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Susan Boyle Confesses Asperger's Syndrome Makes Her Feel Like 'King Kong's Mother'

15 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On stage she feels "safe," but it's life out of the spotlight that's difficult for Susan Boyle. Boyle's been described as eccentric all her life, but last year she was finally able to put a more precise label on the reasons for her volatile behavior: Asperger's. The singer was diagnosed with a mild form of autism in December 2013, but her mood swings - including unpredictable tantrums preceded by a "hooded look" like clouds descending over her face - are still very much a work in progress. The unlikely star, whose 2009 audition for Britain's Got Talent brought her international fame, admits that because of her condition, »

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Susan Boyle Confesses Asperger's Syndrome Makes Her Feel Like 'King Kong's Mother'

15 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On stage she feels "safe," but it's life out of the spotlight that's difficult for Susan Boyle. Boyle's been described as eccentric all her life, but last year she was finally able to put a more precise label on the reasons for her volatile behavior: Asperger's. The singer was diagnosed with a mild form of autism in December 2013, but her mood swings - including unpredictable tantrums preceded by a "hooded look" like clouds descending over her face - is still very much a work in progress. The unlikely star, whose 2009 audition for Britain's Got Talent brought her international fame, admits that because of her condition, »

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Strictly Come Dancing - Blackpool Week: As it happened

15 November 2014 10:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have you packed your bathers? The Bacardi? The 'Hens on Tour' sashes?

Good. Because we're all going to Blackpool!

In what has become as much of a Strictly rite of passage as sequins and spray tans, the show is packing up and heading to Blackpool Tower ballroom for one week only.

So join Digital Spy from 7pm as we whip out the scoring paddles and ponder if Judy Murray is ever going to leave...

20:30Right, that's your lot folks! Don't forget to join us back here tomorrow night to see which two celebrities fell fowl of Blackpool and landed in the bottom two - and which is going home. You can bet Scotland on it that it won't be Judy. Night, all!

20:27Wow, we never thought we'd see the like. Simon's at the joint top of leaderboard with Pixie! And we always see the like - Judy's at the bottom. »

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Strictly Come Dancing - Blackpool Week live blog

15 November 2014 10:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have you packed your bathers? The Bacardi? The 'Hens on Tour' sashes?

Good. Because we're all going to Blackpool!

In what has become as much of a Strictly rite of passage as sequins and spray tans, the show is packing up and heading to Blackpool Tower ballroom for one week only.

So join Digital Spy from 7pm as we whip out the scoring paddles and ponder if Judy Murray is ever going to leave...

20:30Right, that's your lot folks! Don't forget to join us back here tomorrow night to see which two celebrities fell fowl of Blackpool and landed in the bottom two - and which is going home. You can bet Scotland on it that it won't be Judy. Night, all!

20:27Wow, we never thought we'd see the like. Simon's at the joint top of leaderboard with Pixie! And we always see the like - Judy's at the bottom. »

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Ed Sheeran, Bette Midler, more for 2014 Royal Variety Performance

5 November 2014 4:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael McIntyre will host this year's Royal Variety Performance.

The annual event will take place on Thursday, November 13, and will be screened on ITV in December.

Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Dame Shirley Bassey and Bette Midler will all perform at the London Palladium.

Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro, the cast of Miss Saigon, tenor Alfie Boe and Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Inala will also appear.

Comedy will be provided by Russell Kane, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican and Trevor Noah.

Catchphrase host Stephen Mulhern will also show off his magic skills during the show.

The event will raise funds for the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, whose patron is the Queen. »

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Amanda Holden confirms return of Britain's Got Talent judges

31 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Amanda Holden has confirmed the return of all four 'Britain's Got Talent' judges. The blonde beauty revealed that she, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon will all be returning for the 2015 series. Speaking at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's Collars & Coats Gala Ball at London's Battersea Evolution, Amanda told Bang Showbiz: ''We've all been told we're doing it, yep. So we're just waiting for contracts.'' The judge sounded excited as she explained the contracts would be coming through, ''Hopefully next week, I would think.'' ''Everyone's coming back, I don't think we're making any changes because the shows »

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Ant & Dec are hosting the Brit Awards... but are you happy?

30 October 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stop the speculation - Ant & Dec have signed up to host the Brit Awards next year! The cheeky Geordies announced overnight that they'll be taking charge of the big music awards, replacing James Corden and (hopefully) following in the footsteps of Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood.

But it seems opinion is split on whether they're a good choice or not. On the one hand, they're easily at the top of their game and two of the best presenters in the business - they make both I'm a Celebrity and Britain's Got Talent worth watching, they're seasoned live hosts and they have a lot of wit.

On the other hand, it's Ant & Dec because of course it's Ant & Dec. Lots of people seem to be complaining that it's an uninspired choice - and isn't part of the fun of the Brits the idea that anything could go wrong at any second? »

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Lynda Bellingham 'would be thrilled' with best seller

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

Amanda Holden has confirmed the return of all four 'Britain's Got Talent' judges. The blonde beauty revealed that she, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon will all be returning for the 2015 series. Speaking at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's Collars & Coats Gala Ball at London's Battersea Evolution, Amanda told Bang Showbiz: ''We've all been told we're doing it, yep. So we're just waiting for contracts.'' The judge sounded excited as she explained the contracts would be coming through, ''Hopefully next week, I would think.'' ''Everyone's coming back, I don't think we're making any changes because the shows »

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Stephanie Nala found Simon Cowell's behaviour 'odd'

21 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Stephanie Nala thinks Simon Cowell's behaviour on the live shows was ''odd''. The former 'X Factor' contestant has admitted that Simon's attack on her singing ability was ''odd'' and ''hard to take'' after he was so supportive of her old band, the Luminites - who split in April after they appeared on 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2013. Talking to Bang Showbiz, Stephanie, who was eliminated alongside Chloe Jasmine Whichello on Sunday night (19.10.14), said: ''Simon was really supportive. He was happy that I went by myself. He actually said, 'You're better alone.' So when it got to live shows and he turned »

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Mary Berry on Danny Dyer's TV Choice Awards incident: 'He was naughty'

15 October 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mary Berry has spoken for the first time about her run-in with Danny Dyer at the TV Choice Awards.

Dyer issued a public apology to Berry for grabbing her while accepting the Best Soap prize on behalf of EastEnders at the TV Choice Awards.

"Danny who? Oh, he was just a drunk chap. I feel sorry for him," The Mirror quotes Berry as saying at a Harry Potter promotional event.

"Actually I'm sure he didn't mean it. I took no notice of him. He was like a naughty boy. It doesn't matter."

Berry also responded to Simon Cowell's recent suggestion that The Great British Bake Off is boring in comparison to The X Factor.

"Has he seen the ratings recently? I don't watch The X Factor or Britain's Got Talent," she quipped.

Berry has starred on The Great British Bake Off since 2010. »

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National Television Awards 2015 voting opens: The full longlist

13 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.

The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.

Full list of 2015 nominations:

Chat Show Host

Adam Hills

Alan Carr

Graham Norton

Jonathan Ross

Michael McIntyre

Paul O'Grady

Piers Morgan

Sarah Millican

Comedy

Benidorm

Big School

Birds of a Feather

Blandings

Boomers

Citizen Khan

Derek

Mrs Brown's Boys

Not Going Out

Outnumbered

The Big Bang Theory

The Wrong Mans

W1A

Daytime

Animal Saints and Sinners

Antiques Road Trip

Bargain Hunt

BBC Breakfast

Coach Trip

Escape to the Country

Father Brown

Fifteen to One

Flog It! »

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X Factor No.1s Week review: Kevin Costner, boybands and van drivers

13 October 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor 2014 started its Live Shows with a No.1s Week theme. It's almost as if they wanted us to make the obvious joke about there being a large steaming pile of No.2s on the Fountain Studios stage. But we wouldn't be that crass.

It feels too early to be overly harsh about the Class of Series 11 - we've got a couple more months of this to endure yet - and this wasn't the worst crop of X Factor contestants we've ever been gifted. The real problem with this weekend's shows was that it felt like we'd seen it all before. About 10 times before, to be precise.

Simon Cowell couldn't even be bothered to tuck his shirt in on Saturday night's show, which pretty much embodied the shoulder shrug attitude from the producers and judges this year. Will this do? I guess it will have to, because it's this or the bloody Voice. »

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Celebrities getting hypnotised: Is this the next big reality show?

13 October 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have you ever wanted to see celebrities believing they're naked or thinking they're cavemen? Well, that possibility just got a little bit closer as the company behind The X Factor has snapped up the rights to a television show about stars being hypnotised.

FremantleMedia - which also produces Britain's Got Talent and Take Me Out - has just bought the global rights to French TV show Stars Under Hypnosis.

The programme, which was a ratings hit in France, sees eight celebrities being hypnotised and features a mixture of pre-recorded segments and a live broadcast.

In the French series, which aired on TF1, hypnotist Messmer had celebrities believing that they could speak Chinese, thinking that they were being attacked by insects, imagining that they were a burglar and being convinced that they were naked on live television.

Other guests thought that they were cavemen and were being chased by mammoths. The »

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Britain's Got Talent Star Has His Story Told in One Chance

7 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Underdog achievement stories, from Breaking Away to Rudy and Kung Fu Panda, are practically defined by the multitude of voices telling the hero that he's not good enough. Such was the real-life case of Paul Potts, the Welsh opera singer with a blue-collar background who blew away the judges of Britain's Got Talent in 2007. In David Frankel's One Chance, Paul is played by James Corden, the comic charmer who portrayed Craig Owens in two funny Doctor Who episodes, now set to take over Craig Ferguson's late-night spot on CBS. The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template, populating the world with near-mythological threshold guardians who exist to assure the hero that he isn't good enough, including his dad, his teachers, »

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X Factor finalists: What did the contestants do before the show?

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

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Louis Walsh, Mel B and Simon Cowell have spoken... The 12 final X Factor acts have been picked and will be performing at the Live Shows starting this Friday.

A few of the finalists' faces are familiar, so here's where you may have seen some of the final 12 acts before below:

Cheryl's Girls:

Chloe Jasmine

We watched Chloe Jasmine take part on Sky Living modelling reality TV series The Face during which she was mentored by supermodel Naomi Campbell. She impressed all three model judges including Campbell, Caroline Winberg and Erin O'Connor but gracefully exited the show after ranking in tenth place.

She also auditioned on The X Factor back in 2006, with Cowell describing her as "too over the top" and "every parent's nightmare... She doesn't want to work for a living, 'I want it all now'".

The X Factor press team has just confirmed that Chloe Jasmine »

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Britain's Got Talent announces open auditions for 2015 series

1 October 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent will begin its biggest-ever audition tour this month, visiting 11 cities across the UK and Ireland in the search for new talent.

Open auditions begin on October 11 in Newcastle, before moving on to Cardiff, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Leeds, Dublin, Norwich, Glasgow, Bristol, London and Manchester. This will be followed by the judges audition tour in 2015.

Auditions are open to any performer of any age and from any background, and all skills are welcomed: from comedians to acrobats to animal acts.

ITV has released a promotional video featuring previous winners Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and Diversity to encourage viewers to "take a chance" and enter the show.

This year's winners, musical theatre group Collabro, have achieved a number one album with Stars since winning the show. They will embark on a tour next year alongside fellow 2014 finalist Lucy Kay, who released her debut album Fantasia this week.

Bgt executive producer, »

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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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