Will X Factor Celebrity improve the show’s ratings?

X Factor says half of 16-34-year-olds watching TV on Saturday night were watching the celebrity edition of the show. The show reached peak viewing figures in 2010 when, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), episodes averaged more than 14 million viewers in the UK. Last year’s series, won by Dalton Harris, averaged roughly six million viewers overall. This year the format is simple, celebrities who are already known by the public, but not for singing, compete to impress judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. The line-up caters to a range of ages, including everyone from Love Island stars and social media influencers, to broadcast journalist Martin Bashir. Report End of Twitter post by @MairaaM_x Skip Twitter …

Tricky’s ‘world was over’ when daughter died

“If I had known that it would end with my daughter’s suicide, you wouldn’t be reading this now.” Image copyright Blink Image caption Images of Tricky’s mother feature in Hell is Round the Corner The book also features never-before-seen letters sent from David Bowie to Tricky. In one, Bowie says he attended a Massive Attack gig with wife Iman. He wrote that the pair “loved the show the other night – I’ve loved the album for some time”. Related Topics Bristol David Bowie Music Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Stormzy helps rise in black students at Cambridge

Since Stormzy’s funding announcement there has also been an increase in the number of black students taking part in outreach activities and enquiring about courses, the university said. Other factors credited for the rise included the involvement of several student societies in promoting the university and proactive campaign work. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStormzy explained why he was funding university scholarships in August 2018 The university said it meant this year there would be more than 200 black undergraduates studying at Cambridge in total, a record number. UCAS figures showed that, as of 12 September, 33,730 black UK students had been accepted on to degree courses at British universities and colleges, meaning black students made up …

Five Star’s Doris on the 80s band’s highs and lows

But looking back, Doris says she only signed up for one reason: to meet Michael Jackson. “I thought, I’ll either be an air hostess so I can get to travel to America, or I’ll be in the group. Either way I’ll definitely get to meet him,” she laughs. The band were cast in the mould of the Jackson Five: a ten-legged singing-and-dancing sensation, with matching sequinned jumpsuits and a knack for pop harmonies. Like their transatlantic counterparts, their career was masterminded by their father – Buster Pearson, a former session musician who had played with Otis Redding, Jimmy Cliff and Wilson Pickett. Having seen the darker side of the industry, Buster initially resisted their entreaties to form a group “because …

Abbey Road returns to number one 50 years on

Listen to The Abbey Road Story on BBC Sounds Abbey Road: Beatles fans gather to recreate cover shot The Scot who took The Beatles’ Abbey Road photo The new version features original tracks such as Here Comes The Sun and Come Together as well as previously unheard material from the recording sessions. The previous record for longest gap between number one appearances by the same album was held by (yup, you guessed it) The Beatles again, for their seminal 1967 record, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The sprawling psych-rock masterpiece returned to number one in 2017 courtesy of another anniversary re-release – a mere 49 years and 125 days after its previous spell at the top. Image Copyright TheBeatlesVEVO …

How can The Apprentice stay fresh after 15 years?

But while Lord Sugar sees no need to hang up his tie any time soon, the 72-year-old acknowledges it can’t go on forever. “I’ve got one more series [after this one] that I’m contracted for, which will be the 16th series,” he says. “I might do it to 20. Twenty sounds like a round figure.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sian Gabbidon won the last series with her idea for a swimwear brand “Having the candidates making stuff in the kitchen is always interesting. One of my favourite tasks is buying the eight items and negotiating. So I do believe the physical side of things is important.” He adds: “The production company’s team spend months researching and dreaming up …

Ten arrested at climate change protest

Image copyright Jade Evans Image caption Protesters glued themselves to the road Those arrested, on suspicion of public order offences, remain in custody as inquiries continue. Image copyright Jade Evans Image caption There is a large police presence on roads near the port Live music is expected later as part of the demonstration, while flags and signs adorn seafront railings, including slogans like “Rebel for life” and “Climate breakdown kills”. The protest was due to last until 15:00 BST. It comes a day after thousands of people across the UK took part in a global “climate strike day”. Who are Extinction Rebellion and what do they want? Climate protest: A very different kind of school trip Why are young activists …

Partner’s death was hard time, says Radiohead star

“I totally agree I’m a hypocrite but… what do you want to do about it?” He added: “You can do stuff but the real stuff has to happen in Parliament and the UN, and has to happen now, we’re out of time.” ‘Really proud’ Speaking about his relationship with his children, Yorke, 50, said: “I can’t hope to be their mum but we’re alright. “I’m just really proud of them both. It stuns me most days. I can’t believe they’re anything to do with me. They’re just such great people.” He said: “When the kids’ mum died, it was a very difficult period and we went through a lot. “It was very hard. She suffered a great deal and my …

Keeping twin brother’s memory alive after bombing

However, they went their separate ways when Richard joined the Marines as a teenager on the day Stephen started work in the civil service in Cardiff. “When he first left home I found it quite difficult to adjust, not having him around all the time,” says Stephen, who saw his brother start to change. “After Richard joined the marines he certainly became more confident – I think it brings out that level of confidence which he didn’t have before.” Stephen says his brother found basic training tough, but then enjoyed his four years with the band. “He went to some amazing places – Gibraltar, Malta, Belize, all around Europe. He travelled extensively.” Richard spent almost a year in Australia as …

‘Watching an actor play my suicidal younger self’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matt Haig: “We absolutely never know what sort of person we will be in the future” As Haig puts it, the new play dramatises “the most intense experience of my life and some of the worst days of my life”. The author has had little hands-on involvement in its creation at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre, however. “I’ve given them a relatively free rein,” he says. “The only thing I said as a caveat at the meeting was, ‘You can do what you want with me and Andrea, but please go gentle on my parents’. I’m totally OK with all the warts and all stuff, but with my parents it’s a bit more awkward. “I’ve made …

Rod Stewart ‘in the clear’ after cancer diagnosis

He said: “If you’re positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face… I’ve worked for two years and I’ve just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me.” ‘Go to the doctor’ He urged men to get checked, adding: “Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor.” He was speaking at the event in Wentworth, Surrey, alongside former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood, who has previously been treated for lung cancer. “Somebody up there likes us, Rod,” he said, the paper reported. More than 11,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK every year. The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis, and is found only in men. Sir Rod’s announcement …

‘How I dealt with trolling like Little Mix’s Jesy’

‘Don’t keep it to yourself’ “That is the worst thing I ever did. Telling people is so important. Don’t keep it to yourself.” She says confiding in her mum “really helped” and enabled her to get the support she needed – including counselling. Group support also helped Hannah. It made her feel “less alone and isolated” – and inspired her to set up the group that Jesy was seen visiting in the documentary. Image copyright Hannah Adams Image caption Hannah is now the anti-bullying ambassador for a UK charity ‘Distract your mind’ Hannah used mindfulness apps – with “soothing” storytelling and breathing exercises – to help her mental health. “It was a way to escape to what was going on, …

Adele files for divorce from husband Simon Konecki

The divorce papers were lodged at a court in Los Angeles. They married in a secret ceremony in 2016, with Adele publicly addressing the wedding for the first time during an acceptance speech at the 2017 Grammys, where she thanked her husband. Adele: Her full story Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki The singer’s debut album, which was released in 2008 and featured hits including Chasing Pavements and Hometown Glory, reached number one in the UK. She went on to win a string of awards and her follow-up, 21, topped the charts in 30 countries including the US and the UK. Her third album, 25, sold a record-breaking 800,000 copies in its first week and became the best-selling album of …

An accidental celebrity 6,000 miles from home

Growing up in the middle-class town of Cheltenham in the English Cotswolds, Dan’s upbringing was nothing out of the ordinary. Image copyright Alex Duncan Image caption Dan on a holiday to Magaluf in 2007 In 2008, Dan had saved enough money for a backpacking trip to South-East Asia with some friends, including myself. Although he came back to the UK after just a couple of months, he decided to return to the region later that year. Little did he know that the decision to return would change his life forever. Dan wound up on the tiny island of Pulau Kapas on Malaysia’s east coast. Rather than just spending his time travelling with Western backpackers, Dan decided to immerse himself among …

How playing video games could get you a better job

Game Academy’s idea is simple: analyse gamers’ habits from their online gaming profile, and offer courses in valuable skills that reflect their aptitudes – skills they can practise and refine in-game. And there is already a growing acceptance that gaming skills are transferable. More Technology of Business The robo racing cars accelerating driverless tech The people policing the internet’s most horrific content ‘How I lost £25,000 when my cryptocurrency was stolen’ Could Facebook’s new currency be stopped in its tracks? Making classic cars go faster with old Tesla motors If one drone isn’t enough, try a drone swarm Image copyright GAME ACADEMY Image caption Game Academy founder David Barrie thinks gaming skills are relevant to many businesses “We see gameplay …