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The X Factor series 1: Rowetta Satchell, Tabby Callaghan, Steve Brookstein - Where are they now?

Saturday nights are no longer for going out - The X Factor is finally returning to our small screens this weekend with new hosts, a fresh judging panel and a fair few format shake-ups.

But whatever happened to the finalists of the first ever series - "barking bloody mad" Rowetta Satchell, red-haired wannabe rocker Tabby Callaghan, cheesy best friend duo 2 to Go and eventual winner Steve Brookstein?

Roberta Howett

Roberta Howett went from unhappy telecommunications worker to Louis Walsh's Dublin darling after her successful X Factor audition. But perhaps it was the curse of the Walsh that resulted in her early exit from the series when she became the first act to be eliminated.

Now 33, Roberta appeared on the debut album of Spanish composer Toni Castells in 2007. She finally released her debut album in 2010, its lead single 'Beautiful Lies' became her first Top 40 single in the Irish Singles Chart,
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X Factor quiz: How big a fan are you? 33 of the toughest questions

Know your Christopher Maloneys from your Eoghan Quiggs? Can you remember every song Chico ever performed? Are you the ultimate X Factor fan?

If the answer was 'yes' to any of those questions, why not have a punt at the 33 brainteasers below that should be enough to test even the biggest X Factor addicts?

1. How many acts from the series one Live Shows can you remember?

The Answer is...

Tabby Callaghan, Cassie Compton, Roberta Howett, Steve Brookstein, Verity Keays, Rowetta Satchell, 2 to Go, G4, Voices With Soul.

2. Can you remember every one of The X Factor's 20 judges - including guest panellists at the Live Shows and Auditions?

The Answer is...

Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Mel B, Paula Abdul, Brian Friedman, Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Katy Perry, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora and Anastacia.
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Skins: Where Are They Now?

The BAFTA award winning teen drama sensation Skins took Britain by storm in 2007 with its controversial story lines and relatable and eccentric characters. The show’s success made it the perfect training ground for up-and-coming British teen actors to throw themselves into the spotlight. In Justin Edgar’s energetic new comedy We Are The Freaks we find two of Skins‘ most popular alumni take centre stage on the big screen. Parsons (SkinsMike Bailey) and Chunks (SkinsSean Teale) accompany Jack (Jamie Blackley) on an eventful weekend that might change their lives forever. As this stylish, coming 0f age, cult comedy takes us back to the rebellious era of the 1990s, we celebrate the release of We Are The Freaks by taking our own look back at some of our favourite Skins stars and find out what they’ve been up to since leaving the hit drama.

Mike Bailey – played
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American Psycho; From Morning to Midnight; The Little Mermaid – review

Almeida, Lyttelton, London; Bristol Old Vic

Matt Smith brings a deadly vacancy to Easton Ellis's antihero in a musical with sharp instincts and a hollow heart

American Psycho will be a big hit for Rupert Goold's new, rejuvenating Almeida. His production is tremendously accomplished, stylistically coherent, sprinkled with Goold glitter and fuelled by Goold attack. Matt Smith plays the central part of the psychopathic banker with a deadly vacancy. It would be extremely surprising if this murderous musical does not race off to the West End. But the evening left me coldly indifferent. I can't think when a show has so completely divided me between admiration and recoil.

In many ways this is a perfect staging of Bret Easton Ellis's slasher satire, which split critical opinion – "careful, important", "cheaply sensationalist" – when it was published in 1991. It is true to the book yet not too doggedly faithful, a genuine
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American Psycho – review

Almeida, London

Matt Smith helps Bret Easton Ellis's murderous yuppie to make a killing

It sounds improbable: a musical thriller about a serial killer. But Sondheim did it in Sweeney Todd. And, although this version of Bret Easton Ellis's notorious 1991 bestseller, is a very different bucket of blood, it works superbly thanks to Rupert Goold's stylish production, Duncan Sheik's music and lyrics and Matt Smith's beautifully defined performance as the deluded hero.

Credit also belongs to the book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa which captures the satire at the heart of the dark, Dostoyevskian story.

In Easton Ellis's novel the hero, Patrick Bateman, is a 26-year-old Wall Street investment banker who eventually realises that "surface, surface, surface was all that anyone found meaning in".

And, in this version, we are constantly reminded that Bateman and his cronies inhabit a consumerist culture in which everything is commodified.

They
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First Look At Matt Smith In ‘American Psycho’ Musical

Check out the new images of Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as he gets all suited and booted for his new role as serial killer Patrick Bateman in the musical adaptation of American Psycho.

The Kickstarter funded musical, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, follows businessman Patrick Bateman as he tries (but fails) to deal with his homicidal tendencies. Co-starring alongside Smith includes Ben Aldridge, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner. This role also marks Smith’s return to the stage since 2008′s That Face.

If you want to get a glimpse of the Rupert Goold directed action, the show will be running at Almedia Theatre, London until January.

Source: Almedia Theatre Website

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Matt Smith To Slash As Patrick Bateman In ‘American Psycho’ Musical

Soon to leave the world of Doctor Who behind, the square-jawed former Timelord Matt Smith will lead London’s West End musical adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. He takes the role of suave investment banker-turned-axe-weilding nut job Patrick Bateman, previously played by Christian Bale in Mary Harron’s controversial big-screen adaptation of Ellis’ eighties excess novel.

American Psycho will launch in London’s West End Almeida Theatre in December, running from the 3rd December to 25th January next year. Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, will direct the adaptation that already has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. Other cast members joining Smith include Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.

Source: Deadline

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Doctor Who Star Becomes An "American Psycho"

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Soon to depart "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith is about to tackle a distinctly different character - Patrick Bateman.

Smith is set to star as Bateman in a West End stage musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel "American Psycho" which will run from December 3rd to January 25th.

He begins rehearsals today for a production that includes several dance numbers and songs.

Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold will direct from a production book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark") and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik ("Spring Awakening").

Also starring are some notable British stage and TV actors like Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.

The serial-killing 1980s Wall Street investment banker character was previously portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaptation.
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