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Sam Bailey on debut album: 'Hopefully it will be out in the spring'

22 December 2013 3:10 PM, PST

Sam Bailey has said that she hopes to release her debut album in the spring.

The X Factor winner - who has scored this year's Christmas number one with 'Skyscraper' - revealed that she is hoping to have a mixture of cover versions and original tracks on the LP.

X Factor winner Sam Bailey gets Irish Christmas No.1 with 'Skyscraper'

The singer told OfficialCharts.com: "2014 is going to be a huge year for me. Basically, I'm in the studio pretty much straight away. We're hoping to get an album out for spring. On the album, I'm going to try and do things a little bit differently.

"I want to do some songs that people haven't heard in a while, and bring back some stuff that people probably haven't even heard of, so that it feels like a new song.

"I'm going to try and do some stuff of my own »

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QVC presenter Will Gowing receives proposal live on air - video

22 December 2013 12:01 PM, PST

A QVC presenter was proposed to live on air on Thursday (December 19).

Will Gowing was co-presenting a cosmetics segment with Alison Young when his boyfriend of ten years Steve surprised him with the proposal.

Young asked Gowing to read out an apparent viewer's text in her place, giving the excuse that she had forgotten to wear her contact lenses.

The message read: "Hi Ali and Will. I found my hero product at QVC over nine years ago, since then I've used it everyday and the results keep getting better and better.

"It's added enormously to my life, changed my outlook of the world and I now can't imagine my life without it.

"The product I was lucky enough to find almost ten years ago was the love I share with you, Will Gowing. Will you marry me?"

Young then pushed a surprised Gowing for his answer, to which he replied: "Of course I will. »

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David Jason on Only Fools and Horses return: 'The script is very good'

22 December 2013 9:35 AM, PST

David Jason has spoken about the potential return of Only Fools and Horses.

The actor - who played Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in the longrunning BBC comedy - described the new script as "very good".

The new episode could air as early as March if Jason approves the script and agrees to take part in the project.

It would mark the first new episode of the comedy since creator and writer John Sullivan passed away from viral pneumonia in 2011.

Sullivan is said to have had hundreds of ideas for the show's return and his sons, Dan and Jim, have been working on bringing their father's ideas to life.

Jason told The Times: "I've had a quick look at the treatment and it's very good, but I'm saving the proper read-through until there are no distractions. It's not the sort of thing you can muck about with."

In December 2012, Jason revealed »

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X Factor's Sam Callahan on Tamera Foster: "I love her"

22 December 2013 6:04 AM, PST

X Factor contestants Sam Callahan and Tamera Foster have discussed their relationship.

The couple were romantically linked during the ITV show, with Foster confirming that she was "close" to Callahan last month.

In an interview with The Sun, Callahan claimed that he "loves" the 16-year-old and revealed that the pair struggled to spend any private time together when they were living in the X Factor house.

He said: "I'd sneak into Tamera's room in the middle of the night to say goodnight and have a private intimate moment but never for long.

"Security told us if we were going to spend time together then we would have to keep the door open. We got warned about it a lot."

The 19-year-old also revealed he was scared of losing his love interest, after it recently emerged that he had sent sex texts to a glamour model.

He said: "We were in »

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Strictly Come Dancing final watched by 11.5m on BBC One

22 December 2013 4:00 AM, PST

Strictly Come Dancing topped the ratings last night (December 21), with an average of 11.5 million tuning in for the BBC One dancing competition's grand finale.

The earlier instalment of the show's first ever all-female final at 6.30pm received an audience share of 48.1%, while 45.8% returned at 8.40pm to see Abbey Clancy win the 2013 Glitterball Trophy.

Photo gallery - the 2013 Strictly final:Elsewhere on the channel, Atlantis pulled in 5.59m (24.6%) for the penultimate episode of the current series at 7.55pm.

Over on BBC Two, a repeat of Dad's Army brought in the channel's biggest ratings of the night with 1.75m (7.21%) tuning in at 8.20pm, while an episode of The Many Faces of, focusing on the late Ronnie Barker, was seen by 1.43m (7.37%) at 10pm.

ITV continued its season of Harry Potter films at 6.30pm, with the franchise's fifth instalment Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix bringing in 3.5m (14.8%). A further 516k (2.15%) tuned »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Homeland, The Muppets and Lady Gaga

22 December 2013 2:05 AM, PST

The Whale: BBC One, 9pm

Jonas Armstrong stars in this drama about the fateful last voyage of the 19th-century Nantucket whaling ship Essex, which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820, leaving the crew struggling to survive in three smaller boats.

Homeland: Channel 4, 9pm

Carrie and Brody seek refuge at the edge of the desert as security forces close in, and while Saul plans a last-ditch rescue operation, the former marine struggles to find redemption. Last in the current series.

The Muppets and Lady Gaga at Christmas: Channel 5, 5.25pm

The pop superstar joins forces with the furry gang of puppets for an entertainment extravaganza, performing seasonal favourites and her own hits. She sings duets with Kermit the Frog, musician Elton John, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, while Kristen Bell appears in a Christmas sketch. »

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Digital Spy's Best TV Characters of 2013

22 December 2013 1:00 AM, PST

2013 is drawing to a close, so the Digital Spy team has picked the TV heroes and villains that made us laugh, cheer and jeer this year - from cops to convicts, from politicians to gangsters, from meth dealers to reality TV stars... here are our picks for the standout TV characters from the past 12 months.

Steven Toast, Toast of London - Simon Reynolds, Movies Editor

Matt Berry will be familiar to comedy fans thanks to his role as Douglas Reynholm in The It Crowd, but its cult gems like Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Snuff Box that really got the most out of him. He found his best role yet this year in Toast of London, a sitcom focused around his London luvvie Steven Toast. A vain and egotistical actor with a moustache that'd make Burt Reynolds envious, Toast, like great British sitcom characters Partridge and Brent before him, is a »

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Abbey Clancy on Strictly Come Dancing win: "It's just incredible"

21 December 2013 5:30 PM, PST

Abbey Clancy has called her Strictly Come Dancing win "incredible".

The star and partner Aljaž Skorjanec triumphed in Saturday's (December 21) grand final over fellow competitors Natalie Gumede and Susanna Reid.

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 final: All the pictures of the stars

Speaking to Digital Spy after the telecast, Clancy revealed that she will be keeping her trophy "on the mantelpiece so everyone can see it".

"I still don't feel like it's real. It's insane," Clancy declared. "I'm just literally gobsmacked and in shock and it hasn't even hit me yet."

She went on to say: "I just need to enjoy this moment and I can't think of anything else at the minute. It's just incredible… It feels bizarre. I just can't believe it.

"I feel so lucky and the fact that everyone's voted us to win out of everyone [else]... is surreal. Completely surreal."

"Maybe people saw we worked hard. I was »

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013 final: All the pictures of the stars

21 December 2013 3:17 PM, PST

Susanna & Kevin's quickstep: Score - (8-9-10-10) 37

Len: "It was light, it was bright. Knockout."

Bruno: "High spirit, high energy and high performance value. Your footwork was spot on."

Abbey & Aljaz's waltz: Score - (10-10-10-10) 40

Darcey: "I would never have believed you could you have come this far."

Craig: "That was amazing. Absolutely fabulous!"

Natalie & Artem's cha cha cha: Score - (9-10-10-10) 39

Craig: "The timing was absolutely impeccable."

Bruno: "Hips hips hooray, Natalie!"

Sophie & Brendan's Viennese waltz: Score - (9-10-10-10) 39

Darcey: "A pleasure to watch. Thank you."

Len: "What's not to love? It was fantastic."

Susanna & Kevin's showdance: Score - (9-9-9-9) 36

Craig: "Classy, stylish and airborne, darling. I loved that bit."

Darcey: "It was romantic and stylish."

Abbey & Aljaz's showdance: Score - (9-10-9-10) 38

Len: "I loved the mix of the ballroom and the Latin. I thought some »

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The Voice UK: Kylie, will.i.am in first series three trailer - watch

21 December 2013 2:18 PM, PST

The first trailer for the new series of The Voice UK has been unveiled.

New judges Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson appear alongside will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones in the new clip, which premiered on BBC One earlier tonight (December 21) ahead of the show's return in January.

The new trailer features the show's coaches as doctors on a maternity ward, as they turn around to discover a baby singing 'Flashdance... What a Feeling'.

Minogue and Wilson join the coaching lineup as replacements for Jessie J and The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue, who both announced their departures from the show last summer.

Marvin Humes and Emma Willis will succeed Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates as hosts of The Voice UK.

Humes has also hailed Minogue's impact on the show, recently telling Digital Spy that the popstar is "really getting stuck in".

The Voice UK returns to BBC One on Saturday, »

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Abbey Clancy wins Strictly Come Dancing 2013

21 December 2013 1:50 PM, PST

Abbey Clancy has won Strictly Come Dancing 2013.

The model and her professional partner Aljaž Skorjanec have become the eleventh champions of the BBC dancing series, beating Natalie Gumede and Susanna Reid to this year's title.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole were eliminated in fourth place earlier this evening (December 21).

Asked how she felt after hearing that she had won this year's series, Clancy said: "I just can't believe this. It's just mad."

She added that her daughter Sophia will be "so happy" with tonight's result.

"She's going to be so happy. She's going to love this [the Strictly trophy]," Clancy explained.

Skorjanec - who only joined the BBC series this year - said that it had been "incredible" to dance with Clancy on his first time as a Strictly professional.

Asked if she will keep dancing, Clancy replied: "Yes!"

Coronation Street star Gumede and her partner Artem Chigvintsev had topped the judges' leaderboard »

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Strictly Come Dancing: Sophie Ellis-Bextor finishes in fourth place

21 December 2013 12:48 PM, PST

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been eliminated from the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 final.

The singer and her partner Brendan Cole finished in fourth place, leaving Natalie Gumede, Abbey Clancy and Susanna Reid in the running to be crowned this year's ballroom champion later tonight (December 21).

Following her exit, Ellis-Bextor said: "I didn't come here to win, I came here to have fun and to dance and it has been incredible."

Asked if he had anything to say to the 'Murder on the Dancefloor' star, Cole replied: "So much. I've had the best series I could have dreamed of. She has, quite frankly, been the best partner I could have ever wished for."

The couple earned a score of 74 from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell earlier this evening, after performing a Viennese waltz and a spectacular showdance.

Bussell described Ellis-Bextor's Viennese waltz as a "pleasure to watch »

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Atlantis episode 13 - Series 1's spectacular finale in pictures

21 December 2013 12:40 PM, PST

Atlantis bows out for 2013 with a spectacular, action-packed finale, but worry not, Jason and the gang will return next year!

As series one draws to a climax, our heroes must save Ariadne (Aiysha Hart), who has been sentenced to death after helping Jason. But Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) is holding all the cards...

John Hannah guest stars in the fantasy finale, which airs on Saturday, December 28 at 8.15pm on BBC One.

Atlantis episode 12 review: Family fantasy back on form

Atlantis episode 12 'Touched by the Gods - Part 2' - in pictures: »

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Atlantis episode 12 review: Family fantasy is back on form

21 December 2013 12:40 PM, PST

Last week, I compared BBC One's family-friendly fantasy-fest Atlantis to "a friend who keeps making the same mistakes, but who you stick by because you know they can do better".

This week, the show is that same friend who finally comes good, leaving you both grateful and frustrated, as you want to ask, "Why couldn't you have done this sooner?"

Eleven weeks into a patchy first series - some episodes solid, others decidedly lacklustre - Atlantis had to up its game for its two-part finale and 'Touched by the Gods - Part One' is thankfully one of the show's stronger outings.

Two of the programme's biggest problems this year have been its uneven tone - cheap gags, a lack of atmosphere - and its mishandling or neglect of certain characters, with story arcs derailed as the likes of Aiysha Hart's Ariadne and Sarah Parish's Pasiphae vanished for weeks on end. »

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Strictly Come Dancing: The grand finale - as it happened

21 December 2013 10:00 AM, PST

It's here! We've said goodbye to couple after couple and now just four remain to battle it out for the Strictly Come Dancing crown. With Abbey, Natalie, Sophie and Susanna all coming out fighting with three dances each, who'll be the brand new Queen of the Ballroom?

Digital Spy will be bringing you all the action as it happens so grab a mince pie and a sherry and join us back here at 6.30pm for all of the hottest moves (and all of Brucie's cracker jokes...)

21:50But after all that, Strictly is over... aside from next week's Christmas special, of course. Let the analysis begin - tell us in the comments how you're feeling about that result! But for now, Aljaz is spinning Abbey around, the judges are dancing and clapping, and we're off for a cuppa (watch that power surge!) Thanks for joining us...

21:49So is Abbey going to keep dancing? »

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Strictly Come Dancing: The grand finale - live blog

21 December 2013 10:00 AM, PST

It's here! We've said goodbye to couple after couple and now just four remain to battle it out for the Strictly Come Dancing crown. With Abbey, Natalie, Sophie and Susanna all coming out fighting with three dances each, who'll be the brand new Queen of the Ballroom?

Digital Spy will be bringing you all the action as it happens so grab a mince pie and a sherry and join us back here at 6.30pm for all of the hottest moves (and all of Brucie's cracker jokes...)

21:50But after all that, Strictly is over... aside from next week's Christmas special, of course. Let the analysis begin - tell us in the comments how you're feeling about that result! But for now, Aljaz is spinning Abbey around, the judges are dancing and clapping, and we're off for a cuppa (watch that power surge!) Thanks for joining us...

21:49So is Abbey going to keep dancing? »

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Strictly Come Dancing Natalie Gumede: 'Fans haven't forgiven me'

21 December 2013 9:42 AM, PST

Strictly Come Dancing's Natalie Gumede has claimed that she has struggled to win the support of some fans who "can't forgive" her for playing an abusive character on Coronation Street.

The actress - who will compete against Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Abbey Clancy and Susanna Reid in tonight's final - said that she still receives Twitter abuse from people thinking she is Kirsty Soames.

On the reaction to her Strictly appearance, Gumede told The Huffington Post: "I think it's been split down the middle. I have absolutely been myself and that's been lovely but I'm not sure people have always seen that."

Her partner Artem Chigvintsev added: "She's coming into the competition with people thinking she's this character and so from the beginning it's negative.

"They haven't given her a chance... it's sad because I can guarantee she's not like this. I spend eight hours a day with her… she's a fun, »

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David Coleman: 5 memorable broadcasting moments

21 December 2013 8:59 AM, PST

David Coleman, veteran BBC sports broadcaster, has passed away at the age of 87.

With a career spanning over 50 years, Coleman was beloved for his enthusiastic style of sports commentating during 11 Olympic Games and six World Cups.

Digital Spy brings you some of Coleman's most memorable broadcasting moments below:

Liverpool vs Newcastle United, 1974 'Goals pay the rent'

While Coleman was known for sticking his foot in his mouth from time to time (eventually known in the commentating world as the 'Colemanball'), the broadcaster was also beloved for his colourful commentary, as demonstrated by his comment on Kevin Keegan's winning goal in a 1974 Liverpool vs Newcastle United game.

David Coleman meets Barry Watson, Montreal Olympics, 1976

Aside from being a commentator and sports news presenter, Coleman was also an adept sports interviewer. In this video from the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he impressively keeps up a conversation with athlete Barry Watson while running down a hill. »

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David Coleman 1926-2013: Obituary of the BBC sports broadcaster

21 December 2013 8:05 AM, PST

Former BBC sports broadcaster David Coleman has passed away at the age of 87 following a short illness.

The presenter was born on April 26, 1926 in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. His immediate family hailed from County Cork, Ireland and Coleman spent his early years as a competitive runner. He began his career in journalism working at the Stockport Express and also worked for the British Army Newspaper Unit during his time in military service.

David Coleman dies: Stars pay tribute to veteran BBC presenter

Coleman became the editor of the Cheshire Country Express at the age of 22. He was unable to participate in trials for the 1952 British Olympics team because of injury, and instead contacted the BBC to see if he could get involved with their athletics coverage.

After providing him with occasional work, the BBC offered him a more permanent role in 1954. Coleman then moved to Birmingham to work as a news assistant and sports editor. »

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Strictly 2013: Susanna Reid 'is hottest property on British TV'

21 December 2013 6:28 AM, PST

Strictly Come Dancing's Susanna Reid has become "one of the hottest properties on British television", a publicist has said.

BBC Breakfast presenter Reid has become popular with viewers during the show's run, with almost a quarter of DS readers backing her for the title in a recent poll.

A leading PR consultant has suggested the BBC may have "scored an own goal" by allowing Reid to take part in the competition, as competitors are likely to try and lure her from the corporation.

Former newspaper editor Phil Hall told The Telegraph that, despite Reid's assertions that she would not leave the BBC, Reid could be in line for "a far more high-profile job" following tonight's Strictly final.

He said: "In many ways the BBC have scored an own goal – they have opened the door for her to go anywhere. She is one of the hottest properties on British television. »

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