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Avenue Interview

For the second from last In The Mix I was joined in the studio by local band Avenue, if you missed it you can listen back to it right here:




I also managed to squeeze in some gossip about The Saturdays!

Girl band, The Saturdays, have been talking about their upcoming single called Disco Love this week and they are also currently filming a music video to go along with it.

The song is expected to appear on their upcoming album which is due out in October and Saturdays member, Vanessa has expressed her excitement at the album as she says she ‘like[s] to think there’s something on there for everyone. There’s a nice few ballads on there as well. There are a good few [she’s] excited for [fans] to hear actually. One’s a ballad and one’s a very uptempo one.”
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An hour extended show means extra gossip!

Happy Birthday Sooty!

The sooty show, and yesterday sooty celebrated his 65th birthday
he first hit our TV screens in 1948 and was founded by Harry Corbett in Blackpool.
He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running children’s television show.
Sooty along with his friends Soo and Sweep have had huge success on TV since the first Sooty Show in 1955 through until more recent series such as Sooty & Co and Sooty Heights on CITV.


Double Direction

Legions of One Direction fans have queued to get up close and personal with their favourite boy band in New York . Only Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis weren’t able to attend in person – the event was arranged to reveal their waxwork likenesses.

The launch was meant to take place in Times Square – but high temperatures meant it had to take place inside their new home at Madame Tussauds.
Well if you want one of your own models of the boys then you’ll be happy to know that The first One Direction pop up store has opened in Scotland .

It’s been set up in Glasgow ‘s Silverburn Centre. The shop will be there for the next couple of weeks.


Best Bikini Body

The body which looks best in a bikini was voted for this week, this was the results…

1. Lucy Mecklenburgh – 31%
2. Rihanna – 20%
3. Khloe Kardashian – 12%
4. Beyoncé – 8%
4. Jessica Alba – 8%
6. Millie Macintosh – 7%
7. Michelle Keegan – 4%
7. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – 4%
9. Rita Ora – 2%
10. Jessie J – 1%



Time to Vote

The MTV video music awards were announced this week.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominate the nominations as they both have six nods each.
Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and 30 Seconds To Marse are each up for three Video Music Awards.
As there was an extra hour of In The Mix this week one hour was dedicated to the nominations and played the songs voted for. These included:-

Video Of The Year

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars  – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”


Best Male Video

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran – “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”
Best Pop Video

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
fun. – “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”


Best Female Video

Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – “Stay”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
Best Hip-Hop Video

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “F**kin Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel – “Power Trip”


Best Collaboration

Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z -“Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”


Best Choreography

Chris Brown – “Fine China”
Ciara – “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Live It Up” feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

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Tempah and Timberlake Perform

Wireless Weekend

Here’s an update on what is going on at the wireless festival taking place this weekend:

It was announced that Tine Tempah has been added to the bill performing as a special guest and he seemed very excited as he tweeted about it this morning
It is expected the star will give a live performance of his new single ‘Trampoline’, which premièred earlier this month and as Calvin Harris will be around performing there is talks they might join forces to give the audience a treat and perform their collaboration of drinking from the bottle.

Apparently Justin Timberlake gave a killer of a show last night singing some old classics but also more recent hits such his new single ‘Take Back the Night’, that was his first live performance of that and of course he sang suit and tie, and Jay Z joined him on stage for. Jay Z is headlining tonight.

The Babes are Back! 

The original Sugababes have sold out their first live concert back together again.All the passes to see Mutya Keisha Siobhan in London – as they are now known – went in just 14 minutes.

The girls are working towards the release of their new single, called ‘Flatline,’ in September.
The Sugababes’ debut album, One Touch, was released in November 2000 while the album’s lead single “Overload” was nominated for a BRIT Award.


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Missing Andy’s Favourite Festival is Brentwood!

The Brentwood Festival is taking this weekend and one band performing is Missing Andy, but before they hit the stage they came into the studio for a chat about what is happening in ‘Missing Andy World’.

If you missed it, it can be listened to here:
Missing Andy Interview

I also managed to squeeze in some celebrity gossip:

Jessie is no longer The Voice
It’s been confirmed Jessie J is quitting The Voice.
The popstar says she wont have time to appear in a third series because she’ll
be promoting her new album.
Although Jessie won’t be back as a coach, she has said she’d like to have
‘some involvement’ in the show.
Cole Confirms
Cheryl Cole has confirmed she’s making her fourth solo album.
The star has tweeted a picture of herself in a studio with a microphone.
Her last album ‘A Million Lights’ peaked at number 2 in the charts last



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There’s a new step on the Walk of Fame…

J-Lo’s a Star!
Jennifer Lopez has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The singer and actress was joined by celebrities including Jane Fonda – and watched by screaming fans. 

Fighting back tears – J-Lo thanked the crowd, saying: “I love you, thank you so much for going on this journey with me”. 


Put it up or Put it off?

On and off couple Chris Brown and Rihanna have recorded a duet together called ‘Put it up’ and it was due to appear on Chris’ next album however it has been reported that he has asked his record company not to put it on there!

Back in March Chris said that Rihanna will definitely feature on the album however it seems like things have changed as a source explains that : “Just saw the working tracklist …Rihanna is not on there.

“Record execs wanted that song on there, but Chris said he would rather not and wouldn’t allow the record to be released unless they took it off.

“They’re still hoping to convince Chris or pay him more to change his mind because it would be a hit. The record hasn’t been pressed yet, so things can change, but at this point he’s not changing his mind.”


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Who’s become The Little Mermaid?

Carley Want’s to be Part of Your World
If you’re a fan of Disney and Carley Rae Jepson you’ll be pleased to know that Carley is covering a Disney song.
It is in aid of the forthcoming ‘Diamond Edition’ Blu-ray and DVD release of The Little Mermaid, and the song is Part of Your World.
The song was written in 1989 and originally sung by American actress and singer Jodi Benson, who provided the voice of Ariel but a video of Carley’s version will also appear on the DVD along with some bonus features.

The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition is due for release on 2nd September.

Selena, Swift and Sheeran!
Taylor Swift has spoken about her friendship with Selena Gomez this week, saying: “We talk all the time. We have so many things we’ve been through together because we became friends when she was 16 and I was 18 – so, like five years ago – and in that five years – so many things have happened, and that bonds you in a way that nothing can tear apart.”

Well someone else Taylor is good friends with is Ed Sheeran and rumours have been sparked that he will be collaborating with Selena as he was seen leaving Selena’s LA Home on Wednesday holding his guitar case.

Maybe Taylor set them up?
Keep a look out for this possible collaboration!

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More Act’s Added up to the V Line Up!

Act’s Announced
This week there have been some new acts announced which are confirmed to be performing at The V Festival this summer. Headlined by Kings of Leon and Beyonce, the festival which is in its 18th year already revealed signers such as Jessie J, Beady Eye and The Script but the full line up was announced this week with artists including 5ive, The Saturdays and Mcfly and  Conor Manyard.
Many X Factor contestants from the past will also be hitting the stages at Hylands and Weston park such as Diana Vickers, Misha B and Lucy Spraggan

The festival is taking place on August 17 to 18 and pulls in over 170,000 people every year.
Tickets are on sale now at

Lemon wants to Go On You

Comedian Keith Lemon has released his first single.
It is called ‘I Wanna Go On You’ and as you can probably tell by the title and by knowing Keith Lemon’s personality, there is a uncut version as well as a clean radio edit which will be available on itunes along with a disco mix from the 3rd June. All profits from the sales will go towards ITV’s Text Santa appeal.

There is a music video to this song which features special appearances from Gareth Gates and Billy Ocean.

Talking about the song Lemon explained that: “Music has always been [his] main passion. That and women. [he] still love doing telly but [he is] hoping to smash the music world’s back doors off. And it’s all for a good cause, [his] payment is the privilege to express [him]self musically.”


Jessie’s Not Happy
Jessie J has been having a bit of a rant this week saying that she doesn’t think it should be legal for children to be able to audition for her rival show Britain’s Got Talent.
She said she get very uncomfortable seeing young kids on stage because [she] know what it’s like especially when she “watches Britain’s Got Talent auditions and there are these kids getting laughed at by the audience.”

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Union J Supporting each other- No not the X Factor Band!

James, Justin and Jessie
James Arthur, who is currently working on his debut album, has announced on Twitter this week that he will be supporting Justin Timberlake in one of his concerts saying “Ladies and gents I am happy to announce I will be supporting the legend that is @jtimberlake 10th July atPhoenix Park #LOVE”. 

He also later mentioned that Jessie J will also b there “And @jessiej too two of my favourite artists in the world this is a very proud moment for me.. Thanks for all of your support guys seriously.

So if you’re a fan of any of the mentioned three do write down the date of July 10th as they will all be performing at Dublin’s Phoenix Park.


Visit Springfield
Few weeks ago it was mentioned that Justin Bieber had been simpsonfied but now it seems like the world of The Simpsons has become humanised! Springfield, where the show is set, is becoming a theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando. Visitors will be able to see the famous landmarks and even eat Simspon food in the Fast Food Boulevard from restaurants such as the Krusty Burger, the Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, Lard Lad and Moe’s Tavern. Moe’s is famous for its Duff beer and as a press release has confirmed “there will be Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando.”
Universal Creative’s president Mark Woodbury said: “This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world.

“For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”

Jeffrey Godsick, Fox consumer products president, continued to explain that: “Fans will literally be able to live and breathe Springfield as they visit the statue of Jebediah, enjoy a Krusty Burger, and have a seat at Moe’s Tavern, which are just a few of the great experiences awaiting at Universal.”



Big Brother’s Secret
This year’s Big Brother is going to be all about ‘Secrets and Lies’.
The theme of the show has been revealed – alongside the promise that it’s going to be ‘harder and harsher’ than previous series. Emma Willis is taking over main presenting duties – with Rylan Clark hosting the spin off show.

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Returning to the US

US Voice
Confirmation of judges and coaches who will be returning to the next season of the US version of The Voice have been announced this week.  Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will remain as coaches while Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are returning.Paul Telegdy, who is president of alternative and late night programming at NBC, said: “We locked in a plan several months ago to have the outstanding Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green rejoin Blake and Adam for cycle five, and we’re pleased to announce that the original four coaches are going to be back together in the fall”.

Adele reduces Anxiety

Adele’s Someone Like You has been named the song which will calm you down the most.
A new study’s revealed songs with a low tempo are ideal to calm nerves, with tracks by Enya, Coldplay, Jack Johnson and Bob Marley also in the top ten most calming songs.
Researchers say tracks that stimulate both the ‘logical’ left and ’emotional’ right sides of the brain reduce anxiety.

Brucey is still going 

Sir Bruce Forsyth has ended speculation and signed up for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The 85-year-old will return for the eleventh series in September.
TV bosses say he’ll be back alongside Tess Daly, although he’ll miss three of the live Saturday shows due to the busy schedule.
Co-host of the Sunday results programme, Claudia Winkleman, will take his place.
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Can Tony Stark be as big as Spider Man?

Is Robert Downey Jr the only Iron Man?
The latest Iron Man film came out couple of weeks ago and there has been a mixed reaction to it, but this week a senior executive at Marvel Studios has suggested that the Iron Man movie franchise can continue without star Robert Downey Jr.
He has a big vision for Iron man saying he ‘believe[s] there will be a fourth Iron Man and a fifth, sixth and a 10th and a 20th”.

He “see[s] no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond, Batman, or for that matter, Spider-Man.”

All this talk of Iron Man without Robert Downy Jr has been sparked after actors have been reluctant to sign up to in the sequel to The Avengers, which Iron Man stars in.
The reason for this is money. The fact that Robert Downey Jr.’s estimated pay packet of £32m from the first movie, prompted his co-stars to seek similar deals. Chris Evans who plays Captain America is confirmed for avengers as he signed a two-movie deal from the outset but co stars Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L Jackson are all also reported to still be in negotiations.

And it seems like Downey is standing up for them as he seems to have a lot of power, a source has said “He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like s**t.”
Bieber’s Been Simpsonfied!
Justin Bieber has joined stars such as Ringo Star, Tom Jones and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers in becoming simpsonfied. Beliebers will be excited to see Justin appearing in The Simpsons this weekend in the US but if you cannot wait until then do look it up online as there are pictures of his animated counterpart which features his trademark mop-top hair and diamond ear studs. The episode he is in is called titled The Fabulous Faker Boys and involves Justin trying to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in and they won’t admit him.

Sadly a broadcast date for the UK has not been set yet so you’ll have to keep a look out for it!


Change of Direction?
X Factor judge Louis Walsh has announced plans to form a new boy band to rival One Direction. The music manager confirmed he’ll hold auditions in Ireland next weekend for five male singers to become the next big act.
It’s open for 16 to 25-year-olds.

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There’s Only One Direction

One direction fans, apparently called ‘Directioners’ will know that later on this year the boys will be starring in a film about their concerts called ‘This is Us’. The boys will also be hitting our TV screens this summer as there will be a one off documentary shown about directioners. It will be called I heart One Direction and will explore how social media and websites have created an online community for these fans and enabled them to interact with the band itself. 
A lady called Daisy Asquith is the master mind behind this documentary and Emma Cooper who is Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, is excited about this project as she thinks its brilliant to have Daisy Asquith involved “who [she] know will make a young and joyful documentary that will give a voice to the millions of the 1D fans who love and follow them obsessively.”

So do keep a look out for that this summer and don’t forget One Directions movie will be in cinemas on 29th August.


Best Boy Band
More than 7,000 music fans have been surveyed find the Top 50 boyband songs to enter the charts since 1998. 

The results quite surprising, as it’s been older band that have reach the top ten rather than recent current bands.

One Direction got to second place with single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, with two other singles, ‘Live While We’re Young’ and ‘Kiss You’ also making the Top 50 but them, along with JLS, are the most recent boy bands to hit the top ten.

The Top 10 voted boyband singles of the past 15 years are as follows:

1. Backstreet Boys – ‘I Want It That Way’
2. One Direction – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
3. ‘N Sync – ‘Bye Bye Bye’
4. Westlife – ‘Flying Without Wings’
5. 5ive – ‘Keep On Moving’
6. McFly – ‘All About You’
7. JLS – ‘Everybody In Love’
8. Blue – ‘All Rise’
9. Take That – ‘Rule The World’
10. Jedward – ‘Lipstick’ook

A survey for girl bands has also been conducted. In the top 50 there were entries from Destiny’s Child, Pussycat Dolls and Sugababes  B*Witched, Mis-Teeq and Atomic Kitten.

Girls Aloud did very well with getting 4 songs in the top ten.

The Top 10 voted girlband singles of the past 15 years are as follows:

1. Spice Girls: ‘Stop’
2. Girls Aloud: ‘The Promise’
3. Spice Girls: ‘Goodbye’
4. Girls Aloud: ‘Sound Of The Underground’
5. The Saturdays: ‘All Fired Up’
6. Girls Aloud: ‘Call The Shots’
7. Girls Aloud: ‘Biology’
8. TLC: ‘No Scrubs’
9. Destiny’s Child: ‘Survivor’
10. Little Mix: ‘Wings’


Major Music for the Man!
The Isle of Man is having its first major music festival this summer. Taking place on the 6th July acts which are confirmed to play include Primal Scream, Wretch 32, Loveable Rogues and Paloma Faith. Tickets are £55 and can be bought by going onto the festivals website‘Super VIP’ tickets are also available, which provide exclusive access to private acoustic sets from artists and surprise special guests.

Last Wednesday the festival was officially launched in Camden and there was a special performance by Britain’s Got Talent’s, Lovable Rogues, who sung What a Night and Lovesick.

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Past History and Recent Rumours

Scherzinger’s Story
We all know Nicole Scherzinger started off fronting girl band The Pussy Cat Dollz, but now has revealed this week that it was him that helped her get there.

Apparently she asked him to help her audition for the lead vocalist position, and as Will knew the guy heading it, he recommended her.
He also praised her talents saying “no matter what I’ve been through in my career – she’s been there.”
“I don’t know anybody who sings like her. She can do anything!”

Scherzinger responded to the praise by joking: “Pretty much will and God have been the authors of my life so far.”

However her life could have been very different as she was originally asked to be in The Black Eyed Peas, however her ex boyfriend said she shouldn’t and therefore Fergie took her place. and Nicole Scherzinger have teamed up for new song ‘Far Away From Home’, which features on the rapper’s new album Willpower.


Rylan Rumours
Rumours are going around this week that X Factor contestant and local singer Rylan Clarke will be presenting the spin off show, to the programme he won this year, which of course was Big Brother. Reports have said previous Big Brothers Bit on the Side presenter Emma Willis will take over Brian Dowling in presenting the main show and Rylan will be taking her place.
It’s been said in the papers that a source from channel 5 has explained : “We love Rylan and after he won Celebrity Big Brother it seemed daft not to get him on board.

“He won’t just be fronting BBBOTS, he’ll get his own show. He has so much energy it’s unreal. The viewers love him.”

However since then Rylan has taken twitter to deny reports of becoming Big Brother’s Bit Of The Side’s host tweeting “Stories today, I haven’t confirmed anything yet, until I say it, all just rumours xxx”

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Who’s Hollywood’s Most Hated?!

Hollywood’s Hated!
This week a list of most hated celebrities was published. They range from singers to actors and there are a few surprises on there. Some are rather expected such as Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, however the person who reached the number one spot may not be so obvious to why. The most hated Celebrity in Hollywood is…Gwyneth Paltrow!

Below you can see the full list of hated celebs….

1. Gwyneth Paltrow
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Jennifer Lopez
4. John Mayer
5. Katherine Heigl
6. Matt Lauer
7. Madonna
8. Justin Bieber
9. Anne Hathaway
10. Kris Jenner
11. Kim Kardashian
12. LeAnn Rimes
13. Ashton Kutcher
14. Jay Leno
15. Angelina Jolie
16. Lindsay Lohan
17. Shia LaBeouf
18. Taylor Swift
19. Jesse James
20. Chris Brown



Katy Perry’s following her Teenage Dream
Katy Perry fans will be happy to hear that new material will be coming out from her soon.

She has revealed she’s “halfway through” the follow-up to her 2010 album, Teenage Dream. She has been writing with a song writer called Bonnie McKee had Katy has been talking about their time together saying  that they ‘ argue [like they’re in the ring fighting for the best lyric. Working with her is like an emotional abuse session.”
She also explained how she puts pressure on herself saying that once “When I put myself on a timeline, when I tell the record company when I want to release the album, that’s when the race starts.”

It is possible that it may even be out before Christmas



The Valley’s Apologise
Reality TV show The Valleys was launched last year and become MTV’s second highest ratings franchise in its UK history. The show follows youngsters from The Valleys as they move to Cardiff to live out their dreams, and has caused lots of controversy and complaints, due to erotic behaviour. Therefore ahead of its come back the cast will apologise in advance for their behaviour at a press conference which will be able to be watched Monday (April 22) at 2pm.
The actual series itself starts on Tuesday, April 30 at 10pm and will the arrival of double trouble identical twins Jason and Anthony. They are of course welcomed by The Valley girls but just how will the existing boys take to a bit of friendly competition?

Well if you want to find out you will have to tune in!


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Become inspiration this summer!

Cher and Ne-yo Need YOU!

Cher Lloyd has that announced she will be teaming up with Ne-yo to write a song which is going to be inspired by their fans. They have asked via Twitter for people to send in pictures and thoughts to inspire them to write it this summer.
Even though it is work in progress it already has a title ‘It’s All Good’ and therefore fans needs to hashtag itsallgood on the end of their posts.
As ne-yo has explained “We’re coming together to write a song inspired by you. What you share will be our inspiration, and could even end up in the song or the video. Do not forget to include the hashtag #ItsAllGood (to get involved).”



R Pattz Pen

When in a relationship sometimes people go a bit over board with expensive presents for each other at special occasions, and celebrities have more money to spend so they spend more. But even £30,000 on a present is quite a lot! you would have though it would be on a car, or jewellery  but Rob Pattinson bought girlfriend, Kristen Stewart….a pen.
It was a limited edition Bentley fountain pen, in white gold with an engraved message of her name specially engraved on it with the year and wording: ‘From R’.
A source has explained that : “Kristen has always collected pens, and has a variety of stylish ones.’ so I’m sure she would have loved it and the fact that There are only 40 of these pens in the world makes it a real collector’s item and even more special .
Also this week, Nick Field hijacked part of the the show to interview two local bands who were at the studio to record for Phoenix’s annual Creative Sessions. The interview with Das Russians can be listened back to via this link High/Low’s interview here

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Collaborations, reformations and break ups!

Robbie and Adele Duet!
Former Take That star, Robbie Williams and singer Adele are set to record a duet together soon.
They seem to be very good friends as Robbie allowed Adele and her family to stay in his LA earlier apartment this year and a source has explained that “They are great friends and talked at length about doing something together when she was in LA with him ahead of the Oscars last month. They threw some ideas around but haven’t decided exactly what song they’d like to work on, things are in the early stages.”

So keep a look out for that!


S Club Never Giving Up?
After being inspired by seeing 90’s bands reuniting on The Big Reunion, there have been talks that S Club 7 may be reforming too. The band spilt up in 2003 and rumours occurred about a year ago about them doing a comeback, but member Hannah Spearritt slashed them hope by at the time saying “It’s cool that bands like Steps are getting back together, because it’s worked out for lots of people. But I don’t see it in my plans at all,”.
Therefore 3 of the former members, Jo O’Meara, Bradley Mcintosh and Paul Cattermole performed together in pubs and festivals under the name S Club 3. However discussions have appeared once again of a reform and Rachel Stevens has fanned these flames by saying : “”We met up not long ago and we talked about it and we still are talking about it. “We are all in the same head space, talking about how special it was and we do all want to celebrate what we had. So it’s definitely a possibility.”

So S Club fans, get practising them dance moves, they might be coming back!



Ramsey Cuts Contact!

It is scary enough, as a teenage boy meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time and getting the approval of her dad. But imagine if her dad was Gordan Ramsey. Gordan is of course known for his shouting and swearing at work in the kitchen and it seems like he is the same when he is at home.
He has admitted that he banned his daughter’s boyfriend from seeing her. His excuse it’s his protective side coming out as he explains “With three girls it’s difficult now,” He continues to tell a story about his children saying “My son said, ‘Daddy, Megan had a friend around yesterday called Alex, but it wasn’t a girl, it was a guy’.
“I said, ‘Jack, get me his cell number now’. So he sneaks to Megan’s room, and two minutes later I’m on my cell.” He added: “Can you imagine that poor guy? But that’s one less hand that’s going to be crawling all over her.”

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It’s not just the weather that is cold this week, so are the celebs!

Boy Band Causing Blues

Boy band Blue, has caused a few people to feel a bit frosty this week by appearing on the TV show The Big Reunion. Members from other bands that have taken part including Atomic Kitten and B*Witched wasn’t too happy when producers  added the boys to the show.
Member Simon Webbe had stated that “Obviously a new band being introduced into the bill will cause disruption.” And he wasn’t wrong as Edele from girl band B*Witched explained that she felt “like [they’ve] had blood sweat and tears and to get a band that aren’t reuniting, they’re still together. [she] doesn’t get it”.
And she may be right as though Blue haven’t released an album in the UK since 2003’s Guilty, they have been reunited since 2011’s Eurovision Song Contest and released new album Roulette in Germany last month which will also be released here in the UK on 29th April, a week after their single Hurt Lovers.
Being part of the show has helped their chart performances as their greatest hits album ‘The Best of Blue’ have reached the top ten this week in the UK Itunes album chart. 


Life Got Cold for Sarah!

Have you ever been doing a presentation or play and have forgotten your lines? It does happen to all of us and that doesn’t rule out celebrities. Cheryl Cole had to step in when band member Sarah Harding forgot one of her lines during her solo part of the song ‘Life got Cold’ during a Girls Allowed concert at the SSEC arena in Glasgow. Apparently her mind was pre occupied by the fact that her dog, called Yogi, wouldn’t be joining her on the rest of the tour like she had planned. She was told just before going on stage that Yogi had not been granted a passport a s source explained saying “A recent statutory change meant the paperwork wasn’t approved because Yogi wouldn’t be spending sufficient time in the country.”
The source continued to describe Sarah’s feelings saying “Sarah was devastated. She was so preoccupied with thoughts of Yogi and being without him, she forgot a few lyrics. Obviously Sarah does know the words and was mortified.” 


Who’s joining Eminem and Biffy?

Confirmation of who will be headlining the Reading Festival, taking place on the 23rd to 25th of August has been revealed this week. Eminem and Biffy Clyro have already been announced as head liners but now Green Day have also said they will be joining them. Other acts performing over the weekend include Chase & Status Nine Inch Nails, Editors, Phoenix, White Lies, Frank Turner plus many more.

To find out who else do go on the reading website which is


Perry tells her story

Katy Perry  has signed a 2 million pound autobiography deal this week.
It is going to be called Part of Me, like her song and concert was, and the book will cover every aspect of her life including her marriage and divorce to comedian Russell Brand and also about her new relationship with singer John Mayer.
A source explained why Katy decided to do the autobiography  now, saying : “Several publishers have been after Katy for a while…She decided to go ahead so fans don’t have a one-sided story when Russell publishes another Booky Wook.”

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The most Favourite famous Family has been crowned!

Favourite Family

There are many famous families on TV and a survey has been done to vote who is the most well liked. The survey was conducted to launch new weekly TV review show, which started last week called Gogglebox. It features real viewers offering their verdicts on the latest TV from the comfort of their sofas.

The Top Ten TV families results:

1. The Simpsons (with 45% of the vote)
2. The Flintstones
3. The Royle Family
4. The Addams Family
5. The Gellers in Friends
6. The Griffins in Family Guy
7. The Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8. The Dingles in Emmerdale
9. The Osbournes
10. The Crawleys in Downton Abbey


Euro Vision

A few weeks there were  rumours of who would be representing the UK in the annual Euro Vision Song Contest, and they included Girls Aloud and Will.I.Am but now it has been confirmed that  it will be 80’s legend Bonnie Tyler.
She is going to perform a new song called ‘Believe In Me’ and has said that she is “truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent [her] country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song” and she has promised “to give this everything that [she’s] got for the UK!”
In the past boyband Blue and singer Engelbert Humperdinck, have sang for the UK but unfortunately didn’t win for us so maybe Bonnie can win the competition this year which is set to take place in Sweden.


Taylor Collaboration with Eminem?

This week country singer Taylor Swift has revealed she would like to do a song with rapper Eminem.
She said if she had the chance she would ‘sign up for that in a heartbeat’ but insists ‘ Nobody wants to hear [her] rap but [she’d] sing a chorus’.
She also said she ‘loves hip hop because. There’s something so honest about it,”

She will be releasing ’22’ later this year as the third single from her multi-million selling album Red.

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Celeb’s are demanding money!


Beyonce Comes at a Very High Price!

V tickets went on sale this week and one of the head liners, along with The King’s of Leon, is Beyonce, who she was also asked to perform at another carnival here in Essex, by the Maldon Carnival Association.
They had hoped to get other stars such as Britney Spears and Queen, and sent emails to them but received reply from Beyonces spokes person saying “There is a possibility Beyoncé will be available.”

However, there was a bit of a hic cup as they then sent another email explaining “It is apparent there is some miscommunication. Beyoncé will require an appearance fee.”
And this appearance fee was £50,000!

Unfortunately  the association could not afford this so Beyonce will only be appearing in Essex once, at the V festival. 



It is understandable Beyonce asked money for money to appear at a festival as she was expected to perform,  but another star who seems to be trying to get as much money out of situations as he can is teen sensation Justin Bieber, apparently he ask for £15,000 just to attend a club in London! He is  is currently on tour in the UK as part of his Believe tour  An insider explained that: “Justin [had] left his central London hotel at 1am and headed to [a nightclub called] Project. He outrageously had his people phone ahead to ask the club for a £15,000 appearance fee.

“The club declined to pay, but said the teen superstar was more than welcome anyway”.

“Justin took it on the chin, and headed along. But a few people were saying it was a bit embarrassing to show up with his tail between his legs.” The source continued: “Justin left Project after 2.30am,’ and went to another club.


Segel’s Spilt
Michelle Williams, who starred in recent film ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’  has spilt with her partner, actor Jason Segel.

Apparently their spilt was caused due to the pressures of keeping up as long distance relationship, as Michelle is based in New York while Jason is in Los Angeles, and is currently filming the last series of TV programme ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
This spilt could be quite shocking to some people as Michelle admitted only this month that she was touched by the support she had received since going public with their romance and said she was happier than she had been in a long time.


Rylan’s a Regular!  

Factor contestant and Big Brother Winner Rylan Clarke has mentioned in the past that he would love to present The Xtra factor, but it seems like he has a different role in TV to play has he has revealed that he will have a regular role on the new series of Celebrity Juice, which returned to out screens this week.
It is a panel show presented by Keith Lemon with two team captains, Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton, however Kelly Brook has stepped in for Fearne as she has just become a mother.

Ryan Tweeted  the revelation by saying ”Now I can say!! Catch me on the new series of @celebjuice every Thursday at 10pm”. He also posted a behind-the-scenes photo of himself and Keith Lemon dressed up in his outlandish Judges’ Houses outfit and sat next to a dummy that appears to be of his mentor Nicole Scherzinger.

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Tugboat Interview

I was joined in the studio today by local comedian Tugboat. He told me how he got into stand up comedy (and how old he was when he could stand up) as well as the best and worse jokes he has heard. Click below to listen!


 And as always on In The Mix here is the weeks celebrity gossip…

V Festival
We are still suffering the cold weather showing it is still winter time, but talk and preparations of who will be headlining summer festivals are happening already. One of the most local festivals to us if of Course the V Festival held in Chelmsford and two artists who are rumoured to be headlining is Beyonce and Kings of Leon. The fact they haven’t yet featured on any other festival line ups have made people think they will be at V. 

Kings of Leon has headlined in the past, in 2010 and Beyonce has also headlined Glastonbury in 2011, so they are both experienced in being the big names and if these
rumours are true they will be hitting the V stages on the 17
th and 18th August and of course will also head to Staffordshire where V also takes place.  
The full line up will be announced on Monday the 25th February and tickets will be able to be bought from the 1st March but you can go register for early bird tickets by going on the website.


Food Glorious  Food!
As we all know Simon Cowell’s main interest is in music, shown by the fact he has shows which search for it such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent but his new show which will début on Wednesday, shows an interest he has that we might not know he had.

It is entitled Food Glorious Food, and it’s pretty obvious to guess by the name what it is about but the format consists of a search for Britain’s best recipe and the winner will become able to buy in Marks and Spencer, and the chef behind it will also receive £20,000.

With all shows like this of course we need judges so the four taking part in this show are food writer Tom Parker Bowles, former MasterChef contestant Stacie Stewart, ex-MasterChef host Lloyd Grossman and vice-chairwoman of the WI Anne Harrison.

Carol Vordaman will be the host and Cowell has admitted that he ‘loves home cooking, which is one of the reason [he] wanted to make this show’. And it seems like he has a target audience in mind he states that “No-one can make roast potatoes like [his] mum and [he is] sure lots of people feel the same way about their family recipes.
He also added ‘This is not a show for snobs’.


Burke’s heading in One Direction
X Factor’s Alexandra Burke has been a bit quiet since the release of her last album in June 2012 but fans, do not worry because album number 3 is on its way and it is possible that it could feature fellow X Factor contestants, One Direction. When Alexandra was asked which act she would most like to collaborate with she said “One Direction – [as] it would nice to do something fun and young!”

Well it seems like she is currently having a lot of fun as she has explained that she is ‘definitely back in the studio [and she has] been recording in [her] home studio and have recorded material in the US.

“[She is] in regular communication with [her] fans and album number 3 will be full of surprises and [she] can’t wait until it is released for you guys to hear it!”

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6 bands are reuniting this month, but who are they?!

90’s Bands
Boy Band Five will be taking part in a new show which see’s nineties and noughites bands who have spilt up, reunite. The programme is called the Big Reunion and will be hitting TV screens on Thursday. Other bands taking part  include Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, The Honeyz, 911 and Liberty X. Liberty X member Jessica Taylor has talked about how unsure she  was about the show saying: that it took [her] a lot of time to decide whether or not to do it as she explained saying  “I’m in a very safe place with my life, I’m in a happy little bubble and to step outside of that is really scary. I thought I owed it to the guys to make sure I was sure and I am but I’m petrified.”
Scott Robinson also talked about how he felt about appearing on the show saying he was annoyed with in a fellow band member, Jay as he didn’t want to be a part of the show.” [Scott] was really angry because [he, himself has] been trying to get this band back together for years and years and someone’s let it down. He will be missed.”
But he has also reminisced about the time the band were together and said it wasn’t easy as he explained “On stage we were the best ever, off stage we were a train wreck. Life in Five was mental. It was five years of very hard work.”.


The Mend
They mentioned back in October when they were in the studio that they are working on an album and their début single would be out early this year and now they have announced a date for the release of their first single called ‘Where Were You’. It will be out on the 24th march and the single was written by the band members themselves and will be released through their own independent label. They will be performing it when they will support Little Mix on their upcoming UK tour, which starts on January 25 and includes a date at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on February 13.
The boys have been busy and have also been working with Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Eliot Kennedy and Emeli Sandé  which we may see on their album.

To listen to the interview again, click this link



Dancing Dog on Big Screen!
Pudsey the dancing dog and his owner Ashleigh Bulter have been very busy since winning the last series of Britain’s got talent, including doing the Gangnam dance at the NTA’s this week, but it has also been announced they are going to star in their own movie! 

It’s set to start shooting in the spring and will be produced by Vertigo films along with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, responsible for TV formats such as The X Factor ans Britain’s Got Talent. Rupert Preston from Vertigo said: “We’re delighted to be developing this idea with Syco and we can’t wait to bring Pudsey to the big screen.”

Ashleigh is also very excited by this opportunity and has said she would love Kristen Stewart to be in the movie but she joked that  “she might have to be a bit happier… and nice to dogs.”

The film is set to have a Christmas 2013 release and is being produced by the same company as StreetDance 3D with Britains Got Talent stars Diversity and George Sampson.

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Valentines Day isn’t until next month but it seems like love is in the air!

Third Time Lucky
Last week it was mentioned that Katie Price may be appearing on Celebrity Wedding Planner, a show which see’s two celebrities arrange a wedding for a couple they have never met, and now this week it seems Katie had her own wedding to plan as she has got married for the 3rd time, to toyboy Kieran Hayler.

After getting married in Las Vegas to previous husband Alex Reid, Katie and Kieran was married in the Bahamas on the 17th January and it might have been due to a psychic who apparently predicted  “A medium said the man [she would]marry was called Kevin.” Katie believes “Kieran’s name is close to Kevin and it all became clear.”

She also doesn’t understand why people are making such a big deal about how many weddings she has had claiming “This is only [her] third marriage. [She] did [her] own Pricey Marriage Survey and discovered [she] was in good company. Joan Collins has been married five times, Liz Taylor did eight and Zsa Zsa Gabor nine.”

The couple have only been together for two months but Keiran proposed on Christmas day and this week they got married in front of just 3 guests. She wore a white, very revealing, low-cut halter-neck white dress with crystals along the neckline, a veil and tiara.


Barlow helps love Blossom 
Gary Barlow has been a bit of a match maker, this week, allowing a guy to propose to his girlfriend on stage at one of his concerts in London.
Paul Cody emailed Gary’s manager to arrange the event and was thrilled when they replied saying yes, he was even more thrilled when his girlfriend, Caroline Davy said yes when he popped the question in front of 5,000 people.
Gary then performed ‘A Million Love Songs’ as the couple danced on stage.
Caroline is a big fan of Gary and has been to many of his concerts but she says that she won’t go to any more as what happened can not be topped.


There might be a bit of competition between UK artists to represent their country at this year’s Eurovision Song contest. Rumours state recently reunited Girls Aloud are a possibility with Will.I.Am possibly producing a song for them to perform but also X Factor contestant and currently Celebrity Big Brother star Rylan Clark, has expressed in the past that he would like to do Eurovision as he has said “If the country wanted [him] to represent them [at Eurovision] then [he’d] happily fly the flag.”

Since the competition started in the 50’s, the UK have had artists such as Blue and Engelbert Humperdink represent us.

Avril’s Album
Pop princess Avril Lavigne has, unlike her, been a bit quiet since 2011 but she has revel she is currently working on her 5th studio album and that we can expect new music from her “very soon”.She tweeted “New music ready very soon. Thanks for being so supportive and patient. I’m doing my best in every way. Thanks xo”
The album will be released possibly spring this year and is a the follow-up to 2011’s Goodbye Lullaby, which reached number four on the US Billboard 200 and number nine in the UK, so let’s hope this album does just as good.

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Look out for these artist comebacks!…

JT’s Return!
Justin Timberlake is returning to the music industry and will soon be releasing his first album in 6 years and he has also been working with Beyonce on it. Beyonce explained the sound of the music saying “[that they both] started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and [they] all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave [them].” 

Beyonce has also been working on an album of her own as long time collaborator The-Dream, says that “She’s got her stuff going. She took the summer to start recording, and now she’s in a place where she’s ready to start gearing up to reveal her plan”.
Destiny’s Child Reunite
As previously mentioned earlier Beyonce has been working on a solo album but sh hads also reunited with band mates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who make up Destiny’s Child to make an album called Love Songs which features, as the name suggests all their hit love songs as well as a new track called Nuclear. The track list includes:

1. ‘Cater 2 U’ (2004 – Destiny Fulfilled)
2. ‘Killing Time’ (1998 – Destiny’s Child)
3. ‘Second Nature’ (1998 – Destiny’s Child)
4. ‘Heaven’ (2002 – Simply Deep)
5. ‘Now That She’s Gone’ (1999 – The Writing’s On The Wall)
6. ‘Brown Eyes’ (2001 – Survivor)
7. ‘If ‘(2004 – Destiny Fulfilled)
8. ‘Emotion’ (2001 – Survivor)
9. ‘If You Leave (featuring Next)’ (1999 – The Writing’s On The Wall)
10. ‘TShirt’ (2004 – Destiny Fulfilled)
11. ‘Temptation’ (1999 – The Writing’s On The Wall)
12. ‘Say My Name’ (Timbaland remix) (2002 – This Is The Remix)
13. ‘Love’ (2004 – Destiny Fulfilled)
14. ‘Nuclear’ (2013 – Destiny’s Child – Love Songs)

It will be released on 28th January and there’s also rumours that Kelly and Michelle could join Beyonce on stage during her half time show at the Super Bowl on February 4 2013.
The Price of a Wedding
If you could have any celebrity plan your wedding, who would it be? Well some couples don’t get a choice in TV show Celebrity Wedding Planner, the most recent was on last night and saw MC Havery from the So Solid Crew and Actor and singer Martin Kemp plan a wedding for a couple they hadn’t met and it’s been reported Katie Price might be teaming up with Blue member Duncan James to do the same.

A source and talked about the paid saying: “Katie has plenty of experience with weddings, having organised two herself.
“She and Duncan will put together a no-expense-spared day. It will be outrageous and maybe some of their celebrity pals will turn up for the do.”

Well if Katie’s own weddings are anything to go by this could be true. Her first wedding to Peter Andre included a pink horse-drawn carriage, while she also wore a Swarovski crystal-encrusted wedding dress and in 2010 her wedding to Alex Reid took place in Las Vegas.

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Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a Happy and Safe New Year!
This week I had a look at what is going to be on choice of watching this winter.


Jedward Tour Guides
If you’re interested in visiting different landmarks and learning about them then you might be interested in a programme which is returning to our TV screens on Monday.  However, this programme comes with a warning…it is hosted by Jedward! The twins will learn facts about their destinations before becoming tour guides and taking visitors around the sights.
Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge, the Orkney Islands, the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire and the Thames and Greenwich in London are just some of the sights included and the boys have shown their excitement by saying they felt “It’s an amazing experience filming this show and [they] can’t wait to visit more of the UK’s coolest visitor spots,”
Some celebs will also be joining them such as local girl Stacey Solomon and Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley.

So if this is something which you think you’d be able to handle watching then tune into Jedward’s Big Adventure on Monday, John and Edward have a warning of their own…. “Watch out. Planet Jedward is turning tour guide. It’s gonna be Jepic.”


Daley’s Diving in!
Thanks to the Olympics, diver Tom Daley has become quite a popular guy and I’m sure his new show will be too, which is a reality TV programme teaching celebs how to dive. It is called Splash and starts tonight and some of the contestants include Jennifer Metcalfe from Hollyoaks, Sugababes star Jade Ewen, model Caprice, comedian Dom Joly Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker, plus many more.

Daley has talked about the show saying “Once you’re up there, there is no turning back. If you freak out, you freak out on live TV. You’ll see lots of smacks and wallops. “People think diving’s easy because divers who’ve done it for a long time make it look like that – but it is very far from easy. It is a very psychological sport. Half the battle is getting over the fear factor.”

And one celeb who has found out how hard the sport is, is TOWIE’s Joey Essex has he has injured his elbow as well as his private parts while training. He was practising a high dive when it happened and now been told  “not to exert himself” while he recuperates.


Hard Work Pays Off!
All bands and artists work hard to get to the top, and one band who have done this successfully is JLS. In fact they have been named the UK’s hardest-working band for the second year running. They beat Westlife, who came second and Steps, Olly Murs as well as Florence and the Machine who where the top five.

JLS got this award as they performed on stage more than 34 times in 2012 meaning they headlined more concerts than any other major British artist.
As anyone would be the boys are very happy about this and have said they are “delighted to once again be crowned the hardest-working band of the year. “It means a lot that so many of our fans have had a chance to see us perform live. Thanks again for the support and we look forward to doing more in 2013.”


The Babes are Back!
Some people may not remember the original line up of the girl band the Sugababes but Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobahn Donaghy  reunited to perform at a surprise gig this week. It took place in London on New Year’s Eve and it was their first public performance together for over a decade. They are currently signed under the band name of Mutya Keisha Siobhan, and they went back in time to sing their first hit Overload, along with Freak Like Me and a cover of recent Rihanna hit Diamonds.

They have previously said there in new material they have to be realised, to fans watch out, it looks like the original Sugababes are back!


The long awaited next series of Celebrity Big Brother got underway this week with Big Brother feeling frosty already.  The first two house mates, X Factor’s Rylan and horse rider Frankie Dettori was given a task to choose which house mates will go into the main Big Brother house and which housemates will have to scavenge in the small, cold Big Brother Basement.

The house mates were welcomed by host Brian Dowling, in twos and Rylan and Frankie had to watch the housemates VT and answer a question about them to see who went where.
The lucky celebs who got to sip champagne in the main house were actress’ Tricia Penrose and Gillian Yaylforth,  glamour model Lacey Banghard, Steps Star Clare Richards, and the boys also joined them.
The celebs who weren’t so lucky and ended up spending the night in the basement were supermodel Paula Hamilton, actors Ryan Moloney and Sam Robertson, footballer  Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock  and couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt also known as Spidi  from The Hills.

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2012’s Number 1’s

As it was the last In The Mix of 2012, I played as many of this year’s number 1’s as I could fit in the show. These were:

The Justice Collection- He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

James Arthur – Impossible

Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven 

Olly Murs – Troublemaker

Robbie Williams – Candy

Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry…

Adele – Skyfall

One Direction – Live While We’re Young

PSY – Gangnam Style.

The Script – Hall Of Fame

Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You

Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Little Mix – Wings

Wiley – Heatwave

Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up

Maroon 5- Payphone

Cheryl- Call My Name Rudimental- Feel The Love

Loreen- Euphoria

Rita Ora – R.I.P

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe

Gotye-Somebody That I Used To Know

Jessie J – Domino

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With only 3 Days to Go, it’s a Festive Theme In The Mix!

Brand off the Booze!
Around Christmas and New Year everyone always think about resolutions and celebrate good things we have done during the year, and one celeb who is celebrating is comedian Russell Brand, as he has been sober for a decade! He tweeted to his fans to show his gratitude of their support saying : “Ten years clean… Thanks for all your messages of love… Anyone can get clean, one day at a time.”

And other person who has been showing her support is Ex wife Katy Perry. A source explains that She sent him an e-mail “to let him know that she was thinking of him and that she was still proud of what he has achieved. “She also wanted to drop him the email to wish him a happy 2013 and to let him know that her heart was finally healing.”
They split up a year ago and got a divorce in July just gone but “Although they’ve broken up, Katy knows how important this milestone is for Russell.


Cowell’s Christmas
It seems like Simon Cowell will be spending Christmas with a new member of his family as he has confirmed rumours that him and actress Carmen Electra are dating!
Rumours started after Carmen become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent but back in November she denied them and said they were just friends.
However this week Simon has made it very clear they are more than friends, but not as far as in a relationship as he has said “She’s not my girlfriend. We’re people who date.”


Five Gold Rings…or Just One
Love seems to be blossoming recently, as Tre Holloway announced he wanted to propose to girlfriend and singer Cheryl Cole on Christmas day. However Cheryl’s mum stopped this event from happening as she said it was too soon after the end of Cheryl and Ashley Cole’s relationship. When Tre asked Joan for Cheryl’s hand in marriage a source said that she didn’t give her blessing  because “She’s warming to Tre but there’s no way she’s going to let another man take Cheryl down the aisle so quickly. Tre’s got his work cut out if he thinks he can get around Joan so soon.”

“Tre, like scores of men, wants to marry Cheryl. But there is a lot of work to do to convince Joan he’s not in this for money or fame.

Christmas Charts
It was said at the beginning of this week that X-Factor Winner James Arthur could claim the Christmas No.1 spot with his single ‘Impossible’ as it soared straight to the top of the official singles chart it on Sunday (16th December) after selling 490,000 copies and becoming the fastest-selling tune of the year.He is up against ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ by The Justice Collective, which has been released to raise money for the families affected by the Hillsborough disaster.
Official Charts Company’s managing director Martin Talbot explained: “While James Arthur has an early lead over The Justice Collective after just two days of sales, it is exceptionally tight – especially with Christmas gift purchases likely to impact on both releases as the week progresses.”
He added: “It looks like being an extremely exciting race for this year’s Official Christmas number one.”
And it has been as yesterday it was announced The Justice Collective have taken over the top spot currently 23,000 copies ahead of James.
Martin explained “they have opened up their lead in just two days – it could easily be closed over the next two days.”
He added: “The Justice Collective are favourites right now – but their lead is not unbridgeable by any means. With two days of sales left to be counted, it is all to play for.”

The final chart placings for the Christmas number one 2012 will be announced on tomorrow, Sunday (December 23).

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Famous Female’s Fortunes

Forbes Female Fortunes 
Forbes Magazine’s list of highest paid female musicians has been announced with the highest amount being a massive £36 million! I’ll let you know who that was in a minute but first I’m going to go backwards.
It was calculated from May 2011 to May 2012 and takes into account cash made from record sales, touring, endorsements, merchandise sales, as well as other projects and Katy Perry was 5th on the list earning £27.9 million, just under last year’s number 1, Lady Gaga who this year earned £32.2 million with is not far behind 3rd place, with £32.8 million which is Rihanna, 2nd place goes to someone who has much success on her tour which got £62,000 a night! And her most recent album Red helped boost the numbers up, it is of course talking about Taylor Swift.

And then in top place, earning £36 million this year is Britney Spears, and even though she has not released any new music or gone on tour, she got to top spot thanks to her tour which took place from June 2011 to December 2011 and also her platinum selling LP Femme Fatale.


Richard and Judy…are no more!
Presenters and couple Richard and Judy announced they wouldn’t be working together anymore. They have done many different programmes for more than 20 years but seem to be going their separates ways on the work front.  Richard explained the decision saying that they “literally shook hands,”
He also said he “can’t see [them] hosting a show together again. Judy was the most reluctant TV presenter [he has] ever known. She is adamant she doesn’t want to go back into TV or radio.”

However Richard still seems comfortable on TV as he will be presenting a hard-hitting documentary about squatters, called ‘Madeley Meets The Squatters’.


Styles’ Sweet Treats for Swift
Rumours have been going round recently about One Directions Harry Styles’ relationship with singer Taylor Swift and this week they were spotted together celebrating Swifts Birthday.
As well as treating her to a pub lunch in Cheshire he also bought her a new hand bag, and ordered 23 cakes, as she turned 23, and an insider have talked about the cakes saying  “The cakes were a selection of 12 flavours, including ones filled with candy floss and a mint liqueur centre. It was kept very secret to make sure there wasn’t a mob waiting to greet him when he pulled up.”

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Who is Going to be Entering the Famous House?

CBB Contestants
As reality TV programs X-Factor and I’m a Celebrity, come to a close, rumours of housemates who may enter Celebrity Big Brother have emerged!

One of them is in fact X-Factor contestant and Essex boy Rylan Clark as well as Katie Price.  Apparently bosses are keen to get both of them in the house, as a source talks about Katie saying “Signing up Katie would be a massive coup for CBB and bosses are really keen to get her to sign on the dotted line.”
“They have given her the option of going in the new series or the one in the summer.” The source also continued to say that “Producers have also approached Rylan and the pair of them in the house together would be hilarious.”

Well to see if they enter the house as well as the new Iconic Big Brother Eye you will have to tune in, in January, to Celebrity big Brother which of course will be once again presented by Brian Dowling and Emma Willis will return to present Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.


Carly’s Costumes Keep her Content
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen has been talking about her age and looks this week as she has expressed that though she is 27 she is happy and ‘content’ with her appearance even ‘If people think [she] looks younger’  she suggested this might be because of her costumes which she wears when performing on stage, she said that she loves ‘being as classy and as elegant as possible in [her] apartment,  “But when [she’s ] on stage, [she] can’t dance in 4 and a half-inch heels, so [she’ll] generally sport flats.

As she is only 5 feet two she feels she ‘looks a little bit more playful’. But that doesn’t mean she is trying to be younger than she is.


Little Mix Movie
Little Mix is continuing to follow in the Spice Girls footsteps after having Barbie dolls made of themselves, they have now revealed they would like to act in a film, like the Spice Girls did in Spice World.

They said it would be amazing if they could star in their own feature-length film but would want to act rather than be themselves as Leigh Ann explained saying that they’d ‘have to be really original with it,”.  ‘Instead of doing a documentary [they] could actually have a film and be actors.”

Little Mix reached number three on the UK chart with their debut album DNA last weekend.


Lohan’s Wanted
It’s not unusual for girls to fight and argue over guys, and one celebrity guy who has girls literally fighting over him is lead singer of The Wanted Max George.

It’s been reported that actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested in a New York nightclub, for a third degree misdemeanour assault on another women  after getting into a fight with another women. A source has explained the back story saying Lohan had gone to Justin Bieber’s New York concert on Wednesday especially to see The Wanted but was blocked from meeting the boys backstage. She is then said to have joined Max, Jay McGuiness and Tom Parker at their hotel bar before going to the club – where she apparently clashed with another woman, who was speaking to Max.
An insider went on to claim that Max was ‘turned off’ by the events and did not leave the venue with any of the parties involved.

It is thought that Lindsay has now been released from police custody and has been given a desk ticket for a court date.

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Light turn on’s and festive EP’s, the holiday’s are coming…

Westfield Lights
Last week the Kardasin sisters at Westfield launching their new clothing range and this week fellow American Star Rihanna was at the shopping centre to turn on the Christmas lights.

She performed her latest song ‘Diamonds’ in front of about 20,000 fans and it was reported that the organisers of the event were willing to pay her £5 million to be there and switch the lights on.  Rihanna was joined by the Young Ambassadors from Westfield’s Christmas charity partner, Save the Children, to count down the lights and switch them on.


Girl’s Aloud hit Mayfair
People eating out in the restaurant Zuma in Mayfair on Wednesday may have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the Girl’s Aloud members as Nicola and Cheryl went there to celebrate Kimberly’s birthday.
Taking to Twitter after their meal, Cole wrote: “Almost ate myself to death with the girls @KimberleyJWalsh @NicolaRoberts why did we do the desserts ???”Walsh responded: “Asking myself the same question! Time to undo the leather trousers I think.”


Naughty or Nice?
Everyone is getting a bit festive and prepared now it’s coming up to Christmas, and that includes artists and bands too and Blink 182 are included as they are getting festive with their next EP.
The EP is called Dogs Eating Dogs and will be available as a digital bundle on 18th December and there will be special packages which include different presents.
The deluxe Santa’s Lap Package comes with a limited-edition print by artist Brandon Heart, a special Blink holiday T-shirt, wrapping paper and a card.
While The Nice Package features a holiday-edition fleece (and both the wrapping paper and card), and Naughty Package comes with the T-shirt and card.
So if you have a friend who is a fan on Blink 182 you need to decide if they have been naughty or nice this year to know which one to get them.

Mark Hoppus who is helping the band work on the EP has described the hard work going on in the studio and that they have spent ‘Lots of long hours… on five new songs.”



Baby Joy!
Rochelle from The Saturdays expecting her first child with husband and JLS member Marvin!
Marvin took to twitter to celebrate the news and show his happiness by saying him and Rochelle are ‘soooooo excited’. He then went onto say “Its absolutely amazing! Baby is due middle of next year and all is great!! We want to say thank you to everyone for their love and means so much to us!! We are over the moon! Love Marv x”

Rochelle also posted the news on twitter adding that they “have always dreamt of being parents and the news is the best early Christmas present [they] could have asked for.
The rest of the band mates have showed their congratulations over the social networking site and many fans have too.


Kesha’s Smiling!
Stars like lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj are known for being quite extravagant, in their fashion sense and their actions and so is Kesha and she has proved that this week.
She has made some accessories and bra out of her fans teeth, which she has then worn.  She asked her fans to send her teeth via twitter  and she got over 1,000!
She said that she has made “a headdress and earrings and necklaces” aswell.

Let’s hope they were clean!

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Girls are becoming plastic!

Little Mix Dolls
Like all popular girl bands including the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud, Little Mix have now joined the list for having their own Barbie dolls.

However there has been some confusion with the dolls as fans are getting Jesy’s and Jade’s dolls mixed up due to the fact they now have different hair colours.
Jesy now has dark brown hair instead of red, which her doll has and Jade has red her where as her doll has purple hair.
Also Leigh-Anne’s doll has her hair as an afro however, once again her hair style has changed and it is now straight.

And the girls themselves wasn’t too happy with the dolls while they were being manufactured as they felt they didn’t quite have the true image of themselves. Leigh-Anne talked about their experiences of watching them be designed by saying  “It was so weird seeing a mock-up of them. Seeing our heads like that… We didn’t have any hair so we were just these bald heads.
“And we were, like, ‘Our noses don’t look like that! They did get a few minor things wrong but, aside from this, it was the most surreal thing.”

Well these dolls will be put on the shelves just in time for Christmas, as they are on sale from Monday (19th November), priced at £19.99, so if you know anyone who is a fan of Little Mix, this might be the perfect present.

Keeping up with the Kardashians!
Last week Nicole Sherzinger came to Essex, but another 3 American stars appeared in London this week to launch their fashion range for Dorothy Perkins, in the shape of the Kardashian sisters.

Kim, Khole and Kourtney appeared at the Westfield Shopping Centre in London, where quite literally thousands of fans were waiting for them, even before the shopping centre had opened! The lucky first 500 people were able to meet the Stars as they were given wristbands but the amount of people who turned up shocked the sisters as Khole posted on her blog that ‘[they couldn’t] believe how many incredible fans are waiting outside’
She also gave a better idea of how many people where there by saying that “In order to keep everyone safe, Westfield had to action a contingency plan for those who stood in line overnight and allowed those people to stay in the car park.”


Sexist man alive
The list for the top ten sexist silver foxes was revealed last week and now this week it’s been announced who has won the title for the Sexist Man alive. People’s magazine named Actor Channing Tatum the Sexist man alive after beating stars such as David Beckham and Ryan Gosling. Previous winner include Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Hugh Jackman with last year’s winner being Bradley Cooper but this year’s winner was quite shocked when he heard the news. Channing’s ‘first thought was’ that everyone was ‘messing with him’ and he didn’t even tell his wife straight away.
They were bathing their dogs at the time when he just come out with it, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum who starred alongside Channing in dance film Step up, was pretty shocked as well, I think more of the way Channing just came out with it when washing the dogs rather than saying it straight away!
She knows how people see her husband but also know the true him as she described saying People know him to be fun and sexy, but they don’t know how emotionally deep and spiritually open he is,”
“He is such an open-hearted person; what you see is what you get.”

Channing is currently training to play an Olympic athlete in next year’s filmed called Foxcatcher, and at the moment he is muscle at 195 pounds.


English Gagnam?

As we know Gangnam Style has been a big hit here in the UK, and as you might have noticed it is not sung in English. However Psy had considered doing a translation of the song but then decided against it to stop any confusion. He explained that “There was so many people who were already enjoying the music by itself.” That he “thought maybe if [he ]translate[ed] it someone will get the idea of the lyrics but they might get even confused more with the translation because they already got it as it was”.

So if you want to know the English version maybe you will have to try and translate it yourself, but one artist who likes it just how it is Madonna. Has she was joined by the Korean Star on stage at one of her concerts to sing a mash up of Gangnam style, with her song ‘Give it to me’ and they did of course do the Gangnam style dance!

And also for you Bieber fans, Psy has also hinted that there may be plans for a collaboration with Justin in the future as they are both signed to the same label.

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Some of the Shows Screening on our TV’s Christmas

Text Santa

As you are probably aware thanks to all the adverts on TV that Christmas is fast approaching and there will be many programmes coming onto our screens for the festive seasons and that includes Text Santa. It only launched last year and aims to raise money for specially chosen charities, which this year include Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz.

To do this there will be much entertainment such as a festive Coronation Street with special guest cameos. During the show viewers will once be able to donate via text and 100% of the donation to go to the charities.

Paddy McGuinness is joining the presenting team this year and he has expressed his excitement by saying “I’m rocking around the Christmas tree at joining the Text Santa team. What a great bunch of people to be working with to host this year’s appeal. Santa has been very kind to me this year and paired me up with Christine Bleakley! What a fantastic way to start the Christmas countdown!”

So has he mentioned Christine Bleakley will be hosting too as well as Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Ant and Dec.

ITV director Peter Fincham said: “We’re so thrilled to be working with such fantastic names again and that so many of ITV’s most loved shows are also doing something special for Text Santa. We want to give viewers a real treat in return for their incredible generosity and support of these inspirational charities.”


Another show to hit our screens very soon is Dancing on Ice, which is in it’s 8th series.
Some celebrities have been rumoured to be taking part in the programme, which test their ice skating skills in front of a panel of judges and then is voted off by the public.

These rumoured celebs include actress Pamela Anderson, TOWIE‘s Lauren Goodger and Olympian Beth Tweddle.

And there has been more details given by a source than 2005 X-Factor winner Shane Ward has signed up too, as it;s been said .”Shayne has natural rhythm and is confident he’ll really get into skating,” “But he’s most concerned about pulling off the pink sequinned spandex look”.

Well someone who did pull off the spandex look is Ward’s fellow X Factor 2005 contestant Chico finished third in last year’s edition of Dancing on Ice.

The judging panel currently consists of dancer Louie Spence and ice skating experts Katarina Witt and Robin Cousins and it’s been said Ex-Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner may be re joining them.


The Inbetweeners Return!

For fans of the comedy TV show, The Inbetweeners, you would know the film showed on TV this week, and you know have something more to look forward to as there is a sequel on the way.

Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, who wrote the first movie, have confirmed they are in the progress of writing another script.
Morris has explained the independence of their writing by saying “Because the film was genuinely independent, there’s no studio breathing down [their] neck. It’s down to [them] to write a script that [they] think is worth everyone’s time.”

Actor Simon Bird, who of Course plays Will has said “[The cast] get on very well [with] and… trust Iain and Damon,” and so he would ‘be happy’ to be in the new film, however he has demanded that “they’d better hurry up, because I’m getting on for 30!”



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Which American Star visited Brentwood this week?!

Nicole in Essex!

We had a big star step foot into Essex this week.
Ex pussycat doll and now X-Factor Judge was taken to Ex- TOWIE’S Amy Child’s Salon by X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark.

Nicola is of course mentoring Rylan so he took her to Amy to get a vajazzle and this will be shown on tonight’s show.

Rylan tweeted an number of tweets about the event, in the morning saying “Today’s the day…. I’m bringing @NicoleScherzy home to essex x”

He then later said “On way to @AmyChildsSalon can’t wait to see my Amy x” And then he posted a picture of himself with Nicole and Amy.

Rylan is a bit like marmite, you either love him or hate him but Amy has stood up for him in her magazine column saying “Lots of people have been saying he is fake and fame hungry but that’s not true. He is real and doesn’t put on an act – he’s like that in real life.”
Amy and Rylan has been friends since 2011 when they met at Essex Fashion Week.


No more for Nicki

Nicki Minaj has worked with a variety of artists fromRihanna to Eminem, Madonna and Kayne West but it seems like she is happy to leave it there for now as when she was asked about her dream collaborations she revealed that she is “sort of over it now” .

She went on to say that she has “had [some] amazing collaborations, God bless everyone that collaborated with me and thank you for the opportunities but I’d say now, I don’t wanna, there is no dream collaboration. I feel like I’ve worked with the dream collaborators already.”

After working with some of the, in her words ‘most iconic people in the world’ she wants to concentrate on “creating good music outside of all that collaborating stuff.”

Though she did admitted she did enjoy working on other people’s songs, she described it as “almost like a blank canvas and then you sprinkle your little pink dust on it and then you send it back”.


Cole Chat Show

Cheryl Cole went from being in a Girl band, to a solo artist, X-factor judge, and now she could possibly be adding talk show host to her ever growing list!

She has been offered a deal to host her own chat show on Sky1, with a source saying that “They’ve been in talks for a while and believe they will have wrapped up the deal within the next month.”

“They think she could be the UK’s Oprah because of her reputation as the ­nation’s sweet-heart and are ­willing to pay big bucks to get her on board.

“They want the show to be emotional and confessional, not just another run-of-the-mill celebrity show.”

The sacking from The US version of the X-factor made Cheryl want to stay off of TV screens but manager Will.I.Am has been trying to persuade her to make a return and everyone seems to think it’s a good idea as the source continued to say that “Cheryl’s people think she would come across brilliantly. On X Factor she found it easy to connect with people, and viewers loved her for it.”


Sexiest Silverfox!

Even though grey hair is a common thing to form as we all get older, it doesn’t stop some certain celebrity men to be found attractive.
A poll was run for the most attractive man with grey hair, asking over 1,150 women aged 18 and over choosing from a selection of photo’s.
I am going to read out the top ten in a minute but when the ladies were asked what they found attractive in men with grey hair, 51% stated that it made men look “more mature”, while 24% said they looked more “sophisticated”
The top ten ‘sexiest silver foxes’ in full:

1. Phillip Schofield – 75%
2. George Clooney – 71%
3. Mick Norcross – 63%
4. Harrison Ford – 59%
5. Pierce Brosnan – 52%
6. Matt Le Blanc – 45%
7. Paul Hollywood – 37%
8. Mitt Romney – 31%
9. Gary Lineker – 24%
10. Richard Branson – 16%

Editor of the poll Bobbie Malpass has given some advice saying that “Dying your hair can sometimes look very unnatural and superficial. Men should not be ashamed of their grey hair as it is recognised as a sexy trait by women all around the UK – the list says it all!

She then continued to say “On the other hand, it looks like grey hair is only a trend amongst male celebrities. Women tend to want to cover grey hair as soon as it appears, but perhaps one day older female celebrities will learn to embrace it!”


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The Best of Britain

Beckham’s on the Move

The Beckham’s could be seen as iconic figures in the UK with David being a English footballer and Victoria being in one of the most famous British girl bands, however over the last few years they have been living in LA as David had a deal with a football ream called LA Galaxy.
But now that deal is coming towards an end it has been rumoured the couple might move them and their four children, Romeo, Cruz, Brooklyn and Harper back to the UK as they have been looking at houses in West London.

Their decision has apparently been influenced by their summer in the UK, where both David and the Spice Girls played a part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A source has explained saying  “David and Victoria love America, they love what it has given them, but the boys loved being back in England and now could be the time to make a return.”
“They have been looking at houses over the past few months and the future is exciting as anything could happen. The thing they are most concerned about is giving the children stability.

“What is nice about being back in the UK is that they would be close to both their families again. It’s early days, but these are plans that are being mooted.

“Victoria and David would love the children to spend their formative years in school back in Europe.”


Celebrity Splash!

Last week I was joined in the studio by gold paralympian medallist David Weir, and this week of got some news on one Olympian who won Gold, Silver AND Bronze at this year’s games and was one of the promoters of the games, as he was a poster boy advertising London 2012, it is diver Tom Daley.

If you have missed seeing him on your TV screens then not to worry as it has been reported than he will be back on them soon in a new celebrity diving show called Celebrity Splash!
Following in the formats of Dancing on Ice and Strictly Come Dancing, the show will see famous contestants teaming up with professional coaches who will train them to perform dives incorporating somersaults and back flips!

A source praised the idea of the show as well as Tom himself saying “It’s going to be a hilarious show which will have it all – humour, hunks in trunks and gorgeous girls.

“We are counting on this to be a big banker for next year. Everybody loved Tom at the Olympics, and this could be the perfect vehicle for him.”


JLS Jokers

It was proven this week that the boys of JLS are bit of prankers. They fooled fellow X-factor contestant Olly Murs into thinking he had seriously injured JLS member Aston Merrygold.

As part of Channel 4’s collaboration with Cancer research UK’s TV programme Stand Up To Cancer which Aston became a human cannon ball, which Olly had pressed the button to fire him out of, and as Aston flung through the air he then landed straight into a staging area instead of the safety matt.  Well thats what Olly thought had happened.
In reality a stuntman had been the one flying out of the cannon, not Aston, and both were fine.  Even though Olly was very shocked, he laughed with the band when he found out it was a prank.

However later on that day he still didn’t seem over it as he tweeted “Still recovering, still shaking & still shocked!! ‪@JLSOfficial you got me proper today!!”

Well you can see all the action on Stand Up To Cancer, presented by Davina Mccall and Alan Carr, this Friday, the 19th October at 7.30pm.

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Theme for the week:- TV Talent Competitons

This week I was joined in the studio by Britain’s Got Talent Finalist’s The Mend for a chat about the show and what they have been up to since. This can be listened back to here

And talking of Britain’s Got Talent it only just ended, back in May but already details of next year’s series have been revealed, including where and when auditions will take place.

Executive producer Sam Donnelly has been praising the show by saying “Britain’s Got Talent is a show like no other and after a fantastic series in 2012 we want to make sure that our next series is packed to the rafters with the very best variety talent around too.

“We have high hopes for all the cities and we’re determined to find even more talent than ever before.”

Well any performer with any talent at any age can take part in the competition and if you are interested in being part of the show in 2013 then keep reading to find out where the auditions are going to take place:-

  October 16, 17 – Glasgow, Crowne Plaza Hotel/SECC

  October 28, 29, 30 – Birmingham, ICC

  November 6 – Sheffield, City Hall

  November 10, 11 – Cardiff, Swalec Stadium

  November 18 – Belfast, Hilton Hotel

  November 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 – London, ExCeL Centre

  December 2, 3, 4 – Manchester, Manchester Central

Acts can apply for the auditions on the Britain’s Got Talent website.
Filmed auditions with the judges will take place in the New Year.


And on the subject of talent contests…


Girls Aloud Reunite

Girl Band, Girls Aloud have been taking some time apart as a group to concentrate on solo projects, which they have all done very well on, and back when they announced their break, 3 years ago, they promised they wasn’t splitting up and that they will be back together and they haven’t let us down.

They will be releasing their comeback single next month, which reportedly was recorded in May.

However, unfortunately not all of the girls saw each other during the recording due to their busy work schedules. A source said: “Some of them recorded their vocals separately, so they didn’t actually see each other that much during the process. Obviously, Nadine has been pretty estranged from the group during their time off, too.”

There is also a music video to go along with the track which the source revealed is also ‘due out next month’.

This all coincides with their 10th year anniversary and the girls will be doing an arena tour in 2013 as well.



Leona Raps Nicki

We can all relate with the fact that we try and rap along to our favourite songs and it seems singers do the same, as Leona Lewis has admitted this week that she likes to do this, especially to Nicki Minaj songs. She explained saying that “When [she’s] in the car and there’s a song on [she’ll]… look up the lyrics and rap along.”

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago Leona will feature a bit of her own rapping on her newest album, Glassheart which will be released on 15th October, and even joked about going up against Minaj and that she should watch out!

Well as well as being inspired by Nicki Minaj, Leona has been working with Emeli Sande who has written one of the tracks off the album called ‘Trouble’ which currently has a music video online, and the single will be available to download tomorrow (7th October).


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The Mend

Click here to listen again to the interview:

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Kris, Dean, Craig and Jay from The Mend visited Nikki during her show on Saturday, just before taking to the main stage at the Essex Indoor Family Festival.

The band reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent this year and they spoke about their experiences and what you might expect from them in the future.

The Mend were one of many attractions at the Essex Indoor Family Festival, which is running for the first time this weekend. There’s still time to get down and catch the vast number of things going on under one roof – see their website for more details.

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Robbie Hugs his Teddy while Kim Clashes with Kate!

Teddy Williams
Everyone must know by now of the good news that Robbie Williams became a father this week, as his wife Ayda gave birth to a baby girl who they named Theodora Rose, or Teddy for short.
And since then Robbie has posted the first picture of him, holding Teddy against his chest on his official website for us all to see. Accompanying the image was the caption: “DADDIES SECOND NAPPY CHANGE .. TEDDY’S SECOND DAY ON THE PLANET.”
Friend and ex band member Gary Barlow congratulated the couple on Twitter, regardless of the fact his fourth child was tragically delivered stillborn in August. But he tweeted :”Massive congrats Rob and Ayda. So happy for you.”

Kim Vs Kate
Rapper Kanye West is skating on thin ice when it comes to his girlfriends fashion sense. His girlfriend is of course Kim Kardashian and a source has revealed Kanye has been getting rid of some of Kim outfits as he calls them ‘ghetto trash’ and would like her to dress more like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

If insulting her clothing isn’t bad enough, he also thinks Kim could become more sophisticated as another source explained saying  “Kanye has been urging Kim to tone down her make-up and style her hair in a more conservative style, like Kate,”
“And it’s not just Kate’s regal look that Kanye wants Kim to mimic. He’s also told her that she could learn a thing or two about poise and sophistication from Kate.”

Well Kim hasn’t reacted very well to this as she is said to be tired of him trying to “change her”.


Tattoo Controversy
Chris Brown shocked many of people last week when he revealed his newest tattoo which is situated on his neck. From the first glance it looks like the face of an injured women and many speculated it could have been ex partners Rihanna’s face as it was very similar to a picture of the singer which appeared after her assault by Brown in 2009, due to the black eye and stitches on the lip.

However a spoke person for Chris Brown has explained everything and denied the tattoo is of Rihanna saying “His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw. It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported.”

Rihanna didn’t seem fazed by all this attention to the tattoo but is rumoured to be quite close to Chris again as at the they were spotted kissing and hugging at the VMA’s the other week. She has admitted in the past they are still friends as she told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that “[Chris] was [her] first love. Now [they’re] very close friends. And that’s not anything [they’re] going to try to change.”

Rihanna also unveiled last week her latest tattoo which is in memory of her Grandmother. It is situated just under her chest and it’s of an Egyptian Goddess and this week she claimed that her tattoos, which she has about 20 of, reveal her thoughts on religion. She has said “[Her] tattoos are all spiritual and show how [she] feel[s] about religion.

“I have a falcon which is an Egyptian falcon and is supposed to stand for God.”


The Saturdays Tackle The US

Girl band, The Saturdays, are set to crack America as they have signed a US record deal with Island Def Jam and Mercury Records.
They must be very excited as they are also releasing an album in America in January, but band member Frankie has said they are a bit anxious to saying

“We were so afraid. We didn’t want to leave England. Nowadays, luckily, [English] people are a lot more open to their favourite acts going to America.

“It used to be a little bit like, ‘They’re leaving us! They’re going to the US and they’re never coming back!’ People seem a little more accepting of that now.”

Una then added “We feel like the time is now for pop music coming from the UK and Ireland, but there’s never been a girl band coming from there since the Spice Girls. It’s time for us.”
Well good luck to them in Amercia, they are already a very successful band here in the UK and their next single will be What About Us, featuring Sean Paul.



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Jaimie Alexander needs saving during the Filming of Thor 2!

Sif’s Slip
Filming movies can actually be quite dangerous, as proved by actress Jaimie Alexander, who was injured while on set this week.

She is taking the role of Lady Sif in Marvel’s sequel to Thor, Thor: The Dark World and you would think it would be some major accident, considering it’s a super hero film and there’s lots of fighting, but it has been said Jaimie simply slipped over due to the rain.
Luckily she didn’t do any serious damage as she did tweet  ‘Today I sustained a pretty horrible injury. I’m lucky I’m not paralysed. Thank you (with all of my heart) to those who’ve looked after me.

She is getting better and has not let this incident stop her from being part of the film, which will be out at the end of next year.


From relationship, to spilt, to marriage!

The latest news on the whole Kristen Stewart Cheating on Rob Pattingson fiasco is that they seem to be back together and living in the same house even though it was said Rob had sold the house they shared but now they are back in their LA home.

And Kristen wants to show her love for Rob, by getting a tattoo. A friend of the Twilight star said “She’s been considering getting a tattoo in Rob’s honour to show how serious she is,’ “And she’s given him a few poems she’s written about her feelings.”

Aww, However Rob is said to be abit ‘extra-sensitive” and “insecure” at the moment, can you blame him? and he wants to take things quite slow as a source has said . “He loves her and wants to give her another chance, but he told her she has to be patient.”

But on the other hand, this story is full of drama and different emotions, as this week it has been said that Rob is thinking of proposing to his girlfriend. As another source explained that “Rob told Kristen the only way he can forgive her affair is if she truly commits to him.

“Rob has been keen to marry Kristen for quite a while and he doesn’t want to get back with her unless he knows she means it for life too.”

So get ready for a possible marriage proposal!



An announcement of a future collaboration has been revealed it’s quite an unusal one, with rapper Dappy wanting to work with teen sensation One Direction.

Dappy has described the band as ‘amazing, they’re a breath of fresh air.’ “All of their voices, they’ve all got individually very unique voices, and he addmitted that he would’ love to sit in a studio with them if they gave [him] the chance.”

Dappy, was of course in a band himself with cousin Tulisa and Friend Fazer who made up N-dubz and his love of bands seem to be showing lately as he has already worked with, another boy band, The Wanted, who are actually rivals with One Direction due to a few feud’s in the past which recently Harry Style from One Direction has started again by suggesting The Wanted would be more popular if it weren’t for 1D.

Dappy has written, in his words ‘an amazing song for [himslef] and The Wanted. [He has] got a song called Bring It Home, which [he] wrote with Nathan.

He also explained they will be ‘doing a video for that very, very shortly.’ So do keep a look out for that.

Another collaboration which Will.I.Am is trying to put together is with Cheryl Cole, who of course he manages, and Britney Spears. He is so keen that he even has a song lined up for them already. A source has explained saying “There were  that the pair were going to duet but it wasn’t until this week that Britney and Will had the discussion.

“He’s been trying to get them together since before he came on board as Cheryl’s manager.”

The insider added: “He told Britney he was writing a great new track and wanted his ‘two favourite girls’ to record it together at his home studio.”

Britney seems to have become one of Will ‘favourite girls’ after he joined Britney for the judges’ houses stage of The X Factor USA.

The pair feature in a collaboration of their own on Will’s upcoming album which unfortunately recently was delayed in the release after tracks were leaked online.


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Awards, Love Triangles and Christmas….already?!

Cee’s Christmas
Cee Lo Green has been a bit quiet lately but in a few months that is all about to change, as the singer is already thinking about Christmas by revealing he is going to release his first holiday album entitled ‘Magic Moment’

There will be apperancce from BoB, Straight No Chaser and Rod Stewart on the LP which will feature, as quoted my Cee Lo Green his “soulful take on a host of Christmas classics”.
And these classics include ‘This Christmas’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch’.

Magic Moment will be released on October 30 in the US.

Pop Justice

The nominees for the 2012 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize have been revealed this week. This annual awards celebrates the ‘amazingness in the field of the British pop single.’

Girl’s Aloud have won it five times with Example, Amy Winehouse and Rachel Stevens also winning it in the past.
But who will be the champ this year?
Nominations include local lad  Olly Murs with his song ‘Heart Skips a Beat’, fellow X-factor contestants Little Mix with their newest single ‘Wings’ and One Direction’s ‘What makes you Beautiful’.
Will young’s ‘Jelousy’ is also a nomination with ‘All Fired Up’ by The Saturdays and ‘Down with the trumpets’ by Rizzle Kicks also make an appearance.
The prize giving takes place on the 1st of November and as I say more details on the event can be seen on the website.

The full list of 2012 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize nominees are:
Lawson – ‘Taking Over Me’
Little Mix – ‘Wings’
Marina and the Diamonds – ‘Power & Control’
Nero – ‘Promises’
Olly Murs – ‘Heart Skips a Beat’
One Direction – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Down with the Trumpets’
Rudimental & John Newman – ‘Feel the Love’
Saint Etienne – ‘Tonight’
Siobhan Dillon – ‘Powerless’
The Saturdays – ‘All Fired Up’
Will Young – ‘Jealousy’


Princess Danica?
Big brother hasn’t been on our TV screens for a while now, but there has been some drama unfolding since the celebs left the house. One of the major story lines was the love triangle between modal Danica Thrall, Jersey Shore’s The Situation and Italian Prince Lorenzo. Danica was a bit of a flirt in the house with both of these even though she had a boyfriend on the outside. However news has revealed it seems she has now dumped her boyfriend due to having an argument with him about appearing in a photo shoot with Prince Lorenzo.

A source explained how comforting the prince was saying “Naturally Prince Lorenzo was there to pick up the pieces. He has always admitted being smitten by her and it gave him the perfect opportunity to make a move.

“Danica and Lorenzo were all over one another at the shoot and acting like lovestruck schoolchildren.”

So it seems like The situation whose real name is Mike Sorrentino, may have missed out, however he is convinced she has feelings for him as he has been quoted saying “I got a kiss on the lips and was told ‘I love you’ before she left the house. Viewers didn’t see that.

“She did it just before she left – you don’t do that if you don’t have feelings for someone.”


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Alex’s Arrest, Band Battles and Perfect Performances!

Alex’s Disturbance
Troubles between local star Chantelle Houghton and her fiancée and cage fighter Alex Reid have been admitted by both parties recently, with Chantelle being spotted without her engagement ring and Alex considering splitting the relationship up, and it seems like it may all be getting too much for him as he was arrested this week following a “disturbance” at the home he shares with Chantelle. Alex was taken into custody on suspicion of causing criminal damage and using violence to secure entry at the couple’s residence in Essex at 1.30am.

Chantelle gave birth to their daughter called Dolly, back in June and Alex has mentioned in interviews that they still intend on getting married in the future.

There’s only One Direction

X-Factor band, One direction, have been having a court battle with a US band with the same name. But thankfully it was settled this week with “both parties pleased with the resolution and wish each other success.” As the joint statement sates.
This all started in April when the American Group sued our UK’s group for $1million in damages plus royalties. Their Lawyer had explained the situation saying “Rather than change their name or do anything to create confusion or avoid damage to our goodwill, they chose to press ahead and come on their tour.”

“We’ve been in negotiations for a month to find a resolution. In our view, the negotiations weren’t turning out to be very productive.”

However, after this Simon Cowell’s record label SyCo later counter-sued and the outcome is now that the UK band get to keep their name while The California band will now be known as ‘Uncharted Shores’.


Romeo got what he Wanted

There’s many benefits to being a child of a celebrity, you must be quite rich, and popular but also get any present you wish for and Romeo Beckham certainly wasn’t disappointed when boy band The Wanted performed at his 10th Birthday party last Saturday. Apparently it wasn’t too difficult for Romeo’s mum who of Course is Posh spice Victoria Beckham, to get hold of the band as she has ‘some handy connections with the band’ says a source who then carried on to say “The lads are in the States anyway preparing for the MTV VMAS on Thursday and were happy to pop over.

“They met all Romeo’s pals and posed for snaps. It’s the easiest gig they’ve ever had.”

Victoria then took to twitter to show her thanks tweeting : “The @thewantedmusic boys, the coolest boys in music!!! Thank you for making Romeo’s 10th birthday so special!!!! X vb.”
Lead singer of the band Max George replied saying: “thanks for a lovely day yesterday … Hope Romeo had the best birthday ever! X.”

Paralympic Performances
The closing ceremony for the Olympics was amazing and now we have another special event to look forward to and that is the London 2012 Paralympics  games closing ceremony.
It’s been confirmed that Coldplay will be performing on the 9th September and it’s been rumoured  Rihanna will join them on the stage to perform their collaboration ‘Princess of China’.
Apparently it has also been revealed that front man of Cold Play, Chris Martin has convinced rapper Jay-Z to perform at the event as well. A source has said “It’s going to be one hell of a show, and fans of both artists will be clamouring for tickets.”
They continued: “The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by [the competitors’] bravery and athleticism.
“This will be a concert like no other, and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever.”

Chris Martin seems to agree and has showed how privilege he feels to be part of it as he has previously said it is “a great honour” to perform at the Paralympics closing ceremony, adding he hopes they can “try and create a performance… that will close London 2012 in style”.


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The Olympics have had a big effect on Celeb’s this week

E-mail Ending
Dumping your partner via text, e-mail or even a phone call, can be seen as the worst way you could dump someone, and is a bit cowardly, why not do it face to face!
Well unfortunately a celeb couple have spilt recently and it’s been rumoured that is was done by e-mail!

The couple are of course Katy Perry and singer song writer John Mayer, and it was John that ended the relationship- the cowardly way! His reason was as a source has revealed he was “tired of Perry’s hard partying and decided to pull the plug.”

The musicians wasn’t together for long but where spotted ‘Holding Hands’ but a friend had said that “They were honestly having fun. People made it out to be far more than it was.” Either way it’s been said that Katy was ‘furious and really hurt’ by the email’.
Since then she has been linked with Robert Pattinson as they were seen having dinner together in Los Angeles.


Olympic Love
Many people really enjoyed watching the Olympic games Closing ceremony but two people who seemed to have enjoyed it most, and took part in it are Ginger Spice who reunited with the Spice Girls for a special performance and funny man Russell Brand who sang ‘I am the Walrus’.

A romance seemed to of sparked since they met in rehearsals and have bonded over their love of yoga and the fact they are both tea total. A source has explained saying  “Russell and Geri bonded over the fact that there’s more to life than drinking.

“Back in the ’90s the pair partied for England. Their drunken escapades were well documented and there wasn’t a day where they weren’t pictured staggering out of a hip London venue. But now they like nothing more than shunning the fancy clubs and bars.

“They have cleaned up their lifestyles, both are avid Yogis and don’t touch a drop of alcohol.”

Halliwell has allegedly said she feels she has a spiritual connection’ with Brand who was spotted leaving Geri’s North London home after a three-hour visit, this week.

Band mate Mel C aka Sporty Spice has said she ‘doesn’t know what is going on, [but] know[s] they get on really well’ however she has also called Ginger a “cheeky little minx” for keeping her rumoured romance  a secret from her Spice Girls bandmates.

Horses Lead Jordan to Olympics

The Olympics has only just finished but already one celebrity is thinking about the next one taking place in 2016.
Modal Katie Price is also a horse rider and hopes to be an Olympic Athlete and will start to compete in equestrian events so that she can make it onto Team GB.
She has said that she has ‘bought two more show jumpers’ and she is ‘concentrating on [her] horses now’ which ‘mean the world to [her]’.

Cole’s Crash

Cheryl Cole’s arm has been left in a sling after she was was involved in a minor car crash with her manager Will.I.Am. The pair had just left a recording session at 3.30am in Los Angeles and they were on their way to get some food when the crash happened. Will was driving, and Cheryl was in the front passenger seat, both was left covered in blood and bruises after the air bag went off in Will’s face, after hitting a parked car, giving him a bloody nose.

They have both took to twitter so say they are ok with Cheryl tweeting : “Don’t worry. Me and @iamwill are fine, promise x.”

After the incident on Cheryl flight home she was fussed over by flight attendants who gave her extra pillows and pain killers.
She flew home to promote her new single ‘Under The Sun’, less than 48 hours after the accident. A friend explained her work determination by saying “They were both incredibly shaken up by the incident. Cheryl felt dazed for quite a while afterwards.

“But despite people urging her to rest and relax, she insisted on getting on her plane and getting back into the swing of things.

“She’s a workaholic and in this respect, it’s a good thing as it will take her mind off what happened.”


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The Sweet Smell of Success

Bieber’s Girlfriend Success
Justin Bieber’s new female fragrance called ‘Girlfriend’ has become one of the fastest selling celebrity products, with a certain perfume shop selling one bottle every minute in its opening week.
It seems to be following the success of his first fragrance, named ‘Someday’, with earned more than £1.8m in sales in less than four weeks.

Advertising and PR manager Michelle D’Vaz has said that “With the remarkable success of JB’s debut scent Someday, we are thrilled to say all records have been broken with the launch of Girlfriend.”

“The online traffic has been remarkable and with one bottle being sold every minute it is safe to say Bieber fever is still a phenomenon!”

Amy Childs’ also launched her perfume this week called Amy Childs and will be available in stores from today (18th August).


Stolen Car
Willi.I.Am is not happy this week has his customised DeLorean sports car was stolen!

The Black Eyed Peas star was partying in Los Angeles, launching his new solo album when a few hours later, he came out and saw the car had gone!

Just before the event started at The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, he pose with the car and Pussy Cat Doll Nicole Scherzinger to take a photo which he put up on twitter and wrote “My car was stolen…what the f**k. Where is my f**king car…??? This isn’t funny anymore.

“I’m going to be optimistic and pray that my car is returned and safe. #givemebackmycar this joke is getting old…”

So if you have seen Will.I.Am’s car I’m sure he would be very grateful if you gave him a tweet!


Even though Children In Need is not until November, 4 Star studded events will be taking place to the lead up of the main show.
The events named Children In Need’s Pop goes the Musical 2012 will see 4 musicians taking part and performing in 4 famous musicals.
Alexandra Burke is going to be performing in Les Miserables, while Spice Girl Geri Halliwell will do Singin’ in the Rain, the boys from Blue are doing Jersey Boys and Macy Gray and Stooshe are teaming up to perform in Thriller.

The money raise from the ticket sales will go towards disadvantaged children in the UK. Tickets will be available to buy on-line And if you want to find out more about POP Goes the Musical then there’s lots of information on the Children In Need Website


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Let’s have a look at what’s coming up on the Telly this month

X-Factor Bring Stars Back To Life!

Auditions for the X-factor have been taking place since May but already ideas for the final are being discussed. Even though the likes of Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson are sadly not with us anymore, contestants may be able to still sing a duet with them through the use of holograms.

An insider has explained saying that: “The X Factor has to keep getting better so they are looking at holograms as a way of creating a splash.

“Imagine Elvis or Amy Winehouse at the grand final. It would be incredible TV and an amazing experience for contestants.”

This is likely to happen, as it nearly did last “year after show boss Richard Holloway saw the Stevie Wonder hologram at Celine Dion.”
Well we will have to wait a while to see this spectacular idea but The X Factor is expected to launch later this month with new judge Nicole Scherzinger taking her place on the panel, replacing Kelly Rowland.



If your starting to feel a bit sad that we are near the end of Big Brother which finishes on Monday, then do not worry because it is not long until Celebrity Big Brother starts to fill in the gap.
The Celebs will enter the house on Wednesday, 15th August at 9pm and housemates rumoured to go in are Coleen Nolan, Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp, former EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison, So Solid Crew’s MC Harvey, Simon Cowell’s ex Jasmine Lennard, comic Julian Clary and Coronation Street icon Julie Goodyear as well as a mystery ‘Playboy Prince’.

A trailer has been released on the internet featuring presenter Brian Dowling in the diary room with Big Brother revealing to him who will be entering the house, however we only see his happy reactions as Big Brother then gets bleeped out.

So if you want to see who will make up 2012’s Celeb Big Brother Housemates then you will have to tune in on Wednesday.


Fearne’s Big News

Presenter Fearne Cotton announced on Twitter, that she and boyfriend Jesse Wood, who is the son of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, had some very happy news this week.

She Posted:”Jesse and I are very happy to announce we are having a baby.”

The couple have only been together a year but she has said she feels Jesse is the first guy she has felt content with.
Fearne is very relieved to be able to share the news and ‘sighed a breath of relief being able to tell everyone’ as she explained saying “It’s nice to be able to talk about it, rather than just feeling sick at work. To any other women out there — the morning sickness makes you feel very ropey!”

Well many celebs have taken to Twitter to congratulate Fearne, including Ellie Goulding who tweeted: “oh my god!! Congrats Fearne!!!!!!” as well as close friend  Keith Lemon saying “I am so happy for you Fearne. Honestly. Greatest news ever.”
Congratulations Fearne and Jesse!


The Team Return

This week is was revealed that a group of heroes will be returning to our cinema screens as it has been confirmed that Joss Whedon has signed to write and direct the sequel to the massively successful film The Avengers. Disney announced this news and had previously mentioned there was a sequel possibly on the way but had no more details on it until now.

Scarlett Johansson who blacked Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr who is Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth who plays God, Thor, Super Solider Captain America played by Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo who plays angry man The Hulk are all expected to reprise their roles and Thor and Captain America will have prequels of their own as as well as Iron Man bringing out his 3rd film.

The Avengers sequel will then be released after all these films and Disney have also said former Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator has been engaged to create a Marvel-related TV series.



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The Life of a Bootilious Babe, Competition between two Feisty Females and a Girl Band Reuniting, talk about Girl Power!

Beyonce’s Life Documentary

Fans of bootilious Beyonce will be happy to know that she is planning on following the like of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber in directing, producing and starring in a documentary, which will give an insight into her life.

Concert and interview clips will be used to cover all the important moments which has happened in the life and career which include her marriage to Jay-Z, the birth of their child, Blue Ivy Carter and the release of her last studio album, 4.

It will also probably feature her time in Destiny’s child, how could it not. But it has been dismissed by fellow band member Kelly Rowland, that they would never reunite. She explained saying “If [reuniting is] something that we would want to do, you know, [we would do it] but in the meantime we’re just enjoying each other’s friendship.”

“We have a good time together and I think that’s the most important thing.

“We don’t want to scratch each other’s eyes out; we love each other too much.”


Lewis VS Minaj

It seems like Nicki Minaj may have a bit of competition soon, when it comes to rapping. An Unlikely contender has revealed she will be rapping on her new album and has said “I could probably go up against Nicki Minaj now. I’m actually that good, so I’m coming for you Nicki! London style MCing.”

The woman who has said that is, Leona Lewis.
Her 3rd studio LP is called Glassheart and will feature rapping which she explains she has ‘discovered her voice for’. Dubstep and Dance will also reportedly be on the album with traditional song lyrics but a source has said there will be ‘no ballads. It’s a big change for her.”

Glassheart is due to hit UK stores on 15th October.


Spice Up the Olympics!

One girl band will be reuniting for just one show and the last performance of their career. After much deliberation it has been pretty much confirmed the Spice Girls will perform at the closing ceremony of the Olympics. With journalised tweeting that the girls are in rehearsals and Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham posting a picture of the sparkly gold microphone she used for the Spice Girls reunion tour in 2007, accompanying the snap with the comment: “Look what I found!

The girls have recently reunited to launch and promote Viva Forever, which is a musical based on some of their songs but it is not likely the girls will make a comeback after the Olympics.

Other bands performing at the closing Ceremony on the 12th August are Take That, Queen and One Direction.





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Covering both ends of the scales this week, from Break Up’s to Proposals!

Rob’s Silent Heart Break

This week the news of Actress Kristen Stewart confessing to cheating on her boyfriend and co star Robert Pattinson, has been all over the magazines. After pictures were seen of Kristen kissing Rupert Sanders, who is the director of Kristen’s latest film, Snow White and The Huntsman she released a statement saying “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”

Well Rob is not the only one to be effected by this news, of course his and Kristen’s fans will be possibly devastated but more importantly Rupert Sanders wife, modal Liberty Ross, and their two children must be hurting very much right now too. Rupert also issued a public apology mentioning his family saying  “I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.”

Liberty has taken to twitter to write a few heartbroken status’ but R-Patz has not yet made a public reaction, however we can probably guess how much pain he is in as in a previous interview he expressed his confusion on cheating saying that he ‘can understand the impulse. But not how you can keep two relationships going at the same time.”

This story just goes from bad to worse as a source has more recently revealed Rob didn’t even find out by Kristen, but by his people when a magazine rang up to let them know they were going to run the story.

The pair will have to reunite to continue filming for the saga that brought them together, and the 4th one in the series Breaking Dawn part 2.


Anastacia has no time for Guetta

Pop star Anastacia has turned down an opportunity to work with one of the most successful DJ’s and producers in the charts at the moment, who of course is David Guetta. Guetta has previously worked with Rihanna, Fergie and Akon, but Anastacia will not be joining that list. The reason for this is because she simply doesn’t have time.
She has said she ‘would probably enjoy doing a duet’ and Gutta has ‘called [her] so many times’ but it seems like until her schedule dies down we wont be seeing a track featuring them together any time soon.


West Wedding Ring

Kanye West seems to be living up to his Gold Digga lyrics when he says ‘Now I ain’t saying she’s a Gold Digga, but she ain’t messing with no broke’ as this week it’s been reported he is planning on proposing to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian after her divorce from her current husband is finalised.

He is also showing how much Kim means to him by getting a private jeweller to make a personalized engagement ring out of jewellery belonging to his late mother, including a ruby ring and diamond earrings.

A source has explained that Kayne’s mum “was such an important person in Kanye’s life, he thought the world of her and was devastated when she died. So, he kept all her jewellery as keepsakes – a lot of the pieces were items he bought over the years after he made it as a hip-hop star.

“And now, Kanye has found a woman he respects and loves just as much as his mom, so he wants to share her jewellery collection with Kim.”

However, it has been said that some of Kanyes’ closest friends do not think it’s a good idea to give Kim the personalized ring as it would be difficult for Kanye to ask for it back if they ever split up.”

It has been said Kanye wants to get married in Chicago, where he grew up, or Oklahoma, where his mother is buried.


Bay Watch Film

David Hassel Hoff has revealed the plot of the big –screen adaption of the 1990’s show Baywatch, the programme he of course became famous for. The plot is said to be a ‘very cool, updated version’
It is also rumoured that the film will be based on disgraced Olympic swimmer who turns to working as a lifeguard. And though The Hoff will appear in the film he will not be reprising his role as Mitch, who he played in the original TV show, but he will be appearing as himself.
And another big name who has been mentioned as a possibility of the lead role for the film is singer turned actor Justin Timberlake.





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Drop Out Dan Interview

I was joined in the studio this week by singer Drop-Out Dan, we had a chat and he played two acoustic songs which will be here to listen back to here:









In The Mix was also extended an hour this week so there was lots of Celebrity gossip which can be read below…

Back Street’s Back!
The four current member’s of Backstreet Boys, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter reunited  with original fifth member Kevin Richarson back in April of this year and they are now gearing up to release their latest album. They are living in a house together in London while they work on new material for the album which is due out next year.
Dorough has said that the group will experiment with their sound, but insists they are ‘not going to be doing rock or rap’.
They will also be performing at the Good Morning America’s summer concert, which will take place in Central park, after they make their first television appearance as a reformed five-piece on the TV programme on the 31st August.


Pepper Potts Suit
Big news for marvel and iron man fans has appeared this week. It is well known that Iron Man as a number of suits that he has created over his past two films and it has now been revealed there is the idea of possibly his assistant, Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, may be getting a suit for herself in the third Iron Man film.
In the comics, The Invincible Iron Man, Pepper Potts calls herself Rescue when wearing her suit, and at the recent Comic con which took place last weekend filmmakers hinted they would like to see her have her own suit and the Director of the first two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau said they ‘almost did it a few times; [they] talked about it a lot”. So though it is not fully confirmed yet, do keep an eye out for it in Iron Man 3 which is currently in production and will be in cinemas on May 3rd 2013.


Olly Falls for Fans
Usually Olly Murs has many girls falling for his looks and cheekiness but last weekend it was him doing the falling as he tripped down some stairs while performing at GuilFest.
He was singing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ when he fell and it has ended up on youtube as Olly predicted, he explained that on stage he had said ‘I bet someone has got this on video and it’s going to be straight on YouTube’.”Then the next morning my management said they’d found it already, it’s so funny”.

Even though he finds its funny, Robbie Williams sent him a clip of him falling over to make him feel better. The clip shows Robbie falling over live on TV, in front of 24 countries and around 300 million people.


Worst lyrics

The Global Gathering Festival has done a survey recently for the worst lyrics in dance music. With words used that are a bit random and do not make much sense the top ten include rhythms and repetition.

At number ten it’s the Audio Bullys song ‘Snake’ with the lyrics going “Head to hat, tape to that, tells a cat, snares a slack Red to pink, plate to, zinc smells a stink, edge to brink.”

At 9 it’s ‘One To One’ by Azealia Banks singing “I can freak a fit that pump with the peep”.

‘Rhythm Is a Dancer’ comes in at number 8 by Snap with “I’m as serious as cancer, when I say rhythm is a dancer”.

A collaboration with The Tamperer and Maya is at number 7 with their song ‘Feel It’ singing  “What’s she gonna look like with a chimney on her?”

A more recent song which sings  “Your ass from the side looks just like a coke bottle” it is of course ‘Troublemaker’ by Tiao Cruz at number 6.

Nicki Minaj is number 5 with ‘Starships’ as she raps “Jump in my hooptie hooptie hoop I own that”.

The famous line sang by Tine Tempah “I’ve been to Southampton but I’ve never been to Scunthorpe” in ‘Pass Out’ is 4th.

Kicking off the top three is the Venga Boys’ 1998 song ‘Up and Down’  which simply just keeps repeating the title of the song. “Up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down etc ”

2nd is Scooter with their song ‘Nassaja’ singing “It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane. It must be Dave who’s on the train”

And at number one, voted the worst lyrics and most ridiculous to a dance song is The Black Eyed Peas with their 2005 hit ‘My Humps’ with the chorus one again repeating the title of the song and adding ‘my lovely little lumps’ to the end.



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BridgeBound Interview

Unfortunately there was no time for celebrity gossip this week on In The Mix! The reason for this is because The Brentwood Beer and Music Festival took place this weekend and two bands who performed came into the studio for a chat and to play a few songs.

The band who opened the festival and appeared first on the main stage was BridgeBound.


After their performance they then came into the Phoenix studio for a chat and to play two songs, this can be heard here:


From Left To Right: Tim (the band's roadie), Kieron, Stu and Adam



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The Bracknall Interview

Unfortunately there was no time for celebrity gossip this week on In The Mix! The reason for this is because The Brentwood Beer and Music Festival took place this weekend and two bands who performed came into the studio for a chat and to play a few songs.

The Bracknall was the second band to perform on the main stage of the Festival.

Ryan, Jack, Dan, Arran and Luke


The boys then came to the Phoenix Studio along with their manager, Sam Hookings, for a chat, play a few songs and have a laugh!

This can be listened back to here:


Think they had drunk a little bit too much beer...


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Can a Song Save your Life?

Can a song save your life?

Cee Lo Green and front man of Maroon Five Adam Levine are having ago at acting as they star in a musical film called Can a Song Save Your Life? which is expected to be released next year.
It’s directed by John Carney and it see’s a singer song writer who is played by Keira Knightly form a bond with a record producer, played by Mark Ruffalo, after she is dumped by her rising star boyfriend who is played by  Levine.

Green has been cast as hip-hop star who then lends a hand to help the young singer fulfil her musical ambitions.

The director has won awards in the past including an international hit with a film called ‘Once’ which won an Oscar for its song called Falling slowly.

Can a Song Save Your Life?
Will be out in 2013 so keep a look out for it!


Over Their Darkness?

The Darkness have had it quite tough as a bad with members leaving, including front man Justin Hawkins back in 2006, but the rest of the band then recruited a new member and carried on under a new name. However still after all that they have reunited as a group with all original members and this week they have release the music video for their comeback single called ‘Everybody have a good time’.

This single will be available from 20th August along with their 3rd studio album, which the single if from called ‘Hot Cakes’.

The Darkness also have some performances coming up including a headline show at Thetford Forest on the 14th of July and are also supporting Lady Gaga on her European part of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour.


Cole Collaborations

This week Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas has announced his hopes of arranging a couple of duets with some of the biggest princesses in pop. One of these is of course his friend, the girl he manages, Cheryl Cole and he wants to team her up with none other than Britney Spears. He has explained saying   “Britney would be great with Cheryl. When I’m recording with Britney, I’ve four songs of Cheryl sitting there.”

He also told singing sensation Rihanna that there is ‘this girl called Cheryl Cole and she is the pop princess of England’.

He was also ‘telling people in America they should collaborate.’ And he says ‘Hopefully it will happen soon.”


NRTA’s 2012

This week the nominations for the National Reality Television Awards 2012 has been announced. With 19 different categories, all winners will be announced on 30th August, and voting is taking place now.
Dragons Den  is up for best Business show this year and Peter Jones who is from the programme, won Reality TV Personality of the Year last year and described the TV awards in a very positive way saying “The National Reality TV Awards are authentic and just what the industry needs.
“It is the first awards ceremony of its kind to finally redefine the whole reality TV industry into genres and the fact that millions of TV viewers are in charge in determining the outcome only adds to its credibility.”

The categories include Celebrity Personality of the Year, Best Reality TV Judge, Best TV Presenter, Best Reality Competition Show, Best Game and Dating Show, Best Talk Show and many more.
Many TOWIE stars are up for nominations across the board with the actual programme itself nominated for Best Entertainment show.

The Charities which will benefit from the awards include Help for Heroes, Shelter and the Diamond Children’s Trust.

To see the full list of nominations and categories, to vote and even to get tickets to be there yourself do check out the website



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Hollywood’s Highest

It has recently been announced who the top ten highest paid actresses are in Hollywood and how much roughly they earn, keep reading to find out one was number one!

10-  Friends, turned movie star,  Jennifer Aniston enters the list in 10th place with a reported earning of $11 million.
9-  Kristen Wiig is in ninth place with a reported $12 million.
8-  Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margret Thatcher in The Iron Lady is 8th with a reported $12 million.
7-  Sarah Jessica Parker is in at seventh place with an estimated $15 million.
6-  Julia Roberts came in at sixth place with an estimated $16 million.
5-  Prometheus actress Charlize Theron came in at fifth with an estimated $18 million.
4- Brad Pitt’s other half Angelina Jolie dropped from first place to fourth with a reported earning of $20 million.
3-  Sandra Bullock came in third with a reported $25 million.
2- Cameron Diaz came in second place, earning an estimated $34 million.

And Number One, who earned  $34.5million between May 2011 and May 2012 was…Kristen Stewart!
Which isn’t surprizing when she is the main character in such a popular collection of films as Twilight. Well Done Kristen!


Has Jess got it Wright?

Last week Ex TOWIE star Mark Wright had recently launched the start of his new programme, Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights, and it seems like success off the back of TOWIE runs in the family as his sister Jessica has revealed a music video for her single ‘Dance All Night’.

She is currently in Marbella along with the rest of the TOWIE cast as they are filming The Only Way is Marbs, so she also decided to film the music video there using scenes such as the beach, night clubs and poolside.
Jess has said that the song was written a year ago and is all about when you first meet someone and you get those butterflies and then you go for it on the dancefloor.”
She also thinks is weird that when she was writing it she could imagine [her]self on Ocean Beach Club in Marbella dancing to it so to actually do that for [her] first video was just fantastic.

Jess has always wanted to be a pop singer since she was 6 years old and we saw in the first series of TOWIE the breakup of Lola, which is the girl band she was in, due to them not making it into the charts.


Carly Collaboration

Carly Rae Jepsen is of course known for her first and latest single ‘Call Me Maybe’ but she has now teamed up with Owl City to create a song which features on Owl City’s forthcoming album called The Midsummer Station, which will be released on the 14th August. However the collaboration with Carly Rae Jepson, entitled ‘Good Time’ has been unveiled on the internet this week.

It is all about the power of parties and letting loose and has a summertime feel to it.

Carly first hit TV screens back in 2007 as she came 3rd in Canadian idol and Owl City of course topped the UK charts in 2009 with his first hit ‘Fireflies’.


Greatest Hits

Michael Jackson, Whitney Huston, Take That and Westlife are amongst many bands and artists who have had a greatest hits collection and one lady who is going to join the ever growing list is J-Lo, now more commonly known as Jennifer Lopez.

She is aiming to release the collection on 24th July in the US under the title Dance Again: The Hits’ which also coincides with her first ever world tour, which started last week.
A final track list and artwork for the album has not yet been announced but this information is expected to be reviled in the near future.

However Jennifer Lopez’s latest single called ‘Goin’ In’ is unsure if it will be on the greatest hit collection however it is available to download in the US and will be released in the UK on July 23rd.


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Fathers Day tomorrow, but there can only be one Dad of the Year.

Dad of the Year

It is of course Fathers Day tomorrow and what better present is there to get than an award for being Celeb Dad of the Year. Well only one man could win and it was take that lead Singer Gary Barlow. He beat the likes of Jay-Z, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Cameron and Peter Andre, in the public vote, and one of his tweets made it seem like he was expecting Peter Andre to win as it said ‘”Ladies, gentlemen, lads, lassies and Peter Andre, I’m proud to tell you all that I’ve won ‘Celebrity Dad of the year 2012’

Peter then replied saying ‘”Big Congrats to Gary B for winning father of the year. You deserve it pal. But hold on tight cos I’m coming back for it next year’
Barlow has also said that his 3 children, Daniel, Emily and Daisy are all excited that he was named Dad of the year and he feels ‘being a dad is a really important part of [his] life and it means a lot  [to him] to have won this award.


Lemar is Invincible

Do you remember the show Fame Academy? It was a singing programme which was around in 2002 and presented by Cat Deely. One contestant, Lemar, who came 3rd, although he didn’t win has done quite well since, as he has won two Brit Awards, 3 MOBO’s and hitting the Top ten charts with such songs  as ‘the way love goes’ and ‘if there’s any justice’ but since 2010 we haven’t really heard much from him, until now.
Lemar has announced this week that he has some new material coming out in August, which his comeback single, entitled ‘Invincible’ will be released on the 12th ahead of his upcoming fifth studio album. Lemar has written the song himself and recorded it in studios in London and LA

More details about the album itself will be announced in the near future but just a reminder that his latest single ‘Invincible’ will be available on the 12th August.


Cole to Cameo in Corrie?

Coronation Street seems to be a popular soap among celebrities at the moment with two Celeb’s wanting cameo roles in it.

The first one is Cheryl Cole who has admitted her favourite soap star is Michelle Keegan who plays Tina in Corrie, and she has also said that she is a massive fan chance to play a guest role in Weatherfield.

Cheryl already has a cameo role in the new film What to Expect When You’re Expecting and explains that she would “like to do more acting [as she]really enjoyed it. It’s a lot of fun.”

But another lady who would like to join the cast of Corrie is Kim Kardasian!
Reports have said that while Kim was in the UK promoting her new perfume she watched a few episodes of Coronation and was so impressed with British TV that she has now even been practising a Northen Accent. It has also been said that she has been talking to a US producer who is currently based in London about the possibility of meeting some UK industry contacts that he may have.


X-Factor Judge

Over the past few weeks guest judges have been standing in for Kelly Rowland on the next series of the X-Factor, these included Spice Girls, Mel B and Geri Halliwell as well as Rita Ora, Anastacia and X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, but now it has been confirmed that ex Pusscat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will be the permanent replacement. She has previously been a judge on the USA version of the show and was a guest judge for the London auditions of the UK show for the latest series. It seems she was picked for the job thanks to her ‘wealth of experience, both as a solo artist, and as a member of a group’
Nicole has had to step in for Kelly Rowland after the show axed her and due to the fact that Dannii Minogue then turned down a £1 million deal to return to the show.
Nicole will begin her full-time judging role when the auditions hit Newcastle and she ‘can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.’


Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights

Mark Wright has clearly moved well on from The Only Way Is Essex, after entering the jungle on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, and then presenting the behind the scenes on Take me Out, he now has a new show which started last Sunday called Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights.
The show see’s Mark take some of his friends to LA for what has been reported as a ‘holiday for a lifetime’. Even though it has been seen as a lad’s holiday, Wright has said that it’ not just about partying [he wants to] explore LA, discover what it has to offer. He continued to say that he has ‘a few cheeky surprises up my sleeve’ well he wouldn’t be Mark Wright if he didn’t.
In the first show, we saw the boys land in LA but then get lost looking for accommodation.

But Mark is a very busy man at the moment as he has also has recently made a full range of T-shirts which are available on his website. There are 9 different sizes you can buy, including children’s sizes, as well as 19 different designs. Every one has either a topless picture of himself on it or words saying ‘I love Mark Wright’.


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Relationships often provide a basis for songs, let’s see who’s inspired who…

Song Writing

When writing a song an often topic of conversation is love and relationships and many artists get inspiration from past relationships and partners.

One recent one is X-Factors Rebecca Ferguson, who has admitted her debut album has been inspired by her break up with Zayn who is of course a member from fellow X Factor Band 1 Direction.

Katy Perry’s ‘Circle in the Drain’, which is on her Teenage Dream album, is reportedly about Ex Gym Class Heroes member, Travis McCoy, who was with until 2009. And of Course another track which is on the re-release of the Teenage Dream album, ‘Part of Me’, could be inspired by the recent spilt from comedian Russell Brand.

Another couple who have inspired each other are Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Justin apparently based his song ‘Cry me a River’ on the pop princess and even featured a blonde look alike in his music video!

Talking of music video’s Carey Hart appeared in Pink’s Video for ‘So What?’, as the song was based on him, however after which they got back together and had a baby together.

And Finally John Mayer is a bit of a hypocrite as he complained when his ex, Taylor Swift, wrote a song about him called ‘Dear’ John’, but  his latest song ‘Shadow Days’ has been said it is about  actress Jennifer Ansiton who he has had an off and on relationship with.



Mel Mix Up!

Last week it was reported that Geri Halliwell wasn’t too happy with fellow member Mel B, as she was worried Mel would get the permanent judging spot to take over from Kelly Rolland, but now it seems Mel B isn’t very happy as she was mistaken for Sporty Spice Mel C!

At the Manchester auditions this week a member of the production team asked the crowds to “Please welcome Mel C!”
An onlooker has said that “It was a bit awkward, everyone looked around for Mel C. The poor guy realised he’d made a mistake but Mel didn’t look too pleased.”

However this hasn’t stopped Mel having a good time on the show and with the other judges as Tulisa has taken to Twitter to show how much of a laugh they have been having. One Tweet said “Having such a great day in manchester with @officialmelb @GBarlowOfficial and Louis! Sum thing must be in the water, we can’t stop laughing!”



Stewart get Sweary!

Kristen Stewart has been a bit feisty in a recent interview when talking about how she looks in photos and she even said a few naughty words! She explained the situation by saying that she has “been criticised a lot for not looking perfect in every photograph.”  She then expressed how she feels about it, by adding in some swear words and saying “That thought embarrasses me so much that I look like s**t in half my photos, and I don’t give a f**k.”

What matters more to Kristen is that people thinks she is honest and cool, and she doesn’t want to be seen as fake as she has said “If I took perfect pictures all the time, the people standing in the room with me, or on the carpet, would think, ‘What an actress! What a faker!'”

However she didn’t look fake at all at the recent MTV Movie Awards where she accepted an award for Best Kiss, which she won with Boyfriend Robert Pattinson, for the fourth time. Sadly this time she had to go and accept it by herself and Rob was in Toronto getting ready for his latest film ‘Cosmopolis’ première. Normally the pair have a bit of fun when giving their acceptance speech and Kristen didn’t let us down as she first asked co Star Taylour Launter and Chris Hemsworth for help, before wrapping arms around herself and telling the audience she ‘does pretty well by myself’.

Kristen then joined her Twlight co-stars on the stage again when Breaking Dawn Part 1, won The Movie of The Year award.


Keith Lemon’s Film

Keith Lemon is starring in his own film, simply called ‘Keith Lemon: The Film’. It will hit out cinema screens on 24th August but if you can’t wait until then, there is a 30 second advert on the internet. This advert also helps promote ‘Moments Worth Paying For’ campaign which Lionsgate’s managing Director has said they are ‘delighted to support’. She has also gone onto compliment the film saying it ‘has outrageously hilarious antics which we’re sure audiences will agree are worth paying for. And it’s through their support that we’re able to continue making the great films and TV shows they love.”

The official trailer for the film is currently being shown in the cinema and has cameo appearances from Kelly Brook, as well as good friends and Celebrity Juice pals Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton.



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Want to know who will be performing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert?…

It is of course the Queens the Diamond Jubilee this weekend and on Monday there is going be to a special concert which has been organised by Take That’s lead singer, Gary Barlow. Acts confirmed to perform are Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Sir Paul McCartney, Jessie J, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran.

But it has also been said that Gary may be doing a duet with Cheryl Cole. An insider has said that ‘no one is supposed to know that Cheryl will be performing so exactly what she is doing and singing is top secret. [but] she is excited and loves working with the royal family, so she can’t wait to perform’.

After every one has performed the Queen will conclude the concert by lighting the National Beacon, the last in a network of over 4,000 lamps across the UK to celebrate the Jubilee.
The Diamond Jubilee Concert will be on BBC1 from 7.30 to 10.45pm.



Single or relationship?
Rihanna has spoken out this week about how she wants to be in a serious relationship within five years however she has said “how far [she] go[es] with [her] career is God’s plan. [she’s] just following through [her] destiny.”

On the other hand fellow singer Alisha Dixon doesn’t think she needs a man and has said how happy she is being single because she can have a “spontaneous lifestyle. And [a] lie-in,”. She is always “the butt of the single jokes” on Britain’s Got Talent, mainly by co star and head judge Simon Cowell. However when her friends call her weird for this, her advice to them is  ‘You don’t need a man, you need a hobby. You’re just bored. Go and get a box set. Get over it’.”


Avengers in Space
It seem that producers of the very popular recent film The Avengers does not want anyone to miss out on seeing the super hero movie, even if they are not on this planet.

This includes the astronauts who are on board the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth. There will be a special screening of the Marvel film thanks to the relationship Marvel Studios has with parent company Disney and NASA. This also means that Disney often uses Plum Brook Station which is in Ohio, to film scenes for its movies.

Marvel Studios co-president gave “A special thanks goes to NASA for utilising their incredible technology to make this special screening miles above us in space happen. [and said] It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious.”


Spice Fight
Things have got a bit spicy this week between Geri Halliwell and Mel B. This is because of their guest judge roles on the X Factor.  A number of artists are stepping in to replace Kelly Roland such as Leona Lewis, Rita Ora and Nicole Scherzinger
However it was tipped for Geri to become a permanent replacement for Kelly, after she judges at the Liverpool auditions but it seems like she didn’t make a good enough impression because of lack of chemistry with the other judges, who are of course Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Louis Walsh.

Therefore producers are still looking for someone to take Kelly’s place and someone who is a possibility is fellow spice girl Mel B, who will be a gust judge in Manchester. A source has said that “Geri feels it is disloyal of Mel B. But Mel has always done what is best for Mel, and that’s why her relationship with the rest of the band is so frosty.”

However it has also been said that it is unlikely Mel B will join The X Factor due to her role on the Australian version of the show.
So Geri has nothing to worry about.


Sheeran becoming Swift in the US
Ed Sheeran is very popular in the UK at the moment and he has been getting involved with the US as well after writing songs for One Directions album entitled Up All Night and it seems like he is going to be working with the US a bit more has it has been rumoured he is going to do a collaboration with Country singer Taylor Swift. A source has said that Taylor is “into her British music and became a massive fan of Ed before asking to work with him recently. There is a mutual affection between the pair.” “It’s still to be officially decided how the material will be released but just a single credit on her album will be worth big money.”

Ed has been in a studio in LA with Taylor over the past few weeks so keep a look out to see what they come up with.



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Who would be the ultimate super girl group and who is going to the the Super Star?!

Change in Superstar!
Last week it was reported that ex Pussy Cat Doll, Nicole Sherzinger was going to play the role of Mary Magdalene in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar. However this week it has been said that this is ‘not accurate’ and that ex Spice Girl, Sporty Spice aka Mel C will take the role.

The production, which is based very loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life, will take place at the London 02 arena and also see Chris Moyles play King Herod.

The lead part of Jesus is of course, as I mentioned last week, will be found during a TV programme called Superstar with judges of Mel C, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jason Donavan and Dawn French. Amanda Holden also hosts the show and that will be coming to our TV screens very soon.


Super Group!
If you could create a girl band out of any female artists who would your line up be?

It’s a tough question and you may not have thought about it before but one member of the Saturdays, Rochelle, has done.

She reveals who she would have in her dream band by saying “I’d definitely put Beyoncé in there. Erm… Oh – and Shakira. Rihanna has to be in it. I really like Rita Ora at the minute so I’d stick her in too.”

And when she was asked if she would also like to be a member in the group she added: “Yeah I’d go in, maybe just for a little bit as something on the side!”


Meat Dress
It is well known that Lady Gaga has a wild sense of fashion and how could the meat dress she wore at the 2010 MTV VMA’s be forgotten? Well she is currently on a world tour called ‘The Born this way Ball’ and it seems like she has had a replica made for her show.  It isn’t real meat however it does look quite effective. She wears it while performing her song ‘Americano’ during her recent concert with carcasses of meat hang around her on the stage.

She has also been a bit poorly during the tour as the routines and energy required for the shows are demanding but she is soldering on!

The born this way Ball will come to the UK on the 8th of September.



Diana Vickers
Semi finalists of 2008’s X Factor Diana Vickers has tweeted about her excitement of supporting fellow X factor contestant and local star Olly Murrs on his tour. She tweeted “This summer I’m going to be the main support for @ollyofficial on his summer shows. Big thanks to Olly for having me. So looking forward to it,”

She will start of at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on July 15, before moving on to Edinburgh Castle on July 2. Follwoing on from there on the 29th July she will be in Kent and then have her last show in Middlesex on August the 17th.

Vickers last album was out in 2010 and called ‘Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree’ and she is currently working hard on her second album called ‘Music to Make the Boys Cry’

So do keep a look out for that.





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All the celebs seem to be swapping careers this week!

Nicole Scherzinger, Serna Williams and David Schwimmer all seem to be trying out new things this week, find out what they have been getting up too….


Andrew Lloyd Webber is known for his successful musicals and more recently the TV shows he has judged on to find lead roles for his musicals such as I’d Do Anything, which found a lead for a West End production of Oliver!, and Any Dream Will Do, which discovered an actor to play the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

And the latest play to be looking for the lead star is Superstar, which is searching for the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. But one of the characters already casted is Mary Magdalene, who will be played by ex pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger.  Last year it was rumoured she would be in the film version on the production but now it is clear she will be starring alongside comedian Tim Minchin, who will play Judas, on the stage.

We all know how well Scherzinger can sing and dance so if you’re interested in seeing her acting too then do go along to see this.


Dry Ice
Former Friends actor, David Schwimmer launched his stage directorial debut in London this week. The play he has directed is called Dry Ice and it is a monologue written by a lady called Sabrina Mahfouz, who Schwimmer thinks very highly of as he explained saying “I’ve been a fan of her writing for a long time. She sent me the script for Dry Ice. I really don’t want to take any credit for it – she’s such a gifted performer and her instincts are so good.”
The play took place at Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush front of audience of around 80 people.
And it seems as Schwimmer is feeling comfortable in England at the moment, he is of course Amercian but has said he is planning on maybe buying a propertiy in London as he has said “We don’t have a permanent place here but we’ll be looking to get a flat (apartment). We’re here quite a bit.”



Another Williams in the charts?
Serna Williams is of course known for her tennis playing skills being ranked the world’s number one female tennis player five times between 2002 and 2009, and she has also held 29 Grand Slam titles but it seems she also has another hidden talent which is has rose to the surface this week.  Williams has previewed a track of herself rapping to an untitled song. The lyrics include subject such as tennis and money, and also gives her sister Venus a shout-out. But Apparently this isn’t the only song that has been recorded as she recorded a few in Florida last year, so this may not be the only realises we hear from Williams but if you want to hear a preview of this first one then just look it up on the internet there is numerous websites with it on.


No more Inbetweeners?
James Buckley who plays Jay in the popular comedy, The Inbetweeners, has spoken out this week to deny reports that he said there is plans for a fourth series, which would include a major character death. He has said “I’ve not been spoken to about it at all. I’ve had interviews in the paper just completely made up. There was an interview, where I was quoted saying we were going to do a fourth series and one of the characters was going to die, which wasn’t true.”

And confirm Buckly confirms Jay, Simon, Will and Neil will not reunite as he says  “There are no plans to do any more, unfortunately. I think that will be the last you see of The Inbetweeners.”


Beyonce and Jay-Z
We always here of bands and artists wanting to make it big in Amercia but it seems like alot of American artists and celebs are moving to London, but now superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are reportedly planning on becoming neighbours with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin,  Simon Cowell and Sir Richard Branson in West London.

A source has explained saying “Both Jay-Z and Beyoncé are going to be spending a lot of time in London over the next few months,”   “Jay is over here for his ‘Watch The Throne’ Tour and Beyoncé will be launching her perfume in Europe over the summer.

“They wanted to have somewhere more homely now they are parents.”


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Who won the annual Best British Soap Award?

Soap Awards
One of the best nights in the World of Soap Opera’s took place last Saturday, The British Soap Awards. The event was presented by none other than Phillip Schofield and it took place at London’s TV centre which saw Michelle Keegan (who plays Tina in Corrie) and  Scott Maslen (Who plays Jack in Eastenders) win sexiest female and male for the 4th year in a row!
Some other winners were Danny Miller, from Emmerdale, who got Best Actor for the 2nd time, Best Actress went to Alison King from Coronation Street. Jake Wood and Jo Joiner who play Max and Tanya in Eastenders one best on screen partnership with the live time achievement award going to Pam St Clements who played Pat in Eastenders.

It seems that Eastenders, Corrie and Emmerdale were the top three students this year as eventhough there was nomination for Doctors and Hollyyoaks, none of them won. But the biggest award of the night it the Best British Soap and that went to Eastenders for the tenth time since the Awards started in 1999.


Friends Reunion?
Matt LeBlanc who played Joey Tribbianni says he doesn’t like the idea of a Friend’s reunion as the main characters, Ross, Chandeler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe wouldn’t be in touch after all these years. He explained his point of view of the show saying  “I think that show was all about a finite amount of time in six people’s lives. They were out of college, but they hadn’t settled down with their lives yet.  Once they have moved on from that phase, that family unit has broken down a little bit. I’m sure they’d keep in touch a bit, but it wouldn’t be the same.”

The show ran for ten years, ending in 2004 and apparently each cast member was paid $1 million per episode!
It has been rumoured in the past that there might be a friends movie however once again Matt doesn’t like this idea “I think it’s a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.

“Everyone identifies with those characters in their own way and everyone in their own mind imagines what has become of those characters. I just think it’s best to leave it at that.”



Labrinth Express Yourself!

Labrinth is doing pretty well for himself at the moment, with his debut album, Electronic Earth reaching number 2 in the charts last month, and now his 4th release from the album called Express Yourself will be available from the 3rd of June but he this week he has released some behind-the-scenes footage from the new music video for it.

Labrinith seems to favour this song and music video as he said ‘”I think I’m most excited about this one – it’s going to be cool.’

The clip shows him writing the song lyrics on a blackboard in a number of colourful outfits.
He continued to explain the video by saying that  “[the directors] are going to head over to LA and add a few more scenes. There’s going to be a couple of extra people; a dancer, a model and a few other people.”


One Hit Wonder?

Kylie Minogue’s first ever single was of course the locomotion, which came out in 1987 and over two decades later she is now  celebrating her 25th anniversary in music. However the Australia popstar is surprised about this because as she explains “I never thought I would have a 25-year singing career. When I first started singing I was acting and thought that singing would just be another string to my bow.

“Cut to actually releasing the single – I think it was seen as a kind of one-off, a novelty. I’m sure that in most people’s minds and I think even in my own I was meant to be a one-hit wonder.”

Well she definitely was not a one hit wonder has she manage to get 11 hit albums since joining the music industry after starring in Australian soap ‘Neighbours’ and has sold out areas around the world.


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It’s all about talented hero’s this week!

This week on In The Mix Havering College student Holly Bond came in to talk about the Portal’s exhibition taking place next weekend which sounds very exciting, you your interested in going along then here are more details about the event:

The HND Media Prodcution students of Havering College would like to invite you to the exhibition PORTALS.
Exhibition date: 4th May 2012, 5-7pm
The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT
The title Portal was assigned to the exhibition as it brings together five distinct perspectives on this great metropolis.
We will be showcasing the best photographs that the students have taken throughout our time at Havering College and also in our own time.
Guest speaker Robert Noseda will be making a speech about the photography exhibition and the students who put on the event.
Complimentary drinks will be available on arrival at The Queens Theatre.

And of course here is the weeks celebrity gossip…..

Eastenders Music Festival

A few weeks ago I mentioned that TV soap Coronation Street was being turned into a musical and over the past couple of weeks I have mentioned some music festival which will take place over the summer, now I have a bit of news that combines both.

There has been talks about having a music festival on the grounds of Albert Sqaure, where Eastenders is set.

Shane Richie who plays Aflie Moon in the programme said he would like to host the event and has already had a few ideas for it including the name and performing artists, he said “We’d call it The Queen V Festival. We’d like to try to do it after the Olympics.

“I’ve asked Coldplay and Adele – they haven’t said yes, but they haven’t said no either.”
“At least I know Adele’s an EastEnders fan because she has episodes shipped to her wherever she is in the world!”


The Avengers
This week one of the biggest films in history came to cinema screens and that was of course The Avengers. Many fans have been waiting for years for this film to come out and it can now be available to see in either 2D or 3D.
It sees Nick Fury played once again by Samuel L Jackson, bring together a team of super heros, which are Captain Amercia – Chris Evans, Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. Thor- Chris Hemsworth, The Hulk – Mark Ruffalo , taking over from Edward Norton ,Black Widow- Scarlett Johansson, Hawkeye- Jeremy Renner
fight against the evil Loki-Tom Hiddleston who is declaring battle on Earth.
The Avengers has recorded the third-biggest opening of all time behind Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and first-placed Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith with a ranking of £2.5m in its opening day at the UK box office.

However it could have been a very different story as Stan Lee who is the producer of the Marvel comics which the films are based on, was once too embarrassed to admit he writes comics for a living. He explained saying “In the beginning, comics were the lowest rung on the cultural totem pole. I’d go to a party and people would say ‘What do you do?’ ‘Um, uh, I’m a writer’ and I’d try to walk away. And the guy would follow. ‘What do you write?’ ‘Oh, er, stories for kids’. Well finally he’d pin me down and I’d say, ‘Okay, I write comic books’ – and boy, he couldn’t get away fast enough,”

But things have changed dramatically since then as Lee continues “Now, though, I walk into a party and someone sees me and they say, ‘Sorry, excuse me a minute, President Obama, I have to go over and say hello to Stan Lee’. Well, OK – slight exaggeration on my part.”

Stan Lee has a comeo appearance in all of the Avenger members movies and of course has one in the Avenger film itself.


Britain’s got Talent contestants…Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
The quiz show, hosted by Chris Tarrent, Who Want to be a Millionaire is going to team up with its fellow ITV show, Britain’s Got Talent for a special edition of the show.
Contestants will include singer Paul Potts, dancers Twise and Pulse and entertainers Stavros Flatley.
Twist from the duo Twist and pulse have high hopes to do very well has he says “We’re well practiced as a team and we’ve been writing questions for each other in preparation. We’ve very high hopes of hitting the million!”

The father in Stavros Flatley Demetrios said: “We’re very lucky to be in the position to take part in the show and help a great cause, I just need to become more decisive as I’m terrible at making decisions. Lagi will no doubt keep me in check.”

This Who Want to Be a Millionaire: Britain’s Got Talent Special will air on Sunday, May 6 on ITV1.


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Who is returning to their roots??

DJ Fresh
DJ Fresh is doing pretty well in the charts at the moment with a number one last year with ‘Louder’ and his most recent song ‘Hot Right Now’ has topped the UK singles chart twice and now I’m sure he will be hoping his upcoming single featuring Dizzee Rascal called ‘The Power’ will be just as successful.
The song will be realised in June however the music video, which was shot in Miami, has been unveiled and can be watched on numerous websites.

As well as all this, DJ Fresh will be taking to the road with a 9 date tour in May  starting in Leeds University Stylus on May 7th and finishing at The Arches in Glasgow on May 19th.

And then following his tour, in the summer he will release a new album which has been said to feature collaborations with Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks and a few more.



MTV Festival
The MTV festival has announced a few artists which will be playing there this year.

In the past it has seen performances from Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, LMFAO and The Black Eyed peas.
This year it will see one quarter of the BEP’s, front man Will.I.Am headline the event, which is in it’s 6th year, and will take place in Malta on the 26th of June.

Joining Will.I.Am will be Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado who has spoke about her excitement saying “I’m so excited to go to Malta and perform for MTV. It’s my summer of The Spirit Indestructible – it’s gonna be serious,”.

To keep an eye on the line up and for any more details about tickets or anything then go onto the website


Deal Or No Deal?

For you major Olly Murrs fans you may already know that before the X-Factor he appeared on the popular TV show, Deal or No deal.
The show is hosted by Noel Edmonds and it see’s a contestant pick boxes at random trying to win the maximum of £250,000. As boxes are eliminated the banker, offers to buy the player’s box but the amount is dependent on the remaining box values.
Olly will be returning back to the programme in a celebrity version of the show. Last time he was on he only managed to win a small £10 so hopefully this time he will win a bit more than that for charity.

Olly is the first person to play Deal or no Deal twice and his 2nd game will be shown on Sunday, April 22 at 6.25pm.


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Who’s the richest Celeb in music?

Big Brother

Cheryl Fegisons character in Coronation Street, has become very popular through TV, including on Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Cheryl did of course play Heather, who was sadly killed off last month. However this may not be the last we see of Cheryl on our screens.

It has been reported than bosses for the reality TV program Big Brother want her to be in the next series of the celebrity version of the show this summer. She has been offered one of the highest ever fee’s to appear, being £175,000

A source has described Cheryl by saying “Her character of downtrodden Heather is so different from the actual actress. Cheryl is hilarious. She’s got a really great sense of humour and producers wanted to sign her up the minute she was written out of EastEnders.”



In God We Trust

Lead singer of Fightstar Charlie Simpson will be starring in his first movie role in a film called In God We Trust.He plays a covert operations interrogator, and if you don’t want to read a spoiler then stop reading now!
Charlie’s character does get shot. At the moment it is currently unknown as to whether the role will be a main character or just a cameo however it is known that His fightstar band bands Alex Westaway and Dan Haigh will join him in the film.



The Voice-1 Britain’s got Talent-0

It is not often that one of the most powerful men in music and TV, Simon Cowell admits defeat, but after three weeks of his recent show Britain’s Got Talent losing out on the ratings battle to new talent show The Voice, he would be silly not to.

He has shown his defeat by changing the time of Britain’s got Talent to 8.30pm until 9.45pm so that is doesn’t clash with The Voice which starts at 7pm and end at 8.30pm.

Last weekend saw 10 million viewers tune into see Jessie J,, Sir Tom Jones  and The Script’s lead singer Dannyon The Voice whereas only 6.5m watched Simon, Amanda Holden, David Williams and Alisha Dixon on Britain’s Got Talent.

Simon has bravely taken to twitter to congratulate his rival show saying”A slightly irritated congrats to Danny and the BBC. But you didn’t have a dancing dog!” (referring to Pudsey the dog).

“I thought our team made a fantastic show last night and congrats to them as well. Loving the show this year.”



Sunday Time Rich List

Two very popular artists have made their debut onto The Sunday Times Rich List this week. Boyband JLS and local star Jessie J have both entered the list in joint 14th place all worth £5million.

It may not be a surprise to know that Adele is number one on  the Young Music Millionaires Top 20, as she is worth worth £20 million, which is an increase of £14 million from last year!
Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis and Katie Melua ranked in equal second place, each worth £12 million.

Check out the full list below.


1    Adele    £20m
2=    Cheryl Cole (Girls Aloud)    £12m
2=    Leona Lewis    £12m
2=    Katie Melua    £12m
5    Joss Stone    £10m
6=    Charlotte Church    £8m
6=    Craig David    £8m
6=    Paolo Nutini    £8m
9    Florence Welch    £7m
10=    Lily Allen    £6m
10=    Natasha Bedingfield    £6m
10=    Duffy    £6m
10=    James Morrison    £6m
14=    Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud)    £5m
14=    Taio Cruz    £5m
14=    Jonathan (JB) Gill (JLS)    £5m
14=    Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud)    £5m
14=    Marvin Humes (JLS)    £5m
14=    Jessie J    £5m
14=    Aston Merrygold (JLS)    £5m
14=    Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud)    £5m
14=    Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud)    £5m
14=    Oritsé Williams (JLS)    £5m



Stewart’s party

Kristen Stewart seems to have the perfect life, starring in one of the most popular franchises, Twilight as well as other films and of course dating Co-star Rob Pattinson who surprised her this week with a birthday party.

Her 22nd birthday party took place at LA hangout Harvard & Stone and R-pattz put in a lot of effort to make the event special as a source explained saying  “This wasn’t an impulsive visit at all. Rob planned the whole thing a few weeks ago. He talked to the owners and managers about it and wanted to make sure everyone could get in and out without too much trouble.”

However there was one thing missing and that was a birthday cake. Rob didn’t want one as Apparently he wanted it be to super cool and laid back.


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Dreamhead Interview

Local band Dreamhead came into the studio for a chat and played three songs, this can be listen to here….




Also managed to squeeze in a bit of celebrity gossip…

Corrie Musical!

There are many films which feature a number of songs in them which have been turned into a stage production such as the popular Lion King and Grease, but even know films which don’t necessary have the characters singing the songs such as Shrek have been turned into a musical. But even more adventurous is the fact the soap Coronation Street is now having a makeover and taking to the stage!
The production will be called Street of Dreams and will feature stars such as Paul o Grady, Julie Goodyear, Kym Marsh, Kevin Kennedy and Bill Roache.

A singer who will make a guest appearance is X Factor winner Joe McElderry. He will join the cast to sing the the musical’s finale number ‘Ghost – Take My Hand’ when they perform ay Newcastle on the 29th and 20th of May. Joe has expressed his excitement by saying “I’m such a huge fan of Coronation Street – it’s been a huge part of my life since I was a child, so to be a part of this amazing musical homage is really exciting.
“I can’t wait to be stood on stage in my home town alongside the cast of Corrie singing this beautiful finale number. It’s an honour.”

So if you a fan of Corrie then put these dates in your diary, the show will premier in Manchester on May the 9th. On the 18th and 19th May it will be at The O2  in Dublin, then it goes to Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on May 21st and 22nd.

Kevin Kennedy who will reprise his role as Curly Watts has said “I can guarantee this is a very big spectacular show, this is not something that’s just been thrown together.


Song Writing
this week Mcfly member Tom Fletcher has revealed he is currently writing songs for,  Xfactor band One direction.
The boys have done really well in the US since they have been there as their album Up All Night, got to number one last week and a song called ‘I Want’ features on the album. Tom has had an input into that song already, and he is looking forward to being more involved as he explained saying
“I can’t wait to write more tunes for One Direction as I’m really proud of their success in Amer­ica,”
“I haven’t been given a brief as to what kind of song they want from me; we’re just waiting to see what I come up with.”

It’s likely  whatever he does come up with will be good for the boys as they will understand the experiences behind the songs has Tom had commented on saying “Some songwriters have never been in a band, but the One Direction guys can relate to me, as I’ve been through the same kind of experiences as they have.

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Which band is reforming for the Diamond Jubilee?

There are some big events happening this summer, not only are the usual festivals on but it’s also The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and of course the Olympics, but a big event happening in the world of music is the reuniting of popular 90’s band S Club 7!
Hannah, Jo, Rachel, Tina, Jon Bradley and Paul formed in 1997 and then spilt in 2003. When they were together before they managed to get four UK number one singles, a number one album and over 17 million record sales worldwide, they also starred in their own TV programme and towards the end of their time together had their own film called Seeing double.

Even though in the past the band have always turned down the offer of being a band again, after the success of Steps recently getting back together S club 7 has decided to join them as an insider explains “The guys have been inundated with approaches and offers over the past three years, but always said no,”

“But following a series of talks and meetings, they decided to go for it. What with the Olympics coming up and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, there’s a real British feel-good factor at the moment.”
“The band figured it was a case of now or never. And if the gigs go well there is the option to release a new album, plus a Greatest Hits.

“Everyone is really excited – and frantically getting back in shape”.


X Factor
The next series of X Factor hasn’t even started yet, but there has been lots of talk about it already! Talk of who will be on the judging panel has been circulating this week with producer and head judge Simon Cowell being asked about his friendship with ex judge Cheryl Cole.
We all know that he booted her off the panel for the American version of the show but since then Cole sent Simon a birthday message this year of a aeroplane pulling along a banner which said ‘Simon Cowell is 52 today. Ha ha ha. Love Cheryl’.

Talking about the friendship Simon has said ” we text occasionally. “I mean she’s not on the phone every night anymore, but she broke the ice when she sent me that funny birthday message. I thought it was hilarious. I loved her for it.”

However even though she has been asked by simon to return to the show a soruce has explained that  “shetold him in no uncertain terms there wasn’t enough money in the world. She’s still very hurt over the way she was treated by Simon in LA.”

There has been rumours that Another person which has been speculated to not return to the show is past judge Kelly Rowland. However these rumours have also been denied by producers but Gary, Louis and even Tulisa are confirmed to return to their seats. Simon has said despite of the tapes of Tulisa recently being leaked, he still wants her back.



Men in Black 3

The week artist of the theme tune has been announced.

It is called ‘Back in Time’ and will be sung by none other than Pitbull. He has written the song specifically for the film and will be released as a download in the UK on the 6th of May. The film itself, Men in Black 3, will be in cinemas from 25th May.
Pitbull has talked about his involvement with the film by saying “It’s an incredible honour to be a part of such an amazing franchise as Men in Black and I have so much respect for Will Smith, especially with our similar musical backgrounds,”.

“Wanting to keep the music fun yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that ‘in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time’.”

Men in Black 3 will be in cinemas from May 25th.



Song Writing

It is often that artists write song for other artists or pitch already written songs for other to use, and this may be good news for Usher, as Oritsé Williams, 1 quarter of JLS has written a song especially for him as he explained saying “I write songs and try song writing for other people as much as possible.
“I keep writing and writing. I pitched a song for Usher the other day and haven’t heard anything back yet, but I wrote a song for Jedward – their last single ‘Wow Oh Wow’.”

He continued: “It wasn’t widely known. I didn’t initially write the song for them, but when they were looking for songs, I thought it would be perfect.

“Louis Walsh called me up and said, ‘I heard you wrote this song. Can I use it for Jedward?’ and I said, ‘Why not? Go for it’.”

He also mentioned that he would “love to write with Ne-yo, or Bruno Mars and also Gary Barlow.”


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Labrinth is causing an Earthquake!


Labrinth’s latest single Earthquake has been very successful in the music charts getting the highest position of number 2, but he seems he might have his sites set on number one has he has released a remix of the song.
The original features Tine Tempah, but in this new version joining them on the track is Wretch 31, Kano and Busta Rhymes.
Each rapper is introduced into the song by a computer-generated voice, after which they each take a verse of the song.

This remixed version of the already popular Earthquake will be on the deluxe version of Labrinth’s debut album Electronic Earth, which is will be available on 2nd of April.
But if you can’t wait til then you can listen to it on Youtube.

And also if you to hear my interview I had with Labrinth last year then click the link below….


Diamond Jubilee Concert

Take That member Gary Barlow is currently organising a big event that will be happening in England in June and that is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. It with take place on the 4th, and so far seems to have a pretty big star studied line up. Already confirmed  are Elton John, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J.
It has been reported this week that Prince Harry has some quite specific reasons for requesting some artists to perform at the concert including Katy Perry, as a source explained saying  “Harry has a double reason for targeting Katy. First he thinks she is a rocking artist with great songs. But secondly she is single and very sexy.

“He sees this as an opportunity to get close to Katy. And he is confident his charm will win her over. And although Katy may have ended it with Russell, she still has a soft spot for wild boys.”

Other request from across the borders include Kayne West and P Diddy. Barlow talked about the travelling he will have to do to get hold of these names saying “I’ve got to go to America because some of the requests I have are from the princes, so there are acts I’ve got to follow up on.

“I try to meet all the artists because then they feel more engaged, they’re more in tune with what’s going on.”


Amanda Bynes

Actress’ Amanda Bynes, who has been in films such as She’s the Man and Hairspray has been a bit of a naughty girl this week.

She was caught by the police talking on the phone while driving in Los Angeles  and when the officer went to write her a ticket after taking down her details she left the location before he came back!

Apparently she will might face potential action for prematurely leaving the scene however she was not pursued at the time as she she wasn’t deemed a threat to society.



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This week is all about Summer, Smells and Stars!

V Festival 2012
Last week the confirmed acts playing at the Wireless festival this summer were announced and now this week the line up for the V Festival have been revealed.
The festival takes place over the weekend of  18th-19th August in Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park in Staffordshire.

Lots of my favourite artists are performing this year including Labrinth, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Example,Rizzle Kick and Dappy and of course it wouldn’t be V without a few home grown singers, in the forms of Pixie Lott and Olly Murs.

There are also some top bands playing such as The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Killers, Keane and Snow Patrol.

And it doesn’t stop there, there is a US female flying over to the UK, Nicki Minaj along with as the BRIT awards winners Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran joining the line up as well as Sir Tom Jones DJ Fresh and David Guetta.

So there is something for everyone and tickets are on sale available from where you can find much more information about the event as well.


Amy’s perfume
Ex- TOWIE star Amy Child’s has achieved a lot since being on the show including opening her own salon, writing her own magazine column and launching her own range of fake eyelashes, but it seems a new fragrance is next on the list.
This week in her magazine column she wrote “I’ve got some news for you all – I’m bringing out my own perfume! I’m so excited. It’s some thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time as I love perfume and all things girly,”. “Now it’s finally happening.

“We are aiming to have it out by August, but it’s all in the early stages. It hasn’t even got a name yet, so any suggestions are welcome!”

There has also been reports that she will be making a UK version of Paris Hilton’s The simple life, with her TOWIE co-star and Cousin Harry Derbidge. However Amy has denied these rumours saying

“Last week, Paris Hilton sent me a message on Twitter saying she really likes me. She said she’d read that I was making a TV show like The Simple Life and she wanted to wish me luck, and can’t wait to meet me when she comes to London!

“I replied to say I loved her show and would really like to meet her, too. But the story about Harry and I making a UK version of The Simple Life isn’t strictly true. But we are working on various projects together and there is talk of doing some kind of show.”

Most actors often get recognized and called by their characters name if they play them regularly in films or mainly in TV programs and one actress who has admitted this is Sarah Michelle Gellar. She played Buffy in the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer which started in 1996 and finished in 2003. However now it may seem as she misses it as Sarah explained saying “Back then, if you’d called me Buffy I would probably have been really annoyed. Now, of course, I get it and I’m appreciative of it.
“But that’s something that comes with maturity, which most people don’t have when they’re 24 years old.”

She also explained how she didn’t want Buffy to be seen in a bad light which affected her personal life, shes said  “I just didn’t want to be seen with a drink in my hand,” . “People looked up to Buffy, and she was a character that girls respected.”


Men in Black
There has been two Men in Black films, the first one was out in 1997 and the second one following in 2002 both of course starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the main characters but now Will Smith has given some details about the new Men in Black film. He will reprise his role as Agent J and travell back in time to the 60’s to save his partner Agent K, played as a younger man by Josh Brolin.

Will Smith has also revealed have there are several guest spots planned for the upcoming sequel including possibly Lady Gaga, Will has said  “We have a couple of celebrity cameos, but I think I can not reveal who they are,” he is quoted as saying. “We must keep as a surprise that Lady GaGa appears.”

Ex Pussy Cat Doll turned judge, Nicola Scherzinger will also be in the film playing the villain.



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Song Inspiration, Music Videos and Performing…

Duff Beer
Popular US family The Simpsons will be showing their 500th episode in the UK later this year and to celebrate they are also bringing Homers favourite drink, Duff Beer to the UK.
It has already been enjoyed all over Europe and will soon be available to in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Legendary Duff Beer company who produce the beer have kept it’s famous slogan from the cartoon, “Can’t get enough of that wonderful Duff” and they have described the drink as “A premium German pilsner that poses a crisp, light refreshing taste along with iconic packaging.

“The product has certainly fulfilled its namesake in becoming a modern day legend, developing a cult following across the world.”


Inspiring Dreams
Whenever bands come in for interviews one of the questions I always ask is where to they get inspiration from when writing songs. Well this week one very well known song writer Willi.I.Am from the Black eyed peas has revealed that he gets ideas from his dreams as he has explained saying “I’ve written songs right from a sleep. Have you ever had a dream where there’s a melody in your dream? I’ll wake up out of my sleep and record that!”
He used the example of his bands popular song “‘I Gotta Feeling’ as he said it ‘was one of those songs. From a random mumble, listening to conversations in the back and making sense of melodies.”

The Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’ was also created by Sir Paul McCartney while he was sleeping.
Oh My Goodness!
Essex singer Olly Murs has recently released his third album called In Case You Didn’t Know and this week the music video to go along with his latest single ‘Oh My Goodness’ is available to watch on youtube and there is also a behind the scenes video too.
The plot of the video is that Olly locks eyes with a pretty girl that he likes the look of while going up an escalator so he decides to run all over Westfield, which is the shopping centre in Stratford, to try and find her to give her his number.
But it was a bit of a work out for him as he explained saying “At the time when I saw the script I thought it was a really good concept – me running after a girl and there will be some really cool shots and slo-mo’s,”

“But actually, being here, it’s really tough. My feet are killing me, I think I’ve pulled a few muscles and I’m sweating!”

‘Oh My Goodness’ will be officially released on April 1st.


Summer is coming up which of course means it’s festival time and this week the act confirmed to perform at the Wireless Festival have been reavled.
The festival takes place over the weekend of the 6th to 8th July in London’s Hyde Park.
The headliners are Drake which special guest Nicki Minaj who are playing on the Saturday and on the Sunday will be Rihanna along with Calvin Harris as the spical guest.

Other acts joining Drake on the Saturday are  Example, Wiz Khalifa, Professor Green and Tulisa.
And on the Sunday also taking to the stage are Jessie J,  Lloyd, Labrinth and Pitbull.
Tickets for either days or both as well as VIP tickets can be bought from now on the website


One Direction
The Spice Girls were of course a big part of Britain when they were together and they even managed to crack America with their debut single ‘Wannabe’ in 1997 when it was number 11 on the Hot 100.
However a recent english boyband have also managed to get into the Hot 100 and has reached number 28 making them the highest from a UK pop group in the last 15 years.

That boyband is of course X Factor’s One direction. They have lots of screaming girl fans here in the UK and by the result of their debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ entering the charts seems like they may have some American fans too.

One Direction sold 132,000 downloads of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ over the past week and landed at number 12 on the Digital Songs chart.

They are also releasing their debut album ‘Up All Night’ in the US on March 13.

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Stacey Solomon Pregnant!
May is going to be an exciting time for Essex girl Stacey Solomon as she is expecting her second child, a younger brother or sister for her current son Zac who is so excited that as Stacey has said “He checks my bump every day to make sure it’s still there!”.
Though she does know the sex of the baby she isn’t giving anything away has when she was asked she said “I’m not telling! My Mum says I’ll jinx it if I do, and knowing me I’ll tell everyone and then it’ll come out the opposite!”

She has revealed her pregnancy cravings at the moment are pickles and she has compared her body to ex spice girl, Posh, by saying “Victoria Beckham seems to walk out of the hospital two days after giving birth as skinny as ever! Everyone knew I was pregnant at three months, I’m so big now, but I know it’s going to take ages to get my body back,”

As well as a baby on the way she also has her first album on the way very soon too! She has described it by saying “It’s just a lovely chilled-back acoustic live loungey sort of album,”
“Exactly the sort of music I want to be doing. We’ve delayed the release of the first single though because I can’t be prancing around and recording videos and things whilst I’ve still got my bump!”

Rihanna and Chris Brown
It is well known that singers Rihanna and Chris Brown were an item until 2009 when they spilt because of Brown assaulting Rihanna. As a result he received five years’ probation and six months of community service. However this week it has been said the pair have collaborated together to make a new version of the song ‘Birthday Cake’ which features on Rihanna’s album Talk That Talk.
Rumours say that Brown may also appear in the music video for the song, but it has not been clarified to whether Brown’s singing and rhymes will be used on the final edit.

Talking about ‘Birthday Cake’ producers have said “It’s gonna be crazy. And the feature on there is gonna shock the world.”


A1 Writing for Cole
90’s boyband A1 have been busy recently writing a song they hope to feature on Cheryl Coles next album. Talking about the situation member Ben Adams has said
“We are in a writing session today, so a publisher will give us a briefing for a type of song they are looking for. Right now we are working on one we are hoping to pitch for Cheryl Cole.

“It’s very different. Sometimes we get sent requests, [but] it’s always better to get the artist in the studio and write what they want and write with them.”

Co member Mark Read added: “We are just pitching the track [for Cole], we are writing for her. Her team are looking for songs to put on her next album.”


The Vow
Of course this week cupid was in his spotlight as it was Valentine’s day. And a new Romanic film also came out called The Vow which stars Channing Tatum and Rachel Mcadams as the main characters.
The plot follows a man called Leo who tries to win back the love of his wife Paige after an accident erases her memory.

Tatum has explained that many people would be able to relate to this film by saying “You don’t just need some horrible accident to not really know someone in a relationship, you can kind of grow apart and they can not recognise them and to see somebody try so hard to get back to that is cool.”

And he is also happy this story is told ” through the guy’s perspective,”

Adams on the other hand has said that she was a bit wary of the on screen relationship with Tatum saying “I was worried we might not [have onscreen chemistry], because we were more like brother and sister, like buds,”

“[But] Channing is very outgoing, very kind and a lot of fun to work with.”

The Vow is in cinema’s now.


Whitney’s Funeral
Sadly last Saturday it was announced that of the world’s best-selling artists Whitney Houston has passed away after being found in her bathroom in Los Angeles.
Her funeral is taking place today and some of the guests expected to attend are Alicia Keys, Bobby Brown, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Elton John.

In 1992 Houston covered Valerie Simpson’s song I’m Every Woman and Simpson will also be attending. Talking about Houston she has said “Her personal trials and tribulations have nothing to do with her artistry,” “Her record is her music. That incredible voice.”

“It had everything – it was elastic, it had meaning, it had range, it had soul, it had pop sensibility and an ability to interpret a lyric in a way that made you feel it.”
After being asked by Houston’s family, Aretha Franklin, will sing during the service which is taking place at the New Hope Baptisit church in New Jersey.

Anyone without an invitation will not be allowed near the building however it will be streamed via the internet at 5pm this evening.

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In The Mix in the New Studios!

This week was very busy for Phoenix as we moved to our new studios at the Brentwood Centre!
On In The Mix Essex techno band Modovar came in for a little  chat and performed three songs which can be heard here by following this link
However as always I managed to squeeze in a bit of Celeb gossip which can be read below…
Jessie J
This week Essex singer Jessie J has been talking about her new album which she will start working on in Los Angeles this month.  She hasn’t started writing it yet and is unsure of the details, as she has explained saying “everyone keeps asking what it’s about, but I haven’t written it yet. I’m excited that I don’t know what it sounds like. It’s good pressure.”
She also listed the things which gets her a bit panicky saying “If I take on too much of the expectations from my fans, the world and the media I think I’d start to get a bit worried.”

“I think if I chill and do what I do best, if I write about things I experience from my heart, that I think the world wants to hear, then it’ll work.”


Irish duo Jeward have been pretty busy over the past few months organising weddings and returning to the Big Brother House to lead the Celeb Housemates in some tasks, but recently they have returned to their roots, of what they do best, singing. Well some people may disagree with and hate to hear this, but they have written another song for the Euro Vision song contest in 2012. The boys took part last year and came 8th with 119 points for their song called ‘Lipstick’ beating boy band Blue who was singing for England and came 11th with their song called ‘I Can’.

This year’s song is called ‘What’s Your number’ and they have described it as ‘a really fun song’ They have said “You can listen to it millions of times and always smile! Ahhhhhhh we can’t wait for your to hear it! Whats Your Number is gonna change the world!”

They also added “It’s gonna be the most JEPIC Eurovision song ever! we could get a Grammy!”
Well thats if they get to present Ireland for a 2nd time. They will have to compete against other acts including Maria McCool and Donna McCaul before the contest to see if they are voted to sing for Ireland.

This year’s Eurovision, takes place in Azerbaijan on May 14th.




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Brentwood Careers and Education Fair

The Brentwood Education and Careers Fair takes place at the Brentwood Centre on Wednesday 8th February from 2.30 – 8.00pm, organised by Essex County Council, Havering College, Brentwood Learning Partnership and Brentwood Borough Council.

Local Sixth form students Sian Canpling and Becky Barrett spoke to Ed on the Afternoon Show about why this is an unmissable event, and what information will be on offer to local youngsters at this week’s event.

Sian and Becky previewed the fair, mentioned organisers and contributors and the various career and employment paths that can be followed.
So, for everything to do with Apprenticeships, Work based learning, Universities, Colleges, Local Employers and Careers Advice, if you between the ages of 11 and 19, then head over to the Brentwood Centre on Wednesday 8th February.

And why not have a chat with the group of Media Studies Sixth form students who are recording interviews from everyone involved? You might just hear your voice on Phoenix FM next weekend.

To listen again to Becky and Sian chatting to Ed on the Afternoon Show, click here:


Becky and Sian in the Phoenix FM Studio

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Weddings, Divorces and Babies!

Mirren wants a Reunion
As we now all know actor Russell brand has filed a divorce on singer Katy Perry after they were married for only 14 months.
Many people want them to reunite and one person who is among the people who want a reunion is Dame Helen Mirren.

She became friends with Brand on the set of last years film ‘Arthur’ and has recently talked about her feelings on the situation saying “It’s very hard to keep things going,”
“Maybe they’ll come back together again later on in life!”

And some reports say that Katy herself wants to get back together with her husband and she still wears her wedding ring. An insider has said “Katy wearing a ring is sending out a bit of a message to him,”
They continued “When Russell filed for divorce it was more of a shock to her. It has been such a tough couple of weeks. Now the ball is back in his court.”

Work before Wedding
Actor James Corden has said in the past that he would like footballer David Beckham to be his best man when he gets married to his fiancée, Julia Carey
The couple got enaged on Christmas day back in 2010 and has had a son called Max in March.
When asked about his best man Corden has said  “David Beckham would be awesome and I think I’ll be asking him. The Beckhams are such a great family”.

The wedding was planned to happen some time this year however it could bo later rather than sooner as it has been postponed due to Corden’s work commitments, mainly his role in Westend play called One Man, Two Guvnors. Talking about the sitation he has recently said

“I’m not getting married just yet, I’m too busy working,” “I’m off to New York in a few months. There is just too much going on. I will be taking my family with me which will be amazing but it has meant we’ll have to marry when we get back. We haven’t set a date yet.”


Gaga’s Litte Monster
Lady Gaga and Beyonce did a collaboration in 2010, in the form of the song ‘Telephone’ and they have remained friends ever since.
This week it was said Gaga has given Beyonce’s newly born daughter Blue Ivy a onesie with the phrase ‘Little Monster’ written in pink diamante stones on it.

Little Monsters is what Gaga calls her fans, and it seems like Blue Ivy might be her youngest fan as she was only born on the 8th Janaury. Aswell as the present Gaga also wrote a note requesting Blue Ivy wear the garment to her first Lady GaGa concert.
Talking about the two mega stars a source has said “While they don’t speak often, they are always in touch via email and text. She knew Beyoncé would find the present hilarious.”

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Who’s guna win what?!

On this week’s In The Mix it was all about award ceromonies!

The Brit Nominations
The Brit award nominations were annoucned this week and Essex singer  Jessie J is one of the artists leading the nominations with 3 for Best Female, Best Breakthrough and Best Single for ‘Pricetag’.

Other categories and nominations can be seen below…
Best female
Kate Bush
Laura Marling
Florence and the Machine

Best male James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher
Professor Green
Ed Sheeran
British Breakthrough Act
Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sande
Jessie J
The Real Vaccines
British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Chase and Status
British Single
Adele — Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran — The A Team
Example — Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J — Price Tag
JLS- She Makes me Wanna
Military Wives and Gareth Malone — Wherever You Are
Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks — Heart Skips a Beat
One Direction — What Makes you Beautiful
Pixie Lott — All About Tonight
The Wanted — Glad you Came
British Album
Adele — 21
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran – +
Florence and the Machine — Ceremonials
PJ Harvey — Let England Shake
International  male
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
David Guetta
Ryan Adams
International Female
Lady Gaga
International group
Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay-Z/Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5
International Breakthrough
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Nicki Minaj
Outstanding contribution to music

British Producer
Paul Epworth
Ethan James

Scottish singer Emeli Sande has already been awarded the Critics’ Choice Award.


The 54th annual Grammy awards will air on the 12th feb from 8pm on CBS, taking place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars have six Grammy nominations, including album of the year and they will both perform on the night along with Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson.
Kanye West leads with 7 nominations, but the only way to find out the winners is to watch it on the night!


Also managed to squeese in a bit of gossip about who could be performing at the 2012 London Olmypics!

Spice Girls
Scary spice known as Mel B has reavled some excited news for the girl bands fans. There is a possiblity they may once again reunite to perform at this year’s London 2012 Olympics.
When asked about the possiblity Mel said  “I would never say never. I think it’s possible. I’d love it if we got back together and got to go on tour.”

And band member Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice agrees with Mel saying “Singing at the games is a great idea and would be an amazing opportunity – and it’s a sign the Brits are back. This is our time. Everything is circular and now there’s a British pop revival.”

She added: “It needs to put itself back on the map on a world stage. This is our opportunity to show that British music, which has led and dominated the world, should do, always.”
There is also a Spice Girls musical in the works. It will include many of thier songs and is about  thier successful career. This has got the girls talking a lot more as Mel explained  “We’re doing a musical about the Spice Girls right now, so we’re in contact quite a bit. But I can’t really tell you much about it.

“We’re very supportive of anything each other does. Anything that any of us does – we’re very supportive. That’s that.”

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Want to stay in on these cold winter nights? Lets have a look at what’s on TV then!

Big Brother
12 new celebrity’s entered the famous Big Brother house this week with one house mate having to do a secret task already!
The celebs who will now be living in the house for 3 weeks are former EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy, Michael Madsen who is well known for being in Reservoir Dogs, Dancer Andrew Stone, Playboy twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza, Former rugby player Gareth Thomas, Glamour model Nicola McLean, The Only Way Is Essex star Kirk Norcross, Lingerie model Georgia Salpa, Natasha Giggs – who is most famous for having an affair with her brother-in-law Ryan Giggs, So Solid Crew member Romeo and Loose Women presenter Denise Welch.

Natalie was the first to go into the house meaning she was the one given the task. She had an ear piece in which Big Brother used to communicate with her, telling her to say certain things to certain housemates. If she didn’t do it then the stars might not have got thier suitcases. Do keep up to date with Big Brother long ontoei website


Dancing on Ice
There has been some changes on this year’s Dancing on Ice including two new judges, who will replace former judges, ex spice girl Emma Bunton and Jason Gardiner. The new judges are Louie Spence and Katarina Witt.
Taling about Dancing on Ice, Louie has said: “I’m looking forward to being part of such a challenging and spectacular show and I can’t wait to give my encouragement and critique on the contestants’ dance and performance on the ice.”
Also Christine Bleakley will take Holly Willoughby’s place and stand alongside Phillip Schofield to present the show. The 15 celeb contestants for this year’s Dancing on Ice are Actress Jennifer Ellison, Hollywood actor Corey Feldman, Sugababe Heidi Range, EastEnders actress Laila Morse, who plays Big Mo Slater, Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk, Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter, Fitness guru Rosemary Conley, TV presenter Sam Nixon, TV presenter Mark Rhodes, Skier Chemmy Alcott, Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere, Dallas actress Charlene Tilton, Free runner Sebastien Foucan and Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden.

Even though the show doesn’t start until the 8th of January there has been some problems already. Singer Chesney Hawkes has had an accident while practising for the show, therefore he will be replaced with X Factor star Chico.
Chesney fell on the ice spraining his ankle and fracturing a bone, he explains his disappointment of not being able to take part in the show by saying : “I was having a brilliant time and couldn’t wait to finally be skating live on national TV. It wasn’t even a spectacular fall, it was a slight stumble as I practised with my skating partner.

“I think my children are the most disappointed, they were so excited at the prospect of watching me skate. I’m determined to be back on the ice, I might not be able to appear in this series but hoping I will be able to appear in the show next year.”
Chico is also disappointed for him as he says “I’m delighted that I’m in but very, very disappointed for Chesney. Hopefully I can fill those boots of his, because he was looking fantastic on the ice.”
Chico added: “I haven’t done any (skating) for the last two-and-a-half weeks I’m really a little bit apprehensive, because it’s kind of like, ‘Oh my God, it’s here’. I didn’t think I was going to be in.”


Britain’s Got Talent
Ex Mis-Teeq turned solo singer Alesha Dixon has been a judge on Strictly Come Dancing for the past few series but now she will be hopping channels and become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.
It has been reported she will be paid over double what she was paid when on Strictly, getting  £350,000.
The prize money has also doubled from last year and is £500,00 half of that being from and Simon Cowell who of course runs the talent show.
As well as the money he has pulled out all the stops to make sure he has the right judges and joining Alesha will be comedian David Williams, actress Amanda Holden and Simon himself will return to the panel.
When Alesha talked about the reason she accepted Simon’s offer She said: “Music is my great passion and the reason for the other incredible opportunities that have come my way and I am looking forward to getting back into the studio and focusing on making a new record in 2012.”

Amanda showed she is happy that she will have a fellow female judge when she tweeted “Thrilled I can finally comment! Love the new line up of BGT! I plan to have a lot of fun and finally get an ali in the gorgeous Alesha!”
Also talking about becoming a juge David Williams joked “I am so thrilled to be the new Cheryl Cole.”

Britain’s Got Talent first audition is in London on January 22, with the new series hitting our TV screens in the spring.


Top ten digital downloads
The top ten biggest-selling digital artist of all time have been revealed this week so I also mentioned it on In The Mix, here is the count down…

10 Britney Spears with 28.6m
9  Kanye West with 30.2m
8  Beyonce with 30.2m
7 Lil Wayne with 36.7m
6 Katy Perry with 37.6m
5 Taylor Swift with 41.8m
4 Lady Gaga with 42m
3  Eminiem with 42.2m
2  The Black Eyed Peas with42.4m

And in the number one spot with the most digital sales is…Rihanna selling over 47.5 million digital downloads throughout her career.

Rihanna was also recently named the most talked-about singer on Facebook in 2011, beating Bob Marley and Avril Lavigne.

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New Year’s Eve Special!

Little Mix
Last week was of course Christmas eve and on In The Mix we counted down the Christmas number one songs since 1990, and as announced on Christmas Day this year’s Number one was The Military Wives Choir.
A source has revealed an album might be on the way as they explained “The single has been such an amazing success that an album is an obvious next step,”
“The main difficulty will be getting all the women together to record it because their husbands’ jobs mean they move around a lot.”
And the choir seem to be up for it as member Sam Stephenson confirmed saying “We would love to do an album – that would be fantastic,”.

However though there might be success for The Military Wives, one competitor, Little Mix, seem to be going in the opposite direction
Little Mix are the third X Factor-winner after Steve Brookstien and Joe McElderry to miss out on the Christmas number one.

Little Mix’s debut single ‘Cannonball’ achieved the lowest first-week sales for an X Factor winner’s single since ‘Against All Odds’ by Brookstein in 2004, as they sold shifted 210,000 copies of their track over seven days and although that seems a lot, when you compare it to the 556,000 copies sold of the Christmas number one in 2008, it seems a bit small.

Cannonball, did not only lose out on the Christmas top spot but have now been named as the UK’s least wanted Christmas gift on the British Heart Foundation poll which was looking for the most disappointing present to open on December 25th.


Amazon has recently revealed that this year boy band 1 Direction’s 2012 calendar has been the bestselling calendar beating this year Cheryl Cole, Cliff Richard and fellow X-factor band JLS.

Books manager Darren Hardy has talked about 1 Directions popularity by saying “There will certainly be many homes and offices across the UK and Ireland that will feature images of One Direction throughout 2012,” “One Direction have had a busy first year with their album ‘Up All Night’ and biography ‘Dare to Dream: Life As One Direction’ proving to be big hits and their calendar is obviously high on their fans’ Christmas Wish Lists as well.”

Current top ten bestselling celebrity calendars for 2012 at
1. One Direction
2. JLS
3. Cliff Richard 2012
4. Justin Bieber
5. Take That
6. The Wanted
7. Michael Bublé
8. Cheryl Cole
9. Kylie minogue
10. Only Way is Essex 2012 Calendar

Top ten bestselling celebrity calendars of all-time at
1. One Direction 2012 Calendar
2. Official Cheryl Cole 2011 Calendar
3. Official JLS 2011 Calendar
4. Official Cliff Richard 2011 Calendar
5. JLS 2010 Calendar
6. Official Take That 2010 Calendar
7. Official Take That 2011 Calendar
8. Official Justin Bieber 2011 Calendar
9. Official Cliff Richard 2010 Calendar
10. JLS 2012 Calendar


Celebs are taking part in pantos this year.

Baywatch star and Britain’s got talent judge David Hasselhoff will be starring as captain hook, in one of my fav films, Peter Pan. It is taking place at the Bristol Hippodrome and can be seen until the 8th of January.

Dame Edna Everage makes her pantomime debut this Christmas, playing the ‘Saviour of London in Dick Wittington at the New Wimbledon Theatre, playing until the 15th of January.

Jedward and the Beanstalk takes place at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin until the 8th January, The mad twins Jedward take lead in this version of their favourite fairytale.

And finally a nearly all star cast, minus a few, in Snow white and the 7 dwarves, Patsy Kensit plays the Wicked Queen, with I’d Do Anything Finalist Sarah Lark as the princess. And children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood also performs as Muddles.
This takes place at The Churchill in Kent until 8th January.


Celeb New Year Revolutions

TOWIE star James Argent will start new diet regime in January to help with his resolution if loosing weight, he has said  .”My New Year’s resolution is the same as it is every year – to lose as much weight as possible,”
“I’m going to enjoy myself over Christmas, no point in saying no to all that lovely food. I’ll just cut out bad habits on New Year.”

On the contrary, Jessie J has revealed that her New Year’s resolution is to gain more weight she has said “it’s important to know when you need to gain weight, or when you need to lose weight and be healthy”,
She also wants “to make a difference in the world” and she will do this by shaving her head for charity. As she has said “I’m shaving my head next year for charity – it’s definitely happening if I raise a million, which I think I will. “I’ve spoken to a few celebrities who are interested too. I’m quite excited at getting rid of the bob.

She will also be working with David Guetta in 2012 to produce her next album and is planning to do a “bigger tour” of the UK

Chantelle Houghton’s New Year’s resolution along with partner Alex Reid is “To be brilliant parents! She explained more by saying “Getting pregnant was my highlight! I didn’t even think it was possible. It’s made us stronger. I can’t wait to buy more baby clothes! I want to know the sex of the baby so I can plan the wardrobe!”

When Jordy Lucas who plays Summer Holland in Australian soap, Neighbours, was talking about moving in with co star Ashleigh Brewer, who plays Kate Ramsey she said “I’m not a grubby person but [leave] clothes everywhere, that sort of stuff. I think that should be my resolution: keep my room a bit cleaner.”
She has also teased about the story lines for her character next year saying  “2012 will be when Summer really comes into her own, and lets just say that at times she may be single when this happens. I can’t say any more but it’s going to be interesting.”


Hope you had a Happy New Year! :)

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Christmas Countdown!

On today’s In The Mix it was a festive special counting down all the Christmas nubmer 1’s since 1990, so here is the list below!….

2010 Matt Cardle- When We Collide

2009 Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of

2008 Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah

2007 Leon Jackson – When You Believe

2006 Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This

2005 Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal

2004 Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

2003 Michael Andrews & Gary Jules – Mad World

2002 Girls Aloud – Sound of the Underground

2001 Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman – Somethin’ Stupid

1999 Westlife – I Have A Dream/Seasons in the Sun

1998 Spice Girls – Goodbye

1997 Spice Girls – Too Much

1996 Spice Girls – 2 Become 1

1995 Michael Jackson – Earth Song

1994 East 17 – Stay Another Day

1993 Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby

1992 Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

1991 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives

1990 Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day

Contenders for 2011 include the cast of The Only Way is Essex, Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Stacey Solomon, The Wombles, The Military Wives and many more!!

Also managed to squeeze in a bit of Christmas celeb gossip!…

Fav Films
Many people feel it isn’t Christmas until they have sat down and watched a Christmassy movie!
And below is a list  favourite films the stars have!

Harry from 1 Direction and actress Jo Joyner like Miricle on 34th street .
Olly Murrs, Wretch 32 and JLS members Aston and Ortise feel it isn’t Christmas without watching Home Alone
Emli S enjoys watching The Preachers Wife
Lisa Snowdens favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life-
And lastly John Barrowman thinks Elf makes his Christmas!

What is your fav Christmas movie?
Comment below!

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It’s all about TV and Music this week!

Brit’s Break
Britney Spears has had quite an eventful life but managed to kick start her music career again recently and has had many successful songs and a 79 date tour, so she must have been working hard,  maybe she deserves a break? Funny enough, that’s exactly what she is doing in the new year! The vice president of Britney’s record label has said “She’s going to take a little time off. (But) we’re working on a Christina Aguilera release for later on this year, we’re working on a new Usher project for later on this year, Pink is about to go back in the studio. We’re excited about that.”

Baby Bump
Brentwood girl and Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton has been showing off her baby bump this week at the launch of her new fake eyelash range. She is 3 months into her pregnancy and she has spoke about putting on weight by saying “I don’t care how fat I get. I’ll get as fat as a house as long as everything’s OK.
‘I’m not worrying about losing the weight afterwards. I’ll just do it gradually. I’m in no rush to snap back into shape. I’m not putting any pressure on myself. And Alex will help me.”

Alex, being Alex Reid of course, her current partner.
Let’s wish them well and hope that everything goes ok.

Tulisa’s in Demand!
If your an X Factor fan you would have seen that winners Little Mix got quite close to their mentor Tulisa. On the final week they performed a duet together of  a melody Alicia Key’s songs and there has been talks that it may appear on Tulisa’s debut solo album. Tulisa has said “There’s been talks, but I’m not 100%. I would love to do this… when I release my album we might re-record [the Alicia Keys mash-up] as a single and put it on my album, so we’ll see how it goes.”
She also talked about why she thought Little Mix won the show saying  “I think the girls won because they deserved it, because they’re talented and beautiful and they’re genuine, honest people.”
“I love them and the UK loves them and I’m over the moon. I can’t express it, I’m just feeling ecstatic right now.”

But Little Mix arent the only ones who want to duet with Tulisa, Essex singer Jessie J has also said she wants her on her album, she explained I’d love to do a track with Tulisa. We’ve talked about writing a song like Do It Like A Dude together. A big girl power anthem because we are both feminists.”
She added: “We just get on really well and have such a laugh,”
Jessie appeared on the X Factor when the contestants when to the judges houses with Tulisa.
They both have good voices so a duet could be very successful.

And In The Mix also started getting ready for next week and Christmas by talking some festive gossip!…

Little Mix Number 1?
Christmas number one is a big deal for most singing stars and until last year it was tradition that the X Factor winner got to number one.
Well once again this year there may be some competiton.
Others who are aiming to get to number one are the TOWIE cast, Joe Mcelderry, The Military Wives, Michael Buble and Justin Bieber who has TWO songs out, ‘Mistletoe’ and his duet with Mariah Carey, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.

So we will have to see who gets the top spot next week!

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Atom’s Interview!

On today’s In The Mix I played the interview’s I had with Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Dynamo, Stavros Flatley and Keisha Buchanan last Sunday at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary’s Christmas Fete.
More details on that, and the interviews themselves will be up on the website very soon!

I was also joined in the studio by local band Atom’s. I had a chat with them and they played two songs for us which can be heard below…


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Films, TV and Music…it’s all here!

Tulisa’s Tattoo
For regular viewers of X-Factor you will know that as the judges come onto stage every week they have a signature move. Complaints have been made in the past that Tulisa had copied Cheryl Cole’s old gesutre when she done her signiture solute a couple of times, but now she is getting complaints about her new move. She now just puts her arm up, and it shows the tattoo she has saying ‘The Female Boss’. Ofcom have had complaints that people think she is breaking X-factor rules by promoting her perfume, which has the same name as what she has tattooed.

Tulisa has spoken about the situation saying “I was showing off my tattoo long before The X Factor. It’s always been my trademark and it’s always been my nickname.
“The perfume’s not actually called The Female Boss – it’s just TFB. So someone wouldn’t go into a shop and buy my perfume just because they’d seen my tattoo. The show told me it’s OK, I can carry on doing it – and I will.”

Stacey’s Single
Local Singer Stacey Solomon, as we all probably know is the face of Iceland and has recently been starring in some Christmas adverts for the store. She sings a cover of  Chris Rea’s 1988 song called ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ and she has recently announced she will be releasing the cover as a single.She is hoping to get to Christmas number one but will of course have some competition from X-factor, and we will have to see if a petition is started again like last year to stop X-factor from getting to Christmas number one.

All proceeds made from Stacey’s cover will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK and children’s hospice charity Together For Short Lives.

Keith Lemon: The Film
If you are a fan of Leigh Francis, who is also known as his alter ego Keith Lemon then you’ll be happy to know he has a film coming out soon.
It is about Keith Lemon moving from Leeds to London in an attempt to make his fortune and be like his hero, Richard Branson.

This week he was spotted in Belfest shooting scenes for the film, which is called Keith Lemon: The Film. and pictures have been put up on the internet of him being trouser-less and having a bloody face.

Valance laughs at Rumours
Holly Valance has recently been revealing how she feels about the rumours which started about her and Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev. Rumours said that they were romantically linked and Artems girlfriend, Kara Tointon, who was Arte’ms dance partner in the last series, was very jealous of Holly. The rumours grew stronger when Artem  moved out of the house he shares with Kara because of the reported jealousy. Holly has said that she wasn’t surprized with the rumours and that said she and her boyfriend Nick Candy   for it saying “We could see it coming a mile away so we’ve just had a laugh about it,” she added “It’s just part of the job”.

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Who’s got Jungle Fever?

I’m a Celebrity…
As mentioned last week, now ex member of the TOWIE cast Mark Wright will be entering the jungle for I’m a Celebrity get Me out of Here and this week it was announced of who else will be joining him.
Some of them are quite well known and others, as usual are not so well known.
Here is a lift of the new contestances.
Willie Carson, (Former champion jockey)
Fatima Whitbread (Olympic javelin-thrower)
Dougie Poynter (Bassist in McFly)
Crissy Rock Famous for: (Actor in ‘Benidorm’)
Stefanie Powers (80’s TV show ‘Hart to Hart’)
Antony Cotton (Coronation Street actor)
Lorraine Chase (Model/actress_
Jessica-Jane Clement (From ‘The Real Hustle

Last year saw Essex girl and X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon become jungle queen while in previous series we have seen Kerry Katona and and ex-Busted star Matt Willis take the crown.

The new series starts Tomorrow, Sunday, 13th November, at 9pm.


Katy’s Candy
Katy Perry is known for her tight, colourful outfits in her music videos and on stage and she is going to sell one of her dresses she has recently worn on her world tour to raise money for Charity, the Red Cross.
It is known as the ‘Cotton Candy Dress’, with a glittery red bodice encrusted with Swarovski crystals teamed with a billowing pink skirt.

It will go up for auction on E-bay and the winning bidder not only wins the dress to keep, they will be personally presented with the outfit by Katy herself backstage at her gig in Oakland, California later this month and will also receive VIP seats for the show.

That’s is amazing, and if that isn’t enough to want to get you bidding then maybe Katy’s Tweet will persuade you. “Straight from Candyfornia to your closet! Bid now to benefit the RedCross!”


Shakira’s Star
It wasn’t long ago that Twlight stars, Rob Pattinson ,Kirsten Stewart and Taylor Launter, printed their hands and footprints on Hollywood’s walk of fame. And on Tuesday Shakira joined them.

She has become recognised by officials as “the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time” and is first Colombian to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her star is the 2,354th to be put on the walk of fame at a ceremony which her mum and dad Nidia and William, joined her at.
At the age of 7 Shakira’s mum took her to see the Walk of Fame as Shakira explained saying “”My mum told me, ‘Shaki, one day you’ll have your own star here.’
“If someone had heard that conversation, they would have thought she was insane.”
She also of course had some thanks to give out saying
She said: “This is incredible. I would like to thank all of you.” “This is for the fans who have listened, supported and understood my music all these years.”


Frankie has the EX-Factor
Frankie Cocozza has been kicked off The X-Factor  for breaking the rules by boasting about his drug taking and sleeping around.
Head judge Gary Barlow, who mentored the rebel , issued an official statement saying: “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.”
Frankie has apologized to his fans by saying ‘I feel bad about letting the fans down and I’d like to apologies to the people who voted for me,’ ‘I’m really, really sorry.’

Stand in Judge and preivous winner Alexandra Burke has also had a bit to say about this event saying  “It’s a shame that anyone who’s given the opportunity is kicked off the show, but it can only be your own fault,”
“These opportunities don’t come around every day for people who want to be music artists and you can’t take advantage of that.
“I don’t want to judge, I don’t know the truth  or what’s going on in the inside, but maybe this is the way he’ll learn to appreciate things.”

Alexandra also described what it was like for her when she was on the show “In my year, 2008, we weren’t allowed out , we had a curfew at 9pm and we were lucky to see our families on the weekends.
“We couldn’t use our mobiles and there was a total lock down on Twitter and Facebook so we were in our own bubble away from the world.
“The show has completely changed now and it spices it up a bit but then you get people like Frankie who go clubbing and maybe not take it so seriously.”

So maybe the curfew should be brought back for the contestants?
Either way Frankie will not be returning to the show which means there is a gap for an ex contestant to come back!
And this is where the public come in. We get to vote for an act to replace Frankie, these acts will be the ones who were chosen by their mentor to leave The X Factor at the end of week One, these are James Michael, Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes or Jonjo Kerr.
Voting lines are now open and all profits from the vote will be donated to charity Help for Heroes.
Lines will close during tonight’s show so if you want to vote then go onto the X-factor website for all the details.

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Want the week’s latest Gossip? Here it is…

Rebecca Ferguson
We are all very wrapped up in the current series of The X Factor, but does anyone remember who Rebecca Ferguson is?
She was a runner up on last years show and has not released any music since, but now she has premiered a music video for her debut single called ‘Nothing’s real but love’
Rebecca has spoken about the song saying “I’ve loved writing and recording the album throughout this year so I’m really excited to hear it.”She herself co wrote the song with Ed White who has written songs for stars such as Duffy and Adele in the past.
She also has her first ever album coming out on the 8th of December, but the single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ will be released on November 28th.

Cher lloyd
It’s easily forgotton sometimes that some of the biggest, talented stars are still quite young, and one girl who fits into the group is X-factor runner up, Cher Lloyd.
She hasnt recently spoke out about how she feels she grew up to fast by saying “I never actually had the chance to get to the age of 18, going out and having a wicked time”.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that, so I don’t know what I’m missing. I think I grew up too fast.’
But added that she made up for it with her music: “I did that by making a career for myself. I went out and did the biggest thing ever.”
“It gets me a little upset sometimes to think I wasn’t with all of my friends on their birthdays when they go on crazy nights out, but now I go out on ‘grown-up’ nights to very swanky places. I feel like a bit of a div when I’m there, but I’m loving it. I like a glass of rosé every now and again, but I’m not a big drinker.”

Cher was only 16 when she had the X-factor experience, but now at the age of 18 she is debuting her new album with her most recent single been realed is ‘With your love’ .

Holden’s baby
Britain’s got talent judge Amanda Holden is of course pregnant and she revealed this week she is letting her 5 year old daughter called Lexi, pick the unborn child’s middle name. Amanda has teased us by saying “Lexi hugs my bump every morning before she goes to school, which is very sweet. I’ve said she can choose the middle name so when you hear the middle name, you might think it’s a bit bizarre.
“I have no idea where she got it from but I’ve Googled it and it means something amazing. I wouldn’t have chosen it myself but I want to let her have a part in it all.”
She also won a gong for Ultimate Theatre Star at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards this week where she talked about her food cravings
“I’ve been craving watermelon and iced water, but I made the mistake of saying I like Curly Wurlys so I now have about 200 in my cupboards and I have to eat them. I gave away lots at Halloween though, thankfully.”
she also said  ” I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m knackered. It took about 19 people to get me ready tonight.

Fergie leaves Peas
he only female member of the band, Fergie has reportally left the band.  One of the male members taboo, has explained Fergie wants to start a family with her husband. He says ‘We have to respect Ferg. Ferg is our sister. She definitely wants to have a family, and we’re happy for her.”
The BEP’s have been touring with RnB artist, Ashanti and rumours have caught on that she might replace Fergie in the band!
A source has said “The group had been looking for a replacement for some time,” “Ashanti was reportedly brought onto the group’s world tour – as sort of an audition, to see if she could work with the band – and it worked out perfectly.”

So we will have to see what happens.

Mark Wright
Following in the footsteps of former co star Amy Childs, Mark Wright has left The Only Way Is Essex and wants his own reality TV show.
He will also be entering the jungle for I’m a celeb get me out of here, presetned by none other than the geordie duo Ant and Dec.
Amy has spoken about how she backs Mark in this decision saying ‘I think he would be brilliant in the jungle. He really would be.’
Amy is having her own reality show in january called ‘It’s All about Amy’

Reports have said that Mark will be joined in his new show by his family, as a source explains saying  “Mark is desperate to star in his own show. He feels he has outgrown TOWIE.”His family are all keen to get involved too as they’ll earn more money than what TOWIE are prepared to offer them.”
On his last day Mark tweeted

‘Final day of towie filming. Memories never die ! Im feeling fragile and upset right now @RealJamesArgent MARG will always be 2geta i promise.’

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X-Factor’s Rythmix has changed their name! But what to??….

One of the girl bands on X-factor who, N-dubz member Tulisa mentors, has recently had a little complaint about thier name. A charity called Rythmix said they felt the band using the same name would be too confusing.

Therefore the girls had to change thier name and this week they reavled it. It is…Little Mix.
The girls tweeted saying “We’re really excited to announce that as of now our new name is Little Mix!” “We came up with this name with Tulisa, and we love it-hope our Little Mixers like it too!”
What do you think of the name?
Leave a comment at the bottom of this page!


Nicki’s Nails
Nicki Minaj is best known for her singing and rapping and she is one artists with a very unique style and fashion sense.
Well if your a big fan of her fashion then you will soon be able to have finger nails like her! Nicki is bringing out a range of limited edition nail varnishes, and they will be avalible in 6 different colours. These colours will be named after songs on her ‘Pink Friday’ album such as
“Metal 4 Life,” (silver) , “Fly,” (light blue)  “Save Me,”(Glitter) “Did It On’em,” (yellow) “Super Bass Shatter,” (purple) and “Pink Friday,”(light pink).

These will be in stores some time next year so keep a look out for them.


Madonna and Minaj
Nicki has also been approached by a big star to make a single together. The big star is…Maddona. Rumours have said she appreached Minaj so that she can kick start her music career again.
The song is going to be called ‘Give me all of You Love’ and will be in out  in 2012 before the release of her next album.


J-Lo’s Lows
Hip Hop singer Jennifer Lopez has sadly recently spilt from her husband  Marc Anthony and now rumours have started that she is seeing actor Bradley Cooper.
J-Lo feels one of the reasons why all her past relationship may have failed, including being engaged to Ben Affleck and dating rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, is becuase they have been so public, therefore she has decided she is going to try and keep them more secret from the press by saying “I think to give something a chance, to really get to know somebody, you want to do it out of the public eye. You know the media – they want to rush everything.”

Jennifer then contiuted with a life lesson saying “I think I’ve finally learned the biggest lesson of all. You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be OK on your own before you can be OK with somebody else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything. And until you value yourself enough and love yourself enough to know that, you can’t really have a healthy relationship.”

Very good advice J-Lo.


Break up
Sadly ex Pusscat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger and F1 driver Leiws Hamilton ,who have been together for four years, spilt up a few weeks ago.
Lewis has spoken out about his feeling of the break up saying “We’re friends at least and we can move forward. It’s never easy going through tough times.”
“It’s these kind of times that are sent to try you, and it’s about how you pull through them. I’ve my family who are helping, so I feel pretty good.” He has been spending lots of time with his family which has ‘helped’ he explains  “And I’ve many more days coming up with my family over Christmas and all that, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Scherzinger should be performing on X-factor tonight however she may also take to the judging panel to be a guest as regular judge Kelly Rowland is a bit ill, therefore she won’t be able to make it onto the show.
But it seems Nicole has moved on quick from the break up as rumors have spread she has been on a date with rapper Drake.
However a source has revealed that Nicole may only be putting on a brave face as the source says “Nicole has been going through a tough time.

“She’s juggling work and trying to get over the split with the man she thought she would end up with.”

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Shotgun Amigo!

Today I was joined by local band Shotgun Amigo. They played 3 songs for us and talked about them starting out as a band and you can hear what they said here…

Ryan, Max, Elliot and Harry

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And of course here is the weeks Celebrity Gossip…

Westlife Spilt
Irish boyband, Westlife have been together for 14 years but have announced that they will be spiltting up. They will be touring 9 UK cities for thier farewell tour in May next year and a greatest hit collection will be released on 21st November.

Westlife have said in statement, “Today we announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.

“The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures.
“Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too.
“We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us.”

Dappy goes to Butlins
Dappy, who of course is part of N-Dubz, recently took his family to none other than that Butlins in Bognor, West Sussex. There is lots for children to do at the holiday park as Dappy has explained saying “I could have gone to Florida, but Butlins is appropriate for the kids,”

“It has everything. I took the boys go-karting and we’ve been on all the fairground rides. I didn’t want to let any fans down, so had my pictures taken with them all.”
His two children Gino and Milo are 3 and 10 years old and of course girlfriend Kaye Vassell went along too.

Maybe they will save Florida for next year.

The Voice
The American, singing programme called The Voice is getting British version which will hit our screens next year.
Essex singer Jessie J has been confirmed as one of the judges and another big star who is currently in talks to be on the judging panel is Tom Jones.
A source has said “Tom is close to committing. He has almost 50 years experience in music so he’ll be able to give contestants decent advice.
“Jessie J will attract younger viewers but Tom’s bound to be the housewives’ favourite.”

Jessie has expressed her excitment of being part of the show by saying “I’m excited to be a coach, inspiration and mentor and I jumped at the opportunity as it’s all about ‘The Voice’.” and she also has encouraged people to enter the competiton on twitter by tweeting  “So its OFFICIAL I am the first coach for the THE VOICE UK! If you are over 16 and love to sing go to and apply! #teamjessie #thevoiceuk im so excited #boooyyyaa (sic)”

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Leona, Ash, and Celeb Gossip!

I had two Lewis’ featuring on my show this week. I played the interview I had with Leona Lewis last Sunday which can be listened back to via this link

And I was also joined in the studio by local singer Ash Lewis, I had a little chat with him and he played two songs for us which can be listened to here…

And of course I managed to squeeze in some Celebrity gossip too…

Contostavlos ft Cole
Rumours have started that Tulisa, From N-Dubs and Girls Allowed Member Cheryl Cole may record a song together. Though there has been many other rumours going around that Cheryl is jealous about Tulisa taking her place as a judge on the X-factor Tulsia proves that is not true by saying “I’d definitely do a duet with Cheryl. We’re cool,”
“When I first met her I went: ‘Aw I love you.’ And she was like: ‘Aw, I love you too.’ And then we had a little hug.”
So they seem to be very close friends and may be hitting the charts together very soon.


Diaz in London
As we know many celebs live in London and recently there is another one to be added to the long list. Cameron Diaz has bought a new house in North London and has already been making herself feel at home by exploring the area. A source has said  “Cameron has been out and about a few times since moving in.
“She’s been going to Starbucks a fair bit to get coffee. She’s been walking down the road without a care in the world while blokes have been literally falling over themselves as she strides past. It’s so funny to watch.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney and Jude Law all live close by and Cameron might end up working out with none other than Prince Harry as another source has previously said   “Producers secured her membership at the ultra discreet, £3,500-a-year gym – totally unaware Prince Harry was also a member.
“Since first spotting one another and saying hello, they have coincided visits on two further occasions.
“During the second one, they were pounding along on adjacent treadmills and Harry cheekily nudged-up Cameron’s speed dial, suggesting a race. Cameron agreed … and won.”


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Who’s gone from Model to Body Builder? Who’s getting old before thier time? Find out here!

Jodie’s Tranformation
Brentwood girl Jodie Marsh may be best known for her glamour model days however she has appeared on TV and in papers recently and her body looks very different!
Jodie has decided to become a body builder which means she has much bigger muscles than before and though most people may feel a bit manly if they had big muscles Jodie has said she feels ‘sexier than ever’.

Jodie has worked very hard to get the body she has with a tough work out regime consisting of three hours of cardio, two hours of weights, one hour of abs a day and hour of posing and routine work for her body building contest.

She also had a strict diet as she explains saying “Bodybuilders prepare for a contest by going on protein-only diets and eating chicken and fish.But I’m a vegetarian so all I could have was egg whites and protein shakes”.

She took part in the body building contest last month and came 5th and has gone from size 12 to size six, and from nine-and-a-half stone to eight stone.

Her body transformation will be available for to watch in January as is has been filmed for a programme called Jodie Marsh: Bodybuilder. However Jodie explains she didn’t do it just for the show saying ‘The whole thing was for a television show but I wanted to do this anyway. My trainer Tim Sharp approached me 3 years ago and said that he could get me fit.

‘I’ve been bodybuilding for three years but I was given 8 weeks to get into shape for the competition. So I had to lose a stone of fat and get ripped for this competition.’
The programme will also show that she had no assistance from drugs and that she had to be polygraph tested before her contest.

Shrek The Musical
Actress and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden performed her last role as Princess Fiona in Shrek the musical last week.
She has been playing the character since May but is leaving the show because of her pregnancy. Amanda was very emotional as she tweeted “Putting Fiona make up on for last time! In pretty empty dressing room! Its like the end of a movie and hopefully I’ll get a Happily Ever After” she then added later “OMG! Am just about holding it together! Very on the edge!”
Girls Aloud member Kimberly Walsh will be taking over the role in the West End play, two months earlier than planned but next month Amanda plans to go and watch the show for herself.

Shrek the Musical is currently being performed at the Theatre Royal in London.

Granny Perry
Katy Perry has worn many different extra ordinary outfits in her music videos and now recent pictures have shown her dressed in a grey wig, long sleeve dress and prosthetic face wrinkles. They have been put up on a Katy Perry fan site and they suggest that a Granny is the next character she will be play in her next music video.

The next, and 6th single from her Teenage Dream Album will be ‘The One That Got away’and shje has recently described the song as showing ‘a completly different side’ to her.

The artwork for the single has been reviled and it is of Katy, from her shoulders up, with purple hair and a disc-shaped hat.

All five singles, which have already been released from Teenage Dreams, have hit the top of the charts and IF this single tops the chart she will be the first artist in history to have six number one singles from one album, beating Michael Jackson who had 5 number ones from his album entitled ‘Bad’.

Gaga Film
Lady Gaga has said in the past that one day she would like to be a movie star and she has put her foot on that path by revealing there will be a new film about her life to be in production soon. Gaga will not actully star in the film herself but film makers are looking for someone to play her already.
The description of the character is ‘a bright rebellious Catholic school girl who dreams of fame. The story covers her life from 16 to 22 years, so we want to find an actress who can embody the star during this period of age. It is desirable that this actress knows sing, but that talent is not required.’

Talikng about Gaga’s love for film a source has said “‘GaGa loves films and this is the next step for her. Stacks of offers have come in and she hasn’t had time to take a look until now. It’s really important her first film is good as it will set the benchmark for future work.”

The film will be called “Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story,” and it hasn’t been stated that it will be in cinemas but it will be shown on an American channel called Lifetime.

Michael Forever
Tonight over 40,000 people will be going to the Millennuim Staduim in Cardiff to see Michael Jackson’s tribute concert called ‘Michael Forever- The Tribute Concert’
Many different stars will be performingat this spical event such as Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, JLS, Cee Lo Green, Craig David, Ne-Yo, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Diversity and Tito Jackson’s three sons, 3T, will also play. Michael’s sister La Toya will also perform however brothers Tito, Marol and Jackie will not be there as they would have been attending the trail of Michael’s Doctor Conrad Murry.

It will be hosted by Fern Cotton and Jamie Foxx and one person who is very excited to be attending is the head of Global Live Events, Chris Hunt, he has said ‘I look forward to a great night with other earth shattering artists.

“The event is really getting into gear and is going to be a fantastic evening for all.”

Michael Forever- The Tribute Concert will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s solo career.

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What has Matt Cardle, Chantelle Houghton and Mark Wright all got in common?

They are all from Essex! This week I has some celeb gossip on some of the closer to home celebrity’s but of course I talked about further away celebrity’s too!

Chantelle Houghton’s family Plans

Essex Girl and 2006 Celeb Big Brother Winner Chantelle Hougton has been dating Katie Price’s Ex, cage fighter Alex Reid for only a few months but they already have big plans for their relationship.
Because of her past eating disorders and dieting Chantelle’s fertility has unfortunately been effected but that’s not going to stop the couple bringing a baby into the relationship!
Alex has said “It’s a big leap for us. It’s only seven months since we got together. It’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly at all.”
As I mentioned Alex did date and of course Marry Katie Price again only a few months of meeting. The couple tried IVF treatment but it didn’t work for them.
Although they had their rough patches Alex doesn’t regret being with Katie as he explains ‘I have to thank Katie because if I hadn’t met her, I wouldn’t have met Chantelle. All of those events, however bad, brought me here. Spending that time with Katie helped me realise what an amazing person Chantelle is.’
Though they say they are in ‘no rush’ they are not looking at adoption just yet, as Chantelle talks about her experiences at the IVF clinic “It’s all really positive. I’ve had tests done. They can help us.  I’ve had a lot of scans and horrible, painful things done to me.”

The Only Way is Eastenders

We all know that Mark Wright from local show The Only Way is Essex is a bit of a ladies man, and not bad looking, and some of the cast of Eastenders agree.  Jacqueline Jossa who plays Lauren Branning has spoken about how she would love him to join the soap so they can work together she has said “Do you know what? I think Mark would be really good in ‘EastEnders’. I watch ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and I think he’s alright. “Lauren’s being a bit of a minx at the moment so it’d be good if he came in it so they could get together.”
However one actress on set is against the idea of Mark coming into the show as she doesn’t want anyone to be more orange than her!  Shona McGarty  who plays Whitney Dean said: “I don’t want his fake tan showing me up! I’m the most orange person in ‘EastEnders’ at the moment and I want to keep it that way.”
It might be a good idea if she was to join the cast of TOWIE and show all the girls up!

Though all this talk of Mark joining Eastenders may just seem like a dream for some of us, it seems the dreams may actually come true as Mark explains saying “I’m still really pursuing the acting and I have spoken with one of the producers of ‘EastEnders’. I want to play a hard man role but to be honest, I reckon I could pull anything off.”
Bit big headed, but that’s Mark for you!

Returning to the Beginning

Essex Singer and Winner of last years X-Factor, Matt Cardle, is scared of the thought of going back to where it all began! In the live studio of the talent search programme Matt will perform his new single ‘Run For Your Life’ but he is a bit nervous as the song was written by head judge Gary Barlow. Matt explains saying  “I thought it would be great because Simon [Cowell] won’t be there and he won’t be judging me with his hawk eye, but Gary wrote that track and I want to sing it with the conviction it deserves.”
This is the first time his single will be performed on TV backed with his band. He will do his performance next Sunday, the 9th of October.

Rihanna Who?

If anyone was to be asked who is Rihanna, surely they would be able to answer? Apparently not. Rianna is soon to have a new album out on the 21st of November, with the lead single being ‘We Found Love’ which she has currently filmed her music video for. The setting for this music video is a farm in Northern Ireland and the owner of the farm has admitted he didn’t know who Rianna was! As he has explained saying “I didn’t know who was coming. If the name ‘Rihanna’ had been mentioned, well, no disrespect but it wouldn’t have meant anything’.

The farmer called Alan Graham, also had a problem with what Rianna was wearing, or not wearing, on his land. While she was filming the video, there is a part where she is topless and Alan was walking to his Tractor when he noticed, he then had words with her. Alan has explained his thoughts saying  “I thought it was inappropriate. I requested them to stop and they did. I had my conversation with Rihanna and I hope she understands where I’m coming from. We shook hands.’

‘We Found Love’ features Calvin Harris is currently available to buy and download.

Jason Derulo has found his ‘It Girl’!

Jason Derulo has seemed to found his It Girl in the shape of singer Jordin Sparks!
Last weekend Jason was celebrating his 22nd birthday in Hollywood and Jordin was there by his side. A source has confirmed they are together by saying  “Jordin would sing to him occasionally through the night in his ear if her head was nested on his shoulder. He was excited to spend some [quality time] with Jordin in LA. … The two left together and continued the celebration.”

Jason has been given some time off so I’m sure he will be spending it with his new girlfriend.


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Judy Garland has expensive taste!

Oz Auction
The film ‘The Wizard of OZ’  starring Judy Garland as the main character, Dorothy, was first realised back in 1939 on august the 25th, but it is still very popular with all ages today.
Some of the props used in the film will be up for sale in an auction, in December, such as The crystal ball used by the Wicked Witch, which is expected to raise between £25,000 and £38,000 and of course the famous ruby red slippers are expected to go for at least £1.2 million!
They are one of the four pairs used during the film and are seen in the close up of when Dorothy famously taps the shoes together to go home to Kansas.
Owner of the special shoes, Joe Maddalena has said: “This is the most important film prop in the world. There is nothing more famous. They are one of the greatest pieces of pop culture in existence.”

The auction is being held by ‘California’s Profiles in History’ and there will also be a separate auction by of Debbie Reynolds’s memorabilia collection which the original blue and white checked dress with puff-sleeved white blouse will also be available.
The first auction will take place in Los Angeles on the 16th of December.

Chris Brown and Bow Wow
T-Pain and Kelly Rowland are just some of the acts which have supported Chris Brown on his current F.A.M.E tour around North America, which started at the beginning of this month, but now another star, close to Chris, has announced he will be joining him for a few of the dates.
If your a Chris Brown fan you may know that he is good friends with Bow Wow and he will be joining him on stage, Bow Wow explains saying  “It’s gon’ be fun. Me and Breezy are brothers, man. Our fans know that. It’s just a different energy when we are on the same bill together or in the same arena. The fans know what to expect, and that’s a hell of a show.”
Included in the show will be some songs from Bow Wow’s up coming album called ‘Underrated’ as well as some of his past hits too.
The dates the rappers will be performing together on are the 7th of October in Tampa, Florida up until the 30th October in Hartford.

Bow Wow’s next album ‘Underrated’ will be out on the 6th of December.

Katie Price’s welcomes two new members to her family!
Former glamour model Katie Price loves animals as she does like to go horse riding and even has a clothing range for horses and their riders.
She also has a Sphinx Breed cat called Nigel. She has showed her affection for Nigel in the past by saying “He’s probably the ugliest animal in the world but he’s my ugly animal and I love him.
“His name’s Nigel and I got him from my friend who lives in Spain. Nigel’s totally bald, which means you can see and feel him sweating when he’s hot, and he can smell a bit. But he’s quite cute, really, and very cuddly.”
Katie is going to add two more members of the family as she tweeted on Twitter this week saying : “Can’t wait for the weekend me and the children pick up 2 new puppies I have to think of names any suggestions boy and a girl (sic)”
Many suggestions have come up such as “Stinky and Sausage”, “Popeye and Olive” and “Mickey and Minnie”.
They are all quite good names but what do you think? What would you suggest Katie Price called her two new puppies? Write your ideas in the comment box below!

Bruno Mars – Twilight Fan
Bruno Mars has produced and written many songs for different artists including  writing songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida and co-written B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”; but he has recently said he wouldn’t turn down the chance to write with Robert Pattingson. When asked about it he replied: “Why not? I’m down for anyone that wants to work and thinks I can contribute.”
Bruno seems to be a big Twilight star too has he has recently recorded a song for the ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ called ‘It Will Rain.
He explained his ideas behind the song by saying “The ‘Twilight’ movies for me are a love story. But it’s a dark love story.
“And I think the best way to describe the song is: it’s the darker side of love. I think that pretty much sums it up.”
The film of course comes out in November so ‘It Will Rain’ will also go on sale in the UK around then however it will be released Globally (not including the UK) On the 27th September.

R-pattz Rumours…denied!
There has been rumours that Robert Pattinson wants to make a debut album.
Though he has recorded two tracks for the original ‘Twilight’ soundtrack, the rumours say he will use the break he has during his acting, to produce an album.

A source has oringally said “Rob has been kicking a few original songs around for a long time, but his schedule didn’t allow it,”
“Now he’s got some weeks to get everything in line before going back to promoting Breaking Dawn.”
The source also described what Rob’s music will sound like saying “The album Rob will make will be guitar-based and drums, very organic-sounding, nothing pop,”

R-pattz fans know that he has a keen interest in music as he expressed back in 2009 but decided to stick to his acting career for now and a spokesperson has confirmed the album rumours are not true saying “The report is untrue. He is not working on an album right now,”.
Aww sorry fans! Maybe in the future Rob will pursue his passion for music.


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This week it’s all about Music, Fashion and Hacking!

American female stars such as Beyonce and J-Lo have launched perfumes in the past through a company called Coty and there is another two who will soon to be added to the list.
Lady Gaga will be releasing her own fragrance next year and Madonna is currently in ‘serious discussions’ with the company to release her first fragrance too.
Madonna’s cosmetic range called Material Girl has also just recently become available, this includes lip gloss’s, body sprays and nail polishes.
So do keep a look out for them new perfumes.

Cheryl’s 3rd album
Since being Axed from the US version of the X-factor Cheryl Cole seems to have been taking a break from her showbiz career, but is that because she’s taking time to focus on her music? It may seem so and Taio Cruz confirmed this week that he has been working with Cheryl, producing new material l for her 3rd solo album. This isn’t the first time these two have worked together, Cheryl’s track called ‘Stand Up’ from her last album 3 words, had input from Tiao too.
Rihanna, Usher and Christina Aguilra are other artists who has previously been reported to work along side Cheryl on this album.

Cheryl Cole’s manager, Black Eyed peas member Will.I.Am, seems he has become interested in  N-dubz singer, Tulisa. It has been said he wants to make her a star in Amercia. LA based singer Malik Pointer who is close to Will ha said “Will sees thousands of acts every year and it’s rare that he’s as struck by someone as he has been by Tulisa.”
He then added: “American audiences will totally lap her up – she’s young, sexy, ballsy and she can sing.”

Biber’s Chritmas Album
It was said last week that Michael Buble is planning on releasing a Christmas album and fellow Canadian artist Justin Bieber is busy recording one too!
Biber is also excited by the fact Amercian group Boys II Men are featuring on the album too. Justin has tweeted “2day I woke up and realized that the group that made me want to sing Boyz II Men are now on the Christmas album singing with me. Dream big.”
He added: “I used 2 listen to their music and practice the runs. That is how I learned to sing. Now I’m in the studio with them making music 2gether. I’m telling you… never say never… never stop dreaming… never give up…”
Good Advice!

Delayed single
Alexandra burke’s lead single from her upcoming 2nd album was suppose to be realised this week however boss’s from her record company, RCA,  have delayed it. She has recently wrote a blog to her fans explaining the reasons for the delay saying  “To all my supporters out there.. Firstly again. Thank you for you patience (sic).
“I am so so sorry for telling you guys that a single would be serviced to radio this week, that was the plan but we’ve decided to take a tiny bit more time as some exciting things have come up that we are looking at and RCA want to make sure everything is perfect. So please bare with us.
“I promise you all it will be worth the wait. When I get a date that is confirmed for the single to be serviced to radio I will inform you all once I know it is CONFIRMED!!”

Justin Timberlake hasn’t had an album out since 2006, and even though he has features on numerous artists songs he has also been concentrating on his film career, appearing in films such as ‘Soical Network’, ‘Bad Teacher’, most recently ‘Friends with Benefits’ and is currently filming a sci fi film called ‘In Time’.

Recently rumours have occurred that he may be romantically linked with ‘Friends with Benefits’ co-star Mila Kunis after hackers leaked  pictures of Justin from Mila’s phone. The pictures included Justin in intimate positions, shirtless on a bed, and wearing a pair of pink knickers on his head. There is also a picture of Mila in the bath, just showing her head.
Both actors have confirmed they are just friends, however it has been said the hacker may have text messages in his possession too.

Actress Scarlett Johansson has also been a victim of mobile hackers in the past, when nude picture’s of herself ended up online. Since then she has got the FBI involved, but she is not the only celeb who have got them involved with hacking scandals, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens are just some who have called the FBI.
An ongoing investigation is currently going on to find who is responsible for these “cyber intrusions.”


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Essex band Green Mile in the Phoenix Studio

It was a busy In The Mix this week, with four lots of Celeb Gossip and Essex Band Green Mile came into the studio for a chat and played a couple of acoustic’s for us. The interviecan be listened back to here…


This week’s Celeb gossip can be read below…

Red or Black?
4 millionaires have been made this week thanks to Simon Cowell’s new game show Red or Black? The game is all about luck, and picking one of the two colours.

On the first night brick layer Nathan Hageman become the first millionaire, however it was later revealed he had served a five and a half year sentence for an attack he had made on his ex-girlfriend.
ITV has said they were aware of the jail term but didn’t know the victim was female.

After all this, checks are made on all the contestants taking part in the show and because of these checks some contestants have been withdrawn from some episodes.
A spokesperson from ITV has said “ITV has reviewed the background checks on remaining contestants from Red or Black?“.
“As a result of this we have asked producers to remove two contestants from this week’s shows. Red or Black? will continue on these two occasions with seven, rather than eight, contestants.
Red or Black? is a co-production between ITV Studios and Syco for ITV Network and all parties are working closely and collaboratively together to ensure that the show continues its success.”

Girly holiday
Last week I mentioned Cheryl Cole will be making a cameo appearance in a film called ‘What to Expect when your expecting’ which also features Cameron Diaz and it has now been said they are going to go on holiday together.

Reports have said that Cameron wants to be best friends with Cheryl, and her dreams seem to be coming true, they seem to be bonding over Cheryl’s sense of humour as a source has said  “Cheryl has a dirty sense of humour and Cameron found her funny.”
“They’ve been planning a girly weekend if they can find a spot in their diaries.”

So I wonder where they will jet off to, and whether indeed they will be having their own private plane? It’s likely they will, being the big stars they are.

Buble’s Christmas album
Even though shops have started selling Christmas cards already, it’s a bit early to be thinking about Christmas. However for artists, now is the best time to start getting prepared to make and release Christmas singles or albums.

One singer who has Christmas plans is Michael Bublé. He hasn’t had an album out since 2009 which was called ‘Crazy Love’ but in October his next, and first ever Christmas album will be out.
It will feature songs such as Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’, which will be a duet with Shania Twain.
He has been recording over the summer months, which he found strange, Michael explains saying “We decorated the studio with Christmas lights in the middle of July and that was a big help.”

Setting an Example
Rapper Example, seems to have a bit of negative view about certain fellow chart act.

He has spoke about Will Young’s new single ‘Jealousy’ saying “He’s had his moment, hasn’t he? That song’s awful. That song should be on Songs of Praise. It’s awful.”
He added: “And Will Young has had his moment, he was good, he was one of the only credible people to come off that show, what was it called, Popstars?”

However he did have something positive to say about 3 piece band N-Dubz. He said “Dappy is an incredible songwriter,”  “I think N-Dubz are a bit marmite for some people. I think [Dappy’s] great, his melodies are superb.
“There aren’t many young pop acts who write their own stuff and N-Dubz genuinely do write and produce their own stuff which I think gives them integrity.”

Example released his new album ‘Playing in The Shadows’ this week and his song ‘Stay Away’ is in the charts as is Will’s new single Examples outburst of negativity over the song could be caused by a bit of Jealousy maybe?


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Who’s the Sexiest Star in Sci-Fi?

Sexiest Sci-Fi Star
Hugh Jackman has been voted sexiest actor in Science Fiction.  Former Doctor Who star Tennant came second, and third was John Barrowman for his role in Torchwood. Johnny Depp came fourth for his movie Edward Scissorhands, while Harrison Ford was fifth for his role his as Han Solo in the Star Wars films.

There was also a poll for the sexiest actress and being voted number one was Sarah Michelle Gellar  for playing Buffy the Vampire Slayer and second was Star Trek actress Jeri Ryan.

Hugh Jackson may be most known for his role as mutant, Wovlerine/Logan in the film with the same name and X-Men. The is currently being a scrpit written for a sequel of Wolverine called ‘The Wolverine’, filming was meant to start this year however because of numerous reasons filming has been delayed until spring 2012. The reasons for this are firstly, director James Mangold has decided he wants the script to be changed, Hugh Jackman is currently playing a part in  Tom Hooper’s new version of ‘Les Miserables’ and because the film was  going to be set in Japan, the weather Japan has been having has delayed filming too.

However Hugh is already  back on the diet and fitness regime required for him to bulk up to play the muscular character he explains “I’ve literally just started. I’m taking the next two months off, pretty much, because it’s a full time job, putting on a size. I’m a naturally skinny guy – genetics are not on my side with this thing – so I have to eat like a horse.”

And that is why he was voted the sexiest sci-fi star!

Olly’s Hat’s
Essex singer and X factor runner up Olly Murs is well known for his wide range of hats. Whenever he is on TV we often see him wearing one and he has said he hopes to have his own range one day. He has been quite surprized with the lack of interest’s by brands, he said “I haven’t been approached by a hat company, which is weird because I’m always getting hats thrown at me. I would love to get into it,”

However he has managed to sell a few on tour, he explains saying “We did have some hats on tour. The trilby had an Olly badge on the side and they sold well,” before adding “I’d like to get big companies on board like Selfridges, but I’d only do hats that I’d design.”
Olly may not be a stlye icon yet, but he seems to look up to Liam Gallagher for his fashion sense “Liam’s got it spot on. I wear his Pretty Green label all the time.”

Britney’s Birthday
Even though her birthday isn’t until the 2nd of December Pop star Britney Spears is already making party plans. She will be turning 30 and wants it to be ‘spectactular’. Britney will be in South America as part of her Femme Fatale tour as she explains “I’m really excited and will definitely do something ‘spectacular’.

“I’m going to be in South America so I’ll have to do something pretty fun. A carnival of Britney? I don’t think I’ll be doing that! It’ll be something a little more low-key.”
She also explained she is looking forward to the next decade of her life by saying  “I think the older you get, the wiser you get. I can’t wait.”

Beyonce is Pregnant
I think we all know by now that the one and only bootlicous Beyonce is pregnant! She revealed the news on the red carpet at the 2011 MTV VMA’s on the 28th August saying to the photographers “I have a surprise for you!” before holding her belly and showing off her baby bump.

Later on that night she still gave a very energetic performance at the VMA’S after which she opened up her jacket and rubbed her baby bump. The baby’s father and husband of Beyonce, Jay Z was beaming as Kanye west, patted him on the back and shook him.
Mum to be has recently hinted this month that she was ready for children saying ‘When you’re young – 18 or 19 – you have the energy and drive. That’s the time to work as hard as you can,’
Now I’m a woman, and because I gave it my all, I can focus on my marriage.
‘I can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be and dedicate myself to my children.’

Congratulations to Beyonce and Jay-Z!

Labrinth Stays in UK
UK singer and producer Labrinth has recently said he has turned down “millions” of offers to work in the US.Though he knows how big artists can get if they crack America he wants to focus on the UK.

Tinie Tempah is one artist who has made  it in the us and we all know Labrinth has worked with Tinie quite a lot producing songs such as ‘Passout’ as well as a new single coming out soon called ‘Earthquake’.
Labrinth has explained: “America is a big part of this industry but the UK is where it’s at. I’ve had millions of offers [from the States] but I’ve been busy working on my own album.”
“It’s amazing to see what the urban scene is doing over here. It’s very cool and in at the moment. Tinie and Ed Sheeran are doing their thing. They are both great. I’ve seen Tinie go from UK to America and the numbers [on YouTube and sales] change instantly.”

Labrinth has also turned down opportunities to work with big America stars such as Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.
He could be hiding real reasons why he doesn’t quite want to go to America yet saying “You don’t want to be a small fish in a big pond but the rewards are huge.” Maybe he doesn’t feel quite ready to be with the big fish yet?

However he admitted “I do want to go to America but it’s very important people know where we are from. A lot of artists have gone to America and been slated.”

As well as his new single coming out soon he has also been working on the new Children In Need charity single called ‘Teardrop’. It features Tulisa  N-dubz, Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32 and a few others.


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Music Crowns Festival Interviews

On Today’s In The Mix I played out all the interviews I had at The Music Crowns Festival last Saturday.
Music Crowns is an online music competition with three winners in the categories Pop, Rock and Urban. For the first time ever a two day Festival was organized which gave the bands taking part in the competition, a new platform to perform on.

There were a few celebrities headlining the event such as Stacey Solomon, Fugative, Egypt, Missing Andy, Skepta, The Milk, The Rifles, Mutya Buena and Toploader.
I went along on the Saturday and managed to get a few pictures and interviews which can be seen below…

Me with Dan and Steve, from Essex Entertainment, who compared the event.

Duo Dan and Steve from Essex Entertainment had the very important role of introducing the acts, so I had a talk with them about who had been their favourites.

Victor from Big Brother was there too, with friend and presenter  Johny Pach. We talked about his time in the Big Brother house and of course the up coming new series.

Me and Victor

Talented, 17 year old Fugative was the last to perform on the Saturday night. During the day I caught up with Flash, who was singing with Fugative and here is what he had to say…

Ten minutes before they went on stage I had a chat to Fugative himself and he talked about his two new, upcoming singles.

Me with Fugative

Even though the celeb’s did all the headlining, the main reason for the event was the artists taking part in the competition A rapper called Clapz was in the Urban category and he talked  about why he entered the Music Crowns.

For more information on Clapz you can look him up on Facebook under 'Clapz Shizzayne'

Birmingham Rapper Leo Levox won last years Urban Crown and his advice for this year competitors was to ‘Be nice’.

Leo winning the Urban Music Crown last year

Sunday Lunch presenter Tony Smith also came to the Music Crowns Festival and he got some interviews with Local Bands The Filthy Habits and The Suburbians as well as with Dance singer Egypt and Indie band Missing Andy.
These can be listened back to on his blog via this link

Missing Andy's Lead vocalist, Alex Greaves

X-Factor Star Stacey Solomon also covered five songs and sang them beautifully, however she was a pushed for time so unfortunately we was unable to get an interview with her but we did get some pictures!

Me and Stacey

Stacey Performing

I had a really good day at the  festival and was happy to meet all the variety of people that I did and Don’t forget to look out for next years Music Crown’s competition!

Even though this week’s In The Mix was mainly focused on the festival I also managed to squeeze in two bit’s of celeb gossip too!…

Riot Tweets
Everyone must of heard about or seen on the news the riots and violence that have been taking place in London and other UK cites, during this week. Many celebrities have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter

Lily Allen: “Are we on the brink of civil war or something ?”
She added: “Bring back the cane ??????”

Leona Lewis: “I presume alot of people rioting are from the area and all your doing is hurting yourself and your own community.”

Jessie J: “This is NOT how to gain respect. This is NOT how to get justice. This is NOT how to gain peace.”

Simon Pegg: “Come on London we are better than this. This is so awful.”

He added: “I’ve lived in London for 18 years and never seen anything like it. Truly disturbing.”

Kelly Osbourne: “with the greatest of respect the police are not educated enough 2 deal with this kind of destruction so why dont they bring in the army.”

She added: “just to make myself clear i DON’T MEAN THE POLICE ARE STUPID just that they have no been taught to deal with things on this level!”

Jamie Oliver: “so sad to see whats happening in UK with these Riots!all gone mad !time to get our country back now we need 2 come down hard on these idiots.”

Wayne Rooney: “These riots are nuts why would people do this to there own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please.”

Cheryl Cole In Film
A star studded movie based on the best selling pregnancy bible called ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ is due to come out next year.
The story line is about six different couples who are each preparing to welcome a child. The movie follows them up to the delivery of their babies.

Actors and Actress’ with roles in the film include Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Banks. Hip hop Star J-LO will also appear.

Popstar, Cheryl Cole, who has had a bit of a downer in her career lately is said to be in “advanced talks” to be a character in this film too. It is possible she may be taking the role of a talent show judge who assesses Diaz’s character.  A source has said “This is a bit of fun for Cheryl. She will film the scenes imminently and is really looking forward to it,”
So does this mean Cheryl has turned to acting? Maybe not as the source carries on to explain “It doesn’t mean she suddenly wants to become an actress. It was just an opportunity that has come up while she has been having some downtime and she thought it would be great fun to take part.”

‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ is  due to be released on May 11, 2012.


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Extra Celeb Gossip This Week!

In The Mix was extended by an hour this week starting at 1pm instead of 2pm. This meant there was an extra hour for more celebrity gossip which an be read below…

Justin’s Tattoo
Back in May, Justin Bieber and dad Jeremy, got matching tattoo’s on the left hand side of their torso’s. The tattoo was of the word ‘Yeshua’ which is Hebrew for Jesus. They got them done in Israel and there has been a couple of pictures recently  released of the pop sensation in the tattooist chair, and Justin and Jeremy showing of their new additions.
Justin admitted his faith in past interviews and has shared his opinions on abortions and homosexuality. He also believes and has said that Jesus is the reason he is here.

Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow, most famously known for playing Phobe Buffay in popular sitcom ‘Friends’, has said Phoebe has inspired her and she is very grateful.  Even though they have nothing in common Lisa has explained “Thanks to Phoebe, I don’t have to worry – I can have fun. Phoebe was very far from who I was as a person. But part of her definitely rubbed off on me, inspired me to be more optimistic.”

In Lisa’s next acting role she plays someone completely different to Phoebe and herself. Her next character, called Fiona Wallice in TV Show ‘Web Therapy’, is a  counsellor who treats her patients badly.

Talking about her new character Lisa has said “This type of character is certainly a risk but I can’t help it. There’s just something about not doing what the audience expects of you. People who think they’re pulling something off when the rest of the world can see right through them have always struck me as funny. They make me laugh a lot.”

At the moment hip-hop band N-dubz are taking a break from being in a band to concentrate on solo careers. Dappy has a new single called ‘No regrets’, Tulisa is one of the new judges on this series of X-Factor and Frazer has a new album coming up. Despite the fact they all have their own separate careers, Frazer has said they are not splitting up, he explained “We have a new single coming out in November and are thinking about repacking theLove.Live.Life album or doing a Best Of.”

“We’ll be performing on The X Factor and joining Tulisa at Judges’ Houses.”

Frazer  has revealed that his plans involve working with singers such as Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Rihanna.
His new album is said to be the British version of Timbaland’s Shock Value. Frazer explains “My album is going to do what Timbaland did. I’m in the studio this week with Katy Perry and there’s a couple of mega-stars coming up, too.”

He will meet up with Chris Brown and Rihanna after their appearances at the V Festival, as they “have business to discuss”.
He lastly added: “Everything that leaves my studio I am confident is good enough to hit radio.”

Amy Winehouse
Sadly last Saturday talented singer Amy Winehouse passed away in her London Flat.

Her funeral took place on Tuesday for Amy’s family and close friends.
Amy’s dad Mitch wanted to celebrate her life and did this by making a 20mintue speech which didn’t only have tears and prayers but also had a few jokes in their too. He then ended his speech by saying “Goodnight my Angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”
Celebrity guest who attended the funeral included Mark Ronson and Kelly Osbourne who wore her hair in a beehive in tribute. And she also tributed online, on twitter by tweeting “I can’t even breathe right now I’m crying so hard, I just lost one of my best friends. I love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you.” She later posted a picture of from 2007 of herself with Amy with the words, “I miss my friend”.

Lots of other stars have been tweeting many tributes too including  Clarkson, Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Ellie Golding, and many many more.
Mark Ronson paid tribute during his first gig since the singer’s death by playing a cover of ‘Valerie’, ‘Back to Black’ and he also put ‘Rehab’ into his DJ set.
He said “It’s really lovely getting to play some music here for you tonight,” and when talking about Amy he also said “She made brilliant music, more than I’ll make in my entire life,”.

Also this week Amy’s father gave away her clothes to fans who camped outside her north London home. As he gave out Amy’s clothes Mitch said: “There are Amy’s t-shirts. This is what she would have wanted – for her fans to have her clothes.”

RIP Amy, our thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends.

Film Mistakes
A new film website has found the top ten mistake-ridden films. And there is more than just one mistake in each. Below you can find the order of the films with the most mistakes and some examples…

10. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ – 245 mistakes including a crew member in modern clothes – a white t-shirt and a cowboy hat – is spotted in the background, just standing on the ship.
9. ‘Scary Movie 3’ – 255 mistakes
8. ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ – 257 mistakes
7. ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ – 262 mistakes
6. ‘Star Wars’ – 267 mistakes
5. ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ – 290 mistakes including a visible crew member, when Snape pulls Malfoy back to his feet during the duel.
4. ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ – 297 mistakes
3. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – 304 mistakes
2. ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ – 328 mistakes

And the Top film with the most mistakes is…
1. ‘Apocalypse Now’ with 392 mistakes!
These and many others can be found on the website.

Continuing with the Film theme, I also talked about some new films coming out soon.

Rihanna’s film
R&B singer Rihanna is set to star in a film based on the popular boardgame called ‘Battleship’.
The film will have the same name as the game and Rihanna will an FBI agent who helps the Navy defeat aliens at sea.

Some fans may be a bit unsure about this action role as recently Rihanna’s music video ‘Man Down’ has caused controversy as it shows her old firing a gun at a man’s head and then fleeing the scene, leaving him dying in pool of blood at a busy train station .

Battleship will be realised in 2012.

Chris Evans
Actor Chris Evans has played many different appealing characters such as Jonny storm in ‘Fantastic Four’, Jake Wyler in ‘Not another Teen Movie’, and Most Recently Captain America, in Captain America: The First Avenger. However the 30 year old has recently revealed he can’t get used to being seen as a heartthrob.

He has said “I don’t consider myself that way. Many actors are saddled with raging insecurity and I am no exception. I’m drowning in it.”
He is also struggling to feel like a ‘sex symbol’ when compared to some of the actors in one of his next movies, The Avengers, he explains “It’s tough to feel [like a sex symbol] standing next to Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth, but I’m fine with it,”

He also explains how start struck he was “Seeing the Iron Man suit, because I love the Iron Man movies, was so cool,”

“And Hemsworth – have you seen him? He’s huge! He puts the cape on and the wig and its like, ‘Jeez!’ The guy’s the god of Thunder.”

Chris has also praised his co stars by saying  “Hemsworth and I are definitely in uncharted waters, but it’s great that we have one another,”  “I can’t say enough about Downey. He’s been so great. He’s so positive and so available, and I didn’t know what to expect. He’s so experienced.”

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Who will be given newborn Harper Seven Beckham a private concert in her own home?! Find out here!

Bieber and The Beckhams
Yes that’s right it’s none other that Justin Bieber!
The main celeb gossip of this week was that Teen sensation Justin Bieber and footballer David Beckham have been making deals with each other. Beckham will give Bieber football lessons if he gives David and Victoria’s newborn Daughter, Harper Seven, and her 3 brothers, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, an exclusive performance. There is a possibility Justin current girlfriend popstar, Selena Gomez may join him too.

Justin has said “I’ve agreed to give the boys a private concert at their house – if David gives me some private soccer lessons!”
“David’s an amazing dad, and he told me how happy it would make the boys, so I had to say yes. Maybe now they have a girl, Selena will have to come too, and dedicate a song to Harper.
“David tells me my records are always played in their household, and David and Victoria are both really cool, so I’m happy to oblige.”

Justin met the Beckham’s at one of his gigs and have remained friends with them ever since and even tweet messages to each other. Back in June Victora Tweeted

“Romeo got a special little message from @justinbieber!! Thank u @justinbieber for the boys signed guitars!!! they are so happy!!!!!!! X VB,”

Chris Brown on the Big Screen
Chris Brown is mostly known for his singing and dancing however he has also been in a few films, such as Stomp and Takers, but now he is about to add another to his list. Next year he will be starring in a romantic comedy called Think Like a Man. It’s an adaptation of Steve Harvey’s advice book for women named Act like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Chris will star alongside Steve Harvey, Gabrielle Union and Michael Ealy.
Filming for this new film has begun in Los Angeles, and the movie is due out in April next year.

Beyonce In Space

Beyonce recorded wake-up call for the astronauts who were aboard the Atlantis space shuttle saying “Good morning, Atlantis. This is Beyonce. Sandy, Chris, Doug and Rex, you inspire all of us to dare to live our dreams, to know that we’re strong enough and smart enough to achieve them.”
She then dedicated her new track, Run The World to mission specialist Sandy Magnus by saying “This song is especially for my girl Sandy. And all the women who’ve taken us to space with them and the girls who are our future explorers,”

When Sandy later dialled into Houston she Thanked the star saying “A big thanks to Beyonce for taking some time out of her schedule to record us a greeting. We’re ready for another day here in Atlantis! Hopefully we as a team at NASA can keep our inspirational work up for the young people of America,”.

Steps reunite
90’s band Steps, who had hits such as One For Sorrow and maybe most famously Tragedy, spilt up in 2001, ten years ago.
However the band will be reunited and we will find out the reason behind the spilt in a new four part documentary which will be on Sky Living.
Makers of the programme have said it will “recount their experiences whilst in Steps, the reasons behind the decision to disband, and their unresolved grievances from their days in the spotlight”.

Since their spilt each band member have been quite successful in their careers, with Lisa, Faye, H and Lee featuring in TV and theatre and Claire Richards made her comeback by taking part in TV show Popstar To Operastar.

Head of factual entertainment at Sky, Mark Sammon  has said: “We’ll document the in-fighting, jealousy and power struggles – it’s not the sugar-coated Steps we all remember”.

Chantelle Houghton
Big Brother and Essex Star Chantelle Houghton has been told she will have tough consequences because of her extreme dieting.

Chantelle went to a fertility clinic after getting a pain in her left ovary and was told she has little chance of conceiving a baby. She said that she was told ‘that I’d never be able to conceive naturally… that I had low fertility and that if I wanted to have a baby, I’d have to have IVF. He said that if I’d waited another three years, I would never be able to have children at all. I wouldn’t have any eggs left.”

She added: “There’s always the chance I could miraculously fall pregnant naturally, but it’s so remote.”

After her divorce in 2007 from popstar Preston, Chantelle lost lots of weight after she used to make herself sick after eating and drink water to fill herself up.
She understands this problem is her own fault by saying : “Ultimately it’s my fault. I hate myself and can never forgive myself. Because of my obsession with food and my crash dieting when I had bulimia, I’ve ruined my chances of having a baby naturally.”

Will Young
Will Young’s last single was released in 2008 and it was called Let It Go. It peaked at number two in the UK album charts and was certified platinum. However he is ready t release his next single on the 21st August called ‘Jealousy’. His 5th studio album ‘Echoes’ will  follow a day later on August 22nd.

Will has teamed up with producer Richard X. Will explains why he wanted to work with Richard by saying : “I really wanted to get the voice and the performance closer to how it is live and I really liked what Richard did with Steve Mason… if I went with someone obvious it would take away from what I wanted to do. So I wrote Richard a note.”

And Richard himself has explained: “We’ve been so close to it and driven mad with detail but we’re enjoying the songs as much as when we started. It’s quite different for Will, but still Will.”





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Happy 1st Birthday to In The Mix!

Today I celebrated the fact In The Mix has been on Phoenix for a whole year!
I played some songs from artists and bands (local and famous) who I’ve interviewed over the year and also looked back on some of the celeb gossip I have reported on, which can be read below…

Megan Fox get’s married
Megan Fox tied the knot to 90210 actor Brian Austin Green, in Hawaii.

The couple got engaged in 2007 but Megan broke it off in 2009. However Brain proposed again, and she obviously said yes.
They got married in the Four Seasons Hotel and stayed in Hawaii for their Honeymoon.
It was a very small ceremony with only 6 guests there, not including Megan Fox’s parents! Therefore Brain’s 8 year old son gave Megan away.

Megan has said ‘I am more in love with him now than ever!’

Celebs Quit Twitter
From the 1st of December a few celebrities quit using Twitter!

However they did it for a good cause. Alicia Keys supports a charity called ‘Keep A Child Alive’ and the celebrities are stopping all tweets and the use of twitter to raise awareness for World AIDS Day, which was on the 1st, and to raise money for Alicia’s charity.

The Celebrities included Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Usher Serena Williams, Elijah Wood, Jennifer Hudson and Kim Kardashian.
A number of posters were made with the stars taking part in a coffin with ‘the name of the celeb is dead!’ written on it.

Underneath it said ‘So and So has scarified their digital life to give real life to millions of other affected by HIV aids in Africa and India. That means no more Facebook or Twitter until we buy their life back. Visit 90999 to buy their life back now’

The amount of money raised was $1,139,111 and this can be seen on the website visit

A couple of Waxworks have been made over the year including Fashion expert Gok Wan. It was unveiled at the Liverpool One shopping centre and is one of the figures which was been made for the new branch for Madame Tussauds.
The Madame Tussauds Blackpool attraction opened on April 21st. It is the 12th branch to open around the world and the first in the UK outside London.

There were also 8 wax work models made of Lady Gaga.
There were many requests by fans for these models, so the team at Madame Tussauds decided to create a small army of Gaga’s in branches including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Germany.

The wax work in the London branch the Poker Face singer appears in a Philip Treacy Telephone hat and a custom-made Giorgio Armani midnight blue suit with a double-breasted jacket, pagoda-style shoulders and flared trousers.
A spokesperson for the German branch at the time said: “It was all over the world the same answer, we want Lady Gaga!”
The Lady Gaga waxworks cost £150,000 each to create, totalling £1.2million for all eight figures

Royal Wedding
One of the most celebrated events that happened this year was the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
On the 30th show of In The Mix I talked about the sale if Kate’s dress.
Back in 2002 Kate Middleton first caught the eye of Prince William at a charity fashion show at Saint Andrews University in Scotland. She was walking down the run way wearing a knitted transparent black dress, which has recently been sold for £78,000 in an auction on Thursday.

The buyer was a man who has refused to give his name but has said he bought it on behalf of someone he would identify only as “Nick from Jersey”.
The sale far exceeded the initial estimate of £10,000 by Kerry Taylor Auctions, as the dress only cost £30 to make! The auctioneer, said: “The sale did fantastically well and went above expectations throughout. I am delighted that the dress made a ‘princely sum’.”

The strapless dress was designed by Charlotte Todd, who was a fashion and textile design student in 2000 at the University of the West of England when she produced it for a project entitled “The Art of Seduction”.
She has said “I am totally speechless, and feel very emotional. I really didn’t think it would make that amount. I am planning to put some of the money towards a deposit for a house, but perhaps I may use some to change my career.”

The Guests I have had on the show since July 2010 and the name of their songs I played on In The Mix’s Birthday are:

Pixie Lott- Broken Arrow
Steve Brookstien- Don’t Give up
Labrinth  – Sunshine
Missing Andy – Sing for the Deaf
Stacey Solomon – Feeling Good
Ash Lewis – Blue Prints
States of Emotion – Fight them on the Beaches
The Bracknall – Royal Britannia
The Tomorrow Men – Vanilla Rose
Emy’s Parade – Lemonade

Some of the above bands are playing at the Music Crowns Festival which takes place on the 6th and 7th of August, in Weald Park Brentwood.
Sam Gilbert, Co-founder of the Music Crowns competition came into the studio to tell us what it is all about and the events which will be going on.
If you would like to vote for bands participating in the competition go onto
or for more information on the festival and to buy tickets check out

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In The Mix- 2nd July 2011

Jackson Tribute
The 12th Indian International Film Awards festival took place  in Toronto this week and there was a special performance by Jermaine Jackson, a tribute to his brother Micheal Jackson, to mark the 2nd anniversary of his death. He made it clear by saying “This is a special moment in the show because it’s a tribute to my brother,”
The former Jackson 5 band member sang a medley of his brother’s hits including Scream, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and Can You Feel It.
Jermaine wore a red military-style jacket, V-neck white shirt, fitted black slacks and a black cummerbund, a Michael inspired outfit.
Indian singer Sonu Nigam also joined Jermaine to sing This Is It, the song dedicated to Michael and written by Nigam.
The pair performed at IIFA Rocks, a Bollywood-inspired concert and fashion show bonanza which is part of the academy’s three days of film, song and dance and ends with an in  awards ceremony.

Inna and BEP Collaboration?
Romanian singer Inna who is known for such songs as top ten singles  ‘Sun Is Up’  and ‘Hot’  has said that she would like to work with hitmakers The Black Eyed Peas.
She has said “I would really like to start doing some collaborations right now, it’s very important to me so I can grow as an artist – there are so many, definitely the Black Eyes Peas, I really think we have a few things in common with our sound and the type of music we like to make and also Afrojack.”
“I could probably get a rapper on a track with me, I love dance tracks with raps in them, I think that works really well, so hopefully in future that will also happen.”
Inna is a very pretty lady and can often be seen in bikinis in her music videos, however she thinks her intelligence is very important as well as her looks. Before becoming a popstar she  studied political science which I’m sure is a very tricky subject.
She’s said “I give a lot of importance to the way I look and present myself, it is important for me to show this to the fans. “But what is cool is to be both sexy, interesting and intelligent at the same time, I don’t want people to just think of me as sexy.”

Jessie J
Essex singer, Jessie J performed at Glastonbury last weekend  even though doctors have said she should be resting after she broke her foot in a fall. She performed on the Other Stage, sitting on a big golden throne and was joined by a very confident 10 year old girl from Bristol. Shae White was picked by Jessie from the audience after asking for help to sing Price Tag with her.

However since Glastonbury she has stuck to Doctors orders by cancelling some appearances including T In The Park in Scotland, Lovebox in east London and Key 103 Summertime Live in Manchester.
After breaking her foot in two places and needing emergney surgery she has promised her fans she will make it up to them by saying  “Sorry doesn’t feel enough to say, I am devastated for my fans that I know have been waiting to see me and working hard for tickets. I was so excited about the summer and I’m as upset as you all are. But unfortunately these things happen. I have to remain positive and I promise I will make it up later in the year.”

She has also recently revealed that she doesn’t want her second studio record, which is a follow up to ‘Who you are’ to sound the same as her first, and that an acoustic album would be tempting.
She said: “I write about life. So the next album will be about the life I’ve led in the last six months. I had seven years to write the first one and I’ve seen a lot of different things. “Things change, but [it’s] just good music. I don’t want it to sound the same, I’d like to record an acoustic album.”

Beyoncé also performed at Glastonbury, she headlined the event the Sunday night but she has recently appeared on Piers Morgan’s chat show too. She talked about her 30th Birthday coming up in September saying “I can’t wait, because 29 is very strange. You’re still in your 20s but you feel like you’re supposed to be 30.

“I feel like a woman. I feel like I’m very aware of who I am. I feel great and I feel like 30 is the ideal age, because you’re mature enough to know who you are and to have your boundaries and your standards, and not be afraid, too polite – but you’re young enough to be a young woman. I’m so looking forward to it.”

She also talked about her “amazing” other half, rapper Jay-Z saying “We’ve been together for a very long time and I’m very happy. Love is the foundation of everything, everything I do.
“My music is inspired by love – from my family, my husband, my sisters. It gives me the security and confidence that you see on the stage.”
When asked if a baby was being planned anytime soon Beyonce said ‘only God knows’
“I always said I’d have a baby at 30,”  “I’m 29. But I also said I was going to retire at 30. I’m not retiring.”

Cheryl Cole
It has recently been reported she has been spotted with short, blonde hair! However no pictures are available as she as a injunction banning paparazzi from taking photos of her in private places. However showbiz Editor Elisa Roche has managed to get a couple of snaps of Cheryl’s new hair and is selling them for £10,000 each!

Even Though Cheryl has a bann on pictures being taking of her Roche’s tweet explains how she got them “Paparazzi are BANNED from taking pix of Cheryl in the street right now, by Order of the Court. I’ve read the court order but cannot publish it for legal reasons,” Roche added. “There ARE mitigating circumstances for ‘public buildings’.”

It has been said that the new hair do may have been in preparation for her 28th Birthday party which was on Friday.
It’s been reported the invites were black and purple and read : “You are invited to celebrate Cheryl’s birthday. Friday 1st July. 9pm til late. Venue to be advised. London.”

Rumours have been going around that she is thinking of getting back with ex husband Ashely Cole!  Ex Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham has been giving the Girls Aloud singer advice by saying she should “follow her heart”
A source has said that Posh has been in contact with Cheryl after she got axed from the US Xfactor.  The source added  “After Cheryl told Victoria that she wanted to give it another go with Ashley and she couldn’t go on without him, Posh said, ‘Stand by your man! You’ve got to follow your heart’,”

“Victoria was very sympathetic when Cheryl admitted she was terrified that Ashley would hurt her again.
“Some of Cheryl’s friends have been furious with her, but Victoria was more understanding… Cheryl was relieved that Victoria didn’t judge her and just offered positive advice.”


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In The Mix – 17th June 2011

Harry Potter
I treated Harry Potter fans on In The Mix this week by playing the trailer for the last instalment of the franchize Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2. The Film premier takes place in London 7th July and is the 8th instalment which started in 2001 with The Philosophers Stone.
Fans would have seen Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who play main characters Harry, Hermionie and Ron, grow up through the films and would have grown up with them themselves, so they may be sad to see Harry for the last time.

However author JK Rowling has hinted this may not be the last we see of Harry! This week she has launched a new website called Pottermore, it is very mysterious as all the site is, is a clock counting down the seconds until Rowling makes an announcement about the project on June 23.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows will be out in Cinemas on 15th July.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake first rose to fame in music with singles such as Sexy Back and Cry Me a River, but he also has another talent of acting, and he has recently admitted he is focusing on his film career more than music at the moment. However he has said he misses the music by saying “You go through these spurts when you miss it. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to involve myself in music and films as they come and go.” He added: “People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be some day. It could happen next month or next year, but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.”

Justin has been in numerous films, one of which has just recently come out, which is Bad Teacher which also stars Cameron Diaz, but he was who was nominated for seven awards for playing Sean Parker in The Social network. And even though he was nominated for these awards he still feels a bit like a beginner when it comes to acting saying  “I feel like a rookie in the movie business, that’s for sure. Maybe a little bit of an outsider, too, since I came to it from music.
“But I think that’s fair. I don’t know that I’ve done a huge body of work that would warrant my not feeling like that.”

Dance group, Diversity who won reality TV Show Britains Got Talent in 2009, appeared in StreetDance 3D in 2010, but they may soon be starring in a film about themselves.
Lead choreographer Ashley Banjo said “The film thing for us is closer than people expect, and I’m pretty sure it will happen in the near future.”

There is also a chance the dance group may be taking part in the 2012 Olympics as he added “I can’t confirm yet, but as a group we’re definitely going to be involved in the Olympics in a performance sense,”.

Diveristy start a tour next year and Ashley is still shocked of how popular they are by saying “I’m quite confident that people would always enjoy us, whether we were popular or not, but since Britain’s Got Talent it’s been like a snowball effect; it’s been more and more popular,”
“That proves the public really enjoy what we do, because it’s more than two years now since the show (Britain’s Got Talent) and we’re about to embark on our biggest tour yet, not our smallest one. That’s a good sign when the public keep coming back for more.”

Maroon 5 and Christina
US TV Talent programme The Voice is a bit like X-Factor, however the judges face the audience and not the person auditioning. The four judges on the show are Cee Lo Gree, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine (from Maroon 5) and Christina Aguilera.
The two judges I mentioned last, Adam and Christain, has recently recorded a collaboration together called ‘Moves Like a Jagger’.
The song has been described as quintessential Maroon 5 power pop, with an upbeat tune.
Aguilera thinks the collaboration is a “wonderful opportunity” while Levine has said it was ‘great’ to work with her.
The track was recorded in LA and will be available to buy online after the 21st June when they will perform Like A Jagger on The Voice.

And for any Maroon 5 fans you may want to know that once The Voice is finished for this seris, Maroon 5 are  co-headlining a North American summer tour with Train, beginning on July 22 in California.

Spider Man on stage
Bill Clinton, Jay-Z and Matt Damon were just 3 of the celebs who were in the audience of Spider Man: Turn off the Dark Musical which has recently opened up on Broadway.
However this production is not the same as it started out to be.
The original director called Julie Taymor was replaced just three months before the play was brought to stage. She was replaced by the director of musical The Boy From Oz, Philip William Mckinley, made many changes to the $70million.

The opening of the play wasn’t smooth as there was been six scheduled openings, numerous rewrites, cast injuries and technical glitches and all of this may have show as it got a poor reception from critics with some saying it was “significantly overhauled but still terminally clunky reworking”.
Julie Taymor attended thee opening night, was welcomed on stage and said “I just want to thank everybody, especially the cast and crew, the musicians and this creative team that I got to work with for a long time,”.

After the play had finished all the cast were relived and Reeve  Carney, who plays Peter Parker said “The biggest lesson I learned from this whole process is never to give up,” “There were many opportunities along the way for many of us to quit, but none of us did.”


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Stacey Solomon Interview!

Stacey Solomon Interview

Last Saturday I met up with Dagenham singer Stacey Solomon to talk about her new auto biography and her plans for the rest of the year. Hear the interview right here…[audio:]

Girls Aloud Reunion
The long awaited reunion of girl band Girls Aloud is set to be happening in January 2012.
Sarah, Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola and Kimberly  are going to return to the studio after three years of the girls concentrating on their solo careers including solo records, acting and TV presenting.
A source has said “They’re excited they’re going to be making a fresh start together on this next adventure of their lives.
“In six months time it’ll be back to work as normal – they are itching to get back in the studio.”
The pop band are currently looking  for new producers to make hits for them on their next album
The source added: “At the moment the girls are really excited about their new beginning, although they are scratching their heads over who will create signature hits for them.
“They are all grown women now. Cheryl has been through a lot worse than US ‘X Factor’. She’s survived a marriage breakdown and almost died of malaria. She’s made of tougher stuff.”

Gym Buddies
Cameron Diaz is starring in a new film which will be released next week called Bad Teacher, but she has also recently become  “gym buddies” with a maybe unlikely partner.
Cameron was in a private fitness studio in London’s Kensington district and saw the prince right there!
An insider has said  “Producers secured her membership at the ultra discreet, £3,500-a-year gym, unaware Prince Harry was also a member.
“Since first spotting one another and saying hello, they have coincided visits on two further occasions.
“During the second one, they were pounding along on adjacent treadmills and Harry cheekily nudged-up Cameron’s speed dial, suggesting a one-kilometre race. Cameron agreed … and won.
“They have become pretty friendly – Harry even invited his new gym buddy out drinking with him and his chums.”
Cameron  joined the gym to get in shape for another new film she is currently shooting called Gambit.
Not only is this a gym but it also has a spa, restaurant, media room and library.

Part one of Breaking Dawn will be released in November and some of the female stars have been busy with other things as well as shooting the film. Dakota Fanning who plays Jane has recently just graduated from high school. She wore a blue cap and gown at the LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall with her classmates from North Hollywood’s private Campbell Hall school.
Not only has she graduated she was also named homecoming Queen and was part of her schools cheer leading team. Dakota’s  parents and younger sister Elle came along to the graduation too. So congratulations to her.

Nikki Reed who plays Rosalie has has revealed there was no emotional goodbye.She has said “It was surprising, actually, how little we had to say when we finished, to be honest. We know we’re going to see each other, so it wasn’t super dramatic,”
The cast are nearing the end of their franchise, and I know if I was them and part in such a popular and amazing film I would feel sad it was coming to an end. However Peter Facinelli,  Carlisle Cullen , added: “We have two more movies coming out, so it wasn’t so much of a goodbye as it was a ‘see ya later’.”

Sign lanauge
A couple of female stars have started to learn sign lanuage so they can communicate to thier deaf fans.
Lady Gaga can sing in Spainish and German but she has been inspired by her deaf fans to learn American Sign Language, after she saw a youtube video of them singing alog to her songs. is going to have lessons with a private
A source has said “GaGa’s already campaigned for gay rights in the States and has spoken out about political issues like immigration.
“Now she wants to make sure her deaf fans feel included too.
“Once she’s mastered sign language she’ll be able to respond to the videos that are online, and include signing in future live tours.”
At some of GaGa’s gigs she has had a sign language expert by her side to interpret but now after these lessons with a private tutor she may be able to do it herself.

Actress Eva Longoria has also decided to learn sign language after she attended the 9th Annual GLAD Benefit Extravaganza – which was held in support of deaf individuals and those hard of hearing. Eva has recently  launched her own cook book called Eva’s Kitchen and she has said “I’ve had a lot of deaf people who have bought my book and I’ve been able to talk to them about what my favourite recipe is and what to cook.”

Glamour Awards
Popualr magazine Glamour had there galmour awards this week. Each June, the event is held which recognise women in the public eye. This year they teamed up with Pandora to celebrate the most talented women in film, music, fashion, TV, theatre, business, literature and sport.
Some of the winners were…

Presenter of the Year- Davina McCall
TV Personality of the Year- Danni Minogue
Pandora Breakthrough of the Year- Ellie Goulding
Radio Personality of the Year- Fearne Cotton
Woman of Tomorrow- Jessie J

There are many more categories and winners on Glamour’s website.

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In The Mix – 28th May 2011

Cake apology
Robbie Williams treated his wife to a meal at a restaurant called The Fat Duck this week to celebrate her birthday, but it ended in him having to apologise to for eating her birthday cake before she had a chance to blow out her candles.
Writing on his official website, he said: “I took Ayda to a place called the fat duck for her birthday. I officially had the best meal of my life”
“The day after I did a 10 mile hike to burn it all off … I was that hungry when I got back through the door something bad happened. Ayda’s birthday cake was liberated by me … I didn’t know there was cake etiquette. Apparently your supposed to wait for candles to be lit a song is sung and then you share…
sorry ayda x”
As he said he done a 10 mile hike and has been working hard with his fitness training to make sure he isn’t the ‘podgy’ member of his band Take That. It has been reported that he lost 42 pounds while preparing to tour with the group.
His Fitness instructor Nick Hollender said: “I make him run on the treadmill and sing all his songs without missing a note.
“He has to catch up to bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald who have been on tour much more than him.
“He’s not going to be left behind and wants to be trim and healthy, instead of feeling like the podgy member.”

Pixie Lott’s Fashion Range
Local singer Pixie Lott has launched her 3rd  fashion range for high street shop Lipsy. To celebrate the launch she held a party at the London night club Chinawhite and some of the stars who attended were including David Hasselhoff, Jesse Metcalfe, Rochelle from the Saturdays and JLS’ Marvin
Pixie has promised this new fashion range is ‘quite different’ and it certainly sounds it as it features a mix of vintage style, 70s inspired garments and floral patterns, contrasted with bold statement dresses and lots of colour blocking.

Break for The Black Eyed Peas
Fergie, the only female member in popular group Black Eyed Peas has revealed the band are taking a break from each other to concentrate on their personal lives.
Fergie herself has decided to use the time apat to spend more time with her husband, she has said  “We’re taking a break.getting more of that personal time, but, you know, Josh and I have gotten to spend a lot more time together this year than other years, which is great.”
We also may soon be hearing little footsteps of a mini Fergie after she admitted she is planning to start a family, when she was asked about it she replied saying  “Oh yeah, of course. Not right this second. Not pregnant, for the record. But, yeah.”
Even though Fergie is using her time off to chill out and spend time with her family, her bandmate is using his time in the opposite way. He is planning to release a solo album.
Fergie added: “I believe Will is coming out with a solo album, I’ve heard it, it’s called ‘Black Einstein’, and it’s amazing. I’ve been waiting for him to come out with this for so long, because I want it. He won’t give it to me. I want it for the gym. He’s so amazing. Such a genius lyricist and I’m really excited for his project.”

Leona Wants to be number one
Leona Lewis has revealed she would like to do a duet with Adele.  Four years ago the  X-Factor winner got to number one in the US charts with her song ‘Bleeding Love’ and she thinks that she would be able to get another number one if she collaborated with Adele.
She said “They’ve invited me to perform on US ‘X Factor’, so that will be exciting.
“What came into my head was a duet with Adele. I think she is incredible. I met her a little while ago. We did ‘VH1 Divas’ together and I just think she’s awesome. She’s done so well and her music speaks for itself. That’s what it is – just talent.”

Adele says No to festivals
Adele is turning down lots money recently for a number of reasons. She has turned down the chance to appear at three summer shows in London and get £500,000 for it so that she can hang out with her friends, as she doesn’t want her whole life to be spent working. But also she has revealed she will never perform at festivals or arenas as she is scared of performing in front of a big crowd. However she has said she still wants to play at small venues, saying “I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don’t think the music would work either. It’s all too slow. I’d hate to book a festival and have a  anxiety attack and then not go on stage, do you know what I mean?”
Although she is worth £6 million, according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List she has hinted money is not her motivation. By saying “I like things now I’ve got it but I’d still be alive and healthy and a good person if I didn’t have money.”


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In The Mix – 21st May 2011

Danni quits X-factor
This week it was reported that Dannii Minogue quit her role as a judge on X-factor because it clashes with the live shows of Australia’s Got Talent, which she has been on since 2007.

On The Other hand some people feel she may have been forced out on purpose by X Factor bosses. However Simon Cowell’s publicist Max Clifford has denied these rumours saying “He (Simon) definitely wanted to keep her in because she was very popular and has worked very well. But in the last few months, because of the American X Factor, this X Factor has had an awful lot of juggling going on and it’s a question of getting the best possible combination.”

However bosses of the UK version of the US show The Voice are keen to take Danni on as a judge. An insider has said “Bosses really want Dannii, as she was hugely popular on the X Factor and really knows her stuff. She mentored Matt Cardle to the crown last year and is really good with contestants. She would be great on The Voice.”

The Voice is a talent show in were the judges, including Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, face the audience and can’t see the singer, so that it is really all about the voice.

Daybreak’s Donate a Day
Daytime TV programme Daybreak has a whole host of celebrities supporting them as they prepare for their ‘Donate a Day’ event which is happening this Monday.
Simon Cowell, Rod Stewart, Paul O’Grady, the cast of Emmerdale and The Loose Women and local singer Pixie Lott are just some of the celebs getting involved. They will take part in doing good causes for the day such as such as doing a neighbours’ shopping or decorating a community centre.

And of course ‘Daybreak’ presenters Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles will be playing their part, Christine is going t visit the Teenage Cancer Trust in Cardiff while Adrian will spend a day with Age UK in Birmingham.

Christine has said: “Time is precious and in today’s busy world it’s easy to lose track of what’s important around us. Family, friends, the local community and charitable causes could all benefit from a few hours of our time. Daybreak’ is launching ‘Donate a Day’ to encourage you to give up a little bit of time to make a big difference.”

Unicef Fundraiser
A celebrity Karaoke Fundraiser took place the week headlined by the one and only Jack Black. The event which was called Unicef’s Playlist for A list allowed the public to bid for an opportunity to sing along with a celebrity in a live duet.

Other celebrities took part in the event too including Ne-yo, model Brooklyn Decker, Actor Bill Bellamy and many other.

The money raised will go towards benefiting the schools in Africa.

The popular T4 programme Shipwrecked has had a two year break but will be returning to our screens later this year
The show watches contestants spilt into two teams, The Tigers and The Sharks who live on opposite Islands near New Zealand. The aim of the game is for them to stay on the Islands for as long as they can and gain for new members. The largest team then wins a cash prize. However in the new series the format may be slightly different.

Neil McCallum, head of T4 and Music said: “As one of the pioneering reality shows, ‘Shipwrecked’ has always proved to be a firm favourite amongst T4 fans. So it’s great to be bringing the show back this autumn, with its refreshed format and new back to basics approach to island life.”

Executive Producer Tayte Simpson added: “The rules and format will be kept tightly under wraps, but we can say that applicants should be prepared for the experience to be tougher than ever. Yes it’s paradise, but this is no summer holiday.”


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In The Mix – 14th May 2011

Stacey Solomon to host Big Brother
Local  singer Stacey Solomon has said she wants to host the new series of ‘Big Brother’.
Stacey herself has been involved in reality TV  coming third in 2009’s X Factor and winning recent seris of  I’m a celebrity get me out of here. And about Big Brother she has said “I would love to host the new ‘Big Brother’. It’s a huge show and I’m so excited it’s coming back. I think stepping into Davina McCall’s shoes would be very hard as people do tend to think of her in that role but I reckon I could do a good job.”

And even though she has been involved in reality TV, she wouldn’t want to actually go into the Big Brother house and be a contestant, she said “I’d much rather host the show than be on it. After ‘I’m A Celebrity’ I will give reality TV a break. But as a host I could definitely get the contestants on side. Then I could stir things up a bit.”

Will Smith’s Trailer Annoys Residents
Will Smith is currently filming for his new Film Men In Black 3, in Manhatten’s Soho district in New York. And his Luxury trailer is causing problems for the residents as it is clogging up the streets!
Anessa Rahman has explained the trailer and the other Hollywood trucks  has put a dent in her business. She co-owns an antiques store next to where the actors trailer has been parked. She said “I love Will Smith, but this is about survival,”
Other residents complained about its size, noise and fumes. All this complaining seemed to do the trick as on Wednesday afternoon the mega trailer was removed by Columbia Pictures.

A spokesman for Columbia Pictures has said “This trailer has been used many times in this city by different studios on various movies over the years, and while its use has never been an issue before, we regret any inconvenience it may have caused.”

British Family Guy
For fans of the American animated TV series Family guy, you might be interested to know that the people who made The Simpsons Movie are soon to bring out a British version of Family Guy.
The programme will be called ‘Happy Families’ and will follow the lives of a typical suburban family living in the UK.

It will be on channel four and will feature appearances from many different stars. Jay hunt who is Channel 4’s creative officer has said: “It will feature cameos from celebrities as you’ve never seen them before.”

Lady GaGa to become an actress?
Lady Gaga may soon be going into acting as ‘Pulp Fiction’ director Quentin Tarantino has mentioned that he would like Gaga to appear in his next film. He arranged for Celeb couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet up with Gaga, who then invited them to attend her Cannes Film Festival performance, which took place this week. It has also been said that Uma Thurman, Johnny Depp and Kanye West was invited to the after party.
A source spoke about Gaga’s meeting with Brad and Angelina saying “Tarantino knows Gaga’s a big fan of Brad and Angelina. When she heard they were both in Cannes, too, she mentioned that she’d love to have them come and watch the show. So Quentin gave his pal Brad a bell to ask the couple to join them. It’s no secret Quentin’s been eyeing up Gaga for a role in one of his up-and-coming films. And now they’re both in Cannes, he’s keen to show off his movie star credentials.”

Gaga wants to be firm friends with Angelina as the source continued : “As one fiery woman to another, Gaga’s always been really into Ange and she thinks the glamorous location of Cannes is just the place for them to get pally.”

Katie Inks out Pete
When Katie Price and Peter Andre were together Katie had a tattoo of her then husbands name on her wrist but it seems like Pete has been completely replace now, not only by Katie’s 2nd new man since being with Pete, but she has had a rose tattoo cover over Pete’s name. She has previously put a simple cross over the tattoo but it has now recently been reported that she has covered it with a flower.
She had the tattoo done when she was in Bunenos Aires where her new toyboy Leandro Panna is from.  Katie formally know as Jordan put up pictures on Twitter of herself, Leandro and the tattoo artist and tweeted “In the middle of having a tattoo…oh my God…it HURTS”.

But that’s not the only thing that hurt Katie while she was on holiday, She has a car crash when her boyfriend was driving and two wild horses ran into the road. Katie suffered minor injuries but was more distraught at the fact the two horses has sadly died.

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In The Mix- 7th May 2011

We had an extra hour of In The Mix this week which meant more celeb gossip!

Doctor is rushed to Hospital
Matt Smith who plays the current and 6th Doctor Who, was rushed to hospital at the beginning of the week after he tripped over in his flat and spilt his head open. He was celebrating with his co-stars as they had just finished filming the 2nd part of Doctor Who’s current series when he had the fall.
A source has said “Matt tripped over in his flat and sustained a minor head cut. He went to A&E as a precaution. He is very, very clumsy so nobody will be surprised.”
They added “It looked really painful but Matt didn’t seem to care. Luckily they had just finished shooting scenes – if not his bosses would have been fuming because it didn’t look too pretty.”

The timelord actor has previous spoke about how clumsy he is saying how he has broken bits of props and having a light fall on his head while resting on it!

X-Factor twins Jedward will be representing Ireland in this year’s Eurovision song content and this week they revealed if they win they are going to treat their fans to ‘cake and pizza’.

John explained: “We’ll be happy with whatever happens, but if we win, we’ll party for a year and treat our fans to cake and pizza.” He also showed how confident they are by saying “We’re not scared of anyone. We’re just going to go and do our own thing.”

Edward added “We’re more excited than scared. Think about it: millions of people across Europe will see what we do and hopefully we’ll get loads of new fans.”
Eurovision takes place on May the 14th and representing the UK is boyband Blue so good luck to them!

Kylie Minogue Musical
It has previously been revealed that there will soon be a Kylie Minogue musical and it has recently been said that it should be ready for next year. The stage production based on her music and career, will be the next thing on Kylie’s and her creative collaborator and stylist William Baker’s list.
William has said “We’re both working on the Kylie musical, using all her songs, which will hopefully be done next year some time. I can’t wait!”

Kylie has previously admitted she is terrified of theatre critics’ response to her planned stage show, which she hopes will open in London’s West End.
She said: “It’s definitely happening. We’ve brought a scriptwriter in and are working on a few synopses. And the critics … music critics are one thing but theatre critics are something else. I suppose if it doesn’t work then that’s it – it’s a closed book.

Baby names
Mariah Carey and Husband Nick Cannon became parents to twins this week have have named them already. They have named their son Moroccan Scott Cannon, and his nickname is to be ‘Roc’. Scott is Nick’s middle name and it is also his grandmother’s maiden name.
The reason they chose the name ‘Moroccan’, is because the top tier of Mariah Carey’s New York apartment is called the ‘Moroccan room’ because of it’s Moroccan-inspired theme. It is also where Nick proposed to Mariah in 2007.
The couple have named their daughter Monroe after screen legend Marilyn Monroe who Mariah has always admired.

Mariah’s rep Cindi Berger has said, ‘it has been a long, emotional journey for this family, and I couldn’t be happier for all of them.’

Top 10 Music millionaires
An annual survey has recently been done which measures the personal fortunes of pop’s most powerful people.

The full top 10 is as follows:
01 Clive Calder (£1.3 billion)
02 Lord Lloyd-Webber (£680 million)
03 Sir Cameron Mackintosh (£675 million)
04 Sir Paul McCartney (£495 million)
05 Simon Fuller (£375 million)
06 Simon Cowell (£200 million)
07 Sir Elton John (£195 million)
08 Sir Mick Jagger (£190 million)
09 Sting (£180 million)
10 Keith Richards (£175 million)

And in the Young Musicians millionaire list Katherine Jenkins came out on top with £13 million. The top 20 list has been dominated by women but Craig David managed to get in there at number 6.

The full top 10 is as follows:
01 Katherine Jenkins – £13 million
02= Cheryl Cole (£12 million)
02= Leona Lewis (£12 million)
02= Katie Melua (£12 million)
05 Joss Stone (£9 million)
06= Charlotte Church (£8 million)
06= Craig David (£8 million)
08 Paolo Nutini (£7 million)
09= Adele (£6 million) – who is the highest new entry on the list
09= Lily Allen (£6 million)

Mabel Dies
Blue Peter is one of the most popular children’s TV programmes and one of the things that make it so good is the animals they have on the show. But sadly one their dogs called Mabel, who has been on the show for 14 years, passed away this week.

The Border collie cross was the programme’s first rescue dog and she was the second longest serving dog on Blue Peter.  She originally featured on the programme when then presenter Katy Hill was making a film about the RSPCA in 1996 she then joined the team a month later. Mabel’s name came from the letters MAB1 which were written on her RSPCA kennel.
Mabel starred alongside 14 different presenters including current presenter Helen Skelton who has said “I’m proud to have worked alongside such an iconic Blue Peter dog. She was dearly loved and that’s a credit to her quirky character. She’ll be sorely missed by the presenters and viewers alike.”

Rihanna reportedly went on a date with Usher this week.
There has been talk that there might be a little romance going on between two of the most popular people in music at the moment.

Rihanna and Usher spent some time together at the Coachelle music festival in LA and then saw each other in New York shortly after.
A source close to Usher has said “They had a really good time together last weekend and wanted to see each other again somewhere private straight after. They’ve known each other for a long time but it’s always been bad timing. They’ve had a few long, passionate kisses. There’s definitely a spark between them. It would have been too obvious to go somewhere in LA and they were both going back to New York for work commitments.”

Usher has said in the past that he would like to work with Riannah by saying “Of course I’d do a track with her – hold on! We’ve been friends and our teams work together and we’ve talked about working together in the past, but it could potentially happen.

“I would love to work with her – I think she’s an incredible artist.’


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In The Mix – 30th April 2011

Girls Aloud’s Comeback!
Everyone has been wondering if current girl group Girls Aloud are going to be reuniting as there as been friction between some members and some have them have gone solo however it’s been confirmed they will make a come back next year!

Their Manager Hilary Shaw has said  “Everybody wants them to make a comeback and it will be next year. Well, it is their 10th anniversary so there will be something. They speak all the time, and that includes Cheryl and Nadine [Coyle] with the other girls. Cheryl is keen to get back with the girls and is planning something which could be a one-off or some gigs.”

The band who is made up of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding, were formed in 2002 on the on TV talent show ‘Popstars The Rivals’ and they  have not performed together since they opened for Coldplay at Wembley Stadium in 2009.

As we all know Cheryl has been a busy girl launching a successful solo career, releasing two albums, being a judge on ‘The X Factor’ and she has now been confirmed as a member of the judging panel on the US version of the pop star search show by Simon Cowell.

Earlier this year, Kimberley said it would be tough to get the band together for a reunion because of their hectic schedule. She said: “It’s not down to me. It’s all of us – Cheryl’s busy and Nadine’s not in the country, she’s in America, so it’s difficult.”

Spice Girls Olympic Reunion
Back in 2001 one of the most well known girl bands, The Spice girls, spilt up. They then got back together just for a world tour in 2007. But now Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) who was the one who left the group in 1998, has said she thinks they should appear together at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games, as it will help put British music back on the map.

She said “The Spice Girls are part of me and always will be. If it happened and felt natural and right, then I’m always open to singing with the other girls.
“Singing at the Games is a great idea and would be an amazing opportunity – and it’s a sign the Brits are back. This is our time. Everything is circular and now there’s a British pop revival.
“It needs to put itself back on the map on a world stage. This is our opportunity to show that British music, which has led and dominated the world, should do, always.”

Some other artists have also been considered to appear including Joss Stone and Muse. Coldplay are said to have been approached to perform an especially written anthem as well called ‘Welcome Song’.

Jessie J
Essex singer Jessie J thinks that some stars are envious of her for being able to just be herself and being brave enough to say whatever she wants. She thinks some are too scared to speak their minds and are too worried about appearing ‘perfect’

She has said: “I say it how it is and I don’t really think before I talk. I sometimes think that’s what everyone else in the industry wishes they could do, but they started out being so perfect that any time they do anything out of the ordinary, people pick up on it.

“I decided that if I just started out being me, no one can ever say I’ve changed.”
She also added: “I don’t ever want to feel guilty about having a bad day. I have to go with my emotions. Sometimes you’re overtired and your mascara doesn’t go on right and you don’t know what to wear and you rip your favourite trousers, and you want to scream and throw something at the wall.
“It’s not that you’re not appreciating your life, it’s just about being a girl.”

The nominations for this years BAFTA TV Awards have been announced and teen comedy drama Misfits is leading them being in four different categories.

The ceremony will take place at London’s Grosvenor House on 22 May and will be presented by Graham Norton who has got his first nomination since 2002 in the entertainment performance category for BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show.

Sir David Attenborough’s natural history documentary Flying Monsters 3D gets the first nomination for a 3D programme.
Jessie Wallace is up for her 1st BAFTA portraying Coronation Street legend Pat Phoenix in The Road to Coronation Street.
And hit programmes such as The Only Way Is Essex and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding are nominated for the YouTube Audience Award.

There are many other categories such as leading actor/actress, entertainment performance, factual series, Current Affairs, sport and many more.

These can all be found on the website

New Reality show
A new reality show is set to be filmed in August, where a group of single celebrities get paired up together to go on dates!
The primetime dating series will see unlucky-in-love celebrities invited on to discuss their likes and dislikes, while a computer comes up with their perfect match.
They will then get paired up with another celebrity who best fits the perfect match and will go on romantic dates. At the end of the date they will be asked how it went and if there is any connection between them!

Stars who have been reported to be a part of this new show are local girl Chantelle Houghton – who split from ‘Crimewatch’ presenter Rav Wilding earlier this month – Calum Best, Big Brother’s John James Parton and ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star Chloe Simms.

An insider has said “There are loads of celebrities who have disastrous love lives so we thought we would give them a helping hand.
“Let’s face it, some need all the help they can get. You never know, it may spark a celebrity wedding!”

Ultimate Latin Superstar
Jennifer Lopez is currently a judge on American Idol and she is now using her role as a TV talent scout on another programme which will search for the ultimate Latin Superstar.

J-Lo has teamed up with Simon Fuller and her husband Marc Anthony to make a show which will see the couple travel to 21 counties to find the best Latin wannabes.
The show will be called Q’Viva! The Chosen and will be directed by Jamie King who has Choreographed for Britney Spears.
J-Lo has talked about the programme by saying “This is a show for the 21st century with an unprecedented global and local story. The Latin culture is a tapestry that is rich in passion, tradition and artistry and we are going to places where all of this talent lives and wouldn’t have otherwise been discovered.”


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In The Mix- 23rd April 2011

On this week’s In The Mix I announced the winners of the Labrinth competition.

The Question was ‘Which Brit Award winning, number one song did Labrinth work on with Tinie Tempah?’

The answer is ‘Pass Out’.

Well done to these 6 winners who won a signed picture of Labrinth…
Claire Hales
Cheryl Daily
Emma Conlon
Harry Cottle
Katherine Scott
Jon Padfield

Thank You to everyone who entered.
Emy’s Parade
We also had  Emy and Dean from local band Emy’s Parade in the studio. They had a little chat with me and played two acoustics for us. The Interview and songs can be listened to right here…
And of course we had all the weeks celeb gossip!…

Stars such as Rihanna, David Beckham and Cheryl Cole are some of the famous faces who are known to have tattoos and one celeb seems to want to join them. Recently Miley Cyrus uploaded a picture on Twitter of her in pigtails showing off her fifth tattoo. It’s a dream catcher down the side of her body.
She tweeted  “Rocking piggy tails for the first time since like 6th grade! I love summer time :).”

The Disney star has only recently come back to twitter after deleting it in October 2009. The reason for this was she wanted to spend more time with her boyfriend, she had almost two million followers and was tweeting everyday meaning she didn’t have enough time for Australian actor Liam Hemsworth.
Miley returned to twitter at the end of March and has since been promoting her Gypsy Heart Tour.

X-factor star axed!
2005 X-factor winner Shane Ward failed to get in the top 10 in November when he released his third album called Obsession .
When he performed his first single called Gotta Be Somebody on X-factor in November the single only made it to number 12 in the charts.

A spokesman from Syco has said “After five very successful years and an international career which saw him sell over 3.2 million records, Shayne’s contract has come to an end.”


Bieber’s Been Beaten!
Justin Bieber became famous thanks to the video sharing website youtube and got many hits, however he has been beaten this month!
New youtube sensation and teenager Rebecca Black has gained over 112 million views in the past four weeks on her song called ‘Friday’.
He has beaten Bieber by 600,000 hits.

The song has caused a media storm due to its unique lyrics. Many people find it quite annoying and some critics have labelled ‘Friday’ the worst song ever released. But it has been said that she is writing some new material as well, so let’s hope she has learnt from the reactions of her first song.

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In The Mix – 9th April 2011

There are 6 SIGNED pictures of LABRINTH to be given away!

If you want the chance to win one then all you have to do is answer this question…

‘Which Brit Award winning, number one song did Labrinth work on with Tinie Tempah?’

To enter send in…
The Answer
Your Name
Your address
via  E-MAIL at or TEXT in on 07779 298298.
Winners will be drawn on 23rd April!

If you don’t know the answer don’t worry you can listen very carefully to my exclusive interview with Labrinth below!…

And now for the weeks celebrity gossip!

This week it has been said that Russian Pop Duo, T.A.T.U are going to release a remixed hits album after which they will be splitting up.

Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova,  who are most famous for their songs All The Things She said and Not Guna Get Us, took a break in 2009 to concentrate on solo their careers.

But recently Katina has said, “We’ve been doing our own thing for over two years now, and it was a logical conclusion. It’s time to move forward.
“People will remember us for great songs, being free, taking life as it is and not being afraid of anything.”
“Maybe in 10 years, we’ll say, ‘Hey, let’s do something together.”

Beckham and Bieber
It was perfect weather this week to do a bit of sunbathing and one famous face, has certainly been doing that but with an unlikely companion. Ex- Spice girl Victoria Beckham posted a picture on Twitter of her husband David Beckham sitting in the sun with a cardboard cut out of Justin Bieber.  She also wrote “OMG A visitor just arrived Guess who???? And now he is sunbathing… He took my sunbed,”.

The photo follows news that the couple’s son, Romeo is a big fan of the 17-year-old singer and has asked his parents to name his unborn baby sister, Justine Bieber Beckham.

And Bieber seems to be a fan of the Beckham’s too as last summer Bieber offered to perform a private concert for Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz in exchange for private football lessons from David.

Rooney looses more than just his cool
Wayne Rooney has been punished in a couple of ways for his swearing outburst he had on the football pitch, this week, after completing a hat-trick.
He looked straight at the camera and said some not very nice words. For this not only will does he have a two match ban but also he has lost his sponsorship contract with Coca-Cola. The deal was worth £600,000 a year but bosses at the drinks giant have reportedly been left unimpressed by a string of scandals involving the footballer player.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola has said: “We mutually agreed that we would not renew our relationship. We wish Wayne well in his career.”

New Film
Comedian Adam Sandler is making a new comedy called I Hate You Dad and has asked rapper Vanilla Ice to play a part.
Sandler will play a father who moves in with his son and his fiancee, only to become the enemy of his future daughter-in-law and Vanilla Ice will play an old friend of Sandler’s Character.
Vanilla Ice made his film debut in 1991 in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and has recently starred on dancing on Ice- this man seems to have so many talents!

Other actors to appear in Sandlers new film which is due to release in June 2010 are Andy Samburg, Leighton Meester and James Caan.
The directors will be Sean Anders and John Morris and Sandler himself will co-produce the comedy with his Happy Maddison production company.

Take me Out
JLS member Aston Merrygold has announced that he wants to appear on ITV1’s programme ‘Take Me Out’!
Take me Out is presented by Paddy McGuiness and aims to match make a couple together. 30 women compete to win a date with an eligible bachelor, who shows off a range of skills and attributes to impress the group. However, if the women dislike the guy, they turn off their light, with him eventually choosing between the remaining potential dates.

Aston has been single since splitting up with his girlfriend Natalie Rush two years ago. He has said “I suppose I’m going to have to go on ‘Take Me Out’ to find someone. I think I’d be a bit self-conscious going on the show, but I’d definitely try it. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

He added “I was talking about it the other day with my mum.She said she wouldn’t want me on the show as she’s scared I’d get all my lights turned off.

“It would be embarrassing.”

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In The Mix- 2nd April 2011

During In The Mix today I had help from a lovely boy called Matt Trayler. It was his first time on the radio and he did very well so I would like to just say a big Thank You to Matt for coming in and we hope to see you back in the Phoenix studio soon! :)

Next Saturday I will be giving you details of a very exciting opportunity to win some signed goodies from R&B producer/singer LABRINTH! So don’t miss next week’s In The Mix, from 2pm until 4pm!

And if you want to know about the latest celeb gossip from this week then keep reading…

Max Corden
Last week I mention that Comedian James Corden’s fiancée had given birth to a baby boy and they wasn’t sure what to name him as James’s family tradition would have been to call him Kimberly.
However James was reluctant to do so as he was worried he might get bullied at school.

Therefore this week the couple decided to call their son Max!
Corden’s spokeswoman confirmed the name and said the couple were “both over the moon”.

Red eyes
Robert Pattinson has recently revealed that  he can’t stand the red/brown contact lenses he has to wear when playing Vampire Edward Cullen in the popular Twilight Saga.
He has admitted that he literally has to be held down while make-up artists put them in.

He said, “Everyone else has figured out how to do it, and then there’s two people holding me down because I can’t do it myself… It’s so embarrassing for me – after so many years, it’s still a process every single morning.” He also added “I actually want to get some kind of plastic explosive… I want to kill them.”

Many stars are known for having just one name, such as Rihanna, Madonna and Oprah, and it has been reported that another famous face wants to join them.
Lindsay Lohan has decided to drop her last name as she wants to be known simply as ‘Lindsay’. Her mum called Dina, is apparently also dropping her surname, as is Lindsay’s younger sister Ali and Dina’s two daughter will go by her maiden name Sullivan.

So Lindsay’s name will now be Lindsay Sullivan.
This decision seems to have been made so that she can distance herself from her father, Michael Lohan, who was recently charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

The Inbetweeners Movie
The Inbetweeners have revealed that they have finished filming most of the scenes for their big movie which will be released in August of this year!

Simon Bird who plays Will has said “It’s basically all finished now – I’d say that we’ve filmed 95 per cent of it. We’ve got a little bit left to do later in the year, but on the whole it is finished. They’ve just got to edit it, do the music and all that.”

The film will follow Will, Simon, Jay and Neil from the E4 sitcom, go away on a lad’s holiday to Crete.
Joe Thomas who plays Simon has said “Doing the film has been a big deal for us and I think we took it quite seriously,”

Blake Harrison, who plays Neil then added “The film is not even edited yet or anything. We just hope fans of the show will enjoy the film, and people who haven’t watched the show will also enjoy it. That’s all that is on our minds at the moment,”.

Family celebrate Jade Goody
Local celeb Jeff Braizer, along with his two sons Freddie and Bobby celebrated the life of their mum and TV personality Jade Goody on the 22nd March, two years after she lost her battle with cervical cancer in 2009. Jeff, who has full custoday of the boys, has said The boys are amazing. I ordered 100 balloons for them to let go. I think it helps them celebrate their mum as opposed to sit round and feel inevitably sad. It’s good that they feel like they’ve respected and honoured their mum and they were certainly a lot happier for doing that. They shared it with a lot of their friends as well. I wanted it to be an open discussion for them to take to school the next day. All their school friends were with them when they did it so they could openly talk about mum and that’s what we got so I’m happy.”

Rihanna and Chris Brown
In February it was Rihanna’s decision not to object to downgrade a restraining order keeping which keeps ex-boyfriend Chris Brown 50 yards away from Rihanna — 10 yards at music industry events, after he became violent towards her.

She has said “We don’t have to talk ever again in my life. I just didn’t want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing — it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can’t perform at awards shows — that definitely made it difficult for him.”

She also talked about putting on a front saying “I put my guard up so hard. I didn’t want people to see me cry. I didn’t want people to feel bad for me. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, ‘I’m fine, I’m tough.’ I put that up until it felt real.”

Chris Brown has had a different reaction to the incident when he appeared on a US TV programme this week and threw a tantrum when the interviewer seem to talk more about the incident which, happened in 2009, rather than promoting Brown’s new album F.A.M.E.
He has since apologised for his angry outburst.

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In The Mix – 26th March 2011

Happy Birthday Phoenix 98 FM!

Phoenix turned four this week and on today’s In The Mix I mentioned a few Celebs who share their birthday’s with us.

The oldest is American Dramatist Tennessee Williams. He is famous for writing many plays such as The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named desire.
R&B Singer Jay Sean also has his birthday today, he was born in 1981, so we may hear soon of what he gets up to, to celebrate!
Actress Keira Knightly turns 26 today as she was born in 1985 and lastly Jonathan Groff, probably most famous for appearing in glee was also born today.
So A Big Happy Birthday to them too!

Here is what else has been happening in Celeb World this week…

Professor Green’s Driving Test
Stephen Manderson, better known as Professor Green sadly failed his Driving Test this week.
He explained the reasons for his failure on Twitter by saying “Fuming! Failed over slipping into 3rd instead of 5th… recovered without blinking but still got failed.’
“I shall sort out my gears and make sure I pass next time. Fingers cross I smack it next time.”

However it might take the Hip-Hop singer a while to gain his official licence as he has said “I can’t book a test tomorrow, 10 working days between tests, and I’m on tour.”

Kym marsh gives birth
This week Ex-hear say singer now actress Kym Marsh gave birth to a little baby girl. They have named her Polly and even tough she was 5 weeks early, is has been said mother and baby are both ‘doing well’

In a statement Kym’s publicist said: “Jamie Lomas and Kym Marsh are delighted to announce that they are the proud parents of a baby girl, Polly Lomas. Polly was born on Wednesday evening weighing 4lbs 1oz. Mum and baby are doing well.”

Kym went on early maternity leave as she confessed she had been feeling ‘very down; during her pregnancy so doctors advise she should take a break from filming in the Soap Coronation Street. She said: “It’s not been enjoyable at all. From 28 weeks I’ve been able to breathe a little bit. Yeah, there have been times I’ve been very down.”

From one Kimberly to another.

Comedian James Corden has a middle name of Kimberly and he became a parent this week too. His fiancee Julia Carey gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday but they have not named him yet.The reason for this is James is unsure whether to carry on his family tradition or not, which is to pass on his middle name.

A source has said “James and Julia haven’t decided on a name but James is really unsure if he should keep the family tradition going. He knows first-hand it’s not a great name for a little boy growing up. He’s wondering whether there is much point carrying it on, as he knows he’s likely to get picked on at school because of it. The little boy is also a healthy big bruiser who looks like he could easily grow up and become a rugby player, and Kimberly is, after all, a girl’s name.”

James has previously spoken about his unusual middle name, saying it caused him to be teased by his schoolmates.
He said: “Every man in my family has it – it’s a tradition. For ages I pretended it was Karl, but my sister was going out with one of my mates and told him, then he told the whole school. It wasn’t great.”

Justin Bieber has ganged up with Will Smith’s son Jaden to get revenge on Jaden’s sister Williow Smith.
10 year old Williow is touring with 17 year old Bieber and last week Williow tried to trick him at a gig so he made plans to give her a scare during her set.

Before his concert in Manchester, he wrote on Twitter, “So the other day Willow decided to try and prank me. PRANK ME.Well now is PHASE 1 of my REVENGE Manchester get ready!!” Phase 1 saw Bieber and Jaden sneaked onto the stage while Willow was performing with their faces covered in face paint.

In a post on her Facebook page, Willow shows she isn’t going to let this go. She wrote, “My big brother’s, Justin and Jaden pranked me on stage tonight… payback!!!”

Donations to Japan
A couple of female stars have donated some money towards Japan after the terrible natural disaster it suffered a few weeks ago.

Popstar Gwen Stefani has donated $1 million, which is equivalent to £619,000, to Save the Children’s Japan earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
In a statement, Stefani said that she has been “inspired by Japan for many years” she also explained that she had “a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture”.

She added: “The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”

Actress Sandra Bullock also donated $1 million to Japan relief efforts.

Elizabeth Taylor
Sadly a Hollywood icon passed away this week. Elizabeth Taylor died at the age of 79 from a congestive heart failure.
Her own Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has called for people to make a contribution in her name or post their personal messages on an official Facebook tribute page. And here are what some stars have been saying.
Whoopi Goldberg, Actress, TV Host
“Today my friend Elizabeth Taylor passed away. Oddly, we all knew this day was coming but still her passing took my breath away. She was a funny, loud, joke tellin, diamond loving, fantastic woman. She played a big role in shaping my life as Whoopi Goldberg. It really is the end of an era.”
Elton John, Singer
“We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”
Michael Caine, Actor
“So sad to hear about my beautiful friend Elizabeth Taylor she was a great human being.”
Mariah Carey, Singer
“R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor an incomparable legend who will live forever.”
Victoria Beckham, Ex-Singer, Fashion Designer
“The world has lost a truly iconic beauty, inside and out. Elizabeth Taylor will be deeply missed.”
George Michael, Singer
“Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman. She also did a great deal in the last 25 years to help the world deal with the HIV epidemic. I am proud to have known her if only a little. She was also the only person I’ve ever met that had violet eyes. They were genuinely violet. So beautiful.”
Piers Morgan, TV Host“One of the great movie stars of all time, on and off screen. Surely the greatest screen beauty of them all?”
Kylie Minogue, Singer
“RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor…..Like a pure white diamond you’ll shine on and on and on.”
Alexandra Burke, Singer
“So so sad. May she rest in perfect peace x”





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In The Mix – 19th March 2011

Kate Middleton’s Dress
Back in 2002 Kate Middleton first caught the eye of Prince William at a charity fashion show at Saint Andrews University in Scotland. She was walking down the run way wearing a knitted transparent black dress, which has recently been sold for £78,000 in an auction on Thursday.

The buyer was a man who has refused to give his name but has said he bought it on behalf of someone he would identify only as “Nick from Jersey”.
The sale far exceeded the initial estimate of £10,000 by Kerry Taylor Auctions, as the dress only cost £30 to make! The auctioneer, said: “The sale did fantastically well and went above expectations throughout. I am delighted that the dress made a ‘princely sum’.”

The strapless dress was designed by Charlotte Todd, who was a fashion and textile design student in 2000 at the University of the West of England when she produced it for a project entitled “The Art of Seduction”.
She has said “I am totally speechless, and feel very emotional. I really didn’t think it would make that amount. I am planning to put some of the money towards a deposit for a house, but perhaps I may use some to change my career.”


Rihanna, Taylor and Selena wants to pay for tap water
UNICEF’s Tap Project urges restaurant owners to start charging 63p for tap water to help fund clean drinking fluid around the world.

Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are backing this campaign. In one of the posters advertising the scheme Rihanna poses next to a bottle of her personalised drink with the words, “Rihanna Tap Water. Not your typical tap water, unless of course, you live next door to Rihanna.”
And fans who donate money to the cause will then get the chance to win a special drink – a bottle of water filled from taps at the stars’ homes.

A message on the UNICEF Celebrity Tap website reads, “Celebrities have donated their own tap water to help raise awareness of the world water crisis. Donations enter individuals in our sweepstakes to win an esteemed collection of these famous tap waters.”

So if you want to back this campaign or just want to win a bottle of water from either Rihanna, Taylor or Selena then log onto

Dougie leaves rehab
Mcfly fans will be happy to know that bass player  Dougie Poynter has checked out of rehab which he means he will be at McFly’s UK arena tour.

Dougie rehab two weeks after having a tough break-up with ex-girlfriend Frankie Sandford, from The Saturdays. She had reportedly ended her on/off two year relationship and a friend of the star has said ‘Dougie is devastated. He didn’t see it coming at all and still doesn’t know why.

‘They were planning to settle down and were actually house hunting. It’s the second time Frankie has done this after she dumped him in February but came back in tears and said she made a mistake.’

When Dougie got home he took the opportunity to write to his fans on Twitter saying “Got home last night and read all your messages. Thanks for all your support, really means allot x”

He will now join his fellow McFly bandmates for their upcoming tour, which is due to start March 18 at Sheffield Arena. The band recently revealed that they are to wear superhero costumes as part of their show.

Good role modal
Many artists are looked up to as role modals by their fans however they are not always considered to be a good one. Current singer Alexis Jordan, who’s mentor is none other than Jay Z, has revealed that she wants to be a good role model for her younger fans.
She has said “I would love to be a positive role model for girls. It’s a big goal and you can’t do it overnight but if I make mistakes along the way it’s ’cause I’m growing up.”

She has recently realised her single ‘Good girl’ but it sounds like she will soon be releasing more singles from her latest album as she added “I feel there are better songs to come.”

Matt Cardle creates X-factor History
It has been reported than Essex singer Matt Cardle has become the first X Factor  winner who has signed a joint deal. Usually the winners sign to Simon Cowell and his Syco label however Matt has signed a 50/50 deal with both Syco and Columbia – who have artists such as Kasabian and the Kings of Leon.

A source has said “It’s very unusual for Simon to give up control on projects he really believes in. But even he knows where his limits lie. He’s hopeful Matt can become the first credible rock act to emerge from The X Factor and realises he needs [the] expertise at Columbia to make that happen.”
The insider continued: “Simon has always closely guarded the careers of previous X Factorwinners including Leona Lewis and Joe McElderry. They were 100 per cent signed to his label Syco but Matt will be a 50/50 venture with Columbia.”

Cardle’s spokesperson confirmed the news, adding: “Matt has signed a joint record deal across both Columbia and Syco Music. His debut album will be released as a joint venture between both Sony labels, with Simon Cowell remaining very much involved in the release later this year.”

Delayed album
Kelly Clarkson’s follow up album from 2009’s ‘All I Ever Wanted’ has been delayed until September even though it was scheduled for release earlier this year.

She wrote on her Facebook page: “I recently found out that my album won’t be coming out until September. The album has been recorded, but I can’t release it until then. I realise that is a long time, but that’s the best time to release it apparently so I’m sorry for the wait, but I promise you it sounds great!”

She has recently also revealed that the genre will be a bit different to what we are used to as this album has a bit of a country music feel to it and has been influenced by a varied range of artists. She said: “It is influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there’s a little bit of a Country vibe/influence on a couple of songs.”

Tips for dancers
Pussy Cat Doll star and Got to Dance judge Kimberly Wyatt has given dancers some tips to be successful.

She has said: “You have to be brave as a dancer, to try new things and tricks and be flexible – you have to be prepared to fall on your bottom or your head.
It’s happened to me a lot and it happens to dancers all through their careers. I’m lucky in that I have a background in gymnastics, which helps, but show business is live and anything can happen.”

She added: “Younger performers shouldn’t worry about it. You have to shrug off mistakes you make and get on with it – everyone expects dancers to fall over.
I fell over a lot learning what became my signature dance move – the standing leg-split… You just have to get back up and brush it off in this business – onwards and upwards.”


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In The Mix – 12th March 2011

From Rags to Riches embarrassment
Lily Allen has asked fans not to watch a new documentary on her, saying she is embarrassed by the finished programme.
Lily Allen has had quite a life with many up and down moments and her feelings on these are shown on a new TV programmes called ‘Riches To Rags’, which is to be shown on Channel 4 next week.

Lily Allen wrote on Twitter “Just a couple of things, some of you may have read about a TV show called ‘Riches To Rags’ (title not my idea) airing on Tuesday next week,”.
“We started filming it a year ago and I feel like a completely different person from the one that features in the programme. I’m inclined to ask you not to watch it cause quite frankly I am embarrassed.”
“On the other hand I want you all to watch it so you can see how the press coverage of it has been totally sensationalised and quotes taken out of context. I should probably know better than to write this here but I feel it’s the only place that my words don’t get minced. That is all.”

Kate Moss is Smoking!
Last week on Ash Wedensday it was non-smoking day here in the UK but one celeb ignored that, and although she was in Paris at the time Kate Moss still lit up a cigarette while on the catwalk at a recent fashion show.

Moss hasn’t been on the fashion runway for about three years now but as she returned wearing black hot pants and lace-up boots at the Luis Vuitton show in Paris, she was smoking.  Consequently It was also the day the government announced it was pushing ahead with plans to remove cigarettes from view in shops.

So I wonder if she was making a statement at all about how she feels about the governments plans.

Potty about Peter Pan
Everyone seems to be going potty for Peter Pan recently. There has been talk of a number of prequel’s to be made one of which will be called ‘Neverland’ and have Keria Knightly to voice the popular little fairy TinkerBell.

Others who will be part of the cast to this new film are which Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins and Charles Dance for the film, and Rhys Ifans will play Hook, who in the film is the mentor of a gang of young pickpockets which includes Peter (who will be voiced by Charlie Rowe), who steal a magical treasure which transports them to Neverland.

Also another unlikely actor is writing a tale of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan. Sony Pictures has won the race for the movie rights to Channing Tatum’s Peter Panmovie which portrays Peter Pan and his pirate nemesis Captain Hook as brothers.

Tatum confirmed that he will not be playing Peter after rumours were made that he might. He said “We are working on something that is sort of a telling of how Peter became Peter and you know, it’s not something I can talk about too much at the moment,” the former model added.

The film will be simply called ‘Pan’ and is being produced by Tatum himself along with Ried Carolin and Joe Rothe

A Break in Breaking Dawn
The 3rd instalment of Twilight, called Breaking Dawn is currently being filmed in Vancouver however there has now been a bit of a delay due to the natural disaster which took place in Japan this week.

Japan suffered a massive 8.9-magnitude tremor and devastating tidal wave which made Twilight bosses decide to move the cast and production crew out of the area for safety precaution.

A representative for Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the franchise, tells has said, “Due to the tsunami advisory, filming of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn has been delayed. All cast and crew were evacuated to base camp. Everyone is safe and sound.”

Ant’s been Decked

Whenever you see comedy duo Ant and Dec they are always together and it is not often you see them by themselves. However on Tuesday the pair were together with a group of friends watching a football match in The Barley Mow pub in Chiswick, West London when Dec left early without Ant!

But that’s not the gossip. After Dec’s exit Ant ended up being Decked by a drunk punter, who is believe to be a teenager, after he shouted “Where is your girlfriend?” – referring to McPartlin’s comedy partner Declan Donnelly.

An Eyewitness has said, “Ant didn’t react and this bloke launched himself at him and punched him in the face. Ant reeled back and then a big fight broke out as his mates came to help him. Other people jumped in and held back the other guy. The bloke was thrown out but when Ant left later, he was waiting for him. There was another lot of shouting and then Ant walked off. It was all totally unprovoked. He was furious about what he had said to him.”

A spokesperson for Ant McPartlin has confirmed the star was hit but will not press charges.

Ne-yo’s songs are Irreplaceable

R&B artist Ne-Yo has said he regrets giving Beyonce Kowles his song called ‘Irreplaceable’. Ne-yo let Beyonce record the song, which is about a woman who dumps her cheating boyfriend, but now says he wishes he’d kept for himself.

He said “One song that I gave away and didn’t want to is Beyonce’s ‘Irreplaceable’. I honestly wrote that song for myself. But that song actually taught me a very interesting lesson – men and women don’t actually think that much differently on the grand scheme of things. However, a man singing it comes across a little bit misogynistic, a little bit mean.”

However he also recently revealed he would like to work with Beyonce’s husband Jay- Z again.
The two stars have collaborated twice before – on songs such as Ne Yo’s ‘Call Me Crazy’ and Jay’s ‘Minority Report’ – but Ne-yo believes they have not yet realised their full potential together.

He said: “Jay featured on a track of mine on my second album, and I featured on one of his on his ‘Kingdom Come’ album but we haven’t done anything since then.Jay is a good friend, he’s a good person. Though we’ve worked together I think there’s potential for a classic record there and we haven’t really realised that potential yet.”



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In The Mix – 5th March 2011

This week’s In The Mix saw local band States of Emotion return to the Phoenix studio to talk about their upcoming gig and also play a couple of songs for us. If you missed it or want to just listen back to it, you can by clicking on the play button below…


If you want to hear more music from States Of Emotion check them out on myspace/statesofemotion or add them on Facebook to keep an eye on the dates of their gigs!

Keep reading for the week’s celeb gossip…

Avril Lavigne’s latest album
One rock chick we haven’t heard much of lately is Avril Lavigne. To be precise she hasn’t released a record since 2007, which was ‘The Best Damn Thing’.

This is because she had decided she wanted to get more life experience so that she could write more ‘meaningful’ songs for her next album.
She said: “I’ve taken my time on this record, with my life and experienced what I need to in life to write songs that are very meaningful to me. I threw a lot of myself into this record.”

Avril’s next album is called Goodbye lullaby and some of it has been produced by her ex-husband Sum 41 vocalist Deryck Whibley who she divorced after four years in 2010.

She has confessed that it has been inspired by changes in her life and the relationships she has been in. She said: “My first single ‘What The Hell’ is just a song about life and freedom and changes. It’s about personal freedom. ‘Push’ is definitely one of my favourite songs on this record. All my girlfriends love it. It’s a song about fighting for love and believing in love. When you’re fighting and you’re like, ‘Shut up, move forward and move along and let’s do this because we love each other.’ ”

Roan Keating Goes into movies
Roan Keating is well known for being part of the boyband, Boyzone however he is moving on from being a singer and becoming an actor.

Keating has recently been a judge on the Australian version of ‘The X Factor’ and it seems like he will return Down Under next month to start shooting scenes for an Ozzy movie!

He said “I’m coming down on April 7, because I’m shooting my first movie in Australia I just gave you a world exclusive actually. I can’t tell you the title but I’m going to be on set on April 10 in Sydney. It’s an Australian movie… I’m very excited.”

He also revealed he auditioned for a role in the upcoming fantasy prequel ‘The Hobbit’ and was keen to launch a film career, saying “I don’t think I’ll get the role of the hobbit. But I would like to take on roles which nobody would expect. I don’t want to be reduced to love stories. I’d like to try dark, edgy roles. I need a challenge.”


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Live and Unsigned

Last night I went to the regional finals of a competition called Live and Unsigned in Basildon and got a few interviews with the acts…however you might we wondering what is Live and Unsigned?

Live and Unsigned is the largest national music competition for unsigned original musicians and bands. Over the past three years there have been 10,000 entries, 85 auditions and they have toured 18 regions.

The auditions took place in front of a judging panel who also are at all the other stages as well. There are some celeb judges too such as Noddy Holder from Slade, R&B artist Shola Ama, singer Dane Bowers and many more.
The artists that got through the audtions then perform again infront of the public and people from, Kerrang, BBC Introducing, Regional Press & record labels at the Regional Finals which take place as numerous venues around the UK.
The finalists of that go through to play Iin the National Grand Final which is the Live and Unsigned festival which is held at the O2 arena in London.

There are over £100,000 in prizes up for grabs along the way with the winner offered a comprehensive winners package which includes; festival slots, a UK tour exposing their music to over 40,000 people and a music management recording contract.

Guest acts perform at each of the regional finals are the act playing in Basildon were Missing Andy. I had a little talk with them in their dressing room, before they performed and this is what they said!…

Want to know more about Missing Andy? Check out their website

I also spoke to a couple of bands who had past the audition stages and were at the regional final. The first band I spoke to was called Up Down Go Machine and this is what they said….


Want to follow how well these guys do in Live and Unsigned? Then like their page on facebook!

Another band called Spineless Yes Men also got through to these regional finals and this what they had to say when I spoke to them on the night….


Check out The Spineless Yesmen's facebook page for more information

Video’s of both f these bands performances will be up soon so keep checking this page for updates!
I’m very happy to say both bands I spoke to got though to the next stage so I wish them and all the others the best of luck!
Of course they wasn’t the only two that got through if you want to know who else did get on the Live and Unsigned website on

Below are some pictures of the band’s performances

Missing Andy



Missing Andy


Spineless Yesmen

The Finalists

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In The Mix – 26th February 2011

This week’s In The Mix was such a busy show!
Local bands The Bracknall and The Tomorrow Men came in for a chat and played a few songs for us. If you missed the interviews don’t worry! They can be listened back to right here…

The Tomorrow Men


The Bracknall


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Video’s of The Bracknall’s performances will be up very soon so keep checking this page!

And of course In The Mix wouldn’t be In The Mix without a bit of celebrity gossip, so read below to find out what the rich and famous were up to this week!

Hair cuts
Ever since Jennifer Aniston played Rachel in the popular sit come Friends she has had the same hair style but recently she has had it cut into a new style after she called her iconic “Rachel” coiffure ‘the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen’.
Her new style is an all-one-length bob, simple cut – which is several inches shorter than her previous below-shoulder-length hair.

At first when I read she had had a bob I was quite disappointed as I like her long hair, but when I saw pictures it’s not as short as I imagined and it’s actually quite nice. It looks a bit lighter too. So check them out if want to see Jennifer Aniston’s new look!

Another celeb has shocked his fans by having his hair cut.
Justin Bieber has become known for his little hair flick but now he is not able to do it has it’s been cut short as he wants a more mature look.

He has also said he will be selling his hair to raise money for charity. He tweeted, “Yeah so it’s true… I got a little haircut… I like it… and we are giving all the hair cut to CHARITY to auction. Details coming soon.”
He didn’t take long to show off his new image as he recorded a new music video with Rascal Flatts – and the band’s Jay DeMarcus posted a photo of Bieber and himself on Twitter, showing the singer’s new hairdo.

Pictures are also on the internet of Bieber’s new hair if you want to see them.

Amy Winehouse
Ballet and Golf are not two things I would associate with Amy Winehouse but she has taken up both these sports.

Last year the troubled singer took up golf so that it would keep her away from the party lifestyle. A source said at the time “She played nine holes and loved it, she had a natural swing. Amy wants to learn how to play properly now.”
But more recently it has been reported that Winehouse has hired a private instructor to teach her how to dance in her North London house in a bid to get healthy.
A source said: “Amy has started ballet lessons at home and she’s really enjoying them. She wants to get fit, tone up and become more supple without getting too musclely. She really likes kick-boxing too, but she loves the glamour of ballet.”
Winehouse has had a studio and fitness equipment installed into her new home after vowing that she will get back into shape before returning to the stage.
The source added: “When she moved in she swore she was going to change her lifestyle – that’s part of the reason she had her own gym and studio installed. She wants to be fit and look good ready for her comeback at the end of the year.”

So we should all expect a big come back from Amy Winehouse this year!


Comic Relief charity trek
Comic Relief is coming up soon and as always many events and thing are being sold to raise money for the cause such as the well known Red Nose.

However this year 8 celebrities are taking a 100k trek across Kenya as well. The 8 famous faces are Kara Tointon, Lorraine Kelly, Essesx singer Olly Murs, Dermot O’Leary, Ronnie Ancona, Scott Mills, Craig David and DJ Peter White
They started the trek on Monday and have already suffered from the ferocious heat, jagged terrain, blisters, sore muscles, and spiders in their makeshift toilets.
However they were advised before the trip that they would face some very tough walking conditions. They were also told they’ll loose 20 litres of water a day and will burn 8000 calories meaning they will need to keep hydrated by drinking water constantly.
Singer Craig David said: ‘This is so much harder than I ever thought and the heat is beyond anything I could have imagined. Walking in the midday heat is so intense but knowing that we are raising money with each step is keeping me going.’
When they reached their camp they were all very relived and rested well. However Olly Murs seem to find some energy from somewhere has he played a game of football with the local children.
The team are hoping to raise money for people across Africa and the UK.
Money they raise will go to Comic Relief projects which include those that help to prevent thousands of people in Africa from going blind or contracting terrible eye conditions, which many people living in the region where the trek is taking place have.

This year Red Nose day is on the 18th March and many programmes such as Let’s dance for comic relief are also on running up until that date so look out for all the events. And if you want to get involved and raise money then go onto their website for more information.



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In The Mix – 19th February 2011

Paris Hilton’s week

Paris Hilton has had a pretty good week this week. Firstly she was spoilt rotten by her boyfriend, Cy Waits on Valentines day on Sunday with to expensive gifts and a romantic meal at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles.

Paris didn’t take long to show off about her day, and who wouldn’t! She tweeted: “Just got home from a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with my love. He gave me the most beautiful ruby and diamond necklace. Loves it.”

She then added: “I love Valentine’s Day! So romantic and sweet! :) Hope everyone is having a lovely evening. xo Paris.”

She has also previously expressed how happy she is at the moment by saying “Life is great at the moment! I have my new show, ‘The World According To Paris’, starting soon; things with my boyfriend are great; and now I have a new weekly workout, which I love.

A big event of her life took place this week as well it was her 30th Birthday, and she defiantly made sure she celebrated it good by having not 1, not 2 but 3 parties! One being in New York and one of the others a Moulin Rouge theme in LA which I read included a petting zoo with a lynx, porcupine, squirrel monkey, sloth, and an owl!
Wow these famous people have it all!

Simon Cowell’s Game Show

Simon Cowell usually specialises in finding new talent, and managing very popular bands however he seems to be turning a corner as it has been reported he is now decided to produce a lottery-style game show.

The show will be presented by none other than the Geordie duo Ant and Dec and it will give contestants a chance to win up to £1 million. I sometimes wonder on these game shows where does the money come from but Simon’s idea I think is pretty clever.

Around 17,000 potential competitors will pay around £1 for a ticket to join the show in Wembley Arena. Then they will then be entered into a draw to win the right to compete in live challenges in the hope of landing the top prize.

A source has said “It is a big gamble for Simon as it could be telly’s biggest ever turkey if it goes wrong. This will be one of the most ambitious TV shows ever staged.”
At first Simon had plans for a Saturday music Top Of The Pops-style series however ITV turned it down because a similar format was already being developed, but they did accept Simon’s second idea, so keep a look out for that!

JLS Impress girls

Girls, wouldn’t you love it if a guy spent all his money on a limousine ride to impress you, wouldn’t you love it if it was JLS band member Oritse Williams? Well one lucky lady had that experience as recently Oritse has spoken about how he had to persuade the limo driver to give him a discount as he didn’t have enough money.

He has said “I had no money at the time but still wanted to do something very special for this girl who I thought I was in love with at the time – it was puppy love. So I went to this limousine place and told the guy I only had £200, which I had been saving for months. He just looked at me and said I was crazy, but I eventually convinced him and managed to take my girl for a limo tour of London for the night.”

Isn’t that romantic and very nice of the driver, but Oritse isn’t the only member of JLS who has some impressive romantic moves.
His bandmate JB once organised a secret break for an ex-girlfriend, he said: “I surprised my girlfriend at the time completely. She was so organised and on the ball it was such a task and a half getting everything sorted, like getting her passport and bag packed without her knowing. I remember picking her up at university and then heading straight for the Eurostar. She was so surprised!”
Well they can do that for me anyday and I’m sure many of you girls out there agree.

Gok Wan Waxwork

Famous stylist guru Gok Wan is usually the one dressing modals and now he has one that he can practise his own clothing on.

A model of the Fashion Fix host has been unveiled at the Liverpool One shopping centre and is one of the figures which has been made for the new branch for Madame Tussauds, the famous waxwork place.

Several other celebrities will be made for the Madame Tussauds Blackpool attraction, which opens on April 21st. It is the 12th branch to open around the world and the first in the UK outside London.

There is a chance to grab a free pass to the new Blackpool centre to see these modals, by getting a picture of yourself with Gok’ Waxwork modal so if you want the chance to get that pass, get down to Liverpool and get a picture with Gok!

Jessie J

Jessie J is ready to “take on” Beyonce, Pink and Katy Perry have become very big names in the music business and Essex singer Jessie J who is quite new on the scene has said she is ready to ‘take on’ all three of them.

Jessie’s confidence came after she wont the Critics Choice Award at the Brit’s this week which was held at London’s The O2 venue.
She has said : “I am proud to say that I am British and I am proud to say that I am ready to take on the likes of Pink and Beyonce and Katy Perry and really make a name for British icons. I know it is a big thing to say but I am ready for it. Whether it happens or not I believe I can push boundaries. As long as I am happy and I am doing me then I can’t make any mistakes really.”

However, on the other hand the Do it Like a Dude singer says she’d also be more than willing to work with those she sees as competition, adding she’d “love” to join Beyonce on stage at Britain’s Glastonbury Festival “if she’d let her”. Jessie is also working hard and is a busy lady as she says “I’m doing every festival this year – Glastonbury, Reading, I’m booked for everything. My next day off is in 2013! I’ve worked really hard for the last six years and it’s great for the critics to see that and to see that I’ve been working hard and to be number one for two weeks and to have the respect of my fans.

“Now I’m just making sure that I don’t presume and I always work hard and I’m here working my butt off to take British music global.”

So we should expect big things from this lady as she seems to have the drive to reach her goals!

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In The Mix – 5th February 2011

Justin Bieber Stars in film

Pop sensation Justin Bieber is starring in his very first film about his life, how he went from being a street performer in Stratford to a worldwide superstar. The 16-year-old pop idol will meet and greet fans on the red carpet at London’s O2 Cineworld on Wednesday February 16, before the 3D screening of his life story which is called Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Bieber Fever quickly spread to millions of girl after Justin Since appeared on the music scene in 2009 with his debut single One Time. He has become a chart-topping singer, a teen heartthrob and an internet phenomenon with almost seven million followers on Twitter.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is released in the UK and Ireland on February 18, 2011

McIntyre Makes Boy Cry

A couple of weeks ago it had been reported that Michael McIntyre had made a 9 year old boy cry on the show Britain’s Got Talent at the Birmingham auditions.

Aspiring comedian David was reduced to tears when Michael buzzed after asking him to name his favourite comedians joking that he “should not be influenced by the fact I am judging”.

When the youngster replied “Harry Hill” Michael hit his red buzzer – before the routine had even started.

However McIntyre has spoken out about the situation by saying “When you watch the show and hopefully enjoy it, you will see that I’m not a Mr Nasty by any means… I have been teased quite a lot for being too nice to people, because I know what they are going through.”

About David Knight McIntyre said “I don’t like upsetting people. It was an odd moment… I apologised and put him through because he was very good and showed promise.”

He added “I am not being ruthless and shattering people’s dreams – that’s the opposite of what I want to do.”

Michael, who has been working with fellow judges David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden on the next series of Britain’s Got Talent, said that many of most moving successes so far involved singers.

He said “There were tears when a girl with a stammer belted out Time To Say Goodbye. There have been some wonderful moments.”

Blue on Euro Vision

The Euro Vision song contest see’s artists from all around Europe perform to win. Some can be very good, some very wacky and some very bad.
In the past representing the UK we have had Josh Dubovie, who represented us last year, he came last after his song That Sounds Good To Me, written by Pete Waterman, and only picked up just 10 points.

In 2008 former X Factor contestant Andy Abraham also came last with 14 points. And in 2003 duo Jemini, suffered the humiliation of receiving no points at all.

This year however we have a very popular band singing for us, and that is Blue. The four-piece reformed back in 2009 and will represent the UK at the annual event with their self-written song I Can.

However their ex manager Daniel Glatman doesn’t think they should He has said “They will have to win. Anything less and their reputation would be in tatters. “It is the equivalent of Lewis Hamilton entering a go-kart race – he will be the strong favourite but there is also the possibility he could lose. So why risk it?”

In 1997 Katrina and The Waves triumphed and this is the first time since then that the UK has opted for an established act. It has also moved away from the public choosing our act.

Announcing their decision, band member Duncan James said: “We’re celebrating our 10 years together in 2011, so when the BBC approached us it seemed a great way to mark the occasion and also to be part of something which is still a British institution.” Simon Webbe added: “I’ve always wanted to represent my country, so this is a truly exciting experience for Blue.”

Blue will be up against X Factor twins Jedward who are representing Ireland. In April a documentary following the band as they prepare for Eurovision is due to air and The Eurovision Song Competition itself will take place on May 14 from Dusseldorf with Graham Norton hosting the BBC event.

Ginger Spice Returns To Music

Many of the Spice girls have realised solo singles since their spilt and now Ginger has said that since she’s been a judge on the X-Factor she would like to get back into music.

When asked is she would return to music she said Oh yes, although I’ve never left music. I’m always writing lyrics and songs. I will be returning to music. Definitely.” Then asked if she would come back as a solo artist she replied “I think we’ve (the Spice Girls) already done the reunion.”

Geri Halliwell has followed in the fashion footsteps of her ex-bandmate Victoria Beckham by creating a beachwear range.
She said: “I actually didn’t ask her advice on this one. Victoria’s doing very high-end, high-fashion, and what she’s done is brilliant. But she’s always been like that. I remember when I was in the studio writing the lyrics for Who Do You Think You Are, and Victoria had been out shopping, and had gone missing for hours. She came in and she showed me these Manolo Blahnik shoes – and I didn’t know they were designer. I didn’t really know what designer was.”

JLS and Olly Tour

I’ve got some good news of JLS and Olly Murs fans now. It has been announced that both X-factors runner up will be touring together with four dates across the UK this summer.

Despite coming second to Alexandra Burke on The X Factor 2008, JLS have had four number one singles from two albums and recently completed a huge 30-date arena tour.

Meanwhile, Olly Murs, who came second to Joe McElderry in 2009, went straight to number one with his debut single Please Don’t Let Me Go, begins a string of sold out gigs on April 30 and is nominated for a Brit award.

JLS and Olly Murs start their arena tour in Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on June 12, before moving to Belfast’s Kings Hall Complex on June 25, Limerick’s Thomond Park on June 26, and then ending in a very close place to us – Chelmsford’s Hylands House on July 9th.

So if you’re local to Chelmsford hurry up and get your ticket as I am sure they will sell out very fast.

Jack Tweed Essex Fight

Jack Tweed has reportedly been having a bit of a fight outside a nightclub in Essex a few weeks ago. To be precise the night club is called Deuces bar and lounge is owned by The Only Way Is Essex star, and friend Mark Wright who was also involved in the fight. They were arrested at the scene along with Tweed’s younger brother Lewis.

The widower of Jade Goody was accused of threatening and abusive behaviour after answering bail at a police station in Ilford, east London.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they have been charged under section four of the Public Order Act. Jack suffered a black eye and bruised face during the punch-up but he declined any medical treatment. Jack, Mark and Lewis will all appear Redbridge Magistrates Court on Tuesday. So we shall see what happens to them.

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In The Mix – 29th January 2011

On In The Mix this week Mike and Adam, two memebers from the local band BridgeBound came into the studio for a chat and also played a couple of acoustics, which will all be aviable to listen back to on the website very soon! But also as ever there was much celebrity gossip to be talked about which can be read below …

Emma Bunton Engaged

On Sunday Emma Bunton, who is a judge on popular TV show Dancing on Ice announced on show that she is engaged to her long time boyfriend Jade Jones by showing off her engagement ring to everyone watching.

She also revealed the news on Twitter by saying “Yahoooo I’m engaged! Love you Jade! I’m a very happy lady!!” Her ex band mates, The Spice Girls have replied on Twitter, Victoria Beckham who is also pregnant, wrote “Congratulations Emma and Jade on your engagement! We are so happy for you!”

Mel B has also wrote a post to Emma saying “Hearing from across the pond you are looking glowing and stunning tonight, as always,” and Melanie C added, “Mrs Jones!!! Congratulations to you both and Beau and Bump. Love you all”. Baby Spice then wrote back to Sporty , “Thank you gorgeous, can’t wait to tell you all about it!! See you soon!” So congratulations to them.

Dermot O’Leary Talks about Facebook and Simon Cowell

Popular presenter Dermot O’Leary, has revealed that he has been kicked off Facebook because he was thought to be an imposter.
He said “I’ve got to be honest, they chucked me off Facebook – they thought it was someone pretending to be me, so I haven’t got a Facebook, they literally threw me off Facebook, how annoying is that?”

Dermot also has spoke about how X Factor judge Simon Cowell has a bath in his dressing room. He said “Simon’s decked out his whole dressing room, his whole dressing room is monochrome. It’s like his house, and he’s got a bath in his dressing room as well, no word of a lie. I have been in there. He loves a bath, Simon, it gives him time to think.”

Dermot continued talking about Simon describing his qualities; he says “He’s a workaholic. He’s a great boss, and I’m not just saying that. He’s very loyal, he’s very honest, and he just wants that in return. He smells fear though, he’s like a wolf. If you’re confident in your own opinions then he’s good, but he doesn’t like indecision, he doesn’t like fear, he likes people to be confident. He’s taught me a lot actually in that regard, I owe him a lot.”

Gino Cooks Naked

Jamie Oliver is usually known as the naked chef but this week another Italian chef was on out TV screens cooking naked in the shape of Gino D’Acampo. Gino cooks regularly on the programme This Morning and a few months ago he promised that if This Morning won a National Television Award (which took place on Wednesday) then he would cook naked.

And of course This Morning won the NTA for best, Topical Magazine Programme therefore Gino had to stick to his promise. Programme bosses had ensured that the working surface was raised to prevent any unfortunate flashes. As the chef started to cook his gammon and pea dish Phillip pointed out he was not “technically” naked as he was wearing an apron, therefore Gino took it of. Phillip also pointed out that the studio had “never been fuller” as programme staff crammed in to watch and I’m sure many people was watching at home too.

National Television Awards

As mentioned This Morning won the National TV award for best Topical Magazine Programme other winners included Best Drama- Waterloo road, Best entertainment programme- I’m a celebrity, Talent Show- X Factor, digital Choice- The Inbetweeners and best Entertainment presenters, Ant and Dec who has won for the 10th year in a row! A special recognition award was presented to Bruce Forsyth and the award best serial Drama saw the 4 main soaps Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale go head to head with Eastenders winning.

There were other awards given on the night as well and of course the dresses worn were beautiful and if you want to see them they can be seen on the website

I was very lucky to actually be there live at the O2 where the NTA’s where held and I also enjoyed seeing the performances by Essex girl Stacey Solomon who sang with Shaun Ryder to open the show. Essex Boy and X-Factor winner Matt Cardle also sang his winning single and the very funny and showbiz Louis Spence dance for us he was very good. If you missed it, it can be watched back on the ITV player.

NME Awards

We all know Lady Gaga has a bit of a wild dress sense some of which has caused much conversation such as the meat dress she wore to the VMA’s but she has been nominated in the most stylish and the least stylish at the NME awards this year. She is also up for Hero of the year.
Oasis star Liam Gallagher has his own clothing range but also joins Gaga in the least stylish group.

On the music side of things Foals have led the nominations, with 5 including best British band and best album. Joint next in the lead with 4 nominations are Arcade Fire and My Chemical Romance. Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian and Muse are all for the British band prize too.

I don’t usually watch the NME awards but looking on the website some of the categories are a bit odd such as worst album and worst band. If I were one of the people nominated for worst album, who this year include Cheryl Cole, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry I don’t know if I would even bother turning up to the awards. And how embarrassing it must be for the winner going on stage and saying ‘Thanks for this award, I’ve put so much time and effort into this album and it’s been voted the worst!’ I wouldn’t want the award in my house reminding me of that night, but anyway, the awards take place at the O2 Brixton Academy on the 23rd February so keep an eye out for that.

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In The Mix – 15th January 2011

The Brit awards

The Brit award nominations where announced this week and Rapper Tinie Tempah led the field with 4 nominations in categories, Male Solo Artist, Breakthrough Act, Best Single with ‘Pass Out’ and Album of the Year with ‘Disc-Overy’.

Male acts dominated the nominations this year in opposition to last year where the females were most popular. Other male nominations include:

Cee Lo Green for International Male Solo Artist, Bruno Mars for International Breakthrough Act , Eminem for International Album Plus many others.

The females however involved in the awards include Ellie Goulding and Cheryl Cole, who each have 2 nominations each and Essex singer Jessie J has already been announced as the winner of the Critics’ Choice award identifying up-and-coming talent.

There are 5 females who could win the British Female Solo Artist award including Paloma faith and there has been many nominations for British Single which include many X-factor artists such as Alexandra Burke, Matt Cardle and Olly Murs.

The award itself has had a bit of a make over with a re designed by Vivienne Westwood.

This year The Brit awards have moved and the winners will be announced at the O2 Arena in London on February 15 and hosted by comedian James Corden.

Birthday Celebrations

Local singer Pixie Lott and Hip-hop singer Jamelia celerbrated their birthdays this week.

Pixie turning 20 on Wednesday and Jamelia turning 30 on Tuesday they decided to celebrate their birthdays by going to a club in London, however they may have had an earlier night then planned when the club got evacuated. A man had broken into a store nearby an, and was threatening to blow himself up.

However The early end to the night did not seem to upset Jamelia who tweeted: “Thanks to (my friends) Movida and all my amazing rebels for the best party… It was the BOMB (pun intended).” Policemen later arrested the man and no-one was injured.

Cliff and Jackson 5

According to reports soon we may be hearing a collaboration of Cliff Richard and the Jackson 5.

The 70-year-old singer of will apparently be hooking up with Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy for his new album featuring a collection of Motown covers. A source has said “Cliff and members of the Jackson 5 could be one of the collaborations for the album. Hopefully they’ll be recording something in the spring,”

It’s thought that David Gest who is a close friend to the Jackson family, is producing the album for Richard. If the project comes off, the band would have a combined age of over 300.

Twitter Row

A heated conversation between singer Lily Allen and TV personality Piers Morgan has recently taken place on the social networking site Twitter.

When Lily was asked to walk in the footsteps of Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Gordan Bown by appearing on Piers’ ‘Life Stories’ TV series she said she would only do it if he gave some money to charity.

The Twitter row started when the 25-year-old singer revealed she had been asked to appear on the show. Piers then tweeted back calling her a “big wuss” if she did not appear with Lily replying, “I am many things, a wuss is definitely not one of them.”

Later, the newly engaged Lily who sadly recently suffered her second miscarriage wrote that the only way she would go on Piers’ show was to raise money for charity .”I’d do it for a million for SANDS,” she wrote.

Piers replied, “A million what? If it’s Chilean pesos, we have a deal,” but he then later praised Lily’s charitable idea.

However, Piers also made a dig at Lily saying he was about to interview George Clooney about his campaigning in the Sudan, and he did not want any money but that he would get ITV to make a substantial five-figure donation.

Lily replied, “Those are my terms. I’ve got no interest in coming on your show, you’ve been asking me for years.”
Never one to be beaten, Piers replied, “You’ll change your mind. They always do.”

Marilyn Monroe

The iconic star Marilyn Monroe died at the age of 36 in the 60’s but it seems like she is making a screen comeback after the rights to her image were snapped up by a branding expert.

In a multi-million dollar deal last week a man called Jamie Salter purchased her ‘name a likeness’ and now plans to use high-tech imaging technology to revive the tragic actress onto big screen.

According to reports Salter bought the rights from Anna Strasberg, whose late husband, actor Lee Strasberg, was Monroe’s acting teacher and beneficiary of her will. The exact sum he paid has not been disclosed.

Salter, who also manages Bob Marley’s image through his Authentic Brands firm, is convinced he can make Marilyn more popular than ever.
He says, “Why does Lindsay Lohan aspire to be Marilyn Monroe? Why does Lady Gaga aspire to be Marilyn Monroe? The reason is that she is an iconic personality, she has great style, she is just simply elegant. She stands for glamour, and sex appeal, and – remember this – she proves that size doesn’t matter. She is voluptuous, a real woman.

“The younger generation will fall in love with her the way we fell in love.”

Famous Actors turn down Roles

I never really realised how big of a decision actors have when deciding weather to accept a role or not in a film or programme. They have to think about if the script is right for them, if the director and co-stars are talented enough and most of all think to how popular the film will be and if the audiences will like it.

Well believe it or not many famous actors have turned town some pretty famous roles such as …

Bruce Willis

Romantic film ‘Ghost’ stars the late Patrick Swayze but the role was first offered to Action Hero Brue Willis. Maybe realising his mistake, Willis then eventually went on to play a member of the undead in the classic ‘The Sixth Sense’.

Julia Roberts

She may have had ‘Pretty Woman’, but Julia Roberts has tuned down quite a few films including ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘While You Were Sleeping’. While her loss would eventually be Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock’s gain, it wasn’t just romance films she was turning down ‘ she also decided to pass on erotic thriller ‘Basic Instinct’.

David Schwimmer

In the late 90’s when ‘Friends’ was still going strong David Schwimmer was offered the pat of J in the film ‘Men in Black’ headed Schwimmer’s way. However, Schwimmer decided it wasn’t for him, allowing Will Smith a chance to take not only the role but pretty much announce to the world that he was a genuine movie star.

Will Smith

However Will Smith himself has turned down some Role such as one of the main characters in the Matrix Neo who was in the end played by Keanu Reeves.

Smith explained why he turned down the role by saying You know, ‘The Matrix’ is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn’t see it. I watched Keanu’s performance ‘ and very rarely do I say this ‘ but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up ‘The Matrix’. At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don’t try and perform every moment.’

Smith wasn’t the only one not to understand the script either. Sean Connery was offered the part of Morpheus but again he couldn’t get his head around the story.

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In The Mix – 8th January 2011

Happy New year!

I know it’s a few days into January now but this was the first In The Mix show of 2011 and it was a show bursting full of celeb gossip which can be read below.

Highest Hollywood Earners Of 2010.

An American magazine has made a list of the Highest Hollywood Earners Of 2010.

Beyonce came 9th in the list making her the highest earning Popstar having earned $87 million this year. For the 2nd year running TV host Oprah Winfrey topped Hollywood’s rich list in a having banked $315 million in the last 12 months. It was reported earlier this year that the self-made billionaire is leaving The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011 to expand The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Avatar creator James Cameron was Hollywood’s second highest earner in 2010 netting $210 million which is more than $100 million behind Winfrey.

Matt Leblanc

Matt Leblanc who played Joey Tribbiani in the popular sitcom Friends and the spin off called Joey had a break of acting after playing the character for 12 years.

However he is back in a new show called Episodes where he will be playing a character called Matt Leblanc, who is the public perception of him rather than the real him.

Matt said that shooting Episodes was very different to Friends by saying “Making Friends was like being in a play. You’d rehearse all week, shoot on Friday nights in front of a live audience and you’d have to wait for the laughter to die down before you delivered the next line. Episodes is much more grounded in reality. To get back in front of the camera, say a punch line and not have a huge audience react, it was like (pretending to tap a microphone), ‘Hello, is this on?'”

He is still in touch with his old co stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, but he has he’s barely seen them.

He said “It’s weird, when Friends ended, everyone kind of scattered But then if you put six people in a building for 10 years with no windows and no one else to talk to and you open the door, they’re going to run away from each other.”

Episodes begins on BBC Two on Monday, January 10.

Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough

Rumours have been going around for a while now that Cheryl Cole and dancer Derek Hough are romantically linked, and they have always refused to confirm them.

However it seems now that they are ready to confirm it as the couple shared a public kiss on New Years Eve.

A source has said “Cheryl and Derek are together and don’t care who knows it. She wanted to spend New Year’s Eve with Derek because she sees her future with him. 2010 was the worst year of Cheryl’s life. But now she is looking forward to happier times with Derek.”

Cheryl certainly did have a tough year last year, she divorced football player husband Ashley Cole and battled potentially-fatal disease malaria, which she contracted during a trip to Africa with Derek.

Derek flew to Cape Town and attended the lavish New Year party thrown by American property mogul Preston Haskell.

Sources at the exclusive bash claim the pair couldn’t keep their hands off each other, with one saying: “It was so adorable to see Cheryl and Derek and how happy there were. If anyone didn’t believe they were a couple, the New Year’s Eve party proved they are. They only had eyes for each other and ignored everyone else.”

Cheryl, is set to move to LA this year after reportedly signing a deal to become a judge on the US version of ‘The X Factor’ and Derek is said to be thrilled as it means they will be spending more time together.


The recent cot death plot on Eastenders has caused much up roar over the past few weeks.

Characters Kat and Ronnie have been involved with a storyline that has become one of the most complained-about EastEnders storylines, with almost 6,000 complaints.

On New Year’s eve Ronnie lost her baby due to cot death and therefore swapped her baby with Kat’s, who also gave birth on New Year’s eve.

Actress Samantha Womack who plays Ronnie is now leaving the soap but has insisted it is not because of the controversial plot, as some rumours have said. Womack’s agent Michael Wiggs said: “There’s no truth whatsoever in any suggestion that Sam is ‘quitting’ EastEnders over the current storyline. Sam’s contract comes to a natural end later this year and she will be taking a break from the show. This has been agreed with the producers for several months. Sam has had an incredibly happy and fulfilling time on EastEnders over the last few years. She has huge respect for the show, writers and producers and has thoroughly enjoyed playing such a complex role that has been involved in so many tough and challenging storylines.”

Show bosses added viewers would “see the situation resolve itself over the coming months”. EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: “We appreciate this is a challenging storyline … We also provided actionline numbers at the end of each show, offering advice and support to those affected by the issues.”

And more recently it has been said that the storyline will be cut short due to the amount of complaints they had.

US People’s Choice Award

The US People’s Choice awards took place recently and Twilight was a big winner, taking home four prizes for favourite movie, drama, actress (being Kirsten Stewart) and on-screen team.

Katy Perry also picked up two award for favourite female and online sensation. She said “I’m so happy to be here, and I have had an incredible year and I’m really excited.”

Also taking home two trophies was musical television show Glee for favourite TV comedy and comedy actress for Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester.

Winner of best country artist was Taylor Swift, whose Speak Now album was one of the biggest sellers of 2010.
New father Sir Elton John presented the 21-year-old with her gong, and Taylor took the opportunity to congratulate him: “Wow. Elton, congratulations to you, you’re a dad now! It’s beautiful.”

Other Peoples Choice Awards went to Johnny Depp who won favourite movie actor for a second year running, Zac Efron who won a prize for favourite movie star under-25 and Adam Sandler won the award for favourite comedic star.

Organisers of the ceremony, which is totally fan-driven, say a record 175 million votes were cast for favourite stars of television, movies and music

Dancing on Ice

One of the most popular shows of ITV will be returning to our screen tomorrow night, which see’s a group of celebrities learning a new skill of ice skating taught by Torvill and Dean, wearing usually skin tight glittery clothes and performing with an expert in front of a panel of judges. Can you guess what it is yet?

It is of course dancing on ice!

Celebs taking part this year include Kerry Katona, Anglea Rippon, Vanilla Ice, Steven Arnold who played the late Ashely in Coronation Street and local celeb Jeff Brazier plus many more.

There are 16 stars in total and they need to be whittled down to 12. 8 contestants will skate on Sunday night at 6.30pm and the bottom 3 will perform again at 9.30 from which only 1 pair will survive.

The same thing will happen next week until there are the remaining 12.

The expert judges on hand to give the celebs advice are Emma Bunton, Jason Gardiner and Robin Cousins.

Sam Attwater, who was Leon in ‘EastEnders’, is the bookies’ fave; and kids’ TV presenter Laura Hamilton is also quite popular so if you want to see any of these stars on the ice, Dancing on Ice is on Sunday night at 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

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