British pop star Alesha Dixon has become a first-time mum after giving birth to a baby daughter last week (ends04Oct13). The singer, who also acts as a judge on reality TV show Britain's Got Talent, welcomed baby Azura Sienna with her boyfriend, dancer Azuka Onony.
Dixon announced the happy news on her Twitter.com page on Monday (07Oct13) while celebrating her own birthday, writing, "Thank you for all of your lovely birthday messages! I've had the best present in the world... My baby girl Azura Sienna was born last week!!! I'm elated and over the moon."
British pop star Alesha Dixon is pregnant with her first child. The singer, who also serves as a judge on reality TV show Britain's Got Talent, will welcome the baby with her boyfriend, dancer Azuka Ononye, later this year (13).
Her representative says, "Alesha and Azuka are looking forward to this happy chapter in their lives and would request privacy to enjoy this happy and most important event."
Dixon began dating Ononye last year (12) after a long friendship. She was previously wed to British rapper MC Harvey, but the couple split in 2006 after he was caught having an affair with fellow singer Javine Hylton following just one year of marriage.
The Little Britain star began working with Cowell when they both appeared on the judging panel of U.K. TV show Britain's Got Talent, which wrapped up last month (May12).
Walliams has now begun writing his fifth children's book and reveals his most devious character was inspired by Cowell.
He says, "It's about a little girl who befriends a rat and this one has a really evil villain in it, so he's the one who wants to turn that rat into a burger.
"It's based on someone who was on Britain's Got Talent... and it's not (fellow judges) Amanda Holden or Alesha Dixon."
When asked whether his fictional bad guy could ever be as evil as Cowell, Walliams quipped, "I'd like to but it's hard to outstrip reality."
allet legend Darcey Bussell has signed up to replace British pop star Alesha Dixon on the judging panel of U.K. talent contest Strictly Come Dancing. Dixon was poached by Simon Cowell for his Britain's Got Talent series after three years on the popular BBC programme.
Carmen Electra will step in to cover British TV presenter/actress Amanda Holden on the judging panel of Britain's Got Talent this week (begs06Feb12). Holden is taking time off from the show following the traumatic birth of her second daughter last month (Jan12) and Electra will take her place - alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon - at the London round of auditions from Monday (06Feb12).
The Britain's Got Talent judge delivered Hollie Rose on Monday (23Jan12), but a complication left the new mum in a critical condition for three days.
Her representative confirmed the birth on Wednesday (25Jan12), when doctors finally pronounced Holden out of danger - and her celebrity pals have reached out to the star to give her their well-wishes as she recovers in hospital.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Cowell writes, "Congratulations, thrilled for Amanda Holden", while Morgan adds, "So happy for Amanda Holden & (husband) Chris on the birth of Hollie Rose."
Walliams reveals his fellow Britain's Got Talent judges - Cowell and Alesha Dixon - were terrified when they learned Holden had been taken ill following the birth.
He says, "It's fantastic news, we were all worried when we were doing the show after hearing she was in hospital. We heard she hasn't been well, but I don't know more than that."
This is how you know that the Obamas are a family of the people: First Lady Michelle Obama will be making a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly, which stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay, the young host of a popular web series. Mrs. Obama's presence on the series is not as out-of-nowhere as it may seem at first glance. The main character's unseen father is an Air Force colonel stationed perpetually overseas, and in the episode in question, Carly and her friends (Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress) will make an effort to extend their appreciation for Col. Shay via the web series. The sentiment of this episode is in concordance with the First Lady's Joining Forces movement, which is an initiative to afford gratitude, support and opportunities to military officers and their families. Joining the First Lady on the iCarly episode will be Saturday Night Live featured player Taran Killam, who will be portraying her no-nonsense Secret Service agent. The episode will air on Monday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon...and word has it, Mrs. Obama will be doing some dancing. -EW
Simon Cowell has made quite a mark on America, but his heart still belongs to the United Kingdom. Cowell will be returning to his homeland and to his judging position on Britain's Got Talent. He will assume his seat on the panel this Spring, beside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Williams. Judges David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre will not be returning to the show for its new series. Cowell's reasons for returning are primarily personal: "I miss Britain and I miss the British public and I miss judging them. I want to find the next generation of talent in 2012...I came back because most importantly I want to change the perception of the show. I love originality, I love great singers, I love great comedians. I love things I've never seen before. Everyone thinks I hate magicians, well I hate bad magicians, but I'd love to find a great magician. I'd like to find the next N*Sync or the next Backstreet Boys, the next Justin Bieber. I've always dreamt about finding a dog who can play guitar. And we've failed. So I want talented dogs. I really want one that can dance or can play an instrument." Live auditions for the upcoming series of Britain's Got Talent will begin Jan. 22. -THR
Hot in Cleveland is upping its class with a new, particularly vibrant guest casting move: Liza Minelli will be joining Betty White, Wendy Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli on the TVLand sitcom. Minelli will be playing the agent of Malick's character Victoria, an aspiring actress. All generations should be glad to hear of this—Liza wowed the '70s with Cabaret, delighted the '80s with Arthur, and dominated the post-millenium as Arrested Development's Lucille 2. Hot in Cleveland airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TVLand. -TVLine
NBC is working on two new pilots that touch upon the elements of science-fiction. The first is titled Beautiful People, and is set in a world where humans and lifelike androids coexist in a world where the latter are abused and mistreated as functioning members of society. NBC has cast James Murray of Chaos and Patrick Heusinger of Royal Pains to star as a successful human and a "defective" Mechanical (which means he can feel certain "forbidden" emotions) respectively. The second pilot is a comedy/sci-fi project called Isabel, and will star young Sophia Mitri Schloss (Grimm, Ira Finklestein's Christmas) as the title character: a girl with magical abilities and the youngest member of a hostile middle-class family. -Deadline, Deadline
The soccer ace took two of his sons, Brooklyn and Romeo, to The Sun newspaper's annual Military Awards, which recognises the contributions of troops.
Beckham applauded Flight Lieutenant Mike Anderson, who won the Most Outstanding Airman award for enduring a gun and mortar attack to reach six Afghan children, declaring, "Everyone is very proud of the guys who put their lives on the line for their country. It's a great night to honour the brave."
Prince William's wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was moved to tears by the soldiers' stories, while her husband told Sergeant Ryan McCready, the recipient of the the Most Outstanding Soldier award, "You exemplify the unique qualities that make the British soldier second to none."
Walliams also presented an award and said, "It's an honour to be here. These guys really risk their lives for their country."
Other guests included McFly rocker Harry Judd, as well as singers Alesha Dixon, Myleene Klass and Peter Andre.