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    There's more trouble in store for The X Factor. A children's charity who share the name as the show's girlband Rhythmix are set to sue.

    The Brighton based children's charity have filed a lawsuit against Simon Cowell's company Simco after they applied to register the band's name as a trademark.
    Rhythmix work with children with learning difficulties and youth offenders to create a music programme.

    They are now urging Simon to change the X Factor band's name claiming Simco were "fully aware" the name was already registered to the charity and that confusion "might have a negative impact on the activities of the charity".

    Chief executive Mark Davyd said: "Rather than... considering any of the moral implications of their actions... Simco and their legal representatives apparently sought a way to use the law to circumvent the trademark of the charity.

    "Maybe those young people won't be on your programmes, or your record label, but the music they create is important to them," he said in an open letter to Simon.

    We wonder if the X Factor voice-over guy will be introducing them as somehting different come Saturday night...

    What do you think? Should the band be forced to change their name or is there not really any confusion? Leave a comment below.

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    An inquest into Amy Winehouse's death has finally revealed what killed the star.

    A London court today heard that the singer was over five times the legal drink driving limit when she died earlier this year.

    The coroner ruled a 'verdict of misadventure' after finding that Amy's blood contained 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, with the legal limit being 80mg.
    However, toxicology reports showed no traces of illegal substances were found in her body.

    The court heard how three large empty bottles of vodka and one small bottle were found in her flat in Camden, and that she had not drunk for nearly a month before the day she died.

    The inquest also revealed her body guard Andrew Morris had checked in on her five hours before emergency services were called, but he did not raise the alarm - thinking she was sleeping.

    He later checked on her again at 3pm that day, and after seeing she had not moved, he called for help.

    Amy died on 23rd July 2011, after a career which saw her achieve worldwide success and critical acclaim.

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    An inquest into Amy Winehouse's death has finally revealed what killed the star.

    A London court today heard that the singer was over five times the legal drink driving limit when she died earlier this year.

    The coroner ruled a 'verdict of misadventure' after finding that Amy's blood contained 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, with the legal limit being 80mg.
    However, toxicology reports showed no traces of illegal substances were found in her body.

    The court heard how three large empty bottles of vodka and one small bottle were found in her flat in Camden, and that she had not drunk for nearly a month before the day she died.

    The inquest also revealed her body guard Andrew Morris had checked in on her five hours before emergency services were called, but he did not raise the alarm - thinking she was sleeping.

    He later checked on her again at 3pm that day, and after seeing she had not moved, he called for help.

    Amy died on 23rd July 2011, after a career which saw her achieve worldwide success and critical acclaim.

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    The doctor who treated Amy Winehouse prior to her untimely death has revealed the singer told her, "I don't want to die."

    Giving evidence at yesterday's inquest into Amy's death, GP Dr Christina Romete explained that her patient had been "tipsy but coherent" on the night before her death in July.
    Though Winehouse admitted that she didn't know whether she would stop drinking, she insisted she "did not want to die".

    Dr Romete told the inquest that, over several years, she had warned Amy about the effects of too much alcohol on the body and said the three-day binge that killed the singer after weeks of abstinence fitted a regular pattern of behaviour.

    Though Winehouse had been taking alcohol withdrawal drug Librium and sleeping tablets before her death, the inquest found they had played no part in her death.

    It was concluded that the Back to Black singer, who was found to be five times over the drink-drive limit when she passed away, had died from alcohol poisoning and a verdict of death by misadventure was recorded by coroner Suzanne Greenway.

    A statement from the Winehouse family said, "It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy. We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away - it is likely a build-up of alcohol over a number of days.

    "The inquest heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time.

    "She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence."

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    He might be the product of a talent show himself but that nice Will Young has been laying into The X Factor again.

    The 2002 Pop Idol winner, who recently suggested the X Factor is "too sensational" (as if), insists it's now all about the drama.

    Speaking to Jo Whiley in a Sky Arts interview that airs tomorrow, Will said, "It's no longer a talent show, it's a soap opera."

    He added, "The thing I find saddening is that if you look back to when I was on Pop Idol, it looks like it was shot in the 1970s.

    "It looks so old-fashioned and I'm not just talking about the tank tops I used to wear. There was something nicely naive about it."
    True enough. Back when Simon Cowell was the new Mr Nasty, the only real drama was Gareth Gates' stutter and Rik Waller dropping out.

    But things have changed since then. This year, for instance, we've already had bullying, exploitation, teenage breakdowns and judges at war.

    And last year there was the big auto-tuning scandal, news that outraged Mr Young.

    "I thought it was going to be the demise of Cowell," he revealed. "I thought, 'Brilliant!'"

    Bad luck Will... it'll take more than some nifty voice manipulation to keep Simon down.

    What do you think - do you hanker after the "naive" Pop Idol days or do you love all the X Factor drama? Leave your comments below...

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    Is there no end to Tulisa's talents? Not content with being a judge on the biggest show on telly as well as a member of N-Dubz, the X Factor judge has now branched out into flogging perfume.

    Literally, by the looks of the outfit she wore to the launch of her very own scent.

    If she wasn't gracing our TV screens every Saturday and Sunday you'd be forgiven for thinking she was just another uniform-clad member of The Perfume Shop staff spritzing unsuspecting customers as they entered the store. Co-ordinated? Much?
    But back to the scent. It's called TFB - The Female Boss - which is what Tulisa insists on showing us she has tattooed on her arm every blinkin' week on the X Factor when she does that silly little arm salute type thing. Little did we know that she was actually flogging her wares all this time.

    Speaking at the launch, she said: "I wanted a fragrance that I could relate to. Something powerful without losing its girlieness. I wanted to be able to wear it day and night. This fragrance will really give the girls the confidence to show those boys who is boss."

    Not in that outfit, love.

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    The X Factor girl group Rhythmix are no more.

    Calm down everyone, it's not because they've split, but they are changing their name after bowing to pressure from a charity of the same name who were angered after the show tried to trademark 'Rhythmix'.
    The Brighton-based children's charity had threatened legal action, and yesterday they pleaded with Simon Cowell to ensure he had the name of the group changed.

    Despite show bosses apparently telling the charity that they 'didn't care', they've now done a massive U-turn even though they weren't legally obliged to do so.

    It appears it was actually the girls themselves who were behind the decision as they did not want to cause any difficulties after the charity claimed the group's use of the name could cause a "negative impact on the activities of the charity".

    An X Factor spokesperson said: "At the request of the charity Rhythmix, the members of the girl group Rhythmix have decided to change their name, a decision which has the support of Syco and TalkbackTHAMES."

    The only problem is the girls don't seem to have come up with any sort of replacement name, yet.

    "The group's new name will be announced in due course," the X Factor bod said.

    We've always thought Rhythmix was a bit of a naff name anyway, so perhaps it's a blessing in disguise?

    Were they right to change their name? And what do you Rhythmix should call themselves now? Leave your suggestions and comments below.

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    Kylie Minogue is out of the frame for a role as a judge on the BBC's new talent show The Voice, it has been reported.

    The news comes a day after she was initially linked to the job, with a £1m offer reported to have been made by the corporation.
    But it seems that concerns about stars' inflated pay packets in our new age of austerity may have been to blame for everyone's favourite pint-sized pop princess disappearing from the frame.

    She was reported to have initially asked for £2.5m - and The Mirror quoted a BBC source as saying, "We just can't afford to pay those big salaries."

    Pop sensation Jessie J has already signed on as a judge and Black Eyed Peas mainman Will.I.Am is also reported to be in negotiations.

    Lenny Kravitz and Tom Jones have also been mentioned - and in the US the show has been a hit with Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera on board.

    Despite £1m being a big chunk of change, we have to admit to a pang of disappointment that Kylie won't be appearing.

    What do you reckon? Who should be a judge on the show? Comment below...

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    The X Factor might be losing a few viewers this year, but show bosses might take comfort in knowing that at least the calibre of their viewer is rising.

    That's right, Steven Spielberg has confessed that he became hooked on the show while he was filming in Britain - and he reckons that Simon Cowell takes it easier on the Brits than he does on Americans.
    The 64-year-old Hollywood legend, who directed such classics as Jaws, ET: The Extra Terrestrial and Schindler's List said: ""My family became completely infatuated with The X Factor. We watched it all the time.

    "I wanted to go to sleep because I was shooting but I'd wind up watching instead of sleeping. I became a sappy devotee."

    And he claimed that Simon Cowell was nicer to his fellow countrymen and women than he is to the hopefuls he has to deal with on The X Factor US (and previously American Idol).

    He continued: "I couldn't believe how nice Cowell was to his fellow Brits and how horrendous he had been to all the Americans. What an attitude adjustment!"

    Hmmm, as big fans of American Idol back in its heyday, we're not sure about that at all.

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    Fearne Cotton clearly wants the whole world to know her and boyf Jesse Wood are still in the honeymoon stage of their relationship.

    The presenter made no attempt to cover up the hickey on her neck as she turned up to film Celebrity Juice yesterday.

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    She quite happily showed off the love bite as she posed for photos with Juice fans outside the studios in London.

    Perhaps she forgot to pack concealer or a scarf in her suitcase whilst she's been darting across the country all week as part of Radio 1's Student Tour.

    Let's just hope ITV's make-up department had a reasonable stash of Touché Éclat.

    Fearne got together with Ronnie Wood's son Jesse earlier this year and they made their first public outing together at the Glastonbury Festival in July.

    A friend said at the time: "She's completely smitten. Glastonbury was their first public outing and no one realised who Jesse was even though he was quite a famous model for a time."

    Yep, we reckon their still very much smitten with each other.

    What do you think? Should Fearne have covered up her hickey or flaunted it for all to see? Leave a comment below.

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    At least we should be grateful Fearne and Jesse weren't doing it in public like these celebs.
     

     


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    Most celebrities do their best to avoid flashing their knickers in public (although try telling Lauren Goodger that) but this famous lady seems to have forgotten her skirt altogether.

    Just like Imogen Thomas last week, she obviously didn't get the memo about it being October.

    But who is the lady braving the cold?

    All more will be revealed over the jump...
    Step forward (and put on some bloomin' clothes) Kitty Brucknell.

    The singer got half-dressed for a night on the lash in London's Soho where she was accompanied by fellow X Factor hopeful Johnny Robinson.

    Despite having a night off, the pair still managed to squeeze in some singing practice at a karaoke bar before hitching a lift on a rickshaw to head to another drinking den where Kitty treated everyone to a pole dance.

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    But Kitty's turn on the pole has left X Factor bosses unimpressed. According to The Mirror, furious show producers have told her to reign in her behaviour.

    A source told the paper: 'Kitty is always pushing things to the limits but she will be in trouble over her antics.

    'She wanted to let her hair down but she went too far. Cocktails were being necked, she was pole dancing and she was grinding up against one man very provocatively.

    'The X Factor does not want its contestants linked with pole dancing or anything too raunchy and she will be told to rein it in or she will not be allowed out again.'

    That's her told, then.

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    What's this? A Destiny's Child reunion? Well, sort of.

    Kelly Rowland has made a cameo appearance in Beyoncé's video for her new single Party.

    Larking around having a jig in front of a sports car, the X Factor judge looks right at home with her former band mate.

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    Mind you, making a small appearance in a video starring Beyoncé is nothing new for Kelly. She made a career out of it whilst she was in Destiny's Child.

    Only joking Kel!

    Elsewhere in the video, Beyoncé throws a huge house party that we totally wish we were invited to, and dons an array of rather skimpy and brightly coloured outfits.

    And if you look carefully you may spot another famous lady in the video - Beyoncé's sister Solange, who spins some tunes on the decks at the party.

    There is one thing that is notably absent in all of this though - her baby bump.

    But before everyone starts speculating that she's not really preggers like some chumps have, the video was filmed in August in the early stages of her pregnancy.

    In other exciting Beyoncé baby related news, a pal has let slip that she and hubby Jay-Z are expecting a girl.

    They told American blogger Perez Hilton: "Beyoncé is thrilled she's having a daughter. She and her mother are so close, and she's wanted to have that relationship with her own child."

    Bet she's chuffed you revealed that to the world before she did.

    What do you think of Beyoncé's new vid? And are you pleased to hear she is expecting a girl? Leave a comment below.

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    There might be no love lost between Alex Reid and his former wife Katie Price since they split but I reckon even she'd approve of these snaps of her ex hubby at the launch of his new play. She does love all things pink after all.
    Alex stripped to his dinky pinkies to promote new 'stag show', Wildboyz, which is due to open at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

    The play's plot centres on a group of guys on holiday in Spain who get stranded by a volcanic ash cloud and are persuaded to stand in for a troupe of male strippers who are unable to perform.

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    Joining Alex at the press launch were his similarly embarrassed attired cast mates Marcus Patrick of Hollyoaks err, 'fame', Corrie's Danny Young and Dale Howard who *Googles 'Dale Howard'* was once on Big Brother. Hasn't he grown? etc etc?

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    Speaking about his acting debut, Alex said: "I will be living in the gym from now until we hit the road, I can't wait to get on tour and perform.

    "What really impressed me with this show is how funny it is and a great opportunity to show off - my acting skills of course. It should be a great laugh."

    If you fancy seeing Alex and the boys getting their kits off treading the boards, you'll be able to catch them from April next year.

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    He's alright with 'fit birds' and Fake Bake but how will Mark Wright cope with bush tucker trials and creepy crawlies?

    We're about to find out because the TOWIE star is reportedly I'm A Celebrity-bound.

    According to The Sun, the Essex boy is about to swap the Sugar Hut for the Australian jungle in a £60,000 reality show deal.

    Last weekend it was rumoured that he had quit The Only Way is Essex in search of bigger and better things (and more money, obviously).

    And now that he's a "proper celebrity" (so says a Sun source), Mark's hoping to cash in on his recently-found fame by signing up for any reality show going the jungle show.
    The Sun quotes a 'friend' of the Essex boy, who says, "No one makes any cash on TOWIE and [Mark's] nearly done three series now so he's been looking for new opportunities. He wants to spread his wings and do more TV stuff."

    Okay, so £60k is hardly the £200k Amy Childs was reportedly getting for Celebrity Big Brother.

    But she got her own reality show out of it so who knows where three weeks in Oz could lead Mark?

    Besides, he might just meet his perfect fame-hungry match because Imogen Thomas is rumoured to be joining him in the jungle.

    Reem.

    What do you think - will Mark become a "proper celebrity" now that he's quit TOWIE? Leave a comment below...

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    Once thing Mark Wright won't have to worry about in Oz is getting a tan. He gets his straight out of a bottle, as do these orange stars...
     

     


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    X Factor favourite Johnny Robinson is reportedly facing questions over incapacity benefits after appearing on the ITV talent show.

    According to The Sun, the 45-year-old singer has been claiming for years but his lively performances on Saturday nights have prompted welfare inspectors to reassess his claim.

    Johnny, who wowed the judges with his rendition of The Darkness' I Believe in a Thing Called Love on last weekend's show, admitted to the paper that he had been receiving payments relating to an arthritis-related condition called spondylitis.

    The condition causes inflammation of the vertebrae resulting in pain and stiffness in the spine.

    Friends insist Johnny rarely works because of the problem and takes "heavy duty painkillers" in order to cope.
    Last year, oddball Wagner Carrilho faced similar questions when it emerged he was claiming benefits for a frozen shoulder.

    Wagner's case was brought to the attention of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and since news of Johnny's claim has emerged, the MP is said to have "hit the roof" and demanded an investigation.

    The Sun reports that X Factor bosses were aware of Johnny's benefits claim but advised him to contact the Department for Work and Pensions prior to appearing on the live shows.

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    Long before Frankie had a long list of girls names tattooed on his bum, Kitty sought fame and Johnny asked Gary Barlow to rub his lantern, they were all innocent little children. Play our Guess Who? game with these childhood pics of the X Factor contestants.
     

     


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    So much for the ol' work commitments excuse.

    According to new reports, the reason Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger split was her desire to start a family.

    The globe-trotting couple parted company recently following weeks of speculation.
    And if today's Mirror newspaper is to be believed, it was Hamilton that did the dumping.

    Sources on Nicole's side say the former Pussycat Doll was keen to move their relationship to the "next level" and as early as 2008 she told the paper she would love to "have beautiful angel babies together one day".

    That day apparently came too soon for 26-year-old Lewis.

    A friend of the F1 star told The Mirror, "Lewis decided they had to part, she wanted more than he could offer at this stage in his life."

    In the wake of the break-up, Lewis said, "These times are sent to try you, it's about how you pull through. I have my family who are helping, so I feel pretty good.

    "We're friends and we can move forward. I'm trying to keep focused on business."

    Nicole, on the other hand, has reportedly been devastated by the split (despite Steve Jones's rumoured efforts to cheer her up) and was slated after this week's X Factor USA for calling her acts "yummy pumpkins" without offering any useful advice.

    A Stateside source revealed, "She's completely devastated but has no choice other than sticking a big smile on her face and going about her engagements."

    That's showbusiness.

    What do you think - if it's true, was Lewis right to sacrifice his relationship to concentrate on his career? Leave your comments below...

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    Autograph hunters take note - Omar Sharif is not a man to be messed with.

    The veteran screen legend and his notoriously short temper clearly believe patience is a virtue. And woe betide anyone who doesn't agree.

    A female fan at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar learned the hard way, apparently getting a slap for her troubles.
    The Doctor Zhivago actor was all smiles while posing for photographs on the red carpet but lost his rag when the persistent woman got a little too pushy.

    Sharif responded by slapping the young lady before telling her (according to a translation by the Daily Mail), "My dear! I told you I'd get to you afterwards. I just said that and you're standing here.

    "Put something in your brain!"

    He later apologised and dutifully posed for a photo with the apparently undeterred (and still smiling) fan.

    Back in 2003, the 79-year-old actor was given a one-month suspended sentence and a €1,500 fine for "violence towards a police officer" in Paris, and in 2007 he was ordered to take anger management classes after facing a California misdemeanour battery charge.

    Perhaps it's time for a refresher course.

    Take a look at Omar's red carpet reaction below...




    What do you make of Omar's reaction? Out of order or a storm in a teacup? Leave your comments below...

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    Getting shirty with a devoted fan is one thing - mixing it up with your fellow celebs is quite another. Check out the brave stars who let the fists fly...
     

     


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    She's Brit by name and by nature if her current tour rider is anything to go by.

    Yep, Britney has got a taste for some very British cuisine since hitting our shores on the UK leg of her Femme Fatale World Tour.
    The star requested fish, chips and mushy peas on her backstage rider ahead of her first show at London's O2, which she scoffed down before taking to the stage.

    I'm guessing those dance routines saw off the inevitable carb overload and subsequent food coma that the rest of us usually endure?

    And good old fish and chips isn't the only British food she's got a taste for either. Her rider also included requests for Marmite, Twiglets and builder's tea.

    So far, so un-Mariah right? Well, not quite. Britney also asked for a framed picture of Princess Diana. As you do.

    A source told the Mirror: "Britney adores the monarchy. Diana was in many ways her inspiration."

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    No, they're not having a baby together but Stacey Solomon and Billie Piper have both announced their (separate) pregnancies.
    Former X Factor contestant Stacey revealed she is three months pregnant with her second child.

    It will be the first child for Stacey with boyfriend Aaron Barnham, as she already has three year-old Zac from a previous relationship.

    The face of supermarket Iceland also admitted that the pregnancy was unplanned, but both her and Aaron can't wait to welcome their new arrival.

    "We are really excited," she told The Sun. "I'm really looking forward to everything, knowing I am sharing it with the person I want to spend the rest of my life with."

    Aww, bless.

    Meanwhile ex-Doctor Who star Billie, is having a more difficult time.

    While Billie is said to be 'delighted' at the news she is expecting her second child with husband Laurence Fox, she broke down in tears after having to tell a theatre director about her pregnancy.

    The actress is due to star in Reasons To Be Pretty at the Almeida Theatre which opens in two weeks and offered to withdraw from the role after finding out she was pregnant.

    "She was upset and told me she was pregnant," director Michael Attenborough said.

    "However, she was my first choice for the part - and fortunately the character is pregnant - so with a bit of judicious re-writing we're all delighted she'll be with us."

    Billie already has a three year-old son Winston with her hubby.

    We're very excited at the news of two more babies joining Celebland. We wonder if Billie and Stacey will go to antenatal classes together?

    Send your wishes to them both below.

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    Has Frankie Coccoza ever looked so sweet and innocent? The X Factor hopeful joined other contestants from the show on a visit to a children's hospice where they also filmed footage to accompany their charity single Wishing on a Star.

    The finalists spent an afternoon entertaining sick children at the Shooting Star Chase Hospice in Guildford.


    As common practice on The X Factor in recent years, all the contestants are set to release a charity single, which this year is a cover of the 1978 Rose Royce song in aid of ACT & Children's Hospices UK.

    Bad boy Frankie was particularly humbled by the experience.

    "When they first told us it would make the kids really happy for us to visit I was a bit like, 'Why do they want to see us?'. But you really do see their faces light up and it's quite emotional," he said.

    "I made friends with a little lad called Harry. We were just talking about football and normal stuff, and he's got quality clothes on! He's a cool little guy."

    Kitty Brucknell also enjoyed her time at the hospice, saying: "I have not stopped smiling the whole time I've been here. Everyone's so positive and hopeful.

    "We spend most of our time worrying about The X Factor and the littlest thing someone's said, and you come here and everything is put in perspective."

    The contestants are set to perform the single on the show on 20th November, when it will be made available for download. It will receive a full, physical release the next day.

    Are you looking forward to hearing their version of Wishing on a Star? Leave a comment below.

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