Bruce Forsyth and Louis Walsh capture valuable headlines with pointless feud

With X Factor struggling in the ratings and the new series of Strictly Come Dancing launching tomorrow, both shows need is to grab as many tabloid pages as possible to increase ratings. If only there was some way that they could do that. What’s that you say? There is? Wonderful.

Apparently, a couple of years ago, Strictly host Bruce ‘Brucie, nice to see you, good game, what do points make, not in this game, I’m in charge, hands off the wig’ Forsyth had some kind of war of words with X Factor ‘judge’ Louis ‘Louis, Louis, woah, we got to go now’ Walsh and they have decided to reignite it just in time for both of their programmes to get a tabloid boost. What fortuitous timing.

We won’t spoil your tea by going into too many details but it seems Louis thinks Bruce should retire and Bruce thinks Louis is a bizarrely coiffured idiot who’s over-reliance on botox has left him looking like a shiny-faced weirdo. Or something like that. We’re paraphrasing, obviously.

Who’s right, who’s wrong, who cares, what will happen next in this facile, manufactured war? Find out in the next exciting episode of TV Scoop.

Is Nicole Scherzinger set to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing?

Is Nicole Scherzinger set to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing?

Nicole Scherzinger is being lined up to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing. Show bosses are reportedly hoping to poach the US X Factor judge – who won Dancing With The Stars, the American version of the BBC One series, in 2010 – from Simon Cowell, after he lured former panellist Alesha to Britain’s Got Talent with a lucrative pay packet.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “Nicole is young, sexy and knows what she’s talking about. Having already won the US dance show, her credentials are good. And taking her off Simon would be great .

“Alesha leaving could end up being a great move for the show.”

However, Nicole isn’t the only star in the running to take over the Strictly judging role.

Previous winner Kara Tointon – who is dating professional dancer Artem Chingvintsev – is currently favourite to replace Alesha, while Karen Hardy, a consultant on the BBC One show, is also said to be keen to bag the job.

Meanwhile, Arlene Phillips – who was axed from Strictly in 2009 to make way for Alesha – has reportedly been considered for a return to the panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

Writing on her twitter page, she told fans: “Gosh twitter followers and friends. I am overwhelmed by your incredible tweets campaigns and facebook messages so much love and thanks. (sic)”

Harry Judd’s disastrous Strictly Come Dancing rehearsal

Harry Judd feared he would not win Strictly Come Dancing after a “disastrous” dress rehearsal.  The McFly drummer – who beat off competition from Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan, who finished second and third respectively, to win the Glitter Ball trophy on Saturday night (17.12.11) – nearly dropped his professional partner Aliona Vilani during the dress run and was on the “verge of crying all day” because he was so nervous.

He explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I forgot some moves. The dress run was pretty disastrous. I almost dropped Aliona. And then in the Argentine tango I tripped her up and we had to miss a whole section. Everyone was reassuring us, ‘Don’t worry, bad dress run, good show.’ It has been very emotional and I was on the verge of crying all day.

“The night before the final I was with my girlfriend Izzy in a hotel room and I started to work myself up a bit. I was feeling pretty anxious. Thankfully I passed out and next thing I knew the alarm was going off.”

The 25-year-old star has put part of his success down to giving up drinking alcohol, which helped him fully concentrate on rehearsals without a hangover.

He added: “I don’t drink any more. I stopped last year and it’s been a good thing for me on Strictly – I’ve had no hangovers and been able to focus.

“The tough thing is there is an amazing crew on Strictly and the guys have been saying, ‘We’ll have a drink tonight, Harry’. How am I going to explain that one?”

Alesha Dixon backs Chelsee and Harry to win Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing: Chelsee Healey is one of Alesha Dixon’s favourites to win the contest

Alesha Dixon is backing Chelsee Healey and Harry Judd in tomorrow’s (17.12.11) Strictly Come Dancing final.

The panellist – who judges the BBC One show alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood – admitted while the Waterloo Road actress is a “brilliant dancer”, a lot of women have a “soft spot” for the McFly drummer.

With Jason Donovan also appearing in the Strictly final, Alesha said: “It will either be Chelsee or Harry. Chelsee is a brilliant dancer but I think a lot of women have a soft spot for Harry.”

The Strictly judge also admitted there has been a spot of sexual tension between some of this year’s finalists and their professional partners, which she “loves”.

Speaking on tonight’s (16.12.11) Graham Norton Showon BBC One, she explained: “You can just tell. When they are right in front of you, you can read the way they look at each other and the chemistry. I love that bit of it.”

With Strictly Come Dancing beating ITV1 rival The X Factor in the ratings battle for the first time this year, Alesha put the success of the show down to it being “warm and fluffy”.

She explained: “It’s a combination of everything and it’s warm and fluffy. It’s escapism and it’s not too deep. We need nice shows to make us feel good.”

Autumn reality TV shows not to miss: The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother

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The nights are drawing in, the leaves are changing colour and The X-Factor is back. This can only mean one thing: autumn is officially around the corner. Your Saturday nights are sorted until Christmas, but have you sorted your TV Licence so that you can make the most of the best reality TV shows this autumn?

The X Factor

The most high-profile singing competition in the UK is back, with a fresh panel of judges and the promise of delivering the next global superstar.

After endless dramas surrounding the future of the nation’s sweetheart, Cheryl Cole, and the departure of TV mogul Simon Cowell, the new judging panel has already made its mark. New mentors, N-Dubz’s Tulisa, Take That’s Gary Barlow and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland have taken to their new roles like ducks to water.

Although the format has not changed since last year, there is a fresher, trendier vibe to this year’s show and the polls indicate that public opinion has been largely in favour of the summer shake-up. When the new judges were announced in the tabloids, there was concern that nobody would be able to fill Simon, Cheryl and Danni’s boots but so far, so good for the new judges.

After years of sob-stories and silliness, the auditions stage also seems to have switched focus to the search for talent – the novelty acts that previously had audiences roaring with laughter have been shown little sympathy by both the judges and the audience.

Big Brother

Big Brother has made a shock return to the small screen after Channel 4 announced that the hit series would come to an end last year. Just 12 months later, the show that follows housemates living together, under the constant surveillance of TV cameras, has been revived by Channel 5 and is now occupying the weekday evening slot under the supervision of former winner, Brian Dowling.

This year, the show kicked off in style with Celebrity Big Brother, which was won by Paddy Doherty, star of Channel 4’s compulsive documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. In early September a stream of glamorous, young contestants entered the house and this year’s show has already been hailed by the tabloids as the ‘sexiest Big Brother ever’. The first night went with a bang as housemates were introduced to their new roommate, Baywatch legend Pamela Anderson and it looks like plenty of surprises and shenanigans will unfold in the coming weeks.

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One favourite Strictly Come Dancing has also taken up its annual Saturday evening slot and the show kicked off with all the customary glitz and glamour we’ve come to expect. The show, which involves celebrities teaming up with professional dancers to take on the gruelling yet exhilarating challenge of learning a host of well-known ballroom and Latin dances, is scheduled to run until Christmas.

This year, the shows are more accessible than ever before and you need never worry about missing an episode, as you can catch up online, record the show and watch it later or even watch it on your mobile phone. If you are planning to watch live TV online or on your mobile, remember that the law relating to TV Licensing stays the same, so make sure you have a valid TV Licence.

After an exciting summer, the autumn is closing in and the return of the nation’s best-loved reality TV shows has got many of us looking forward to snuggling up on the sofa and enjoying nights in front of the television; with The X Factor and Big Brother back on our screens, it’ll be Christmas before we know it.

Strictly Come Dancing: Nancy Dell’Olio turns ‘Miss Marple’

Nancy Dell’Ollio is turning Miss Marple

Nancy Dell’Olio has turned into a self-styled “Miss Marple” in a bid to solve the Strictly Come Dancing saboteur mystery.  The Italian lawyer – who is the ex-girlfriend of former England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson – is “determined” to track down the culprit who ripped the hemline of her gown and drenched the frock with water just minutes before she took to the stage for Saturday night’s (01.10.11) show.

After discovering a stray sequin outside the door to her dressing room and a suspicious shade of fake tan on one of her pashminas, Nancy thinks she could have found “crucial” pieces of evidence.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Nancy is determined to track down whoever did this. There are a couple of leads she will explore – she is calling herself Miss Marple.

“She’s been really hurt by the whole affair and would hate to think someone is deliberately trying to hamper her chances. While the BBC are confident the dress tampering was an accident – and the person responsible is simply too ­embarrassed to come forward – Nancy feels otherwise.

“After the show she found fake tan streaked into her pashmina that was less orange than the one Nancy favours. She wants to discreetly match the shade to its owner. The sequin could also be crucial.”

However, Nancy’s fellow contestant Robbie Savage claims to know who the ‘Strictly’ saboteur is.

Writing on his twitter page, he said: “Who’s the sabatoer!!?? Who knocked over the bottle of water?? I know who it was! (sic)”

It is believed the BBC have declined Nancy’s request for a bodyguard.

Strictly stars told to ‘tone down’ raunchy routines

Strictly has had to tone down raunchy dance routines

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers have been ordered to tone down their raunchy routines.

Bosses of the BBC One show were stunned with the sexy moves planned for Alex Jones and Jason Donovan by their respective partners James Jordan and Kristina Rihanoff, so they were asked to change them as they felt it was too much for early evening viewing.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Strictly has made a name for itself with its raunchy costumes and sexy routines. But bosses felt things had gone too far this year and stepped in before the show aired to get some of the moves clipped.

“They were concerned viewers might be shocked at some of the more sexy moves planned for the first two live shows. Dancers could get away with more on Friday’s show (30.09.11) because it aired after the 9pm watershed.

“But Saturday’s went out at 6pm when a lot more families were watching. Going forward, that will be the time it normally airs, so you have to be careful about these things.”

Alex and James scored 22 out of 40 while Jason and Kristina and Jason and fared a lot better after getting an impressive 32.

Bosses weren’t the only ones concerned with the raunchy routines, as Audley Harrison’s wife Raychel also asked for his for his moves with partner Natalie Lowe to be toned down as she feared they were too much.

An insider said: “Raychel was worried about some of the moves planned and told him so. Natalie didn’t mind toning it down at all.”

Other stars to have impressed over the weekend included Anita Dobson and Holly Valance.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Alesha Dixon hoping for Strictly romance

Alesha Dixon is hoping for a romance on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The 32-year-old singer – who is a judge on the BBC One show – thinks there will be a relationship between at least one celebrity and their professional dance partner like in other years because they spend so much time together.

She told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “I’m sure there will be a romance because there has been every year. The dancing is so intense and passionate it just happens.

“I don’t know who it will be but I’d bet money that there is some sort of affair. You spend so much time with each other it always seems to happen.

“The thing is, I don’t think anyone is single so that could make an interesting show.”

Last year’s winner Kara Tointon, Ali Bastian, Matt Di Angelo and Joe Calzaghe are just a few of the celebrities to have fallen for their partner in previous series.

However, Alesha doesn’t think Kara – who is still dating Artem Chigvinstev – has anything to worry about even though he is dancing with sexy Holly Valance.

She said: “People are saying Holly and Artem look great together but I don’t think it will be them. Artem is so loved-up with Kara and Holly has her billionaire boyfriend so she won’t be going anywhere.

“But it will still be hard for all the celebs’ partners to watch.”

Strictly will be a holiday, says Nancy Dell’Olio

Nancy Dell’Olio says Strictly Come Dancing is going to be like a “holiday”.

The Italian property lawyer – who famously dated former England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson – believes the BBC One talent show, which she is due to start training for on Monday (08.09.11), will be like “taking time off” to do something she enjoys.

She said: “It will be like having a real holiday for myself. I will be focused on something I like doing so it’s going to be like taking time off for me.”

The 50-year-old beauty admits it would be a “thrill” to win the competition – which features retired footballer Robbie Savage, McFly drummer Harry Judd and The One Show presenter Alex Jones in the line-up – but she is more interested in “having fun” than being crowned the champion.

During an appearance on ITV1 programme Loose Women, she added: “I’m not doing it to win, I’m not competitive. Of course it would be exciting and a thrill to win, I would love to but it’s going to be a journey, an experience I want to enjoy. It’s a TV show so we’re going to have fun.”

Nancy does have previous dancing experience from doing some classical ballet, which will give her some “basic foundations” to take into the competition.

She said: “I’ve danced before, I’ve done some classical ballet, but I’ve never done any ballroom. I will have the basic foundations, but it’s different from dancing on the TV with a partner.”

See this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up in the gallery below:






Robbie Savage ready to get sexy Strictly Come Dancing partner. Wonder what his wife thinks?

Robbie Savage says the best thing about starring on Strictly Come Dancing is that he gets a “free pass” to get close to a sexy woman.

The retired footballer – who is married to wife Sarah – is really looking forward to the start of the ballroom dancing show because he knows he will be paired with a gorgeous professional.

He said: “The only positive is, really, it gives you a free pass to get close to another woman, doesn’t it? It’s brilliant. You go out at night as a footballer, you get a few girls throwing themselves at you and you think, ‘I can’t do this.’

“The free pass is really, well, get in there. My wife is brilliant and supportive. It must be hard for her, I wouldn’t like my wife dancing with a fit bloke.”

Robbie is yet to find out who he will be partnered with, but he is keen on two ladies in particular.

In an interview with Radio 1, he said: “I find out who I’m dancing with tonight (07.09.11) in front of a live audience. I know who I want. I’d like to get Natalie Lowe or Aliona Vilani.

“But Natalie’s the tallest girl so I think she’ll get Audley Harrison.”

Meanwhile, bosses on the hit show are keen to pull in ratings for the final by screening it in 3-D cinemas across the country.

A source said: “This is going to be an amazing stunt.”

Among the other stars joining Robbie on the BBC One series are Holly Valance, Lulu, former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, astrologer Russell Grant, One Show presenter Alex Jones and McFly star Harry Judd.