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Louis Tomlinson may be recognized around the world, but his childhood friends make sure he doesn’t let fame change him.
The One Direction crooner, 25, recently opened up to Noisey about the influence of his pals from his hometown of Doncaster, England, a place he describes as “the opposite of showbiz.”
“I often treat that as a type of marketing. As in, how would my friends from Doncaster – who know nothing about music and fashion – interpret an outfit or a song or whatever. That has always really helped me,” he shared.
“I like to think that if I came out in some awful tracksuit, »
- Stephanie Petit
Carolyn McCall: Cranfield School of Management/YouTube
Carolyn McCall is ITV’s new CEO effective January 8, 2018. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCall will soon leave her post as easyJet’s CEO and take over the UK TV corporation. With this new position, McCall will be ITV’s first female CEO and the first woman to serve on its board.
McCall beat out several other company heads for the role at ITV, including Rob Woodward, formerly of Scottish Television, and Paul Geddes of the insurance company Direct Line. ITV’s CEO of the last seven years, Adam Crozier, revealed his plans to step down in May.
“In a very impressive field of high caliber candidates, Carolyn stood out for her track record in media, experience of an international operation, clear strategic acumen, and strong record of delivering value to shareholders,” ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette explained. “I’m delighted we’ll be working together at ITV.”
In addition to easyJet, McCall previously served as CEO of The Guardian Media Group. Currently, she is also a non-exec director of designer Burberry, is a board member of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and is a Royal Academy trustee. Her resume also includes non-exec director positions Lloyds Bank, grocer Tesco, and fashion retailer New Look.
“I’m really pleased to be joining ITV,” McCall commented. “It is a fantastic company in a dynamic and stimulating sector. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the people at ITV and helping it make the most of the amazing opportunities that it has in the future.”
McCall will make 900,000 euro (about $1.2 million Usd) per year as head of ITV. Her salary and benefits — like the company’s pension, bonus, and long-term incentive plans — give her “broadly the same remuneration opportunity as to ITV’s previous CEO,” ITV said in a statement.
ITV is home to series like long-running soap “Coronation Street,” reality competition “The X Factor,” “Prime Suspect” prequel “Prime Suspect: Tennison,” and cultural phenoms like “Downton Abbey” and “Broadchurch.”
Carolyn McCall to Be ITV’s First Female CEO was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Fifth Harmony may have four singers left in the group but the extra place is occupied by those dear to their hearts. The girl group was created on season two of the Fox show The X Factor in 2012 and was at the time made up of Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello. The latter singer left Fifth Harmony in December 2016 to start a solo career. "The fans...are our fifth member," Hernandez told Billboard in comments posted Wednesday. But what about bringing in a real fifth member? "Heeeell naaaw!" the group told the outlet in unison. Cabello's departure was characterized by drama. Fifth »
The 34-year-old mother of one shared a couple of selfies Thursday on Instagram with the caption, “Date night.”
The photos marked the first social media shots of the duo since Christmas 2016. Payne, 23, last posted a selfie of him and Cheryl on Dec. 20.
In March, the couple shared a picture of Payne holding their newborn son and revealed that Bear was born on March 22, and weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.
- Karen Mizoguchi
Looks like Katy Perry might have a famous stalker on her hands!
"You're following me!" Perry, 32, joked on camera during an Instagram story that included the label, "stage 5 clinger."
"I am -- everywhere," Horan replied, while making a silly face.
Last week, the pop singer implied that the One Direction crooner might have a Graduate-style crush on her.
"I see [Niall] around all the time," she told the Australian morning radio show Fitzy & Wippa on Nova 96.9 FM. "He's always trying to like, get my number, to like, maybe flirt with me but I'm like, 'I could babysit you. I'm like your mom!'"
All joking aside, Perry admitted that the label-mates do share a special bond.
The star claimed this week that she’s had to rebuff the 23-year-old singer’s advances, telling Australian radio show Fitzy & Wippa, “He’s always trying to like, get my number, to like, maybe flirt with me but I’m like, ‘I could babysit you. I’m like your mom!’ ”
Perry, 32, did still gush about the star, however, noting, “Niall’s amazing, I love him, and I think we feel very connected in a way because, I, like, have helped him get through The X Factor to join his »
- Lindsay Kimble
While on the Australian morning radio show Fitzy & Wippa on Nova 96.9 FM, Perry seemed to imply that the One Direction member may have a crush on her. "Niall's amazing, I love him, and I think we feel very connected in a way because I, like, helped him get through The X Factor to join his group," she said on Wednesday. "He's become a big star and I'm like, 'Cool, I guess that means I have taste?' I don't know what that means."
The 32-year-old pop star then added, "I see [Niall] around all the time. He's always trying to like, get my number, to like, maybe flirt with me but I'm like, 'I could babysit you. I'm like your mom!'"
Calm down, Katy Perry, Niall Horan just wants to be your friend. This week, the Swish Swish singer and new American Idol judge talked about the One Direction star on an Australian radio station, signaling he's been allegedly showing interest in her. "Niall's amazing, I love him, and I think we feel very connected in a way because, I, like, have helped him get through The X Factor to join his group," Perry, 32, said on the Fitzy & Wippa morning show on Australian radio station Nova 96.9 FM Wednesday. "He's become a big star and I'm like, 'Cool, I guess that means I have taste?' I don't know what that means." "I see »
“Harry comes across very cool. Liam ’s all about getting the crowd going, doing a bit of dancing … and then there’s me,” Tomlinson tells The Guardian’s Tom Lamont after noting that Zayn Malik had the “fantastic voice” and Niall Horan was “fearless” and “lovely.”
Tomlinson shot to fame in 2010 when he and four other British teens tried out for stardom on The X Factor and formed »
- Harriet Sokmensuer
“Look who I found,” Payne teases in selfie mode before twisting his phone to reveal Horan, who also had his phone at the ready. “What’s up?” he asks his smiling bandmate in the post.
“And we’re here with the horse show, as well, »
- Katherine Richter
In the 2010-11 season of The X Factor on ITV in UK, the judges didn't select Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson as solo competitors. Instead, they put them together as a group, which would go on to become the worldwide pop sensation, One Direction. Now, ABC has launched an entire show around that concept. Can they bottle lightning and draw big ratings? Will the Boy Band TV show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. An ABC competitive reality TV series, Boy Band features still undiscovered singers facing off to become part of the next music phenomenon. British singer-songwriter Rita Ora hosts the show, with Tim Mosley (a.k.a. Timbaland), Nick Carter, and Emma Bunton serving as architects, and Alan Blackstone as musical director. Just 30 contestants are selected to compete for one of 18 spots »
A British baker took to social media to blast “The X Factor” for allegedly asking her to bake a cake free of charge. Laura Worthington of Laura’s Little Bakery, a cake shop in Liverpool, England, posted an email to Instagram that she allegedly received from someone involved with the ITV series, who requested a cake that would be featured on the show. The request refers to the cake as a “donation” and states that Worthington would receive compensation in the form of tickets to watch a taping of “The X Factor,” along with exposure from the cake appearing on »
- Ryan Gajewski
Harry Styles' stepfather has passed away after battling cancer. Robin Twist died earlier this week from cancer, according to Harry's reps. He married Harry's mother, Anne Cox, in 2013 where Harry served as best man. Robin helped raise Harry and his sister, Gemma, through their teenage years, including through Harry's time on "The X Factor" ... which launched his and the rest of One Direction's career. Robin leaves behind Harry's family as well as 2 other kids from another marriage. »
- TMZ Staff
Fancy watching streams of children have their dreams publicly obliterated? Then try the most brutal reality show yet
There are too many singing competitions on TV; this much we can confidently state as fact. The X Factor lumbers on like a rabid old dog whose barbiturates haven’t kicked in yet. The Voice’s zombified stint on ITV is still a thing. The BBC, having concluded its inaugural “Find Gary Barlow a backing singer” contest Let it Shine, is about to launch something called Pitch Battle, which seems specifically designed for Pitch Perfect fans who long for nothing more than to experience a sustained ocular migraine.
The last thing anybody needs is another televised singing contest, but the absolute last thing anyone needs is The Voice Kids. Which is a shame, because it starts on Saturday.
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- Stuart Heritage
Simon Cowell has already said he won't be joining ABC's upcoming American Idol reboot, but what about in the future? Cowell recently spoke to Deadline about the possibility of ever appearing on the TV series again.Cowell was one of the singing competition show's original judges, alongside Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. He left the Fox series after season nine in 2010 to work on the American version of The X Factor.Read More… »
The last time Normani Kordei competed on a reality show, it was as part of a group.
“We’re with each other 24/7,” Kordei tells People of traveling the world with her groupmates. “We see each other in our most vulnerable moments.”
But breaking from the group to compete on Dancing with the Stars solo raised eyebrows and had some fans speculating Kordei could be indicating she wants to go solo like her former groupmate Camila Cabello did late last year. »
- Patrick Gomez
Liam Payne is officially on the solo-music scene.
The former One Direction member debuted his first single “Strip That Down” Friday morning, chatting to BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show about his new musical ventures and life at home.
Payne, 23, and his girlfriend Cheryl welcomed their first child, son Bear Grey, in March. And up until now, the singer hasn’t spoken too heavily about the couple’s relationship — or their 10-year age difference — when asked.
But when Grimshaw jokes that the singer is “still, like, 12” while talking about how much career potential Payne still has ahead of him, »
- Jen Juneau
Will Liam Payne tie the knot with Cheryl Cole, who recently gave birth to their first child? Not anytime soon. "I see marriage as more of a religious thing and I'm not really a religious person, so I know it's not really on the cards for me at the moment," Payne said on The Sun reporter Dan Wootton's Bizarre Life podcast Thursday. "So no not yet." Payne, 23, and Cole, 33, first met in 2008, when he was 14 and she co-judged his audition on The X Factor, two years before he auditioned again and joined One Direction on the show. The two singers started dating last year. Cole gave birth to their baby boy Bear in March. "We have »
ABC’s upcoming summer singing competition “Boy Band” is bringing back some ’90s favorites.
The announcements will be made Tuesday at ABC’s upfront presentation, which is also when executives will tout to advertisers the other singing competition coming to the network: “American Idol.”
“Boy Band” will air this summer with 10 episodes, as first reported by Variety. The show will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation. Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members.
The judges will be called “architects” and will serve as mentors. Carter and Bunton, who are authentic voices for “Boy Band,” having »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Camila Cabello, formerly of girl group Fifth Harmony, announced her first solo single is on the way off her forthcoming album, The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving, on her Twitter Sunday, providing fans a candid explanation for the music’s inspiration.
After revealing the single’s May 19 release date, the 20-year-old wrote, “’The hurting the healing the loving’ is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when i was lost to a time when i found myself again. The story behind the album starts with the second song that you’ll hear called ‘I have »
- Katherine Richter
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