Saturday, August 18, 2012

Made In Chelsea’s Kimberley Garner: Spencer Matthews and Louise Thompson will get back together

Made In Chelsea has only just started filming, but we can already reveal that Spencer Matthews' return will be sensational although it looks likely he'll fall back into the arms of his ex, Louise Thompson.

Kimberley Garner spoke to omg! at the London premiere of Total Recall last night and she told us she thinks the pair's romance will be rekindled very soon…

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When asked if she think they'll get back together, the blonde beauty told us: "Oh yeah definitely. They're really sweet together I really like her, I hope they get back together."
Aww, that's sweet of her to say! But she doesn't reckon it'll be a smooth make up as she added: "Oh, there's always drama and if there isn't drama they make it up."
made in chelseaKimberley predicts Spencer and Louise will get back together on the next series. Copyright [WENN]
What? Some of MIC is slightly scripted oh em gee, we'd never have known… *giggles*
Despite falling out with some of her co-stars, Kimberley only has praise for Spencer saying:
"I love Spencer so I think it's great for him to return, I really liked him on The Bachelor, I think he did an amazing job."
Something else she hopes to do an amazing job is the fashion collection she's currently working on, although she won't be asking Mille Mackintosh to model for her, she has other plans…
Kimberley added: "I'd like Kate Moss to model my fashion line, she's so edgy and cool and everything she wears is so fabulous."
Amen to that.

Jordan tweets Leandro Penna’s crotch, then ignores him at Total Recall premiere

Katie Price tweeted a picture of her fiancee, Leandro Penna's crotch just hours before she managed to ignore him to pose on the red carpet.
Jordan is a professional poser and won't be distracted. Copyright: [rex]

Leandro tried his best to distract his fiancée, puckering up for a quick kiss, but Jord was far from interested.
Ever the professional, Katie was happy to pose with her man, but kept her eyes on the photographers at all time.
Then she went solo to do what she does best: strike a mean pose.
Jordan is a posing pro. Copyright: [rex]
However, while we admire her posing skills, we are not too crazy about her outfit.
Jordan looked like a rodeo tribute to Sandy from Greece as she tripped up the white carpet in spandex leggings and fringed boots.

However, Miss Price did end up being upstaged by one lady.
No, not Jessica Biel.
Rather, this cheeky actress who turned up wearing well, very little actually.
We needs clothes, eh? Copyright: [rex]
After a little digging we can tell you she is Rebecca Ferdinando and has acted in Holby City. She also doesn't like clothes very much.
Earlier in the day, Jordan was obviously a bit more interested in Leandro after she tweeted this picture of his, er, bulge.
Yes, Jordan really tweeted this. Copyright: [Twitter/MissKatieprice]
Yes, this really happened.
Er, talk about too much information!
While we will admit Leo if fit, we don't really want to see that much of him, thanks!
Katie later deleted the pic after it would seem much of her Twitter following agreed us that Leandro's crotch is just one of those things we didn't need to see!

England boosted by Kallis dismissal

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of Alviro Petersen at Lord's
Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of Alviro Petersen at Lord's
Jonny Bairstow fell agonisingly short of a maiden Test century on an day of much frustration but some late consolation too for England in their Lord's showdown with South Africa.
Graeme Swann helped to eke out a total of 315 for a six-run first-innings lead, despite Bairstow's departure just before lunch on day three of this third Investec Test.
England then struggled to make inroads with the ball on a scorching afternoon and evening, but Steven Finn's dismissal of Jacques Kallis shortly before stumps kept a titanic contest in the balance as South Africa closed on 145 for three.
Bairstow (95), playing only because England dropped Kevin Pietersen in controversial circumstances, dug the hosts out of trouble yesterday. But he got stuck in the 90s this morning and was bowled playing across the line at Morne Morkel (four for 80).
Bairstow and sixth-wicket partner Matt Prior saw England through the first eight overs of the day to the second new ball, but no further. Prior edged a drive to slip from Vernon Philander's very first delivery after the new ball was taken.
Philander continued to find exaggerated swing against Stuart Broad, but both the new batsman and Bairstow found their scoring opportunities to take England ever closer to South Africa's total until the left-hander fended a ball from Dale Steyn (four for 94) straight to short-leg.
With Bairstow finally gone too, his 196-ball stay including 15 deliveries on 95, it seemed first-innings parity would be beyond the hosts. But Swann had other ideas, and received enough support from numbers 10 and 11 James Anderson and Finn - in a last-wicket stand of 32 - to put England in minor credit.
Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen comfortably wiped that out by tea, but neither could get significantly further.
Smith was drawn into the sweep against Swann, got his angles wrong and went lbw to a routine off-break; then, after Broad saw Hashim Amla (57no) escape a half-chance on just two off a glove down the leg-side to a diving Prior, he struck two balls later when Petersen missed some inswing and was also lbw.
Two wickets had fallen for only four runs, but Amla was joined by Kallis and they again proved a substantial barrier to England progress, this time with a stand of 81 which ended only when Kallis - much to his dismay after reviewing umpire Simon Taufel's decision in the apparent belief he had hit the ball - became South Africa's third successive lbw departure.

Laxman ends international career

VVS Laxman has retired from international cricket
VVS Laxman has retired from international cricket
Veteran India batsman VVS Laxman has called time on his 16-year international career.
Laxman, 37, made the first of 134 Test outings in 1996 and went on to become one of the most feared middle-order batsmen of his generation, compiling 17 centuries, 56 half-centuries and a total of 8,781 runs in the longest form of the game.
"I have decided to retire from international cricket with immediate effect," Laxman told a press conference. "It's been 16 years since I made my international debut for India and I think it is the right time to move on. As a youngster it was a dream to represent India and it took a lot of pride to wear the India cap."
Laxman's Test career got off to a dream start when he made a half-century on his debut against South Africa in November 1996, although he would have to wait until January 2000 to score his maiden century - the first of six he would make against Australia.
In 2001, Laxman produced one of the most memorable innings of all time as his career-best 281 led India to victory after they were asked to follow on by Australia in Kolkata.
Laxman also made 200, again against Australia, in a drawn Test in Delhi in 2008, while in November of the same year he made his 100th Test outing against the Australians in Nagpur.

Happy Friday ladies!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Exclusive: Wretch 32 denies dating Lauren Pope

Wretch 32 has been linked with a fair few famous people of late - including none other than Cheryl Cole and Lauren Pope.
Wretch 32 dating Lauren PopeWretch 32 has denied dating Lauren Pope. Copyright [Wenn]
But the rapper set the record straight today when he exclusively told us that reports of a romance with the TOWIE star were a load of rubbish.
Speaking at the BBC 1Xtra's 10th Birthday celebrations earlier he said: "Me and Lauren, we're cool, we're just mates. She's a cool girl."

Asked if he gets bothered by the whisperings of the gossip rumour mill he said: "Because there isn't any truth in anything it doesn't really bother me. If it was true then maybe it would bother me."
We chatted to Wretch 32 back at Isle Of Wight festival and he told us the celebrity he'd most like to roll around in the mud with was Cheryl, so we couldn't help but bring up the Girls Aloud star again.
Wretch 32 told us he reckons Cheryl Cole is really cool. Copyright [Wenn]
The pair collaborate on her new single 'Screw You' and we asked him what his thoughts are on shooting a video with the Geordie brunette.
He told us: "Who wouldn't want to stand next to Cheryl? She's cool, we did a TV performance [of 'Screw You'] and she was really cool man, she made me feel really comfortable. She's always smiling and smells nice. She's very professional."
And by the sounds of things he's struggling slightly with the whole limelight thing.
He said: "It's something that you've hot to get used to. The biggest thing for me that I've had to get used to is the whole roll model thing. All of a sudden you've got watch what you say, you've got to watch what club you're coming out of wasted."
Wretch 32 joined Professor Green to celebrate Radio 1Xtra's 10th Birthday today.
Wretch joined Professor Green and Jessie J to celebrate BBC Radio 1Xtra's 10th birthday celebrations at Maida Vale Studios.
The special day saw 10 artists performing live at the studios every hour from 10am.
omg! were down and were blown away by the live talent.
Jessie J also sung live at Maida Vale.

Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger start X Factor fashion-off in body con dresses

We love The X Factor for the singing and drama and bickering between the judges and all, but our favourite part of the show is having a good old nosey at what the female judges have chosen to wear.
Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger at The X Factor press launchTulisa and Nicole Scherzinger both looked amazing at The X Factor press launch. Copyright [Rex]Today was the day of The X Factor press launch, and in other words an opportunity for Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger to have a good old fashion-off.

Despite both Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger saying that they're not competing in the fashion stakes, we couldn't help but notice that the pair had both gone for body con for the big day.
Tulisa donned a green and grey striped bandeau dress which complimented her new blonde locks.
Tulisa and Nicole ScherzingerTulisa and Nicole both went for fitted dresses. Copyright [Rex]She teamed the dress with a pair of shiny silver shoes, and was clearly pleased with her outfit getting a massive pose on on the red carpet.
Nicole Scherzinger looked just as stylish in a white number. The dress featured cap sleeves and a pretty neckline, and she accessorised perfectly with a pair of nude platform heels.
Tulisa and Nicole ScherzingerBoth Tulisa and Nicole posed like pros on the red carpet. Copyright [Rex]However, there was clearly no rivalry - fashion or otherwise- between the girls who posed for pictures with their arms around each other.
We were at the X Factor launch and can confirm that the girls looked very friendly, and even more gorgeous in the flesh.

Ooo! Cheryl Cole has a fit new boyfriend! We wonder someone’s told Ashley Cole?

Cheryl Cole is dating her dancer Tre Holloway, making him her first proper boyf since she dumped ex hubby Ashley Cole.
Tre is one of Chezza's dancers. Copyright: [rex]

We thought she had a bit of a loved up glow over on Daybreak the other morning, and now we know why!
Cheryl Cole has been spotted out on two dates with Tre Holloway and that's just this week.
On Monday they were seen on a double date with Kimberly Walsh and her boyf and the pair were spotted out again last night going for dinner in London.
And with scant regard for the three date rule, last night Tre was seen going into Chezz'a hotel for a nightcap!
Tre is Chezza's first boyf since Ashley. Copyright: [rex/Facebook]
A source told The Sun: "It's going really well, they really like each other".
An onlooker in the restaurant said they pair seemed super close and got along really well.
"Several times Cheryl leaned in to him and touched his knee as they spoke. There was definitely a spark there."
The pair have known each other for a while as American Tre is one of Chezza's backing dancers, however, it's only recently they have decided they are more than just friends.

Tre is also believed to be one of's mates.
The pair have reportedly been inseparable since being reunited at Cheryl's 29th birthday party in Las Vegas last month.
We couldn't be more chuffed at the thought Cheryl might be proper loved up again.
Especially with a fit dancer like Tre.
Tre and Chezza sitting in a tree, K-I..
..OK, probably best to stop there, but you get the idea.

Assange granted asylum: what happens now?

Shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday, Ecuador announced that it had granted political asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder wanted by Sweden to face questioning over alleged sex offences.
Twenty minutes later, the UK foreign office responded by restating its threat to extract Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been living since seeking refuge eight weeks ago.
Ecuador has requested that Assange be given safe passage out of the embassy, while the UK has said it will arrest him as soon as he sets foot outside the building.
So what happens now?
Here are four possible outcomes:

Police officers outside the Equadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, central London (© Dominic Lipinski, PA Wire)

1) Julian Assange is allowed to travel to Ecuador, after a diplomatic settlement is reached between the UK and Ecuadorian governments

At the time of writing, this seems unlikely.
Both countries are taking an uncompromising stance. "The British authorities are under a binding obligation to extradite [Julian Assange] to Sweden," said a foreign office spokesman on Thursday. "We shall carry out that obligation. The Ecuadorian government's decision this afternoon does not change that."
In return, Ecuador has accused the UK of making an "open threat" by insisting on its right to enter the country's embassy to arrest Mr Assange.
In its statement granting Mr Assange asylum, the country said: "We can state that there is a risk that [Assange] will be persecuted politically... We trust the UK will offer the necessary guarantees so that both governments can act adequately and properly respect international rights and the right of asylum. We also trust the excellent relationship the two countries have will continue."

2) Julian Assange manages to escape the embassy and travel to Ecuador

This would be a very dramatic conclusion to the affair, and one that would cause great embarrassment to the UK government.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police are waiting outside the embassy, and would presumably try and catch him if they saw him trying to escape.
However if Mr Assange made it into a diplomatic car, legally he is protected. Diplomatic cars enjoy protection in international law from "search, requisition, attachment and execution". So while police could stop the car, they would not have the power to search it for Mr Assange.
The next issue would arise if and when the car reached an airport. The moment Mr Assange left the car, he would be liable for arrest. Somehow the car would need to drive directly into an aircraft, presumably of a military kind, that would then need to take off before any authorities were able to get on board.
An alternative scenario would involve Mr Assange somehow being smuggled out of the embassy, perhaps in some kind of crate or trunk. But UK authorities would be able to impound such an object were they convinced that Mr Assange was inside.

3) Julian Assange decides to give himself up to the UK authorities

Having spent eight weeks living in the Ecuadorian embassy, Mr Assange may simply decide that he has had enough and is happy to face the judicial process of extradition.
At the moment, this seems unlikely.
On hearing the news, Mr Assange reportedly said: "It is a significant victory for myself, and my people. Things will probably get more stressful now.
He released a statement later on Thursday afternoon, implying that he is far from admitting defeat:
"I am grateful to the Ecuadorian people, President Rafael Correa and his government. It was not Britain or my home country, Australia, that stood up to protect me from persecution, but a courageous, independent Latin American nation. While today is a historic victory, our struggles have just begun. The unprecedented US investigation against WikiLeaks must be stopped.

While today much of the focus will be on the decision of the Ecuadorian government, it is just as important that we remember Bradley Manning has been detained without trial for over 800 days. The task of protecting WikiLeaks, its staff, its supporters and its alleged sources continues."
It's worth noting that Mr Assange has not been charged with anything in Sweden and is only wanted for questioning regarding alleged offences. He has said he fears extradition from Sweden to the US, where he believes he might be found guilty of espionage and be sentenced to death. But no such extradition has been requested by the US, and both Sweden and the UK are prohibited by the European Convention of Human Rights from extraditing anyone who might face the death penalty.

4) The UK government enters the Ecuadorian embassy and forcibly removes Julian Assange for arrest

The UK foreign office has already insisted on its right to enter the embassy, citing the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987. This legislation gives the UK government the power to revoke an embassy's diplomatic status and hence allow police to enter the building unimpeded. But to do this, it would have to give seven days' notice.
However even if the UK government did decide to forcibly remove Mr Assange from the embassy, its actions could be contested in court. Ecuador could challenge the UK's decision to revoke its embassy's status. The UK government would have to argue successfully that the embassy, by harbouring Mr Assange, had broken international law and therefore the UK had the right to take action.
There is an earlier piece of legislation, the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which specifies that local police and security forces are not permitted to enter an embassy unless they have the express permission of the ambassador - even though the embassy remains the territory of the host nation.
But the convention also states that embassies must respect local laws and, in no circumstances, interfere in the host nation's internal affairs.
It might therefore come down to who can make the most persuasive case in the High Court over the correct application of the 1961 convention.
Whatever the resolution, it could set a precedent that affects the status of embassies around the world in countries far less tolerant than the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pregnant Imogen Thomas takes her baby bump out for dinner

Imogen Thomas has been proudly showing off her baby bump since she announced her pregnancy two weeks ago.
Imogen ThomasImogen Thomas took her cute bump out for dinner. Copyright [WENN]
And last night, Imogen Thomas squeezed her baby bump into a tight red dress for dinner with a friend.

Imogen has clearly mastered the art of pregnancy fashion, donning a red dress with ruffled sleeves which perfectly showed off her bump and boobs.
She teamed the dress with a black clutch back and black peep toe shoes, keeping her hair simple tied back in a cute bun.
Imogen ThomasImogen Thomas looks happy and healthy. Copyright [WENN]Imogen's evening out comes just a week after a horrible scare which left her thinking she was miscarrying her baby.
Last week she tweeted that she'd rushed to hospital after suffering bleeding and clotting.
Now she's opened up about the situation saying: "My first internal scan on Tuesday showed the baby was OK, thank God, but then I started bleeding again when I got home.Not being crude but I literally filled three pads with blood.
Imogen ThomasImogen Thomas proudly cradled her baby bump. Copyright [WENN]She continued: "I actually thought, "This is it." I was hysterical. I could have been losing my baby."
However, luckily all was OK: "I went back to the hospital first thing and they gave me another internal scan and the baby was still fine. He was kicking away."
And it seems that pregnancy definitely suits Imogen Thomas - she seriously has that glowing thing going on.

Amy Childs launches debut fragrance by dressing up as perfume bottle

Amy Childs has extended her empire of eyelashes, hair vajazzles and fake tan to launch her very first scent aptly named Amy Childs.
amy childsAmy Childs channeled her perfume bottle at the launch of her first scent today. Copyright [WENN]

While the naming of Amy Childs' first fragrance may not be original, the look she adopted at the perfume launch at Mayfair club Aura today certainly was…

In true Amy fashion she channeled her perfume bottle wearing her hair in a super high top knot to echo the silver cap to her scented creation.
She continued the purple colour theme as she donned a glittering floor-length gown complete with sweetheart neckline and a thigh high split.
amy childsAmy glittered in a purple gown. Copyright [WENN]
To add more sparkle to her attire (just in case there wasn't enough) sitting pretty at the end of her lean legs were a pair of silver sandals adorned with diamante.
The former TOWIE star kept her accessories simple with pear studded earrings and a silver bracelet.
amy childsAmy looked suitably glam at the launch today. Copyright [WENN]
She played up her eyes with long, false eyelashes and heavy kohl to frame her eyes while her famous and full pout stayed neutral with a light pink.
Amy added an Essex edge with her deep fake tan and wore a French manicure on both her nails and toenails.
We're sure just like all of her other products, it'll be a beauty hit!
Amy Childs fragrance with Jigsaw ESL will hit store shelves on 18 August, available nationwide

Little Mix’s Jade Thirwall: I want Jesy’s boobs

Little Mix's Jade Thirwall has revealed that she would love to be more curvy like band mate Jesy.
Jade loves Jesy's bod. Copyright: [rex]

In an interview with Look, Jade admits that while she is not thinking about plastic surgery yet, she would kill for bigger breasticles like Jesy's.
Jade says: "I don't have any boobs so I feel a bit self-conscious. I'd do anything to have Jesy's curves, she's got the most incredible body."
Related Articles: [The Loveable Rogues fancy Jade Little Mix!]
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However, the pop star confessed that in the future she wouldn't rule out a little nip and tuck.
She confesses: "I used to think I might have a boob job, but I'm waiting because I'm only 19. If I ever did get it done I wouldn't go massive, just bigger to suit my shape."
Hmm, we're not sure about all this under the knife talk - we like our Little Mix lady just the way she is!
Jade is dating Sam from Diversity. Copyright: [rex]
And one man we are sure would agree with us is her boyf Sam Craske from Diversity.
Jade talked about her beau adding that all the Little Mix girls are good girlfriends, including Perrie Edwards who is dating Zayn Malik from One Direction.
Jade is a quarter of Little Mix! Copyright: [Tim Small/Look]
Jade says: "I think we are all good girlfriends, we don't care about looking stupid. I'm more like a mate with Sam. I don't feel sexy at all, the idea of it makes me cringe."
She might not feel it, but she definitely looks it!
Don't believe us? Just ask The Loveable Rogues who recently told omg! just how much they fancy Jade!
To read the feature in full, see the latest issue of LOOK magazine out now
Read the interview in this week's Look. Copyright: [Look]

Pietersen must work hard to rebuild burnt bridges


Kevin Pietersen has been dropped from England's squad for the third Test against South Africa and cricket writer Lizzy Ammon believes it will take more than an apology in order to return.
(Paul Thomas-PA Wire)
Undeniably England are a weaker team without Kevin Pietersen despite what Graeme Swann says.
South Africa must be wetting themselves laughing at this unholy mess. We’ve pretty much handed them the series on a plate. Without KP’s 149 and four wickets at Headingley, the series would already have been lost.
Fault lies on both sides. The ECB have handled this appallingly. It reminds me of how badly Liverpool FC handled the Luis Suarez affair and that resulted in a lot of people losing their jobs. Let’s not forget that much of this kicked off because someone at the ECB leaked details of a private discussion about contracts to the media.
Every organisation has difficult people. It’s the job of the management and leadership to manage that and to bring out the best in their workforce. If they aren’t doing that, what exactly are they doing?
"We all work with people we don’t like and no doubt we’ve all said something derogatory at some point. But playing for England is slightly different to a normal work environment"
But Pietersen has to look hard at himself and ask why it is he’s fallen out with every club he’s been at (Natal, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and now England). He’s made a lot of mistakes and doesn’t seem to learn from them. His retirement from one day cricket was no doubt a reactive strop because the ECB wouldn’t give him the time off he was demanding.
Pietersen certainly had a point about the schedules – no one has played as much international cricket in the last few years than KP except maybe Rahul Dravid. No one begrudges a man wanting to spend more time with his young family but his words are not backed up by his actions.
"The trust between KP and his team-mates and coaches has been broken. That matters"
As for the texts: it’s not completely clear who they were sent to or what they said but the fact that Pietersen refused to sign a document denying their existence rather indicates that they do.
We all work with people we don’t like and no doubt we’ve all texted, emailed or said something derogatory about one of our colleagues at some point. But playing for England is slightly different to a normal work environment.
England got to number one because of their team unity, their work ethic, their meticulous planning. The trust between KP and his team-mates and coaches has been broken. That matters.
"It’s in everyone’s interests that this is worked out but it’s naïve to think that just an apology will sort it"
No one is saying they all have to be best buddies but there has to be trust. There has to be a belief from both sides that things won’t be leaked to the media, that KP in particular won’t give extraordinary press conferences like he did at Headingley and that slagging off your team mates to the opposition is really a very bad idea.
England are playing a T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka followed by a Test series in India. Pietersen is probably our best player in sub-continental conditions (and his IPL experience is of benefit to the national side in this instance) – it’s in everyone’s interests that this is worked out but it’s naïve to think that just an apology will sort it.
The divisions and mistrust now run very deep. The trust needs to be rebuilt. And it has to come from Pietersen.
The best thing he can do now is get his head down, get Piers Morgan and his brother to be quiet, go and play for Surrey and get lots of runs. And sit down with each of his team-mates and try to clear the air.
Whether or not relations can be repaired remains to be seen. Let’s hope they can.

Prince Philip taken to hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary this afternoon as a "precautionary measure", Buckingham Palace said.
Earlier this week there were social media rumours surrounding Prince Philip's health, before he appeared the start of Cowes week on the Isle of Wight.

The Duke of Edinburgh (© PA)

The Duke of Edinburgh, 91, spent five days in hospital after the diamond jubilee pageant on the River Thames. On that occasion the prince suffered a bladder infection; he also spent four nights in hospital in Decemember when he received treatment for a blocked coronary artery.
Details of the reason for this hospital visit have not yet been made available.

The X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow - 'You can't be sensitive on the show'

The X Factor judges (© ITV)

Just when you thought you could safely watch Saturday night TV without the chance of coming across someone murdering Robbie Williams' Angels in frontof a studio audience, The X Factor returns to our screens. Is it that time of year already?!
Still, we can't suppress our sheer excitement about the show returning and this time judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh will be joined by ex-X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger. How cool do they look in the above snap?!

This year won't be a walk in the park for the hopefuls though, as Gary Barlow has revealed: 'The level of talent has been extraordinary this year.' Phew, maybe we won't have to listen through too many butchered ballads after all! The judge also said: 'You can't be too sensitive on here'. A sign that this year's show is going to be tougher than ever.

Have a look through our gallery to see what else the judges and presenter Dermot O'Leary have to say about the upcoming series...

The X Factor judges (© ITV)

The judges (and of course Dermot) all brush up well don't they? Louis Walsh looks like he could be auditioning for the part of James Bond!

The X Factor judges (© ITV)
Last year, Gary Barlow was a little too serious for our liking. This time around, Gary has vowed to loosen up a bit: 'I should have enjoyed it more. It's one of my goals this time to sit up there and remember to be a member of the audience because it's a brilliant show to watch and I have the best seat in the house!' Does that mean Gary will be cracking cheesy jokes? We hope so!
 The X Factor judges (© ITV)
Tulisa was crowned victorious on last year's show, after her group Little Mix, won the competition. Has her success as a judge gone to her head though? 'Obviously it was fantastic to win last year' Tulisa said before adding, 'I'm coming back with a whole new category, so I am going to work just as hard with all my new acts. The pressure is on all of us to do our best each week.'

The X Factor judges (© ITV)
Singer Nicole Scherzinger was a judge on the X Factor USA and now she is bringing her musical knowledge to the UK version of the show. Nicole confessed that her secret weapon is a mix of hard work, heart and soul: 'I want to keep the audience connected and to try new things we've never tried before. I want to keep it fun, entertaining and interesting.'

The X Factor judges (© ITV)
Nicole has had plenty of experience in the music industry, but what advice will she give to her acts? 'I just ask that their performances are honest and real. For that one song, to sing for their lives and to tell their story. And to have some fun while they're doing it. Otherwise, why do it?'
The X Factor judges (© ITV)
Nicole teased about the level of talent on this year's show: 'We have found some real gems, artists that I believe could cut it in the international market. All the categories have strong talent so whoever I get to work with, I hope they will benefit from my help, support, knowledge and experience. I worked hard to get where I am today and they will need to as well.'

The X Factor judges (© ITV)

Tulisa revealed that the category to watch this year, is the groups: 'The Groups this year are great. I think after Little Mix winning last year it's made the Groups who have auditioned really up their game. There are also some great solo singers, but at this stage you can never tell who is going to go all the way to the Live Shows.'

The X Factor judges (© ITV)

Whereas Gary reckons that the Overs are the ones to watch: 'The category to watch is the Overs. The Overs category hasn't been taken that seriously in the last few years but it has turned into the biggest contender this year. The standard is superb.'

The X Factor judges (© ITV)
The first episode of the new series of the X Factor will hit our screens on Saturday 18 August at 8pm on ITV1 and ITV1HD.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Butland dreaming of England bow

Teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland admits it will be a "dream come true" if he makes his senior England debut in this week's friendly against Italy in Berne.
The 19-year-old Birmingham custodian could get the chance to feature on Wednesday after Joe Hart was ruled out with a back injury. England manager Roy Hodgson opted against calling up a replacement for Hart, leaving Butland and John Ruddy as the only two remaining goalkeepers.
For a player whose only senior experience at domestic level are the 24 games he played on loan for Cheltenham in npower League Two last season, a full England bow would cap a remarkable rise for Butland having also played for Great Britain during the Olympics. He said at Monday's press conference: "It's what dreams are made of."
He added: "Unfortunately it's come, or hopefully will come, due to an injury which is unfortunate for Joe but if I get the chance it will be a dream come true. It's something I can't stop thinking about and I'd love the chance to be able to perform on that stage on Wednesday night.
"I think it's very important, I'm not going to try and put too much pressure on myself or expect anything because there's not a lot of goalkeepers who get the chance at such a young age so I'm very privileged to be in this position.

Jack Butland is relishing the possibility of playing for England on Wednesday
"I'm going to take everything in my stride. If it doesn't happen on Wednesday I'm going to work harder to make it happen on a different occasion."
Butland, who was part of England's Euro 2012 Squad in Poland and Ukraine, also believes the experience of playing for Team GB at the Olympics will prove invaluable as he continues his development.
He said: "It was fantastic for everyone involved. I feel very proud and privileged that I was given a chance to be able to perform and be a part of something bigger than just football.
"You were given the chance to mix with other athletes, it was a very good experience to see how all the other sports do it and just get a feel for the olympics. It's something I won't forget."
He added: "The Euros were fantastic and it was a great experience to see and train with top players and it was a big eye-opener for me and showed me where I want to be for long periods of my career."

The Saturdays have auntie time with Aoife Belle, we coo

We're feeling a bit jealous of The Saturdays at the moment. Not only are they sunning themselves in America and rocking some amazing outfits, but they're also spending lots of time with the adorable Aoife Belle.
Vanessa White from The Saturdays with Aoife BelleVanessa White had cuddles from Aoife Belle this weekend. Copyright [Una Healy]Seeing as Una Healy's baby, Aoife Belle, is effectively The Saturdays' sixth member, we're not surprised that they're all making the most of quality 'auntie' time.

Una Healy spent the day with bandmate Vanessa White and little Aoife Belle on Sunday, and tweeted a cute picture of the pair.
The photo showed Aoife Belle, complete with her trademark bow in her hair, having a cuddle from Vanessa. Una tweeted it along with the caption: "I love Auntie Ness!"
Frankie Sandford and Aoife BelleFrankie Sandford also had some quality time with Aoife Belle. Copyright [Una Healy]The next day, Aoife spent time with Frankie Sandford. Una tweeted a picture of them lying in the sun together, wearing their bathing costumes.
As if that wasn't enough Saturdays auntie time, Aoife Belle then had cuddles from Rochelle Wiseman. Sorry, Humes. We're still not used to that.
Rochelle WisemanRochelle Wiseman was the next Saturday to have her Aoife Belle time. Copyrigh [Rochelle Wiseman]Rochelle tweeted a gorgeous snap of Aoife Belle sitting in her lap as Rochelle smiled and held her hands, along with the caption: "Auntie time with me and my Belle."
We're hoping that once The Saturdays are back from LA, Aoife pays a visit to omg! HQ so we can squeeze those chubby little cheeks and have some cuddles too.