With panto season in full flight, I was pleased to see Cold War hero and burger enthusiast David Hasselhoff playing Captain Hook at the Theatre Royal - in my native Nottingham. And it made me wonder about the public's relationship with villainous stars, and why certain individuals continue to court global success despite not actually being liked.
It may not be 50 yet but, 10 years on and the X Factor is still going strong. This weekend it's a celebration of everything X Factor past and present, from the acts to the judges to the smiles and the tears. Thank you for making Saturday nights worth staying in for!
This week the acts are laid bare, no backing tracks and nowhere to hide. Just the power of a thirty piece big band for company. And how impressive th...
There is absolutely nothing malicious in any facet of Bake Off. The contestants all seem to get along swimmingly, warmly congratulating each other on successes and commiserating with evictees rather than bounding off stage toward the next round, fists pumping.
Simon Cowell was born on this day 7 Oct 1959, television producer, entrepreneur, and media personality. Where would the music business be without Mr Cowell? Would the world be a better place if we'd never had the pleasure of hearing (or seeing) Susan Boyle? Would the fashion industry be in better shape without the sales of white crew neck t-shirts and black slacks?
"I don't get played on the radio anymore, and quite rightly so, because it's other people's turn. At my age I can do what I want." Elton's comment illustrates one of the admirable traits of this founder figure of popular music - his benevolence. He has always been generous with his support of new bands.
"Simon Cowell ruined Christmas". Not my words, but those of inaugural X Factor winner Steve Brookstein. He's got a point. For a good chunk of the 2000s, the nefarious influence of Cowell's brainchild has poisoned the once pure well of musical excellence. However, the tide is finally turning...
It is more than 30 years since John Lennon was murdered yet his name continues to make the headlines. One Direction have a great following, but I believe they're not fit to tie the Beatles' shoelaces.
Yessssssss!!!!!! I'm so happy. Simon Cowell has taken a great positive cultural step. He has banned X Factor contestants from talking about their "journey". How I have longed for this day.
"The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human ...
As we lose these opportunities for communal and crucially non-judgemental music-making, we are allowing singing to be redefined as a 'talent'; something you can either 'do' or you can't. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the media.
It's been revealed the X-Factor mogul can expect a special delivery in around seven months after married socialite Lauren Silverman is said to be pregnant with his child. But will the multi-millionaire playboy be ready for diaper duty - at 53? He's no spring chicken, and the egg and spoon race at school could prove a challenge.
Have you noticed how much those in power talk of learning lessons? The government, and Desperate Dave in particular, are forever boring on about lessons which must be learned. If a hospital in your neighbourhood is killing more people than cigarettes, someone will say that lessons must be learned, as though they are imparting some higher wisdom that would not have occurred to ordinary men and women.
How do you lose 10 pounds in a week? Answer: throw an egg at a celebrity. Your subsequent dealings with the tabloid press will be guaranteed to put you off your food. You will feel like you've spent a week hiking through hell; but you will go down a dress size. Within 10 hours of embarking on my own egg throwing diet, I was on the front cover of all of the tabloid newspapers. To my horror, a favourite photo seemed to be a skinny, bikini clad holiday snap from years ago, grabbed from Facebook. My phone was abuzz with calls from PR companies, agents and managers.
Ladies and gentleman of the United Kingdom, welcome to the Final of Britain's Got Talent 2013. It's been another hugely successful series, better than...
This has to be one of the best ever BGT semi-final series of shows and as it draws to a close, this final show was probably the toughest one to call. I really think anyone of five could vie for the two remaining Final places.