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X Factor promises grandstand finale amid plummeting ratings

2 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It has a new three-year ITV deal but has been battered by Strictly – does anybody still care about the talent show?

The 13th series of The X Factor finishes this weekend with a grandstand finale that will feature performances from The Weeknd, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix and Madness, but with plummeting ratings year-on-year, the question many TV fans are asking is: does anyone still care about the singing competition?

This year it was announced that the show would remain on our screens until at least 2019, after ITV signed a new three-year deal with Simon Cowell. ITV’s director of television, Kevin Lygo, said The X Factor, along with Britain’s Got Talent, were defining programmes for the broadcaster and continued to be “amongst the most popular and hugely entertaining formats on television”.

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Louis Tomlinson to Honor Late Mother With X Factor Performance

23 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The show must go on. Louis Tomlinson is in mourning after his mother, Johannah Deakin, lost her battle with leukemia Wednesday at age 42. Louis' management team said Friday that the 24-year-old singer will go through with a scheduled performance this Saturday on the U.K.'s The X Factor. "Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children—Louis, Lottie, Félicité, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Doris—whose individual talents and success are testament to the principles and beliefs she instilled in them," her husband Dan Deakin said Friday. "She was also an incredibly proud grandmother to Freddie."   As »

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One Direction Star Louis Tomlinson's Mother Johannah Dead at 43

9 December 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Louis Tomlinson is mourning the death of his mother, Johannah Deakin.

Deakin died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia earlier this year. Deakin had seven children total -- 24-year-old Tomlinson being the eldest -- and is also mourned by her husband, Dan Deakin. She became a grandmother in January, when Tomlinson welcomed his son, Freddie, with stylist Briana Jungwirth.

"Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children -- Louis, Lottie, Félicité, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Doris -- whose individual talents and success are testament to the principles and beliefs she instilled in them," Deakin's husband said in a statement to Et on Friday. "She was also an incredibly proud grandmother to Freddie."

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"Incredibly selfless, she would always look to put other people before herself," the statement continues. "She desired »

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One Direction Singer Louis Tomlinson's Mother Has Died From Leukemia

9 December 2016 6:47 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

After a year-long battle with leukemia, People magazine confirms Louis Tomlinson's mother, Johannah Deakin, has passed away. "It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin's family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 7," the family said in a statement on Friday. "Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private." Johannah's husband, Dan Deakin, also released a statement of his own detailing the wonderful legacy his wife left behind. "Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children – Louis, Lottie, Félicité, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Doris - whose individual talents and success are testament to the principles and beliefs she instilled in them. She was also an incredibly proud grandmother to [Louis' son] Freddie. »

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Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne's Relationship Timeline, From X Factor to Expecting

3 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole have only been a public couple since early 2016, but they've known each other since 2008, pre-One Direction fame for Liam. But now that the couple are expecting their first child together, its' time to retrace how they got from there to here. So, here's every visible step of Payne and Cole's relationship: 2008: Fourteen-year-old Liam wows the judges, including Cheryl, during his first audition for the U.K. singing competition series, The X Factor. He was cut on the early side though, before the live shows began. 2010: Liam and Cheryl meet for the second time as the now 16 year-old Payne auditions again for The X Factor. Cheryl compliments the singer »

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Icymi, Here's What One Direction Was Up to in 2016

2 December 2016 3:30 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

When we last saw the boys of One Direction together, they were ripping fans' hearts out with an emotional performance of their last single, "History," on an episode of The X Factor UK in December 2015. The song (which is about the fans, for the fans, I don't care what anyone else thinks or says) was the perfect pick as the last hurrah for the group before they embarked on their hiatus. If you haven't heard the song or seen the video, check it out and cry along with me before we continue. I want One Direction forever, but I will support their solo ventures if it comes to that. At the end of 2015, the boys fed us promises of only going their separate ways for a little while to explore what life has to offer outside the One Direction machine, but I couldn't help but be torn in my emotions. »

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The Time Liam Payne Auditioned For Future Girlfriend Cheryl on The X Factor

1 December 2016 4:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

One Direction's Liam Payne rose to fame thanks to The X Factor, and now that Payne is officially dating former judge Cheryl, we can't help but revisit his audition. He was first a contestant at age 14, but Simon Cowell cut him, hoping he would return once his voice has matured more. He came back in two years later in 2010, and this is his audition. He serenaded future girlfriend Cheryl with Ella Fitzgerald's breakup tune "Cry Me A River." Her critique? "You've definitely got it, whatever it is that you got it," she said. "I thought your voice was really, really powerful." Related:Liam Payne and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Make Their Red Carpet Debut as a Couple in Paris »

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Relive Liam Payne And Cheryl Cole’s First Meeting Eight Years Ago

1 December 2016 12:56 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

As Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne count down the days until their first child arrives, fans of the stars are piecing together the couple’s earliest interactions. Footage from their initial meeting, dating back to 2008 when Payne auditioned for “X Factor UK”, reveals sparks existed from the very beginning. Cole gushed about the young singer […] »

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Liam Payne Expecting a Baby With Cheryl Cole? See the Pic That Has Everyone Talking!

29 November 2016 2:56 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Liam Payne may be gearing up for parenthood!

The former One Direction heartthrob -- known by fans as "Daddy Directioner" -- attended the Fayre of St. James' charity Christmas concert in London, England, on Tuesday. But all eyes were on his girlfriend, Cheryl Cole, whose body-hugging ensemble sparked pregnancy rumors and immediately put Directioners in a frenzy.

Watch: Simon Cowell Says He Was 'Surprised' by Liam Payne Signing a Solo Contract

Payne, 23, looked dapper in a long black jacket, skinny jeans and suede boots for the star-studded evening, with Cole donning a similar black coat. The 33-year-old singer styled the chic piece with black boots and a mid-length olive green dress, which seemingly showed a peek at a growing baby bump.

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Although the two have yet to officially confirm whether they're expecting, their sweet smiles (and Cole's outfit selection!) seem to say it all.

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News: Liam Payne Celebrates Six Years With One Direction

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Niall Horan on One Direction’s Future: ‘We Will Be Back’

28 November 2016 3:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

It seems the boys of One Direction still have a whole lot of “History” to make.

Though the four remaining players of the biggest boy band on the planet broke the hearts of fans everywhere when they announced a hiatus following the release of their fifth album last year, not all is lost.

Niall Horan told British paper the Sunday People that One Direction “will be back. We would be silly not to…ridiculous,” confirming rumors that the band’s extended break will not be permanent.

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Modus review – pacy and gripping, like a high-end Volvo

27 November 2016 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s another hit for BBC4’s Borgen slot – although perhaps a bit shallower than the classic Nordic noirs we know and love

Good news. A bit of Scandinavian noir for a Saturday night. In the Borgen slot, also known as the Guardian readers’ slot – BBC4, subtitles, not The X Factor etc. This one’s called Modus (BBC4, Saturday). It’s Swedish this time, but it’s based on a book by Anne Holt, the Norwegian crime writer, lawyer and former justice minister (there aren’t enough of them over there; they have to double up).

So, what have we got? Dark skies, obviously. And frozen landscapes. And cold trees, from above – a bit like the ones at the start of The Missing, although those trees are seen from below. Here’s a man living in a caravan in the woods – up to no good, I’m thinking. Never trust »

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X Factor stage invaders disrupt live show

26 November 2016 3:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rapper Honey G was grabbed by the shoulders by one of the Trollstation pranksters who ran onto the stage

The X Factor live show was overshadowed by stage invaders intruding on rapper Honey G’s screen time, with a prankster group called Trollstation taking credit for the stunt.

The controversial rapper, who is the bookies’ favourite to be voted off the show this week, had just finished a performance of Mc Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This when a man rushed the stage and tried to touch her.

Related: Honey G: when the music stops will the joke be on us, or on her? | Gaby Hinsliff

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Nicole Scherzinger Stuns In Philip Plein Dress At Global Gift Gala

23 November 2016 1:14 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The X Factor personality Nicole Scherzinger stunned at the Global Gift Gala in London over the weekend, in a double slip green patterned dress by Philip Plein. Nicole Scherzinger Stuns In Philip Plein Double Slip Dress Scherzinger was styled by Laury Smith with hair by Maki Tanaka and makeup by Emma Osbourne. The dress was designed by Plein and is part of […]

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Strictly Come Dancing beats X Factor in ratings by almost 5m viewers

20 November 2016 4:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1 show’s Blackpool special is watched by average 10.7m, compared to talent contest’s 5.9m

Strictly Come Dancing blew its rival The X Factor out of the water on Saturday night, attracting nearly 5 million more viewers than the ITV show on average.

The Blackpool special of the BBC1 dancing show, whose contestants include Ed Balls and Judge Rinder, enjoyed its highest peak audience figure of this series with 11.9 million viewers, and an average of 10.7 million viewers. That gave it a 47.9% share of the audience for its timeslot.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing: week nine – as it happened

Related: Strictly Come Dancing leads a host of dance shows on to the floor

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ITV Predicts 7% Q4 Ad Drop Due To “Political And Economic Uncertainty”

10 November 2016 2:13 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

British commercial broadcaster ITV, the home of shows like The Voice and and The X Factor, said it's expecting a 7% year-on-year drop in fourth-quarter ad revenues due to increasingly cautious advertisers and the current uncertain political climate. On Thursday, the company reported a third-quarter fall, which it had predicted, of 4% after a flat performance in the first half of the year, largely a reflection of the advertising market as a whole in the country since the… »

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'It's like glimpsing an old couple holding hands': why I adore Great Canal Journeys

7 November 2016 7:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Watching Prunella Scales and Timothy West pootle about on waterways is charming, funny and almost unbearably poignant. There is not a more underrated series on TV at the moment

Every December for the last few years, I have failed. Whenever the time comes to compile the Guardian’s best TV of the year list, I will inevitably put Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys near the top of my ballot and roar “Who’s with me?” at my colleagues like Braveheart on the battlefield. Then the list gets published, and Great Canal Journeys is nowhere to be seen, and I’ll slink away defeated.

But enough is enough. I cannot possibly be the only person in the world who enjoys Great Canal Journeys. Sure, it’s scheduled against The X Factor and Planet Earth II, which means that it’s probably watched by a maximum audience of three. Sure, it »

- Stuart Heritage

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Little Mix: ‘The prime minister should dress like Ru Paul’

7 November 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Little Mix are Britain’s most successful girl group since the Spice Girls. Five years after winning The X Factor they’re still going strong – just don’t ask them to be role models or stick to the rules of pop-star interviews

“I’m sorry but these aren’t true,” huffs Perrie Edwards, as she studies the assortment of Popstars Top Trumps cards, including one of Little Mix themselves, spread out in her hand.

“Sorry, but Miley Cyrus has beaten us in fanciability!” Jesy Nelson declaims, referring to one of the game’s completely subjective categories, to an unprintable putdown from Jade Thirlwall.

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Saturday's best TV: China: Between Clouds And Dreams; The X Factor; Atlanta

4 November 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A new five-part docuseries on China begins, and could there be another shock exit on The X Factor? Plus: Donald Glover’s great hip-hop comedy kicks off

China’s “environmental destiny” is explored, starting at a school where pupils are enthralled by a letter from their Russian counterparts asking them to look after endangered spoon-billed sandpipers as they make their journey to warmer climes. Meanwhile, on the Tibetan border – the global frontline of climate change – environmental issues are also being taught to youngsters. Worrying yet hopeful, and beautifully shot. Ben Arnold

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- Ben Arnold, Grace Rahman, Hannah J Davies, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, Paul Howlett

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Susan Boyle Is ‘Back on Track’ with New Christmas Album Months After Health Scare

4 November 2016 2:13 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Susan Boyle isn’t letting a few setbacks keep her from her fans.

The Scottish-born singer that wowed the world — and Simon Cowell — on The X Factor UK in 2009 is back with a new take on Christmas classics.

“I’m excited to be back, I’ve been away from the fans too long,” Boyle, 55, tells People. “I’m back on track and feeling better. I’ve had a bit of a break but I’m back and I’m really excited.”

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock Talks New Album, Exes and Maybe Collaborating with Fifth Harmony

4 November 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Little Mix is putting their exes on blast — and having a blast doing it.

The U.K. girl group’s new album, Glory Days, is just two weeks from release and single “Shout Out to My Ex” is topping the charts across-the-pond.

With lyrics like, “You made my heart break and that made me who I am / Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now,” the upbeat track and accompanying music video is relatable. According to Leigh-Anne Pinnock, that was exactly the point.

“I think we went through a lot in the last year,” the 25-year-old tells People. »

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