X Factor UK Headlines for 07/27/14

Simon wants camp and fun acts on this year’s X Factor. The real reason for Lucy Spraggan’s X Factor departure confirmed. Tulisa’s drug trial collapses.

Amelia Lily – California

Union J – Tonight (We Live Forever)

Remember when Lucy Spraggan left X Factor UK season 9 (2012) after she was given a pass from performing one week, reportedly due to illness? After that she also declined the invitation to tour with the other finalists. At that time, there was a wild rumor that she was raped, but the press remained silent. This week I found two old articles from February and April 2013 that basically confirm that wild rumor. Lucy Spraggan was raped by a hotel porter in her hotel room after Rylan Clarke’s birthday party. He got 10 years in jail.

Simon Cowell denies he is gay as Tulisa trial collapses
Tulisa’s PA Gareth Varey was heard telling an undercover reporter that he knows men who have slept with Cowell, in a recording played to the court

Simon Cowell has responded to claims he is gay following the collapse of Tulisa’s drug trial.

Last week jurors were played a secret recording where the former X factor judge’s manager Gareth Varey told ‘Fake Sheik’ Mazher Mahmood that Simon Cowell was gay.
Read more: Daily Mirror

Tulisa’s PA Gareth Varey says he is ‘very sorry’ for claiming that Simon Cowell is gay, explaining he only did so because he was ‘so drunk’
Tulisa’s aide has been forced to make a public apology, after evidence given in the now collapsed trial were made public.

Her personal assistant Gareth Varey has said he is ‘very sorry’ after a recording was heard in court which heard the 28-year-old stating that Simon Cowell was gay.

Gareth made the claims to undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood when asked about Simon’s sexuality, which he claimed he only did because he was ‘so drunk’.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I am innocent': Tulisa vows to clear her name after she is found guilty of assaulting celebrity blogger – as fans speculate about her ‘trout-pout’
Tulisa Contostavlos has vowed to ‘clear her name’ after she was found guilty of attacking a celebrity blogger who published her private sex tape.

It was her second court appearance in what she described as a ‘rollercoaster week’ after she was cleared of dealing drugs on Monday.

Stood outside court yesterday, the N-Dubz star protested her innocence, saying she had not attacked Savvas ‘Vas’ Morgan at V Festival in Essex last year.
Read more: Daily Mail

EXCLUSIVE: Simon orders judges to go the Xtra mile in talent drought
SIMON Cowell is flying the X Factor judges to London for a secret extra audition after insisting he needs more talent for this year’s show.

Thousands of hopefuls from across the UK have sung their hearts out for judges Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh.

But the media mogul has so far been left unimpressed.

Our insider said: “Simon watched the tapes of the auditions and was concerned.

“He has told producers to hand-pick some of the best singers in the UK and invite them to sing at the audition, which will take place next month.”

The chosen singers will be asked not to announce or discuss their ­audition on social media and the footage will be edited as if it was ­always scheduled to happen.
Read more: Daily Star

LISTEN: The X Factor voice guy attempts Cheryl’s tongue-twisting new name
IN the buzz of Cheryl’s shocking shotgun wedding, people seem to have forgotten about the poor X Factor announcer.

After marrying Jean-Bernard in an intimate ceremony on the Caribbean isle of Mustique on July 7, the northern beauty who was born a Tweedy became Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini – which we’re sure you’ll agree is a bit of a mouthful.

If you find it challenging to say, imagine the struggle of Simon Cowell’s trusted voiceover artist.

Peter Dickson’s booming voice is as much a regular on the ITV talent show as veteran judge Louis Walsh.

Most people remember his hilarious pronunciation of 2008 hopeful Rachel Adedeji.

But Chezza’s name is proving something of a tongue twister for Dickson.


Read more: Daily Star

1D clean up their act for new movie
DON’T expect to see any reference of One Direction’s drug shame video in their second big budget movie.

In fact don’t expect to see a fag butt or even an ashtray.

Worried 1D bosses have ordered a complete review of all footage on their world tour over fears the boys’ careers could blow up in a puff of smoke.

All footage showing the boys smoking have been banned from the film, as have scenes with ashtrays filled with fag butts. No recordings of Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall drunk will see the light of day either.

My LA source said: “1D’s team are being even more conscious than normal following Louis’ leaked video of him and Zayn smoking cannabis hit the headlines.

“Producer Ben Winston has reviewed the footage to make sure no drug paraphernalia, cigarettes or dirty ashtrays are on camera.

“Understandably, any reference to the video will never see the light of day either.”
Read more: Daily Star

His heart has gone in a new Direction: Harry Styles is off the market as model Paige Reifler claims she is dating the star
He’s one of the pop world’s biggest heart-throbs, and now it appears that he’s taken.

Harry Styles has been romantically linked to model Paige Reifler, after the model herself made the revelation to the Daily Mirror.

According to the 18-year-old New Yorker, the pair connected after spending time together at London’s trendy Shoreditch House last week.
Read more: Daily Mail

James Arthur planning name change to just ‘Arthur’
James Arthur has suggested that he may release future albums under the moniker ‘Arthur’.

The X Factor champion – who has come under fire for his online and offline behaviour since winning the ITV contest – raised the possibility of a name change on Twitter earlier today (July 25).
Read more: Digital Spy

Nothing’s going to stop her! Pregnant Sam Bailey strokes baby bump as she performs in all-black outfit at Leicester Music Festival
Despite now sporting a large bump with just a matter of weeks to go until she welcomes her third child, Sam Bailey proved nothing was going to prevent her from putting on a show on Saturday.

The X Factor winner paraded around energetically on stage at the Leicester Music Festival, as she stroked her growing tum.

The 37-year-old chose a simple, all-black outfit while her long tresses looked chic, pinned back into an up ‘do.
Read more: Daily Mail

Top of the pops! Cheryl Fernandez-Versini lands her first number single in three years with Crazy Stupid Love
Newlywed Cheryl Vernandez-Versini has double reason to celebrate after achieving her ninth number one single on Sunday.

The former Girls Aloud star’s new single, Crazy Stupid Love, went straight to the top of the charts much to her delight.

Speaking about her latest chart success, Cheryl said: ‘It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one. So exciting!’
Read more: Daily Mail


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Irish Charts
Singles
1 Cheryl Cole – Crazy Stupid Love (feat. Tinie Tempah)
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2 Ella Henderson – Ghost
53 Cher Lloyd – Sirens
94 Little Mix – Salute

Albums
1 Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Hits
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16 One Direction – Midnight Memories
34 One Direction – Up All Night
61 One Direction – Take Me Home
99 Little Mix – Salute

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The Official Charts
Singles
1 Cheryl Cole – Crazy Stupid Love (feat. Tinie Tempah)
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3 Ella Henderson – Ghost
41 Cher Lloyd – Sirens
61 Little Mix – Salute

Albums
1 Ed Sheeran – X
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78 Little Mix – Salute
88 One Direction – Midnight Memories

  • Marko

    Can someone please help me understand this Simon-being-gay confusion?
    Drunk Tulisa’s PA accused Simon of being gay or Simon is gay only when he’s drunk?
    Anyway, my English sucks :)

  • Incipit

    Well, their syntax usually sucks – but consider the source. The Daily Mail. That’s Yellow Journalism that would have made William Randolph Hearst proud. *snark*

    Actually, it seems to be Tulisa’s Personal Assistant who made the claim, said assistant (PA) using drunkeness as an excuse for stupidity – although they are the same thing, IMO. This PA is the person who had to apologize. As far as I can tell.

  • EvilTroyandEvilAbed

    Until Lucy confirms this story, it still remains a rumor. I don’t disagree with you, and I honestly think the story is true, but I think we should still ere on the side of caution.

    I do remember Alan Carr asking about Lucy, while Gary, Nicole, and Tulisa visited the show, and the looks on their faces pretty much confirmed it to me.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Lucy obviously isn’t going to confirm it. The TPTB did everything they could to keep the real reason for Lucy’s departure away from the public. Not that I blame them, the story is horrid. I found the articles this week while browsing Digital Spy’s forum. Someone asked about Lucy’s sudden departure and somebody else posted links to those old articles.

    The articles don’t mention the names of the TV star or her friend, but everything pretty much fits. Season 9’s finalists stayed at the Corinthia Hotel all season, but Lucy and Rylan got relocated to another hotel because of their partying. I remember articles about Rylan’s birthday celebration, too.

    Anyway, it’s all history now. The guy got sentenced more than a year ago. I just wanted to tell you how the story ended. Hopefully Lucy got help, too.

  • JustJam

    I assumed that Lucy & her manager had a feud with the producers because they wouldn’t allow her to sing anymore original songs at the live shows so she stopped appearing and was secretly kicked out of the tour as well.

  • Christopher Bee

    Yesterday there was an article in the german “Bild” Boulevard press, that Robert Pattinson´s Sister Lizzy had a successfull audition.
    In german: http://www.bild.de/unterhaltung/tv/robert-pattinson/schwester-lizzy-bei-the-x-factor-37035712.bild.html