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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.

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Superstitious Simon Cowell has revealed he is obsessed with the number 13.

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Charlotte Church, the 'Voice of an Angel', has used less than angelic terms to turn down a job as an X Factor judge.

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Simon Cowell and Howard Stern top Forbes' list of highest-paid TV personalities

Simon Cowell has come joint first place on Forbes' list of the highest-paid "personalities" on American television.

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

Rachel Parris - The Commission.

Edinburgh 2013: Rachel Parris: The Commission - This musical comedian is in her springtime

Imagine if you worked in advertising and then daubed subversive messages on street hoardings in your spare time. That's pretty much what the jingle writer, comedian, actress and improviser Rachel Parris is up to in her debut solo show.

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Mum's the word: Simon Cowell stays quiet on baby rumours at X Factor USA press conference

Simon Cowell has spoken for the first time since reports emerged that he is to become a father, insisting the matter will be kept private.

One Direction member Louis Tomlinson has signed a contract with Doncaster Rovers Football Club

One Direction, two careers: Can Louis Tomlinson be a pop star and a footballer at the same time?

Dreams. Most of us never fulfill any. But now One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has aced two of the most common boyhood desires - to be a footballer and a member of a globally successful boy band - in one fell swoop (and at the tender age of 21).

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson signs for Doncaster - but don't worry 1D fans, he's sticking with the band

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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.

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Mixed success for X Factor stars as Jahmene Douglas hits number one but One Direction lose out to Avicii

X Factor veterans had mixed fortunes at the top of the charts this week as Jahmene Douglas went straight in at number one with his debut album but One Direction lost out to all-conquering Avicii in the singles.

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

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