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9 items from 2010

Alexis Petridis: The world's best dressed man? Really?

5 March 2010 4:13 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Robert Pattinson tops all the best-dressed lists, but surely those voting are confusing good looks with style

I'm not sure I understand these 100 best-dressed men lists. The most recent I read had some entries that were inarguable – Tom Ford, Mark Ronson – but a lot that set the Wtf-o-meter off the scale, including David Cameron and the number one, actor Robert Pattinson.

Now, no one's going to argue Pattinson isn't a good-looking man, but I'm not sure his appeal rests on his clothes. The best-dressed list offers as proof the fact that typing his name into Google yields 9m results. The issue is that a hefty proportion of those are fan sites set up by excitable teenage girls, historically not the greatest judges of male sartorial elegance, given that over the years they've variously screamed at the Bay City Rollers, East 17 and Little Jimmy Osmond. I have seen video evidence »

- Alexis Petridis

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'Operastar' voting stats revealed

22 February 2010 9:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Darius Campbell triumphed by only 0.25% of the public vote in last week's Popstar To Operastar final, it has been revealed. Finalist Bernie Nolan topped the poll in four weeks of the competition, taking nearly half the vote (47.8%) in the semi-final. Campbell topped the voting in the first week and last week. Marcella Detroit was only 3.1% behind Campbell in the semi-final voting when she was eliminated with soap star Kym Marsh. Saturdays singer Vanessa White only survived the first week vote by 0.1%, when Blur bassist Alex James was sent home by the public. Week One Darius Campbell: 26.4%

Bernie Nolan: 23:9%

Kym Marsh: 12.1%

Danny Jones: 10.2%

Marcella Detroit: 9.9%

Jimmy Osmond: 8.3%

Vanessa White: 4.7%

Alex (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Jason Gardiner! Simon Cowell! Please turn the nastiness dial down to medium

3 February 2010 8:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Every TV talent show needs a judge who tells it straight. But there is a fine line between gratuitous personal insult and constructive criticism

There are certain things that you'll find in all TV talent shows. Sob stories. Epilepsy-inducing visuals. Take That's Greatest Day played in the background whenever anyone gets through to the next stage. But the most important TV talent show ingredient of all? The nasty judge.

Every show has one: the judge who stands ready at all times to trample on the dreams of the idealistic with aloof waspishness and impressively long vowels. They're the pantomime villain who almost revels in the booing; the ones tasked with saying what the viewers at home are really thinking.

Well they were, until Sunday. Because, unless Dancing on Ice was being beamed directly to a convention for misanthropes, there can't be too many viewers who'd agree with Jason Gardiner »

- Stuart Heritage

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Jimmy Osmond voted off 'Operastar'

29 January 2010 2:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jimmy Osmond has become the third contestant to be voted off Popstar To Operastar. The former I'm A Celebity... star was placed in the bottom two alongside McFly's Danny Jones after the public vote. The four judges were then asked to decide which singer was to remain in the competition. After some deliberation, all four selected Jones. Following confirmation (more) »

- By Oli Simpson

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Vanessa White no opera star

23 January 2010 5:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Vanessa White was voted off 'Popstar to Operastar' last night (22.01.10). The Saturdays singer became the second contestant to leave the show after her rendition of 'Summertime' failed to impress the judges. Vanessa lost out to Jimmy Osmond in the show's bottom two for eviction, after the judges - Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen , Meat Loaf, Katherine Jenkins and Rolando Villazon -were deadlocked in their decision as to who to send home and the decision was put to the public vote. Vanessa - who also finished in the bottom two last week alongside Blur bassist Alex James, who was voted off the show - .. »

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Vanessa White voted off 'Operastar'

22 January 2010 2:33 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Vanessa White has become the second contestant voted off Popstar To Operastar. The Saturdays singer found herself in the bottom two alongside Jimmy Osmond after the public vote. The four judges then had to choose which star to keep in the competition. Meat Loaf and Katherine Jenkins opted to save Osmond, while Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen chose to keep White. Rolando Villazon was last to vote and (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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I'm looking forward to Popstar to Opera Star. Really

14 January 2010 5:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

An update of Soapstar Superstar with Alan Titchmarsh, Alex from Blur, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Little Jimmy Osmond? You know, it just might work

It's always fun to watch a celebrity learn a new skill on TV, isn't it? And by "fun" I mean "cheap". And by "a celebrity" I mean "someone from Holby City and what appears to be Hale and/or Pace". Over the years we've seen Charlie Dimmock learn how to be a trapeze artist on Cheer For Charlie, Captain James Hewitt learn how to become a professional wrestler on Celebrity Wrestling and Richard E Grant learn how to become a mortally-injured seal in Celebrity Sharkbait.

And now, either to capitalise on Susan Boyle's success or because Eno's Opera talent search didn't feature enough famous people, ITV is bringing us Popstar To Opera Star. In case you hadn't guessed, it's an update of Soapstar Superstar where – rather »

- Stuart Heritage

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'Popstar To Operastar' details confirmed

8 January 2010 2:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The lineup and judging panel for new ITV1 series Popstar To Operastar has been confirmed. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Alan Titchmarsh, the show will feature ten famous popstars training to perform famous opera songs. The celebrities taking part include Blur bassist Alex James, veteran singer Bernie Nolan, McFly's Danny Jones and Pop Idol star Darius Campbell. Jimmy Osmond, ex-Hear'Say singer and Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh, Shakespeare's Sister star Marcella Detroit and Vanessa White from girlband The Saturdays (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Marsh linked to 'Pop Star To Opera Star'

2 January 2010 2:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kym Marsh will reportedly appear on ITV's new reality show Pop Star To Opera Star. The former Hear'Say singer and Coronation Street star will compete against Blur's Alex James, Bernie Nolan of the Nolan sisters, McFly's Danny Jones, ex-Pop Idol star Darius Campbell (formerly Danesh), Jimmy Osmond and Vanessa White from girl band The Saturdays, reports The Daily Mail. (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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