One of the contestants featured on the premiere of The X Factor has previously starred in an online series called Green Eyed World.

Katie Waissel was picked from 200 people to feature in the show before she did The X Factor, under the name Katie Vogel.

The 24-year-old was followed by cameras as she travelled to the US to work in the music industry.

The series was watched by 155,000 people on YouTube.

Waissel sang At Last by Etta James on The opening episode of The X Factor, proving a hit with judges.

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The top 15 acts have been decided upon in Sky1’s reality series Must Be The Music.

Judges Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri, and Jamie Cullum have selected the groups set to battle it out for the title this season.

Along with host Fearne Cotton, the judges visited the acts on Sunday night’s show to reveal to them they had advanced to the semi-finals and a shot at £100,000.

The finalists are:

Chakula Soul – funk band

CK Gospel Choir – choir

Daithi – solo violinist

Ebony Steel band – band

Emma’s Imagination – solo guitarist

Flo Dem – rap group

Hero – harp player

Kyan and Kyle – pianists

Legion Of Many – rock group

Missing Andy – indie band

Pepper & Piano – duo

The Pictures – rock group

Toxic Funk Berry – electronic trio

The Trinity Band – band

 

Must Be The Music continues next Sunday on Sky1 at 7pm.

Source: Digital Spy

Dannii Monogue has reportedly been cut from the next season of The X factor.

It is believed the Australian has upset the show’s producers this year over her determination to appear on this season’s show despite missing the audition phases due to her pregnancy.

Minogue refused to let a guest judge replace her for the whole season, as she was keen to return for the live show’s later in the series.

“It’s no secret that her determination to do this year’s show annoyed people. Some very senior figures hoped she would step aside so they could find a new judge and keep some degree of continuity between the auditions and the live shows.”

There are rumours Nicole Scherzinger may replace her next season after making a guest appearance this season as a judge.

Minogue will return to The X Factor during the Judges’ Houses stage.

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Lisa Faulkner has taken out the Celebrity MasterChef title for 2010.

The TV actress was named the winner of the BBC One series by judges Greg Wallace and John Torode, beating fellow finalists Dick Strawbridge and Christine Hamilton.

The Holby City star impressed over the two weeks of semi finals and finals to take out the title, finishing with a stellar three-course meal which wowed the judges.

“I’ve never won anything and now I’ve won this! I’m really proud of myself. Honestly, not in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible!” said Faulkner. “I’ve loved learning so much about food and I just want to learn more.”

Wallace and Torode had nothing but praise for the actress.

“You can’t want for anything else from food other than to put it in your mouth and go, ‘Oh my word’ – Lisa elevates humble food into something beautiful,” Wallace said.

“She’s a brilliant champion and possibly the best Celebrity MasterChef winner we have ever had.”

Faulkner said after the win: “You know, John Torode says MasterChef will completely change your life – he is completely right, because it has totally changed my life. I now cook all the time, I cook every day. 

“If I’m stressed I go cook, I try things I’ve never tried before and I absolutely love it. It’s just opened up a whole new world to me and I can tell you I just want to learn more – I’ve just become obsessed with it.”

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DaleDiva has taken out Five’s reality series Don’t Stop Believing, edging out Swish in Sunday’s finale.

The two groups were selected to perform fro the title in a sing-off after collecting more audience votes than other finalists Singer Station, The Three Spires Musical Society, The Songtimers and True DynaMIX.

DaleDiva’s mash-up of Celine Dion’s Power Of Love and Beyonce’s Single Ladies was enough to take the win over Swish’s Robbie Williams medley.

The all-female group had earlier impressed with a rendition of No More Tears.

Judge Anastacia commented: “There is not one reason any one of you women shouldn’t feel absolutely fabulous being up on that stage.”

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The X Factor kicked-off with a bang over the weekend with a mammoth debut audience of just over 11 million.

The 90-minute premiere which covered the auditions from London and Glasgow finished at the top of the ratings on Saturday night for ITV.

The figure is an improvement on the 2009 premiere, which drew a peak audience of 9.9 million.

Saturday night’s episode drew nearly 50% of the total viewing audience, with a peak of nearly 12.5 million people.

The standout performances of the night were Glasgow teen Gamu Nhengu singing Walking On Sunshine, who wowed the judges, and London’s 3-man group J’Ham whose performance left everyone speechless, for all the wrong reasons.

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Sky News today announced that Nick Powell has been appointed to the newly created role of Sports Editor as part of the channel’s changes to Sports presentation.

He joins Sky News Political Editor Adam Boulton, City Editor Mark Kleinman and Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall in breaking big news stories as well as providing specialist expertise and analysis. 

Nick Powell said of the appointment: “My role is to ensure that quality sports presentation and reporting are a key feature of Sky News’ output. With our colleagues in Sky Sports, we aim to provide the best action, live reporting, major interviews and in-depth analysis, first.”

The position will see Nick split his time between weekday sports bulletins, evening football match analysis and presentation of the Saturday Sport programme, as well as the day-to-day management of the Sky News sports department. Nick, whose career in broadcasting spans 28 years, will also be on hand to offer expert analysis of the biggest breaking sports news stories.  

Nick will take up his new role from 23rd August, to coincide with the launch of Sky Sports News HD, and Sky Sports News will start providing the Sky News sports bulletins from their studios between 1200 and 1400 and during the evening news wheel, each weekday.

The changes are designed to deliver an even better service for Sky News viewers, who recognise Sky Sports as a leader in sports broadcasting. The integration of Sky Sports News talent, greater editorial co-operation, shared news-gathering and on-air branding will help bolster the firepower of the Sky News Sports offering and give prominence to the Sky Sports News channel’s look and feel.

Further on-air changes include Charlie Thomas and Chris Skudder becoming reporter/presenters, enabling them to expand from presentation into reporting from the field during live sporting events, as well as continuing to present from the Sky News Centre.

The BBC has secured the first major political interview with Tony Blair since the year he stood down as Prime Minister.

Andrew Marr will conduct the exclusive one-hour interview with the former PM which will run on BBC Two on Wednesday 1 September at 7pm.

Andrew says: “Having the chance to speak to the former PM for an hour is a remarkable opportunity to learn more about what he was trying to achieve in office and how with hindsight he now regards his record.”  

This will be the BBC’s first major retrospective interview about Blair’s time in Number 10 since 2007 and will coincide with the launch of his memoirs.

The Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, will be broadcast live for the first time in high definition on the BBC HD channel (Saturday 28 August, kick off 2.30pm, BBC HD & BBC One).

Challenge Cup holders Warrington Wolves will take on Super league champions Leeds Rhinos in the Wembley showpiece final with the match being simulcast live on BBC One, BBC HD and streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Clare Balding will present BBC’s TV coverage alongside studio guests Brian Noble and Justin Morgan, with in-game commentary coming from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies. The pitchside reporting team will include Tanya Arnold, Damien Johnson and Robbie Paul.

Carl Hicks, BBC Sport Editor, says: “The Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Warrington will be an epic contest featuring two giants of the game and with the final being shown live in HD for the first time on the BBC, viewers around the country will be able to see Rugby League in its finest glory.

“The Challenge Cup Final is one of the crown jewels in the BBC Sport schedule and we will be covering the match comprehensively across all of our platforms with over a million fans tuning in to one of sport’s must see events in the calendar.”

Pre-match coverage of the Cup final will start at 1.30pm via the BBC Red Button with the full programme coming live from Wembley at 2.10pm on BBC One and BBC HD. Post-match will see the popular Rugby League forum being aired for 30 minutes via BBC Red Button.

BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also carry extensive coverage from the final, including live commentary from Wembley and a full Challenge Cup Final preview broadcast live on 5 Live on Friday 27 August from 7pm.

The BBC College of Comedy today announced two exciting new initiatives for 2010. All Mixed-Up is a sitcom writing competition where writers will be asked to submit proposals which reflect multicultural Britain.

The second initiative will be in collaboration with CBeebies In-house Production to develop a writing workshop which explores the creation of new comedy for viewers aged four to six.

Writers who are interested in All Mixed-Up, and can demonstrate some professional achievements, are requested to submit the first 10 pages of a script with a limit of six characters and three settings.

The best six scripts will be workshopped in preparation for a showcase with a professional cast at the Soho Theatre on 4 December, where a celebrity panel will choose the best two for further development by BBC Comedy.

Both scripts will be optioned, with the winner’s option worth £1,000, and the runner-up £500.

The competition is being run in association with Triforce Promotions, which promotes talent across a multicultural network of people in the media industries.

The aim is to encourage work by diverse voices and to provide promising writers with an opportunity to develop their professional skills.

Writers of the next best six scripts will be invited to attend workshops on 4 December and to join the showcase audience.

Micheál Jacob, college creative head, said: “We hope the competition will attract entries from writers who may feel their lives are not currently reflected in television comedy, and will introduce us to funny and fresh new voices.”

The second initiative will see the college and CBeebies run a four-day workshop to explore the creation of a new comedy for viewers aged from four to six.

Invited writers will be given an insight into the CBeebies audience, hear case studies on hit shows for the channel, including Gigglebiz and Grandpa In My Pocket, and work together to develop ideas for a live action programme.

The workshop will be held in Newcastle in November.

“Watching CBeebies is fun,” Micheál Jacob says. “They have some excellent shows and I’m very excited to be exploring whether the College can add to them.”

Information on how to enter All Mixed-Up will be available from 31 August at bbc.co.uk/writersroom.

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