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The Duchess of Cornwall took a seat in the judges' chairs at Strictly Come Dancing's studios earlier today (November 24). The Duchess attended rehearsals as a guest of judge Craig Revel Horwood, who is a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, a group that has Her Royal Highness as President. She was welcomed at BBC Television Centre by BBC head of entertainment Katie Taylor and hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. She was given a tour of the studio and introduced to the final seven celebrity contestants. She watched the group rehearsals for a foxtrot to Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' performed by pros Brendan Cole, Pasha Kovalev, Natalie Lowe (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Concert organizers estimate that over 25,000 crammed into the area of College Green by Trinity College to see the concert prepared for President Barack Obama entitled "Is Féidir Linn" ("Yes we can!") Compare, Rte Radio and TV host, Ryan Turbridy opened the show introducing a performance from Sharon Shannon and the Saw Doctors. Brendan Gleeson gave a rousing and emotional speech about the 1845 visit by Fredrick Douglass, Obama's hero. He was followed by Ryan Sheridan singing "Jigsaw". Stephen Rea then took to the stage reciting the WB Yeats poem "I am Ireland". He dedicated it to all the Irish people who had been forced to emigrate over the years. He said "We hope it will not be too long before these people, or their children, return to dance with us in Ireland". Dubliner Imelda May then took the stage with her hit song "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" before sports commentator »
'The boundary between sport and art is torn down with a vigour unmatched since Bobby Charlton toured China with the Bolshoi in 1972'
In a warehouse, a bold experiment is taking place. This gritty urban space – hired for the night by Lucozade – is playing host to a performance that will harness for the first time the powers of boxing, rapping and pop-punk drumming. Yes, the boundary between sport and art torn down with a vigour unmatched since Bobby Charlton toured China with the Bolshoi in 1972. The drumming is by Travis Barker, skinsman of Blink-182. He's a 35-year-old millionaire with his own fish taco franchise, but when the call came from Lucozade to kick down the walls, he leapt on the opportunity like a man with a debut solo album to promote. He is joined on raps by Mr 2010 Tinie Tempah, and by Irish boxer Katie Taylor on punchbag.
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- Paul MacInnes
Tinie Tempah and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker have teamed up for a Lucozade advert. The pair are also joined by Amateur World Boxing Champion Katie Taylor. The trio have collaborated to perform a special Lucozade remix of Tempah's 'Simply Unstoppable'. The advert is to be the first of three music-led films to be released by the energy drink company, with the clips directed by Jake Nava, who has previously worked with Beyoncé, The Spice Girls and Leona Lewis. "When we arrived at the shoot in Los Angeles, Katie, Travis and I didn't know what would happen, but when we came (more) »
- By Lewis Corner
Blue have been revealed as the act representing the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf. The reunited boyband were confirmed to have been chosen by the BBC in a statement made on the corporation's official Eurovision Twitter page. They will perform a new self-penned song entitled 'I Can', with the track's promotion and recording also being filmed as part of a BBC documentary to be screened in April. BBC Head of Entertainment and Events Katie Taylor commented: "We're enormously pleased to have found an act that not only meets but exceeds all the criteria for a great entry. Blue are the perfect choice and we're so proud to have them representing us at this year's Eurovision Song Contest." Band member Duncan James also revealed his excitement on (more) »
- By Amy Bell
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