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Simon Cowell warned Cheryl to 'raise her game'

Simon Cowell warned Cheryl Cole to "raise her game" days before she was sacked from 'The X Factor'.

Simon Cowell 'bored' of The X Factor

Simon Cowell grew "bored" of 'The X Factor' before taking the show's format to the US.

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Lewis Hamilton has apparently asked Nicole Scherzinger to marry him. And her dad spilled the beans!

Cheryl Cole's still a good friend, says Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell hopes he is still "close friends" with Cheryl Cole after dropping her from the US version of the show.

My Secret Life: Shaggy, pop star, 42

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Cheryl Cole to take 'time out' from showbiz



Cheryl Cole wants to take a break from the showbiz world.

James Corrigan: The greatest ever team? That's not such a tall story (except in Britain)

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Bouncebackability! Can Cheryl Cole survive her 'X Factor' humiliation?

A word coined by ex-football boss Iain Dowie, this most abstract noun focuses on the disappointed's aptitude to shrug-off failure, dust him or herself down and start all over again. But what makes a true comeback kid? Mike Higgins and Hugh Montgomery investigate

Cheryl Cole 'dropped' from US X Factor

Cheryl Cole's American adventure appears to be over only weeks after it began with reports that the singer has been dropped from the US version of The X Factor.

Nicole Scherzinger wants to sing on X Factor

Nicole Scherzinger wants to perform "every week" on 'The X Factor'.

Album: Nicole Scherzinger, Killer Love (Polydor)

How to translate group success into solo stardom? It's pop's million-dollar question, but don't cha bet on the Pussycat Doll/sometime X Factor judge answering it with a debut that bludgeons the listener with faux-raunchy Euro-dance before flatlining with the obligatory earnest balladry and a Sting duet. At 14 tracks, it's at least 12 too long, much of it imaginably pilfered off Rihanna's reject pile. As papa Cowell might say, you really didn't make that album your own.

LA Reid expected to be X Factor judge

Simon Cowell has appointed Def Jam chairman Antonio 'L.A.' Reid as the first 'X Factor' judge.

Capital: National treasure?

Capital FM is now being broadcast across the country, but can a London-based station really appeal to the whole of Britain? Its backers think so – and they're ready to take on Radio 1
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Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
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Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
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A History of the First World War in 100 moments

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Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
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Education: Secret of Taunton's success

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Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

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