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Comedian 'overwhelmed' by response from public

Kye Sones loses out to Rylan Clark after X Factor deadlock vote

Singer Kye Sones was eliminated from X Factor after a deadlock saved controversial contestant Rylan Clark once again.

X Factor stars Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger win Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards and One Direction are named the Ultimate Men of the Year

X Factor rivals Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger both had cause for celebration after landing gongs at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards.

Gary Barlow apologises to Tulisa for ‘fag ash breath’ comment

TV talent show The X Factor is as publicised for its judge-wars as it is for the contestants, but Gary Barlow took things a step too far this weekend when he commented on Tulisa's bad breath.

Almost one million school children think Professor Green is a scientist, says study

Almost one million school children aged five to 16 think rapper Professor Green is a scientist, according to research.

Gary Barlow 'gutted' as his second act Melanie Masson axed from X Factor

Gary Barlow has expressed his bewilderment after another of his acts was axed from The X Factor last night.

X Factor 'wildcard' entry returns

X Factor bosses are once again to introduce a "wildcard" entry to the live stages of the show.

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.

Rapper Dappy charged over fight

N-Dubz rapper Dappy has been charged with affray after a fight at a petrol station left three men with serious facial injuries.

Tulisa back as X Factor judge

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has confirmed that she will be back as a judge on the next series of The X Factor.

Tulisa Contostavlos startled the gossip community by making a film of explanation, saying she was devastated

Ex-lover denies leaking Tulisa Contostavlos tape

A former boyfriend of singer and TV talent show judge Tulisa Contostavlos denies posting a sex tape showing the couple sharing an "intimate moment", a High Court judge was told today.

Explosive: Buckley with Ms. Dynamite

The lightning conductor: Jules Buckley is the go-to man for acts who want orchestral punch

You might not know the name, but the chances are that you've heard his music.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Windmill, London

Sam Duckworth moseying through a Brixton pub in baseball cap and outsize plastic chain is a sight that could alarm his fans.

Album: N-Dubz, Greatest Hits (Universal/Island)

Say what you like about N-Dubz: they know which side their bread's buttered.

Dappy recording 'huge' ballad

N-Dubz Dappy is recording a ballad with Adele's songwriter.

Album: Nero, Welcome Reality (Mercury)

Nero are the London dubstep/drum'n' bass duo of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray whose debut mixes the pop and the ponderous, occupying a halfway point between Burial and N-Dubz.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?