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Piers Morgan confirms Alesha Dixon for Life Stories

21 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Piers Morgan has announced that the new series of Life Stories will kick off with Alesha Dixon.

The Britain's Got Talent star will be the first celebrity to face Morgan as the ITV chat show begins its 12th run.

Writing on Twitter, the broadcaster confirmed that the episode will air on Friday, September 5 at 9pm.

Confirmed: My new Life Stories series starts @ITV 9pm, Friday Sep5. First guest is @GotTalent star @AleshaOfficial - should be brilliant.

Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 21, 2014

Dixon rose to fame as a third of Mis-Teeq before embarking on a solo career. She served as a judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, but quit to join Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent in 2012.

Last year, she and partner Azuka Ononye became parents to daughter Azura Sienna.

Morgan has been tipped to return to ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2015 as a replacement for David Walliams. »

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Britain's Got Talent star Lucy Kay announces debut album Fantasia

21 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lucy Kay has announced the release of her first studio album Fantasia.

The Britain's Got Talent finalist recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony Classical and her debut will be released on September 24. It is available for pre-order now.

"It is an honour to be working with Sony Classical, it is a dream come true," said Kay, who trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

"The support I have received from the public has been overwhelming and I'm excited to continue on my journey with them."

Sony Classical label head Liam Toner added: "Lucy has a unique ability to reach beyond the normal boundaries of opera and touch the hearts of millions of people throughout the country.

"She truly is 'The People's Soprano'."

Fantasia includes 'Un Bel Di' from Madame Butterfly, 'O Mio Babbino Caro' from A Room with A View and 'Nessun Dorma', which she performed on »

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Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up revealed

18 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Collabro want to make an album of lullabies for Simon Cowell. The 'Britain's Got Talent' winners - consisting of Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matt Pagan, Richard Hadfield and Thomas Redgrave - think it would be ''nice'' to put together a collection of calming tacks to help the music mogul's 6-month-old son Eric fall asleep. They told Kiss FM UK: ''A lullaby album, that is the next one.'' The five-piece were signed to Simon's music label SyCo after the ITV talent show and have received a great deal of support from the 54-year-old star, who has been ''heavily involved'' in the production of »

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17 rumoured housemates for Celebrity Big Brother's 2014 summer series

8 August 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The summer isn't quite over yet. Before you pack away your suncream and start your Christmas shopping, there's still time for one more series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.

Emma Willis will be introducing the new bunch of D-listers and faded stars on August 18, as they head into the famous compound for nearly a month of silliness, arguments over booze and daft ego-clashing.

But who is going in? We've gathered up the 17 latest rumoured housemates who may (or may not) be making a new home on Channel 5.

1. Helen Flanagan

It's a reality show. Bears still poop in the woods. Helen Flanagan is being tipped to take part by red top newspapers.

2. Lettice Rowbotham

She's quite posh. She played the violin on Britain's Got Talent. It's such a weird rumour, it could possibly be true.

3. Gary Busey

Most recently the star of films such as Piranha 3Dd, Dr Dolittle 3 and The Gingerdead Man, »

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Britain's Got Talent's Jonathan Antoine announces solo album Tenore

7 August 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent's Jonathan Antoine has announced the release of his first solo album.

The singer and his former partner Charlotte Jaconelli both signed solo deals earlier this year, following the success of their two albums Together and Perhaps Love.

Antoine will release his first solo collection, Tenore, on October 13 via Sony Classical.

Speaking about his song selections for the record, Antoine said: "I have chosen 'La donna e mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto as the opera is such huge fun! I was first introduced to it by Sara Reynolds, my teacher from The Junior Royal Academy Of Music, so it has wonderful associations for me.

"I have been singing 'Panis Angelicus' ever since the age of 13. I was taught it by Jenny Ewington, my very first singing teacher, so it has extra special meaning for me.

"Just to ring the changes, I have included 'Love Changes Everything' on »

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Alesha Dixon wants Britain's Got Talent return

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

Alesha Dixon has admitted she would love to return to 'Britain's Got Talent'. The singer, who starts on the show with David Walliams, Amanda Holden and media mogul Simon Cowell insisted while she is keen to remain as a judge and continue her singing career, the decision is ultimately down to her famous boss. She told The Sun newspaper: ''If I had it my way, I'd be back. But it's up to Simon, so we'll see. ''There's no point being a judge on a show when I'm not doing the thing that got me to that position.'' Alesha is currently working on her new »

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Simon Cowell to stage World's Got Talent in Mumbai?

31 July 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Simon Cowell is reportedly planning to stage a World's Got Talent event in Mumbai in December.

Cowell is partnering with Colours TV in India for Got Talent World Stage Live, with reports suggesting that a formal announcement will come tomorrow (August 1).

Entrants from Britain's Got Talent have not been confirmed yet, but salsa dancing duo Paddy & Nico and magician Darcy Oake have been tipped as favourites.

The special will reportedly be hosted by Shah Rukh Khan, star of the Bollywood films Chak De! India and My Name Is Khan.

A host of other Bollywood stars are also scheduled to take part in Got Talent World Stage Live.

Cowell previously judged on Pop Idol's two-part holiday special World Idol in 2003, which saw Kurt Nilsen of Norway defeat Kelly Clarkson of the Us in a grand finale.

Syco TV has not yet officially confirmed that Got Talent World Stage Live is in the works. »

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Chris Gascoyne lands panto role

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

Alesha Dixon has admitted she would love to return to 'Britain's Got Talent'. The singer, who starts on the show with David Walliams, Amanda Holden and media mogul Simon Cowell insisted while she is keen to remain as a judge and continue her singing career, the decision is ultimately down to her famous boss. She told The Sun newspaper: ''If I had it my way, I'd be back. But it's up to Simon, so we'll see. ''There's no point being a judge on a show when I'm not doing the thing that got me to that position.'' Alesha is currently working on her new »

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Alesha Dixon wants talk show

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

Alesha Dixon wants her own talk show like Oprah Winfrey. The 'Britain's Got Talent' judge has revealed she is a huge fan of the American chat show legend - who ruled the airwaves with her self-titled show for 25 years - and hopes to one day tackle ''real issues'' on a show of her own. She exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''One day I'd love to have my own show. ''Oprah Winfrey is my biggest idol. I absolutely love her and admire her. Her show, I think it's such a powerful platform for people to want to go and express what's going on in »

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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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