"Who are you here with?" asked Cowell when the seemingly inexperienced 12 year old stepped up to the microphone. She replied her mum, dad and brother. She conveniently forget to mention her agent, personal stylist, manager, lawyer, vocal coach, hairdresser and macrobiotic chef who were undoubtably all standing in the wings cheering her on.
Signing The X Factor up for another 3 series' as reported is a big mistake. Give it a break, a long, well deserved break and if you really REALLY must Simon Cowell, bring it back in a few years' time when we've had time to perhaps miss it.
The 2016 series of The Voice is the last one with the BBC, and with a move to ITV on the horizon, there's a chance for the show to fulfill its full potential. By keeping the best bits, and implementing a handful of small but much-needed changes, a truly fantastic show could be (re)born. Seriously.
The adorable Giovanni Pernice of Strictly Come Dancing fame (yes, he is every bit as handsome and charming in real life as he appears in photos and on screen) gave a Master Class in Latin dancing last Friday night, very well attended, and so much fun, in the beautiful setting of Karen Hardy Studios... and I was there!
In an age where the majority of pop artists are scared to have an opinion, scared to look foolish, scared to act in a way that will draw attention to themselves, or away from their music, Susan Boyle feels like a beacon of authenticity.
Masterchef is undeniably well past its sell by date, but despite all the failings, maybe it's still about worth occasionally tuning into.
Of course, James "Arg" Argent should have been counting his blessings that he was so hopeless he managed to leave the competition unharmed. The fact he was taking part at exactly the same time as appearing in Sugar Free Farm couldn't have been easy.
It is a couple of weeks since my Take Me Out episode aired and I am still asking myself why I did it... We all know that first dates are usually quite nerve-wracking - now imagine being filmed by a camera crew with a microphone recording every embarrassing word that comes out of your mouth. Did it feel natural? No. While the date wasn't scripted, there was plenty of off-camera prompting from producers hoping to spark some romance - which tends to make you think the date is going better than it is.
Boredom set in and i'd had enough of being told when to clap and when to shout. Having realised we are not actually 'Lucky' ticket holders but un-paid background artists, the evening was soured.
Winning CBB for me was a fantastic experience, and if I could only give one piece of advice to any of the housemates it would be simply this, relax - don't forget to be nice and enjoy every single moment of it!
Five hundred people have complained because Ferne McCann ate a live spider on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Speaking as a militant vegan and part-time arachnid rights activist, I do hope that Ofcom will put an end to this kind of barbarity. My thoughts and prayers are with the spider's family at this difficult time.
I do feel Gary's team was somehow on a road to failure as soon as the nut allergy was mentioned, that no matter what happened from that point they were lining up Lord Sugars puns about the mother going out on a stretcher etc. Allergies are a serious issue of course but no doubt the options were limited and drama expected.
I can't help wonder if the whole premise of a fancily produced show set yearly on the other side of the world is all that necessary, when right on our doorstep is: 'I'm a Toddler Get Me Out of Here... no don't actually, I've changed my mind. No Mummy, I not want to get out of here! I do! I don't! Give me a biscuit!' (It's a working title)...
Children and young people's mental health isn't exactly a sexy subject but I think its such an important cause that I am proud to front YoungMinds new campaign in association with fundraising platform Raffity. YoungMinds is the only children and young people's mental health charity.
All the signals were there that he could be the man to break the curse of the male X Factor winner, and succeed where the likes of Steve Brookstein, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle and James Arthur had failed before him. But after Ben announced the first single to be taken from his album Second Hand Heart, things seemed to go downhill pretty quickly, as it became clear that he maybe wasn't his label's top priority.
It was an interesting week for many reasons, not least of which was that Tess had finally cracked and murdered her stylist. We knew this because she wore a rather lovely dress and her hair looked nice.