Actor Robert Pattinson was left in awe of his sister Lizzy when she recently tried out for The X Factor in the U.K.
The Twilight star's elder sibling showed off her own skills during an audition for the upcoming season of the hit talent show, and even passed the first round in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Melanie Brown and Louis Walsh.
Pattinson couldn't be more proud of his sister, gushing to The Huffington Post, "I'm like, so ridiculously proud of her. I would never have the balls to do that, ever, in a million years. I can't believe she's done it. So, it's amazing."
In addition to loaning her voice to a number of dance tracks in the early 2000s, Lizzy also contributed background vocals to the Twilight scores. The 11th season of The X Factor in the U.K. kicks off later this month (Aug14).
British pop star Cheryl Cole and her new husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini hosted a black and white-themed bash in London on Monday night (21Jul14) to celebrate their surprise nuptials earlier this month (Jul14). The Fight For This Love hitmaker tied the knot with her boyfriend of three months on the Caribbean island of Mustique, with only her mother Joan Callaghan and assistant Lily England among the handful of guests at the secret ceremony.
On Monday night, Cole had a much larger guest list as 80 of the couple's friends and family attended a party celebrating the nuptials at private members' club The Library in the British capital.
Among the invitees were Cole's former Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts and mother-to-be Kimberley Walsh, as well as The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes and husband, former JLS star Marvin Humes. Cole's The X Factor boss Simon Cowell was also expected at the party, and most of the guests arrived in monochrome attire.
Cole was photographed arriving hand-in-hand with her new husband wearing a black strapless floor-length gown while Fernandez-Versini matched in an all black suit.
British pop star Melanie Brown has been unveiled as a new judge on British TV talent show The X Factor. The news was confirmed by a representative from Simon Cowell's company Syco in a Twitter.com post on Wednesday (11Jun14), in which it was announced the former Spice Girls star will join Cowell, long-standing judge Louis Walsh, and singer Cheryl Cole for the 2014 series.
Brown - known as Mel B during her pop star heyday - previously appeared as a guest judge on the show in 2012 and has served on The X Factor Australia and America's Got Talent, which are both run by Cowell's company.
The singer says, "I've always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that's what I'm going to bring more of this year. Whether it's spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who's got it wrong. Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."
Cowell adds, "I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor."
Auditions for the new series are set to begin on Monday (16Jun14).
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British pop star Leona Lewis celebrated her 29th birthday on Thursday night (03Apr14) by throwing a kooky party in London complete with mini-lookalikes and circus performers. The singer headed to the Cirque le Soir nightspot in the British capital to mark her big day, and her party was themed around her biggest hit single, Bleeding Love.
Guests included her mentor Simon Cowell and music manager Louis Walsh, and the entertainment featured circus performers and transvestite Chrissy Darling, who was dressed as Lewis in her Bleeding Love video.
The event also featured dwarves dressed as Lewis, Cowell and Walsh, who presented the star with a lavish birthday cake.
An onlooker tells WENN, "Leona and her friends were all getting into the spirit of the night by wearing elaborate headpieces and dancing on the tables as a steady stream of circus performers strutted their stuff in front of them.
"They started off with a pair of contortionists, before break dancers, cross-dressers and even a giant all came out to wish her happy birthday. And she was amazed when a strong-man folded a frying pan in front of her eyes, before bending a thick iron bar into a heart shape and presenting it to her as a gift."
During the event, Lewis also frolicked in a ball pool with her friends and later enjoyed an afterparty at a nearby nightclub.
New mum FERGIE is reportedly in talks to join the judging panel of Britain's The X Factor talent show. Reports suggest the the Black Eyed Peas singer is poised to join Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole on the show. If she signs on she'll be competing with bandmate will.i.am, who is a judge on rival show The Voice in Britain and Australia.
Simon Cowell has fuelled speculation British pop star Cheryl Cole is set to return to his hit U.K. TV show The X Factor. Former Girls Aloud star Cole was a mentor on the programme but was famously dropped by Cowell from the first season of the U.S. version of the show in 2011 after filming just two audition rounds.
Cowell tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "She was a really, really good judge. I mean, she took what she did seriously. She used to phone me almost every night - one, two, three o'clock in the morning, talking about songs and what she should be doing.
"That's the kind of judge you want to be working with on these shows, because they really care. I hope we're going to get the chance to work together. We have to find a way because we had a lot of fun."
Cole reportedly received $2.1 million (£1.4 million) in an out of court settlement after she sued executives at Blue Orbit Productions, the team behind the show, for loss of earnings following her exit from the U.S. programme.
Reports of Cole's return to the British contest began to spread after current judges, Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh announced their plans to quit after the 2013 show.
Give Martin Freeman an empty room and he'll give you comedy. The best parts of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — an admittedly mishandled movie in large — involved his subdued grimaces, his Chaplinian waddling, and the way he carried himself with equal parts neurosis and snark in every scene. If there is one primary misstep of An Unexpected Journey's terrifically improved sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, it is the spiritual absence of Bilbo Baggins.
Freeman's good-natured but disgruntled Hobbit takes a backseat to the Dwarf team in this chapter of Peter Jackon's three-part saga, distributing the heavy lifting among the front lines of the bearded mooks. Thankfully, we're not shafted with too much "Thorin's destiny" backstory, instead focusing on the trek forward, through far more interesting terrain than we got last time around. The Dwarves voyage through a trippy woodland that'll conjur fond memories of The Legend of Zelda's unnavigable forest levels and inside the borders of Lake-town, a man-occupied working class monarchy that is more vivid and living than any place we have seen yet in the series. And while Unexpected Journey's goblin caverns might have been cool to look at, none of the quests in Desolation feel nearly as close to a tangential detour. Every step the Dwarves take is one that beckons us closer to the central, increasingly engaging story.
Desolation is not entirely without its curiosities. While Gandalf's mission to meet the Necromancer serves to connect the Hobbit trilogy to the Lord of the Rings movies, the occasional cuts over to the wizard's pursuits are primarily distracting and just a bit dull. Although we're happy to welcome the Elf race back into our Middle-earth adventures, it's easy to imagine a version of this story that didn't involve side characters like Legolas and Kate... I mean, Tauriel... and still felt whole (perhaps even more cohesive). The latter's love affair with hot Dwarf Kili seems like a last minute addition to the canon, and one not built on anything beyond the cinematic rule that two sexually compatible attractive people should probably have something brewing alongside all the action.
But the most egregious of crimes committed by Desolation is, unquestionably, the shafting of Bilbo Baggins to secondary status. Yes, he proves himself a savior to his fellow travelers four times in the film, but long stretches of action go by without so much as a word from the wide-eyed burglar. When he finally takes center stage in his theatrical face-off with Smaug — an exercise in double-talk reminiscent of Oedipus outsmarting the Sphinx — the film picks up with a new, cool energy, with a chilling fun laced around the impending doom of their back-and-forth. We've been waiting since the first frames of Unexpected to see how the dragon material will pay off, and it does in spades... albeit in the final third of Desolation, but with equal parts gravitas and fun, to reunite us with our Tolkien passions once more.
Benedict Cumberbatch's dragon doesn't do much to subvert expectation — he's slithering, sadistic, vain, manipulative, and vaguely Londonian. But tradition feels good here. Smaug's half hour spent toying with the mousey Bilbo (who does get a chance to showcase his aptitude at small-scale physical comedy here) is terrific in every way.
Its Hobbit problem aside, Desolation proves itself worthy of Bilbo's past proclamation. "I'm going on an adventure!" more than pays off here, in the form of mystifying boat rides, edge-of-your-seat efforts in dragon slaying, and the most joyful action set piece we've seen in years. Twelve Dwarves, twelve barrels, and one roaring river amounts for enough fun to warrant your trip to the theater for this latest outing into Middle-earth.
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Simon Cowell has promised fans he will return to the panel of his hit U.K. show The X Factor. The music mogul left his pet project behind in 2011 to launch an American version, leaving Gary Barlow in charge as head judge.
The show has struggled to maintain its huge audience since his departure, and now he has vowed to return after he signed a new three-year deal for the series with bosses at Britain's ITV network.
He tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "I will (return) at some point. I still miss that, I mean that show is my baby and that last year we did which was the One Direction year was the most fun I've had - it was fantastic. When I look back at the clips now and remind myself about it, it was a really cool year that."
Cowell has also hinted Cheryl Cole, who he took to the U.S. X Factor with him before she was ditched by TV bosses, could return alongside him, as well as pop star Rita Ora.
He adds, "Cheryl and I patched up our differences a long time ago. I saw her recently, we speak a lot on the phone and text each other, and I think both of us would like the idea of working together again.
"She was a great judge. I mean, apart from being cute she's a great judge and she knows what she's talking about and, oh my God, she wears her heart on her sleeve! I met with Rita at my house recently and I was really, really impressed with her and you just know she's a future star."
The show's current judging line-up is Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, who returned to the project five years after quitting.
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has a new target in her sights following her online bust-up with MILEY CYRUS - she has accused Simon Cowell of ruining the music industry. A war of words erupted between O'Connor and Cyrus this week (begs30Sep13) when the Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker penned an open letter to the controversial 20 year old, advising her to stop stripping off and acting provocatively on stage and in her videos.
Cyrus nonchalantly hit back by comparing her to troubled actress Amanda Bynes before uploading a string of Tweets O'Connor wrote in 2012 when she was dealing with a bout of depression.
O'Connor angrily attacked the star in a further two letters, accusing her of mocking the mentally ill and threatening her with legal action - and now she has unleashed her fury at another pop hot shot.
Appearing on Ireland's The Late Late Show on Friday (04Oct13), the star singled out Cowell and his pal Louis Walsh, insisting they have wreaked havoc on the music industry with their talent shows and manufactured acts.
She told host Ryan Turbridy, "I think the important thing to say is there's a certain alarm that needs to get rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree, music is being murdered, rock and roll is being murdered.
"The power of rock and roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all of this worship of fame, Pop Idol, X Factor, all this stuff.
"People like Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh - who doesn't even know how to burn a CD as of the last time I saw him - deciding what records should sound like, and deciding who gets to be famous and who doesn't."