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Big Brother contestant Daley Ojuederie has been removed from the Big Brother house over aggressive behaviour towards fellow housemate Hazel O'Sullivan.

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Katie Hopkins stirs up more outrage with comment that 'Gazza should crack on with drinking'

After her controversial comments made on This Morning last week, the former Apprentice contestant said she disagreed with treating addiction

The Voice coach Jessie J has taken against Will.i.am's song choices

Jessie J quits The Voice to promote new record

Jessie J has quit the BBC's talent show The Voice after just two series in order to promote a new record.

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Sir Elton John hits out at The Voice 'nonentities' and says he wouldn't want to be Justin Bieber

Sir Elton John has accused BBC1 talent show The Voice of producing "nonentities".

'I'm A Celebrity' MP Nadine Dorries to stop claiming parliamentary expenses

The Conservative representative for Mid Bedfordshire becomes the latest MP to launch a scathing attack on expenses watchdog Ipsa

Holly Willoughby presenting The Voice UK finale in a plunging dress on Saturday night. Her outfit drew 139 complaints from viewers

BBC apologises after 139 people complain about Holly Willoughby's 'unsuitable' low-cut dress on The Voice

The racy dress Holly Willoughby wore to present the final of BBC talent show The Voice on Saturday night has prompted 139 complaints from viewers.

David Carr has identified a new 'British invasion' of talent of which Birmingham-born comedian John Oliver, pictured, is only the latest and most high profile example

A refreshing lack of deference: why Brits challenging the establishment are muscling in on US media

Media commentator David Carr identifies 'British invasion' of talent

Kenye West is either being deliberately provocative, or unbelievably stupid

From North West to number one: Kanye West continues to fly high by topping the UK album charts with Yeezus

If Kanye West weren't on enough of a high already following the birth last week of his baby daughter North, then the only direction is up as his latest album is at number one.

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The only way is up: Kim Kardashian and Kanye name their baby daughter North West

Hollywood royalty give their child a name that has all of Manchester smiling

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Will.i.am hits out at Universal over The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell's flop

The Voice coach Will.i.am has hit out at record label Universal over the failure of last year's winner to succeed in the charts.

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