almost impossible as bookies favourite Susan Boyle was almost certain to win this year's Britian's Got Talent. The 48-year-old Scottish singer had gained the interest of the worlds media and seemed unstoppable, but by some kind of twisted fate the British public voted her into second place and dance group Diversity stole first place from under her nose.

Here were the ten finalists:

Susan Boyle, singer
Aidan Davis, 11, dancer
Dance troupe Diversity
Father-and-son comedy dance duo Stavros Flatley
Ten-member dance troupe Flawless
Grandfather and granddaughter singing act 2 Grand
12-year-old Welsh singer Shaheen Jafargholi
Saxophonist Julian Smith
Singer Shaun Smith
Hollie Steel

You can re-live the Britain's Got Talent Final on the ITV website.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

New Dr Who Assistant Revealed

The companion for the new series of Dr Who has been revealed as a virtually unknown actress, Karen Gillan. The 21-year-old will appear alongside the new Doctor, Matt Smith in 2010 as the BBC run with a fifth series of the popular Sci-Fi programme.

Gillan has appeared in C4's Stacked, The Kevin Bishop Show and James Nesbitt's forthcoming film Outcast before amazing the producer of Dr Who, who described her as , "funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy." Executive producer Steven Moffat has been singing her praises saying, "A generation of little girls will want to be her."

Filming begins in July and is expected to be shown on BBC1 in April 2010.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jesus Shows Up On Marmite Lid!

Could this really be the face of Jesus? A woman claims Jesus has appeared on this lid of Marmite as seen above. Claire Allen is the 36-year-old mother from Wales who discovered it and told the BBC, "People might think I'm nuts, but I like to think it's Jesus looking out for us."

Talk about spread the love...................

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Katy Perry Complex Magazine Pictures

Katy Perry gets down to her underwear with a bondage feel to the Complex magazine photo shoot, as seen in these pictures. Visit to read the full interview with Katy Perry, where the Hot 'n' Cold singer talks about her type of man, boobs and her parents. You can also view the full selection of pictures and a video from the photo shoot.

*See the Katy Perry Esquire pictures: HERE

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Naked Madonna and Guy Painting For Sale

This Madonna and Guy Richie painting is up for auction this Saturday in Glasgow and could fetch £22,000. While Madonna may not be a fan of the 2005 painting by Scottish artist Peter Howson, his work has generated a lot of interest since the couple split up.

"It's awful. She looks like an ageing transvestite and Guy looks like a cross between a football hooligan and a pervert," says one source close to the couple. Question is - would you hang this picture up in your home?
UPDATE: The picture didn't sell as it failed to meet the £15,000 reserve price (read more HERE)

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Glastonbury 2009: Full Festival Line-Up

The full Glastonbury 2009 line-up has finally been revealed and The Specials and Blur are two reformed acts that will make up part of the lineup. With Lily Allan, Maximo Park, The Ting Tings, Rolf Harris, Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal,Florence And The Machine and Tom Jones being just a few names from the vast list.

The full Glastonbury line-up is:


Queen's Head Stage:

Kap Bambino
Ebony Bones
Golden Silvers
Alessi's Ark
Liz Green
The Gentle Good
Charlene Soraia
We Have Band
Maximo Park


Pyramid Stage:

Neil Young
The Specials
Lily Allen
Fleet Foxes
Special Guests
Regina Spektor
Gabrielle Cilmi
Bjorn Again

Other Stage:

Bloc Party
The Ting Tings
Lady GaGa
Friendly Fires
White Lies
The View
The Maccabees
The Rakes
The Whip
Mr Hudson

John Peel Stage:

Jamie T
Jack Penate
Little Boots
VV Brown
The Virgins
Fucked Up
Rumble Strips
Dan Black
General Fiasco

Jazz/World Stage:

Q Tip
The Streets
Steel Pulse
Hot 8 Brass Band
Stephanie Mckay
Speed Caravan
The Perceptions
Rolf Harris
Warsaw Village Band

Acoustic Stage:

Ray Davies
Fairport Convention
Jason Mraz
Scott Matthews
No Crows
Hugh Cornwall
Ben Taylor
Sean Taylor
Alyssa Bonagura
John Smith

The Park Stage

Animal Collective
The Horrors
Noah And The Whale
Special Guests
Emiliana Torrini
Special Guests
James Hunter
Golden Silvers
Lay Low

Queen's Head Stage:

Jason Mraz
The Big Pink
The Rakes
Rumble Strips
The Virgins
Dan Le Sac Vs Scoobius Pip
Tommy Sparks
The Low Anthem
Team Waterpolo
Hope And Social
Dead Like Harry
Yr Ods
City Stereo
The Mojo Fins
Maura Kincaid
The Slips
Sub Universe
Smash n' Grab

East Dance

David Guetta
Layo and Bushwacka!
Easy Star Allstars
Iration Steppas ft Mark Iration
Tom Middleton
The Egg
Paul Woolford
Pama International

West Dance

Erol Alkan
The Whip
Annie Mac
Skream And Benga
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip)
Nathan Detroit

Avalon Stage:

The Blockheads
British Sea Power
Michael McGoldrick, Iain Fletcher and Andy Dinan
The Puppini Sisters
3 Daft Monkeys
The Mandibles

The Glade:

Tom Real
Beardyman with The Bays
James Monro
Banco de Gaia
Mum Suleiman
Clive Craske


Pyramid Stage:

Bruce Springsteen
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Dizzee Rascal
Spinal Tap
Eagles Of Death Metal
VV Brown

Other Stage:

Franz Ferdinand
Maximo Park
Paolo Nutini
Peter Doherty
The Script
Jason Mraz
Peter, Bjorn and John
Broken Family Band

John Peel Stage:

Jarvis Cocker
White Lies
White Lies
Florence And The Machine
Passion Pit
Gaslight Anthem
The Temper Trap
The Big Pink
The Nightingales

Jazz/World Stage:

Playing For Change
Baaba Maal
Lonnie Liston Smith
Jamie Cullum
Rokia Traore
Erik Truffaz

Acoustic Stage:

Kilfenorca Ceili Band
Newton Faulkner
Lisa Hannigan
Gary Louris and Mark Olson
Bap Kennedy
Hope And Social
Cora Smyth Band

The Park Stage:

Bon Iver
M Ward
Special Guests
Shlomo and Guests
Horace Andy
Easy Star Allstars
The Memory Band
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Low Anthem
First Aid Kit

Queen's Head Stage:

Guilty Pleasures
Dan Black
The King Blues
The Shortwave Set
Special Guest
The Wombats
Official Secrets Act
Noah And The Whale
Emmy The Great
Broken Records
Special Guest
Peggy Sue and the Pirates
Marina and the Diamonds
Theoretical Girl
Blue Roses
The Glitterati

East Dance:

Pete Tong
La Roux
Tinchy Stryder
Eric Prydz
We Have Band

West Dance:

Josh Wink
DJ Food
Timo Maas
Japanese Popstars
Hudson Mohawke
Emperors Machine
Jam The Channel

Avalon Stage:

The Wonder Stuff
Edward II
Eliza Carthy
Badly Drawn Boy
The King Blues
The Lancashire Hotpots
Wheeler Street
The Martin Harley Band

The Glade:

Stereo MCs
Stanton Warriors
DJ Fresh
Dub Pistols
Don Letts
Dr Meaker
Sancho Panza


Pyramid Stage:

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Tom Jones
Amadou Et Mariam
Tony Christie
Status Quo
Easy Star AllStars

Other Stage:

Bon Iver
Bat For Lashes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Enter Shikari
Brand New
Art Brut
Boxer Rebellion
In Case Of Fire

John Peet Stage:

Echo And The Bunnymen
The Wombats
The Soft Pack
Just Jack
Emmy The Great
Twisted Wheel
We Have Band
Wave Machines
Good Books

Jazz/World Stage:

Black Eyed Peas
Manu Dibango
Roots Manuva
Orquesta Aragon
Linda Lewis
Abdullah Chhadeh And Syriana

Acoustic Stage:

Georgie Fame
Roger McGuinn
Sharon Corr
London Community Gospel Choir
Beth Rowley
Imelda May
Penguin Café Orchestra
Kate Walsh
Martin Harley Band
Lucy Wainwright Roche

The Park Stage:

Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80
Cold War Kids
Tunng and Tinariwen
Alela Diane
Terry Reid
The Rockingbirds
Alberta Cross
Micachu and the Shapes
Bristol Community Choir

Queen's Head Stage:

Robyn Hitchcock
The Aliens
Magic Numbers
Bombay Bicycle Club
Joe Gideon And The Shark
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
Fight Like Apes
The Capitol Years
Soft Toy Emergency
Priscilla Ahn
Jersey Budd
Two Door Cinema Club
Major Major

East Dance:

Calvin Harris
Mr Scruff
VV Brown
Rob Da Bank
Wonky Pop DJs
Kissy Sellout
Wonky Pop DJs
Ou Est
Chris Coco

West Dance:

Jodie Harsh
Beat Torrent
Freq Nasty
Dirty Vegas
Filthy Dukes
Don Diablo
Stuart Wilkinson

Avalon Stage:

Peatbog Fairies
Seth Lakeman
Will Young
Teddy Thompson
The Mummers
The Destroyers
6 Day Riot

The Glade:

Gong Sunday
Steve Hillage Band
Richard 'Kid' Strange and the Party
Second Class Citizen
Back to the Planet
3 Daft Monkeys
Hybrid Cinematic Set
Breakfast with Howard Marks


Queen's Head Stage:

Motown 50th Birthday

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Mel B To Find New Spice Girls

Mel B has signed up to VH1 for a new reality programme that aims to search out the 'next Spice Girls'. Scary Spice will be the judge in this X Factor type show that hopes to give a group of girls the chance to become as successful as the Spice Girls.

Melanie Brown has kept herself busy since the end of the Spice Girls tour, with her Ultimo underwear work and she is currently proving she still has talent with her role in 'Peepshow'. Yet she told the Daily Mirror that there would be no future Spice Girls reunion - no matter what money was offered saying, "Noooooo, we wouldn't. The reunion wasn't about money for us - it was about going out on top where we finished."

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Leona Lewis Quits America

Leona Lewis is quitting the US in a last ditch attempt to preserve her relationship with her long term boyfriend, Lou Al-Chamaa.
The X Factor winner has spent most of her career time in the United States and is in the process of recording her second album.
The 24 year-old was rumoured to be planning a permanent move to the US, where her first album did really well - but Lou was finding the strain of the long distance romance too much. According to the News of the World newspaper, Leona Lewis is set to stay in London for the sake of her relationship.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Junior Apprentice To Launch Next Year

Get set for a junior version of The Apprentice in 2010, with Sir Alan Sugar uttering those famous words "You're fired" to a bunch of teenagers.

The current series of The Apprentice is enjoying over 8m viewers each week and Sir Alan has said he would love to make a junior version of the programme, "It is my long held belief that we should be doing more to promote enterprise amongst young people, as the future of our economy relies on them."

Junior Apprentice will feature five boys and five girls aged 16 and 17 in the five part series, from all social backgrounds. Some may be straight A students, from grammar or public school or have no academic qualifications. Sir Alan Sugar left school at 16 with no qualifications but went on to build his empire by hard work and his entrepreneurial skills.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ivor Novello Award Winners 2009

Below is the list of winners from the 2009 Ivor Novello Awards. Elbow picked up two awards, with Duffy, Ting Tings and Coldplay all scooping an award at the 54th Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting. The Event was hosted at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London on 21 May.

Best song musically and lyrically
One Day Like This - Elbow

Best contemporary song
Grounds for Divorce - Elbow

Best television soundtrack
Wallace and Gromit A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best original film score
There Will Be Blood

PRS most performed work
Mercy - Duffy

Best-selling British song
Viva La Vida - Coldplay

Album award
We Started Nothing - The Ting Tings

Ivors Inspiration award
Edwyn Collins

Ivors classical music award
James MacMillan

Outstanding song collection
Vince Clarke

PRS outstanding contribution to British music
Robert del Naja and Grant Marshall (Massive Attack)

Songwriter of the year
Eg White

Special international award
Smokey Robinson

The Academy Fellowship
Don Black

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Mariah Carey Forgets Her Bra!

Mariah Carey stepped off the plane in Los Angeles but seems to have forgotten her bra, as the picture above shows. Surely times are not that hard for Mariah that she has stopped buying underwear? Thank goodness Splash photography didn't capture the picture down below!!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jackson UK O2 Tour In Crisis

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' UK Tour at the O2 Arena is in crisis as thousands of fans have been left disappointed with the shock announcement that the first four dates have been rescheduled. Angry Jackson fans have been told they would have to wait until March 2010, so instead of having the second, third and fourth shows - they will get the very last performances from the tour.

According to promoters AEG Live, Michael Jackson needed more time for dress rehearsals saying, "This show has grown in size and scope, thereby necessitating more lead time for manufacture of the set, programming the content for the massive video elements, and, most importantly, more time for full production and dress rehearsals."

The cancellation of the opening four dates has pushed the whole Jackson Tour into fresh doubt and concerns that fans could be left out of pocket.

Affected Dates:
8 July - moved to 13 July, 2009
10 July - moved to 1 March, 2010
12 July - moved to 3 March, 2010
14 July - moved to 6 March, 2010

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UK Films Enjoy Record Breaking Year

UK films took a staggering £2.58bn ($4bn) in cash receipts during 2008 as worldwide takings hit record highs thanks to hugely successful films like Slumdog Millionaire, Mama Mia! and Quantum of Solace. According to figures from the UK Film Council - the UK now accounts for 15% of worldwide takings, up 3% on the previous year.

The top UK films in Europe were Mamma Mia! with 34m tickets sold, and Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace, with 27m admissions.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eurovision Winner Rybak Breaks Trophy

Alexander Rybak broke his Eurovision trophy within minutes, according to reports in The Sun. Apparently the 23-year-old was a bit heavy handed when he put the trophy down on the stage, causing the glass to shatter.

It's not all bad news for the Norwegian winner, his single 'Fairytale' looks set to be a massive hit around Europe. Here in the UK his Eurovision winner is riding high in the downloads chart and looks set to enter the Top 40 on Sunday.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

The Selector To Reform?

The Selector have given their strongest hint yet that they could reform after watching fellow Coventry band The Specials perform their highly praised homecoming gig over the weekend.

Bassist Charley Anderson, pictured far right with Noel Gallagher at The Specials Ricoh gig, spoke to the Coventry Telegraph about the possiblity of The Selector reforming saying,
"There are vibrations in the air, it's up to demand - if the fans want it, it's going to happen."

The Selector were awarded a star on Coventry's 'Walk of Fame' on Friday and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson was at the event saying, "It's amazing after all this time. It's good to know there's still so much interest."

Thirty years ago two-tone music was defining a generation and The Selector were part of that movement with 'On My Radio' making it to number eight in the UK charts, while The Specials were number ten with 'A Message To You Rudy/ Nite Club' in October 1979.

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Eurovision Viewing Figures Improve

The wet weather seems to have lifted this years viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC1. As Norway romped to victory with Alexander Rybak's 'Fairytale', the UK enjoyed it's highest score since 1998 with Jade Ewen finishing fifth, performing 'It's My Time'.

Eurovision gained an extra 700,000 viewers this year as an average of 7.8m tuning into the spectacular music event hosted by Russia. No expense was spared as Russia spent £20m putting on the best stage event ever seen during the 54 years of Eurovision. Viewing figures peaked as the final results came in - with almost 10m tuning in to finds out how the UK had fared in the contest. Over on ITV, Britain's Got Talent was watched by 9.8m - down on previous weeks but
still ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

VIDEO: Norway Eurovision Winner - Fairytale By Alexander Rybak

Here is the Eurovision Song Contest winning song by Norway's Alexander Rybak, who broke scoring records with 387 points as over 100 million viewers tuned in. The 54th Eurovision Song Contest saw a return of the music panel judges for each country as the votes were split 50/50 between the judges and phone votes.

Fairytale - Alexander Rybak (Norway)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Specials Bring Carnival To Coventry

The Specials returned to Coventry and turned the Ricoh Arena into one big carnival as 8,000 partied the night away to the sounds of SKA. An army of pork pie hats and two tone clothing bounced up and down to every tune belted out by The Specials in what has been described as 'one of the best gigs ever' by those who attended this historic homecoming by Coventry's most famous band.

Thirty years ago many in the audience would have been among those who would have been part of stage invasions or sporting a skin head haircut, but time had changed their appearance - the hair was now gone but not by choice! This time around the crowds were respectful and no invasions were needed, chants of 'rude boy' ecohed around the Jaguar Hall after each song as a carnival atmosphere filled the venue. Outside the rain poured down in Coventry and many inside may have been victims of the economic downturn but tonight everyone was able to forget their problems and indulge in teenage memories with The Specials taking centre stage.

The Specials delivered a memorable gig, proving Terry Hall and co had lost none of their magic even after decades apart. Lynval Golding told the adoring crowds, "It's good to be back home in Coventry", to which he received rapturous cheers. Coventry was glad their hero's had returned home - after all this was the city of two-tone, rich in cultural and musical history. Classic songs such as 'Blank Expression', 'Friday Night, Saturday Morning' and 'Doesn't Make It Alright' had everyone joining in - both dancing and singing in a carnival atmosphere. The Ripps provided apt support with a blend of SKA infused, socially aware music.

Check the videos from The Specials Coventry Ricoh gig below:

The Specials - Doesn't Make It Alright (Coventry Ricoh)

The Specials - Too Much Too Young / Skinhead Moonstomp (Coventry Ricoh)

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Eurovison Viewing Figures To Drop

Eurovision looks set to lose even more viewers this year as the song contest once again goes head-to-head with ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

Viewing figures could well drop below seven million for the annual song contest with UK viewers opting for comfort with British talent rather than the prospect of a humiliating finish in Eurovision.

Last year 7.1m watched the Eurovision Song Contest as Andy Abraham came joint last and Terry Wogan bowed out after 30 years of hosting the event. This year less than 7m are expected to tune in as Jade performs 'It's My Time' for the UK. She is looks set to be a surprise hit with voters as the song has been well received across Eurpope and looks set for a decent result. Britain's Got Talent has been enjoying weekly viewing figures above the 11m mark as the programme continues to make headlines around the world, and could help end the UK's love/hate relationship with Eurovision. Two years ago 8.7m viewers were watching Eurovision on the BBC but a dip below 7m could raise calls for the long running event to be axed amid cries of block voting and frustration.

Whatever the result, British viewers will be glued to their TV sets watching men and women desperate for their 15 minutes of fame...................

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Manic Street Preachers Album Cover Banned

Is the Manic Street Preachers new album so shocking it needs covering up? Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons all think so and have demanded 'Journal For Plague Lovers' to be sold in a plain slipcase. They are concerned the artwork by Jenny Saville looks like blood splattering and some customers may be upset by the album cover.

Political correctness at it's most extreme or a wise move by the supermarkets to protect customers - what do you think?

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Eurovision Song Contest: Jade - 'It's My Time' UK Video

The Eurovision Song Contest is upon us once again - so get out your flags, download your score cards and get the party started as the 54th Eurovision extravaganza kicks off on BBC3 tonight. This year there will be two semi-finals (Tues 12 / Thurs 14 May) as 18 countries battle it out in the first heat and 19 in the second semi-final selection.

Then the fireworks really kick off on Saturday night as Russia hosts the 25 finalists with Graham Norton taking over the mantle from long running host Terry Wogan. The rules have changed amid cries of block voting - now the points will be half phone votes, half music panel but you can be rest assured the results will still be no surprise.

Can the UK score more than the 14 points (25th) Andy Abraham scored last year in Belgrade, Serbia? Will favourites Norway win the contest? Would Cyprus award 12 points to Greece yet again?

Jade - It's My Time (UK Entry)

(I must confess - I actually like this year's UK entry!!)

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Katie Price and Peter Andre Split - Where Next?

Katie Price (Jordan) and Peter Andre have finally announced they are splitting up, after months of media speculation. The celebrity couple who found love during ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' in 2004, were quickly married the following year and have two children - Junior, three, and Princess Tiaamii, who is almost two.

He was once and pop star and she a glamour model, then together they became a brand product trying to rival her arch enemy - the Beckhams. Together the couple ran marathons, created music and accepted any reality programme on offer. Katie and Peter made the headlines and the millions from their media brand but soon the 'fairytale' romance was wilting at the edges as more and more stories emerged about their strained relationship.

While their management company made the statement saying they, "both requested that the media respect their families' privacy at this difficult time", it is only a matter of time before one or both sell their inside story to Hello or OK magazine. The question remains - Where next?

Could we see Jordan making a comeback spread semi-naked across a batch of lad mags, promoting her latest book detailing the darkest secrets from her marriage to Peter Andre? Will Peter Andre disappear into oblivion like his record career or will he climb back onto the reality bandwagon, appearing on a TV show near you soon?

Chances are the media management company that have run the Katie Price/Peter Andre brand have already penciled in 'plan B', meaning the public will still see them trying to cling onto fame as the light fades on their relationship.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

PICTURE: Victoria Beckham Without Make-Up

Victoria Beckham without make-up is rare to see but the picture above reveals a 'normal' looking woman devoid of the Posh image we are normally accustomed to seeing. Victoria was pictured after her two hour workout at a Beverly Hills gym, apparently she runs eight miles a day on the treadmill!

Beckham has been described as 'normal' by gym members who told the Daily Mail, "Posh is always low-key when she comes here."
"She wears normal gym gear and is always happy to hang out and have a juice and a chat afterwards."
"She’s remarkably normal and doesn’t seem to care if people see her sweaty with no make-up on."
"She’s confident in her looks and actually looks way better without all the war paint slapped on."

Victoria looked slim and toned in the latest Armani underwear picture this week and attributed her look to working out.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Fears For 'Skinny' Sarah Harding

Concerns are growing for Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud as she continues to lose weight. The 27 year-old was captured on camera by Alan Chapman (seen below) and is a far cry from the healthier fuller figure seen on the left.

Sarah Harding is currently on tour with Girls Aloud as they go 'Out Of Control' around the UK, but questions have been raised as the chart topping blonde bombshell looks gaunt and frail in recent public appearances. She may have sung the words, 'No Good Advice' yet now Sarah could do with heeding some good advice and eating a good meal or two! Once the face of Ultimo underwear - Harding had the figure women would die for and men lust over, could the touring have taken it's toll finally?

Her DJ boyfriend, Tom Crane has come to Sarah's defence saying, "It doesn't bother her but it's not fair because she eats well and if she's hungry, she will eat. She works it off from dancing and exercising, that's why, plus she has a good metabolism." The couple are planning on getting married as reported HERE.

Meanwhile, Sarah Harding could be heading to America for more acting work once the Girls Aloud tour finishes on June 6th. Top talent agency are apparently interested in setting up some work for Sarah, having been impressed with her acting in the upcoming BBC drama 'Freefall'.

*PIC: Alan Chapman / Rex Features

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Richard and Judy Quit Chat Show

Richard and Judy have announced they have quit their chat show on Watch TV, ending a 20 year award winning partnership. The show comes to an end on July 3rd and the couple will not be returning together in the near future.

The shows format failed to attract viewers - falling to a low of 8,000 and a far cry from the millions who tuned in during their time at Channel 4 and ITV. The couple have always been honest about the venture to Watch TV and said, "Some you win, some you lose. It's a shame we couldn't get this one to fly because both we and our brilliant young production team were genuinely proud of the show and the guests it attracted."

"But it became obvious that it wasn't the right fit with a brand new pay-for-view digital channel. TV is all about taking risks and that means sometimes you fail. It was a really worthwhile experiment and we don’t regret it at all."

No future projects have been announced yet, Richard and Judy have not ruled out working independently from each other as well as together.

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New 'Abba' Song Returns To Eurovision Style

It's Eurovision season and it looks like ABBA have returned with a song made for the song contest. OK, slightly misleading as only half of ABBA have returned and the song isn't actually in the Eurovision Song Contest!

The bearded half of ABBA (yes the men!) - Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are returning to their pop roots with their first pop songs in fifteen years and I've got to admit they are pretty damn good ( I'm a sucker for Euro pop and all things tacky). The video below entitled "Second Best To None" was written by the ABBA duo and features employees from the Hotel Rival in Stockholm.

The ABBA men have enjoyed a good working relationship since the demise of ABBA and enjoyed acclaimed success with Chess the musical in the 80's and other projects. The Benny Andersson Band will be releasing their English translation material in the UK on July 6th.

Maybe we could get ABBA to work on our Eurovision entry song for next year.............

*Eurovision Semi-Finals take place next week

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Kylie Announces American Tour

Kylie Minogue, the Princess of Pop, has announced her first tour of North America and Canada for later this year. The pint sized Aussie singer has only ever had two US hits - The Loco-Motion #3 in 1988, and 2001's Can't Get You Out Of My Head, which reached #7. Her only hit US album was Fever, released in 2001, reached #3.

Kylie said, "I've wanted to tour in America and Canada for years,"
"I know that fans have been waiting a long time for this and I'm thrilled that the opportunity has finally arrived."

Tickets will go on general release on Friday 15 May and the tour dates will be:

September 30 - Oakland, Fox Theater
October 3 - Las Vegas, The Pearl
October 4 - Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
October 7 - Chicago, Congress Theater
October 9 - Toronto, Air Canada Centre
October 11 - New York, Hammerstein Ballroom

Victoria Beckham : Latest Armani Picture

Victoria Beckham's latest Armani picture is out (last Armani picture: HERE) as she continues her deal with the underwear company. Her previous pictures have courted worldwide publicity for both Victoria Beckham and Armani and this latest addition will continue that trend.

Victoria Beckham Armani underwear picture

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

MTV Movie Award Nominations 2009

The 2009 MTV Movie Award nominations have been announced with 'Twilight' taking the lead with seven nominations - for Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Kristen Stewart) and Breakthrough Performance Male (Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner). British hopeful,'Slumdog Millionaire' has six nominations - including Best Movie, Breakthrough Performance Female (Freida Pinto) and Breakthrough Performance Male (Dev Patel). The 2009 MTV Movie Awards will be held in Los Angeles, California on May 31.

Here is the full list of nominations, selected by the viewers of MTV:

Best Movie:
The Dark Knight
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Female Performance:
Angelina Jolie - Wanted
Anne Hathaway - Bride Wars
Kate Winslet - The Reader
Kristen Stewart - Twilight
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Male Performance:
Christian Bale - The Dark Knight
Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man
Shia LaBeouf - Eagle Eye
Vin Diesel - Fast & Furious
Zac Efron - High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Best Villain:
Derek Mears - Friday The 13th
Dwayne Johnson - Get Smart
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Johnathon Schaech - Prom Night
Luke Goss - Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Comedic Performance:
Amy Poehler - Baby Mama
Anna Faris - The House Bunny
James Franco - Pineapple Express
Jim Carrey - Yes Man
Steve Carell - Get Smart

Best Fight:
Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson - Bride Wars
Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet - Twilight
Ron Perlman vs. Luke Goss - Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Seth Rogen and James Franco vs. Danny McBride - Pineapple Express

Best Kiss:
Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy - Wanted
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
James Franco and Sean Penn - Milk
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - Twilight
Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon - I Love You, Man
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron - High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Breakthrough Performance - Female:
Amanda Seyfried - Mamma Mia!
Ashley Tisdale - High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Freida Pinto - Slumdog Millionaire
Kat Dennings - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Miley Cyrus - Hannah Montana: The Movie
Vanessa Hudgens - High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Breakthrough Performance - Male:
Ben Barnes - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Bobb'e J. Thompson - Role Models
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
Robert Pattinson - Twilight
Taylor Lautner - Twilight

Best WTF Moment:
Peeing In The Sink - Amy Poehler in Baby Mama
Curved Bullet Kill - Angelina Jolie in Wanted
Jumping In The Poop Shed - Ayush Mahesh Khedekar in Slumdog Millionaire
Tasting Decapitated Head - Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder
Naked Break Up - Jason Segel and Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Best Song From A Movie:
A.R. Raham 'Jai Ho' - Slumdog Millionaire
Bruce Springsteen 'The Wrestler' - The Wrestler
Miley Cyrus 'The Climb' - Hannah Montana: The Movie
Paramore 'Decode' - Twilight

Monday, May 04, 2009

David Beckham: Career History In Pictures

It's a Bank Holiday Monday so we've all got time on our hands (unless you are busy doing D-I-Y!), so pop over to the Telegraph website and follow a picture by picture account of the history of David Beckham.

View pics: HERE

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sarah Harding Set For Traditional Wedding

Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding will be having a traditional English wedding if her DJ boyfriend Tom Crane has his way. Speaking to the Sunday People he told the newspaper that the couple had been looking at wedding rings during their recent Dubai holiday.

Tom told the newspaper, ""I want the top and tails, more subtle than a celebrity wedding. I'd like to get married in a country church in the middle of nowhere. It will be old school, I like Olde England. I really don't want to do it on a beach somewhere with loads of people from the club industry. I want my family and friends there."

Sarah Harding and Tom Crane have been together for two years after meeting during one of Tom's DJ sets at London's Mahiki nightclub. The couple also bought a £1m home together last year. Speaking of their sex lives Tom revealed, ""We have a very good, active sex life. When we haven't seen much of one another we really make up for it in bed. We have passionate sex and when the moment takes us it gets pretty heated."

Friday, May 01, 2009

Twitter Hacked

Twitter has been hacked, with internal security being compromised by a French hacker. Known as 'Croll', the hacker posted screen grabs of his exploits on a French forum to prove what he had been able to do.

Croll had been able to log into the account of Jason Goldman, Twitter’s director of product management. The embarrassment was confirmed by Twitter founder Biz Stone, who said that “unauthorized access” was gained by an outside party this week, but only 10 individual accounts were viewed during this unlawful access period.

Since the hack, security has been stepped up and all areas are being looked at to avoid further compromises. The hacker claims to have been able view famous accounts like Lily Allen, Britney Spears, U.S President Barack Obama and with over a million Twitter followers, Ashton Kutcher. Twitter has become this year's must-have social website with growth rates of 1382% in February alone.
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