The X Factor
The X Factor is today thrilled to announce Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson will join Simon Cowell on the new-look judging panel for the hit ITV singing talent show.
The three new judges appeared with Simon at a press conference at Somerset House in central London this afternoon where they were officially revealed.
Robbie is a global superstar who has sold more than 75 million albums over his career and won 18 BRIT Awards – more than any other artist in history. Robbie has been playing to sold out stadiums across the world over the past year on his ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour’ – which has seen him perform to more than 1.25 million fans across the UK, Europe and Australasia. Robbie released the platinum-selling ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ album in November 2016 – it debuted at Number 1 on the UK album chart, giving Williams his 12th Number 1 solo album.
Ayda Williams – actress, presenter and wife to Robbie for eight years – will be competing with her husband to claim the winning spot on this year’s show. Ayda has an invaluable inside take on how the music industry works and knows first-hand what it takes to forge a successful career. It is the first time on The X Factor UK that a husband and wife have been judges.
Louis is the first judge to have also been a contestant on the show. As a member of One Direction he has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and achieved more than 100 global No1s. One Direction were the biggest selling UK act globally for three consecutive years and in 2013 they were overall the biggest selling act in the world.
As a solo artist, Louis’ single Back to You hit No.1 in 37 countries and has been streamed more than 220 million times. He recently won the 2018 iHeartRadio award for Best Solo Breakout and is currently recording his debut solo album.
Music mogul and show creator Simon has been the mastermind behind some of the music industry’s biggest acts from Leona Lewis and One Direction to Little Mix and James Arthur. Acts from The X Factor UK have sold more than 250 million records globally to date.
Simon told the gathered media at the press conference: “This new panel is all about optimism, everyone has a real passion for finding a new star. The three new judges bring a whole new energy and I’m excited.”
Robbie said: “For nearly 30 years I’ve been touring. I’ve been wanting to branch out and The X Factor felt like the perfect vehicle. Ayda is my rock, she’s looked after me through thick and thin. I’m looking forward to getting started as a judge!”
Ayda said: “On a professional level I’ve auditioned for years so I know the highs and lows. I know what it takes to help people achieve their dreams. It’s all about the auditionees, it’s an organic process. The fact I get to work with Rob and against him is fantastic!”
Louis said: “The X Factor for me made a lot of sense. Development of artists is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. Having been on the show myself I know first-hand that the live shows are like nothing else you would experience. I’m looking forward to guiding auditonees through the process.”
Sharon Osbourne will also return as a judge for The X Factor’s live shows while Dermot O’Leary is back as presenter.
Auditions for the 15th series of The X Factor begin at The SSE Arena, Wembley tomorrow (Wednesday July 18).
Audience tickets for the auditions are available via Applause Store at https://www.applausestore.com/book-the-x-factor-judges-auditions-2018
Britain's Got Talent
Britain’s Got Talent is back with another exciting and eccentric series of entertainment.
2018 sees the return of the nation’s favourite variety talent show, celebrating 12 years on our screens. And with no shortage of variety or talent, the judging panel have been surprised, charmed and moved to tears by a whole host of acts whilst looking for this year’s winning performance.
The kings and queens of entertainment Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return once again to their rightful thrones on the judging panel with Ant and Dec on hand and waiting in the wings to provide support and congratulations to each of the acts performing for the judges, the live audience and viewers at home.
Over the past few months, the judges and presenters have travelled the length and breadth of the country seeking out the weird and the wacky, the wonderful and the inspirational. Once again, all four judges and Ant & Dec have had the opportunity to give the act they think has that extra special something an automatic place in the live semi-finals with the use of the Golden Buzzer.
With thousands of applicants, viewers can expect to be amazed and astounded by the impressive line-up of acts competing to be crowned this year’s winner. The lucky act who captures the heart and imagination of the British public will secure themselves an incredible £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance 2018. From choirs and dance acts, to a group of mysterious aliens and a musician skilled in the classical Russian jaw harp, the Britain’s Got Talent judges have seen it all, and this series looks to be the most entertaining yet!
For more than a decade, Britain’s Got Talent has delivered some of the most talked about winners including Paul Potts, Diversity, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Lance Corporal Richard Jones and most recently Tokio Myers. But, it’s not just the winners who have wowed the nation, with BGT acts providing some of our most memorable TV moments, such as superstar singer Susan Boyle, comedian Jack Carroll, magician Darcy Oake and of course, the dog that hypnotised Simon Cowell. No doubt this year, there will be many more must-see moments to come.
Your Song combines heart-warming stories with amazing performances by some of the most famous singers in the country
Host Emma Willis is joined by Rita Ora, Little Mix, James Arthur, Paloma Faith and The Script, as they meet some of their most deserving fans and give them a performance that they’ll never forget.
In this show James Arthur writes a very personal song for a young woman who has established an anti-bullying charity, Little Mix surprise three special fans with a personal appearance at their concert, Paloma Faith acts as the celebrant at a gay wedding celebration. The Script perform for a woman recovering from the recent deaths of her mother and long-term partner, Rita Ora takes an inspirational trip back to the youth club she used to attend herself as a teenager.
Britain's Got More Talent
Britain’s Got More Talent is back on ITV2 screens for the 12th year, for another UNBELIEVABLE series.
Armed with the TV Times award for Best Digital Show presenter Stephen is ready to unleash even more mischief and mayhem on the Britain’s Got Talent judges and contestants. (Yes, we really won an award! And no, we’re not quite sure how…)
Stephen is getting to know a whole new host of hilarious unseen BGT contestants in his own unique way and as ever, it’s these acts that make Britain’s Got More Talent such compelling viewing.
This year’s contestants include veteran BGT auditionee David Watson who is back to show off his impressions, a dog that talks, a woman who takes Stephen’s socks off with her teeth, and an action man with a giraffe’s head. Stephen will also learn to tell the future just by chucking asparagus on the floor…yes really… all in a day’s work on Britain’s Got More Talent.
As always, Stephen continues to get the very best access to the judges, getting the inside scoop for BGMT viewers who will find out what the judges really think of the contestants and most importantly, what the judges think of each other. Stephen discovers who really is the Sexiest Dave in a game with David Walliams, and gets Simon Cowell and David to admit hilarious stories from their past in a game of ‘Truth or False’. The madness continues as Stephen celebrates Amanda’s 50th birthday (three years too early!), but Amanda gets her own back, whilst wearing only her dressing gown. As always, Stephen will be asking the judges all the questions that no one else would dare to and playing games with them that no one else would want to!
The fun and games continue with Ant and Dec getting up to more nonsense backstage as Stephen helps the boys relive their children’s TV years playing Wonky Donkey, let’s just hope Dec can keep his cool in this classic rhyming game. Stephen also challenges Ant and Dec to a round of golf, Heads Up, and an assortment of other games to test them and their patience to the limit!
Amanda Holden will be up against classic Britain’s Got Talent heroes each week in her new segment, ‘Low and Beholden, It’s Act VS Holden’ (well you try and find something that rhymes with the name Holden!), where Amanda is challenged to games such as Holden’s Hot Potato, Aman-down and Holden Balls. Viewers can watch Amanda burst a bodysuit of balloons, scoot across the floor on a rug and flail her limbs covered in Slinkys as she battles it out against BGT’s most loved contestants.
The fun doesn’t end there, Britain’s Got More Talent gives ITV2 viewers an exclusive ahead of the live shows, as it goes LIVE straight after the BGT semi-finalists are revealed. BGMT will be back again LIVE in the week of live BGT semi-finals and the grand finale. Stephen will be there, ready to get the lowdown and the first reactions from the judges and acts, viewers can call in and speak to the panel and watch all the usual BGMT chaos, celebrity guests, games, fun and more. Literally anything can happen – and it normally does! And if that wasn’t enough, episodes will be repeated again this year on ITV1 on Sundays, which is sure to keep BGMT’s one viewer happy!
Britain’s Got More Talent gives the viewers exactly what they want when the main show finishes – MORE talent, MORE judges and loads MORE unbelievable entertainment.
Take Me Out
The Saturday night party everyone is invited to has recently completed it’s ninth season on ITV. Take Me Out puts a spring in every singleton’s step, serving up more of the potential love matches and surprises that viewers have come to love.
With SIX engagements, SEVEN weddings and THREE tiny tots, Master Matchmaker Paddy has been busy lining up a selection of single lads to brave the legendary ‘Love Lift’ for the brand new ‘Flirty Thirty’ ladies, who are ready and waiting to leave their lights on for love.
To apply for Take Me Out single girls and boys should go to the ITV website at www.itv.com/takemeout
Take Me Out: The Gossip
Hosted by Mark Wright and Laura Jackson Take Me Out: The Gossip on ITV2 provides all the lowdown on the nights out.
Installed in sunny Villa Fernandos, Mark and Laura are on hand to witness all the budding romances, drama, tears and tantrums. They even hit the town (and DJ decks!) with the couples, bringing viewers a taste of what really goes down during the nights out in Fernando’s plus plenty of news and updates from the couples’ reunions.
All Star Family Fortunes
The classic game show Family Fortunes, made its first outing on ITV in 1979 – 2000, then returned as All Star Family Fortunes in 2006 with Vernon Kay as host.
The series sees two celebrities and their families go head-to-head in a bid to win £30,000 for the charity of their choice. Over the years, those taking part in the series have raised well-over £1 million for charity.
Celebrities who have taken part include: Tom Fletcher, Jermaine Defoe, Penny Lancaster, Michael Owen, Nicola Adams, Peter Andre, Michelle Keegan, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
The iconic game show Blankety Blank returned to ITV for a one off Christmas special hosted by David Walliams.
Previously hosted by series regulars Terry Wogan, Les Dawson and Lily Savage, the aim of the game is for two contestants to compete head to head to match the answers of six celebrity panellists on fill in the blank statements.
The winner goes through to the much-loved Supermatch game. Expect plenty of fun and surprises as the contestants and celebrities attempt to fill in the blank or blanks.