X Factor UK Headlines for 02/07/16

Zayn Malik scores his first solo #1 single in the UK.

Why did Zayn Malik bow out of Radio 1 appearance? Singer drops out of his SECOND interview in less than a week after releasing debut single Pillowtalk
He recently disappointed fans after announcing he was pulling out of his first solo TV interview since leaving One Direction.

But on Monday evening, Zayn Malik once again dropped out of a promotional appearance, making this his second cancelled interview in less than a week.

The 23-year-old singer – who released his highly-anticipated debut single Pillowtalk on Friday – was due to appear on Greg James’ BBC Radio 1 show, but bailed on the gig half an hour before going live on air.
Read more: Daily Mail

Zayn Malik Previews New Track ‘Late Nights’
Keeping with the after-hours theme of his first single “Pillowtalk,” Zayn Malik offered a preview on Twitter of a new track presumably called “Late Nights,” according to the caption.

The snippet comes after the frosty-haired crooner pulled the curtain on his kaleidoscopic “Pillowtalk” visual last week, which starred his supermodel bae Gigi Hadid and made timelines go in-zayn.

In his recent Billboard cover story, the former One Direction member sheds his boy band image for the uncensored version of himself. “That’s because I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I’m not censoring myself anymore, so I’m not tired. I love it,” he said.
Read more: Billboard

‘I’m feeling 22’: Harry Styles surprises fans by tweeting quote from ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift as he celebrates birthday
Harry Styles has marked his birthday by sharing a quote from ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift.

The One Direction singer turned 22 on Monday, and surprised fans by tweeting the line ‘I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22,’ from his ex’s song, also called 22.

The pop stars dated for three months from November 2012 into January 2013.
Read more: Daily Mail

EXCLUSIVE: ‘She’s been called an ugly gold digger, had her life threatened and social media hacked.’ Family of Louis Tomlinson’s baby mama reveals they’ve hired lawyers to deal with vicious taunts from obsessive One Direction fans
Since the day they found out she was having Louis Tomlinson’s baby – Briana Jungwirth has been harassed, called a gold digger and even received death threats from obsessive One Direction fans.

And now the attacks from the army of 1D followers – known as Directioners – have gotten worse for the new mom of a nearly two-week-old baby boy.

But Daily Mail Online exclusively reveals Briana’s family is taking action – and have called in lawyers to deal with the barrage of ‘nasty’ abuse.

According to the 24-year-old’s relative everyone in her circle has become a target since the pair’s son Freddie Reign arrived on January 21.

The family member, who asked not to be named, says: ‘It has been an onslaught, the fans are attacking and breaking in to our social media profiles, trying to get our passwords, calling our homes at all hours of the day and night.
Read more: Daily Mail

Little Mix come over all emotional as they release stripped-back video for Secret Love Song in collaboration with Jason Derulo
Perrie Edwards famously suffered a very public break-up last year and she’s remained strictly professional throughout and in the aftermath.

But the Little Mix singer’s emotions couldn’t be denied in the band’s video for their new single – Secret Love Song – on which they collaborated with Jason Derulo.

The four-piece – comprising Perrie, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson – dropped the accompanying visual to the ballad on Wednesday and it’s far more sombre than their previous offerings.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘It’s early days but they’re having fun’: Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall ‘dating The Struts rocker Jed Elliott’ as couple share photos from romantic dates in Paris
She’s been single since splitting from Diversity dancer Sam Craske in 2014.

But it looks like Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall is enjoying a new romance with a rocker as The Sun claims the stunning star is in the ‘early days’ of a relationship with The Struts bassist Jed Elliot.

Jade has been sharing some blissful snaps of romantic dates with Jed on her Instagram page over the past month, which have included a trip to Paris.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I’m less scared of being myself, I don’t have anything to hide’: George Shelley reveals he is bisexual in impassioned video message
George Shelley has admitted he’s bisexual in a candid YouTube video.

The Union J singer has publicly addressed his sexuality by posting a video of himself on YouTube on Wednesday, in which he speaks about having girlfriends and boyfriends in the past.

In the emotional clip, George, 22, – who recently competed I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – said: ‘I’ve been on a personal journey and I want you to be part of that journey from now on.
Read more: Daily Mail

11 times X Factor boys made very surprising post-show transformations, from £60k plastic surgery to killer abs
Leon Jackson, Rylan Clark, Ray Quinn et al have certainly changed.
Everyone loves a makeover, but it seems that going on The X Factor magnifies that instinct x100. Just inspect these 11 male finalists from the show – and see how much they’ve changed since the days of desperately singing for Simon Cowell’s (and the nation’s) approval.
Read more: Digital Spy

The X Factor WON’T be rested next year: Syco insists Simon Cowell talent show is coming back in 2017
But will it still be on ITV?
Despite persistent rumours, it looks like The X Factor WILL be back next year.

The show faced some of its lowest ratings during the last series in 2015, with the final drawing only 5.95m viewers, and with its contract with ITV ending this year, some have speculated that the show could take a rest.

However, a Syco spokesperson rejected the claims, telling The Sun: “The X Factor will not be rested in 2017?.”?
Read more: Digital Spy

Not only is The X Factor carrying on, but it will still be on ITV
The channel “fully intends” to renew its deals.
It had been rumoured after falling ratings that The X Factor may be rested when its current deal ends after 2016’s series.

Yesterday, a Syco spokesperson confirmed that the reality talent competition won’t be taking any time off, but it wasn’t clear whether the show would stay with ITV.

However, a spokesperson for the channel has now said that it plans to extend its deal for The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

“The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent contracts come up for renewal after the latest series air later this year, and we fully intend to continue with both shows into 2017 and beyond,” said an ITV spokesperson.
Read more: Digital Spy

Dermot O’Leary ‘could return to The X Factor to replace Olly Murs and Caroline Flack’ as it’s confirmed show has been renewed for another two years
He left fans devastated when he quit The X Factor after eight years at its helm.

But Dermot O’Leary, 42, could be making a comeback to the series since he’s reportedly been offered big money to replace new presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack in a bid to boost ratings.

A source told The Sun: ‘There has been a quiet approach via his management company.’
Read more: Daily Mail

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Irish Charts
12 One Direction – History
26 Fleur East – Sax
36 One Direction – Perfect
43 Little Mix – Secret Love Song (feat. Jason Derulo)
57 One Direction – Drag Me Down
68 Little Mix – Love Me Like You
81 Olly Murs – Kiss Me
82 Sigma – Coming Home (feat. Rita Ora)
84 Little Mix – Black Magic

1 Walking on Cars – Everything This Way
15 One Direction – Made in the A.M.
22 Little Mix – Get Weird

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The Official Charts
9 One Direction – History
11 Little Mix – Secret Love Song (feat. Jason Derulo)
41 Fleur East – Sax
46 One Direction – Perfect
55 Sigma – Coming Home (feat. Rita Ora)
56 Olly Murs – Kiss Me
66 Little Mix – Love Me Like You
71 Little Mix – Black Magic
75 One Direction – Drag Me Down

1 David Bowie – Best of Bowie
18 Little Mix – Get Weird
20 One Direction – Made in the A.M.
60 Olly Murs – Never Been Better

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