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Peter Dickson quits The X Factor

28 July 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Peter Dickson has quit 'The X Factor'. The booming voiceover artist has revealed he is bowing out of the ITV series after 11 years, having become synonymous with the show since he joined in 2004. Announcing the news on Twitter, he wrote: ''After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose. (sic)'' The 58-year-old TV announcer - who also works on 'Britain's Got Talent' - was known as the distinctive voice of the live shows during which he would announce the contestants as they took to the stage. The news comes ahead of the »

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The X Factor will never be the same again: Voiceover Man Peter Dickson leaves the show

28 July 2015 5:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor will never be the same after Peter Dickson confirmed his departure from the show.

Dickson has been the distinctive voice of the show since it first started in 2004.

Rachel Adedeji saying goodbye to Peter Dickson is the only tweet we need today

The X Factor 2015: Everything we know so far including the judges, auditions and rumours

"After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose," Dickson confirmed on Twitter.

Dickson began his career at the BBC and was the corporation's youngest ever TV news presenter at the age of 17.

He had stints on BBC Radio 2 as an announcer and worked on The Steve Wright Show on Radio 1. His own Peter Dickson's Nightcap ran for four years on Radio 2.

The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

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The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

27 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Filming for The X Factor is well underway, as the auditions have been completed and Boot Camp starts this week. But don't expect it to be like previous series, because lots and lots of changes have been made this year. In fact, the show is going through so much of a revamp that we thought we'd better start keeping track.

Read on for 8 things that are new, different or changed this series, from the Judges' Houses format to the people involved...

The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

The X Factor: How one act's audition went heartbreakingly wrong

1. The judges (obviously)

The biggie. We've got a refreshed judging panel this year - Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have held onto their spots, but they've been joined by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora for the new series.

Not only does this »

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The X Factor: David Walliams, Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell are the big new love triangle apparently

27 July 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Watch out David Walliams - Simon Cowell has a new bromance.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has issued a warning to Britain's Got Talent judge Walliams after she spotted Cowell getting friendly with new X Factor panellist Nick Grimshaw.

"Nick and Simon are the new David and Simon," she told the Daily Star. "They are like two big kids. I think David Walliams needs to watch out because Simon has a new boyfriend."

If Cheryl sounds like she's stirring the pot, maybe it's because Nick and Simon have mainly bonded over taking the mickey out of her.

"Me and Simon love each other," Nick said.

"David is out and I'm in. I think we upped it to a new level this week, because we wound Cheryl up something rotten. I love her but she is so easy to wind up and she can't help but react. We were both making cat noises at »

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All Creatures Great and Small returns on HBO

26 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Peter Dickson has quit 'The X Factor'. The booming voiceover artist has revealed he is bowing out of the ITV series after 11 years, having become synonymous with the show since he joined in 2004. Announcing the news on Twitter, he wrote: ''After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose. (sic)'' The 58-year-old TV announcer - who also works on 'Britain's Got Talent' - was known as the distinctive voice of the live shows during which he would announce the contestants as they took to the stage. The news comes ahead of the »

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David Walliams plays it straight in BBC One drama Partners in Crime: 'It's not parody'

25 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams is playing it straight in new BBC One drama Partners in Crime - and admits he had to resist his comic instincts on the job.

The funnyman, who plays Agatha Christie's amateur detective Tommy Beresford, explained at a press screening that he wanted to avoid "winking to the audience".

"The drama and the jeopardy has to be real - we weren't going down a route of parodying Agatha Christie," said the Britain's Got Talent judge.

"I think that would be quite painful - so the bad guys really are bad, and people do get killed, but there's some humour within it. I wanted to enjoy the comic parts but they should come from character and from a place of truth."

Walliams described the tone of the six-part series as "playful and not too heavy" - "...and that goes along with the rest of Christie's work. It shouldn't be too heavy, »

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14 things we learned at The X Factor auditions: Make no mistake, this is a revamped show

24 July 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor auditions are over and done with - yep, the final session of acts belting their hearts out in front of the judges took place yesterday at London's Sse Arena - and we were there.

We headed to Wembley on Wednesday and Thursday for a snoop at the new panel. Read on to find out what we saw.

1. Make no mistake, this is a revamp.

The video shown at the start of each audition session talked up the "new" X Factor - it seems to us like the show is trying to prove it's different this time around.

2. Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are more 'Ant & Dec' than 'Dermot O'Leary'.

The new hosting duo are channelling a bit of Ant & Dec on Britain's Got Talent by standing at the side of the stage during auditions, chatting to each other, singing along and - in Caroline's »

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Simon Cowell orders helmets for pet dogs Squiddly and Diddly to protect them from pesky seagulls

22 July 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Amid rumours that Simon Cowell is planning to clone beloved pet Yorkshire Terriers Squiddly and Diddly, he's announced that he's commissioning crash helmets for the furry duo to keep them safe and protect them from pesky seagulls.

Speaking at the London auditions for The X Factor, the show's judge and creator informed fans (via The Sun) that "there is a seagull problem in this country right now".

"Seagulls are actually attacking animals. They are coming inland at the moment," he went on.

"I am getting a crash helmet designed for my dogs."

The 55-year-old music mogul - who also got a snog from a frisky knicker-flashing auditionee - asked one hopeful act: "Have you thought about seagulls attacking your cats?"

His concern comes after a Yorkie similar to Squiddly and Diddly was killed by a seagull in Cornwall.

The dogs usually accompany Cowell during work duties and graced the Britain's Got Talent »

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You're Back In The Room will be, er, back in the room as it's renewed for a second series

21 July 2015 5:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

More members of the public are about to be hypnotised to do stupid things on primetime television, because You're Back In The Room has been renewed for a second series by ITV.

The channel announced today that they have ordered four more episodes of the show, which is hosted by Phillip Schofield.

In each instalment, five strangers have to complete what seem like simple games - except hypnotist Keith Barry has put them under and will make them self-sabotage as they attempt to win a cash prize.

"I'm incredibly excited to be back with a second series," Schofield said. "I don't think anything could have prepared me for the genuinely hilarious and completely unexpected moments that happened in the first series.

"Each of the contestants were thoroughly entertaining, and I can't wait to see what happens this time around!"

The first series of You're Back In The Room, which aired in March, »

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Who could be going into the Celebrity Big Brother house? All the rumours

20 July 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Big Brother is just around the corner - we have an eye, a theme and a launch date! But while we're excited about that, it also means Celebrity Big Brother is drawing ever closer, so our thoughts naturally turned to who might be heading into the house this summer.

We've already heard that we could be in for a UK vs Us theme this year, but that's nothing without housemates, so we've rounded up the rumours - from the likely to the... not at all likely. Read on to see who might be popping in...

Janice Dickinson

Who? "The world's first supermodel", Janice used to be a very outspoken judge on America's Next Top Model. She's been on I'm a Celebrity, and also hit the headlines recently after alleging that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her.

The rumour: Janice has been rumoured to be going into the house for ages now, »

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Hair is back: 10 things you need to know about series two

12 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Hair became a surprise little hit for us in its first series, so we're really excited that it's back for another run - and this time, it's been bumped up to BBC Two! The show sees a bunch of amateur stylists battling it out to prove their scissor skills in front of judges Denise McAdam and Alain Pichon (all guided by new host Katherine Ryan).

We caught up with Denise, Alain and Katherine recently to get the scoop on the new run, so read on for everything you need to know about the upcoming episodes...

Hair: Meet the contestants hoping to wow with their snipping skills on series two

1. The hairdressing industry wasn't keen on the show at first.

"The trade press were a little bit, 'Ugh', they weren't positive," Denise revealed. "Then we started to win them over and a lot of hairdressers started to love it and now »

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#Tbt: Never Forget Susan Boyle

9 July 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Spoiler alert! People are ginormous judgy a--holes! Let's travel back in time to 2009. It's season three of Britain's Got Talent, and we meet 47-year old Susan Magdalane Boyle, who traveled from a small village in Scotland in hopes of sharing her voice with the world. But all anyone sees are her bushy eyebrows and beige tablecloth looking dress, thinking, "There is no way this woman has talent!" They don't set her up in the best light either: They show her eating cake in the green room and talking about never having been kissed, living alone with her cat, Pebbles. But who are we to prejudge her singing abilities? It's really quite sad actually. As Susan walks onto the stage, the camera »

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'America's Got Talent' poll: Did any of the judges waste their Golden Buzzers?'

2 July 2015 7:47 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"America's Got Talent" fans, now that all four of the Golden Buzzers have been used for Season 10, do You think any of the judges completely wasted their power? Vote in our new poll below. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions Just like in "Britain's Got Talent," this season's "Agt" Golden Buzzer means that the chosen acts get to go straight through to the live shows. But did any of the judges make the wrong call? Did a better act come along later? Should they have all held out a bit longer? As a refresher, Howie Mandel's Golden Buzzer Act was comedian Drew Lynch. Howard Stern chose to save contemporary dance duo Freckled Sky. Mel B pushed her Golden Buzzer for gospel singer Sharon Irving. And Heidi Klum used her power on young opera singer Arielle Baril. After voting in our poll, be sure to sound off »

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Britain's Got Talent: Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden's saucy dresses have been cleared by Ofcom

29 June 2015 3:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden were "appropriately" dressed during the Britain's Got Talent final, Ofcom has ruled.

The regulator assessed the judges' plunging necklines during the live show on May 31 after 89 people complained that the attire had been too risqué.

A further 200 people told ITV that they were unhappy about the gowns that Dixon and Holden wore during the show, but the channel has escaped punishment after Ofcom decided that just the right amount of décolletage was on show.

"We assessed a number of complaints about the clothing worn by two female judges being unsuitable before the watershed, but won't be taking the matter forward for investigation," an Ofcom spokesperson told The Guardian.

"In our view, the dresses appropriately covered the judges and they were not portrayed in a sexualised way."

But Britain's Got Talent isn't out of the woods just yet, as Ofcom is still investigating complaints about the »

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David Walliams is working on a new sitcom... based on Britain's Got Talent

27 June 2015 4:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams is taking his experiences on Britain's Got Talent and turning them into a sitcom.

The judge is currently writing a script for a new comedy series centred on a TV talent show, and Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden want to appear.

Speaking about the new project with The Sun, Dixon said: "There has been a conversation. Amanda and me are very keen to be involved.

"I think Simon would be up for it too. We'll bully our way in! I told David that whatever he does, just make sure sure I'm a cool character.

"He's constantly sharing ideas, whether it be book ideas or TV ideas. He's very open-minded and is such a creative person."

Walliams and Dixon joined the Britain's Got Talent panel in 2012, and have served as judges alongside Holden and Cowell for the last four series.

Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse were crowned winners of the latest series last month. »

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Alesha Dixon won't leave Britain's Got Talent

26 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Alesha Dixon won't leave her judging role on 'Britain's Got Talent'. The 36-year-old presenter and singer has confessed she loves starring on the panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams and will stay part of the ITV talent show for as long as the producers will have her because it is her ''dream job''. She said: ''At this point in my career it's about the things I love. Doing 'Britain's Got Talent' is one of the best jobs in the world and I'll do it for as long as they want me.'' The raven-haired beauty - who has just released her »

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Stephen Mulhern will be back on Britain's Got More Talent next year

24 June 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stephen Mulhern will return to Britain's Got More Talent for a tenth series next year.

Speaking to The Sun, Mulhern confirmed that the deal is done - and revealed that it was thanks to his cheeky joke about Amanda Holden that saw him getting drenched with water.

Holden threw her drink over Mulhern after one of the live semi-finals this year when he compared her to 74-year-old socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein.

"I'm all signed up for year ten," Mulhern said. "It's all sorted. I had an hour-and-a-half meeting with Simon last week and you never get that - you get ten minutes if you're lucky!

"That joke I did with Amanda, that went down like a sack of s**t. But Simon does love a bit of controversy. If you see a clip of it when it actually went out, he was like a kid in the sweet shop."

Mulhern - »

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Kym Marsh: I'd 'love' to be a judge on Britain's Got Talent

23 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Kym Marsh wants to be a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent'. The 'Coronation Street' actress - who first found fame with the band Hear'Say on the talent show 'Popstars' - believes she'd be great on the ITV show because she's been there herself and can ''empathise'' with the contestants. She said: ''I'd love to have the chance to judge on one of those shows one day, but I think I'd be better on 'Britain's Got Talent' than 'The X Factor'. I'm a Jack-of-all-trades, so I might be better suited to that. So far Simon [Cowell] keeps passing me by! I know what »

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Britain's Got Talent magician Jamie Raven announces nationwide UK tour

20 June 2015 12:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Magician Jamie Raven has announced plans to embark on a nationwide tour of the UK early next year.

The Britain's Got Talent finalist will perform new and astounding magic tricks on a 13-date tour in February 2016.

Raven claimed second place in this year's Britain's Got Talent final, following a spectacular first audition that earned the magician a standing ovation and four yeses from the judges.

His first audition video has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube, making Raven one of the most successful magicians in the history of Britain's Got Talent.

Very excited to announce my 1st National UK Tour :-) tickets available from 10am Fri 26 June

http://t.co/3VVCkDKP3o pic.twitter.com/ra5TdAZ8RE

Jamie Raven (@jamieravenmagic) June 19, 2015

Speaking of the tour announcement, Raven said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be going out on tour.

"It's been a dream of mine for 20 years and »

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Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw didn't join The X Factor for money, says Simon Cowell

16 June 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Simon Cowell has insisted that Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw's decision to join The X Factor has nothing to do with money.

It was confirmed this morning (June 16) that the BBC Radio 1 DJ and 'Rip' singer will appear alongside returning judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Cowell for this year's singing competition.

This Morning host Amanda Holden texted her fellow Britain's Got Talent judge on-air about the breaking news, and Cowell replied shortly afterwards.

Holden said: "I've got a message on my phone, and I'm more surprised he's replied to be honest!

"He has said about it - 'I'm very happy, they were all agreed because of their excitement for the show and how much they want to find someone special. Nobody has signed up for the money, it was passion for being on The X Factor.'"

Holden and co-host Phillip Schofield then spoke to new X Factor presenter Caroline Flack, »

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