The Top 10 Entertainment Fails Of 2013 (VIDEO, PICTURES)

11/12/2013 15:29 | Updated 25 January 2014

As 2013 comes to an end, HuffPost UK Entertainment looks back at the biggest fails in the TV, film and music industry over the past twelve months.

From dreadful comeback singles, film flops, unfunny comedies, cringeworthy performances and even one career suicide, here are the things the stars would probably most like to forget ever happened...

  • 10 10. Ben Elton's Show Axed
    Ben Elton's BBC1 sitcom The Wright Way was swiftly axed after being crucified on Twitter. Its creator felt "bruised" by the critical mauling the show suffered. And Shane Allen, the BBC executive responsible for the show, set in a local council's health and safety department and Ben's first BBC1 sitcom in eight years, said it would not be returning for a second series. A blow to new comedy or a triumph for the power of the viewing public? You decide. Oh, you did.
  • 9 9. Viva Forever Ends
    The Spice Girls musical had so much potential (who doesn't love singing along to Wannabe?) but after being savaged by critics and poor ticket sales, forever proved out of reach. The stage show, written by Jennifer Saunders, closed in June. According to the Daily Mail, the production made a loss of at least £5 million after it was panned and failed to get bums on seats after just seven months in the West End.
  • 8 8. The Hour Is Over
    It's not 1950s newsroom set drama The Hour that's the fail, but the BBC's decision to cancel it. The news came after two popular series, critical recognition and a dedicated fan following. The BBC said: "We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through." In its two years on air, The Hour - which starred Dominic West, Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai - received three BAFTA nods here, and four Golden Globes as well. Downton Schmownton.
  • 7 7. Beyonce Fakes It At Obama's Inauguration
    After the president of the United States' inauguration in January, it wasn't the celebration of Barack Obama's historic second term everyone was talking about. No, what we wanted to know was if Beyonce lip synched The Star-Spangled Banner. The answer - it later turned out - was yes. And we were left wondering, if we can't rely on Beyoncé to belt out her national anthem, what hope for live performances everywhere?
  • 6 6. Corrie Star Sacked After Rape Rap
    Chris Fountain became another disgraced soap star this year after he was exposed as a masked rapper who posted online rants about sexual violence. ITV said that his contract was terminated due to his "unacceptable comments" and wrote him out of the soap without so much as a goodbye scene. His YouTube videos as his rap persona, The Phantom, featured the star discussing violent themes and have since been removed. Chris said in a statement he was "deeply sorry" for the foul-mouthed rant.
  • 5 5. James Arthur’s Homophobic Slur
    There wasn't a single pop star in 2013 who had a bigger, quicker fall from grace than James Arthur. The former X Factor winner was lambasted for a homophobic line in an online rap, causing him to have a very public spat with his one-time friend Lucy Spraggan. More than 12,000 people then signed an online petition to have him banned from performing on the show that made him famous. The petition didn't work - instead, he got to make a cringeworthy public apology live to the nation. Oh and he's also lost control of his own Twitter account.
  • 4 4. Geri Halliwell’s Comeback Single
    It's fair to say Ginger's return to the music industry with single 'Half Of Me' did not spice up our lives. Even a music video full of half-naked men wasn't enough to enhance the track, and it counted staggeringly low sales numbers - 393 copies sold in Australia. Geri was fully aware of her assumed failure, addressing the numbers in a blog post on her official website. "I saw online around 11pm that my new single (just released in Australia) had come in at number #94," Halliwell wrote. "I laughed nervously, god that’s really bad! (Deep down I was gutted)." The former pop princess continued, asking whether the right path was denial or continued promotion of the track, before thanking those who did buy the song, writing, "To the 393 people –- who made my song 94 -– I wont forget this magic number."
  • 3 3. The Fifth Estate Film
    It's got spies, lies and Benedict Cumberbatch in it - all the makings of a blockbuster hit, right? Wrong. 'The Fifth Estate', in which Benedict bleached his hair to take on the role of whistleblower Julian Assange, turned out to be the biggest film flop of 2013. According to Forbes online, the biopic achieved global box office takings of $6 million (£3.7m), compared to its $28m (£17m) budget.
  • 2 2. Kim And Kanye’s Music Video
    We like to think Kanye West's Bound 2 video, in which the mother of his child straddles him topless on a motorbike, is him mocking us for being so interested in their relationship. Why else would he choose to make such a cringefest of a music video? But sadly, it seems, this really was how he chose to prove his love for Kim Kardashian to the world. And oh how we cringed...
  • 1 1. The Diana Movie
    Naomi Watts was always open on ‘the challenge’ of playing Princess Diana (“that’s why I had to do it”) in the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed biopic. Well, the critics also had their reservations about the flick and ultimately it failed to attract the audiences one might expect to a film about the world's favourite real-life Princess. The film, which set out to document an intimate account of Di's romantic life, only managed to gross $67,754 at the US box office. "Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term 'car crash cinema.' But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death," wrote Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw.

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