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Mel B axed from X Factor because of Stephen Belafonte?

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

Mel B's brother-in-law has claimed Stephan Belafonte was the reason why the star was axed from 'The X Factor'. Jeremiah Stansbury alleges that the former Spice Girl - who missed the first half of last year's final due to a mystery illness before returning for the second part without her wedding ring on - is ''very vulnerable'' and would struggle to leave her husband. He said: ''She doesn't seem to have the right people around her. She is very vulnerable so she hasn't been able to leave him. ''It is sad she got axed. The world of showbusiness has a high threshold of »

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Simon Cowell eyes Rita Ora for The X Factor

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

Simon Cowell wants Rita Ora to join 'The X Factor' judging panel. The 55-year-old music mogul is reportedly keen to recruit the 'I Will Never Let You Down' hitmaker but ITV don't want a ''cast-off'' from 'The Voice'. A source said: ''It's going to be very interesting to see how this all pans out but it could get extremely messy. ''It's a real battle of wills. ITV see 'X Factor' as vastly superior to 'The Voice'. They don't want a judge who they see as a cast-off. As far as they are concerned, Rita's now out of the picture. ''Simon and Syco are determined »

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Sinitta throws doubt on X Factor judges' return: 'Changing the panel is Simon's plan'

24 April 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Get ready for a new-look X Factor: Simon Cowell is planning a big shake-up of the panel, according to Sinitta.

The singer, who has remained close friends with the music manager ever since they dated in the '80s, admitted that she is uncertain about Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's futures on the show... Would you be happy to see them go?

Speaking to Digital Spy and others at the British Lgbt Awards, Sinitta said: "I don't know (if they'll be back), because Simon has said he really wants to switch things up and changing the panel is part of his plan."

She added that rumoured replacement judge, One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, would be an "amazing" addition to the show.

"He was coming down almost every week last year and spending time with the acts. He was really hands on with the whole thing," she explained.

"But »

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Can Ant & Dec identify members of S Club Juniors and Blazin' Squad?

24 April 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Would you be able to pick out lesser known members of S Club Juniors and Blazin' Squad today?

That's the task presented to Ant & Dec during this weekend's episode of Britain's Got More Talent, when presenter Stephen Mulhern gets them to play a special version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

After watching a snippet of S Club Juniors' 'One Step Closer' music video, Ant has to pick out singer Stacey McClean from a lineup of five women.

Here's a clue - you may recognise the real McClean from her appearance on The X Factor back in 2009, when she made it to Dannii Minogue's final six in Dubai.

Dec is faced with a more difficult task when he's asked to find Blazin' Squad's Mc Freak, who is today better known by his real name Oli Georgiou. Can you pick out the real Mc Freak?

Meanwhile, Mulhern »

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Bet Adds Kelly Rowland Singing Competition, ‘Punk’d’ Revival to 2015 Slate

23 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Singer and former “X Factor” judge Kelly Rowland embarks on a quest to find a Destiny’s Child-like female supergroup in the upcoming competition series “Chasing Destiny,” Bet Networks announced at its annual upfront presentation on Thursday. The series is from Den of Thieves and executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Rowland, Tim Weatherspoon and Danny Rose and co-executive producers Jared Morell and Jordan Barrow. The project is among the new and returning programming on the network’s 2015 slate. Bet also announced the 2015 programming for Centric, its network aimed at black women. Also Read: Destiny's Child Reunites for Surprise Performance (Video) In addition to “Chasing. »

- Deborah Day

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Bear Grylls was 'nervous' around women from The Island

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

Simon Cowell wants Rita Ora to join 'The X Factor' judging panel. The 55-year-old music mogul is reportedly keen to recruit the 'I Will Never Let You Down' hitmaker but ITV don't want a ''cast-off'' from 'The Voice'. A source said: ''It's going to be very interesting to see how this all pans out but it could get extremely messy. ''It's a real battle of wills. ITV see 'X Factor' as vastly superior to 'The Voice'. They don't want a judge who they see as a cast-off. As far as they are concerned, Rita's now out of the picture. ''Simon and Syco are determined »

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Do you want Mel B to return to The X Factor?

23 April 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Is Mel B about to be dropped from The X Factor?

Yes, according to reports that have emerged today, Simon Cowell's hoping to give the panel a bit of zig-a-zig-ah by switching up the judges - and Mel B might get dropped as a result.

While nothing's confirmed - and even the rumours suggest that she could still be back if a suitable replacement can't be found - we want to know what you think about the possibility of Mel leaving the show.

Do you want her to stick around? Are you hoping for more blunt comments in the new series? Or would you like to see someone new in her place? Let us know by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below...

Do you want Mel B to return to The X Factor? Or would you like to see someone else have a go at judging? »

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Leona Lewis won't censor album

22 April 2015 11:57 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Leona Lewis won't ''censor'' her new music. The former 'X Factor' winner - who quit show boss Simon Cowell's Syco record label last year - has admitted she felt ''taken advantage of'' and won't be holding back when it comes to slamming her former colleagues on her new album after signing with rival label Island Records. In a new video posted online in which the 'Bleeding Love' hitmaker also shared some new material, she said: ''I have met people who have come in and taken advantage of me. ''A lot of people were telling me how to be and how to act and what to say. No one is one-dimensional. ''I'm going to say whatever it is I want to say. I'm not going to compromise myself any more. I'm not going to censor myself.'' It was recently revealed the 30-year-old star has included some powerful tracks »

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Stereo Kicks want Louis Tomlinson on X Factor

22 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Stereo Kicks think Louis Tomlinson would make a brilliant 'X Factor' judge. The eight-piece boy band got to know the One Direction hunk - who shot to fame when he was put into the group on the 2010 series of the talent show - when he was a regular visitor to the programme last year, and they found he always dispensed good advice. Group member Barclay Beales said: ''I think he'd do a good job. He's been through it. He's quite funny isn't he. He'd be honest as well we reckon. He's become part of one of the biggest boy bands in »

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Out with the old Louis... Stereo Kicks want 1D's Louis Tomlinson on X Factor

22 April 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We already know that Stereo Kicks are not fans of Louis Walsh, but who do they think should replace him should he leave The X Factor?

The eight-piece boyband have backed another Louis - One Direction's Louis Tomlinson - to appear as a judge on the forthcoming series.

Barclay Beales told Metro Radio 3's Darryl Morris that Tomlinson would be a "funny" and "honest" addition to the panel, and said that he has the credentials coming from the world's biggest boyband.

"I think he'd do a good job," he suggested. "He's been through it. He's quite funny, isn't he? He'd be honest as well we reckon. He's become part of one of the biggest boybands in the world and he's gone through the shows. So he knows how it works.

"When we were on the show One Direction used to come down a lot when Simon was there on a Friday. »

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Top of the Pops: Why it should return to TV

22 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Yes, it's just rumours, but the reports at the weekend that Top of the Pops might be making a comeback still got our hearts all a-flutter. It's something that we've been hoping might happen for years and it seems we're not the only ones - at the time of writing over 92% of you had voted in favour of its return in our poll.

But how could a 2015 version of Top of the Pops work? Should it actually come back? And are Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton the right hosts? Read on for what we make of the rumours and let us know what you make of it all below...

"A show that was fun, and incredibly entertaining, could work" - David Moynihan, editor

"Top of the Pops previously succeeded in a very different era to the one we live in now. There were only five TV channels (or four, depending »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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Stereo Kicks' Tom Mann: 'We're glad to be away from Louis Walsh'

20 April 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stereo Kicks star Tom Mann has admitted that the group are glad to be away from their X Factor mentor Louis Walsh.

The eight-piece boyband were put together by Simon Cowell on the show but Walsh - who was in charge of the groups category - admitted during the competition that he always thought the band had too many members.

Mann has now told The Sun that Walsh made their time on The X Factor more difficult at times.

"We had a bumpy ride because everyone was like, 'Are there too many, are there too many?'" he said. "Obviously Louis didn't exactly help the situation by suggesting that a couple of us should be kicked out of the band."

He added: "I'd be lying if I said I wish we were still with Louis. If I'm honest then I'd say we're glad to be away from him."

Mann did »

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Alexandra Burke goes it alone without record label

20 April 2015 2:36 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Alexandra Burke is releasing all her new music by herself without the help of a label. The 26-year-old singer - the winner of 2008's 'The X Factor' - is going to resurrect her pop career by going it alone without a record label behind her and she is excited about her new direction. The 'Hallelujah' singer told the Metro newspaper: ''I like to let my music do the talking. It's quite personal, it's a lot to do with my private life, love life and professional life all mixed into one that I'm talking about.'' The pop star made the decision to self-release her new music after leaving 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell's Syco label in June 2013 due to ''creative differences'' and then struggling to find a permanent label that would let her make the music she wants to. Now her own boss, Alexandra feels re-invigorated and her »

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Craig Revel Horwood wants Dermot O'Leary for Strictly Come Dancing

18 April 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Craig Revel Horwood wants Dermot O'Leary to join the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The dancing judge believes Dermot would make an ideal addition now that he has left the X Factor.

In an interview with The Mirror, Revel Horwood said: "Now we can get Dermot, I'd love to see him dance on Strictly.

"I've heard that he might be quite good actually."

Former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack, went on to win last year's series with professional partner Pasha Kovlev.

Flack has since been announced as the new co-host of this year's X Factor alongside former finalist Olly Murs.

Revel Horwood believes the changes to the X Factor are exciting for fans.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in the autumn. Celebrities linked to the series include Ayda Field, Angie Best, Amy Jackson and Adrian Chiles. »

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Simon Cowell: X Factor will be unrecognisible

17 April 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Simon Cowell plans to make 'The X Factor' ''unrecognisable''. The music mogul's friend Sinitta claims he is ''on a mission'' to change the ITV talent show and added he is the only judge on the programme who is guaranteed to return for the next series. She said: ''When I last saw Simon, there was a glint in his eye and I knew it was time for change. ''I can see there being more alterations to the point where it is unrecognisable. ''The only person guaranteed a place on the panel is Simon. He's on a mission and I don't think there's any stopping him.'' Sinitta »

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The X Factor to be broadcast in the Us on Axs TV again

16 April 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor is to air on Axs TV in the Us once again, after the cable network renewed the UK series for a second consecutive year.

The upcoming 12th season of the ITV reality show is premiering in the autumn, with Olly Murs and Caroline Flack as new hosts plus Simon Cowell back as a judge. The rest of the judging panel will be announced in due course.

X Factor producer hints at format change: "There will be some surprises"

Each episode of The X Factor UK will air on Axs TV within 24 hours after its UK broadcast. Encore episodes will be broadcast directly following Axs TV's premieres.

"The X Factor UK is a standout series for Axs TV that excels in consistently delivering unforgettable performances from both today's top artists and aspiring vocalists, alike," said Axs TV Senior Vice President of Programming and Development Michele M. Dix. »

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Dermot O'Leary congratulates Olly Murs and Caroline Flack: 'Be gentle'

16 April 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Former X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary has congratulated the show's new hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

The duo, who previously presented sister series The Xtra Factor on ITV2, have been confirmed as O'Leary's replacements when the competition returns in the autumn.

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O'Leary joked on Twitter: "Huge congrats to @ollyofficial and @carolineflack1 be gentle with the old girl... that's the show, not Louis."

Popstar Murs said in the official press release: "I'm incredibly excited and proud to be returning to The X Factor alongside Caroline. I love the show and it kick-started my career in music which has given me the opportunity to do what I love.

"I already have the best job in the world and it's about to get better - »

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X Factor poll: Olly Murs and Caroline Flack to host - what do you think?

16 April 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's finally confirmed: Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will present The X Factor - but what do you think of the choice?

Both were widely tipped to take over from Dermot O'Leary, with Olly revealing talks and declaring he wouldn't present without Caroline.

Olly and Caroline have previously presented The Xtra Factor but will now be together throughout the entire process of the show.

Simon Cowell has already announced he is "delighted" - but are they the right choice and how do you think they will take on the juggernaut that O'Leary helmed for eight years? Vote below! »

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