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Strictly trounces the X Factor in Saturday night ratings battle

The X Factor saw its semi-final audience plummet with 2.6 million fewer viewers than last year, while rival Strictly Come Dancing continued to be a step ahead.

Simon Fuller is plotting to outmanoeuvre his great rival, Simon Cowell (pictured)

The Vex Factor: Why Simon Cowell's fleeting cameo proves the once great X Factor has lost its way

Gary Barlow might be resigning. Louis Walsh has insulted Adele. And the king of the show only pops in occasionally. This fan says she's had enough

Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Simon Cowell slams 'weird' Depeche Mode star for shooting jibe

Martin Gore said the X Factor boss should be shot for his influence on the music industry

David Walliams, who earlier this year said he has battled depression and tried to commit suicide several times, married Dutch model Lara Stone two years ago at Claridge's hotel in central London

David Walliams 'nervous but excited about the baby'

TV star Amanda Holden says fellow Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams is nervous but excited about becoming a father for the first time.

Ella Henderson buoyed by Cowell tweet after X Factor departure

The music mogul tweeted: 'Ella! Gone??? Unbelievable'

Morgan Spurlock (left) and One Direction's Harry Styles

Super Styles Me: Morgan Spurlock to make 3D documentary about One Direction

He is the campaigning film-maker who exposed McDonald’s contribution to obesity by gorging on Big Macs, then tried to track down Osama Bin Laden.

Leona Lewis: 'I get more nervous performing now than when I was 10'

I believe I could have had a career in the music industry without the X Factor But it was an amazing platform that propelled me to what's happening now. I won't listen to anything people say [against] it. I got up every week and sang on stage without that lip-syncing that a lot of artists do these days – that takes a talent that you can't fake.

US Election Diary: Romney's campaign gets a face lift

Mitt Romney has already lifted one American out of poverty. Eric Hartsburg, from Indiana, recently used eBay to sell "tattooing rights" to his face. A wealthy Republican paid $15,000 (£9,300) for Mr Romney's campaign logo to be inked on his right temple. "I don't mind," the (Romney-supporting) Mr Hartsburg told reporters. "It's something I believe in." Let's hope he feels the same way in 20 years.

Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler said today she felt 'overwhelmed' by support from the public after she and her dog Pudsey triumphed in the live final of the competition

Cowell to create X Factor for performing pets

Simon Cowell is going to the dogs - with a TV show for performing pets.

Luis Suarez has been accused of diving

James Lawton: Enough of all the jokes – it's high time that we got serious about diving

The Football Association video reviewers must surely have Monday as a double-shower day, the second one coming immediately after the kind of shift which yesterday included analysis of allegations that Robin van Persie delivered an utterly gratuitous cheap shot to Yohan Cabaye and Robert Huth stamped on Luis Suarez.

Simon Fuller is plotting to outmanoeuvre his great rival, Simon Cowell (pictured)

Will Simon Fuller be top of the pops? Cowell's rival has a £350m plan to snatch EMI's crown jewels

He's the svengali to the stars who sits in Andy Murray's VIP box, masterminded the Spice Girls and turned Pop Idol into a £15 billion global brand. Now Simon Fuller is plotting to outmanoeuvre his great rival, Simon Cowell, by buying EMI's assets, including the famous Parlophone music label, in an audacious £350 million deal.

US rapper Snoop Dogg has made friends with a Welsh farmer and swede champion Ian Neale

Snoop Dogg to judge 'American Idol'

If Randy Jackson yells "Yo Dawg!" during the next season of "American Idol," he could be talking to Snoop Dogg, if the rapper has his way.

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Mariah Carey joins 'American Idol' as new judge

Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox has announced, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.

Carnage of the X Factor hopefuls

The X Factor became the axe factor when 60 contestants were dumped from the show's boot camp section before they had the chance to sing.

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