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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

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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

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

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

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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
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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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