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The Voice judge Jessie J slams Britain's Got Talent for allowing children to audition

Criticisms come after Sir Bruce Forsyth said he'd prefer separate versions of the show for adults and kids

The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell looks set to miss out on a place in the UK 100 charts with her debut album

Run To Ground? The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell on course for debut album sales flop

The winner of BBC1 talent show The Voice, Leanne Mitchell, is on course for an embarrassing flop with her self-titled debut album looking likely to miss out on the top 100.

Chav-o-Vision programmes like C4's 'Skint' and BBC3's 'People Like Us' are just state propaganda

These so-called "documentaries" are a deliberate attempt to demonise and marginalise the poor as sub-human examples of a welfare system gone to rot

Kelly Rowland has been appointed a judge on American X Factor

Simon Cowell appoints Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio American X Factor judges

Simon Cowell has hired former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer/actress Paulina Rubio as judges on the American version of The X Factor.

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Britain's Got Talent loses a million viewers but still beats The Voice in ratings war

Britain's Got Talent saw its audience drop by a million viewers last night but it remained way ahead of rival The Voice.

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Britain's Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings war

ITV's talent show drew in 10.5m viewers compared to 6.7m for The Voice

Britain’s Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings battle

According to early data, Simon Cowell’s talent contest peaked with a huge 13.03 million viewers

Simon Cowell has confirmed there will be changes to this year's X Factor

X Factor in working men's clubs? Simon Cowell confirms talent show shake-up

Simon Cowell has confirmed there will be format changes to this year’s X Factor.

Jessie J defends The Voice as credible - and takes subtle swipe at 'bullying' X Factor

It’s not all about the price tag for Jessie J.

No more smoke and mirrors; 'The Voice' and 'The Hunger Games'

Pope Idol: The Pope-pickers could have made things a bit more lively

John Walsh offers some tips for next time

Coaches Danny O'Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J and will.i.am at the launch of latest series for the BBC talent show, The Voice, at the Soho Hotel in London.

The Voice judges Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue and Will.i.am reunite for second series

The Voice coaches were all smiles today when they reunited for the second series of the BBC1 show.

Video: Helen Mirren's pink hair inspired by America's Next Top Model show

Actress Helen Mirren explained the inspiration behind her pink hair on the red carpet at last night's Baftas ceremony.

'Price Tag' by Jessie J: 'A lovely sentiment

Jessie J to shave her head on live television for Comic Relief

The "Price Tag" singer will shear her ubiquitous dark locks to raise money on Red Nose Day

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Sherlock and Doctor Who to battle it out at tonight's National Television Awards

Doctor Who and Sherlock go head to head tonight for some of the biggest prizes at the National Television Awards.

Beyonce performs the National Anthem after Obama was ceremonially sworn in for a second term as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, DC

Beyoncé's bold performance steals Obama's inauguration show

Beyoncé’s second inaugural performance didn’t have the impact of her version of Etta James’s “At Last” in 2009. Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” this time, she still inevitably stopped the show.

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