Former Spice Girls star Melanie Chisholm is so obsessed with her fitness that she finds time to exercise on Christmas Day. The British singer picked up the nickname 'Sporty Spice' when she was in the girl band for her love of exercise, and she refuses to slack off over the festive period.
She tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I suppose it's a bit unusual but I've been known to go for a jog on Christmas morning - sporty to the end! My brother is Type 1 diabetic, so exercise is a good way to help him manage the turkey and potatoes that follow.
"Other than that we're very traditional: presents as soon as we wake up, a buck's fizz, and perhaps a pint of Guinness in the pub while we're waiting for the turkey to cook. It's always been a time to see my family. Even at the height of the Spice Girls, when we had three Christmas number ones in a row, Christmas was when we always went home. There are a few arguments along the way, of course, but that's part of the experience."
Kim Kardashian did more than flash her famous rear for photographer Jean-Paul Goude's stunning new Paper magazine shoot - she posed in her birthday suit.
In shocking new pictures from the shoot, released late on Wednesday (12Nov14), one image features a smiling Kardashian showing off exactly what husband Kanye West sees in the bedroom - and she leaves nothing for the imagination.
Earlier photos featured the reality TV star showing off her ample rear from behind and catching fizz from a bottle of champagne in a glass perched on her backside as she bends over in a black gown.
The latest shots feature Kardashian stepping out of the dress and posing full frontal for Goude.
Kim Kardashian's instantly iconic butt snaps taken for the upcoming issue of Paper magazine features one shot of the socialite and reality TV star recreating a famous champagne photograph of model Carolina Beaumont from 1976. Both pictures were taken by Jean-Paul Goude, who is also famous for shooting nude celebrities, including Naomi Campbell.
The shot features a bent-over Kardashian popping the cork on a champagne bottle and arcing the bubbly fizz into a glass perched on her sticking-out rear.
Reports suggest Kardashian agreed to the the eye-catching rear-end poses as a last hurrah before attempting to fall pregnant with her second child.
Her husband Kanye West is clearly a big fan of the images - the rapper reposted a tweet his wife sent out of one of the shots, writing, "ALLDAY (sic)".
And Kardashian loves the Goude photo - she took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (12Nov14) and wrote, "And they say I didn't have a talent... try balancing a champagne glass on your a**."
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish celebrated the superstar's 67th birthday on Friday (28Mar14) by hosting the grand opening of their new Las Vegas bar. The Rocket Man hitmaker and film producer Furnish were joined by actor Nicolas Cage, legendary producer Quincy Jones, rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Kelly, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, actress Britt Ekland and funnyman David Spade, among others for the launch of FIZZ Las Vegas.
The Champagne lounge, a collaboration between Furnish and nightlife gurus Michael Greco and Steven Kennedy, is located next to Caesars Palace's famed Colosseum theatre, where Elton is currently performing a Sin City residency.
Furnish tells USA Today, "Fizz is an extension of our personal style. Spending so much time in Las Vegas with Elton's performance schedule, we wanted a space that would reflect our personal style and become an extension of the way we entertain at home."
And he tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "Once people are inside, it's very small and intimate... We bring the lights down to make it really, really chic and warm and welcoming. It's very much an extension of the way we would do things."
Elton turned 67 on 25 March (14).
Katy Perry wrapped up 2013 with two very special private gigs, including one for TV self-help guru Dr. Phil Mcgraw's wife Robin. The pop star serenaded Dr. Phil's wife at her 60th birthday party after hitting the stage as a surprise guest.
Oprah Winfrey and Vivica A. Fox reportedly attended the bash on 29 December (13) at McGraw's Beverly Hills mansion.
Two days later, Perry was in Las Vegas for a private show at Caesars Palace's Fizz, where boyfriend John Mayer watched his lady from the wings.
Katy Perry rang in 2014 on a major health kick - the backstage demands at her New Year's Eve gig in Las Vegas included fruit, vegetables and vegan treats. The pop star appears to have adopted her ex-husband Russell Brand vegan diet after requesting bosses at Caesars Palace fill her dressing room with meat-free food.
Her backstage catering demands included fresh veggies at all times, two large baskets of fruit and a vegetarian option for her crew at dinner, plus quinoa or couscous.
She also demanded that all meals were low-fat and health conscious, according to TMZ.com.
Her dressing room requirements were just as specific - Perry requested fresh organic grown fruit, fresh cut crudites (cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas & celery), healthy granola, dried figs, a large bowl of hummus and fresh guacamole.
Perry rang in the new year by performing at a private show at Caesars Palace's Fizz on Tuesday night (31Dec13) with boyfriend John Mayer watching from the wings.
Katy Perry rang in 2014 by performing at a private show in Las Vegas with boyfriend John Mayer watching from the wings. The Firework singer hit the stage at Caesars Palace's Fizz on Tuesday night (31Dec13). She and Mayer spent a few days in Sin City, checking out the opening night of Britney Spears' new show on Friday (27Dec13) and Fleetwood Mac's concert on Monday (30Dec13).
British pop star Cheryl Baker is fuming over reports some countries participating in the annual Eurovision Song Contest have paid for their votes. An investigation has been launched after Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, who came 19th out of 26 finalists in the competition in May (13), alleged she overheard Russian officials demanding to know why they didn't receive the votes they bought.
An executive from an unnamed country also told a Swedish newspaper this week (beg09Sep13) that he knew of nations offering to strike deals in exchange for support in the competition.
Baker, who scooped the prestigious trophy in 1981 with her group Bucks Fizz, admits she is horrified by rumours of rigging.
In an opinion column for Britain's Daily Mirror, she writes, "You'll always get people voting for their neighbour, but taking money, I think that's shocking, a travesty. It's turning a really joyous occasion into something really sordid and nasty.
"The ones who have won in the last few years have been good, but if it's down to vote-rigging then something needs to be done. If there is video evidence of people trying to vote-rig, then that country needs to be banned. If they sit back and let it happen, it isn't a competition at all. The actual show is fantastic, it's the voting that makes us groan and lets it down."
Former Bucks Fizz star Mike Nolan wants Britain to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest, insisting: "We will never win it again." The singer and his bandmates Bobby G, Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston scooped the prestigious trophy in 1981 with their catchy, chart-topping hit Making Your Mind Up.
But he is adamant it's time Britain bowed out of the annual pop competition for good, accusing judges of persecuting the U.K. for political reasons.
Nolan tells WENN, "In my opinion, I think the U.K. should pull out of it. I really do, I just don't see the point in doing it. If they enjoy doing it and they want to put someone in every year so they're in it every year, then yeah, go ahead. But I think the time comes when people don't want to do it.
"With us, we did it and it was really exciting. It was all down to the jury and you got a kick out of it. But now I think they should call it the Eurovision Entertainment Contest because the songs that win it are just terrible. The U.K. will never win it. I just don't think we ever will win it again. I don't think so, I really don't."
Nolan blames the voting system for warping Eurovision into a politics showdown, and fears 1980s star Bonnie Tyler, who is flying the flag for the U.K. this year (13), has no hope of walking away with the crown.
He adds, "She's not going to win. It's nothing to do with Bonnie at all, Bonnie's an excellent singer. It's just that with this Eurovision thing now, it's all political."
The U.K. has triumphed at Eurovision five times since it was launched in 1956, last taking home the trophy in 1997. This year's (13) competition takes place on Saturday (18May13).
Former Bucks Fizz star Mike Nolan included his favourite childhood song on his debut solo album as a special tribute to his late parents. The British singer ventured into the studio last year (12) to record In My Life, a collection of 1960s and '70s classics he listened to while recovering from a horrific coach crash in 1984.
Nolan suffered severe memory problems as a result of the accident, but the songs featured on his new album were the ones that never left him.
He tells WENN, "I had terrible problems with my memory after the crash. The present songs (that were popular) at the time, I didn't really know them but all the past songs I remembered. So I started really listening to them more and more. The whole idea behind it (the album) was to show how I recouped. It was a way of recouping after the accident, which really set me back a lot."
One track in particular, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, holds a lot of sentimental meaning for Nolan as his parents sang it to him as a boy.
He adds, "My parents, Lord rest them, used to sing it to us when we were kids. It stuck in my mind and when we put the album together, I said, 'There is one song I'd like to put on...' It's very, very well known in Ireland, everyone sings it over there. I put it on there and I've had a few messages (from fans) saying, 'It made me cry! It reminded me of somebody.' I think, Oh God I didn't mean to do that... It's a compliment really."