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33-year-old popstar, Will Young

Carey's views on marriage 'archaic', says Young

Lord Carey is clinging to an archaic conception of marriage by opposing plans to give same-sex couples the right to wed, the singer Will Young has claimed. Young became the latest public figure to criticise the former Archbishop of Canterbury, who launched a campaign to oppose legislation being drawn up by the Government which would legalise same-sex marriages by 2015.

One Direction, Hammersmith Apollo

As the adage goes, you know you're getting old when police start getting younger, but this applies to boy bands, too.

Which one's Bez? Louis, Niall, Harry, Liam and Zayn of One Direction eye up their female fans

One Direction, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
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What does the female audience do at a One Direction concert? Go nuts and buy calendars

Dappy, Indigo2, London

As N-Dubz’s most outspoken member heads out on his first solo tour, there is more than a hint of padding, though it is to Costadinos ‘Dappy’ Contostavlos’s credit that he rarely lets energy levels drop.

Ratings are at their lowest - one reason could be that panto villain Simon Cowell hasn't been on the judging panel

Simon Cowell: The missing X Factor

So tonight's the final, at last, but as Veronica Lee rounds up this year's highs and lows we're all still pining for the biggest act of all: stand up, Mr Cowell!

Police rebuff Cowell over 'fixing' claim

Police sources indicated that there may not be a formal investigation into a complaint from Simon Cowell against an anonymous blogger who alleged that Ronan Parke, a 12-year-old boy contesting this evening's Britain's Got Talent television final, already had a management deal with Cowell's company Syco and had been moulded to appeal to the audience – something Cowell denies.

Gambling critics eye new Cowell show

Simon Cowell will turn Wembley into a giant casino for a roulette-based game show which could raise concerns that ITV is encouraging gambling. Seven contestants will be offered the chance to walk away with £1m or nothing – in Red or Black?, produced by Cowell's SyCo television company, in partnership with ITV.

Cowell signs 10-year-old spotted on YouTube

She is only 10 years old and has already been hailed as the next Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber rolled into one. Now, after taking the internet by a storm, the Canadian has become the latest talent to be signed by Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell is my inspiration, says Palin as she faces public vote

For a woman who has declared her heroes to be the authors of the US constitution, Ronald Reagan, and members of the Tea Party, the most obvious role model is not Simon Cowell. But in the new book that some observers see as the launching pad for a putative presidential bid, Sarah Palin has cited the brusque X-Factor judge as an inspiration.

Album: Susan Boyle, The Gift (Syco)

On Susan Boyle's second album, the balance between hymns and popular songs that characterised I Dreamed a Dream tilts more decisively churchwards, with a preponderance of carols now peppered with just a smattering of secular material, and an overly religiose tone applied to the likes of "Perfect Day" and "Hallelujah", songs at least partly written about heroin and orgasm, respectively.

I blame Simon Cowell, says 'humiliated' hopeful

A former Britain's Got Talent hopeful who blamed health problems for her poor audition said today that she holds Simon Cowell personally responsible for her public humiliation.

Cowell says fame damages children. Well, he did in 2004

The impresario who has made millions out of young talent was not always so comfortable with child stars

Simon Cowell confirms engagement to Mezhgan Hussainy on Jay Leno show

Simon Cowell blushed as he was grilled by Jay Leno about his relationship with Mezhgan Hussainy.

Simon Cowell's record label co-sign X Factor star Olly Murs

X Factor runner-up Olly Murs signed a record deal today which will see him working jointly with Simon Cowell's label.

Smitten Simon Cowell's new love Mezhgan Hussainy 'is the one'

Simon Cowell has publicly declared he is "smitten" with new girlfriend Mezhgan Hussainy and believes "she's the one".

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