X Factor UK Headlines for 01/22/17

Xtra Factor axed and replaced by a digital spin off.

‘I’m not faking for the first time’: Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards gets hot and heavy with a hunky male dancer as she makes ANOTHER thinly-veiled dig at ex Zayn Malik in new video for Touch
She was left heartbroken and publicly humiliated when her boyband hunk fiancé, Zayn Malik, called off their engagement via text message in the summer of 2015.

But fiesty Perrie Edwards, 23, seemed to get her revenge on the Pillowtalk hitmaker, 24, once again alongside her bandmates Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock in Little Mix’s racy new music video, Touch.

Making yet another thinly-veiled dig at her former flame – who is now in a serious relationship with supermodel Gigi Hadid, 21 – Perrie is seen getting hot and heavy with a hunky male dancer as they writhe around the set together.
Read more: Daily Mail

One Direction Songwriter on Piano Guys’ ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ Cover at Inaugural Ball: It ‘Breaks My Heart’
“To me the song is about love, joy, and acceptance. The fact that it was used to celebrate a man who stands for divisiveness and bigotry breaks my heart,” Savan Kotecha tells Billboard.

When The Piano Guys performed at Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” inaugural concert on Thursday, the YouTube sensations got the attention of One Direction fans across the country when they covered the boy band’s breakout hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” Then they pulled out the cover again Friday (Jan. 20) at Trump’s inaugural ball. What did the 1D guys think about being tied to Trump’s inauguration celebration? And did The Piano Guys clear the cover before performing it on national television?
Read more: Billboard

Up All Night? Zayn Malik looks virtually unrecognisable as he sports unkempt beard and scruffy hair during late-night stroll in New York
He celebrated his 24th birthday last Thursday, and it seems Zayn Malik is determined to revamp his image this year.

The former One Direction star looked worlds away from his usual clean-cut appearance as he stepped out for a late-night stroll with pals in New York on Sunday.

The Pillowtalk singer appeared to have fully shed the boyband look as he sported scruffy hair and a seriously unkempt beard.
Read more: Daily Mail

Tat-two can play at that game! Zayn Malik boasts new ‘love’ inking on his hand… after his girlfriend Gigi Hadid flashed band on her wedding finger
Gigi Hadid sparked speculation their could be upcoming wedding bells in her future.

Now her boyfriend Zayn Malik has added an apparent declaration of ‘love’ to his own hand.

The pop star, 23, was seen sporting a fresh and rather romantic inking across his knuckles as he stepped out in New York.
Read more: Daily Mail

It’s tie-dye for: Zayn Malik debuts floppy boyband hair and immaculate beard as he heads to Oceans Eight set in NY… just two days after stepping out with unkempt appearance
Just two days ago, Zayn Malik stepped out looking worlds apart from his usual self with scruffy hair and an unkempt beard.

But he was back to his best on Tuesday, when he headed to the Oceans Eight set in New York sporter an altogether smarter look.

The 24-year-old debuted boyband-style floppy hair, just like the ‘curtains’ which were big in the 90s and an immaculate beard for his outing.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘It was nice to have a little send off for her’: Louis Tomlinson reveals late mother Johannah urged him to ‘keep going’ ahead of emotional X Factor performance in first interview since devastating loss
Days after the death of his mother, Johannah Deakin, Louis Tomlinson showed the ultimate strength when he pressed on with a planned performance on The X Factor.

And after remaining silent since suffering the devastating loss last month – save for the odd social media post – the 25-year-old singer is speaking out for the first time – revealing that it was his mum’s encouraging words that spurred him on to perform.

‘It’s not something that I feel 100 per cent comfortable talking too much about but just quickly, when I first found out the news I kind of did want to throw the towel in,’ he admitted during an interview on SiriusXM Radio.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘STILL PALS’ Grieving Louis Tomlinson splits from girlfriend Danielle Campbell just weeks after his mum’s tragic passing
I AM very sad to reveal that grieving LOUIS TOMLINSON has split from his girlfriend DANIELLE CAMPBELL.

The break-up comes at a difficult time for the singer following the tragic death of his mum Johannah from cancer in December.
Read more: The Sun

Louis Tomlinson puts on a united front with ex baby mama Briana Jungwirth as they celebrate Freddie Reign’s first birthday with a family party
He’s maintained a positive outlook, despite the tragic death of his mum Johannah Deakin in December and the reported recent split from girlfriend of one-year Danielle Campbell.

And Louis Tomlinson, 25, wore a huge smile on his face as he celebrated his son Freddie Reign’s first birthday with baby mama Briana Jungwirth, 23, on Saturday.

The singer placed a hand gently on Freddie’s back as the tot went to blow out the candle on his birthday cake.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I was terrified’: Louis Tomlinson reveals he was petrified before his first solo performance on The X Factor days after mother’s death
He showed true strength when he took to the X Factor stage for a planned performance days after his mother Johannah Deakin passed away aged 43.

Now, Louis Tomlinson has revealed he was ‘terrified’ before his first solo performance of Just Hold On alongside DJ Steve Aoki following the devastating loss of his mum.

The 25-year-old One Direction star – who’s mother lost her battle to leukaemia on December 7 – admitted that his first solitary musical moment was complete blur.
Read more: Daily Mail

Cutting ties: Olly Murs’ twin ‘changes his name’ in a bid to distance himself from the pop star as bitter family feud continues
OLLY Murs’ twin has reportedly changed his surname in a bid to distance himself from his famous brother amid a bitter family feud.

Ben has dropped Murs and adopted his wife’s last name of Hart following a vicious fall out with his own relatives.

Olly and Ben fell out back in 2009 when the singer failed to attend his brother’s wedding so he could take part in The X Factor semi-final instead.

Ben has apparently not forgiven his twin for skipping best man duties, and remains estranged from his family over the nasty spat.

It has now emerged that Ben has reportedly dropped his surname in a further bid to cut ties with his relatives.
Read more: The Sun

Olly Murs’ estranged twin claims they haven’t spoken for SEVEN years after the singer skipped his wedding for X-factor… and now the brother has taken his wife’s surname as parents side with star
With a good job, a loving wife and two much-loved children, not to mention the support of close family just down the road, you might think Ben Hart has everything he wants in life.

By all accounts, the 32-year-old has done well, flying once a week to work in Holland as a respected engineer before returning home to a comfortable three- storey residence in the riverside village of Woodham Ferrers in Essex.

Yet there is no domestic peace of mind for Ben, no cosy sense that all’s well with the world, despite more than a decade of hard work and achievement.
Read more: Daily Mail

Ella Henderson flaunts her womanly curves in plunging ruffle bikini during sun-soaked trip to St. Lucia
She first came to prominence on 2014’s installment of X Factor.

Although keeping a low profile, Ella Henderson was sure to flaunt her incredible figure in an array of pool filled snaps on Instagram from her breath-taking trip to St. Lucia.

The 21-year-old beauty – who is set to release her highly-anticipated second album later this year – showcased her endless curves in a number of ruffle detailed bikini’s during her sun soaked trip.
Read more: Daily Mail

She has been one of The X Factor’s most recent success stories, boasting several hits under her belt.

So it was no wonder Ella Henderson wanted a break to get away from the stress of being a famous singer.

The 21-year-old star – who shot to fame on the 2012 series of the show – is enjoying a sunshine break in St. Lucia.
Read more: Daily Mail

SyCo have signed X Factor finalists 5 After Midnight to replace One Direction on Simon Cowell’s record company roster
SIMON COWELL hasn’t spent too long mourning the loss of HARRY STYLES and co.

I can reveal he has signed his first boyband since ONE DIRECTION — X Factor group 5 AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Simon was so impressed by NATHAN LEWIS, KIERAN ALLEYNE and JORDAN LEE that he’s snapped them up to his label Syco.

It’s a big achievement for the lads, who finished third behind SAARA AALTO and winner MATT TERRY.

Their career will also be guided by top showbiz guru PROFESSOR JONATHAN SHALIT and Global Radio boss ASHLEY TABOR. A source said: “There is no better label for them. If anyone knows how to find success with a boyband it’s Simon Cowell.
Read more: The Sun

The Xtra Factor to be AXED as ITV takes show which made household names of Caroline Flack, Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton off air
I AM very sad to report that a talent show institution is coming to an end.

After 12 years, X Factor spin-off Xtra Factor is being taken off the air by ITV.

It’s the end of a programme which was launched alongside the main talent show by SIMON COWELL in 2004 and has made household names of former hosts including HOLLY WILLOUGHBY, FEARNE COTTON and CAROLINE FLACK.

The decision has nothing to do with the show’s recent run — which was fronted by RYLAN CLARK-NEAL and MATT EDMONDSON.
Read more: The Sun

‘It had been on the decline for a few years’: Rylan Clark and Matt Edmondson post defensive tweets following the news that Xtra Factor is to be AXED in place of a digital spin-off
The Xtra Factor is set to be taken off the air by ITV after 12 years and its latest presenters, Rylan Clark have posted sweet yet defensive tweets following the news.

Matt wrote: ‘I wanted to write a quick something about my time on Xtra Factor, and the news it’s not coming back this year…

‘I had an absolute blast working for the show – it’s honestly the most fun I’ve ever had at work, and it’s thanks to the best production team in the world.
Read more: Daily Mail

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The Official Charts
1 Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
2 Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
6 Little Mix – Touch
11 Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
14 James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
17 Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
19 Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
36 Louisa Johnson – So Good
43 Little Mix – Oops (feat. Charlie Puth)

1 The XX – I See You
2 Little Mix – Glory Days
18 Olly Murs – 24 HRS
22 James Arthur – Back From the Edge
41 Little Mix – Get Weird

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