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Since the Sunday, Dec. 14 live finale of The X Factor, the Internet and media have been buzzing about the possibility that Mel B was abused by her husband Stephen Belafonte. The singer and judge on the UK reality series appeared bruised and cut during the broadcast after missing Saturday’s show while in the hospital. She also wasn’t wearing her wedding ring during the taping. Fans immediately took to Twitter, speculating that the former Spice Girl, 39, whose full name is Melanie Brown, had been hurt by [...] »
In a sketch for the New Year's Eve show, Carr parodies 24 Hours in Police Custody and takes us into the celebrity slammer, where Cheryl is trying to talk her way out of a charge for miming on The X Factor.
Next into custody is Gemma Collins, who after 56 seconds behind bars is already at breaking point.
The madness of prison gets to the star as she starts confessing to a range of odd crimes, including her love for Made in Chelsea.
Carr, as Collins, says: "Oh it's doing me 'ead in, I'll confess to anyfink - I've just got to get out... I hid Arg... I killed Lucy Beale... I prefer Made in Chelsea, anything babes... I'm just so hungry... I can't fink when I'm hungry."
Ben Haenow wants to start a rock band. 'The X Factor' winner - who triumphed over Fleur East in the ITV show's final last Sunday (14.12.14) - used to perform alongside his brother, Alex, in their band 'The Lost Audio' and is hoping he can front a group again. He said: ''That would be my ideal, to have a band. ''Coming from a background of being in a group, I think it's important to have a bunch of musicians around you where you can jump in to the studio and actually create something. ''My brother was the guitarist in our band, but we »
Mel B has moved out and left her husband Stephen Belafonte. The former Spice Girl has reportedly walked out on Belafonte with their seven year marriage on ''life support''. The pair are believed to have rowed heavily last week just before Mel was hospitalized with crippling stomach pains on Thursday (11.12.14). A source revealed: ''Mel's marriage has reached crisis point - in fact it's on life support. She has told friends it is over with Stephen. ''It was a very symbolic gesture when she removed her wedding ring before appearing on 'The X Factor' final on Sunday (14.12.14) night. ''She knew what she was doing and wanted to send Stephen a clear message about her feelings.'' The 39-year-old singer - who has Madison, three with Stephen and Phoenix Chi, 15 and Angel, seven from previous relationships - was reportedly forced to suffer her hospital stint on her own, with Stephen »
Ben Haenow's only gone and won The X Factor, hasn't he? The lovely van driver from Croydon triumphed on Sunday night and life has been a whirlwind for him ever since then, but we managed to sit down with him for a bit of a natter.
After speaking to Olly Murs recently - and finding out he had given his record label a mixtape of songs to show what sound he wanted - we had to ask Ben what would be on his own personal mixtape.
Watch the video to find out what he said - as well as whether we'll ever get a cover of Crowded House's 'Don't Dream It's Over' (the signs are looking reasonably good...)
We also chatted about whether he thinks Simon was biased towards Fleur, how he remembers his winning moment (he, er, doesn't) and how The X Factor has given him his confidence back. »
Remember when Ben Haenow won The X Factor on Sunday night? Remember how genuine his reaction was? How excited and thrilled he was? Imagine him trying to recreate that level of emotion a day later. Oh wait, you don't have to imagine - because he took part in this amazing photoshoot on top of the Oxo Tower to celebrate his victory.
Now trust us, we have a lot of sympathy for poor Ben, who probably hadn't slept at all before doing this photoshoot - and was presumably being prodded by a photographer to look all excited.
Apparently one pose wouldn't do though; Ben had to go through all of the various permutations. So we had two varieties of fists clenched.
We had one fist clenched.
We even had both palms open.
But basically, however hard Ben tried, he was never going to be able to recapture the magic of Sunday night and, »
Ben Haenow says meeting Ronnie Wood was ''mind blowing''. The 29-year-old singer - who was crowned winner of 'The X Factor' on Sunday night (14.12.14) - has described an encounter with the Rolling Stones rocker backstage as the ''pinnacle'' of his career. Ronnie, 67 - who performed alongside former contestants One Direction during the show - congratulated Ben after his final performance. Ben said yesterday (15.12.14): ''It was mind blowing to meet Ronnie Wood last night. ''I was walking down the corridor and he came up to me. He actually came up to me and said, 'Well done Ben, you did really well'. »
It was a shock result in what was tipped to be one of its most exciting finals for years, yet Ben Haenow’s unexpected win in Simon Cowell’s The X Factor could not stop the climax to the ITV talent show slipping to its lowest audience for a decade.
An average of 9.1 million viewers, a 35% share of the audience, watched the Croydon van driver overturn the odds to beat the favourite Fleur East on Sunday night, with a five-minute peak of 10.5 million. It was little more than half the 17.2 million who saw Matt Cardle’s win in 2010 when the show was at its most popular.
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- John Plunkett, Tara Conlan and agencies
Electra sister kiss outrage in the UK as the two sisters from the band Blonde Electra shared a kiss some think was way too long while performing on stage during the X Factor UK. Sisters Jazzy and Ruby King make up Blonde Electra and the girls ignited some controversy when they shared a kiss while performing during The UK's X Factor's grand finale on Sunday night. Watch the video below for the kiss, the camera swings around while the two blonde sisters take a break from singing to lock lips for a few seconds while on stage. Was the kiss too long? While it wasn't quite Madonna and Britney Spears, the comments on Twitter were fast and furious, some stunned the two sisters would share a kiss many deemed inappropriate. Blonde Electra. You should Not kiss your sister like that,' tweeted radio personality Lucy Horobin. Blonde Electra was already eliminated, »
Waissel returned to the programme for the 'Greatest Hits' performance on Saturday night (December 13), but was spotted at the end of the routine mouthing: "You owe me" at Simon Cowell.
She has now confirmed in her column for New! that she did indeed mouth those words, but insisted that she has no hard feelings towards Cowell.
"I see viewers are fantastic lip readers and yes, I did say, 'You owe me one'. Simon and I are as close as pennies in a purse and yes there are very exciting things to look forward to for next year, »
Well, we're not quite ready to say goodbye just yet, so we've collected some of our favourite moments of the series. We're not talking performances as such - we're talking all the silly sideshow bits and bobs that have made this series. Are any as good as Jedward doing their own backing vocals or Rachel Adedeji falling over? We'll leave that up to you to decide.
So without further ado, here they are, in no particular order...
1. Only The Young shouty man
We're not quite sure when we started noticing Only The Young shouty man, but that's just because it feels like he's always been there. The over-exuberant supporter has invaded our consciousness to such an extent »
Stephen Belafonte is under speculation from fans of his wife Mel B. The former Spice Girl, 39, was rushed to the hospital on Thursday, Dec. 11, which caused her to miss the Saturday episode of The X Factor. She later returned for the live finale on Sunday, Dec. 14. During the broadcast, fans noted that the singer, whose full name is Melanie Brown, appeared bruised, with marks and apparent scratches pointed out on her cheek and arms. She was also noticeably not wearing her wedding ring. Belafonte, 39, [...] »
The 2014 final of The X Factor was the show's lowest-rated since its debut in 2004, overnight data reveals.
This is down by around 300k from last year's average overnight score, and is the lowest-rated final since 2004's launch series, which was seen by 8.1m viewers. Last night's episode peaked with an audience of 9.68m (35.9%) at around 9.15pm (144k/0.7% on +1).
The 2014 Sports Personality of the Year ceremony was up by around 300k from last year, grabbing 6.00m (23.9%) at 8pm.
Earlier, Countryfile appealed to 6.77m (31.2%) at 6.15pm, while Match of the Day 2 scored 2.24m (21.7%) at 10.45pm.
The U.K. season finale of The X Factor on ITV on Sunday night drew an average audience of 9.4 million, becoming the second-lowest-rated season-ending episode of the show ever in the overnight ratings, according to ratings consultancy Attentional. The result was down from 9.7 million viewers last season even though Simon Cowell returned this season. A peak audience of 10.5 million, down from 11.9 million last season, watched this Sunday night. The performance still makes it one of the big weekend entertainment shows in Britain. Sunday night's episode of the Cowell-created
- Georg Szalai
The former Spice Girls star was forced to miss Saturday night's show after being hospitalised with an unidentified illness.
She returned for the second part of the finale last night - but fans on Twitter spotted that she was not wearing her wedding ring, and some viewers began circulating rumours that she had been involved in a domestic violence incident with Belafonte.
However, Belafonte took to Twitter on Monday morning (December 15) to criticise the speculation.
"I don't usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting un true!" he tweeted.
Idon't usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting un true!
— Stephen Belafonte (@Stephenthinks »
Song given an early release in the wake of X Factor performances shoots straight to the top of the charts
Just over a week after Fleur East performed Uptown Funk on The X Factor, pre-empting the official version, Mark Ronson’s throwback single has become his first UK No 1. The overnight hit, rushed forward for release, sold 118,000 copies between Monday evening and midnight on Saturday.
“It’s pretty much the coolest thing ever,” Ronson told OfficialCharts.com. It’s certainly been marketed as a surprise: Uptown Funk was not scheduled to be released until 11 January, and East reportedly apologised to Ronson for giving it an early TV premiere. Then again, the official video has been available since mid-November, and conspiracy theorists have pointed to the links between Ronson’s Sony-owned record label and Simon Cowell’s Syco. Lily Allen suggested this spontaneous furore could have been a set-up.
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- Sean Michaels
Hot favourite Fleur East beaten by van driver from Croydon in ITV talent show
Haenow, 29, from Croydon, south London, said: “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it. Thank you so much. My dream has come true. You can’t imagine you are going to get to this point in the competition.”
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Social media was ablaze with commentary during the two-hour broadcast, which featured a guest appearance from Sam Smith, Olly Murs teaming up with Demi Lovato and One Direction uniting with rock legend Ronnie Wood.
Digital Spy rounds up the best reactions to the finale below.
Feeling better today ! So so excited for tonight ! @TheXFactor
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) December 14, 2014
Don't forget to vote for the boys tonight. They're gonna become the biggest boyband in the world
— katie (@isthatkatie_) December 14, 2014
Nooshdow Im Cryinf
Omgogmg Tey Are Amazing My Hesrt Is Broken
— stockholm syndrome (@lovefancystyles) December 14, 2014
Loving @ronniewood from @RollingStone performing with @Harry_Styles @onedirection »
After last night's live show saw the departure of Andrea Faustini, it was time for Fleur East and Ben Haenow to undergo their last performances in the hope of being crowned the winner of The X Factor for 2014.
Digital Spy rounds up the best pictures from the second night of the X Factor finale below: »
Haenow beat Fleur East in tonight's final to win the series.
Speaking on The Xtra Factor, the singer said: "I didn't expect that!"
His mentor Cowell went on to speak about the winner's single 'Something I Need', saying: "We went on sale 30 minutes ago with the record and it's already [at] number 3 on iTunes."
Wow - @Bhaenow's Winner's Single #SomethingINeed is already No.3 on @iTunes! http://t.co/S1qwPghgKM #XtraFactor pic.twitter.com/P5kQlnJHi5
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) December 14, 2014
Voting percentages for the series were released after the finale, showing that Haenow and Andrea Faustini dominated throughout the past ten weeks.
The X Factor concluded on Sunday on ITV.
Gallery: X Factor final »
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