I was asked to attend the memorial service for Stephen Lawrence at St Martin in the Fields, a beautiful church in Trafalgar Square on 22 April and I was so honoured to be a part of something so significant and so positive, despite how tragic the reason for gathering was.
I will never say I regret doing the X Factor. It was a difficult experience but I learned so much from it. Without having been through all that I don't believe I would be where I am now, so I will always be grateful for the platform it gave me.
In a world where Lady Gaga's wardrobe has rendered most of us immune to odd outfits it takes something special to stand out
Nirvana fans are on a mission to beat the X Factor to the top of the charts this Christmas. They don’t have a primetime television
The X Factorettes (for thus we are referring to the female X Factor contestants) rocked up for a press conference on Tuesday
It's easy to attack The X Factor. Popularity is sometimes distrusted. If millions watch something, then it can be characterised as a bandwagon. A runaway success will often attract snobbery too. Arts aficionados hold their noses, signalling their allegedly superior taste.