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12 (sort of) memorable soap star singles

Jenny Morrill Sep 6, 2016

Den Of Geek raises a glass to some lesser-known soap star pop singles, from Coronation Street to Neighbours and more...

“Do you remember the guy who played that guy in that thing? His song was good wasn't it?”

The above is an example of a conversation regularly heard in our house. The only variants are that sometimes it was 'that girl from that thing', and a lot of the time the song was far from good.

Well sod it – I think we as a nation need to have more discussions about Craig McLachlan and Stefan Dennis. It's the only way our society will grow. So here are 12 songs from Soapland that weren't done by Kylie, Jason, or Kylie and Jason.

1. Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) – Bulldog Nation

Here we see Coronation Street's finest and supermarket manager extraordinaire with an indie effort from 2000. Did You Know - Kennedy
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Alesha Dixon and 5ive pull out of Brexit gig

Acts cancel performances on discovering that BPop Live gig a few days before referendum is endorsed by Leave.EU

Alesha Dixon has joined boyband 5ive in pulling out of a gig after discovering it is a political rally.

Both acts had been billed to join Sister Sledge and East 17 at the Bpoplive gig in Birmingham days before the 23 June EU referendum.

Related: Leave Aid: Grassroots Out’s anti-eu festival is the hottest music event of the year

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Alesha Dixon and 5ive pull out of Brexit gig

Acts cancel performances on discovering that BPop Live gig a few days before referendum is endorsed by Leave.EU

Alesha Dixon has joined boyband 5ive in pulling out of a gig after discovering it is a political rally.

Both acts had been billed to join Sister Sledge and East 17 at the Bpoplive gig in Birmingham days before the 23 June EU referendum.

Related: Leave Aid: Grassroots Out’s anti-eu festival is the hottest music event of the year

Continue reading...
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Who could be going into the Celebrity Big Brother house? All the rumours

Big Brother is just around the corner - we have an eye, a theme and a launch date! But while we're excited about that, it also means Celebrity Big Brother is drawing ever closer, so our thoughts naturally turned to who might be heading into the house this summer.

We've already heard that we're in for a UK vs Us theme this series, but that's nothing without housemates, so we've rounded up the rumours - from the likely to the... not at all likely. Read on to see who might be popping in...

Janice Dickinson

Who? "The world's first supermodel", Janice used to be a very outspoken judge on America's Next Top Model. She's been on I'm a Celebrity, and also hit the headlines recently after alleging that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her.

The rumour: Janice has been rumoured to be going into the house for ages now, with some
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The new Three advert: is that the sound of an East 17 comeback tour?

‘Jackson’s idea of making things right seems to be ensuring everyone who is on a rival network gets killed in a gory “accident”’

As part of its new #makeitright campaign Three has created its own sinister purple muppet, Jackson. They’ve also soundtracked his adventures to East 17’s It’s Alright – a song we’re assuming Tony Mortimer wrote to soothe Brian Harvey through a particularly nasty comedown. So what is Three promising to make right? Is it bringing back 2-4-1 cinema tickets on Wednesdays? Sorting out dodgy phone signals in rural areas? Nope.

According to the new advert, a creepy purple nightmare will sing early-90s pop to you as you head to an early grave. Has your golf buggy And golf partner burst into flames right in front of you? Jackson’s there, watching. A massive snake about to devour you in your kitchen? Jackson’s hiding,
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Strictly Come Dancing: the final – Caroline Flack wins!

It was between Frankie, Caroline, Mark and Simon, but Caroline and Pasha were the ones to walk away with the Strictly glitterball

9.59pm GMT

So that is really is It for another year of Strictly. A massive, massive thank you to everyone for turning out every week for the past three months to read the blog, spread the word and leave your wit and wisdom in the comment box. It’s lovely to have the company of a community of people who love this show as much as I do – it makes the blog so much more fun to write, and hopefully to read too.

That’s me done for 2014, so a heartfelt thank you and a Merry Christmas to all. If you’re passing and want to say hello, you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens. I’m off to crack open a bottle of something fizzy, let’s do this again next year,
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Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Who is going in? 11 early rumours

Wondering what you're going to do when X Factor and Strictly end? Fear not friends, because yet another series of Celebrity Big Brother is just around the corner. It is expected to return on January 5 on Channel 5 and this year it will have a "twisted fairytale" theme.

Emma Willis and Rylan Clark will be back in January with another batch of famous (and not so famous) faces, willing to humiliate themselves for our amusement.

Here are 15 early rumours about potential housemates for the 2015 series.

1. Danniella Westbrook

The former EastEnders actress has had a terrible 2014 and she's recently been on This Morning talking about her financial plight, so it isn't a surprise to hear that she's a new hot favourite to be heading into the house. Producers will no doubt hope that she's prepared to spill the beans about her troubles with drug addictions.

2. Sammy Winward

She seems like a bit of a long shot,
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The X Factor: What did the judges say about Semi-Final Week?

Week Nine saw The X Factor contestants perform two songs each as part of the Semi-Final.

Digital Spy rounds up what Simon Cowell, Cheryl, Mel B and Louis Walsh had to say about Saturday night's (December 6) acts - and if you missed the show, you can catch up with all the performances below, too:

Round One:

1. Fleur East: 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey

Cheryl: "That is such a huge song to sing and to have the guts to sing that song at this time of year is brave. You did it. And I'm sure a lot of people want you for Christmas dressed like that."

Louis: "It's the semi-final, I'm not surprised you're here. You've got everything, you tick every box: likeability, personality, versatility."

2. Lauren Platt: 'Stay Another Day' by East 17

Mel B: "For me, I just feel throughout
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The X Factor: What will the acts be singing for the semi-final?

It's the X Factor semi-final, and now only two performances stand between the final four and a place in next week's Sse Arena finale in Wembley.

In order to get there, the acts must first perform a Christmas song, before taking on a track of their own choosing. Read on to see what everyone will be performing...

Fleur East

'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey

'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Andrea Faustini

'O Holy Night' by Mariah Carey

'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus

Lauren Platt

'Stay Another Day' by East 17

'Story Of My Life' by One Direction

Ben Haenow

'Please Come Home for Christmas' by Charles Brown

'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen

The X Factor semi-final airs tomorrow night (December 6) at 8pm on ITV.
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17 X Factor theme weeks that could help save the show

No.1's Week. Movie Week. '80s Week. Zzzzz.

Is it any wonder that X Factor ratings are tumbling when the show's theme weeks continue to be so predictable? Someone is singing 'Listen' from Dreamgirls you say? Gosh, we've never heard that before.

In the spirit of goodwill, we've got some suggestions that might spice things up and get some songs on a Saturday night that we haven't heard murdered 256 times before.

1. Sing Your Name Week

Inspired by the brilliantly named Ben Haenow, who could perform Crowded House's 'Don't Dream It's Over' ("Hey Now! Hey Now!"), everyone has to sing a song connected to their name.

Fleur East can tackle anything by East 17, Stereo Kicks can tackle a Stereophonics vs Rizzle Kicks mash-up, Lola Saunders can tackle the Kinks classic, Jack Walton could attempt 'Hit The Road Jack' and Only The Young could murder 'We Are Young'.

2. Simon Cowell
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The X Factor: 10 questions with the new boyband

The X Factor is going there - we're getting an eight-piece boyband this year! The lads - who were put together by the judges after unsuccessful solo auditions - blazed through to Louis Walsh's Judges' Houses after their stirring performance of 'Run'... but what are they really like?

We met Reece Bibby, James Graham, Barclay Beales, Tom Mann, Casey Johnson, Jake Sims, Chris Leonard and Charlie Jones this week and tried to get them to settle down long enough to answer ten questions for us...

1. Do you have a proper name yet?

All: "No!"

Charlie: "We've had a few ideas and they've been awful."

Casey: "Chris's favourite is Walking Pavements."

Chris: "I think that's clever."

Barclay: "It's terrible. Terrible."

Casey: "Are you a toddler? What part of that's clever?"

Tom: "Walking is boring and pavements, pavements are so boring."

Chris: "So is Tom!"

[Everyone: Oooh!]

Casey: "To be fair,
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Have you been watching … Helix?

Channel 5 doesn't seem to have much faith in its sci-fi viral mystery, and has bumped it to a graveyard timeslot. Should it just crawl away quietly and die – or does it deserve better?

Here's a hypothetical scenario: a new patient is displaying symptoms of a mystery disease. Their lifesigns are weak but they remain in good spirits. How long before you give up on them? Days? Weeks?

Channel 5 seem to have preemptively thrown in the towel when it comes to sci-fi viral mystery Helix, barge-poling it from 10pm on Mondays to a much later timeslot – a scheduling quarantine that suggests they are essentially washing their hands of the series after only five instalments of a 13-episode run.

It's a shame, because there's something pretty infectious about the show. Admittedly, the premise sounds like something that could be wrapped up in a two-hour movie, an old-fashioned race-against-time thriller like Outbreak (or
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Home Time – box set review

Emma Fryer's Gaynor slinks back to her Coventry home when things go wrong in London in this touching, funny, beautifully observed comedy

Gaynor Jacks left Coventry at the age of 18, heading for London with dreams of making it in the big city. But she found it a bit too big and now, at the age of 29, she has skulked home with her tail between her legs. "A lot's changed," her old friend Mel tells her, as she tries to readjust. "We've got an Ikea now."

Shrivelling with shame beneath the sheets in her bedroom, all still exactly as it was when she left it in the 1990s, Gaynor falls asleep under the watchful gaze of Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and East 17's Brian Harvey, who stare out at her from old posters. She wakes remembering, with a chill, that her parents are in the next room.

Home Time,
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Postmodern Jukebox take on One Direction, plus more badass boy band covers -- Video

Postmodern Jukebox take on One Direction, plus more badass boy band covers -- Video
Some people sing along to boy bands, some laugh at them, and some perform better-than-the-original covers of their songs.

Postmodern Jukebox posted a video of singer Miche Braden performing One Direction’s “Story of my Life,” and she takes the pop song and turns it into a soulful jazz number. Check it out below:

This isn’t the first time someone’s completely reshaped a boy band hit. Here’s a look at a few covers that will make you forget that these songs were by boy bands in the first place, or just make you enjoy your fave boy
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'The X Factor' Jukebox Week: Our song picks for the final five

It's Jukebox Week on The X Factor, and we've already been treated to a sneak peek of some of the songs our final five will be performing tomorrow. But that's not the full story - us viewers also got to choose a song for each act, and we'll only find out what they'll be performing on the night.

Voting's already closed so it's too late for us to try to change anything now. But we can talk about what we want to happen in tomorrow's slice of X Factor action, so read on to find out what we're hoping Luke, Nicholas, Rough Copy, Sam and Tamera will be tackling...

Luke Friend

Choices: 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon & Garfunkel; 'Skinny Love' by Bon Iver; 'One Day Like This' by Elbow

Our Pick: We'd normally groan about the idea of any X Factor act wheeling out 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', but
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'X Factor' 2013 live show week one - As it happened

After six long weeks of teary backstories, incessant Coldplay montages and Oscar-worthy editing, it's time... to face... the X Factor live shows.

We've already explained just why we love the live shows here, and we're hoping the return of an unedited Shazza will take things to the next level. Can Gary keep up his meanie persona? What words will Nicole make up this year? Will Louis kill off another Motown legend?

Join Digital Spy when The X Factor returns to ITV at 8pm to find out, and let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments box below and via our Twitter feed.

22:19We also have everything crossed for a return of The Group Performance, but either way, we'll be back tomorrow at 8pm, and we hope you can join us. Thanks for reading, and we'll see you then.

22:15Also on tomorrow's show will be Ellie Goulding,
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'X Factor' 2013 live show week one - live blog

After six long weeks of teary backstories, incessant Coldplay montages and Oscar-worthy editing, it's time... to face... the X Factor live shows.

We've already explained just why we love the live shows here, and we're hoping the return of an unedited Shazza will take things to the next level. Can Gary keep up his meanie persona? What words will Nicole make up this year? Will Louis kill off another Motown legend?

Join Digital Spy when The X Factor returns to ITV at 8pm to find out, and let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments box below and via our Twitter feed.

21:53Nicole thinks they might be "the best band I've ever seen on this show". "International stars". Well, we might have to rewind this on the Sky+ box and listen again.

21:52Imagine that song with a needless bit of an X Factor key changery.
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'The Big Reunion: On Tour' trailer released - watch

ITV2 has released a trailer for the follow-up series to The Big Reunion.

The Big Reunion: On Tour follows 5ive, Blue, B*Witched, Liberty X, 911, The Honeyz and Atomic Kitten as they perform around the country following the success of the show.

The promo for the three-part series teases backstage bust-ups, parties and tears as viewers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the bands preparing for their shows nationwide.

The '90s and early '00s groups were originally meant to reform for a one-off show at Hammersmith Apollo, but an arena tour was organised when the concert sold out off the back of the series' popularity.

A second series of The Big Reunion featuring bands such as Eternal, East 17 and A1 is rumoured to be in the works.

The Big Reunion: On Tour starts Thursday, September 5 at 9pm on ITV2.
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Channel 4 reveals panel for Nick Grimshaw-fronted 'That Music Show'

Channel 4 has revealed the full lineup for the first episode of That Music Show.

The quiz show, presented by Nick Grimshaw, will see two celebrity panels compete to find out who knows the most about specific years in music history.

The first episode, filmed at the Electric in Brixton, London, will focus on the years 1995 and 2005.

The captain of team 1995 will be 6 Music breakfast show host Shaun Keaveny, who will be joined by M People's Heather Small, Blur's Alex James, Shed Seven's Rick Witter and A*M*E.

Team 2005 will be led by comedian Seann Walsh and will also feature Texas's Sharleen Spiteri, Goldie Looking Chain's Maggot, Theo Hutchcraft from Hurts and comedian Tom Stade.

Tony Mortimer of East 17 is also set to make a guest appearance during a segment filmed at a shooting range.

The hour-long programme will also feature live musical performances, with Primal Scream
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'The Voice' UK: Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates rate the final 12

The Voice UK goes live tomorrow night, with the final 12 contestants on Teams Jessie J, will.i.am, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue now at the mercy of you, the Great British public.

As the class of 2013 prepare for the biggest night of their lives so far, The Voice UK hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates give Digital Spy their verdict on the aspiring popstars.

Who do they think are the ones to watch? Whose legs is Reggie a fan of? And who do they describe as The Voice's answer to East 17 singer Brian Harvey? Read on to find out...

Team Jessie

Matt Henry

Reggie: "Matt Henry for me is incredibly exciting and he dances like everyone in my family at family parties - which I love! Matt's family were one of the loudest families - they all completely snowballed me and jumped all over me."

Holly: "Matt
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