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Simon Cowell: X Factor was 'very predictable' last year

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Simon Cowell says 'The X Factor' was ''very predictable'' last year. The media mogul insisted it was obvious ''from the get-go'' that Sam Bailey would be triumphant, and admitted he and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini think they could have helped Tamera Foster get ''into the final'' to make it more interesting. He told the Daily Mail Weekend magazine: ''It's the talent that really defines the show. Last year, it was Ok, but it wasn't my favourite year. ''I think it was very predictable right from the get-go who was going to win and once the live shows started Sam Bailey was in a different league »

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Peter Capaldi thought 'carefully' about Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi was nervous about 'Doctor Who' having an affect on his personal life. The star - who will make his first full appearance as the new Time Lord tonight (23.08.14) - admitted he had to think ''carefully'' about the offer to follow Matt Smith in the lead role, but the positives far outweighed the negatives. He told The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine: ''You have to think about that offer carefully because you certainly become more visible, which is a different experience. My life prior to 'Doctor Who' was very blessed already. ''I had to think about whether I wanted to change that »

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Richard Madeley wants interview with royals

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Richard Madeley would make a TV comeback to interview Prince Harry and William. The former 'This Morning' presenter - who hosted the show for 13 years with his wife Judy Finnigan before taking on their own Channel 4 talk show 'Richard and Judy' until August 2008 - insists the pair would return to the small screen for a chance to interview the royal brothers. When asked who he'd most like to interview, Richard said: ''One of the Princes. Either Harry or William. With Judy. We don't plan to work together on TV again, but we would come back together just for that.'' However, »

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Mark Wright confirmed for 'Strictly Come Dancing'

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Mark Wright has confirmed he is taking part in this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing.' The 'Only Way Is Essex' star - who is engaged to former 'Coronation Street' actress Michelle Keegan - has revealed he is set to take to the dancefloor in the upcoming BBC One reality series and plans to ''try hard'' to take home the glitter ball trophy. The 27-year-old heartthrob, who claims he has no rhythm, made the announcement to listeners on his Heart Club Classics show shortly before 8pm this evening (22.08.14), saying: ''You know I can't dance and all that, and I've got absolutely no rhythm »

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Peter Capaldi makes Doctor Who 'spooky'

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Peter Capaldi has made 'Doctor Who' ''spooky'' again. The 'In the Loop' star is the latest actor to take on the infamous role of the titular Time Lord in the BBC One sci-fi series and has said he wanted to make the Doctor ''mysterious'' and ''spooky'' - like the Doctor from his childhood. Speaking on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, he said: ''I always thought when I grew up, Doctor Who was a slightly spooky, weird character who would arrive out of no-where and take people off deep in to space and give them terrible, terrifying adventures.'' The 56-year-old »

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Tess Daly will miss sharing biscuits with Bruce Forsythe

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Vernon Kay says his wife Tess Daly will miss sharing biscuits with Sir Bruce Forsyth on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 40-year-old presenter admits his wife - who co-hosted the show with Bruce, 86, for over a decade - became ''emotional'' when she heard of his departure from the series. Vernon exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''It was quite emotional. They'd been together for 10 years - 11 series. ''Bruce is such a gentleman and he's got such a knowledge and experience of television that you can kind of use him as a TV manual. ''I think that's something that Tess will miss and »

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Antony Costa declares himself bankrupt

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Antony Costa has declared himself bankrupt. The Blue singer - who is the third member of band to file for bankruptcy - has admitted he's financially broke in the hope of securing a future for his fiancée Rosanna and their three-month-old daughter Savannah. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: ''I am really proud to be a father and the arrival of my new daughter has made me take a good look at my finances. ''I want to be sure I can provide the best possible future for my family. ''Our former management made a lot of decisions that we as a band »

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Joey Essex believes in aliens

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Joey Essex believes in aliens. The former 'The Only Way Is Essex' star visited Area 51 in Nevada - where the Us government is believed to be studying extraterrestrial life - while filming his latest show 'Educating Joey Essex - Space Cadet' but admitted he doesn't think anyone will ''ever know'' if there are aliens inside. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, he said: ''I think aliens are definitely real ... There's evidence out there that you can clearly see. I would say aliens are definitely out there, I mean, I think we've all seen them we just don't know it.'' The 24-year-old TV »

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Peter Capaldi is 'fiercer' than Matt Smith

22 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Peter Capaldi thinks he's fiercer than Matt Smith. The 56-year-old actor - who is set to make his debut as the titular Time Lord in the eponymous BBC One sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' tomorrow night (23.08.14) - thinks his take on the infamous character is 'fiercer' than his predecessor, Matt Smith's. He told USA Today: ''He's sort of fiercer than Matt. But he's not grim; he's actually very funny and passionate. ''He loves the universe and this job that he has, this freedom to travel through time and space. He's a guy who's passionate about life and art ... and he »

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Cheska and Fran to quit Made In Chelsea?

22 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Cheska Hull and Fran Newman-Young have threatened to quit 'Made In Chelsea'. The reality TV stars have reportedly told bosses of the hit E4 show that they don't want to appear in any further series after they were sent back to the UK during filming for the current series in New York, for being too boring. A source revealed: ''The producers decided they were boring so they sent them packing. The girls were furious.'' Cheska - whose best pal Ollie Locke left the show last year - and her friend Fran, who is often seen meddling in her co-stars' affairs, are now said »

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Rita Ora joins The Voice

22 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Rita Ora has reportedly joined 'The Voice'. The 'How We Do' hitmaker - who famously turned down a £1 million offer to appear on rival singing competition 'The X Factor' earlier this year - is said to have agreed a six figure sum with the BBC to replace departing coach Kylie Minogue when the contest kicks off later this year. An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Rita is the popstar of the moment, the Beeb are delighted. They think she's going to be a ratings hit and even more popular than Kylie.'' The 23-year-old singer - who is expected to take »

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Katie Hopkins gains 3st for documentary

22 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Katie Hopkins has gained three stone for a television documentary. The outspoken star has revealed she's been gorging on takeaways, ready meals and sweet treats while lazing around her house in a bid to prove that people with weight problems bring it on themselves. She explained: ''I'm filming a new documentary and I want to prove that if someone sits on their sofa all day eating rubbish, they will quickly become overweight. ''I also want to show that anyone can get down to a normal size just by eating less and moving more. So far I have eaten 13 ready meals a »

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Gary Busey worries CBB bosses

22 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT

Gary Busey is being monitored round-the-clock by 'Celebrity Big Brother' bosses. The 70-year-old actor - who underwent brain surgery after a motorcycle crash in 1989 - has concerned producers with his erratic behaviour, including talking to himself and claiming to have been visited by Patrick Swayze's ghost, so a doctor is on stand-by and he could be ''pulled out'' of the house if he causes further alarm. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''If it's felt Gary could be a danger to himself or others he will be pulled out.'' A show spokesperson added: ''There is a duty of care and a very »

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Jamie Oliver wants an intimate tattoo

22 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT

Jamie Oliver wants an intimate tattoo. The celebrity chef is considering marking his impending 40th birthday with a piece of body art, but because he knows his father wouldn't approve, he would have it inked somewhere his dad will never see. He said: ''I'd quite like a tattoo for my 40th, or 'slag tag' as one of my friends calls them. I probably won't because my dad wouldn't approve and his opinion matters. ''But I guess I could get away with it if I had it done around my genital area. He'd never know!'' This isn't the first time the 'Jamie's Comfort Food' star »

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William Fichtner bored of character comparisons

22 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT

William Fichtner is tired of people comparing his 'Crossing Lines' and 'Prison Break' characters. The 57-year-old actor stars as Detective Carl Hickman in the crime drama and has confessed he finds it annoying that people are constantly comparing it to his role as FBI Special Agent Alex Mahone in 'Prison Break'. Despite both of the characters being in law enforcement and suffering from substance abuse problems, William insists they are very different roles. He explained: ''Just because they are both cops ... They are completely different people from completely different backgrounds. One was an FBI agent in 'Prison Break' that had his »

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Phillip Schofield to host You're Back In The Room

21 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Phillip Schofield is to host new game show 'You're Back In The Room'. The 'This Morning' presenter has signed on to front the brand new contest with a unique twist, that will see teams of five strangers take on apparently simple challenges in a bid to win cash prizes, while hypnotised. The contestants - who are each willingly open to hypnotic suggestion - will be hypnotised by international mentalist Keith Barry and tasks which appear to be straight forward will become much harder as their hypnotic triggers cause them to inadvertently sabotage their own chances of winning. Phillip said of his new »

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Reece Shearsmith turns down s**t scripts

21 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Reece Shearsmith refuses to work on ''s**t'' projects. The 44-year-old actor, writer and comedian has revealed he went through a period of not working at all because he didn't feel as though any of the parts he was being offered were good enough. Quizzed on whether, as a writer, he finds it difficult to act out other writer's scripts, he told Bang Showbiz: ''Yeah, I do. I've had a few things offered and said no to them all and consequently not done anything for ages. ''[Director] Ben Wheatley said, 'It's because you know a good script when you see it, and »

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Downton Abbey: Modern items banned from set

21 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

The cast of 'Downton Abbey' have been banned from taking modern items on set. Producers of the hit ITV period drama have laid down a harsh ban after a plastic water bottle was spotted in the background of a publicity shot of stars Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael, who play the roles of the Earl of Grantham and Lady Edith Crawley respectively. A member of the cast told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: ''Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is designer underwear, as the danger is apparently too great if, say a chap bent over. ''They have relented in the case »

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Danniella Westbrook overcoming cocaine with help of Jesus

21 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Danniella Westbrook says her faith in Jesus is helping her overcome her relapse into cocaine use. The former 'EastEnders' star confessed last weekend she had started using the drug again, first taking it in April after an argument her now ex-boyfriend Tom Richards. Danniella is now in America attending support group meetings to ensure she gets clean and her Christian faith and the love of her fellow church goers is helping her beat her addiction. Being interviewed from the Us on 'This Morning', Danniella said: ''I knew as soon as the story broke, I knew I needed to come back here and »

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Michelle Keegan rejects Celebrity Juice captain role

21 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT

Richard Madeley would make a TV comeback to interview Prince Harry and William. The former 'This Morning' presenter - who hosted the show for 13 years with his wife Judy Finnigan before taking on their own Channel 4 talk show 'Richard and Judy' until August 2008 - insists the pair would return to the small screen for a chance to interview the royal brothers. When asked who he'd most like to interview, Richard said: ''One of the Princes. Either Harry or William. With Judy. We don't plan to work together on TV again, but we would come back together just for that.'' However, »

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