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X Factor Boot Camp review: It's the Hunger Games with extra Louis Walsh

26 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

"What's the worst thing that can happen? You've just got to say no to 10 or 11 sweet girls, who are dreaming of stardom in front of 6,000 people."

Welcome to the X Factor Boot Camp in 2014. Gone are the days when this round of the competition was gentle filler, easing us into the tears, rejections and anguish of Judges' Houses. When the only peril was whether you could make it through a Brian Friedman dance routine without looking like a proper wally.

Those days are long gone.

Thanks to the addition of the 'Six Chair Challenge', Boot Camp has now morphed into something akin to The Hunger Games crossed with The Running Man with added Louis Walsh.

It starts by whittling down 114 contestants to 54 in under three minutes, without so much as a Dermot hug for the unlucky ones. Just a brief two second clip of frowns and glum looks from faces »

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X Factor's Top 6 Girls revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

26 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

After much shuffling, a near riot and a last minute substitution, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has picked her Top 6 Girls.

But who do you want to see heading forward to the Live Shows and potential popstar superstardom?

Here is a quick reminder of who the lucky 6 are:

1. Lola Saunders

The Fishmonger One

When she's not skinning fish, this girl has got some serious sole. Fish puns aside (and we have got plenty), Lola is the obvious favourite for a spot in the Top 3. But it wouldn't be the first time that a popular face is cast aside at Judges' Houses. One word - Gamu.

2. Lauren Platt

The Darkhorse One

The dark horse of the competition, this 16-year-old has looked like a surefire bet for the Live Shows from her first audition. Her only problem? Could her lack of a distinctive style or niche mean that she ends up fading into the background? »

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X Factor Chloe-Jasmine saga continues as Cheryl picks her Top 6 girls

26 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor ended in yet more controversy this evening as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini made a last-minute switch at Boot Camp to save Chloe-Jasmine Whichello.

Chloe-Jasmine was swapped in for Orla Keogh and completed the Top 6 girls heading to Judges' Houses.

Cheryl's other five girls were fishmonger Lola Saunders, 16-year-old Lauren Platt, Kerrianne Covell, former Britain's Got Talent contestant Stephanie Nala and 15-year-old Emily Middlemas.

Chloe-Jasmine's position in the show was already controversial after it was revealed that she was allowed a second attempt at the Arena Auditions. Her first audition wasn't shown to TV viewers after she crumbled with nerves and messed up her performance.

The show has also not mentioned the fact that she previously auditioned for the show in 2006 and failed miserably at the first audition. At the time Simon Cowell was highly critical of her fame-hungry attitude.

During this evening's Six Chair Challenge, Chloe-Jasmine won »

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Alesha Dixon joins this year's Text Santa as a presenter

25 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alesha Dixon has joined this year's Text Santa as a presenter.

The singer and Britain's Got Talent judge will team up with Paddy McGuinness to front one hour of ITV's charity appeal on Friday, December 19.

They will be joined by Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley as they try to raise money and awareness for six UK charities.

Dixon said: "I'm really excited to be joining the Text Santa team. It's a great show that does fantastic work for people we all know; as the slogan says: 'It's The Time of Year to Help Those Near', so I hope everyone digs deep and joins in the fun with me and the rest of the gang on Friday, December 19."

The three-hour show will have live music performances and a host of showbiz stars alongside some special features.

George Clooney has filmed a specially-written scene of Downton Abbey, there will be »

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The X Factor is most tweeted-about UK TV show, says new Twitter study

25 September 2014 1:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor has been named as the most tweeted-about UK TV show.

Simon Cowell's talent series generated 9.4 million posts on Twitter between June 2013 and May 2014, according to new research carried out by Kantar Media.

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother finished in second place, but generated little more than half the amount of posts as The X Factor with 5.3 million.

Britain's Got Talent proved to be the third most talked-about series with 3.1 million tweets, while Made in Chelsea was the most discussed constructed reality series with 2.6 million.

The most recent series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! completed the top five with 2.6 million posts.

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' was the most talked-about drama of the year, with a total of 501,000 tweets.

Meanwhile, Hollyoaks narrowly beat EastEnders in the soaps category.

Andy Brown, the global chief executive of Kantar Media, »

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Amanda Holden makes This Morning debut, jokes about nipple covers

22 September 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Amanda Holden made her This Morning debut today as she fills in for Holly Willoughby while the regular host takes maternity leave.

The 43-year-old Britain's Got Talent judge admitted to fellow presenter Phillip Schofield that she had "massive butterflies" at the start of the ITV show.

"I felt really wretchedly nervous yesterday and now I feel a little bit better," she said.

Schofield kicked off proceedings by reading out tweets from fans and viewers wishing Holden good luck, including one from Willoughby, to which Holden replied: "Thank you Holly, hope you've got your feet up at home!"

She pointed at her chest and asked Schofield: "My heart is pounding - can you see it?"

He then quipped: "You told me you've got three nipple covers on!"

When Holden joked whether such a subject was appropriate for morning TV, he exclaimed: "It's absolutely fine because I have too!"

Willoughby, who is »

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The X Factor's Lauren Platt: 'Mel B slap comment was very strange'

15 September 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor hopeful Lauren Platt has described Mel B's comment about her at the arena auditions as "very strange".

Platt wowed the judges in Saturday's (September 13) episode with her rendition of 'How Will I Know', prompting Mel to tell her: "I am so excited right now I could slap you."

"That was very, very strange!" Platt told Digital Spy today. "I'm glad she's expressing her excitement though, in one way or another.

"I couldn't have paid [the judges] to give me better comments to be honest. Cheryl was very, very complimentary. I loved it. I think she's really great, and she's been in my position and she knows what it's like to be a young girl in a talent competition."

Platt - who said she had performed as part of a choir in the West End when she was in Year 5 - admitted that the arena auditions were daunting, saying: »

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Alan Carr vs Piers Morgan on Chatty Man: 'We're gonna be friends now'

12 September 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alan Carr and Piers Morgan have put water firmly under the bridge after years of snarky comments about each other online.

The Life Stories presenter appears on tonight's (September 12) Chatty Man, with the pair confronting each other over past burns and disses.

"You started it," Morgan pipes up. "You did an interview saying you wanted my job on Britain's Got Talent. That's like saying I want your job as an interviewer. I am available, obviously."

Carr fought back: "I said you were the most annoying man on telly - it got misquoted."

The comic then read out Morgan's previous description of him, saying: "He has not merely an irritating voice, he has quite possibly the most excruciatingly high pitched, whiny, helium-filled, nasal, repugnant voice in the history of mankind, with the possible exception of the Krankies."

Morgan replied: "I'm very sorry for any offence that caused. I was right, but »

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Piers Morgan on phone hacking movie: 'George Clooney should play me'

12 September 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Piers Morgan has proposed that George Clooney should play him in the upcoming movie about the News International phone hacking scandal.

Clooney is signed up to direct the film, which is based on journalist Nick Davies's book Hack Attack, and bookmakers are currently taking bets on who will be cast in the lead roles.

Watch Piers Morgan discussing hacking, Britain's Got Talent and Jeremy Clarkson:

When asked who he would like to play him in the movie, Morgan told Digital Spy: "I hear Brad Pitt fancies it. Pitt would be the aesthetically correct person to play me.

"But I suspect Clooney will want a run at me. I've always got on with George and I'm sure he's thinking, 'What can be better for my career right now than playing Piers Morgan in a movie?'"

Clooney has described the film, which centres on the shutting down of the News of the World, »

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Piers Morgan: 'I would never drive Jeremy Clarkson's grubby little cars'

12 September 2014 4:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Piers Morgan has made another cheeky dig at Jeremy Clarkson, insisting that he wouldn't ever appear on Top Gear because the cars aren't good enough for him.

Despite the duo calling a truce this summer on their famous rivalry, Morgan said that the likelihood of Clarkson appearing on his chat show Life Stories was "somewhere between Bob Hope and No Hope".

Watch Piers Morgan talking to Digital Spy about Clarkson, hacking and Britain's Got Talent:

When asked whether he would consider guesting on Top Gear, Morgan replied cheekily: "I would, but I don't drive reasonably priced cars."

He added that he would only take part if there was a one-off segment for "very expensive cars" so that he could ride around in his Aston Martin.

"I'm not driving around in one of [Jeremy's] grubby little cars," added Morgan.

The animosity between the pair dates back to Morgan's days as a tabloid editor, »

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David Walliam: Simon Cowell is a Bond villain

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

David Walliams has likened Simon Cowell to a James Bond villain. The actor and comedian decided to poke fun at his fellow 'Britain's Got Talent' judge as he joked about how Simon looked like a bad guy from the films based on Ian Fleming's novels. Talking to The Sun newspaper, David laughed: ''Simon would have to be the Bond villain - instead of stroking a Persian cat on his lap, he would have Louis Walsh.'' However, he then quickly added: ''Actually Simon is lovely. He is a professional.'' The funny man also had fun looking back at the strangest acts they've had audition for »

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Sherlock, EastEnders lead winners at TVChoice Awards 2014

8 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sherlock and EastEnders were among the big winners at the 2014 TVChoice Awards this evening (September 8) at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

It was a good night for the BBC all round as Happy Valley also scooped two prizes, including Best New Drama and Best Actress for Sarah Lancashire.

Sherlock was named Best Drama Series, fending off competition from Call The Midwife, Waterloo Road and Downton Abbey.

Benedict Cumberbatch triumphed in the Best Actor category ahead of Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), David Tennant (The Escape Artist) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK).

EastEnders won four of the soap prizes, including the prestigious Best Soap award. Ahead of the show's 30th anniversary, the soap was also handed an Outstanding Contribution Award.

Danny Dyer won Best Soap Actor for his performance as Mick Carter, just nine months after joining the BBC serial drama. Lindsey Coulson's portrayal of Carol Jackson's cancer battle »

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Britain's Got Talent's Jack Pack sign record deal with Simon Cowell's Syco

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

Britain's Got Talent group Jack Pack have signed a recording contract with Syco Music.

The swing quartet were seen on the ITV talent show performing Frank Sinatra's 'That's Life' in their audition. They went on to impress the judges in the final with Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good'.

Simon Cowell, the head of Syco, said: "I love this era of music. It only works if you've got great voices and if you respect the time and Jack Pack win on both counts. I've always wanted to work on this type of record so I am looking forward to us working together."

Jack Pack are now made up of Sean Ryder Wolf, Alfie Palmer, Andrew Bourn and Martin McCafferty, replacing former member Adam Diplock who left the group in June.

"It's a dream come true for us to be signing to Syco Music," the band said. "We'd like »

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'Britain's Got Talent' finalists Jack Pack sign record deal

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

Britain's Got Talent finalists Jack Pack have signed a record deal with Simon Cowell. The swing quartet amazed judges when they appeared on the ITV talent show earlier this year and they clearly made a good impression with head judge Simon, as he has now signed them to his Syco Music label. Talking about the band, Simon said: ''I love this era of music, it only works if you've got great voices and if you respect the time and Jack Pack win on both counts. I've always wanted to work on this type of record so I am looking forward to »

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Piers Morgan hints at Britain's Got Talent return: I'm ratings booster

6 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Piers Morgan has confirmed to Digital Spy that he's held talks with Simon Cowell, meaning that a return to Britain's Got Talent for 2015 could be on the cards.

Watch Piers Morgan talk Britain's Got Talent, hacking, Madonna and Jeremy Clarkson:

"I have seen Simon Cowell. We've had talks about all sorts of things. I'd love to work with him again," said Morgan.

"We got 19 million viewers when I did [Britain's Got Talent]. Now they get half of that.

"If was I Simon, I'd do the maths. Bring back the ratings booster."

The judging panel for next year's Britain's Got Talent has yet to be confirmed, but there are rumours that David Walliams may exit the show after two years as a judge.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs on Friday nights at 9pm on ITV. »

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Celebrity Big Brother's double eviction peaks with 1.74 million

6 September 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The latest Celebrity Big Brother live eviction peaked with 1.74 million viewers on Channel 5.

Friday's (September 5) double eviction entertained an average audience of 1.61 million (8.4%) from 9pm, as Kellie Maloney and Stephanie Pratt were the latest to leave the house.

In a change from the regularly scheduled programming, it was followed by 811k (5.9%) for an episode of The Joan Rivers Position and 519k (0.9%) for Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

The One Show kicked off the evening with 2.95 million (17.2%) at 7pm on BBC One. It was followed by 2.57 million (13.7%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm, and 2.62 million (13%) for Scrappers at 8.30pm.

BBC One's steady viewing figures continued with 2.86 million (14.1%) for Boomers at 9pm, followed by 2.64 million (13.2%) for Big School.

Outnumbered and Live at the Apollo ended the evening with respective viewing figures of 1.83 million (14.3%) and 1.22 million (12.3%).

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun entertained 2.62 million (13.4%) at 8pm, »

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Alesha Dixon reveals strained relationship with her father

4 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alesha Dixon has opened up about her strained relationship with her father and how she dealt with her divorce from Mc Harvey.

Speaking to Piers Morgan on his latest series of Life Stories, the Britain's Got Talent judge revealed that her dad is yet to meet his granddaughter Azura Sienna.

When asked how long it has been since she saw her father, Dixon said: "A couple of years ago maybe. I think it's very difficult when you don't have a dad that lives at home with you and they have a new family. It takes time to get that to work.

"Unfortunately for my dad and I, it didn't really work, so there were times he would be in my life and things would be brilliant and then for some reason, I'm not even sure myself why, the relationship breaks down."

Dixon also told Morgan of the lowest point in her life, »

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Amanda Holden to 'shadow' Holly Willoughby on This Morning set

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

Amanda Holden is to shadow Holly Willoughby on 'This Morning' before covering her maternity leave. Holly, 33, returns to the popular ITV show today (01.09.14), having enjoyed a break over the summer months, but is set to go on maternity leave in a few weeks' time, with the 'Britain's Got Talent' judge being groomed to fill the void. A show source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Amanda has agreed to come in for a few days each week even though she is not on screen. ''She will be watching from the wings to learn the ropes, get a feel of the show as »

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Adam Garcia and Duplic8 crowned Got to Dance champions

29 August 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Duplic8 have been named Got to Dance 2014 champions.

26-year-old Tobias Mead and his dance partner, 13-year-old Jak Tuite-Leach, beat Dance Illusion and Bitter Harvest to the crown in the live final this evening (August 29).

The street dancers were the last of the finalists to take to the Earls Court stage and had received some strong criticism from judges Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo earlier on.

In contrast to the two red stars they were previously awarded, the pair's mentor Adam Garcia told them that he had "believed in them from the start" following their individual performance.

As well as the 2014 title, Mead - who made it to the final of Britain's Got Talent as a soloist in 2010 - and Tuite-Leach will share a total of £250,000 in prize money.

"Sharing it with little Jak, it's magical," said Mead after the result was announced. "You have no idea. I'm so grateful!"

"They »

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Got To Dance: Get to know Adam Garcia's team

24 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Adam Garcia has returned to Got To Dance with a bang, and he's picked up six acts all hoping to win a place in the final! They'll be battling it out in the third live show on Wednesday, August 27 at Earl's Court.

"I'm so thrilled to be back this year and be able to work so closely with the dancers," Garcia said. "The stakes are high and the variation is extraordinary.

"Us judges have had to go head to head and out-sell each other to secure our acts. We are now all really invested in our performers, therefore each contestant knows the stakes are high!"

So who are the six acts who will be trying to live up to Adam's expectations and impress us lot? Read on for all the info you need...

Nicholas Marvel

Style: Animation

Age: 25

What do I need to know? Nicholas Marvel - so called »

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