HE’S the flamboyant front man of Culture Club who has been making headlines for more than 30 years.Indeed, Boy George is no wall flower, but if you want to get to know the man behind the colourful persona, read on.Boy George’s real name is George Alan O’Dowd but chose his stage name when he formed Culture Club in the early 1980s.He performed under the previous stage name Lieutenant Lush during his time with the group Bow Wow Wow.During his career, Boy George has put his name to a number of different projects including Djing, fashion design and photography.Boy George was born on June 14, 1961 which makes him 56 years old.He was born in Eltham, London and has four brothers and one sister.Before finding fame, Boy George would live in squats around the Warren Street area of Central London and was good friends with fellow 80s singer Marilyn.Culture Club were one of the biggest bands of the 80s, with Boy George as its lead singer.During that time, the band had huge hits … [Read more...] about How old is Boy George, what are his biggest songs, what’s his real name and what’s his net worth?
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SHE was the S Club 7 pin-up and fantasy on the bedroom wall of many a teenage boy.Now a mum of two nearly 20 years on, Rachel Stevens says she feels sexier than ever.Ahead of her stint in the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen, which starts on BBC1 on Wednesday, the 39-year-old tells The Sun: “It’s lovely that people still view me as a sex symbol.“But I definitely feel like I’ve got more confident and sexier as I’ve got older.“Your body is always changing, which is great, but you know more what you want out of life, too, and that inner confidence gives you more sexiness.It makes you feel more confident and that’s where it comes from. I can’t believe I’ll be 40 next year, I don’t feel it.”Rachel beat beauties including Kelly Brook, Jennifer Lopez and Cheryl to FHM’s Sexiest Women of All Time crown in 2014.To celebrate, she stripped off for a sizzling shoot, wearing only a black bra and lacy knickers, just two months after … [Read more...] about Rachel Stevens says she’ll show sexy pics to grandkids as FHM cover girl and S Club 7 star joins MasterChef
MELANIE Sykes is best known for her work in front of the camera - but she has stepped behind it for her new role in Blind Date.The stunning 46-year-old is the new voice of "our Graham" in the rebooted Cilla Black classic. But who is she and what do we know about her? Here's the lowdown...Melanie Sykes is a presenter and model who has been married twice - first to Daniel Caltagirone from 2001 until 2009 and then to Jack Cockings in 2013 for just seven months.She has two children with her first hubby - Roman, 15, and Valentino, 12, who was diagnosed with autism.Melanie has presented a number of shows including Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel and Today with Les and Mel.Then in 2014 she took part in I'm A Celebrity - coming third behind Carl Fogarty and Jake Quickenden.She's spoken often about being proud of her fitness regime and figure, though isn't so happy about having to deal with unwanted male attention.In 2017 she posed nude for Women's Health.Mel … [Read more...] about Who is Melanie Sykes? Blind Date’s new ‘Graham’ voice-over and nude photo leak victim
TENNIS ace Andy Murray and veteran comedian Ken Dodd have been knighted in a New Year’s Honours list full of heroes.They are joined by four-time Olympic champ Mo Farah, also made a Sir, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who becomes a Dame.In all, 110 Olympic and Paralympic stars are rewarded in some way for their heroics in Rio this summer, including the entire womens’ hockey team.Wales football manager Chris Coleman receives an OBE.Theresa May paid tribute to those recognised, saying: “Congratulations to all those receiving honours today.“It’s great so many from different walks of life are getting recognition.”But the PM faced a backlash last night over a knighthood for Mark Lowcock, the mandarin in charge of Britain’s mammoth aid budget.Also honoured are businessman David Ord, who has donated nearly £1million to the Tories over the past decade, plusMPs and Mrs May’s former Home Office staff. Around three-quarters of the awards went to people … [Read more...] about New Year’s honours list 2017 in full – from Andy Murray and Victoria Beckham to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill
GRAHAM Norton is joined on the sofa this week by Harry Styles, Brendan O'Carroll, Vicky McClure and Rob BrydonSo what can we expect from his guests and what might they chat about?Harry StylesHarry Styles was born February 1 1994 and is an English singer and songwriter.He is best known for being a member of the global mega-band One Direction.Harry shot to fame in 2010 after auditioning for the X Factor, which lead to the formation of 1D.Harry and his bandmates released five albums, before going on a hiatus in early 2016.Since then Harry has released his debut solo single Sign of the Times, which he will perform tonight.He will release his self-titled solo album on May 12 2017.If that wasn't enough, Harry will make his acting debut in the war film Dunkirk in July 2017.On tonight's show he will also answer questions about whether he will play a young Han Solo in a future Star Wars movie, and if he has been lined up to star as Mick Jagger in a forthcoming … [Read more...] about Who’s on the Graham Norton Show tonight? Harry Styles, Brendan O’Carroll, Vicky McClure and Rob Brydon join Graham on the sofa
Wanting to go to a festival needn't give you a headache... In fact with so many taking place across the UK there are plenty of great options if you can't afford to splash out hundreds of pounds on tickets. We've scoured the Internet in a bid to find the hottest line-ups and the most affordable festivals. Music fans can choose from much loved urban festivals like Tramlines in Sheffield to something more laid back like Somerset's Farmfest. So what are you waiting for? Top affordable music festivals Tramlines Location: Sheffield Price: Weekend ticket £46.20 + booking fees If you're looking for festival fun and madness minus the pesky camping Tramlines is the answer you've been looking for. Situated in and around Sheffield's top venues and attractions, including the stunning Sheffield Cathedral, revellers can catch top-rated music acts. The Libertines, Metronomy, Primal Scream and Toots and the Maytals were on the line up last year. Get your tickets here or from viagogo here Masked … [Read more...] about The best cheap music festivals in the UK for 2018, including Lovebox, Field Day, Tramlines and more
PADDY McGuinness first burst onto our TV screens 17 years ago as the comedy partner of pal Peter Kay.He has since become a household name presenting Take Me Out and reviving the TV dating show genre - and now he's back with Even Better Than The Real Thing. Here's everything you need to know about him.Paddy was born Patrick Joseph McGuinness in Farnworth, Lancashire on August 14 1973.The 43-year-old was born to an Irish father from County Tipperary, but was raised in Farnworth, Lancashire.He made is TV debut in 1995 as a contestant on a series of dating shows, including Davina McCall fronted God's Gift, however, his big break came by landing a role with his friend Peter Kay on his show That Peter Kay Thing.Paddy is married to wife Christine - a former Miss Liverpool, online influencer and exercise guru.The couple married in 2011 at Thornton Manor in Wirral after three years together.Paddy and Christine have three children – twins Penelope and Leo, four, and daughter … [Read more...] about Who is Paddy McGuinness, who’s his wife Christine, how many kids do they have, and what shows has he hosted?
She didn't have a musical bone in her body, but that didn't stop Renata Rodrigues from starting a samba street band in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. When the 40-year old saw a viral Facebook post showing a man with a sign reading, "I don't deserve women who get around," she ironized the message by founding a feminist Carnival block called the Mulheres Rodadas, or "Women Who Get Around" - a double entendre describing how the band leads packs of revelers dancing for miles across the city during the annual festivities. The block was meant as a joke between a few friends, but Rodrigues says nearly a hundred people turned up for their first rehearsal. Now they have thousands of followers. This year, the Mulheres Rodadas are preparing for their second Carnival by promoting a campaign to raise awareness of sexual harassment using the hashtag #CarnavalSemAssedio, or "Carnival Without Harassment." Rio is notorious for its sexually liberal attitudes, which reach their apex during … [Read more...] about Rio street band drums up support for Carnival without harassment
What started off as an electronic music festival has now become a much broader music experience. After the music industry fair moved from Cologne to Berlin in 2003, things looked grim for concert promoters, record labels and music journalists. But what was thought to be a hard blow to the city of music led to a fresh start. Given Cologne's reputation as a center for electronic music, a new festival with a business convention was established. Even though c/o pop was not as big as Popkomm in Berlin, it was soon considered a trendsetter for electronic music. And this year, genre-bending is on deck. Pop meets high art Owen Pallett is a classically trained violinist "Pop and high art are opening up towards each other to a great extent. A few years ago this would have been impossible," Norbert Oberhaus, c/o pop's executive director, told news agency dpa. Owen Pallett for instance, a favorite of the independent scene, is a headliner for the festival. The 32-year-old Canadian is a … [Read more...] about Cologne’s c/o pop festival presents talent both new and known
Musician and activist Bob Geldof teamed up with several celebrities, including Bono, Chris Martin, One Direction, Ellie Goulding and Sinead O'Connor in London, to record a new version of the 1984 Hit song "Do they know its Christmas" to raise money for the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The new version of "Do they know its Christmas" premiered on November 16 on the UK talent show "The X Factor," raising up to one million pounds ($1.6 million) within five minutes of its release, according to Bob Geldof . All the money raised from the sales of the single will go to charity in the UK, according to the country's Chancellor of Exchequer. The song will also be covered in French and German. France's former first lady Carla Bruni and Daft Punk are among the musicians performing the French version; Silbermond's lead singer and Die Tote Hosen's Campino are among the artists performing the German cover. But reaction to the song has been mixed. Geldof has received both support and … [Read more...] about Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30 ignites heated debate on social media