The X Factor wins an Attitude Award for Media Recognition

The X Factor has been honoured with the Media Recognition Award at this year's Attitude Awards.

The accolade was given to the ITV series for "proudly showcas[ing] many talented Lgbt singers" during its 10-year run.

"The likes of Joe McElderry, Lucy Spraggan, Rylan Clark, Jaymi Hensley and, erm, Diva Fever have all been welcomed into viewers' hearts during The X Factor's 10-year run, and the show's contribution to Lgbt visibility shouldn't be underestimated," Attitude said.

"As well as new judge Nick Grimshaw, the current series has already thrown up a handful of varied Lgbt talent including the very unique Seann Miley Moore, who auditioned in a leather skirt and admitted, 'Music has allowed me to be me. If it makes you feel happy and right, then do it'. Amen!"

In other X Factor news, it has been announced that controversial contestant Mason Noise will return to the show to replace Tom Bleasby,
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I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2015 rumours: Who's entering the jungle?

It feels like only yesterday that Gemma Collins was crying mascara stained tears while complaining of contracting malaria - but this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here is now just a mere month away.

Last year's series saw Carl Fogarty crowned King of the Jungle. But which stars will be enduring the Australian kangaroo anus-eating adventures on the ITV show this year? Here's the rumoured line-up so far:

Stephanie Davis

Who? Former Hollyoaks actress who was recently axed due to being "unfit to work because of alcohol consumption".

The rumour: The 22-year-old is reportedly "hot property" as a number of reality shows try to sign her up, according to The Mirror's unnamed insider. The star - who played Sinead O'Conner for five years in the Channel 4 soap - is no stranger to TV competitions, previously taking part in Over the Rainbow - a BBC One talent
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The X Factor's Lucy Spraggan: 'James Arthur was a tw*t'

The X Factor alum Lucy Spraggan has described her fellow contestant James Arthur as a "tw*t".

The pair famously fell out after the show when Spraggan confronted Arthur about his use of homophobic lyrics, and she has now revealed that he never apologised - claiming that their shared PR agency posted a statement on her Facebook page which attempted to call an end to the row.

"In reality he was massively in the wrong, calling me all sorts of names," Spraggan told the Birmingham Mail. "I got to the point where if he carried on doing this to me there is not much I can say back.

"Yes, I am a gay rights activist, and somebody has got to be taken down a peg if they speak to people in that way."

Spraggan added: "There is only so much damage you can cover up. I will always defend that what he said was wrong.
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The X Factor: The 5 best original songs from the show

After Overload's plucky performance of their happy-go-lucky 'No, No, No' on Sunday's X Factor, we got all nostalgic. We started thinking about all the times an artist has taken the viewer a little bit by surprise and treated us to their own work; shown us little sparks of original songwriting talent in the creative vacuum that can be The X Factor.

Digital Spy looks back at the best five original tracks from over the years, celebrating the acts that had the conviction to eschew the safe, insipid versions of 'One', 'Feeling Good', 'Fast Car' et al and performed original songs on TV's most intimidating, unforgiving talent show.

5. Overload - 'No, No, No'

We've had a few original songs already this year, like party girl Ten Senah's fiery '15 Minutes', but Overload have been an early series highlight, and so 'No, No, No' is straight in at number five.
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Cowell fires James Arther for lyrics glorifying terrorism

London, April 7: Singer James Arthur has been fired by music mogul Simon Cowell for lyrics which appear to glorify terrorism.

The "X Factor" winner's new song had a disturbing line: "I am going to blow your family up like I am a terrorist", which according to Cowell was not acceptable.

The 26-year-old singer has been kicked off Cowell's Syco label after recording just one album, reports

Arthur took to Twitter to express his anguish.

He tweeted: "@SimonCowell I should 'shut up and put out records or else this?"

Arther was previously accused of homophobia by his former friend Lucy Spraggan.
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Who was the worst troll of 2013?

Heard something inflammatory and outrageous this year? Odds are one of this lot said it. So in a head head-to-head contest, who's the most horrible troll of them all?

Don't feed the trolls. That's rule number one of the internet. When you're confronted with someone who enjoys deliberately making unnecessarily inflammatory statements, the best course of action is to deny them the emotional response they crave. Everyone knows that.

But, oh, it's hard. Especially when, as this year has proved, some people can actually make a pretty good living from being a troll. We've picked eight of the most recognisable – some politicians, some entertainers, some only known for how unremittingly awful they are – and pitted them against each other to find our Troll of the Year. So, yes, we're feeding the trolls. But at least we're feeding them to each other.

The contenders

Richard Dawkins Evolutionary biologist, 72. Favoured targets: Christians,
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Louis Walsh slams James Arthur: 'He should be more grateful'

Louis Walsh has hit out at James Arthur, saying that he should be more "grateful".

The 61-year-old X Factor judge added to Ok Magazine that he believes the 'Impossible' singer should stop attacking other musicians.

Arthur recently rowed with fellow former contestant Lucy Spraggan over homophobic comments he made while performing a rap. He later gave a live apology for his behaviour following his performance on The X Factor.

"He's a competition winner that got lucky," said Walsh of the 25-year-old. "He came from a little bedsit, he should be a lot more grateful and a lot more respectful to everybody. Don't get me going.

"Nicole worked so hard with him last year - she got him into the final. He doesn't look comfortable in his own skin. He has talent but he's not Bob Dylan.

"You can't be slagging off One Direction, you can't slag off success. I think
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The X Factor: James Arthur gives on-air apology for recent behaviour

James Arthur has given an on-air apology for his recent behaviour while appearing on The X Factor tonight (December 1).

The singer has been at the centre of controversy in recent weeks after using a homophobic slur in a freestyle track he recorded last month.

He swiftly apologised to those he offended, but was later involved in a heated argument with Lucy Spraggan over his remarks.

Speaking to Dermot O'Leary on tonight's show, he said: "It's been an amazing year for me. There's been incredible highs paired with some terrible lows. I've made a few very silly mistakes.

"I just want to thank all the people who are still supporting me and especially The X Factor for giving me the opportunity to do my dream job.

"Above all, I'd like to say sorry for abusing my position as an X Factor winner, because I owe everything to this thing."

His performance
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'The X Factor': James Arthur, Rebecca Ferguson to perform next week

James Arthur is scheduled to appear on The X Factor next week.

Last year's winner - who cancelled various appearances earlier this week due to exhaustion - will take to the stage on next Sunday's (December 1) results show, host Dermot O'Leary has confirmed.

He will be joined by 2010 runner-up Rebecca Ferguson, who is expected to perform her new single 'I Hope'.

On Friday (November 22), Arthur cancelled all public appearances and performances for the next seven days after being diagnosed with acute exhaustion.

A spokesperson for the 'Impossible' singer commented: "Unfortunately James Arthur has been diagnosed with acute exhaustion and instructed to rest for several days by his doctor.

"Regretfully, he has been forced to cancel all engagements during this period.

"James would like to apologise to his fans for any disappointment caused to them by these cancellations and he hopes to get back to full health as soon as possible.
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James Arthur counts cost of offensive lyrics as iTunes offers refunds on album

Buyers seek to get money back following Twitter controversy prompted by lyrics to 'diss track' Hey Mickey

James Arthur's Twitter imbroglio has plumbed new depths after the iTunes store approved a refund request from a buyer of the X Factor winner's new album, who was offended by lyrics on the self-released track Hey Mickey.

Arthur's rap song Hey Mickey was criticised last weekend for lyrics that many listeners, not least comedians Matt Lucas and Frankie Boyle, deemed homophobic. The furore intensified when former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan tweeted her disapproval.

Though Arthur has insisted that the lyrics do not refer to homosexuality, several of those who bought Arthur's LP have since asked retailers for their money back.

The refund offered by iTunes was revealed by a Twitter user called @Louieloodle74, who shared part of an email from a customer service rep at Apple.

"I understand that you would
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'The X Factor - Greatest Hits': What didn't make the cut?

We all know the X Factor is a well-oiled money machine, so it comes as no surprise that the show will release a celebratory Greatest Hits collection to get us buying all of those songs we probably already own.

And it got us thinking: wouldn't it be better value for money to have some songs on the collection that we probably don't already own?

The X Factor has produced some forgotten gems and stellar novelty tracks over the years, so we've listed 10 of the best that didn't make the final tracklist below.

Chico: 'It's Chico Time'

Long before Lucy Spraggan and Ella Henderson wowed audiences with their songwriting efforts, we had Chico and his wristwatch. The track shot straight to number one to become one of the UK's finest novelty blow-outs, so we're a bit miffed it didn't make the compilation. Bonus track, maybe?

Leon Jackson: 'Creative'

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'X Factor Greatest Hits' album snub angers Steve Brookstein

Steve Brookstein has expressed his disappointment that The X Factor hasn't included him on its upcoming Greatest Hits album.

The singer won the first series back in 2004 under the guidance of Simon Cowell, but has since fallen out with the Syco boss and has frequently criticised the talent show.

> The X Factor Greatest Hits: What didn't make the cut?

"I've not made the X Factor Greatest Hits Album," Brookstein tweeted. "Thanks for the 1st ever X Factor No1 and the 6 million votes. Just wasn't enough I guess."

2007 X Factor winner Leon Jackson has also failed to make the final tracklist, despite his winner's single 'When You Believe' going to number one.

Leona Lewis's 'Bleeding Love', One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful', Olly Murs's 'Troublemaker' and Jls's 'Beat Again' will all feature.

Previous winners Matt Cardle, Joe McElderry, Shayne Ward, Alexandra Burke, Little Mix and James Arthur will
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Abbey Clancy showers Strictly partner Aljaz Skorjanec with gifts

Lucy Spraggan is in talks to perform on 'The X Factor'. The singer-songwriter looks set to make a grand return to the live shows this year by inking a deal with Simon Cowell to perform her solo material on the ITV competition, despite quitting the show mid-series in 2012. Asked whether she'd consider appearing on the primetime programme, Lucy told Bang Showbiz at the 'Filth' premiere in London's Leceister on Monday night (30.09.13): ''Yeah sure, there's talks about that already. So hopefully, fingers crossed!'' The 22-year-old star hasn't been keeping up with this year's series, but was far from impressed when she heard
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X Factor is ten: 10 unforgettable auditions - Which was the greatest?

Cancel your weekend plans until Christmas - The X Factor is back.

Simon Cowell's Saturday night monster returns with yet more brilliant, bonkers and bloody awful singers hoping to become the next 1D, Leona or Jls. To mark the show's return, Reality Bites has picked out 10 of the greatest ever X Factor auditions. Which do you think was the greatest?

1. Cher Lloyd - 37,598,499 YouTube views can't be wrong.

2. Katie Waissel - Imagine the person you would least like to end up in a lift with. This is 10 times worse.

3. Gamu - Three years on. We're still not over it.

4. Danyl Johnson - The power of the mic toss!

5. Leona Lewis - The voice that changed The X Factor.

6. Alexandra Burke - The emotional comeback.

7. Jedward - "Where do you see yourself in 15 years' time?" "I see myself being older."

8. Kitty Brucknell - Have a seat dear.

9. Olly Murs - Wonky drunk uncle dancing ahoy.
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X Factor bosses prevent boozy nights out

'The X Factor' bosses have ordered an alcohol ban on contestants. Producers for the ITV talent show have ditched the luxury hotel in central London for this year's hopefuls and are looking for a suitable mansion in the outskirts of the city in a bid to prevent boozy nights out and embarrassing behaviour. The idea comes after 2012 contestants Lucy Spraggan and Rylan Clark were kicked out of London's five star Corinthia hotel in London last October following an alcohol-fuelled night of partying, which saw the eccentric presenter flash his butt to guests outside the prestigious accommodation.
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'X Factor' bosses scrap five-star London hotels for contestants?

The X Factor bosses have reportedly scrapped plans for contestants to stay in a five-star London hotel.

Last year, hopefuls stayed at the Corinthia Hotel in central London, but this year they have opted for a residency outside the centre, reports The Sun.

Producers are now searching for mansions in north London and Hertfordshire.

The move is said to be an attempt to avoid a repeat of last year's drunken antics by certain contestants, including Rylan Clark and Lucy Spraggan, with managers at the Corinthia having allegedly complained about some of the behaviour.

Clark and Spraggan were evicted from the hotel in October after a drunken night ended with Clark displaying his bottom to other guests.

The X Factor returns for its tenth series this weekend with Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger back on the panel alongside former judge Sharon Osbourne.

The 10th series will launch on Saturday (August 31) at 8pm on ITV.
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Does Vicious mark the end of gay TV characters being invisible?

New sitcom Vicious features a camp gay couple as leads. It may feel like a throwback, but it shows how far TV has come, from John Inman's flouncing character in Are You Being Served? and presenters using 'gay' as an insult

"Ground floor: perfumery, stationery, leather goods, wigs and haberdashery …" The one reason a gay man growing up in the 1970s remembers that mouthful is that it was the curtain-raiser to the only regular TV appearance of a male homosexual – the flouncing Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served?

John Inman, who played Humphries, insisted at the time that he wasn't gay. It was a triumph for method acting, then. But Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft's creation highlighted almost every historic prejudice about homosexual men – Humphries was predatory, vain and lived with his mother.

Forty years on, ITV1 has served up Vicious. We're invited to conclude that the world has changed.
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Celebrity Pictures: 'X Factor', Jls, Peter Andre, more

This weekend sees the final of The X Factor, and former contestants were back in the spotlight as they made their way to Manchester, where the competition's finale will be staged. Union J joined Kye Sones, Melanie McCabe and Lucy Spraggan as they travelled on the train, while Rylan Clark was spotted in a blue onesie which covered his face. In the capital, Jls handed out Christmas presents to fans on the South Bank as they launched the Jls Foundation for Cancer Research UK, and Anita Dobson attended the Awards launch (more)
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Celebrity Pictures: 'X Factor', One Direction, Peter Andre, more

This weekend sees the final of The X Factor, and former contestants were back in the spotlight as they made their way to Manchester, where the competition's finale will be staged. Union J joined Kye Sones, Melanie McCabe and Lucy Spraggan as they travelled on the train, while Rylan Clark was spotted in a blue onesie which covered his face. In the capital, Jls handed out Christmas presents to fans on the South Bank as they launched the Jls Foundation for Cancer Research UK, and Anita Dobson attended the Awards launch (more)
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'X Factor' Lucy Spraggan plans to release debut album in March

'X Factor' Lucy Spraggan plans to release debut album in March
Lucy Spraggan has revealed that she is hoping to release her debut studio album in March. The X Factor contestant explained that she has begun working on the LP since being forced to leave the ITV competition due to illness. "The plan is to write an album and have it released by spring, around March time," she told The Sun. "I've already got about 200 songs written up and ready to go, although obviously not all of those will make it." Spraggan stated that some tracks may be inspired by her experience on The X Factor. "I haven't written about (more)
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