Strictly Come Dancing 2017: the launch night – as it happened

Glitter gang, unite! Strictly is back and there’s a whole new batch of ballroom stars waiting to be paired with their partners. You joined us for every sparkling second

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So that was the first instalment. There might not have been any big stars, but there was charm, glitter and great moves by the bucketful. Thanks very much for joining me. Here’s a final thought from sojomo.

I had forgotten how long it goes on.

Legs crossed time.

Must remember for the coming weeks: really shouldn't have so much to drink.

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So judging by the group dance to Kenny Loggins’s Footloose, Chizzy is a useful mover, Debbie McGee can dance, Charlotte Hawkins has all the animation of a fossil and the hip-thrusting Rev is this year’s Ed Balls.

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So that’s it, everyone’s paired off and Strictly 2017 can commence. Bruno
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Little Film Company boards 'Boogie Man'

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Exclusive: Coming-of-age tale stars Ankush Khanna.

Us sales agent The Little Film Company has boarded world sales on Globalwatch Film Productions’ Boogie Man, a coming-of-age story that has begun principal photography.

Ankush Khanna stars as an Indian teenager obsessed with the 1970s disco and glamour scene who pursues the girl of his dreams.

Amy Jackson, Roshan Seth, Aston Merrygold and Jerry Jane Pears also star.

Andy Morahan directs Boogie Man and Scott Millaney and Paul G Andrews are the producers. Morahan and Simon Olivier wrote the screenplay.
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Throttle Delivers Full Vocal Version Of “Money Maker”

After keeping his James Brown sampling single “Money Maker” on the forefront of our attention with a fresh VIP edit last week, rising producer Throttle is back to debut the full vocal version of the track with Lunchmoney Lewis and Aston Merrygold. Contrasting the lengthy edit from last week, Throttle delivers a concise mix driven by soulful vocal hooks and groovy house rhythms.

The two vocalists take on “Money Maker” in duet form, with Aston Merrygold providing Michael Jackson-esque melodies ahead of Lunchmoney Lewis’ rap verse. The James Brown sample that serves as the track’s title balances out the disparate vocal deliveries, as Throttle weaves in a disco tinged backing track with club beats, thumping bass and descending strings.

Throttle developed a standout sound on “Money Maker” with its blend of irresistible dancefloor appeal and funky production points, crafting an energetic tune to get your heart racing. The
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Win: Now That’s What I Call Music 91!

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To celebrate the release of Now That’s What I Call Music 91! we are giving you the chance to win one of 3 copies of the Now CD, due for release on 24th July 2015.

Now That’s What I Call Music is back with the 91st edition of the iconic numbered series. Stuffed to the brim with the biggest chart hits around, Now 91 features million selling hits Ellie GouldingLove Me Like You Do’, Wiz Khalifa feat. Sam Puth ‘See You Again’ & Omi ‘Cheerleader’ amongst 44 hits and an incredible 7 number 1’s. You won’t find a bigger collection of smash hits on one album – if you’re a fan of pop hits this won’t be one to miss!


Ellie GouldingLove Me Like You Do (from ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’) Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth – See You Again Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit) Jason Derulo
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The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

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

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.

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"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

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

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.

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"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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

It has
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Jb Gill to present children's TV show

Jb Gill is to present a five-part children's show on his farm. The 25-year-old singer - who starred in pop group Jls alongside Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritsé Williams - bought the property in Orpington, Kent four years ago and is set to open his doors to welcome the CBeebies cameras for 'Down On The Farm'. Jb - whose real name is Jonathan Benjamin - explained: ''I spend a lot of time on the farm, so it will be great to share this experience with the CBeebies audience. ''This is a really exciting venture for me, and I look forward to learning
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Got to Dance axed by Sky1 after five series

Got to Dance has been cancelled by Sky1.

The channel said that it feels like "the natural time for the series to take its bow" after five years on air.

Diversity's Ashley Banjo, Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt served as judges on the show, with Jls singer Aston Merrygold temporarily taking Garcia's spot on the 2013 series.

Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky1, said: "Got to Dance has been a defining show for Sky1 of which we are very proud. However, now feels the natural time for the series to take its bow.

"I'd like to thank our contestants, the fantastic production team, Davina McCall for being such a tremendous host and our judging panel - Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia - who brought unparalleled levels of dance talent and expertise to the television talent show."

The most recent series of Got to Dance concluded in August, with Garcia's act Duplic8 announced as winners.
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Ashley Banjo: Adam Garcia return will refresh Got To Dance

Ashley Banjo thinks Adam Garcia's return will ''recharge'' 'Got To Dance'. The Diversity dancer is ecstatic Adam is returning to the Sky One show for series five after Jls singer Aston Merrygold filled in for him last year, and believes having the original gang back together will make it the best dance star search to date. He exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''It's recharged, refreshed and everyone's ready to bring it back with a bang, especially now we've got the old team back together. I was really happy when I found out Adam was back, I think this year's going to be a
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Adam Garcia returning to Got to Dance

Adam Garcia is returning to the 'Got to Dance' judging panel. The Australian hunk will star alongside Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo on the latest series of the Sky One dance competition series. Adam, 40, briefly left the show last year and was replaced by Jls star Aston Merrygold. 'Got to Dance' will see a major format shake-up for its fifth series as the three judges will each mentor teams of six dance acts in the competition. Kimberly, Adam and Ashley will select their favourite acts from the auditions to compete on their teams and will coach them through the three live semi-finals and
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Aston Merrygold leaves Sky1's Got to Dance, Banjo and Wyatt to return

Jls singer Aston Merrygold has stepped down as a judge on Got to Dance after one series.

However, Ashley Banjo and Kimberly Wyatt will return to the judging panel for the fifth series of Sky1's dance competition in the summer.

Applications have opened for hopefuls to enter the latest competition, with a third judge to be confirmed at a later date

Davina McCall will return as host for the 13-episode contest, which concludes with a week of live arena shows.

The presenter said: "The joy of dance is completely infectious and I was bitten by that bug long ago. Each year I learn something new. Last year it was krumping - whatever next?!

"I couldn't be happier to be returning to Got to Dance and I can't wait to meet more dancers ready to take on the challenge. Let's get to twerk... I mean work!"

Sky's Phil Edgar Jones
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Jim Davidson wins Celebrity Big Brother

Ashley Banjo and Kimberly Wyatt will return to this year's 'Got To Dance' judging panel. The street dancer and the former Pussycat Dolls singer - who have been panellists on the programme since 2010 - will be joined by a third adjudicator, who will be announced at a later date, on the fifth series of the talent show this summer. It appears Jls star Aston Merrygold - who joined the reality show last year - has left his judging role. The singer replaced West End star Adam Garcia, who judged the first three series. The 13-episode fifth series will be hosted by
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What To Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Buzzcocks, Ripper Street

Ripper Street: 9pm on BBC One

This grizzly Victorian London period drama has flown under the radar with its second series, which is a little unfair because there's plenty to enjoy - not least the performances of Macfadyen, Flynn and Rothernberg.

The trio's latest adventure involves the escape of a convicted bomber and an attack believed to be the work of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. As always with Ripper Street, however, all is not what it seems.

Never Mind The Buzzcocks: 10pm on BBC Two

Buzzcocks' guest host format means that its quality varies hugely week to week. This week's man in the hot seat - Jack Whitehall - should make this week's show a must-see.

This week's guests include Razorlight frontman and indie joke figure Johnny Borrell, Jls's Aston Merrygold, Katy B and The Last Leg's Alex Brooker.

Fresh Meat: 10pm on Channel 4
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Blue to appear on 'Million Pound Drop Live'

Blue are set to take part in an episode of The Million Pound Drop Live.

Channel 4 has confirmed that the boyband will appear on the gameshow in a bid to raise money for their chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Duncan James, Simon Webbe, Antony Costa and Lee Ryan take advantage of the new rules, which now allow four people to take on the challenge, rather than two.

Another twist to the show this series gives contestants the option to risk their winnings on one final question for a chance to double their money.

The 'All Rise' singers join a host of other famous faces who have previously appeared on the Davina McCall-hosted quiz, including Dermot O'Leary, Fearne Cotton, Zara Phillips and Anthony Joshua.

Jls members Aston Merrygold and Jb Gill, took on the live gameshow last Friday (June 28), while Radio 1 DJ Greg James and Dragon's Den star
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