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A TV emergency? X Factor set for Casualty collision

The X Factor will go up against BBC1's National Lottery show and Casualty when it returns to screens next week.

Simon Cowell avoids divorce court appearance

Simon Cowell has avoided the prospect of a court appearance after the woman reported to be carrying his baby "resolved" her legal battle with her estranged husband.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh in Glasgow.

Is Louis Walsh swapping X Factor for Strictly?

X Factor judge Louis Walsh is reportedly planning to take part in rival talent show Strictly Come Dancing after leaving the ITV singing contest.

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Sir Tom Jones 'quits The Voice'

Sir Tom Jones is reportedly the third big name to quit BBC talent show The Voice, leaving just Will.i.am on the coaching team.

Louis Walsh: what is he for?

Louis Walsh to quit X Factor after ten years

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has revealed he will leave the show after this year’s series.

Kelly Clarkson will face difficulties if she wants to take a ring which once belonged to Jane Austen out of the UK.

American Idol Kelly Clarkson faces export ban from UK Government over Jane Austen ring

The Government has stepped in to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson taking a gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country.

BGT's Richard & Adam performing on This Morning. The brothers look set to take the top spot in the album charts on Sunday, according to midweek predictions.

Never mind the egg incident: Britain's Got Talent runners-up Richard and Adam storm UK album charts

Richard & Adam thought their dreams of becoming recording artists were over when a member of the orchestra stormed the stage during their performance in Britain’s Got Talent’s live final and pelted judge Simon Cowell with a carton of eggs.

Danny O'Donoghue and Holly Willoughby congratulate The Voice 2013 winner Andrea Begley

Danny O'Donoghue follows Jessie J as he quits BBC's The Voice UK

The Irish singer said he has recording commitments with his band The Script

A new TV show celebrates the best of British

It's not a Ukip advert! Stars back BBC's patriotic show 'I Love My Country'

Frank Skinner: 'It’s like those Japanese fish. You take all the nasty bits out and it’s not poisonous'

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.

Elton John played on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record

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".

Leah McFall is the bookies' favourite to win The Voice 2013

Leah McFall favourite to win The Voice UK 2013

Leah McFall is the bookies’ favourite to win BBC talent contest The Voice ahead of the final this weekend.

Psy in 'Gangnam Style' follow-up video 'Gentleman'

Radio Ga Gangnam? South Korean YouTube superstar Psy wants to collaborate with Queen guitarist Brian May

K-pop sensation Psy has revealed he is meeting with Queen guitarist Brian May to discuss the possibility of working together.

Britain's Got Talent final 2013: Finalist Francine Lewis hopes for double celebration

Britain's Got Talent finalist Francine Lewis hopes to celebrate her son's birthday in style - by winning the hit talent show.

One-sided ratings battle continues as Britain’s Got Talent pummels The Voice

The Voice, which is to return for a third series despite falling ratings, drew just 5.7 million viewers as it reached its knockout stages

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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