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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The X Factor, Made in Chelsea NYC

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The X Factor: ITV, 8pm

In a change to last year's format, the closed-room auditions continue in episode two, as more groups and solo singers seek to impress the judging panel.

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh are on hand to size up the potential popstars, with host Dermot O'Leary on hand to offer words of congratulation or comfort.

Made in Chelsea NYC: E4, 9pm

Stevie and Spencer's rivalry over Billie intensifies, as Spenny takes the glamorous American out on a second date - will the nice guy finish last?

Elsewhere in NYC, Binky and Louise discover Jules's polyamorous secret and have to decide whether or not to tell Rosie the truth.

Him & Her: The Wedding: BBC Two, 10pm

A welcome BBC Two airing for the final series of BBC Three's wonderfully low-key comedy, starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani.

All five episodes of The »

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return to This Morning for new series

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This Morning will launch its new series on ITV tomorrow (September 1).

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return as hosts on a brand new sofa, while Amanda Holden is on stand-by to take over from Willoughby when she goes on maternity leave. Willoughby is currently expecting her third child.

Holden said of her role: "It's such an exciting time for Holly and I am really happy to be stepping in whilst she is on maternity leave. I've worked with Phillip before and it will be a joy to present such a much-loved show with him."

This Morning will begin its new term by launching a campaign for Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month called 'No Fear, Go Smear'. Dr Dawn Harper will lead the campaign, aimed to improve attendance figures in the UK for cervical smear tests. The campaign will follow real-life and celebrity stories of those affected by cancer and offer medical advice. »

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Celebrity Big Brother: Audley and James both win luxury in dome task

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The latest Celebrity Big Brother task has concluded.

The house was split into two groups, with James Jordan and Audley Harrison made team captains.

James and Audley were then confined to a perspex dome where they had access to only water. The captains were told that the housemate who lasted longest in the dome would win luxury for their team and immunity from the next eviction.

Big Brother tried to tempt the pair out of the dome by offering them a phone call with their wives but both housemates resisted.

As James and Audley both displayed stoicism in not leaving the dome, they were both awarded immunity from eviction and both teams enjoyed a luxurious evening in which they were served their favourite meals.

However, George Gilbey and Stephanie Pratt were excluded from the evening of luxury for speaking about nominations and were both sent to the dome for the evening. »

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The X Factor returns to more than 9 million viewers on ITV

31 August 2014 2:33 AM, PDT

The X Factor averaged more than 9 million viewers on ITV last night (August 30), according to overnight figures.

The latest series of the singing competition - which welcomed the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and added Mel B to the judging panel - premiered to 9.03m (40.9%) from 8pm, with a further 465k (2.2%) catching the show on +1.

The numbers are slightly up from the previous year's launch, which managed 8.78m.

Afterwards, The Xtra Factor with Sarah-Jane Crawford was caught by 760k (3.8%) on ITV2 (+1: 158k/1.1%).

Elsewhere on ITV, the new celebrity series of The Chase opened to 4.24m (22.2%) from 7pm, and Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole attracted 3.69m (18.3%) from 9.25pm.

Doctor Who episode 'Into the Dalek' was watched by 5.2m (24.7%) from 7.30pm on BBC One. Earlier, Tumble continued with 2.74m (16.7%).

The National Lottery: Break the Safe managed 2.69m (21.3%) from 8.15pm, and Casualty followed afterwards with 3.91m (18.4%). Football highlights show »

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Jordan Cox criticises "in your face" Great British Bake Off team

30 August 2014 6:15 PM, PDT

Former Great British Bake Off contestant Jordan Cox has criticised the show's team for distracting the bakers when they are cooking.

Following the drama surrounding Iain Watters and Diana Beard's respective exits from the BBC One competition, Cox - who himself exited in week three - told the Nottingham Post that the contestants are a "tight-knit group".

Discussing the environment within the tent, Cox explained: "I know that for the four hours they were in there, they will have been bombarded with constant questions.

"They are right up in your face all the time and will be asking you endless questions. It's not just Mel and Sue, like you see on the TV. Iain got criticised, but he would rather have put up nothing than something that's not up to scratch."

Cox added: "Everything takes a little longer with the camera crew in the tent. It can feel like a »

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X Factor first review: Cowell brings back sparkle, but not the talent

30 August 2014 3:45 PM, PDT

It's been four years since Simon Cowell was last on the X Factor panel in the UK. In his last series, he introduced the world to One Direction, the ratings were sky high and his show was the only thing people talked about on Monday morning at work.

He returns, after having his Us version of the show flop and dumped, to find that The X Factor is no longer the dominant force in British television.

BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing now reigns supreme in the ratings war and the tabloids and British public seem more interested in melting frozen Alaskas and Mary Berry's opinion on soggy bottoms than his reunion with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini behind the judges' desk.

Series 11 of The X Factor is the biggest challenge that Cowell has faced since he first controversially launched the show, spinning off his new found superstar status on Pop Idol. »

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X Factor first review: Cowell brings back sparkle, but not the talent

30 August 2014 3:45 PM, PDT

It's been four years since Simon Cowell was last on the X Factor panel in the UK. In his last series, he introduced the world to One Direction, the ratings were sky high and his show was the only thing people talked about on Monday morning at work.

He returns, after having his Us version of the show flop and dumped, to find that The X Factor is no longer the dominant force in British television.

BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing now reigns supreme in the ratings war and the tabloids and British public seem more interested in melting frozen Alaskas and Mary Berry's opinion on soggy bottoms than his reunion with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini behind the judges' desk.

Series 11 of The X Factor is the biggest challenge that Cowell has faced since he first controversially launched the show, spinning off his new found superstar status on Pop Idol. »

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X Factor's new Jedward: Did you love or loathe Blonde Electric?

30 August 2014 3:29 PM, PDT

Blonde Electric made a big impression in the opening episode of X Factor series 11, however, it wasn't necessarily all positive for the sister duo.

Jazzy and Ruby have been branded 'the new Jedward' after an eye-catching, screech-filled audition that left judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini with her head in her hands.

Watch Blonde Electric's cover of 'Do It Like A Dude' below:

The siblings' Jessie J cover had Louis Walsh grinning from ear to ear, but the other judges seem a bit more conflicted by the boisterous pairing.

Simon Cowell told them: "Imagine the biggest blackboard in the world, and you've got eight people dragging their nails down it. Times ten. That's how irritating you were."

However, despite their doubts, Cowell and Mel B sent the girls through to the next stage, with only Cheryl giving them a 'no'.

Before giving them a 'yes' vote, Cowell commented: "This might be the biggest regret of my career. »

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The new X Factor judges for 2014: What's the snap verdict?

30 August 2014 3:06 PM, PDT

Bye bye Barlow, hello Simon and Cheryl. Again.

The new look (or should that be old look?) X Factor panel made their debut on ITV tonight. Series 11 of the talent show features some old faces (Louis Walsh, obviously), some new (Spice Girl Mel B) and the returning duo of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who have kissed and made up and pretended that the whole X Factor USA debacle never happened.

This year's panel traded on nostalgia rather than fresh faces or originality, with only Mel B bringing a new dimension to the judging desk and even she has been a guest on the show before.

But did the Cowell and Cheryl Show 2.0 prove to be a hit? The producers certainly hammered home the affection that certain members of the public have for the Girls Aloud star - and her latest No.1 single appeared to soundtrack at least three quarters of the episode as well. »

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Celebrity Big Brother's Stephanie Pratt warned over Gary row

30 August 2014 2:55 PM, PDT

Celebrity Big Brother housemate Stephanie Pratt has received a warning for treatment of fellow housemate Gary Busey.

The pair have clashed numerous times during their stay in the house, with Stephanie taking issue with Gary's hygiene.

Speaking to the Made In Chelsea star in the Diary Room, Big Brother told Stephanie that she was being warned for the words she has used when talking to and about the actor.

Big Brother added that it was "inevitable" that not all housemates would get along, but added that they would step in if a situation was "escalating" in which any housemate would be "excluded" in behaviour that could be "perceived as bullying".

Stephanie accepted the warning, admitting that she had "definitely called him many names" prior to Gary improving his hygiene.

"I messed up," the 28-year-old reality star told Big Brother. "I take full responsibility for that."

Following her warning, Stephanie »

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Celebrity Big Brother: James Jordan, Audley Harrison resist phone calls

30 August 2014 2:27 PM, PDT

Big Brother attempted to lure both James Jordan and Audley Harrison with phone calls from home.

The Celebrity Big Brother duo are competing in today's task, with immunity from eviction and a reward for their respective teams up for grabs.

Both James and Audley have undertaken the endurance test, with both stuck inside a one-meter high dome. The first to crack and exit will automatically face eviction this week.

Big Brother will be offering up numerous treats in an effort to tempt them out, with a phone call from a loved one being provided this afternoon (August 30).

5.22pm: It's a phone! And home is calling for Audley and James. Sadly, they've decided not to answer. #BBUKLive pic.twitter.com/zinzbOWVIt

Big Brother Live (@BBUKLive) August 30, 2014

After George Gilbey emerged from the Diary Room carrying the red telephone, both men were informed that they could speak to their wives if they exited. »

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The X Factor: Reece Bibby wows judges with acoustic version of 'Latch'

30 August 2014 2:17 PM, PDT

Teenager Reece Bibby has wowed the judges on the first episode of this year's X Factor.

The 15-year-old singer from Accrington performed an acoustic version of Disclosure's 'Latch'.

The X Factor is back, but what's happening? Launch show live blog

Before his audition, the teen said: "My dad brought me up listening to indie music - Pulp, Stone Roses, Oasis."

Bibby then launched into a performance of the hit song that had his family members in tears backstage.

"I think you're exactly what this show is about, it is young, it is fresh, it is current," Mel B said. "You're 15, you're cute. I loved it and I love everything you are."

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini added: "I love your passion and I think your voice is incredible. It was a very good audition, well done."

Simon Cowell offered a slightly harsher evaluation, saying that Bibby would have to pull out all the »

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Strictly: Pixie Lott already the favourite to win

30 August 2014 1:58 PM, PDT

With a week to go until the launch of Strictly Come Dancing, Pixie Lott has already been named the favourite to lift the glitterball in 2014.

Bookies are listing the Essex singer at 5-1 to win the show.

Close behind her are fellow singers Simon Webbe from Blue and Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, who are both at 6-1.

Least favourite to walk away as the champion is Bargain Hunt host Tim Wonnacott who is at 33-1 to win.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: "We can't see Tim making it through the first week, unless he gets a cult following like John Sergeant."

The 2014 line-up has been revealed in full now, with MasterChef's Gregg Wallace, Wonnacott and Mrs Brown's Boys star Jennifer Gibney becoming the latest stars to join.

Strictly Come Dancing's launch show is on September 7. »

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The Xtra Factor snap review: Was Sarah-Jane Crawford any good?

30 August 2014 1:37 PM, PDT

"The worst thing that could happen is it all goes wrong and you don't have a career. That's the worst thing that could happen."

As pep talks from the boss go, it seems that Simon Cowell could do with attending a few motivational speaking courses. Sarah-Jane Crawford must have been quivering in her very stylish boots after hearing those words come out of Cowell's lips while he was supposed to be wishing her luck in her first day as the new Xtra Factor host.

But if she was, she didn't show it. We're only one episode in, but Sarah-Jane already seems comfortable. She's an inspired choice for the show - cool, but not intimidating - and she slipped easily enough into the role of host.

The fact is, Sarah-Jane wasn't given an awful lot to do in the audition stages; that's always going to be the case this early on, »

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CBB: Frenchy calls George and Stephanie's romance fake

30 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Celebrity Big Brother star Angélique "Frenchy" Morgan has claimed that she believes any potential romance between George Gilbey and Stephanie Pratt is fake.

The outspoken housemate poured scorn on the pair's relationship in the Diary Room, following a candid conversation with George.

During their chat, Frenchy asked why George and Stephanie have not "f**ked yet", remarking that 12 days in the house would be like dating in real life for six months.

George then decided to seek Stephanie's view, asking the Made In Chelsea star what she thought of Frenchy's thoughts. Responding, she told George: "That's why I love you." The pair then hugged before Stephanie went to bed.

Further discussing a potential relationship with her, George explained to James Jordan that he did not feel it would work as he would worry about getting "f**ked over".

Speaking in the Diary Room, Frenchy told Big Brother that »

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The X Factor is back: How the internet reacted to Cowell and Cole 2.0

30 August 2014 1:27 PM, PDT

The X Factor returned in grand style tonight (August 30), as Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh met a new crop of aspiring pop stars.

Dermot O'Leary was on hand to give contestants like Blonde Electric, Amy Connelly and Charlie Jones a confidence boost before they faced the judges.

Digital Spy rounds up social media reaction to The X Factor's series premiere below:

Blonde Electric managed to both annoy and entertain the judges. Did someone say new Jedward?

Ok... I'm seriously freaking out.. So nervous about our audition on #XFactor... Butterflies in my stomach... More like moths!!!... Xo Ruby

— BlondeElectric (@BlondeElectric) August 30, 2014

Cheryl Cole's face speaks for the nation. #blondeelectric #XFactor pic.twitter.com/hEsR9RTOtq

— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) August 30, 2014

Can't wait for the Blonde Electric's "collab" with Jedward. #xfactor

Nick Levine (@mrnicklevine) August 30, 2014

As if anyone actually prefers all these boring people being all breathy »

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The X Factor is back: Social media reaction to Simon Cowell's return

30 August 2014 1:27 PM, PDT

The X Factor returned in grand style tonight (August 30), as Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh met a new crop of aspiring pop stars.

Dermot O'Leary was on hand to give contestants like Blonde Electric, Amy Connelly and Charlie Jones a confidence boost before they faced the judges.

Digital Spy rounds up social media reaction to The X Factor's series premiere below:

Blonde Electric manage to both annoy and entertain the judges!

Ok... I'm seriously freaking out.. So nervous about our audition on #XFactor... Butterflies in my stomach... More like moths!!!... Xo Ruby

— BlondeElectric (@BlondeElectric) August 30, 2014

Cheryl Cole's face speaks for the nation. #blondeelectric #XFactor pic.twitter.com/hEsR9RTOtq

— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) August 30, 2014

Can't wait for the Blonde Electric's "collab" with Jedward. #xfactor

Nick Levine (@mrnicklevine) August 30, 2014

As if anyone actually prefers all these boring people being all breathy and earnest to Blonde Electric »

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Watch Downton Abbey series 5 trailer, return date confirmed

30 August 2014 1:19 PM, PDT

A trailer for the fifth series of Downton Abbey has debuted, with the premiere date also being revealed.

The first-look promo confirmed that Julian Fellowes's period drama will return to ITV on September 21.

ITV controller Peter Fincham: 'Downton Abbey was a bloody great risk'

The fifth series will see the Crawleys and their staff adapt to life in the 1920s.

Richard E Grant joins the cast as "charming art historian" Simon Bricker, while other newcomers include Royle Family actress Sue Johnston as the Dowager Countess's (Maggie Smith) maid Denker, 4-year-old Fifi Hart as Sybbie, and twins Oliver and Zac Barker as George Crawley.

A publicity shot for the new series attracted global headlines earlier this month when a rogue water bottle stole focus.

Downton Abbey returns to ITV at 9pm on Sunday, September 21. »

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Doctor Who: 'Into the Dalek' video review - Geek TV

30 August 2014 12:20 PM, PDT

Digital Spy ventures 'Into the Dalek' with Doctor Who in the latest edition of Geek TV.

Watch DS Deputy Editor Alex Fletcher and TV Editor - and Who nut - Morgan Jeffery give their take on Peter Capaldi's second outing as the new Time Lord.

The pair also talk the return of the Daleks, take a look at fan reaction to last week's series opener 'Deep Breath' and ponder why regeneration-savvy Clara (Jenna Coleman) was so put out by the new Doctor's arrival.

Tune in again next week when Geek TV will be riding through the glen and meeting heroes of legend with 'Robot of Sherwood'!

What did you think of 'Into the Dalek'? Share your verdict and reviews below!

Doctor Who series 8 'Into the Dalek' recap: Meet the new Doctor

Doctor Who Extra: Has the BBC revived Confidential in all but name? »

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9 fan theories on Doctor Who's new big mystery: Who is Missy?

30 August 2014 12:15 PM, PDT

Nothing gets the Doctor Who community into a frenzy quite like a mysterious new character. And there hasn't been a mysterious character quite like Michelle Gomez's Missy - the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere.

The demented Mary Poppins-esque umbrella twizzler, who we've seen briefly in both of Peter Capaldi's episodes, clearly has a key role to play throughout the new series (and possibly beyond). But at the moment, it's unclear, who she is, where she is and what she's after.

Where do you go when you need a Doctor Who fan theory? The Digital Spy forums, obviously. Here are 9 lines of thought on Missy that are doing the rounds...

1. Missy is the...Tardis

John T Baptist: "A physical aspect of the Tardis was played by Suranne Jones in a previous episode, it doesn't mean it's going to keep the same appearance later on."

Liam58: "Also If the Doctor Regenerates, »

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