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David Walliams wants X Factor role: I'd love to help Simon at Judges Houses

28 July 2014 4:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams has said that he would love to guest star at Judges' Houses on The X Factor.

The comedian said that he wants to team up with his Britain's Got Talent co-star Simon Cowell to find new singers.

"I really want to be Simon's helper at his Judges' Home in Barbados," he told The Sun.

"I told him I'd come out of his closet, but he said no."

Walliams also joked of his envy that Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are friends again.

"I won't be Simon's favourite girl any more," he said. "I will try to temper my jealousy when I watch the new series of X Factor and see Cheryl and Simon being so close."

He also spoke about Fernadez-Versini's recent wedding.

"Simon is terrible at keeping secrets. Cheryl was very wise not to tell him her big news," he said. "He'd have definitely blabbed it."

The Big School »

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David Walliams: 'I want X Factor role'

28 July 2014 4:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams has said that he would love to guest star at Judges' Houses on The X Factor.

The comedian said that he wants to team up with his Britain's Got Talent co-star Simon Cowell to find new singers.

"I really want to be Simon's helper at his Judges' Home in Barbados," he told The Sun.

"I told him I'd come out of his closet but he said no."

Walliams also joked of his envy that Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are friends again.

"I won't be Simon's favourite girl any more," he said. "I will try to temper my jealousy when I watch the new series of X Factor and see Cheryl and Simon being so close."

He also spoke about Fernadez-Versini's recent wedding.

"Simon is terrible at keeping secrets. Cheryl was very wise not to tell him her big news," he said. "He'd have definitely blabbed it."

The Big School »

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Jo Brand: Britain's Got Talent is 'cruel'

25 July 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jo Brand has slammed 'Britain's Got Talent' as ''cruel''. The 57-year-old comedienne - who acted as a judge on ITV celebrity reality show 'Splash!' - has slammed the channel's talent shows, claiming they exploit people with mental illnesses. She said: ''I have a huge ambivalence to shows like 'The X Factor' and particularly 'Britain's Got Talent' because I think they wheel on people who have mental health problems for other people to laugh about. ''I feel very angry about that. It is easy for all of us to take the p*ss out of someone who thinks they can sing when they »

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Strictly Len Goodman on BBC loyalty: 'I can't stand defectors to ITV'

17 July 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has hit out at stars who leave the BBC for ITV.

The 70-year-old, who joined Strictly when it launched in 2004, explained that he is grateful to the BBC for giving him his television job, The Mirror reports.

Describing himself as "so fortunate" to work on the programme, he admitted that he "can't stand" people who defect to ITV for more money.

"You have to be a bit loyal in this game," he said. "I'd never not do Strictly, it's fantastic. I love it and without the BBC I would have got nothing."

Goodman's comments will raise eyebrows as former Strictly judge Alesha Dixon left the programme to host Britain's Got Talent, while Strictly contestant Susanna Reid defected from the BBC to ITV for a job on Good Morning Britain earlier this year.

Elsewhere, Goodman revealed that he has no plans to leave Strictly Come Dancing »

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Bgt winner Jamie Lambert reveals he's gay

15 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Collabro's Jamie Lambert has come out as gay. The 25-year-old singer - who is one fifth of the 'Britain's Got Talent' winning boy band - has admitted he has always known he was homosexual and he would have revealed his sexuality sooner but he didn't think it was a big deal. In an interview with The Sun newspaper, he explained: ''No one asked - I have nothing to hide from anybody. I think it's really important that all gay people in the public eye just talk about it. The more that it happens the more normal it becomes. ''I remember when Stephen Gately »

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John Sessions, comedy pioneer: 'I lost my way'

13 July 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He was the king of improv comedy. Now he's playing second fiddle to a dancing dog. What happened? John Sessions talks about stage fright, voting Ukip and life after the 'twinkly years'

John Sessions is drinking coffee and making a call on a prehistoric mobile phone when I arrive at the Soho hotel where we are having lunch. Sessions holds it up proudly. "I don't have an iPhone, I don't do apps," he exclaims. At 61, he has embraced bufferdom. Grey-haired and wearing large spectacles, he looks like Ronnie Barker, or a retired colonel you might run into at a golf club in Surrey.

He admits it, rejoices in it. "I rang the BBC the other day," he tells me. "I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing people say 'mitigate against'. 'Militate' is the verb. Martha Kearney did it. I said: 'Will you please tell Ms Kearney, it's militate.'" He votes Ukip, »

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Ricky Rayment planning to propose to Jessica Wright

12 July 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Collabro's Jamie Lambert has come out as gay. The 25-year-old singer - who is one fifth of the 'Britain's Got Talent' winning boy band - has admitted he has always known he was homosexual and he would have revealed his sexuality sooner but he didn't think it was a big deal. In an interview with The Sun newspaper, he explained: ''No one asked - I have nothing to hide from anybody. I think it's really important that all gay people in the public eye just talk about it. The more that it happens the more normal it becomes. ''I remember when Stephen Gately »

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Amanda Holden to fill in for Holly Willoughby on This Morning

11 July 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Amanda Holden is to co-host ITV's This Morning while Holly Willoughby is on maternity leave.

The Britain's Got Talent judge will fill in for Willoughby for 12 months from September.

Holden will present the first stage of Willoughby's maternity cover with Phillip Schofield on Mondays to Thursdays, with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford continuing on Fridays.

Christine Bleakley will present a portion of the later stages of the maternity cover.

Holden said: "I'm over the moon to get the chance to present one of my favourite shows on TV and I'm thrilled to be keeping Holly's seat on the sofa warm when she goes off on maternity leave.

"I have always been a huge fan of This Morning and love presenting with Phillip so I really can't wait to get started."

Producer Emma Gormley added: "Amanda is a great talent with warmth and charisma in abundance. We are thrilled to have »

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Ant & Dec planning TV sitcom: 'We definitely will do it'

9 July 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent and I'm a Celebrity hosts Ant & Dec have revealed that they are plotting a return to acting.

The duo, who started their careers as child stars in the Cbbc series Byker Grove, said that they were in constant talks about how they could make an acting comeback.

"We've talked about it. We'd love to do a sitcom. Or some kind of comedy drama," Ant told Digital Spy.

"There's no rush to do it, but there's still a desire."

Dec added: "We've talked about this for a while now. It's something that we definitely will do at some stage, but we're not sure when.

"We're so busy at the moment with the three shows, I'm a Celeb, Bgt and Takeaway. With our Saturday Night Takeaway tour coming up as well, there's been no way we could fit it in.

"But if things slow down a bit in the »

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Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Happy Valley make TV Choice Awards shortlist

8 July 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sherlock and Downton Abbey have been nominated for this year's TV Choice Awards.

The shows both made the shortlist for Best Drama Series alongside Call the Midwife and Waterloo Road.

Downton Abbey picked up two acting nods, with Allen Leech nominated for Best Actor and Joanne Froggatt for Best Actress.

Leech will be competing with Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as David Tennant (The Escape Artist) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK).

Also up for Best Actress are Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Laurie Brett (Waterloo Road) and Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife).

Happy Valley was recognised in Best New Drama with The Crimson Field, The Musketeers and The Widower.

Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory are up for Best International Show, while Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will battle Celebrity Juice and Gogglebox for Best Entertainment Show.

Best Talent Show is between Britain's Got Talent, The Great British Bake Off, »

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A meeting of minds? What happened when Kanye met Pudsey

7 July 2014 4:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey might have his own movie coming out - but it seems he's already schmoozing with the celebrities.

We can't imagine a more awkward moment than the time when Pudsey met Kanye West - and thank you so much to his owner Ashleigh for sharing it with Hello.

While Ashleigh didn't reveal too much about the encounter, she did say: "I don't think Kanye was too happy about it. Pudsey jumped into his arms so he didn't really have a choice!"

We wish we could have seen that - on the other hand, we did see Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian doing the conga with Pudsey during an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, so you win some, you lose some.

"It was a surreal moment I'll never forget," Ashleigh admitted.

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie opens in cinemas on July 18.

Watch a trailer for Pudsey the »

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The X Factor producers sued by auditionee over 'cruel' treatment

7 July 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor has been sued by an unsuccessful contestant.

Adam Miller is taking legal action against the show's production company Fremantle Media and Simon Cowell's company Syco Entertainment, The Mirror reports.

Miller, who first appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2010 as a Britney Spears tribute act, claims that producers urged him to apply for The X Factor and suggested that he could be an act similar to Rylan Clark.

Miller claims that he initially refused to go on The X Factor because he knows he doesn't have a good singing voice, but was persuaded that he "wouldn't be embarrassing" himself by a producer.

He was also reportedly told that this was "an opportunity of a lifetime" and that producers wanted to see him as "an entertainer, someone that can put on a great show", adding that he should wear his Britney Spears outfit.

However, Cowell reportedly mocked his »

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Pudsey the Dog is on his way to the big screen

4 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

We've seen many things made into movies before, butI never thought a dog who won a televised talent show would be one of them. But here it is, Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, where the dancing canine (voiced by David Walliams) who won season 6 of Britain's got Talent makes the jump to the big screen. Talking animals are always a sure fire way of enticing the smallies, so no doubt they will lap this up. Released: July 14th Synopsis: A heart-warming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family, Pudsey The Dog: The Movie follows cheeky London stray dog, Pudsey, who is quite happy being a lone ranger and looking out for number one until he meets siblings Molly (Izzy Meikle-Small), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights). After the loss of their father, their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) is moving the family to the sleepy village of Chuffington and Pudsey tags along, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Britain's Got Talent: Collabro unveil debut album Stars artwork

3 July 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro have unveiled the artwork for their debut album Stars.

The five-piece took to Twitter today to share the image with fans, describing the moment as "so surreal".

Collabro won Britain's Got Talent at the beginning of June and signed a contract with Simon Cowell's record label Syco just days later.

Their album is expected to be released this month, though today Syco only tweeted that it will be out "very soon".

In addition to the album, Collabro announced last month that they will tour the country with their fellow Bgt finalist Lucy Kay. They confirmed seven additional dates last week.

Watch Collabro perform 'Stars' on Britain's Got Talent below: »

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Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide • May 2014

29 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

It's another installment of the Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide and PewDiePie still has the fastest growing fan base in all of YouTube by far. Chart Toppers Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is holding steady at the top of the charts this month. The interent's most popular repository of Let's Play videos and the occasional look into Kjellberg's life added an additional 0.86 million subscribers in the 31 days of May. That's just a slight 1% dip over the month prior. Next up is Matthew Santoro. The Canadian who brings online video audiences comedy videos filled with "cool facts, interesting stories, and other things that will blow your mind!" jumped up into the #2 spot in May after collecting an additional 0.47 million subscribers. In third place is Shakira. The singer's World Cup anthem "La La La" gave her online video channel a big boost and helped to add over 0.43 million subscribers on the month. »

- Joshua Cohen

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Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro confirm tour extension

26 June 2014 4:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro have added more dates to their 2015 tour.

The five-piece group previously announced a 23-date trek, beginning in Southend on January 29 and finishing in Hull on March 3, with this year's runner-up Lucy Kay joining them.

Due to popular demand, seven additional dates have been confirmed, including in Stoke and Grimsby.

The tour will now start on January 27 in Carlisle and end on March 9 in Southend.

After winning Britain's Got Talent, Collabro signed a record deal with Simon Cowell's Syco Music and have plans to release their debut album Stars on July 21.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 27 at 10am.

The new dates in full:

January 27 - Carlisle, Sands Centre

February 17 - Birmingham, Symphony Hall

March 2 - Salford, The Lowry

March 5 - Stoke, Victoria Hall

March 6 - Oxford, The New Theatre

March 8 - Grimsby Auditorium

March 9 - Southend, The Cliffs Pavilion »

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The UK Children's Series Postman Pat: The Movie Gets an American Release

24 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Mike Disa's entertaining Postman Pat: The Movie is based on a long-running stop-motion BBC children's series which is hugely popular in the U.K. but has never quite made a dent in America, possibly because it's deeply British.

That Britishness hasn't been toned down for the domestic release of the feature film, including borderline ethnic jokes about the Irish and Scottish, and that's a good thing.

The setup is fairly standard: When Pat (Stephen Mangan) fails to receive the bonus he was going to use to take wife Sara (Susan Duerden) on an Italian vacation, he auditions for a Britain's Got Talent–type show, unexpectedly becoming a national celebrity and Losing Sight of the Things That Really Matter.

Meanwhile, an evil postal executive (Peter »

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10 classic TV soakings: From Sharon & Louis to Alesha & David

24 June 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jasmin Walia loses it in the next instalment of The Only Way Is Marbs (June 25) as she throws her drink in Dan Osborne's shocked face following an argument in a Marbella nightclub.

Brits abroad, eh?

We all know drink-throwing in Towie is commonplace but accusing a female cast member of sleeping with every bloke in Marbella will pretty much guarantee it.

And while we don't always condone such reckless behaviour, here's 10 other classic TV soakings below:

1. Towie's Mario & Lucy

"Another one-night-stand in Marbella?" a smug Mario let's slip as Lucy walks past him in a bar as the cast enjoy their annual summer break in Marbs last year. After a fight about cheating and who has been sleeping with who in Marbella, Lucy shouts: "I'm not the mug, you are," before throwing her entire glass of Sangria in his face and all over his skin-tight crisp white shirt.

2. Mic's »

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Bgt: Jack Pack star Adam Diplock leaves band to face assault charge

24 June 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent finalists Jack Pack will be performing without Adam Diplock for the foreseeable future.

Diplock chose to leave the swing group while he fights a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm, The Mirror reports.

Diplock, who will appear before magistrates on Tuesday, is said to "wholeheartedly deny" the allegations.

As well as appearing in the Britain's Got Talent final with Jack Pack, Diplock was part of X Factor group Futureproof in 2007.

It is not yet clear if he will rejoin Jack Pack if he is cleared of the assault charges. However, he was not part of the group's performance at the Freesat Free TV Awards last Tuesday (June 17).

A Kent Police spokesman said: "A 29-year-old man has been summonsed to appear before Maidstone magistrates on June 24 to face a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm." »

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David Walliams voices Pudsey the dog in latest trailer - first look

24 June 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie has premiered its new trailer exclusively through Digital Spy.

The teaser is the first time Pudsey fans have heard David Walliams's vocal performance as the pooch, who won Britain's Got Talent in 2012 with partner Ashleigh.

Horrid Henry's Nick Moore is directing the family adventure film, with Jessica Hynes, John Sessions and Luke Tittensor in the supporting cast.

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie will follow the titular hound and his siblings Molly (Izzy Meikle-Small), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights) as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Hynes).

The gang stumble across an evil plan from their landlord Mr Thorne (Sessions) and his cat Faustus and must set out to save the village.

Amanda Holden, Peter Serafinowicz and Olivia Colman will also feature in the cast for the film, which opens in cinemas on July 18.

View the latest pictures »

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