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Frank Skinner: 'The Brit Awards was my worst ever gig'

29 November 2013 3:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Frank Skinner has admitted that the Brit Awards in 2002 was the worst gig that he's ever done.

The stand-up co-hosted the annual bash at Earls Court with Zoe Ball and said that he had never seen anyone hosting the ceremony who didn't look like they were "dying inside".

"It was like speaking into a vacuum. I co-hosted it with Zoe Ball, who I felt a bit sorry for because I didn't know what co-hosting meant so I just did stand-up with her standing in the background," Skinner told Metro.

"I've never seen anyone hosting it who doesn't look like they're dying inside. It's like being in a theatre foyer where someone says, 'Can you all go into the theatre now?', and everyone ignores them.

"It felt like that for three hours. As I walked off stage, Kate Thornton stopped me and said, 'Well done, Frank, would you do it again? »

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The X Factor is 10: Digital Spy's 10 favourite moments

22 November 2013 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's not just Doctor Who's birthday this weekend - The X Factor is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Saturday and Sunday. Now, here at Digital Spy, we're never one to miss a party, so we strapped on some hats, got stuck into some jelly and ice cream and then sat down for a nice little nostalgia-fest about our favourite X Factor moments from the past decade. Join us as we reminisce about times gone by...

Simon Reynolds (Movies Editor) - Gummogate

My favourite X Factor moment has to be 'Gummogate', a kerfuffle that saw Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh quarrelling over American independent cinema. Jamie Archer's rendition of 'Crying' during 2009's Movie Week (c'mon, Simon, have you *really* seen that film?) irked Louis so much he seemed to question the very existence of Harmony Korine's cult oddity. This all leads to the question... has Louis seen Spring Breakers? »

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'Daybreak' drops third boss in three years

1 November 2013 1:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has confirmed the departure of Daybreak's third boss in three years.

Editor Karl Newton has left his position after less than a year in the position. He oversaw the breakfast show's new look with presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones last year.

However, the show has continued to struggle in the ratings against rival BBC Breakfast.

Earlier this week, the programme was seen by only 700,000 viewers, less than a third of the BBC's audience. Newton will be replaced temporarily by Neil Thompson.

Newton said that he is "pleased to be leaving Daybreak having helped the programme turn a corner and having returned the breakfast format to its journalistic roots, with politics, exclusives and popular investigative content".

Last year, former Channel 5 news editor David Kermode left the editor position on the show, having taken over from Ian Rumsey in 2011.

Daybreak replaced GMTV back in September 2010 with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley as presenters. »

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ITV denies 'Daybreak' move for Rachel Riley, Kate Thornton

15 October 2013 12:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has denied claims that Lorraine Kelly may be replaced on Daybreak.

Rumours have circulated in recent weeks that the likes of Rachel Riley and Kate Thornton are being considered for the daily breakfast show.

However, the channel's daytime director Helen Warner has dismissed the claims, stating that Kelly's job is safe.

Much as I love @RachelRileyRR it's absolutely not true that I want either her or Kate Thornton for Daybreak. Lorraine is the one I want!

Helen Warner (@helencwarner) October 14, 2013

Eamonn Holmes has been heavily linked with a big money deal to co-present the programme in recent weeks. Warner did not make any mention of Aled Jones's status on the show.

Holmes currently presents Sunrise on Sky News, and ITV's This Morning on Fridays with wife Ruth Langsford.

Jones and Kelly took over as Daybreak hosts last September, but the show's audience hasn't grown and is stuck around the 700,000 mark. »

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Eamonn Holmes to present Daybreak

14 October 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Eamonn Holmes and Kate Thornton have been lined up as new presenters of 'Daybreak'. The 'This Morning' host and the former 'Loose Women' anchor are expected to replace Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones next Easter when the show undergoes a revamp, and Eamonn - who currently presents Sky News' 'Sunrise', which airs weekdays from 6am to 9am - looks set to sign a £1.5 million deal. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''The summer will be fronted by guest presenters as normal and then there will be a relaunch in September. ''The 'Daybreak' brand is seen by many as being permanently »

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'X Factor': 7 reasons everyone should be excited about its return

29 August 2013 2:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

X Factor returns this weekend and it's gearing up to take over your lives until Christmas. And even if you're the sort of person who would normally rather eat a plate of dog food than spend Saturday night with Louis Walsh, there are at least a couple of reasons to be excited about the show's 10th series.

1. Loveable oddballs.

Without X Factor we would never have seen Jedward performing the talking bit in 'Oops I Did It Again', watched Kitty Brucknell in a glow-in-the-dark catsuit, witnessed the horror of Diva Fever or, most importantly, been treated to the genius of Wagner.

From 'Loaf Shack' to bongo-drum bashing, from backing dancers rubbing their boobs to owning a pet lion, Wagner remains the greatest ever X Factor oddball in our eyes, but hopefully this year, he can be topped.

And don't even get us started on the greatest act to never reach the live shows. »

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The X Factor: 10 glorious years

28 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV talent contest that gave us One Direction, Leona Lewis and that binman from Eurovision celebrates its birthday with an all-new format. Only problem is that it's just like the old one

Name: The X Factor

Age: 10.

Appearance: Slightly too bright, slightly too loud, a little frayed around the edges. The last person to leave a party, essentially.

The X Factor is 10 years old already? Yes. Seven more and it'll be old enough to drive a car. What a terrifying thought.

Indeed. Let's celebrate by listing all the megastars that The X Factor has created. Ok. Leona Lewis. One Direction. Jls. Alexandra Burke. That binman bloke who came last at Eurovision a few years ago. Look, we don't have to do this ...

Keep going. You want me to say Matt Cardle, don't you?

I said keep going. Oh fine. You win. The X Factor hasn't produced as many megastars »

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Dermot O'Leary not worried about 'X Factor' axe

25 August 2013 8:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dermot O'Leary has revealed that he doesn't worry about getting fired from The X Factor like his predecessor Kate Thornton.

The presenter also confessed that he believes he would have done a "good job" if hired to front The X Factor USA instead of Steve Jones.

"You've got to believe in a meritocracy, otherwise you'd go mad. And if I carry on doing a good job... The most important thing for me is that I carry on enjoying it," O'Leary told The Observer.

"Simon [Cowell] is actually weirdly far more chilled than he lets on. I've probably had three or four chats with him in seven years about what I'm doing. And for the most part he lets me get on with it and, therefore, I can't come to any other conclusion than that our relationship is built on trust.

"I had this strange meeting with Simon in America [after my first series] and I »

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Dermot O'Leary: 'I thought I'd be a father before Simon Cowell'

24 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stars are always getting sacked from the X Factor, but Dermot O'Leary is pretty sure he's secure. That's not to say he doesn't have his eye on Question Time

It is quite something to sit backstage at The X Factor and witness the entire machinery of the entertainment industrial complex come into action. I can report that Sharon Osbourne looks as flame-proof in real life as she does on TV, her skin unmelted by time or any other natural process, and that when the music starts up, the thrillingly bombastic the-judges-are-about-to-descend-from-the-heavens-above throbbing crescendo played on speakers the size of small terraced houses, I actually feel my bones vibrate. An off-stage voice intones: "This Is London. And this Is The X Factor", frenzied hysteria erupts from the vast Wembley arena and not for the first time do I think of the Nuremberg Rallies.

I'm chatting to the show's host, Dermot O'Leary, »

- Carole Cadwalladr

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Stars send support to Lynda Bellingham

17 July 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Several stars have sent messages of support to Lynda Bellingham after she revealed she has cancer. The 65-year-old actress announced yesterday (16.07.13) she is battling the deadly disease, but she has been surrounded by positivity by her former co-stars including 'Loose Women' panellist Denise Welch, who tweeted Lynda from her honeymoon in France. She wrote: ''Stay strong!! #keepfighting #youwillbeatit xxx (sic).'' Former 'Loose Women' anchor Kate Thornton wrote: ''Bellers, if anyone can take this illness on and show it who's boss it's you. Sending you love and strength xxx (sic).'' Rav Wilding added: ''Sending lots of love Bellows, see you soon »

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2013 – a year of prequels, sequels and reboots | Marina Hyde

10 May 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This period of economic hardship hasn't brought about the predicted burst of creativity – instead it's More of the Same

It's said there are only seven master plots in fiction (or five, or 20, depending on who's counting). But at the current rate of rehash, scientists predict there will be only seven master franchises come 2025. These will include: Spiderman (played by a different 26-year-old every three years); that thing with Vin Diesel and the cars (Fast and Forty-fourious will see the gang of ageing speedsters pull off a heist on mobility scooters); and any amount of spun-off Star Wars characters (to be tired of Boba Fett's backstory is to be tired of life). Oh, and Poldark.

Poldark's back, in case you missed the news, or perhaps assumed the reports had wormed through some tear in the commissioning continuum from 1996, which is the last time the 18th-century Cornish romantic saga was revived. »

- Marina Hyde

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2013 – a year of prequels, sequels and reboots | Marina Hyde

10 May 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This period of economic hardship hasn't brought about the predicted burst of creativity – instead it's More of the Same

It's said there are only seven master plots in fiction (or five, or 20, depending on who's counting). But at the current rate of rehash, scientists predict there will be only seven master franchises come 2025. These will include: Spiderman (played by a different 26-year-old every three years); that thing with Vin Diesel and the cars (Fast and Forty-fourious will see the gang of ageing speedsters pull off a heist on mobility scooters); and any amount of spun-off Star Wars characters (to be tired of Boba Fett's backstory is to be tired of life). Oh, and Poldark.

Poldark's back, in case you missed the news, or perhaps assumed the reports had wormed through some tear in the commissioning continuum from 1996, which is the last time the 18th-century Cornish romantic saga was revived. »

- Marina Hyde

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Sharon Osbourne: Can she revive 'The X Factor'?

25 April 2013 3:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

All the signs point to Sharon Osbourne being announced very soon as a new judge on this year's X Factor.

Simon Cowell is not known for his radical thinking (Mel B and Dannii Minogue appear to be on a constant conveyor belt around his various Got Talent and X Factor franchises) and bringing back his old pal Shazza, who he sat alongside on the panel for the first four series, looks close to set in stone.

Bringing Shazza back has some obvious plus points: Nostalgia. Fuzzy memories of the good old days when Si, Shaz and Lou-Lou larked about on Saturday nights.

Osbourne is never publicity shy, so the X Factor hype machine can keep rolling. And whichever unfortunate soul ends up sat next to her (Scherzinger? Tulisa? Gary?) can expect a regular ear-bashing, some fierce glares and possibly a drenching in water if they step out of line.

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The X Factor: should Simon Cowell axe Tulisa?

22 February 2013 3:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Can the ailing talent show hope to revive its fortunes by removing Tulisa from the judging panel – and who should replace her?

Tulisa, you haven't made it through to the next round. Your best-bits package is basically a three-second montage of you holding up your tattoo and mutely scowling. Please collect your obligatory hug from Dermot O'Leary, inform everyone that this isn't the last we'll see of you and get out.

According to reports this morning, Tulisa Contostavlos has become the latest victim of the Great X Factor Postmortem of 2013. The fact that there's been a postmortem at all shouldn't come as a surprise, because last year's series of X Factor was, objectively, a witless clusterbonk. The judges were barely present, the weekly themes seemed to have been chosen by Tony Blackburn and, despite the fact that I wrote about the show twice a week for three months, I can't remember who won. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Richard Curtis, Dermot O'Leary mark Red Nose Day 25th birthday - pictures

5 February 2013 4:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Comic Relief is celebrating the 25th birthday of TV fundraising extravaganza Red Nose Day today (February 5).

Richard Curtis, the founder of Comic Relief, Emma Freud, Lenny Henry and celebrity supporters Ben Miller, Claudia Winkleman, David Baddiel, Dermot O'Leary, Frank Skinner, Helen Skelton, Jimmy Carr, Kate Thornton and Sanjeev Bhaskar gathered to mark the occasion.

[Red Nose Day turns 25]

Red Nose Day was launched in 1988 and has helped raise money for people living in Africa, the UK and the world's poorest countries.

"From day one the money so generously donated by the UK public has been hard at work helping to create a just world free from poverty," said Curtis.

"These days Africa is a vastly different continent to the one I visited all those years ago. Six of the world's fastest-growing economies are in now in Africa. And major progress has been made in fighting diseases, increasing literacy rates and addressing injustice.

"But there's still much to do, »

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