British Soap Awards 2012: Michelle Keegan and Brooke Vincent pictures

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The Corrie and Hollyoaks leading ladies stole the style show at this years British Soap Awards.

Doing it for the cobbles were Michelle Keegan, who went for a stunning midnight blue long backless frock, while Brooke Vincent also followed the backless trend in a purple plunge neck number.

Samia Smith kept it safe, yet stylish, in a simple black frock.

Over in the ‘Oaks camp Jennifer Metcalfe showed off her curves in a turquoise long bodycon frock, while Claire Cooper went for a slinky silver number. Anna Shaffer also stood out in a red vintage lace short frock.

Flying the fashion flag for Eastenders was Preeya Kalidas who went for a racey red strapless frock with empire line styling and Shona McGarty kept it simple in a black frock.

Making a special appearance was Emma Bunton who also kept it simple in a black batwing dress.

See the winners of the British Soap Awards below (via Digital Spy) SEXIEST FEMALE (Last year’s winner was Michelle Keegan, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) – WINNER EastEnders: Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning) EastEnders: Preeya Kalidas (Amira Masood) Hollyoaks: Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen)

SEXIEST MALE (Last year’s winner was Scott Maslen, EastEnders) Coronation Street: Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth) EastEnders: Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) – WINNER Emmerdale: Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) Hollyoaks: Danny Mac (Dodger Savage) VILLAIN OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was Emmett Scanlan, Hollyoaks) Coronation Street: Andrew Lancel (Frank Foster) – WINNER EastEnders: Ace Bhatti (Yusef Khan) EastEnders: Joshua Pascoe (Ben Mitchell) Hollyoaks: Jeff Rawle (Silas Blissett)

BEST ACTOR (Last year’s winner was Danny Miller, Emmerdale) Coronation Street: Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) EastEnders: Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) – WINNER Hollyoaks: Emmett Scanlan (Brendan Brady)

BEST ACTRESS (Last year’s winner was Jessie Wallace, EastEnders) Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor) – WINNER EastEnders: Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop) EastEnders: Nina Wadia (Zainab Masood) Hollyoaks: Karen Hassan (Lynsey Nolan)

BEST BRITISH SOAP (Last year’s winner was EastEnders) Coronation Street Doctors EastEnders – WINNER Emmerdale Hollyoaks

Panel-voted categories:

BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Patti Clare, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Stephanie Cole (Sylvia Goodwin) – WINNER Doctors: Jan Pearson (Karen Hollins) EastEnders: Tameka Empson (Kim Fox) Hollyoaks: Joe Tracini (Dennis Savage)

BEST YOUNG PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Alexander Bain, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Alexander Bain (Simon Barlow) Doctors: Charlie Kenyon (Cameron Waterhouse) EastEnders: Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning) – WINNER Emmerdale: Eden Taylor-Draper (Belle Dingle)

SPECTACULAR SCENE OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was The Tram Crash, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Carla’s car crash EastEnders: Fire at the B&B Emmerdale: John and Moira’s car accident – WINNER Hollyoaks: Rae’s murder

BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP (Last year’s winners were Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, EastEnders) Doctors: Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh (Daniel Granger and Zara Carmichael) EastEnders: Jake Wood and Jo Joyner (Max Branning and Tanya Jessop) – WINNER Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley and Emma Atkins (Cain Dingle and Charity Sharma) Hollyoaks: Ashley Taylor Dawson and Jessica Fox (Darren and Nancy Osborne)

BEST NEWCOMER (Last year’s winner was Emmett Scanlan, Hollyoaks) Coronation Street: Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames) – WINNER Doctors: Lu Corfield (Freya Wilson) EastEnders: Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning) Emmerdale: Gemma Oaten (Rachel Breckle)

BEST EXIT (Last year’s winner was Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald) – WINNER EastEnders: Pam St Clement (Pat Evans) Emmerdale: James Thornton (John Barton) Hollyoaks: Kim Tiddy (Heidi Costello)

BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Jane Danson, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor) Doctors: Owen Brenman (Heston Carter) EastEnders: Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop) – WINNER Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle)

BEST STORYLINE (Last year’s winner was End of the line for the Websters and Dobbs, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Carla’s ordeal Doctors: Lauren’s murder EastEnders: The Brannings deal with Tanya’s cancer diagnosis Emmerdale: Jackson’s choice – WINNER

BEST SINGLE EPISODE (Last year’s winner was Coronation Street Live) Coronation Street: Becky’s Final Farewell – WINNER Doctors: ‘Last Words’ EastEnders: Pat: The End of an Era Emmerdale: The Longest Day

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Last year’s winner was Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street) Pam St Clement (EastEnders) – WINNER

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Last year’s winner was Gavin Blyth, Emmerdale) Simon Ashdown (EastEnders) – WINNER

You can see the British Soap Awards on ITV1, Wednesday May 2nd.

It’s reality TV war as Britain’s Got Talent takes on The Voice in ITV/BBC battle

Singer Jessie J: one of the judges on the BBC’s The Voice

So the gloves are off this weekend as a new series of Britain’s Got Talent goes head to head with the Beeb’s latest reality TV show, The Voice – in which the deal is you get to hear the singers without actually seeing what they look like.

Yesterday saw the official launch of a new series of Britain’s Got Talent which marks the return of music supremo Simon Cowell to the UK as well as a new judging panel, including comedian and swimmer David Walliams and singer Alesha Dixon – poached of course from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Word on the street is that Britain’s Got Talent is a little slicker than before and the acts – at least from the first episode – are a little less ‘out there’ (which sounds a bit of a shame as I liked the more bizarre ones).

Speaking at yesterday’s BGT launch,  Cowell claimed that he is ready for a battle with the BBC and denied accusations that he wanted Tom Jones – one of The Voice’s judging panel – to work for him.

“I think [The Voice] have got themselves in a mess,” said Cowell. “They need to get their sense of humour back.

“I read one thing today and I want to clear the record up. It was intimated that Tom Jones had been offered a role on one of my shows.

“I met the guy once in Vegas and I think the show he must have been talking about was Opportunity Knocks. It wasn’t one of my shows. He might have got the names confused.”

He added: “They are winding this up to be a big battle, but it’s not. The shows go out at the same time and the better one wins.

The Voice airs on BBC1, 7pm and Britain’s Got Talent starts ITV1, 8pm

RIP Frank Carson. It was the way he told them

Frank Carson, who has died, aged 85. Image: PA

Much loved comedian Frank Carson died today, aged 85, his agent has announced.

The Belfast-born stand up, famous for his catchphrase ‘It’s the way I tell them’ had been battling stomach cancer for some time. He passed away this morning at home near Blackpool, Lancs.

The Irish comic rose to fame in the 1960s after winning talent show Opportunity Knocks three times.

A spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Frank Carson.

“Frank will be remembered for being a wonderful stand-up comedian from the golden era of light entertainment on television shows such as The Comedians, Tiswas, Opportunity Knocks and many, many more.”

He added: “His audience and friends alike will remember him as a genuine, kind-hearted and generous man who was also very funny because of ‘the way he told ’em’.

“We will remember him as one of the nicest people in showbiz, a gentleman and a friend.”

Plans are being made for a funeral in his home town of Belfast.

Via Daily Mirror

X Factor 2011: Janet Devlin gets the boot, at last

Janet Devlin: the Irish singer wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea

Though widely tipped to win the competition, it always looked like Janet Devlin was going to struggle after last night’s terrible live performances on The X Factor.

Claiming she was sick, the Irish warbler managed to forget the lyrics to her ‘guilty pleasure’, Hanson’s Mmm Bopp – a song with only about five words in it. Sure, she picked it up for her second ‘hero’ performance of the night, Red Chilli Peppers’ Under The Bridge but she was still a long way short of her slicker opposition.

But this is Janet Devlin who somehow had managed to avoid being voted in the bottom two since the competition began despite several poor and bland performances in recent weeks. So when she was voted into the bottom two tonight (November 27th, 2011) I did think that maybe she would be lucky once again.

Predictably enough her sing-off was against Misha B who is no stranger to these events, having finished in the bottom two three times. And while Devlin’s choice of a Snow Patrol number was perfect for her strange, ethereal voice – and she performed it well – it was no match for Misha B who looked and sounded every bit like a natural performer during the sing off.

In the end, both Louis and Tulisa’s votes to send Janet home proved to be enough to finish her off after Kelly decided to abstain (in any case Gary Barlow would have voted to send Janet packing too).

So who next to leave the stage? Though I think Marcus and Misha are the best singers and performers in the competition it’s difficult to imagine that Misha can go all the way with the public so divided over her (she still hasn’t got over those stories of bullying in the press).  I reckon, then, the final will be Amelia Lily, Marcus and girl group Little Mix and that Marcus will be crowned the overall winner.

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I’m A Celebrity 2011. TOWIE’s Mark Wright named favourite ahead of Dougie Poynter and Antony Cotton

 

TOWIE star Mark Wright (pictured above)  has been tipped to be this year’s King of the Jungle after the line-up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here was unveiled.

The 24-year-old is the bookies’ early favourite to win the competition, with William Hill offering odds of 7/2 on him surviving until the end.

McFly bassist Dougie Poynter (pictured above), who will celebrate his 24th birthday Down Under, is second favourite at 9/2.

The boyband star is looking forward to his jungle experience, saying: “I am really into nature and Sir David Attenborough is a god to me.”

McFly’s Dougie Poynter is the bookies’ second favourite to win

It’s all about the boys this year, as camp Corrie star Antony Cotton is the 5/1 third favourite.

Other stars in with a chance of victory are Jessica-Jane Clement (8/1), Freddie Starr (10/1) and Fatima Whitbread (12/1).

Via Daily Mirror:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2011/11/10/i-m-a-celebrity-2011-towie-star-mark-wright-is-early-favourite-to-win-115875-23552294/#ixzz1dJrhk7S9

See I’m  A Celebrity Gallery below:

 

Simon Cowell furious with X Factor after it’s beaten by Strictly Come Dancing in ratings

Tulisa mentored boyband Nu Vibe. Voted out in last night’s X Factor show

Simon Cowell is reportedly “furious” after The X Factor lost more than two million viewers.  The music mogul – who is still in charge of the ITV1 talent show despite quitting the judging panel to concentrate on the US version – has told producers to “sort it out” because he doesn’t think enough attention is being given to the acts.

He is also expected to speak to the judges – Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh – to tell them to up their game.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Simon is furious. This would never have happened on his watch and he wants the team to know this and sort it out.

“He knows there is great talent on the show, but he thinks the attention to detail has been shocking. The acts are not being showcased at their best.

“Say what you like about Simon, but he spends ages dithering over the tiny details to make sure everything is perfect. There’s no way he would have sanctioned some of those song outfits or choices.”

Just 11.4million viewers watched Saturday’s (15.10.11) live show, down 700,000 on the previous week and 2.3million fewer than the 13.7million who saw the same stage last year.

The show’s BBC One rival Strictly Come Dancing also beat The X Factor by a million viewers during the half an hour they went head-to-head, pulling in a series high of 10.1 million.

The source added: “The figures are hugely disappointing for ‘The X Factor’ because the whole point of the live shows is that they are supposed to build momentum.

“Last year there were nearly 14million watching the second live show. Where have all those viewers gone? It’s no wonder Cowell has gone ballistic. Losing viewers is the last thing he wanted to happen.”

Last night (16.10.11), ITV defended its ratings performance, with a spokesman saying: “‘The X Factor continued to be the UK’s most watched entertainment show and ITV1 was the most popular channel across peak time.”

But personally I’m not surprised that X Factor ratings have fallen. Most of the acts lack any personality at all and the judges are extremely bland especially Gary Barlow who, may be a great songwriter, but has absolutely nothing of any interest to say.

Rentaghost goes Hollywood. We look at Top 5 1970s Kids Shows that should be movies!

Rentaghost is to be given a Hollywood makeover

So apparently Rentaghost is set to get the Hollywood treatment, with Ben Stiller – star of Meet the Parents and Zoolander – in the lead role (yes I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true).

For those who can’t remember (or who are too young)  the cult 1970s TV series was basically about a temping agency run by the recently deceased Mr Mumford who tried to get work for ghosts.

Although originally commissioned for just five shows, 58 episodes and a Christmas special followed with audiences peaking at an astonishing 10 million.

The series starred Sue Nicholls (best known as Corrie’s Audrey Roberts) as Nadia Popov, a ghost who teleported when she sneezed. Other characters included Hazel the McWitch and pantomime horse Dobbin.

But which are the other shows of the 1970s which should be given the Hollywood makeover. Here we give our Top 5 (and by the way Here Come The Double Deckers and Pipkins didn’t make the cut, but it was a close run thing).

X Factor 2011 pictures: What Kelly, Tulisa, Misha, 2 Shoes, Amelia Lily and other contestants wore

It was a sad night yesterday as four acts were voted off the X Factor. Amelia Lily was voted off in the girls category meaning we may have lost the rock chic styling, while 2 Shoes got axed from the groups meaning we won’t be seeing any Essex Girl fashions for the rest of the series.

Both Kelly and Tulisa were reduced to tears as they delivered their verdicts.

However, while all the acts were visibly devastated to be axed from the competition without their talents being put to the public vote, 16-year-old Amelia Lily couldn’t hold back the tears as she was delivered her fate by mentor Kelly.

The young hopeful – who performed a rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’ – later warned other teens about the pressure in reaching the live stages of the competition.

Speaking on ITV2 spin-off show, she said: “It’s a lot of pressure to take on and anyone who wants to audition next year, prepare yourself.”

Amelia has now reportedly shunned Kelly – who chose to save Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan – as she was so “horrified” at getting the boot.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: “Amelia’s complete devastation was hard to watch. She looked broken like she was going to collapse. The whole studio felt awful, Kelly was horrified at the effect her words had had.

“Amelia pushed past all the cameras, she just wanted to be alone from the looks of things. Kelly was trying to help her but Amelia didn’t want to speak to her.”

Rhythmix, The Risk and Nu Vibe now make up the Groups category, while Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan are left of the Girls.

However, we’re far more concerned about what they were wearing.

See the gallery below  for all the star and contestant style.

Do we really want Corrie ‘webisodes’ (even if they do feature Rosie Webster)

Helen Flanagan stars as Rosie Webster in Just Rosie ‘webisodes’

By Corrieblog.tv editor, Dave Lee

And so it begins. Last week on Corrie we had the first glimpses of what the future of the soap may be like. Every few scenes there was a reference to Rosie Webster appearing on Lorraine Kelly’s TV show clumsily crow-barred into the dialogue. Many viewers will have been utterly bemused by these pointless references to the antics of an off-screen character, many more will have just been annoyed. Of course, it’s all part of ITV’s grand plan to begin migrating viewers onto the internet so that they can start charging them to watch net-only material.

Whether people will want to go to the internet to watch second fiddle ‘webisodes’ or if they will be prepared to pay for such half-hearted material as those currently available for free on the Just Rosie spin-off website remains to be seen. What is more relevant is how it will affect ‘normal’ Corrie episodes.

If last week’s Coronation Street episodes are anything to go by, viewers can expect disjointed, tangential conversations involving events not occurring in Weatherfield inserted into the plot and characters suddenly disappearing for months at a time while the actors that play them are off on ‘B’ team duties – i.e. filming poorly produced 10-minute episodes which will only ever be watched by a tiny percentage of the core Corrie audience.

Cannier media commentators are saying that ITV attempting to charge for access to programming won’t turn out to be the cash cow they hope and that their current audience-shifting efforts are ultimately futile. Let’s hope so, or Corrie may one day end up being little more than a series of scenes involving characters sitting in their front rooms, looking at laptops and exclaiming ‘This ITV player thing is amazing, so it is.’ (That was Jim McDonald saying that, if you’d not guessed).

You can make up your own mind by going to Just Rosie – Rosie’s website. And here’s a gallery of ‘super model’ Rosie Webster in action.

EastEnders: fiery End for Pat Evans as B+B goes up in flames

EastEnders’ Pat Evans is set to die in a fire. The hard-nosed matriarch – who has been played by Pam St Clement for 25 years – will exit the BBC One soap when the Bed and Breakfast goes up in flames and rips through Albert Square, which will coincide with the return of her step-son Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) and his wife Bianca (Patsy Palmer).

A replica of the hotel is set to be created at the programme’s Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, for the scenes, which will air at Christmas. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The last time EastEnders built something on this set was when they set fire to the Queen Vic last year. It is only used when they need to film fires and explosions.

“They want Pam’s character to go out with a bang. The script is so top secret even she doesn’t know how Pat is going to go yet. But she will be killed off.”

However, soap bosses have refused to confirm the details of Pam’s exit.  An EastEnders spokesman said: “There has been a lot of speculation about Pat’s departure. We are not going to comment as we do not want to spoil it for viewers.”

The 69-year-old actress previously said: “I have enjoyed 25-and-a-half wonderful years in EastEnders creating the character of Pat, but feel it’s time to hang up her earrings.

“Leaving the EastEnders family will be akin to a bereavement. But I’m looking forward to the other work and life opportunities that I will have the time to pursue.”