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).
Former Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell didn't quit the group because she was feuding with bandmate Melanie Brown, according to Scary Spice herself. Halliwell's shock departure in 1996 marked the beginning of the end of the girl power superstars, and a spat with Mel B has often been cited as the reason behind the split.
But now Brown is keen to set the record straight once and for all as she continues to fight for a second Spice Girls reunion tour with or without Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham, who insists she's finished with the group for good.
During a chat with U.S. TV host Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (06Aug14), the singer-turned-TV personality said, "I don't think it was my feud (that led to the split). I think she had some stuff going on in her head... I don't think she could take the pressure. She actually talked about it in her book and she just bounced."
But Mel B admits Halliwell's timing could have been better: "She happened to have left on my birthday. What a b**ch!"
And, during a grilling about her life as a Spice Girl, Mel B confessed that she and rap kingpin Diddy are now gym buddies after he upset her at an awards show.
She recalled, "I did have an argument with Puff Daddy... He yelled at me to get off the stage when I was hosting this awards show... I said, 'Come over here and say that to my face', and then we got into a bit of an 'f you' kind of scenario.
"Now I see him at SoulCycle (gym) and he's fine. He's like, 'Hey Mel, how are you?' It's all cool."
The U.K. version of The X Factor is set to air in the U.S., months after the American edition of the talent show was cancelled. Executives at America's Fox network axed Simon Cowell's singing competition after only three seasons earlier this year (Feb14), but now bosses at music entertainment channel AXS TV are hoping to find success by airing the upcoming 11th season of The X Factor U.K. in the U.S.
Series creator Cowell served as a judge on the celebrity panel in the U.K. from 2004 until 2010, when he left the show to help launch the American version.
Cowell returned to the U.K. edition this year (14), and is also joined by Spice Girls star Melanie Brown and pop singer Cheryl Cole on the judges' panel.
Unlike the American version which failed to garner high ratings, The X Factor has been a hit in Britain, and will return on 30 August (14), with the U.S. premiere one day later on 31 August (14).
A representative for comedian Eddie Murphy has denied a U.S. tabloid report suggesting he is set to become a father for the ninth time. Sources tell Star magazine the Shrek star's girlfriend, 35-year-old model Paige Butcher, is pregnant with the couple's first child and, according to an insider, the pair is planning to wed before the tot is born.
The source says, "She (Butcher) made it clear that she wants to be married before having their baby, so they're hashing out a prenup before announcing anything."
However, Murphy's spokesman has shot down the story, simply telling WENN the report is "not true".
Murphy, 53, has five children with his first wife Nicole, while he also has a son by each of his exes Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely, in addition to a daughter, named Angel, with former Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown.
The actor has been dating blonde beauty Butcher since 2012.
"I always am gonna live in hope that there's a Spice Girls reunion, but that's just me. You have to convince the other four, but we'll see... I don't think it's a question of no, it's a question of when." Singer Melanie Brown is confident the Wannabe hitmakers will reunite again in the future, even though former bandmate Victoria Beckham recently ruled out ever returning to the stage with her fellow Wannabe hitmakers.
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).
Victoria Beckham has officially ruled herself out of any future Spice Girls reunions, insisting her appearance at the London Olympics was her last with the band. The Wannabe hitmakers, who first split in 2000, reunited for a world tour in 2007 and 2008 and teamed up once again for a special performance at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in 2012.
The Spice Girls are reportedly considering a deal to hit the road with the Backstreet Boys to mark their 20th anniversary in the U.K. later this year (14), and bandmate Melanie Chisholm recently revealed they might tour as a quartet because Beckham is no longer interested in returning to her pop roots alongside Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell.
Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, said, "We've talked about it (a reunion). Victoria doesn't want to, which we completely understand. We are so proud of her and her incredible foray into fashion; it's incredible what she's achieved as a designer. The four of us could consider it maybe. We have Victoria's blessing to do that."
And now Beckham has made it clear she will never perform as a member of the Spice Girls ever again. Making the declaration in a 40 Facts About Me survey for People magazine, she writes, "I appeared for the last time with the Spice Girls at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games."
Beckham previously admitted she had simply become too busy to juggle motherhood and her fashion career with another reunion tour after their 2008 trek left her exhausted.
Former Spice Girls star Emma Bunton has invited Emma Stone to her house after learning the actress is a huge fan of the group. The Amazing Spider-Man star famously cried when she received a video message from Melanie Brown during a radio show last month (Mar14), and she proved her fan chops by replicating the Spice Girls stars' signatures on U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week (ends06Apr14).
Band member Melanie Chisholm heard of her behaviour and phoned in to Capital Radio station in London on Wednesday (09Apr14), where Stone was being interviewed.
During the chat, Chisholm said, "I've got a message for you, I spoke to Emma (Bunton) earlier and she said hi, I know she's your favourite. She said she still has all of her baby doll dresses, if you ever want to pop round and try them on."
Stone, who screamed when her idol's face appeared and was shaking throughout the message, replied, "Yes I would love to, I'm so happy to meet you. Thank you for calling!"
Actress Emma Stone was overcome with emotion during an interview in Australia when she received a personal message from former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown. The Amazing Spider-Man star joined the hosts of Sydney's 2Day FM to talk about her new superhero sequel and fought back tears when she realised she came close to meeting her pop idol, who often hosts a show on the station.
Stone's voice trembled as presenters Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk apologised for the singer's absence before playing her a personalised message from Brown.
The actress said, "Wait, Mel B could have been here? I'm going to cry. Oh my God, is Mel B talking to me? I'm so excited, I'm legitimately crying. I'm the biggest Spice Girls fan ever."
In the video message, Brown challenged her superfan to sing a Spice Girls song, and Stone battled to keep her emotions under control to perform a rendition of the rap from the group's breakthrough track Wannabe.
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown poured her own cash into recording sessions for her comeback single. The singer released a one-off track, For Once In My Life, last year (13) and its success has encouraged her to get back in the studio to make a follow-up to her 2005 album L.A. State of Mind.
Brown has now revealed she funded the creation of her comeback track herself, telling Britain's OK magazine, "I decided I wanted to do more music after taping America's Got Talent (in 2013). I actually got in the studio that night, recorded the song and released it eight days later. We did it all in-house and I funded it myself, so I only had myself to answer to."
Brown is now hoping to find time to record a whole album, adding, "It's just about finding a beat that I like and taking time out to do it. Sometimes it's a two-second process and sometimes it's a two-week process. You have to find the right producers and co-writers, then the good ones are always busy."