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Little Mix Take Us to Mash-Up Heaven With Jason Derulo and Whitney Houston

17 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Little Mix, the girl group that won the eighth season of the British X Factor, performed a mash-up of Jason Derulo's "Want You to Want Me" and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" during their recent visit to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Their cover is joyful and exuberant, and showcases their vocal skills in a way that their American singles haven't yet done. If you miss Glee or miss Zayn or are sad that there's no real Song of Summer this year, this will really hit the spot. Prepare to chair-dance. »

- E. Alex Jung

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The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

20 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's time to face the music. Possibly unable to bear saying "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini" one more time, Peter Dickson - the voice of X Factor itself - has announced that he's decided to "check out and cut loose". Oh well, at least we'll always have Rachel Adedeji.

But the paradox is that while Peter Dickson is irreplaceable, he must also be replaced. It's not going to be easy, but we've come up with a list of eight people who could possibly lend their voices to the tricky task of introducing various hopeful acts as they pursue their dreams on the biggest stage in Britain...

1. Marcus Bentley

The obvious choice. Marcus is best known for his dulcet Geordie tones on Big Brother, which have become increasingly exaggerated as time has gone by ("Toniiiiiiiiiiiiight," he yells, sounding like a gruff puppy whose tail has just been stomped on). He has voiceover experience, he »

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Peter Dickson quits The X Factor

22 hours ago | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Peter Dickson has quit 'The X Factor'. The booming voiceover artist has revealed he is bowing out of the ITV series after 11 years, having become synonymous with the show since he joined in 2004. Announcing the news on Twitter, he wrote: ''After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose. (sic)'' The 58-year-old TV announcer - who also works on 'Britain's Got Talent' - was known as the distinctive voice of the live shows during which he would announce the contestants as they took to the stage. The news comes ahead of the »

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The X Factor will never be the same again: Voiceover Man Peter Dickson leaves the show

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

The X Factor will never be the same after Peter Dickson confirmed his departure from the show.

Dickson has been the distinctive voice of the show since it first started in 2004.

Rachel Adedeji saying goodbye to Peter Dickson is the only tweet we need today

The X Factor 2015: Everything we know so far including the judges, auditions and rumours

"After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose," Dickson confirmed on Twitter.

Dickson began his career at the BBC and was the corporation's youngest ever TV news presenter at the age of 17.

He had stints on BBC Radio 2 as an announcer and worked on The Steve Wright Show on Radio 1. His own Peter Dickson's Nightcap ran for four years on Radio 2.

The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

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The X Factor 2015: Everything we know so far including the judges, auditions and rumours

28 July 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor is still a few weeks away, but that doesn't mean we don't know anything about what to expect when it rolls back into town.

In fact, we've been getting a few snippets here and there, so read on for everything we know so far about the new series.

When is The X Factor back on television?

We don't have a confirmed date for The X Factor's return yet. That won't be announced until much nearer the time, but we'd bet it will start in August - it has for every other series apart from the first. In fact, series 11 began on August 30, while series 10 kicked off on August 31. If we're taking that general ballpark as a guide, we'd guess Saturday, August 29 - but it could be a week or so earlier, as the last two years have had the latest launches since series one.

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The X Factor's newbie Rita Ora admits to nerves: 'I'm the quiet mouse'

28 July 2015 4:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor's new judge Rita Ora has admitted that she is suffering from nerves.

The outspoken popstar - who previously appeared as a coach on BBC One's The Voice UK - complained about people comparing her to her fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The X Factor: 8 big changes that have been made this series

The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

"I am nervous at what I say on the show as I don't have a filter," she told The Sun. "It's a bit unfair, as Cheryl is really good as she's been here for years and is a total pro. Obviously I'm just learning stuff."

But Ora explained that she's pleased she has joined the judging panel at the same time as her friend Nick Grimshaw - although she suggested that he has settled in more easily. »

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The X Factor: Adult film star dropped from auditions after her porn past is revealed

28 July 2015 4:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Get your Sex Factor and XXX Factor jokes out of the way now, because an adult film star has told of how she was dropped from The X Factor.

Becky Constantinou - also known as porn star Brooklyn Blue - made it through three rounds of auditions but was axed when producers discovered her saucy history, The Sun reports.

The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

In fact, the 24-year-old - who previously dated Towie's Kirk Norcross - claims that she was axed from the show when a security guard at Wembley Arena recognised her.

"The guard came up to me with a knowing smile and said, 'I know you from somewhere, you're that Brooklyn girl'," she said. "A few days later I got a call from the show »

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Harry Styles thinks Nick Grimshaw will be really good for The X Factor: 'He's young and he's cool'

28 July 2015 2:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

They're close friends and they even dress the same - so it comes as no surprise that Harry Styles is rooting for Nick Grimshaw as he prepares to make his debut on The X Factor.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ and Rita Ora are new additions on the ITV show's judging panel, joining Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and veteran Simon Cowell.

The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

One Direction singer Styles, who found fame on the show back in 2010, enthused to The Sun: "I think it's brilliant that Grimmy's been chosen for X Factor. He's going to be really good at it.

"What does he bring that isn't already on the panel? He watches it a lot, he knows a lot - you don't necessarily get his total knowledge solely from the radio show but he knows so much about music.

"He's young and he's cool. He's »

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The X Factor 2015: Is Dannii Minogue going to make a shock return?

28 July 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

She might have left The X Factor after the 2010 series but rumours have suggested that Dannii Minogue could be back this year.

According to Metro, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has personally requested that Minogue joins her for the Judges' Houses stage of the competition.

Apparently, it's all working out quite nicely as Minogue is filming her X Factor Australia Judges' Houses in the UK and won't have too far to travel, as Fernandez-Versini is hosting hers in France.

The report also claims that Simon Cowell has bagged Paloma Faith to join new judge Nick Grimshaw, saying that he's hoping this will deter her from signing up to BBC One's rival singing show The Voice UK.

But none of this is confirmed at the moment - Grimshaw was previously said to be planning to take Jess Glynne with him to Judges' Houses - and the report suggests that Cowell has ditched Sinitta, »

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The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

27 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Filming for The X Factor is well underway, as the auditions have been completed and Boot Camp starts this week. But don't expect it to be like previous series, because lots and lots of changes have been made this year. In fact, the show is going through so much of a revamp that we thought we'd better start keeping track.

Read on for 8 things that are new, different or changed this series, from the Judges' Houses format to the people involved...

The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

The X Factor: How one act's audition went heartbreakingly wrong

1. The judges (obviously)

The biggie. We've got a refreshed judging panel this year - Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have held onto their spots, but they've been joined by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora for the new series.

Not only does this »

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X Factor hopeful dropped before Boot Camp despite four 'yeses' from the judges

27 July 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A disappointed X Factor hopeful was dropped before the show's Boot Camp stage despite receiving four 'yeses' from the judges.

The aspiring singer and pianist called Holly Brewer - who performed at Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's wedding earlier this year - impressed all four judges with her audition in Manchester, but received a call over the weekend explaining she had been axed.

It was reported earlier today that acts who got a 'yes' from the judges at their arena audition were shocked to discover they'd been ditched and would not be making it through to the next stage of the competition.

Speaking to Mirror TV, Brewer explained: "I was absolutely delighted at the audition to get amazing feedback from the judges and 4 yeses, but then was really gutted to get a phone call on Saturday to say that the decision is now a no and I won't be going through to Boot Camp. »

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The X Factor: David Walliams, Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell are the big new love triangle apparently

27 July 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Watch out David Walliams - Simon Cowell has a new bromance.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has issued a warning to Britain's Got Talent judge Walliams after she spotted Cowell getting friendly with new X Factor panellist Nick Grimshaw.

"Nick and Simon are the new David and Simon," she told the Daily Star. "They are like two big kids. I think David Walliams needs to watch out because Simon has a new boyfriend."

If Cheryl sounds like she's stirring the pot, maybe it's because Nick and Simon have mainly bonded over taking the mickey out of her.

"Me and Simon love each other," Nick said.

"David is out and I'm in. I think we upped it to a new level this week, because we wound Cheryl up something rotten. I love her but she is so easy to wind up and she can't help but react. We were both making cat noises at »

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The X Factor ditches acts before Boot Camp even begins, and they're not happy about it

27 July 2015 4:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor is ditching acts before Boot Camp has even started - and some of them aren't happy about it.

According to the Daily Star, acts who got a 'yes' at their arena audition were shocked to find out that it didn't necessarily mean that they'd make it to the next stage of the competition.

14 things we learned at the X Factor auditions: Make no mistake, this is a revamped show

One hopeful revealed that producers had sent acts an email advising them not to book any travel in case they hadn't actually won a place at Boot Camp - and claimed that auditionees would only find out on Saturday if they'd made it through, with Boot Camp due to begin this week.

It's not the first time that contestants have been dropped before Boot Camp begins, but previously they've been "culled" when they arrived and an X Factor »

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Rita Ora and Chris Brown tease collaboration

27 July 2015 12:34 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Rita Ora and Chris Brown have teased their collaboration. The 'X Factor' judge is set to release a new single, 'Body On Me' with the American rapper and both the stars shared a new promotional photo of the pair looking seductive in casual clothing on their Instagram accounts. The music duo wrote alongside the image on Friday (24.07.15): ''Coming soon, (body on me) (sic).'' Rita previously said of working with the 'Loyal' hitmaker that she loves him on ''different levels'' and that it's ''really nice we finally got together'' because ''regardless of what's happened, the song is just amazing''. She told The Sun newspaper: ''I love him on different levels. I see how he treats his people and he's a good person with a good heart and a lovely family.It's really nice that we finally got together because, regardless of what's happened, the song is just amazing. »

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All Creatures Great and Small returns on HBO

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

Peter Dickson has quit 'The X Factor'. The booming voiceover artist has revealed he is bowing out of the ITV series after 11 years, having become synonymous with the show since he joined in 2004. Announcing the news on Twitter, he wrote: ''After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose. (sic)'' The 58-year-old TV announcer - who also works on 'Britain's Got Talent' - was known as the distinctive voice of the live shows during which he would announce the contestants as they took to the stage. The news comes ahead of the »

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Stereo Kicks James: 'I blame Louis entirely - but we should have worked harder'

25 July 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Since Stereo Kicks announced a week ago that they were calling it a day, people have been lining up to stick the boot in.

But I've always had a soft spot for the unwieldy eight-piece. Always the underdogs, they had to deal with everything from Lee Nelson to Louis Walsh.

Ahead of the band's last ever show at Thorpe Park today (July 25), we caught up with James Graham to talk about the rise and fall of Stereo Kicks.

How does it feel that Stereo Kicks has come to an end?

"We've known it for obviously longer than it's been announced for. We've been trying to come to terms with it but it's such a difficult thing. It's been a year of all eight of our lives. We've spent pretty much every single day together.

"For that to be coming to an end, we're all absolutely gutted. It's an emotional subject, »

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Who has been crowned Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2015?

24 July 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Kimberly Wyatt has been named Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2015.

The former Pussycat Doll and Got To Dance judge won over the panel with her consistently restaurant-level dishes.

Holy cow!!!! @MasterChefUK @JohnTorode1 @GreggAWallace Thank you so much for the most incredible experience Ever!! I am So happy!

Kimberly Wyatt (@KimberlyKWyatt) July 24, 2015

The final was contested by Wyatt, X Factor contestant-turned-tv presenter Rylan Clark and Cbbc presenter Sam Nixon.

Wyatt's well-executed menu of seafood soup, loin of lamb and uniquely adapted 'Sinatra' cheesecake was described as "magnificent" by judge Gregg Wallace.

"Kimberly's food has changed to stuff that is really refined, really interesting and very, very elegant," added John Torode after announcing her win.

"She's very, very good indeed."

Bam!!!!!! @MasterChefUK pic.twitter.com/xpzOgbCCMl

Kimberly Wyatt (@KimberlyKWyatt) July 24, 2015

"I haven't felt this good in a really long time!" said Wyatt as she was handed the MasterChef trophy.

"This has been one of »

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The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

24 July 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor wrapped up filming on its auditions yesterday, and you know what that means - the show's even closer to being back! And boy, what a treat we're in for if these previous auditions are anything to go by.

The audition stages always throw up some weird and wonderful acts, so we've collected just 13 of the best (and most bonkers) that remind us why we're so excited about The X Factor's return...

1. George Gerasimou (and Dermot telling him off)

Where do we even start? This is one of our favourite auditions ever. It starts off on a positive note as George explains that he has grown up since his awful try-out with Triple Trouble - but then as soon as Gary calls an early stop to the music, George kicks off big time, snarling all the while, and his mate joins him on stage to back him up. »

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14 things we learned at The X Factor auditions: Make no mistake, this is a revamped show

24 July 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor auditions are over and done with - yep, the final session of acts belting their hearts out in front of the judges took place yesterday at London's Sse Arena - and we were there.

We headed to Wembley on Wednesday and Thursday for a snoop at the new panel. Read on to find out what we saw.

1. Make no mistake, this is a revamp.

The video shown at the start of each audition session talked up the "new" X Factor - it seems to us like the show is trying to prove it's different this time around.

2. Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are more 'Ant & Dec' than 'Dermot O'Leary'.

The new hosting duo are channelling a bit of Ant & Dec on Britain's Got Talent by standing at the side of the stage during auditions, chatting to each other, singing along and - in Caroline's »

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X Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack not attending Judges' Houses?

24 July 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's currently being suggested that X Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will not be attending the key Judges' Houses stage of the competition in person this year.

Instead, the duo will anchor proceedings from the studio, according to The Sun.

The ITV talent show's previous host Dermot O'Leary jetted across the world with the judges - touching down in locations such as Mexico, Australia and Los Angeles.

A spokesperson for ITV has since told Digital Spy: "There is nothing confirmed for Judges' Houses at this stage."

Last year's Judges' Houses - which sees finalists being selected for the live shows - saw Simon Cowell being joined by Sinitta at his lavish home in La, and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini teaming up with Tinie Tempah in Nice.

Louis Walsh was in Bermuda with Tulisa Contostavlos, while Mel B had a mini Spice Girls reunion with Emma Bunton in Mexico.

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