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John Walsh: Karaoke is a force for self-expression...

Despite occasional evidence to the contrary (The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent,) English people haven't much tradition for singing among friends and family.

Ofcom admonishes ITV for talent show stunt displays

ITV has been criticised by the broadcasting watchdog for failing to protect children from a show that saw contestants enter spinning washing machines, eat glass and turn themselves into a human dartboard.

Are We There Yet? Breakdancing is back, and it's big

Ever since that nice young lad won 'Britain's Got Talent' with his breakdancing routine, my kids have developed happy feet. Along with thousands of other pre-teens across the country, they've been practising their "moves". Yes, breakdancing is back, and it's big.

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The Critics: Butterfly that didn't break

AS ALWAYS, the Cassandras have been crying doom: doom to Raymond Gubbay and his overblown money-raking extravaganzas. The sound system would fail, half the audience wouldn't be able to see, and it was odds- on that the plastic liner which houses the 15,000-gallon Japanese water- garden would spring a leak. But no, the new Albert Hall Madam Butterfly in-the-round has pulled it off, technically (certainly), dramatically (for the most part), and musically, give or take the odd minor glitch, like when a chorus entering through Stalls K came in singing slightly sharp of those entering 100 yards away through Stalls C. But I can live with that.

Choice: Opera: Falstaff, The Coliseum

Falstaff, The Coliseum, London WC2 (0171-632 8300) 7.30pm

First night: On the horns of a dilemma

Two Falstaffs, at the London Coliseum and the Hackney Empire, illustrate one of opera's problems: too grand, and you draw the attention of a slash-and-burn government; too small, and the audience fails to materialise. By Nick Kimberley
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