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Louis Walsh has confirmed that Nick Grimshaw will replace him as a judge on 'The X Factor'. After much speculation that the 30-year-old BBC Radio One DJ was set to take his place on the next series of the TV talent show, the 62-year-old talent manager has said that the rumours are true. Louis said: ''He's got my job. I've flat out left. I'm not going back to the show, absolutely gone. I'm pleased as I get to do my actual job now.'' The former Westlife manager - who has been a judge on 'The X Factor' for 11 series - went on »
After getting a ‘no’ from Simon Cowell, the pen-pointing pop manager has decided against a dignified silence. Instead, he’s gone rogue
Rejection affects us all in different ways. But pen-pointing pop manager Louis Walsh, whose X Factor relationship status is now “not exactly sacked but equally not invited back”, has developed an extreme response to getting his Q4 Saturday and Sunday nights back. He’s gone rogue.
Anyone who’s spent more than 90 seconds with Walsh will know that his conversations are peppered with “you can’t print this but…” gossip nuggets, and over the past month he’s amped up the indiscretion and carved out a new role as the ultimate pop troll. Having left, then rejoined The X Factor once before, Walsh now promises he’s “flat-out left, I’m not going back to the show, absolutely gone”. So he’s in full-on bridge-burning mode.
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- Peter Robinson
The Irish music manager has been part of the furniture for 11 years, but claimed that he is "pleased" to have the chance to do his "actual job" this year.
Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: "I've flat out left, I'm not going back to the show, absolutely gone. I'm pleased as I get to do my actual job now.
"I think there is a great, great chance Grimmy will get my job."
But Walsh thinks that the BBC Radio 1 DJ will be in for a shock if he does join the panel as mentoring is "a lot of hard work".
"I don't think he realises the hard work he has to put in though, and he better not use any of my catchphrases," he quipped.
"It's going to be hard work for him. »
We're racing through this live week on Britain's Got Talent, aren't we? Already we're on our third live show, and another nine acts are waiting nervously in the Fountain Studios canteen in Wembley, preparing for their next attempt at impressing the judges.
They won't be the only anxious ones tonight either - we think Alesha Dixon might be feeling a few butterflies as she'll be taking to the stage to perform her new single in the results show. A pretty packed evening then! Join us from 7.30pm when the show begins on ITV and we'll bring you all the action...
21:58So that's that! Jamie Raven and U.D.I. are going to be back for the final - but that's your lot for tonight. Don't fret though, because we'll be back for the fourth semi-final tomorrow! Remember to keep leaving your comments below... we'll love you and leave you for now! »
The Creative Summit will take place on 2 June at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London part of Creative Week.
The Creative Summit will examine how creativity has the power to build prolific brands and world class businesses. The summit sees industry visionaries discuss the impact creativity has on translating big ideas into legendary content, cultures and businesses.
Renowned innovators including Jonathan Sehring, producer of the multi award-winning film Boyhood, Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman of the Arts Council England and Sir John Hegarty, founder and creative director of Bbh will discuss topics including how creativity is key to building great brands and businesses, investment in London’s Soho and why risk taking is still necessary to create truly innovative content.
Despite Walsh's claims that they "haven't really fallen out", the 'I Don't Care' singer criticised her fellow X Factor star for 'back-pedalling out of sight'.
The pair clashed last week after Walsh described her as "lazy" and "irrelevant", causing Cheryl to question whether he has an obsession with her.
Walsh recently said: "I got a text from Cheryl, but we haven't really fallen out - she was just saying funny things. She knows I'm writing a book, so it's all fun and games, there's no nastiness."
However, she posted a screenshot of his quotes on Instagram, alongside the caption: "&back pedal 1&2&3&4 until out of sight. Ps) I would not have found the text messages I sent to be 'funny' but ok!! Toodles. »
Louis Walsh has complained that there's ''too much singing'' on 'The X Factor'. The 62-year-old music manager has confirmed he will not be returning to his role as a judge on the ITV show later this year and has claimed that despite it being a singing competition, he thinks there's too much of it. He said: ''Singing shows are not what they used to be, they have too much singing in them. I honestly think Simon [Cowell] had to change things around because I've been on it for 11 years. ''I think 'Britain's Got Talent' is a variety show and people love that. »
"I was on a chat show with Cheryl the other night," Walliams told Cowell.
"I can see why you like her. She doesn't take crap from anybody."
He added: "I couldn't actually look at her. It's like staring at the sun. If you look for too long, you'll go blind.
"How do you cope with being on the panel with her?"
Cowell replied: "I think it's more of a question of how does she cope with me? I think it's difficult for her."
Walliams quipped: "Because she finds you so attractive?"
Cowell joked back: "Yes."
Walliams said: "Are you sure she doesn't see you as a sort of pervy uncle? »
The singer and new co-host of the show spoke to Digital Spy and other reporters at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich about Grimshaw's rumoured position on this year's judging panel.
"I think he'd be great. I think he's a real great personality, he's really outspoken, he's got a great way about him," Murs said.
"He's involved in music - the biggest radio station in the country - so it ticks all the boxes for me. I don't think you have to be an artist to judge. People forget that Louis [Walsh] wasn't an artist, Sharon Osbourne wasn't an artist, Simon [Cowell's] not an artist.
"I think just being involved in music gives something different. I think he'd be brilliant for the show, he's a really good character and I get on really well with Grimmy. »
On rumours Grimshaw could replace Louis Walsh as a judge, Friedman said: "He isn't a musical artist so I'm not sure what coaching he'd be able to give the contestants.
"The criteria should be an amazing management type or successful artist."
The choreographer had a brief stint as one of the show's judges himself in 2007. He told The Sun that he isn't sure what advice the BBC Radio 1 DJ would be able to offer the contestants.
Walsh has tipped Grimshaw to join this year's panel, saying that Simon Cowell has him "in mind".
Meanwhile, the DJ has admitted that he would "love" to play a part in the new series, but explained that he has not had any discussions with Cowell.
The X Factor returns to ITV later this year.
Caroline Flack thinks Olly Murs will add a ''bit of cheekiness'' to 'The X Factor'. The pair are co-presenting the ITV talent show this year and the 35-year-old star has admitted they've had to reduce the ''silliness''. She said: ''We've got to change it slightly. We've got to take away the silliness a little bit. We can bring fun to it and bring excitement but it's got to be about the contestants and their relationship with the judges and of course the audience and their voting. ''[Olly's] going to have a nice relationship with Simon [Cowell] because they know each other really well.'' Caroline »
The Bgt judge will perform her new single 'The Way We Are' on the show, and said that she relishes the challenge of singing live during a dance routine.
"I'm not one of these people who shy away from a challenge," Dixon told The Sun. "I always sing live, that's standard for me. It's my job, so that's why I have got to look after myself.
"I have been working with a trainer because I want to make sure I have stamina. When I perform it's full-on and energetic, so I have to make sure I'm fit and can cope with that."
The Britain's Got Talent live shows are just around the corner, and we now know the 45 acts who'll be entertaining us this week! Read on for your complete guide to the lucky hopefuls who made it through...
The Golden Buzzers
Calum Scott - 26, Hull
Golden buzzer: Simon Cowell
Remind me: Calum had to take to the stage just after his sister Jade had been rejected by the judges, but his rendition of 'Dancing On My Own' won over the panel.
Boyband - Mike (18), Mikey (19), Dylan (18), Corey (18), Jaih (17) from London
Golden buzzer: Ant & Dec
Revelation Avenue - 20-30, London
Golden buzzer: Amanda Holden
Remind me: Revelation Avenue took to the stage just after a show choir who had not done well, »
The X Factor is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean we don't know anything about what to expect when it rolls back into town. In fact, we've been getting a few snippets here and there, so read on for everything we know so far about the new series!
When is it back on television?
We don't have a confirmed date for The X Factor's return yet. That won't be announced until much nearer the time, but we'd bet it will start in August - it has for every other series apart from the first. In fact, series 11 began on August 30, while series 10 kicked off on August 31. If we're taking that general ballpark as a guide, we'd guess Saturday, August 29 - but it could be a week or so earlier, as the last two years have had the latest launches since series one.
Do I still have a chance to audition? »
Shaw wowed the judges at the weekend with her original song 'Summertime', but told Digital Spy today that she feels like she has a lot to prove to the judges.
"Alesha said that I was one to watch, so that kind of puts a bit of pressure on, but it also drives me to work harder," she said. "I want to up my game now. I don't think my audition was as good as I could be. So I really want to do better next time, if I get the opportunity."
Shaw admitted that even her father had some comments about her audition, saying: "My dad's a big critic – he supports me but I know he'll tell me, and he agreed with me, he knew it wasn't my best. I was »
Lewis - who appeared on stage with his big sister on The X Factor - auditions for the Bgt judges as part of the dance troupe Entity.
The Essex-based group, made up of 20 members aged from 10-15, try to make it into the next round of the competition by performing to Bgt's famously dramatic music 'Lux Aeterna' and 'Uptown Funk'.
But will their flips, breakdancing and choreography be enough to convince the judges to put them through?
Elsewhere this weekend, 29-year-old former policeman Aaron Carty surprises the judges with his drag act.
His tribute to Beyoncé - complete with backing dancers and lip syncing - gets the crowd on side, but will the judges feel the same way?
And Aaron's not the only unusual act, »
The first two young ladies to join Beyoncé’s Parkwood company are Chloe Bailey (17 years old) and Halle Bailey (15 years old). The Los Angeles-based sisters, who boast over 550,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel, attracted the attention of the Beyoncé’s manager because of their cover of the pop star’s song “Pretty Hurts.” The Baileys’ cover has 8.4 million video views to date. According to The New York Post, the sisters’ father Douglas claims his daughters worship Beyoncé and he wrote documents related to the deal that “we cannot think of a better person to help guide the girls.”
- Bree Brouwer
BAFTA award ceremony are always glitzy affairs, and the TV Craft awards are no different. Taking place at London’s The Brewery, the biggest and best talent in TV were celebrated, with awards being given out for Best Costume Design, Best Writer and Best Director.
The first winner of the night was The Musketeers, with Phoebe De Gaye taking away the award for Best Costume Design. Clearly a little flabbergasted by her win, she took to the media room with only great things to say about her time on the BBC One smash:
It’s a great show to design. It’s got great scope, fantastic characters and it’s a great period to be given a bit of a contemporary feel to it. We also had a fantastic set up in the Czech Republic, which gave us a lot of room to make great costumes
But De Gaye did »
- Lucy Cave
The former runner-up will appear alongside Caroline Flack as the new main hosts of the ITV talent show for the first time on Sunday, May 10 at Manchester's Event City.
This year's audition tour will take in 50 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, while people can also apply online.
The X Factor's Mobile Audition Van will also visit smaller towns and cities, where people can simply turn up and sing without applying in advance.
Murs and Flack previously hosted sister show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, while for a brief period Flack appeared backstage at the live shows speaking to the contestants.
Dermot O'Leary stepped down as the main host earlier this year after eight years at the helm. He later congratulated the pair, asking them »
But it's just for BBC Three's brand new show Murder In Successville - a comedy, reality murder mystery.
The show sees celebrity sidekicks join Dci Sleet (Tom Davis) to try to solve a murder in a fictional town full of 'celebrities', but they have no idea what's going to happen to them when they sign up for the show.
We'll get to see them put through their paces by Sleet as they attempt to arrest the right suspect - but will they manage it?
"I got to star in my very own murder mystery and I loved every minute of it... apart from the itchy uniform," O'Leary joked.
Murder in Successville begins on Wednesday (May 6) at 10pm on BBC Three. »
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