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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ITV close to settlement with dumped Daybreak duo Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles

There is light at the end of the tunnel in the stand-off between ITV and dumped Daybreak duo Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles.

Last night ITV bosses were said to be close to settling with the pair – after previously threatening a two-year career blackout.

Christine and Adrian’s management had demanded a full payout, in line with their contract, worth £2million each after the duo were axed from Daybreak just a year into their three-year deal.

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But during heated discussions, ITV chiefs warned they could axe them from other shows if a compromise was not reached.

That would have meant shifting Adrian, 44, off Champions League football and his talk series, That Sunday Night Show, plus dropping Christine, 32, from her upcoming presenting role on Dancing on Ice.

Since we revealed the double sacking last weekend, ITV chiefs have been locked in talks with the pair’s management at Avalon in a bid to save paying them huge sums to sit at home until the end of 2013. One insider said: “There have been some heated behind-the-scenes discussions. If their agent thought he could hold the channel to ransom then he’s found that ITV actually holds the trump card. It has been quite fraught.”

Adrian and Christine will leave Daybreak in the New Year, or as soon as replacements are found, after being axed amid poor ratings. This week they appeared together only once on Daybreak. Yesterday, Christine was at the launch of Christmas charity show Text Santa, while Chiles flew to the US. ITV has denied threatening to take the couple off air.

A spokesman said: “Adrian and Christine are key members of the ITV family going forward. And we have an important, long-term relationship with them which we are expanding.”

Jason Manford: 'Katie Price has exceeded her 15 minutes of fame'

Jason Manford has stated that Katie Price has "exceeded her 15 minutes of fame".

The 30-year-old comedian blasted the ex-wife of his Odd One In co-star Peter Andre, claiming that he was sick of her attempts to court publicity.

"I'm obviously on Team Andre," he told us. "I've never met her before and have no desire to. [She has] exceeded her 15 minutes of fame. I've had enough of her."

Manford added that he was baffled by how the 33-year-old could continue to write about her life, commenting: "What I don't understand is that I poured my everything into writing my book and she's got, like, five biographies.

"I'd have to wait another ten years before writing another one, so how on earth does she bang them out left, right and centre? It's absolutely bonkers."

Manford also registered his disappointment with new X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and her predecessor Cheryl Cole.

"To me they're equally as pointless really," he said. "I feel a judge needs to be [from] a place of knowledge and experience. You have to know both sides of the fame game and Cheryl and Tulisa don't have that."

Manford claimed last week that his ITV talent show Show Me The Funny could be given a second series.

Jessie J track 'best-selling duet of 2011'

Jessie J is on course to claim the biggest-selling collaboration of 2011.

The singer's second single 'Price Tag', which features rapper BoB, has been named the highest-selling duet in the UK so far this year by the Official Charts Company.

The pair are holding off competition from LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem', which features Lauren Bennett and Goonrock, and Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera hook-up 'Moves Like Jagger'.

However, the fastest seller on the list comes from Rihanna and Calvin Harris's 'We Found Love', which is already sixth on the list despite only being released last month.

Outside the top ten, Katy Perry and Kanye West reside at 13 with the single remix of 'E.T.', Rihanna and David Guetta sit at 14 with 'Who's That Chick' and JLS featuring Dev are at 18 with 'She Makes Me Wanna'.

A final list of the best-selling collaborations of 2011 will be released in the New Year.

The current top ten collaborations of 2011 are as follows:

1. Jessie feat. BoB: 'Price Tag'

2. LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and Goonrock: 'Party Rock Anthem'

3. Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera: 'Moves Like Jagger'

4. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer: 'Give Me Everything'

5. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull: 'On The Floor'

6. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris: 'We Found Love'

7. Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi: 'Beautiful People'

8. DJ Fresh feat. Sian Evans: 'Louder'

9. David Guetta feat. Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj: 'Where Them Girls At'

10. Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks: 'Heart Skips A Beat'

Jonathan Ross signs new deal to produce two more series of his ITV chatshow!

Not long after being at ITV, are bosses happy for Jonathan Ross to 'extend his chatshow for two series, having signed a reported contract with ITV for £2m !!

The new deal is set to produce two more series of his ITV chatshow!

It was claimed last month that the 51-year-old had been given a second run of The Jonathan Ross Show, but The Sun now reports that the agreement extends to a third series of the programme.

"It was always a gamble for him to reprise his chatshow on another channel," a source said. "He had been synonymous with Friday nights on the BBC, but was replaced by Graham Norton in that slot.

"But he has brought in great guests for ITV and his ratings have been good so it was a no-brainer that he should sign up again."

Ross defected to ITV from the BBC back in July 2010.

He previously defended the multi-million pound salary he received at the corporation, stating: "Sure I was paid a lot of money, but I'm not in a regular job. I'm in showbusiness and I was at the top of my game."

Katie Price lifted by Glasgow crowds after stressful week

KATIE PRICE hasn't had the best of weeks.

The former glamour model said she felt physically sick after a suspected tracking device was discovered under her Range Rover.

A mechanic found the GPS while doing routine work on the pink SUV and it understandably made the 33-year-old concerned for her children's safety.

Katie was as strong as ever though and shrugged off the whole affair so she could continue her book tour in Glasgow, where a heaving crowd came out to greet her.

Hundreds descended on the St Enoch Centre to have their copy of Katie's book signed by the star herself.

Jordan arrived in a grunge-inspired knit jumper which she wore over a T-shirt with the word 'Smile' printed across it.

She finished the look off with leggings and a pair of gorgeous black high heeled boots.

And Katie hasn't let the disturbing discovery put her off meeting fans as she jetted off to Edinburgh for yet another meet and greet afterwards!

KIRK Norcross to leave TOWIE?

The millionaire playboy is wav- ing goodbye to his Essex pals so he can date a host of fit girls and potentially find a wife. Kirk, 23, left, has spoken many times about wanting to settle down with “the one”.

And following in the footsteps of rugby hunk Gavin Henson, 29 – who finally chose Carianne Barrow, 24 as his girlfriend – is Kirk’s golden opportunity.

Our TV source revealed: “Kirk has been approached to join The Bachelor on Channel 5. He’s jumping at the chance to leave TOWIE and do something more dynamic.

“He has an eye for the ladies and has been saying for a while it’s time to find a nice girl and settle down.

“Kirk’s been really successful with regard to money and business ventures, but has yet to find the perfect lady.

“After seeing how much fun Gavin had on the last series of The Bachelor, Kirk’s well up for it.”

We bet he is. Gav, right, was filmed snogging girls all over the shop and having late night skinny- dipping dates.

Kirk is famous for owning notorious Essex night club Sugar Hut and dat-ing co-stars Lauren Pope, 28, and Amy Childs, 21, on the ITV2 show. Kirk, talking about his ex Amy, recently admitted: “I fancy her loads.

“I’d get back together as quick as that, if I could. I’d settle down with Amy no problem. Kids, marriage the lot. I’d be the happiest person ever.”

We’re not sure Amy feels the same though as she told us: “He’s lovely and we are good friends. We’ve got chemistry, but we argue a lot when we’re together. We’re better as friends.”

However, she thinks he’d be great as The Bachelor saying: “I think Kirk would be the perfect person to do it. Definitely.”

Could he also be set for 'Celebrity Big Brother'? “Lauren Goodger and Sam Faiers are both being offered big sums to appear in Celebrity Big Brother. Kirk’s the only one to make a decision.”

The TOWIE star, 23, announced he had quit once before.

Let’s hope this time he means it.

Lee Evans Roadrunner DVD set for No.1 spot

The New release looks set to pip fellow comics Peter Kay and John Bishop in Christmas DVD race.

Hyperactive comic Lee Evans is on track to bag the No1 DVD spot this weekend with his new release, Roadrunner Live At The O2.

As the lucrative Christmas comedy DVD race steps up, Evans has already sold 56,805 copies and could top 180,000 by the end of the week, beating fellow crowd-pleasing stand-ups Peter Kay and John Bishop.

Evans's set - the first comedy set to be filmed in 3D - features his thoughts on footballers, food home deliveries and his inability to ask for directions.

This Sunday, 69 Vue cinemas across the UK will be screening the show in 3D, ahead of the release of 'Lee Evans: Roadrunner - Live at the O2 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD)' on Monday 28th November.

DVD distributors Universal said the 3D filming ‘perfectly encompasses his spectacular stage show and shows off all his physical hilarity'.

We went along and saw him live at the o2 recently, it is easily his most original show in years and the audience were on his side from the word go!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Matt Cardle, Emeli Sande join T4 Stars of 2011 lineup

Matt Cardle and Emeli Sande have been added to the lineup for this year's T4 Stars concert.

The pair join a bill already consisting of Jessie J, The Wanted, Dappy, Pixie Lott and Ed Sheeran at the show, which will be held at London's Earls Court.

Professor Green, Example, Tinchy Stryder, Cher Lloyd, Wretch 32 and Rizzle Kicks will also play the gig, which takes place on December 11.

The main show will be hosted by T4 presenters Nick Grimshaw and Jameela Jamil. More special guests for the event are yet to be announced.

Casts from The Only Way Is Essex, Made In Chelsea, Hollyoaks and Misfits will be in attendance and will participate in a series of stage-based events.

Grimshaw and Jamil recently said that they are expecting to dress up as a pregnant Beyoncé or Lady GaGa's Joe Calderone for the show.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now.

MOVIE superstar Brad Pitt has vowed to give up acting

Brad, 47, also hinted that he might find a new role behind the camera (in three years — when he turns 50).

Asked by Aussie chat show 60 Minutes how long he planned to carry on, the Fight Club star said: "Three years."

Looking to the future, he added: "I've really enjoyed the producerial side."

Brad also revealed he and wife Angelina Jolie have not decided whether they will add to their six children.

The Jolie-Pitt clan have spent the week in Vietnam visiting the native country of one of their adopted children, Pax.

Brad was speaking in Tokyo while promoting his new movie, Moneyball.

Nicki Minaj confirms new album 'Roman Reloaded', release date

Nicki Minaj has confirmed the title and release date of her new album.

The rapper will release her second opus Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on February 14, 2012.

Minaj made the announcement to her fans via Twitter, adding: "Heeeee's baaacccckkkkk."

Roman Reloaded will heavily feature Minaj's gay male alter ego Roman Zolanski, who most famously appears on her Eminem collaboration 'Roman's Revenge'.

The hip-hop performer recently teased fans with what to expect from Roman on the record, stating: "Roman will be in rare form this time. You know why? Cuz he no longer gives a f**k. (sic)

"He realised that his core matters the most. Everyone else will figure it the f**k out. He can no longer be censored. that's not Lewinsky on a$$. its Roman."

Roman Reloaded will serve as the follow-up to Minaj's debut album Pink Friday, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified gold in the UK.

One Direction: 'Cracking the US is going to be hard'

One Direction have admitted that cracking the US music market is going to be hard.

The boyband have signed a Stateside record deal with Columbia, which is currently home to international stars like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Adele and Beyoncé.

Talking to one of our bloggers about their new deal, Niall Horan explained: "If you look at the names and record sales on Syco, our label here, you go 'Wow' - but being label-mates with Bowie, Dylan and Bruce is on another level."

Harry Styles added: "America is a massive place and it's going to be hard. Nothing is gonna come easy.

"A lot of people have tried and failed but we want to break the mould and see what we can do. We'll definitely give it a go."

He continued: "We did a couple of signings in Europe and it surprised us how many people were out there.

"It was crazy in Italy. Riot police had to protect us and nearly had to shut down the whole event. There were 3,500 people. Optimistically, we were expecting 200."

One Direction's debut album Up All Night is available to buy now.

Paddy McGuinness to host ITV1 Christmas TV quiz

Paddy McGuinness has signed up to host a Christmas quiz show on ITV1.

Paddy's Show and Telly will see four pairs of celebrities answering questions about the year's television shows, Broadcast reports.

Downton Abbey, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and The Only Way Is Essex are among the programmes expected to be covered in the quiz.

The competing stars will go through several rounds in an attempt to win £20,000 for charity.

ITV's Christmas lineup will include special editions of The Jonathan Ross Show and Downton Abbey.

A new episode of Poirot, 'The Clocks', is also expected to air over the festive period.


IT could be a licence to thrill for Queen and Lady GaGa if James Bond head honchos have their way.

Composer David Arnold, who has penned the past five 007 film soundtracks, would love Queen to have a go at writing a theme tune for next year’s Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.

David, 49, told me: “I’m a massive Queen fan and I would love them to do a theme tune.

“Imagine how ridiculously bombastic a Queen anthem could be. It’s a shame because they would have been perfect for Roger Moore’s Bond during the 80s when he was punching clowns.”

Any possibility of a Queen song today could rest with Lady GaGa, 25, who guitarist Brian May, 64, would love to see fill in for much-missed Freddie Mercury.

The cloud-haired axeman, 64, told me recently: “We still hope to do something with GaGa in the future.

“We’ve been close to doing something for TV before – she is an inspiration.”

Bookmakers Paddy Power have Rihanna, 23, as fav­ourite to record the song at 6-1.

But they are already offering odds of 25-1 for a Queen/Lady GaGa collaboration for Skyfall, which hits cinemas in October 2012.

One thing’s for sure, rum­oured theme tune singers Adele, 23, and Noel Gallagher have not been app­roached to do the music yet.

Arnold, who also soundtracked 2007’s Quantum Of Solace told me: “I’ve heard the Adele rumours but nobody has been asked yet.

“Traditionally producers wait for the film to be made, or if I’m asked I’ll have somebody in mind.”

Noel, 44, shot down the rum­ours, saying: “I don’t know where you’ve seen a story about me being off­ered the job of penning the tune.”

Meanwhile Arnold has been talking to Simon Cowell, 54, about adding a Bond-themed evening to next year’s X Factor.

He revealed: “I’ve spoken to Simon about doing an X Factor Bond special before.

“We would love to try it but it’s difficult finding the right Bond songs for people to sing.”

Bond fans are in for a treat next year.

Reckless Frankie Cocozza hits new low as he is turned away from club

Frankie Cocozza seems to be on a downward spiral as after being axed from the X Factor tour, the party-loving teenager was turned away from a trendy London nightspot.

X Factor fame doesn’t last forever and having sensationally left the show just one week ago, already it appears Frankie's star is fading.

The 18-year-old headed out for yet another night on the tiles following a heavy one the day before when he was spotted surrounded by a gaggle of girls outside Aura nightclub while puffing on cigarettes.

But on Wednesday night, Frankie decided to ditch the girls In favour of a lads' night, thought his antics were very much the same.

The evening started off tame with a trip to Shrek: The Musical to see a pal perform but as soon as the show was over, it seemed he was hellbent on returning to his raucous ways.

Chain-smoking as he made his way with a group of friends to local pub Nell Of Old Drury, his hair was in its usual disheveled state.

Wearing his trademark skinny jeans teamed with a t-shirt emblazoned with the word 'obey' – no doubt a reference to his rebellious side on the X Factor – he kept the chill out with a maroon hoody.

But later in the evening, when he decided to use his new-found fame to open up doors for him on the club scene, the night took a turn for the worse as he was refused entry to top London nightspot Jalouse.

It is bound to have come as a surprise to the cocky teen who must of thought with his X Factor tag, London was a free zone for him.

The snub came just hours after it was confirmed Frankie wouldn’t be allowed to partake in next year's X Factor tour, despite contestants including The Risk and Johnny Robinson, who were given the boot before him, being allowed to join in the fun.

However, clearly wanting to keep his cool and not let Jalouse's rejection put a halt to his night out, a worse-for-wear Frankie ended up moving onto the Freedom Bar in Soho until the early hours of the morning.

Being the rebellious lad that he tries to be, he made sure to let lurking snappers know exactly how he felt after being turned away as well as he showed them his middle finger from inside the bar.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas show 2011 line-up revealed

What better way to spend your Christmas evening than watching a bit of Strictly?

If a certain Ms Valance were on this show there would have been many opportunities for Christmas Holly jokes but she isn't. Instead we will be treated to five celebs who are new to the Strictly experience.

They are:

Former world featherweight boxing champion Barry McGuigan who will partner Erin Boag

Hi-De-Hi legend Su Pollard dancing with Anton Du Beke

Blue’s Simon Webbe and his professional partner Katya Virshilas

Comedienne Debra Stephenson and professional dancer Ian Waite

EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks who will take to the floor with Vincent Simone.

Below are some quotes from the stars involved. Now, you don't think they acutally said any of these things during an interview with a reporter, do you? Of course not, you know they were compiled by those clever publicist people and stuck in a lovely BBC press release. Anyway, here they are:

Su says: “Strictly Come Dancing is strictly must-see Christmas Day television. I’m hoping to wow the judges and the viewers with my utter exuberance and prowess!

Simon adds: “Strictly Come Dancing is one of my mum's favourite shows. It's always nice to learn something new, the dancing part of my brain is dormant and I want to wake it up. I also want to wear something tight and sparkly!

Deborah says: “I’m a really big fan of Strictly Come Dancing. I’m very excited to be on the Christmas special and I can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!”

Barry adds: “I'm looking forward to Strictly Come Dancing, it's a challenge. I've always considered myself to have two left feet and I want to surprise myself!”

Charlie says: “I’m a massive fan of the series and there’s no way my daughter would have let me turn down such an amazing opportunity to be on the show. I love to be challenged and I’m really looking forward to taking to the dance floor with Vincent.”


ROBERT Pattinson has to live like a paranoid James Bond because of obsessed Twilight fans.

The superstar, who plays vampire sex god Edward Cullen in the hit series, lives his life like a secret agent so crazy fans can’t hunt him down.

R-Patz, 25, said: “It’s annoying, like, trying to find somewhere to live, because you are literally thinking about things like you are a fugitive, or a CIA undercover operative or something, you are genuinely worried about spies.

“Trying to find a house you’re like, ‘What’s the street parking like? Can people see in? I can’t have people park outside.’

“You can’t have anyone cleaning your place, and you have to worry about your guests just in case someone talks about where you live. It’s crazy.”

However despite all this he loves being part of the Twilight saga, adding: “I guess everybody’s got something to complain about, no matter what their life is, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.”

While girls around the globe think Rob’s vampire character Edward Cullen is amazing, the man himself finds him annoying.

He said: “The annoying thing about him is the fans’ perception of him being the perfect guy.

“I wanted to play his flaws, but then you have this sub- liminal idea coming from everywhere saying, ‘No, he’s got to be perfect!'”

Despite being one of Britain’s biggest heart-throbs the blood-sucking hunk has no idea why girls are obsessed with his “ugly” undead character. Rob said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a vampire movie where I think the vampires are attractive. They end up looking worse than they do in their real life with the pale make-up and the fangs.

“I have never understood the fascination with vampires. People are obsessed and I don’t know why.

“I know the history of it. I find it interesting to think there are true stories of things in, say, Romania.

“I like all the conspiracy theory aspects of it.”

Vernon Kay to host family show

Vernon Kay is to host a new TV show - Home For The Holidays.

The Channel 4 programme will see a soon-to-be-married couple bring their extended families together for the first time to see if they can live with each other 24 hours a day for a whole week.

If they survive the week in the live Christmas show, they could win a up to half a million pounds.

Home For The Holidays will be hosted live each night by All Star Family Fortunes host Vernon.

He said: "This is going to be the perfect show to help build up the excitement of the festive season. It's a whole lot of fun as we try and give away half a million pounds.

"I'm also really pleased to be going back to Channel 4 where I had almost seven years of pure joy working on T4. I cannot wait."

The family will need to live together, put up with each other and bond in a "magical Christmas country manor house which is not quite what it seems".

Executive producer Will Macdonald said: "Christmas and family is never quite the Bing Crosby-inspired combination we all dream of.

"Anyone, like Wizzard, who wishes It Could Be Christmas Every Day should watch this show - they may want to be careful what they wish for."


ALEXANDRA Burke is ready to make her a big comeback with help from Colombian DJ legend Erick Morillo.

And the former X Factor champ also wants another crack on the judging panel of telly’s top talent show.

The 23-year-old has spent a year recording her follow-up to Overcome with Strictly Rhythm man Erick, 40, above right.

Alex told me: “I’ve been doing some amazing stuff with him in LA. One track in particular is very special.

“Erick is a very talented producer and I’m sure I will be working with him a lot.

“It’s not strictly a banging album. It’s fun, loud, up-tempo, in your face, it has a lot of colours.

“It’s very different to Overcome. This one is a bit more womanly, sexier. I’ve taken more risks.

“I’ve done six albums- worth of songs. Hopefully it will be out for Easter.”

We last saw Alex filling in for poorly Kelly Rowland, 30, on The X Factor.

She said: “X Factor was insane, I got the call four hours before we went on air.

“I was shopping for my little brother for his birthday, so I was very nervous.

“But it was an honour. I’d love to do it again.”

Alexandra will be perform-ing at the Clothes Show Live in association with Suzuki at Birmingham’s NEC on December 2.

Alexandra Burke, 'X Factor's The Risk for Clothes Show Live

Alexandra Burke and X Factor boyband The Risk will perform at this year's Clothes Show Live event.

Former X Factor winner Burke will open the event on December 2, while The Risk will appear on December 4 at the Suzuki Fashion Theatre at Birmingham's NEC.

The fashion festival takes place from December 2-7, and will also feature the casts of The Only Way Is Essex and Hollyoaks.

Jeff Brazier, George Lamb and celebrity stylist Grace Woodward will appear at the festival to give guests fashion advice.

The Risk will reunite with several of this year's X Factor finalists for the show's tour next year.

Alexandra Burke recently revealed that she is dating Jamie Foxx protégé Marcus Anthony.

Amy Childs is on her way to being a millionaire

Amy Childs is known for her love of spray tans, all things pink and ­inventing the vajazzle on The Only Way is Essex.

With over 670,000 followers, Amy has certainly rose to fame having starred on Celebrity Big Brother and Towie!

But Amy, former star of TOWIE, is now well on her way to finding further fame and fortune.In fact Amy, who once earned just £20 a day working in a beauty salon, has almost made her first million.

Not bad for a girl with chronic ­dyslexia who left school with just one GCSE.

“Oh my god, it’s true, I am not far off becoming a millionaire,” giggles Amy, 21. “I hate talking about money, it feels a bit, y’know, flash but I am doing well.

“I’ve got my own clothing line, my own tan and false eyelash range. I’ve just opened my own beauty salon, and I’ve got my own TV show. It’s mad when you think I am severely dyslexic.”

Amy was four when she was diagnosed with the condition, which makes ­reading and writing difficult. “I struggled all the way through school and was always playing catch-up,” she says.

“But my mum and dad were ­determined it wouldn’t hold me back. They went without nights out and holidays so I could have private tuition. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself.

“I only got one GCSE, a B for my French, because I could speak it better than I could write it. But when I started ­working in a beauty salon at 15, everyone said I was a natural. If I put my mind to ­something, then I do it.

“Now I am older I have become better, but my main problem is memory. I still find it hard if I’m presenting to ­remember my lines exactly, but its OK because I like putting it in my own words.”

Amy adds: “I’d say to anyone with dyslexia, just keep working hard and don’t let it affect you. Look at Richard Branson. He’s ­dyslexic and he’s done all right.

“I’m working so hard now to pay mum and dad back in some way for everything they’ve sacrificed for me.

“Some think I’m this spoiled, ditzy girl who found fame on a reality show but I’m actually a trained beautician. Now I’ve got my own salon, I can call myself a businesswoman. I’ve hired all the staff, organised the training days and chosen the colours for the interior design.

“Ever since I was 10 I’ve dreamed of having my own business. I want to show I’m not just a pretty face who sits in a salon vajazzling all day.”

Amy Childs launches her salon at in Brentwood (Pic: Getty Images)

Amy knows she has been lucky. “I pinch myself every day,” she squeals. “I can earn up to £20k a day now but I was still as ­happy earning £20 a day in my first job in a beauty salon.

“I was a Saturday girl and I worked from 8.30 to 6.30 making the cups of tea, talking to the ladies and booking treatments. I loved it and would have done it for nothing.

“Now I am richer than I ever believed, but I will always be Amy Childs from Essex, not Amy Childs, the millionaire. I’ll be the same whether I’ve got one million or three ­million pounds in the bank.”

Amy has treated ­herself to a new white Range Rover with an “AMY22” number plate. “It’s all white,” she says. “But you should see the inside. There’s fake tan ALL over the seats.

“But I love a nice car and I want spinning rims on the wheels. My mum say it’ll look too tacky but nothing is too tacky in Essex. I’d love ­diamonds on them as well. And I want blue neon lights. Mum reckons that will look chavvy but I’m going to go for it.

“I’ve also bought myself some gorge ­Mulberry and Chloe bags and I treated my mum to a Gucci one. I’ve said to my dad that I’ll buy him a nice new van but he wants to drive my Range Rover!”

Her mum Julie and dad Billy both had a tough upbringing in London’s East End. Her dad never went to school and by 13 he was working on a market stall and started selling flowers. He now has two pitches and three shops. Amy’s mum went to hairdressing college and ­eventually became manager of a ­salon.

“My mum and dad worked 24/7 when I was growing up so they could give me and my brother Billy the best in life,” says Amy. “Now I want to do everything for them. I’m treating them and Billy, who’s 23, and me nan to a holiday in Barbados this ­Christmas. We’re going five star deluxe.

“I still live at home, even though I could afford my own place now. But mum and dad totally look after me. I can’t cook to save my life!” Amy, who is ­returning with her own beauty slot on ITV’s This Morning, is setting her sights on becoming a ­breakfast TV presenter. And with the news that Christine Bleakley has been axed from Daybreak, could she be the person to brighten up our mornings?

“Oh my god, that would be amazing,” shrieks Amy. “I think Christine has done a fantastic job and I’m well jel of the fact she is dating Frank Lampard too. He is seriously fit.

“But they talk quite a bit about politics on Daybreak and I ain’t got a clue about that, so I think I would struggle. Although I would definitely bring the fun and glamour element.” Amy admits she has cut back on the spray tans for fear of looking “too orange”. She says: “I only have them once a week now. There are times when I have looked well orange and it’s not a good look.

“Everywhere I go I leave a trail of fake tan. I’ve even got it on the wallpaper in my bedroom and I got it all over a white dress that I wore for dinner the other week.”

Amy was the first major TOWIE ­character to quit the show, but has no regrets. “No way. It has been the best thing for me. I’m the Robbie Williams of TOWIE – the first to leave. But I might be back. People want me to slate the show but I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for TOWIE. I didn’t get a chance to watch the last series properly but sometimes I think they needed a bit of Amy Childs vajazzle back in there.”

Yet life in the public eye has not been without its pitfalls. “Most people I meet are really positive towards me but I have had vicious comments from girls in the street. The other day these girls were going, ‘Who are you? You’re a Z-lister and a wannabe.’ But those girls are just jel, ­although I’ve now got a security guard.”

Three months ago Amy split up with her stockbroker boyfriend Joe Hurlock after nine months of dating. “I was really upset when we split, but in the end I didn’t have time to see him as my career got in the way,” she says. “But you never know we might get back together.”

So who would Amy like to get her hands on? “The actor Tom Hardy is gorgeous,” she says. “I met him on Alan Carr’s show and he gave me a kiss on the cheek. I didn’t wash my spray tan off for days after that. If he came in my salon now, I’d definitely give him a Pejazzle and a back, sac and crack wax.”

And she is still in love with Essex. “It is an amazing place and the people are lovely but a lot of Essex girls do only care about their appearance and the majority of them are all botoxed up to the max and like their fake tan,” laughs Amy.

“All they think about is themselves and I like to think I am different from a lot of them as it’s not about how you look.

“I’ve had botox and a boob job but there’s more to me than that. I’m a good laugh, determined, ­successful and a great ­businesswoman, I’m 100 per cent honey!”

We caught up with Amy recently at Markmeets and she told us about her new salon and calendar and by the sounds of it, she could be the new but more popular Katie Price!

Oh... she also told us she spends over £1000 a month on pizza!!

Amy Childs: Get ready to meet my family!

WE'RE excited to hear that former TOWIE star Amy Childs is preparing to unleash her family on the nation.

The Essex hottie's new fly-on-the-wall series It's All About Amy hits our screens this week and Amy has assured us that her parents will be just as watchable as her.

“My dad is so funny and everyone will fall in love with him. And my mum is full of banter," she said.

As well as starring on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, Amy has amazed us with her furious work-rate. The 21-year-old has opened her own salon and launched a fake tan lotion, eyelashes and clothes range since finding fame.

However, all the time that former Only Way Is Essex star has spent forging a new career as a businesswoman has meant fewer opportunities for romance. Indeed, Amy admits that filming her new show is the closest she's come to a partner.

“Having a camera crew with you 24/7 is really strange. It is like a love-hate relationship," she said.

“They are the closest thing to me being in a relationship. I don’t have time for a boyfriend because I’m working so hard.”

Don't worry though folks, Amy is not being distracted from her day-job!

"I’m not stopping vajazzling. I won’t really have time before Christmas but next year I will be spray tanning, pedicuring and vajazzling. I’ll be hands on.”

Friday, November 25, 2011

2012 top selling calendars revealed!

Former X Factor heart-throbs One Direction have become the faces most likely to be adorning walls across the country as their calendar is unveiled as 2012's bestseller.

The five-piece group have gone straight to No.1 in the 2012 calendar chart, unseating last year’s joint favourites Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber.

But it’s not just youth catching the eye of buyers, as fans stock up on the ever-slim frame of Sir Cliff Richard.

The veteran singer is still proving a hit at 71 by claiming second place – his highest spot for six years.

Cole has plummeted from view after leaving The X Factor. Her fall to No.11 means there is not a single female star in the top 10 of officially licensed calendars this year.

Bieber – who was in Belfast tonight for the MTV Europe Awards – has slipped to third spot.

The chart has been compiled by calendar firm Danilo in conjunction with retailer HMV, and includes sales for other retailers such as Clintons and Amazon.

Other acts making their debut in the chart include Moshi Monsters at No.9 and The Vampire Diaries at ten, while Elvis Presley returns to the top 10 for the first time since 2002 with a No.7 placing.

Also in the chart are JLS, remaining at four, Manchester United and Liverpool, up two places respectively at five and six, and Top Gear, up from 15 to eight.

Florence and the Machine: 'Ceremonials' Florence + the Machine have returned to the top of the UK...

Florence + the Machine score second albums No.1 with 'Ceremonials'.

Florence + the Machine have returned to the top of the UK albums chart with their sophomore LP Ceremonials.

The Florence Welch-fronted collective shifted 90,000 copies of their latest release to bump Coldplay's mega-selling fifth effort Mylo Xyloto into second place.

Professor Green follows his singles chart success by launching his second studio album At Your Inconvenience to three, while the self-titled debut from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Michael Bublé's Christmas record drop two apiece to finish the top five.

Veteran tenor Alfie Boe celebrates his best ever UK chart performance with Alfie at six, as the new entries continue further down with Rizzle Kicks and their debut studio album Stereo Typical at nine and the Manic Street Preachers, who grab their ninth Top 10 hit with National Treasures: The Complete Singles at ten.

Elsewhere, Doo Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars and Matt Cardle's Letters crash a mighty seven and six places respectively to 11 and 12, finishing ahead of Justin Bieber's festive album Under The Mistletoe, a new entry at 13.

Kelly Clarkson drops from five to 14 with Stronger in her second week on the chart, as former number one artists Steps and James Morrison also crash. The 'Tragedy' band's Ultimate Collection is down seven to 16, while Morrison goes from 12 to 17 with The Awakening.

The final spot in the Top 20 this week is occupied by another faller, Message To You by The Soldiers, which is down nine. However, the biggest loss in the Top 40 belongs to Tom Waits, who heads from 10 to 38 with Bad As Me.

The Top 10 in full:

1. (-) Florence + the Machine: 'Ceremonials'

2. (1) Coldplay: 'Mylo Xyloto'

3. (-) Professor Green: 'At Your Inconvenience'

4. (2) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'

5. (3) Michael Bublé: 'Christmas'

6. (-) Alfie Boe: 'Alfie'

7. (8) Adele: '21'

8. (7) Ed Sheeran: '+'

9. (-) Rizzle Kicks: 'Stereo Typical'

10. (-) Manic Street Preachers: 'National Treasures - The Complete Singles'

Freakout Frankie Cocozza threatens to leave X Factor

COCKY Frankie Cocozza threatened to quit X Factor if he ended up in the bottom two on Sunday.

He threw a tantrum and told mentor Gary Barlow he'd had enough after getting abuse on Twitter.

A show source said: "Frankie had a meltdown. He knows he won't win and can't be bothered with all the haters."

The 18-year-old told fans after Sunday night's show: "I won't lie, it's been a tough week. I thought I was going, but luck was on my side."

Yesterday, rejects The Risk revealed they had warned him to party less.

Andy Merry, 20, said: "We said to him, 'You've got a great opportunity, just calm down a bit.' "

Ashford Campbell, 19, added: "He balances the work and the play — but at the minute I think he's just enjoying the playing."

Meanwhile Frankie's behaviour is being probed by TV regulator Ofcom.

He yelled: "F****** have it!" after getting through on October 23 — swearing before the 9pm watershed. The night before scenes of him out with pals, may have glamorised alcohol.

'I'm A Celebrity' lineup

Once again, ITV have an award winning show though beside several celebs (Dougie from McFly, Mark Wright) the line-up is full of stars we like, though the younger viewers may well not know who they are.

The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright is a popular choice for the ladies, ex-jockey Willie Carson (was a legend in his day) and McFly's Dougie Poynter will be among the famous faces taking part in this year's I'm A Celebrity.

Ten celebrities will be heading into the jungle later this week to face tough challenges and bushtucker trials in the hope that they will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle. READ ON FOR PREVIOUS WINNERS

The other seven stars heading to Australia include Hollywood actress Stefanie Powers, model and Real Hustle TV presenter Jessica-Jane Clement, Comic/Singer Freddie Starr and FormerOlympic athlete/Javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread.

Completing the lineup are Emmerdale's Lorraine Chase, Corrie star Antony Cotton and Benidorm actress Crissy Rock.

National Television Award-winning duo Ant & Dec will host the 11th series of the reality hit. I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here... Now will return on ITV2 with new presenter Laura Whitmore.

Simon Cowell's close friend Sinitta reportedly pulled out of taking part in the show at the last minute because of her phobias about snakes and bugs.

The legend that is Pat Sharp is top of the reserve list!

I'm A Celebrity starts on Sunday at 9pm on ITV1.

JLS & Susan Boyle dominate midweek chart!

JLS are on course to gain their sixth UK number one single.

The group have topped the midweek chart with their latest cut 'Take A Chance On Me', while Rihanna's 'We Found Love' trails in second place.

Labrinth and Tinie Tempah stay firm at three with 'Earthquake' and Professor Green's 'Read All About It' slides from the top spot to four.

Cher Lloyd slips a place to five with Mike Posner hook-up 'With Ur Love' and Pixie Lott is the second-highest new entry with 'What Do You Take Me For?'

Outside the top ten, Loick Essien has landed at 13 with 'Me Without You' and is followed by fellow new entries 'I Need' by Maverick Sabre at 14 and Bruno Mars's 'It Will Rain' at 16.

Tinchy Stryder's new single 'Off The Record' debuts at 22, Nicole Scherzinger's 'Try With Me' tumbles to 27 and Cobra Starship's 'You Make Me Feel...' falls to 31.

Over on the album chart, Susan Boyle is on course to grab her third UK number one album with Someone To Watch Over Me.

Florence + The Machine's Ceremonials sits at number two, while Cher Lloyd's debut Sticks + Stones enters at three.

The Wanted currently reside at four with their second studio LP Battleground and Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto completes the top five.

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Birdy's self-titled disc premieres at nine and Pink Floyd's reissue of Wish You Were Here lands at number 17.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

One Direction, JLS join 'X Factor' charity single

One Direction and JLS will star on this year's X Factor charity single, it has been revealed.

Simon Cowell is said to have asked the bands, both previous X Factor finalists, to sing on the cover of Rose Royce's 1978 hit 'Wishing on a Star'.

He was apparently concerned that this year's "average" contestants weren't enough to ensure the song becomes a chart success and so added established artists for the first time.

An insider told The Sun: "Simon and the other Syco execs want huge sales this year and weren't sure the contestants would get that on their own.

"Now they'll be using One Direction and JLS's combined fanbase to sell the song. It's a no-brainer and is bound to be a huge seller now."

A spokesman confirmed: "As Simon has a personal involvement in this year's charity he has asked two of the country's biggest acts to make this year's X Factor charity single the biggest of the year.

"He asked One Direction and JLS to sing on the track to give the song something extra special - and encourage all their fans to buy the single and raise lots of money for the charity."

Previous X Factor charity singles - 'Hero' in 2008, 'You Are Not Alone' in 2009 and 'Heroes' last year - have all reached number one.

'Wishing on a Star' is due to be released on November 20 and all proceeds will go to ACT & Children's Hospices UK.

JLS will perform on the X Factor results show on Sunday, while One Direction will appear the following weekend.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kelly Rowland threatens to quit 'X Factor' over twist

Kelly Rowland ­has threatened to quit The X Factor if she is forced to change acts.
It was reported yesterday that a new twist will see the judges switch categories and mentor new performers.
However, Rowland has admitted that she wouldn't like to see another judge looking after her Girls (Janet Devlin and Misha B) after all the hard work she has already put in.
"I don't want anybody touching my girls," she told the Sunday Mirror. "I'm not giving Misha and Janet up for anyone. I'd walk before I gave them up. Everybody is doing such a good job mentoring their acts. I don't know why they'd do that."
She added: "When Simon gave me the job he liked the fact I stood by my word. He calls me Lippy - Simon likes me because I have a smart mouth. I'm not afraid of him and I respect him.
"We would be electric on the same judging panel, can you imagine? But I love being on a panel with Gary, Louis and Tulisa - despite what people say."
Fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos recently insisted that she is on good terms with Rowland following their on-screen disagreement over claims Misha B was bullying the other acts.
Speaking of the argument, Rowland explained: "Don't get me wrong, I was very disappointed but we are cool now. Everybody needs to get on with it and move on. I have respect for Tulisa. We are not dissimilar."
Rowland concluded that she believes Misha B has the best chance of making it in America after the show.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Emma Bunton designs children's clothing range

Former SPICE GIRLS star EMMA BUNTON has become the latest celebrity to turn her attention to fashion by designing a children's wear range for a high street chain.
The singer has created an exclusive line for Argos and the designs will be modelled by her four-year-old son Beau.
Bunton, who was a child model herself in the 1980s, tells the Daily Mirror, "I featured in the catalogue several times so it's great to make a return appearance, this time with my own range. It's something I've always wanted to do. I worked hard on the range and I'm so proud of the outcome."
Argos spokeswoman Emily Jacobs adds, "Emma is known and loved for being a stylish, hard-working mum so she was a natural choice."
The 99-piece collection will go on sale in January (11) for children aged up to 10 years old.

Friday, November 18, 2011

One Direction, The Saturdays, JLS for Jingle Bell Ball 2011

One Direction and JLS will perform at this year's Jingle Bell Ball, it has been announced.
The bands will be joined by The Saturdays and singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran for the second day of the Capital FM event on December 4.
Also on the bill at the festive concert, which will take place at London's O2 Arena, are Wretch 32 and 'Heaven' star Emile Sandé.
It was previously announced that Rihanna, Olly Murs and The Wanted would perform during the first day of the Jingle Bell Ball on December 3/
Pixie Lott, Calvin Harris and Jason Derulo will also take to the stage on the first day of the event.
Tickets for the Saturday December 3 show are on sale now, while tickets for Sunday December 4 will go on sale on Monday (November 7).
It was recently confirmed that One Direction and JLS will feature on this year's X Factor charity single.

Russell Brand and Katy Perry plan time together in India for new year

Russell Brand and Katy Perry are hoping to spice ­up their marriage with a romantic trip to India where they

Comedian Russell, 36, and pop star Katy have spent months apart due to relentless work schedules – and friends have started to fear the worst for their relationship.

Now Russell has booked a holiday to the breathtaking Aman New Dehli Hotel in the New Year to get their marriage back on track.

Russell has been working on back-to-back films since the summer while Katy, 27, has been travelling the globe on her California Dreams tour.

The two-week stay in a pool-suite at the five-star hotel will be the first time in months the couple have been able to spend some quality time ­together.

But some friends have described it as a trip to rekindle their love as rumours grow about how their marriage ­is struggling under the strain of their busy schedules.

A source close to Katy revealed: “As part of Katy’s birthday present last week Russell booked a trip to the Aman resort in New Delhi for New Year. Katy’s schedule is jam-packed right until the end of the year.

“They plan to spend Christmas in Britain with Russell’s mum and then fly to India on holiday.

“Russell and Katy have both agreed that the time they spend apart has been extremely tough and that they need to spend some quality time away together so that they can re-connect as a couple.”

Last week they were spotted ­riding their bikes near their £1.68million pad in TriBeCa, New York.

Katy took the weekend off from her mammoth tour to celebrate their first anniversary and her 27th birthday. But now she’s back in the UK, where she played ­Nottingham last night and is flying off for a gig in Dublin tomorrow, ahead of her final night in Los Angeles on November 22.

The source adds: “After spending the weekend in New York together, they both realised just how distant they’ve become and whenever they have a precious couple of days together, they’re living in the ­knowledge that they’re going to be separated again and it causes a lot of tension between them.

“India is obviously a very special place for the couple as it’s where they got married so Russell thought that it would be perfect place to go. He is deeply spiritual and Delhi is ­somewhere they can both embrace that side of their lives.”

Russell and Katy married on ­October 23 last year in a traditional Hindu ­ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, where Brand had proposed.

They initially met in the summer of 2009 when Perry filmed a cameo appearance for Brand’s film Get Him To The Greek.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Selena Gomez finds fame "overwhelming"

Selena Gomez has admitted that she often finds being famous "overwhelming".

The teen actress and singer, who rose to fame starring on Disney Channel series The Wizards of Waverley Place in 2007, said that it isn't always easy to deal with being in the public eye.

"Obviously it's an overwhelming business," Gomez told Bang Showbiz. "Especially for those of us who have been in it since we were very young and have grown up with it.

"But you just have to make sure you have good friends around you and your family there to support you."

The Monte Carlo star went on to admit that while having other celebrity friends can be useful, it is also a good idea to have friends outside of the entertainment industry who can "take you away from it".

Last month Gomez was granted a temporary restraining order against a 46-year-old male over an apparent death threat against her.

Gomez will host the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 on Sunday, November 6 on MTV.

Simon Cowell has reportedly blanked Westlife since the announcement that they are to split.

Simon Cowell has reportedly blanked Westlife since the announcement that they are to split.

The band haven't heard from their former boss, who they were signed to until 2011, but have spoken to Louis Walsh after confirming plans to bow out with a farewell tour in May 2012.

Kian Egan told the Daily Star Sunday: "No, we've not heard anything from Simon at all. We aren't on his label anymore and I'm sure he's really busy in America, so I'm just guessing he hasn't had a chance.

"Louis [Walsh] kept trying to change our minds, saying we were mad to be calling it a day and we were throwing something amazing away. He's probably right to be honest but we all want to try something new."

Speaking of former member Brian McFadden, he added that the band debated whether to leave his vocals on their upcoming Greatest Hits collection.

"We were asked if we wanted to re-record his vocals for the Greatest Hits album by the record label," he explained. "We discussed it and we were like, 'No, we don't want to take him off'. But even though we want Brian's vocal on the record, bringing him back would overshadow what we have done as a four-piece."

Egan added that they had been offered "big bucks" to reunite with McFadden. Nicky Byrne has also stated that their record label had offered them more money to stay together.

Susan Boyle: £300k mansion? I prefer my old council house

It has five bedrooms, a gated driveway and extensive gardens – and it’s just about the only luxury Susan Boyle has spent her ­money on.

But it is very clear that the ­singing sensation’s heart lies elsewhere.

A mile down the road to be precise, at the council house where she grew up with her parents and nine brothers and sisters before her breathtaking rise to fame.

Today Susan, 50, reveals that she has only ever spent one night in her £300,000 new-build home and will never leave her old house, with all its warm, happy memories.

“I know with my status people would expect me to live in a mansion and have all the trappings that go with it, but that’s not me,” she says. “Why would I want to live in a castle? It would get draughty. I did try and sleep in this place once but I woke up and it felt wrong.”

The only change is that where once she survived on benefits and rented the small ­terraced ­property on Yule ­Terrace in her home town of Blackburn, West Lothian, she now owns it.

Susan's new house

In fact, she could probably have bought the whole street with the interest from her fortune (£11million and ­rising).

“Yule Terrace has a lot of memories,” she says, with a broad smile. “I have my friends, my sense of community, my neighbours. I know I can knock at their door if I need them and they will be there. It is the seed from where I was grown and where I believe I will stay.”

So the gleaming ­detached home – the “Posh House” – is only used for rehearsing.

At one time, Susan’s decision to head for the sanctuary of her childhood home might have raised ­concerns. After finishing runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 she was admitted to the Priory clinic ­suffering from stress.

But you only need to spend a few minutes with Susan to see she is calm, confident and finally comfortable in her own skin.

The singer spoke exclusively to the ­Sunday Mirror ahead of the ­release of her third album - Someone to Watch Over Me.

Next week she will land in Australia to sing for millions of fans on TV – the latest chapter in the incredible SuBo story

In three years the I Dreamed A Dream singer has become a global mega-star, selling more than 15 million albums and even singING for the Pope.

Not bad for a woman who, two years ago, lived alone with her cat Pebbles and had never sung to a crowd of more than 500. But Susan scoffs at the idea fame could change her. She says: “Me ­become a diva? Forget it. Listen, when I fly away I only have one demand – that I can take a wee stuffed grey cat called Pebbles with me. I pop it in my bag and then if I ever feel tired or a bit stressed I cuddle it.”

In the past that jetset life led to a number of meltdowns. At one point she was seen in a VIP lounge at Heathrow swearing while singing into a mop. But Susan says such incidents are now behind her.

“I have calmed down a lot,” she says. “Basically I just grew up. There was a sense of being scared and not knowing what to expect. Now I am used to it and love every second of life.”

Despite her amazing success she is still plain old “Susan” to her neighbours. During our interview several shout over, joking: “Hey Susan, where you off to next?” In their eyes Susan is still “one of them” and they love the fact she still shops at Tesco for clothes and jumps on the bus, just as she always did, to watch the world go by.

“Initially after Britain’s Got Talent I couldn’t get on a bus because it would be crazy and I’d get mobbed.” she says. “But everyone around here has got used to it now. They forget the celebrity side and treat me as one of them.

“I never have to hide or put a hat on. I can just be myself. If I didn’t have that I would lose sense of where I am and where I have come from.” Susan has made just a few modest changes at Yule Terrace. The old carpet has been replaced with shiny laminate wood flooring.

And the lounge – redecorated with snazzy wallpaper and green silk curtains – now has a 50-inch TV in the corner.

A top-of-the range Sony stereo has replaced her old radio. And a fridge magnet bears Susan’s motto “behind every great woman is a cat... and a fridge full of chocolate”. Her beloved pet ­Pebbles – aged 13 – is absent, though. On Susan’s instructions, she now lives in ­London where someone cares for her round the clock.

On the walls are ­photos of her parents Bridget and Joseph as well as pictures painted by her mother. Bridget died four years ago aged 91 so she did not live to see her daughter’s success.

In the garden Susan has created a fitting memorial, a seating area complete with a plaque in her parents’ honour.

“It is a special bench for mum and dad. It is a place I sit and get comfort and peace, ” she says. “My parents looked after nine of us in this place and it is very special to me. I miss them very much every day and it is my way of saying here’s something to you.

“I often sit here and think they would be amazed at what’s happened – and proud. The title of the new album ­Someone To Watch Over Me is very much about Mum. Even now she is the driving force behind my success. I feel she is watching over me all the time.”

But has famously-single Susan ruled out meeting “someone special”?

“Never say never,” she says with a smile. “What will be will be. But I do believe it is possible to be alone and happy – I am proof of that.”

A close-knit family is crucial to Susan. Until recently her fame had led to ­tensions, with some relatives expressing concerns about the way her career was being managed. But she says those rifts how now been healed.

“It is a relief – and not before time,” she says. “My family are calm and ­supportive now. There are no problems. They realise their wee sister is being looked after properly and that I am with people they can trust.”


And Susan has been keen to reward that loyalty to family and friends. She has helped many of her siblings. And she has also donated to local charities, plus the Scottish International Relief and to the Wee Box Campaign.

“You get so many offers it is ­impossible to say yes to everyone but I have helped a lot of good causes including the local children’s gallery here,” says Susan, a devout Catholic. “Local people have helped me so much and I want to put something back. I still volunteer. I still go to church. I feel it is important not to lose touch with the people who matter. They are the people who put you where you are in the first place.”

As she approaches the end of ­another life-changing year Susan reveals there is a big challenge ahead in 2012.

She will star in the story of her life, SuBo: The Musical, appearing at the end of each performance to sing. It is part of a plan to prepare her for a worldwide concert tour which her management team believe will sell out stadiums.

Because she is still learning the ­music business, her team feel it is important to give Susan lots of time, despite eye-watering offers for private gigsand concerts.

“This musical is a rehearsal for ­concerts,” Susan reveals.

“It is a gentle introduction to get me ready. I’ve sung in front of big ­audiences. I played to an arena of 60,000 at China’s Got Talent, and the show was broadcast to an audience of half a billion more so I know I am capable.

“I used to talk of taking baby steps each day but now I am taking toddler steps. I feel so happy and many exciting things lie ahead. In a way I feel this story is just beginning.”

The Wanted: 'New album Battleground has an international feel'

The Wanted have revealed that they collaborated with American and Swedish producers to give their new album global appeal.

The boyband teamed up with a range of songwriters and producers for their second LP Battleground, including hit-maker Dianne Warren and Phat Fabe.

On why the group decided to work with international musicians, Siva Kaneswaran said: "We didn't want to fix it, we just wanted to broaden our horizons really.

"We wanted to see what American producers could do with us and we also worked with some amazing Swedish writers too. Because of the mix, the album has a more international feel."

Kaneswaran also revealed that their new sound was also due to the band having more involvement during the creative process.

"With Battleground we've literally taken the reins and it's definitely the first album where all of the band had control. That's the way we wanted it," he said.

"We worked with musicians right from the start of this album and have had more of a grasp on it. The sound has totally changed."

Kaneswaran added: "There's a song on the album by me and my brother about his wife ('I Want It All') and Nathan did a cracking job with Max on 'Invincible', which I'm a big fan of.

"They also did 'Warzone', which is basically the new sound of the album. It gives you an insight of what the rest of the record is like."

X Factor shocker as The Risk and Johnny Robinson are voted off in double elimination... and Frankie

X Factor back on top in ratings war after Saturday's live show beats Strictly Come Dancing!

It was a big shock in The X Factor with show favourites The Risk and Johnny Robinson being voted off in a double elimination.

Flamboyant Robinson was voted off after going head-to-head in a sing-off with fellow Over-25s act Kitty Brucknell.

And surprisingly, Brighton wildboy Frankie Cocozza managed to stay another week, despite his panned performance on Saturday night.

His mentor Louis was forced to choose between Robinson and Brucknell, admitting he thought the blonde singer was more likely to get a recording act.

After it was announced that Robinson was going home, both Walsh and Gary Barlow shed a tear for the popular finalist.

Choosing between his acts, Walsh said: 'They've been incredible to work with. They were both incredible in the sing-off. I have to pick the person who I think in the real world who would get a recording act and the act I'm gonna have to send home is Johnny.'

Joining Robinson on stage, who appeared to accept his fate with good humour, Walsh added: 'This guy is a brilliant singer, he's a great character, he's gonna have a great career. I hate to see him go home.'

Robinson said: 'I wanna thank everyone who have got behind me. All the judges, everyone out there in the UK who accepted me for just being me.'

Unemployed Robinson, 45, sang The Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody, while Brucknell, 26, sang Kelly Clarkson's Beautiful Disaster.

After the sing-off Tulisa said: 'I get along with both of you really well. I've got to go with the act that I look forward to watching perform each week so the act I'm sending home this week is Johnny.'

Kelly lamented: 'The act that I'm looking to that is gonna provide us with something more in the competition is Johnny.'

Although Rowland's decision cemented Robinson's departure, Barlow added: 'Johnny is one of the nicest people in this competition.'

While the pair fought for survival in a sing-off, boy band The Risk were eliminated straightaway after receiving lowest vote.

The Risk's exit came as a shock as only a week ago they were second favourite to win the show by the bookies.

But perhaps their recent change of line-up after Ashford Campbell, 16, replaced Ashley Baptiste may have affected their chances.

When asked how they felt by Dermot O'Leary, The Risk singer Derry Mensah said: 'I dunno what is it. I'm just happy we're here together.'

Charlie Healy added: 'We're The Risk, we're just gonna carry on,' while bandmate Andrew Merry said: 'It's been a honour to sing with these guys.'

Tulisa's girl band Little Mix were the first to find out they were through until next week, followed by the new bookies favourite Marcus Collins.

Despite landing in the bottom two last week, Manchester singer Misha B was thrilled to find out she was safe for another week.

There was shock when Cocozza got through, with the singer evidently surprised he had managed to survive another week after his performance of The Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling the previous night.

Ant and Dec are bringing back Saturday Night Takeaway as part of a new two-year deal with ITV

ANT and Dec are bringing back a revamped version of their axed ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway.

It was last screened in 2009 and was falling in the ratings before being “rested” by the channel but the Geordie duo will revive it next year.

The pair, in Australia preparing for the start of I’m A Celebrity this Sunday, have agreed the same £10million two-year deal as before.

Dec said: “We always said we would bring back Saturday Night Takeaway, so we’re particularly delighted plans are now in place. We have lots of fresh and exciting ideas for the brand new series.”

ITV director of television Peter Fincham was also delighted by the new deal.

He said: “Ant and Dec’s ability to connect with our audience is unrivalled.”

But ITV said there was “no decision” on a second series of Simon Cowell’s controversial £1million prize gameshow Red or Black, also hosted by the double act.

Arg breaks down as BFF Mark Wright leaves Essex behind in tearful TOWIE finale

The Only Way is Essex took Bromance to the next level on last night's season finale.

Mark Wright and best friend James 'Arg' Argent both broke down in tears as Mark announced he is leaving Essex behind after his ongoing love life entanglements became too much.

With tears streaming down his face, Arg weeps, 'But where does this leave us?' after Mark announces that he needs to get away to 'clear his head'.

'Essex is the wrong place for me right now,' Mark, 24, explains during their tearful conversation.

'The way my love life has been in the last 18 months is ridiculous. Lauren is upset, Lauren and Sam are arguing, it's getting too much.

'I need to get out and clear my head.'

'I can't imagine doing anything without you,' Arg cries.

The boys embrace, with Mark reassuring his sidekick: 'You're my best friend in the whole world. You're in my heart forever. I'll never leave you.'

Earlier Mark had discussed leaving town with his mother Carol and father, Mark Senior, who made his debut on the show.

'I'm debating going away for a bit,' Mark informs his parents. 'Just get out of the circle for a bit. I don't know how long for. To be fair to Lauren, to be honest.'

'I'll probably carry on seeing Sam, but not at these parties in front of Lauren. I'll do it on my own time.'

'If you're in the same place at the same time she's never going to move on,' Mark Snr says.

'Give it a week and we'll have the same situation,' Mark Snr says after his son leaves.

'I think it's different this time,' says Carol.

'If I had a pound for every time he said that,' Mark Snr replies.

Show producers ensured they went out with a bang in the season finale - from Mark and Arg using sun beds in their briefs to the girls practising their yoga moves in the hot tub, there was plenty of flesh on show.

The whole cast attend a fireworks night party, and as they prepare Joey Essex and his sister discuss the origins of the holiday.

Bizarrely, its an almost identical scene to one in season one in which former star Amy Childs discusses why we celebrate Guy Fawkes night with Harry Derbidge.

'He died on a cross in a bonfire, right?' Joey muses.

At the party Mario Falcone discusses his recent break-up with girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh after she admitted to cheating on him.

'I know it feels like the end of the world,' Lydia's mother Debbie advises him.' Nothing is forever. If you don't have the lows like right now, you wouldn't know when you're happy.'

Mario admits: 'I miss her. I miss her pushing me out of my single bed and snoring. I'm proper cut up.'

Lucy's good friend Lydia tells him: 'I know how cut up she is, I've had her crying down the phone to me.'

Mario also chats to Lauren Goodger about the situation.

'What hurts the most is that everyone said to me "Mario, wake up," but I believed her because of love,' he tells Lauren, who had earlier discussed how good looking Mario is with roommate Lauren Pope.

'We all think you're lovely,' Lauren tells him. 'There's not many guys like you around. You're going to have loads of girls after you.'

But any possible flirtation between the pair is halted when Lucy switches off the music to make an announcement.

'As everyone has taken such an interest in my personal life lately, I thought I'd get up here and put you all straight,' she says to the party.

Lucy begs Mario for forgiveness, admitting she was selfish and stupid and says she wants to work on getting back together.

'I don't know if you can ever find it in your heart to forgive me but I still love you,' she says.

The couple embrace afterwards but Mario tells Lucy it will take a lot for him to trust her again.

Meanwhile the cause of all their troubles, Mark, meets with Lauren to make amends after their furious row the week before.

'Every time we argue it gets me down and I can't see you hurt anymore,' he tells her.

'I don't know how you'll take this but I'm telling you this for the future, I love you - but I don't love you like that anymore.'

'It breaks my heart to see you with a girl,' Lauren confesses, 'but I'll never go back with you ever again.

'I love you but I don't like you,' she adds.

'We both know now it's over... You mean the world to me and I hope in the future we will see each other and be friends.'

They hug as they say goodbye and tell each other 'I love you,' before Mark goes to find his current squeeze Sam.

'I've been giving a lot of thought to what I want in life and I feel like I've been going round in circles,' Mark tells Sam.

'You're the person I want to be with and I want to spend Christmas with you and hopefully we'll be a proper couple.'

But Mark doesn't get quite the reception he was hoping for from Sam.

After her older sister Billie advised her earlier to not put herself through the pain of Mark making a fool of her, Sam tells him: 'I just think you've got too much going on in your life. I can't have someone like Lauren haunting me.

'If I told you I wanted to settle down I think it would last two minutes. I cannot trust you.'

'I need you to tell me right now if you don't want it because it sounds like you don't,' Mark says.

'I don't want it,' Sam replies coolly, walking off and leaving him behind.

Arg and Lydia find a quiet corner where Lydia reassures her longtime love that she loves him just the way he is.

Arg was seen asking Joey Essex for style advice earlier in the episode and using the sun bed because 'a tan is slimming'.

But Lydia insists: 'The reason I love you is you're just dopey old Arg, you eat loads and you fart loads and you look like you dressed in the dark.'

She adds: 'Don't change, don't think you have to change yourself for me.'

Meanwhile, Jess Wright and Joey have onlookers at the party gasping with an unexpected dance floor kiss.

The explosive episode ends with Mark Wright doing his best to squeeze out some dramatic tears as he gazes down at his friends at the party before making his dramatic exit.

He is of course off to Australia to appear in the jungle for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here from this Sunday.

The Only Way is Essex will return for a Christmas special episode next month. Mark can be seen on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, premiering this Sunday, November 13, on ITV.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artem Chigvintsev is sad to not be joining Holly on Strictly!

He may have hoped to be well enough for this weekend's show but Artem Chigvintstev will not dance with Holly Valance on Saturday night.

The Strictly Come Dancing star was forced to pull out of rehearsals this week following a painful back injury.

The Russian professional has been overseeing Holly's practice this week but BBC bosses have confirmed that he will not dance the Rumba with her

Artem was initially diagnosed with a transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine,' said a BBC spokesman.

'However the latest medical advice from a spinal specialist following further scans is that he is suffering with a combination of joint and soft tissue injury.

While this medical advice is more encouraging he will still need to rest, so will not be dancing this Saturday.'

Aussie star Holly will instead take to the floor with Brendan Cole - who was voted off the show last weekend with his singing partner, Lulu.

But despite suffering from a painful injury, Artem isn't taking a back seat just yet.

He was pictured arriving at the dance studios yesterday to continue choreographing the routine.

'It feels kinda weird watching her dance with another guy,' said Artem, speaking on BBC2's It Takes Two tonight.

'I'm sad not to be dancing with Holly this weekend, but I'm grateful that Brendan is quickstepping in to fill my dancing shoes, and the two of them will be fantastic.

'I've worked with them all week choreographing the routine, and it will be a great one to watch on Saturday.'

Actress-turned-pop star, Holly, was equally as sad and said it felt like she was back at square one.

'I'd just got to know dancing with Artem, got to know his body,' she said.

'But now I'm at a disadvantage because I'm dancing with someone completely new.'

But it seems that Brendan is more than happy to hit the floor with her.

'It is never nice under the circumstances but I’ll do my upmost to help Artem and Holly out and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to dance with Holly.'

Artem - who won the show last year with his partner, Kara Tointon - who he is currently dating - said he is hoping to out of the show for just one week.

Last weekend he amazingly got through an energetic jive with Holly - which he had been forced to change at the last minute due to his injury.

But despite the immense pain he was in, the pair managed to impress the panel and earned a score of 34 out of 40 – the second-highest of the night.

Billy Crystal replaces Eddie Murphy as Oscars 2012 host

Billy Crystal has announced that he will host the Academy Awards ceremony in 2012.

Crystal's involvement with next year's Oscars has been now been confirmed by the Academy following a statement made by the actor on his official Twitter account on Thursday evening (November 10).

Crystal wrote: "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show."

In an official statement, he added that he is "thrilled" to return to the Academy Awards stage,

This will be the ninth time that Crystal has hosted the Oscars, with the most recent being 2004.

He will take over hosting duties from Eddie Murphy, who quit the position earlier this week following the resignation of producer Brett Ratner, who had been criticised for using the word "f*gs".

Tom Sherak, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president, said: "I'm thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar stage. He's a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs."

The actor was reportedly the first choice of new producer Brian Grazer, who replaced Ratner yesterday.

Grazer said: "Like so many others, I've been eager to see Billy host again. It's very gratifying that he agreed to do it with Don [Mischer] and me at the helm."

Crystal had spoken of his interest in hosting next year's ceremony back in August.

'Celebrity Juice's Keith Lemon to star in comedy film

Keith Lemon will be the subject of a new comedy feature film, it has been announced.

Leigh Francis, the Bo' Selecta! comedian's real name, will star as his Celebrity Juice persona in the movie, which will be the first feature film comedy from Lionsgate UK.

Keith Lemon: The Film will see the ITV2 star follow his ambition to become an entrepreneur in the same vein as Virgin owner Richard Branson, becoming a billionaire before sensationally losing his fortune.

Ridley Scott's Prometheus's Mark Huffam has joined the project as producer alongside Simon Bosanque and Aidan Elliott

Executive producer Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK said in a statement: "Keith Lemon is someone that everyone in the UK wants to be or wants to be with.

"Given his universal appeal and electric popularity with the ladies, making this film will prove to be an absolute rollercoaster of a ride for us, exposing Keith's natural talent - something he is very used to doing both on and off screen."

Meanwhile, Lemon commented: "It's a privilege to have the power of sight, hearing, touching and feeling. But to make a film which I am going to be able to see myself in, hear myself in, but unfortunately not touch or feel myself in because it's not in 3D is even more of a privilege.

"Especially since it's based on true life events that have happened in my true life, apart from of course 98.2 per cent of it which has been made up simply for entertainment purposes."

Bosanquet of Generator added: "We are looking forward to welcoming Keith to Belfast to shoot his debut feature film with our talented local crews and artists. He has a huge fan base in the province and will no doubt be the focus of much female attention."

Cheryl admits: 'I want my whole back tattooed' in first interview of 2011

Rumoured sackings, a malaria scare, some tattoos – Cheryl Cole’s had a lot on her plate in the past couple of years and refused any interviews for the entirety of 2011.

Until now. This week she’s back and looking better than ever on the cover of In Style’s December 2011 issue.

Although she’s ready to talk malaria, she’s keen not to dwell on the disease: “The malaria ate away at my muscles” she says, rolling her eyes, “but let’s not get grim. It opened my eyes to health and things I hadn’t focused on before. It’s now less about work, work, work and more about making time to chill and be with my friends and family.

I had to take good care of myself and I was told to stop exercising and to gain weight to get well. I just ate everything.”

She’s moved on from all the X Factor US drama too admitting: “The X Factor just happened, really. Simon had previously asked me to do Britain’s Got Talent and I’d kind of said yes, then said no at the last minute and dropped them in it.”

The singer's even undergone something of a style reinvention - the InStyle shoot sees her with a decidedly '60s edge - all flicked black eyeliner, shift dresses, leather gloves and Mary Quant-inspired caps.

But when it comes to style, Cheryl has one very shocking revelation indeed: She wants to get an allover back tatt’!

Cheryl admits: “They are addictive, they really are. If it was up to me – and I could be brave for one day – I would have my whole back done. My friends say ‘Cheryl, please, you might regret it’, but to me, it’s art".

We love you Cheryl, but we’re with your mates on this one.

The full interview is in the December issue of InStyle, on sale Thursday

Cheryl Cole 'prepares for live comeback'

Cheryl Cole 'rehearsing with Gary Barlow' for Children In Need gig

Cheryl Cole has approached Gary Barlow for help ahead of her performance at the 'Children In Need Rocks Manchester' event next week.

The 'Promise This' star began rehearsing with Barlow in a bid to brush up ahead of her live comeback at the MEN Arena event on Thursday, November 17.

"Cheryl hasn't done much TV this year at all and it has been a while since she sang live on stage".

"She has been busy in the studio working on her next album so her voice is in good condition but she wanted to get some serious time together with Gary before next week. They will have a big section together on stage at the MEN. It is going to be special."

Lady GaGa, Coldplay and Elbow are among the other acts to perform at the charity gig.

Cole will front an appeal film along with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Jessie J during the Children In Need broadcast on November 18.

Eddie Murphy quits as Oscars host after Brett Ratner resigns

Eddie Murphy has quit as the host of the 2012 Academy Awards, it has been announced.

The comedian's departure coincides with producer Brett Ratner's resignation following his recent controversial remarks.

Murphy said in a statement: "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

"I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

AMPAS president Tom Sherak, who supported Ratner prior to his exit, commented: "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well."

Ratner was signed on to produce next year's Oscars but he caused controversy after he described rehearsals as being "for f*gs" during a Q&A for his latest film Tower Heist starring Murphy.

The director said: "Rehearsal? What's that? Rehearsal's for f*gs. Rehearsal. Not much. A lot of prep, preparation, complex action sequences, visual effects."

He has since apologised for his remarks, and Sherak said that Ratner will not be penalized for his gay slur.

Next year's Oscars is expected to air on February 26.

Frankie Cocozza axed from 'The X Factor'

The controversial singer was asked to exit the ITV singing competition after breaking a 'golden rule'.

In a statement, The X Factor said: "Frankie is leaving the show today after breaking competition rules. He is going to take some time out before continuing his career as a singer. We wish him all the best for his future."

Cocozza has issued an apology to his mentor Gary Barlow, his fans and his fellow contestants.

"I'd like to apologise to Gary, my fellow contestants and everyone who has voted for me, but, as of today (Tuesday, November 8), I will no longer be in The X Factor," he said.

"My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition. I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me."

The 18-year-old, who has become notorious for his hard-partying lifestyle, is believed to have been asked to leave the X Factor house this morning.

Cocozza is currently at the centre of two Ofcom investigations, amid accusations that he swore on air and that his on-screen antics have glamorised the misuse of alcohol.

An announcement will be made tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9) on how Cocozza's departure will alter the format of the show, following calls for previously-axed contestants to return.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Frankie Cocozza reveals the extent of his drug use 'My six night cocaine bender':

Admits he was wasted on the drug for almost a week straight

Reveals he has slept with seven girls since being on the reality show

Former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza has revealed he's not a drug addict but an 'idiot' instead.

The 18-year-old hopeful has opened up about his bad behaviour that led to him being booted off the ITV reality show.

Cocozza revealed that he has taken cocaine six times and said he will regret his action for the 'rest of his life.'

But despite being asked to leave the singing competition, Cocozza was already spotted back in London yesterday heading to Holborn Studios in North London.

He emerged from the building tonight to have a cigarette and seemed particularly pleased with whatever had been going on inside as he flashed the camera a huge smile and gave a thumbs up

Speaking ton today's Sun newspaper, the big-haired wannabe explained that he felt guilty about what he'd done.

I feel bad about letting the fans down and I'd like to apologise to the people who voted for me,' he said. 'I'm really, really sorry.'

However despite ruining his chances on the X Factor, Cocozza admitted that he couldn't guarantee that he will stay away from drugs in the future.

The hopeful - who has admitted to trying the illegal high mephedrone in the past - said: 'I can't see into the future so I can't say that I'll never do coke again.'

Cocozza, who lives with his mother in Brighton, East Sussex, also revealed that he has slept with seven females since starring on the X Factor and admitted that it was easy.

Going out just got mental as women would just come up to me,' he admitted.

'I didn't really need to dig out the chat-up lines which I used. It was so easy.'

However the youngster's downfall was last Saturday night which he spent with blonde Becca Hills.

She was at his side during the hedonistic night of passion and partying that led to his axe from the X Factor.

The 19-year-old has spoken out on the scandal.

Hills is cagey about the details of what went on inside the West London flat she was seen entering with Cocozza on Saturday night, but admits: 'Some stuff happened between us, it's a bit embarrassing to talk about.'

Cocozza was pictured topless and sitting with a female companion in the window of the flat where an after-party took place over the weekend after a night of clubbing.

But despite their liaison, Hills insists: 'I don't plan to keep in contact with him. There's no future between us.'

Speaking again to The Sun, Hills, insists: 'I never wanted him to get in trouble. He seemed a lovely guy who likes a drink.'

The teen and her friend Katherine Holland, who was also pictured at the party, say they did not witness the singer taking drugs.

Holland, 19, told the Sun: 'We didn't see him do cocaine, but it's not that we followed his every move. Drugs are for losers, we never touch them.'

Cocozza and his entourage were pictured carrying crates of beer into the flat after a night of partying at Funky Buddha nightclub.

On the X Factor results show on Sunday night, he admitted he'd only had 30 minutes sleep while some claimed he was still 'off his face' during the programme.

It later emerged that production staff overheard him boasting about his 'cocaine-fuelled sex session' on the Saturday night, and reported him to the show producers.

Less than 24 hours later, it was announced that he was leaving the show.

In a separate report, it has been alleged that Cocozza funded his wild partying with money paid into his account by FremantleMedia, who produce the X Factor.

The company is said to have paid each other contestants a 'discretionary payment' of £3,000 following their work on the M&S Christmas advertisement, the Mirror reports.

Marks & Spencer, which has a sponsorship deal with the series, did not pay the contestants for the 'When You Wish Upon a Star' ad campaign.

'Frankie is a normal 18-year-old,' a source told the paper. 'He got the money and it was burning a hole in his pocket. He couldn’t wait to blow it on partying.'

Cocozza was still spending up a storm on Wednesday after returning to his home in Brighton.

The wild child went shopping at shoe store Vans, where he was spotted handing over a wad of cash for a pair of trainers, and also stocked up at All Saints.

A spokesperson for FremantleMedia was unavailable for comment.

Gary Barlow: I'm hugely disappointed by Frankie Cocozza X Factor exit

Gary Barlow has said that he is "hugely disappointed" following Frankie Cocozza's exit from The X Factor.

The head of this year's judging panel issued an official statement after Cocozza's departure was confirmed earlier today.

Gary Barlow has said that he is "hugely disappointed" following Frankie Cocozza's exit from The X Factor.

The head of this year's judging panel issued an official statement after Cocozza's departure was confirmed earlier today.

Barlow said: "Frankie has apologised publicly as well as personally to me and the producers for his actions that led to him leaving the show.

"I'm hugely disappointed that he's thrown away an opportunity like this after working so hard to get here. I'm sorry to see him go as we've been through a lot together in such a short time."

He added: "I hope Frankie continues to look to me as a friend and supporter and works it all out, picks himself up and somehow tries to turn this into a positive."

Barlow had repeatedly backed Cocozza despite sustained criticism from other judges on The X Factor panel in recent weeks.

Following Cocozza's performance of with Black Eyed Peas 'I Gotta Feeling', Louis Walsh said: " You're not a rock star, you'll never be a rock star, and the only thing big about you is your hair."

Barlow admitted that Cocozza seemed "defeated" on last weekend's show, but added that he was "really pleased" he would get the chance to perform again with a better song choice.

Xtra Factor host Olly Murs described Cocozza's axing as "incredible" on hearing the news on live radio and suggested that he will soon find out the reason why he had to go.

Former X Factor winner Steve Brookstein has suggested that Cocozza's continued presence in the contest gave the show a "bad image" and was "damaging the brand".

Getting LOUD with RiRi! - Rihanna Gig Review!

We love Gigs and when we tweeted for for our followers to send in gig reviews, we were inundated!

One we liked was from Yasmin and here is her review!

Rihanna has been getting rowdy up and down the country over the last 2 weeks,

on her Loud tour that kicked off in the UK at the start of October.

With a set that lasted just under 2 hours, several ridiculously hot outfit changes,

S&M style whips and chains, piano’s suspended in the air, pink canon tanks and

Calvin Harris to warm up, RiRi put on a show and a half.

She stormed out on stage in a short neon blue trench coat and launched straight

into Only Girl In The World looking the every bit the personification of the song.

Without stopping she flung off her coat to reveal the sexiest jewel studded bikini

outfit and went straight into Disturbia. She then reeled off song after song to the

point where you actually had to stop and think jeez how many hits has this girl

had?! Even then she didn’t have time for them all!

She put on a spectacle with many entertaining sets, particularly the set she

used for Hard; sat on the top of a pink tank with her and her female dancers in

matching camo outfits, they oozed female empowerment. The party vibe was

slowed down for a short set where she came out in a gorgeous yellow floor-

length gown, with a daring side split up the skirt to reveal thigh high tan boots –

she looked simply stunning. She did let herself down here however (*ducks for

cover*) as her entire “performance” of Take A Bow was sang by the crowd whilst

she lazily conducted them along and she avoided all the high notes in Hate That

I Love You – in fact she avoided the high notes in most of the songs in general.

She did however restore faith later coming out in a metallic gold dress sat on top

of a piano that was suspended in the air and gave a storming performance of

Love The Way You Lie Part Two, with a brilliant vocal.

Despite her lack of emotional engagement with songs (or the audience) she

did put on a great show – it was like one big party and she looked absolutely

amazing. Her routines, outfits and set changes were every bit of what you’d

expect from the Barbadian beaut and if you missed out this time round she will

be back to entertain the U.K. from mid November so you can see her in a month!

Jessie J added to Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball

The singer will play the concert on the Sunday along with previously announced acts JLS, Wretch 32 and The Saturdays.

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande will also play the Capital FM event on December 4 at London's O2 Arena.

However, the first batch of tickets for the show sold out in under an hour when they were released at 8am this morning.

It was previously confirmed that Rihanna, Olly Murs and The Wanted will play the first day of the event on December 3.

Pixie Lott, Calvin Harris and Jason Derulo also have slots on the Saturday, with the initial tickets selling out within minutes.

Jessie J recently revealed that she has worked with David Guetta on tracks for her second studio album.

JLS are reportedly being lined up to record the official London 2012 Olympics song.

JLS are reportedly being lined up to record the official London 2012 Olympics song.

Oritsé Williams revealed that he and fellow bandmates Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and JB Gill have written a track for the sporting event with producer Ali Tennant.

"I'm not supposed to say ­anything right now but we have written a song and are talking to people about it being the Olympic theme,"

"It is perfect, we were asked to do it. The song is uplifting, it's kind of along the lines of R Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly'. We wrote it with Ali, who is brilliant."

JLS will also feature on this year's X Factor charity single 'Wishing on a Star' alongside the current contestants and One Direction.

The band are due to perform on The X Factor results show tonight, singing new single 'Take A Chance On Me'.

Speaking of bandmate Merrygold, Williams added: "He can't speak at the moment, he has had to rest his voice. There has been a lot of colds going around so we haven't been out on the pull."

Katie Price is reportedly planning to fly to Australia to see Danny Cipriani.

Katie Price is reportedly planning to fly to Australia to see Danny Cipriani.

The pair were rumoured to be dating after the rugby player was spotted leaving a friend's house with Price shortly after her split from Leandro Penna last month.

The model is now hoping to incorporate an appearance on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here Now into her trip to secure a free flight to Australia, where Cipriani plays for the Melbourne Rebels.

"Katie's really into Danny. They got on well when they hooked up in London last month," a source told the Sunday Mirror.

"They initially said they should cool things off when he went back to ­Australia - but they can't stop thinking about each other. They have been talking loads on the phone and Skype and when Katie got the call from ITV2 it was the perfect opportunity to make things happen."

The source added that Cipriani's friends had warned him off Price.

Imogen Thomas branded Cipriani a "bulls**tter" after details of the fling emerged, claiming that Price was getting revenge for a past feud by spending the night with him.

Kelly Rowland new album 'Here I Am' exclusive

RAUNCHY Kelly Rowland is putting down some serious heat on her new album Here I Am.

Her third solo CD drops on November 28 with single Down For Whatever out the week before.

And channelling some old-skool R&B sauce works a treat.

At an intimate playback Kelly, 30, told me: “Sensuality plays an interesting role in my life and I’m very happy about it – I’m very liberated and I can’t complain.

“It’s confidence; feeling good in your own skin.

“I’ve seen so many women be like that over the years, Janet Jackson being top of my list, especially on the Janet album.”

Here’s my verdict on the best bits...

Work It Man: Heaving R&B beast with signature Rodney Jerkins stamp.

Feelin Me Right Now: The kinda song if you had a soft-top car would make you wind down the roof to head bob along to.

Turn It Up: Hammering drums with a chanting chorus that beats hard.

All Of The Night: Kelly slips into Janet Jackson’s negligée of filth and the results are sizzling. “This is the song you have sex to,” she declared.

Keep It Between Us: Dreamy mid-tempo for cuddling to.

Heaven & Earth: A huge ballad co-written by Ne-Yo.

Each Other: A banging track in every sense of the word.

Rose-Coloured Glasses: The disc’s huge pop song and my fave.

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