Celebrity X Factor is arriving on our screens this autumn and there are some TV favourites rumoured to be performing. There will be solo celebs and unlikely groups being formed, as they battle to win the hearts of the judges and the votes from the viewers. X Factor has taken a bit of a bashing in recent years as viewers complain about it having a 'tired format'. There will no doubt be more interest in a bunch of celebrities, taken from the world of sport to legends of TV. Here are the rumoured contestants and who are thought to be forming a group to have a shot at glory. Love Island supergroup - Samira Mighty, Eyal Booker, Wes Nelson and Zara McDermott One of the specially formed groups will be taken from the cast of 2018 islanders. Wes Nelson has already tasted success in an ITV competition after narrowly missing out on winning Dancing On Ice. Samira Mighty has a background in the West End, though she is more used to dancing than singing. The vocal talents of Eyal and Zara … [Read more...] about Celebrity X Factor 2019 line-up: All the stars rumoured to be set for singing success
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John Barrowman will take over from Jason Gardiner on Dancing on Ice. TV bosses were said to be delighted to offer the actor, 52, the role after Jason, 47, has upset contestants with his biting comments. Former Dancing on Ice contestant John, who took part on the show in 2006, has returned to the ice rink to judge the competition. A source told The Sun: “Producers are delighted to have got John. “He’s a good fit for the show as he knows how it works and has done judging roles before. “They also feel he’s a bit more wholesome than Jason, who put a lot of noses out of joint with some of his comments. They think John will be a big success.” Jason waged war against outspoken Gemma Collins when she competed on the show last year. The dancer was part of the original line-up of judges from 2006 until it finished in 2011. Jason returned to the show in 2013 and again in 2018, both times when it was rebooted. Whispers had tipped Strictly professional James … [Read more...] about John Barrowman to replace Jason Gardiner on new Dancing on Ice after competing in 2006
YOGA instructor Doria Ragland lives alone in Los Angeles but frequently flies to the UK to be with Meghan, Prince Harry and baby Archie. But who is she and is she spending Christmas with Meghan and Harry? Here's the latest... Who is Doria Ragland? Doria Ragland, 62, is a yoga instructor and social worker from Cleveland, Ohio. She gave birth to Meghan in August 1981 and divorced Meghan's father Thomas when the Duchess was six-years-old. Her Facebook page states she has a career in social work at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in California. Meghan has described her mum as a "free-spirited clinical therapist" and is proud she took her travelling to remote - often impoverished - places when she was younger.Is she spending Christmas with Meghan and Harry? Doria will be spending Christmas with prince Harry and Meghan Markle this year. The couple have chosen to spend baby Archie’s first festive season away from Sandringham and with Meghan's mum Doria Ragland. It is … [Read more...] about Who is Doria Ragland and is she spending Christmas with Meghan and Harry?
Out in all weathers (rain excepted), standing in woodlands and at roadsides, David Hockney has come a long way from the California poolside, and from the Bradford of his youth – to the east Yorkshire landscape inland from Bridlington, where he now lives for most of the year. Setting up his easels in the great outdoors, or sitting in his car recording his observations with a painting app on his iPhone or iPad, or cruising quiet lanes in a van bedecked with video cameras, Hockney's reinvention of himself as a full-blooded landscape artist is not without danger. As well as nature and the weather, he's up against history. Hockney's homecoming is recorded in A Bigger Picture, opening this Saturday at the Royal Academy in London. It is a very big exhibition. It goes on and on. It is hard to like Hockney's later work in its entirety, but then you do have to be selective when faced with any facet of his long career. Those funny, sassy, sexy 1960s paintings – caught happily … [Read more...] about David Hockney landscapes: The wold is not enough
A short story about an elderly man behind bars on New Year’s Eve, which takes a subtle and sly look at ageing and masculinity, has beaten a strong field to take the Guardian 4th Estate BAME short story prize. Auld Lang Syne by Lisa Smith scooped the award from a shortlist of six that was “startlingly strong”, according to Sian Cain, judge and Guardian books site editor. The story, which follows septuagenarian Rufus Samuels during an evening in jail after a fight with his much younger girlfriend, was, said Cain: “A perfect example of what the short story can do when the form is at its best: containing as much of an emotional blow as that of a 800-page novel, regardless of its brevity.” Told with wit and craft, the story is set in a Brixton police station as Rufus is questioned about the fracas. A complex situation unfolds that touches upon shame, fear, masculinity and ageing. Cain said: “It is a very confident story, in spite of its very difficult … [Read more...] about BAME short-story prize goes to Lisa Smith