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The Wanted follow in footsteps of The Saturdays with American reality TV show

Boy band The Wanted are following in the footsteps of fellow British act The Saturdays, with their own reality show for US TV which programme bosses say will be full of "music, bromance and superstardom".

Shocked at the Japanese pop star who shaved her head for having a boyfriend and betraying band rules? Look around you

Minami Minegishi's band AKB48 embody the disturbing schoolgirl fantasy: naïve and submissive, yet unattainable - and the hypocrisy isn't unique to Japanese culture

This week's wackiest web stories: Beer that's cheaper than water

Plus: Totally bus-ted, star-gazing bugs, Taiwan's new Barbie restaurant and if you Wannabe evicted (you better get with my friends)

ITV2's new show The big reunion: 6ix bands with the power to rock you

Kerry Katona's back with Atomic Kitten to take part in ITV's new series. Who will be your favourite comeback?

Japanese girl band singer in 'child porn' row after magazine picture of her with young boy touching her breasts

Kodansha, the publisher, was planning to run the image in its weekly Manga magazine earlier this month

Oona King out of Dancing On Ice after partner's dramatic tumble

Politician Oona King has become the latest contestant to be booted off Dancing On Ice after her professional partner took a dramatic tumble seconds before their skate-off performance.

Whole Again: Kerry Katona rejoins Atomic Kitten for reality television show

Atomic Kitten was whole again today as Kerry Katona put her troubles firmly behind her to rejoin her original bandmates for a one-off reunion TV show.

Kerry Katona slammed for payday loan firm ad

Reality TV star and former bankrupt Kerry Katona this week became the first celebrity to accept money to promote expensive payday lenders.

The Surface: Microsoft is hoping to own the ‘tablets for typists’ market

175 foreign criminals deported under new UKBA crackdown

More than 175 foreign criminals have been deported under a new crackdown, including a violent sex offender and an Indian man who attempted to defraud department store Harrods.

Review: Kylie and Jason reunite to put the Eighties magic back in Christmas at Hit Factory Live

Cool isn’t really what it’s about when you come to see this show

Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler, The Scala, London

Emma-Lee Moss and her Ash frontman beau get into the festive groove

Knees up: Simon Russell Beale, centre, camps it up in Privates on Parade

IoS theatre review: Privates on Parade, Noel Coward Theatre, London
Viva Forever! Piccadilly Theatre, London
In the Republic of Happiness, Royal Court, London

Simon Russell Beale is priceless as the drag queen built like a tank, but for newer recruits to the stage he's a hard act to follow

IoS theatre review: Privates on Parade, Noel Coward Theatre, London; Viva Forever! Piccadilly Theatre, London; In the Republic of Happiness, Royal Court, London

Simon Russell Beale is priceless as the drag queen built like a tank, but for newer recruits to the stage he's a hard act to follow
David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

Australian side Perth Glory end pursuit of David Beckham

Former England captain is yet to find a new club

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It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

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Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

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Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy