Sharon Osbourne admitted it has been overwhelming to return to The X Factor as she declared: "I'm the nan of the panel."
It was sunshine and smiles for The X Factor judges as they arrived for the first of this year's auditions.
Caroline Flack will be joined by comic Matt Richardson on the new series of the X Factor spin-off The Xtra Factor after Olly Murs quit the show to concentrate on his chart career.
Former Westlife star Shane Filan has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.
Music mogul successful in defamation fight
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to Gary Barlow as the Take That frontman was honoured at a prestigious music industry bash.
Muse may have won the Grammy for Best Rock Album, but they'll be sad to hear they've alienated one of their most fervent fans. When the band's latest LP, The Resistance, was released, Fox News host Glenn Beck declared it: "Amazing... Lyrics on target, talent off the charts," he tweeted. "They 'get it'." After watching their performance at the Grammys, however, Beck was put off by the use of video footage, including the now infamous clip of some students shouting at the Prince of Wales and his wife. (Or, as he put it, "trying to beat them and kill them in the streets".) Muse's song "Uprising", said Beck, with some distaste, is "a call for revolution... There are those who are calling for revolution, and they are everywhere... Muslim extremists... Communist revolutionaries... anarchists [... and Muse]." Beck did, at least, cut the band a break on the basis of their nationality. "You have to remember these are Europeans," he went on, and on. "And they have been degraded since the beginning of time. They have had very few glimpses of real freedom."
Katie Waissel's mother says the X Factor star is being bullied and has told of her fears that her daughter will be pushed off the show.
New Kids on the Block were the ultimate teen idols. Now they're all grown up – and making a comeback. And so are their fans. Matilda Egere-Cooper reports
Ben Shephard, 33, is a television presenter who is best known for his work with GMTV. He can also be seen, alongside Denise van Outen, fronting ITV1's primetime series Who Dares Sings. A staunch West Ham supporter and gym fanatic, Shephard is a father of two and has been married to his wife Annie for four years. He lives in south-west London.