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Audiences have plummeted throughout the latest series of the once unstoppable X Factor.

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"It’s saturday morning and it’s just gone 10 o’clock,” bellowed Vernon Kay. “and we are here! We are here! We are live!” Where, Vernon? I bellowed back from my kitchen.

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Ella Henderson buoyed by Cowell tweet after X Factor departure

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Frank Mugisha - Ugandan Activist
Mugisha is the Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda and continues fearlessly to lead the fight for gay rights in the African country after the murder of fellow campaigner David Kato in 2011.

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They may not have made an influential contribution to life in Britain, but these international heroes and heroines are all at the top of a list somewhere. Here are this year's most impressive contributors to world LGBT harmony

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Girls Aloud unveiled their comeback track today as they premiered the dance tune online.

The hunk: McFly's Dougie Poynter

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Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Cowell says 'no end in sight' for X Factor despite plummeting audience figures

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Eric Hobsbawm wanted to use History to improve lives. Now, about those views on the Soviet Union...

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Cheryl Cole gives X Factor viewing figures a slight boost although numbers remain well down on 2011

The return of former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has given the series a ratings boost but viewer numbers remain well down on last year.

This is the seventh series of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival

Doctor Who back to fight insane Daleks (and Simon Cowell)

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James Ashton: Cash-rich Google gets out its chequebook

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Walsh, 60, returns to the ninth series of the ITV1 show on Saturday

Louis Walsh hints at X-Factor exit

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has suggested that he will bow out of the show after 10 years because he does not want to turn into Sir Bruce Forsyth.

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