X Factor UK Headlines for 08/02/15

X Factor voiceover legend Peter Dickson quits the show after 11 years. Little Mix get their 3rd week at #1 on the UK single’s chart!

Zayn Malik Signs With Iggy Azalea’s Manager
Zayn Malik has reportedly inked a deal with Turn First Artists, where he’ll be managed by Sarah Stennett, who has also guided the career of Iggy Azalea.

Malik was previously part of the Modest! Management family as a member of One Direction, but turned to Turn First to help launch his solo career. A rep for Malik did not respond to Billboard’s request for comment, but sources close to the situation confirmed the signing to Billboard.
Read more: Billboard

Zayn Malik Signs With RCA, Tweets Excitement
Zayn Malik, solo artist, is making things official.

The singer shared a photo on Twitter of his official signing with RCA. (One Direction are with Columbia; both record labels are part of Sony.)
Read more: Billboard

Zayn signs new deal with RCA Records as he slams One Direction and says he quit to make ‘REAL music’
Zayn Malik has signed a new deal with record company RCA Records, but used the announcement to slam his former band, One Direction.

The 22-year-old singer posted a happy looking photograph of him signing the deal and wrote that he was happy to be doing his own thing from now on.

He wrote: ‘I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !! … #REALME (sic).’
Read more: Daily Mail

Simon Cowell congratulates Zayn Malik after he signs new record deal… despite his Twitter jibe at 1D
Simon Cowell has wished Zayn Malik well after he signed to RCA Records on Wednesday.

The 55-year-old tweeted, ‘We have been working on this for a while and I am pleased to say congratulations to @Zaynmalik on signing with @RCARecords.

‘I believe they are the perfect label for @ZaynMalik’s solo career and I am sure whatever they release together will be special.’
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Have I been listening to fake music for five years?’: One Direction fans are divided as Twitter reacts to Zayn Malik’s revelation he left the band to make ‘real music’
Zayn Malik has finally revealed the real reason he left One Direction in March, explaining he wants to show fans his true self.

And the boy band’s loyal fans are divided about the singer’s decision to sign a solo deal with record company RCA Records on Wednesday, enabling the 22-year-old heartthrob to express himself for the first time by making ‘real music’.

The internet went into meltdown when Zayn took to Twitter to share the exciting news, writing, ‘I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !! … #REALME’.
Read more: Daily Mail

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson Rips Off Liam Payne’s Shirt in Concert: Watch
There you were, living your life, doing your weekend, blissfully ignorant to the fact that boy band shenanigans were getting out of control in Minneapolis, where One Direction had their latest On The Road Again tour stop Sunday evening (July 26).

The guys are known for getting goofy while on stage, but NOTHING could have prepared fans for what took place next: Louis Tomlinson ripped Liam Payne’s shirt down the middle, tweaked his nipple and exposed his torso to thousands of fans who didn’t mind one little bit.
Read more: Billboard

Father-to-be Louis Tomlinson continues Naughty Boy feud as he JUMPS on piñata featuring music producer’s face during One Direction gig in Kansas City
He was embroiled in a bitter Twitter battle with music producer Naughty Boy earlier this year.

And it looks like Louis Tomlinson isn’t ready to forgive and forget, as the One Direction star gleefully jumped on a piñata decorated with Naughty Boy’s face during a gig in Kansas City on Tuesday night.

The singer, who is expecting his first child next year, has been locked in a spat with the producer since Naughty Boy teamed up with his ex bandmate Zayn Malik.
Read more: Daily Mail

One Direction surprise fans with their first single as a four-piece… just one day after Zayn Malik slammed the band as he signed solo record deal
One Direction surprised fans with the unexpected release of their brand new single Drag Me Down early on Friday morning.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson’s new track dropped on iTunes and Spotify worldwide at 6.30am before it premiered on the radio shortly afterwards.

It’s the boys’ first single without former member Zayn Malik, who took a swipe at the chart-topping boyband when he announced he had signed a solo record deal on Wednesday.
Read more: Daily Mail

One Direction Performs ‘Drag Me Down’ for the First Time in Indianapolis: Watch
Less than 24 hours ago, One Direction surprised fans with a brand-new single called “Drag Me Down.” And on Friday night (July 31), they surprised fans again by playing the song live for the first time at their concert in Indianapolis.
Read more: Billboard

Flying solo: Zayn Malik parties in Hollywood as former boyband 1D announce meteoric chart success with first four-piece single
He just signed a new deal for his fledgling solo career.

So you would have thought Zayn Malik would be celebrating with a smile on his face, but the singer cut a deflated figure as he left Hooray Henry’s in Los Angeles, on Friday.

Wearing a burgundy leather jacket, black skinny jeans and an open-necked top, the 22-year-old singer looked pensive as he signed autographs for a pack of waiting fans.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Proud of my boys’: Zayn Malik praises former band One Direction’s ‘sick’ new single Drag Me Down
Following his departure from One Direction earlier this year, Zayn Malik has already begun charting new territory as a solo artist.

But even after the public split from the pop group, the 22-year-old still has high praise for his former bandmates.

On Saturday, the singer appeared to reference One Direction and their latest surprise track Drag Me Down when he tweeted: ‘Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. :) x.’
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Stupid Man!’ Louis Tomlinson’s step-father threatens to pay star’s estranged dad ‘a visit’ following his cryptic comments about dropping a ‘bombshell’
Louis Tomlinson’s step-father has hit back at the One Direction star’s biological dad, Troy Austin, following claims he’d drop a ‘bombshell’ if the singer continues to rebuff him.

Outraged by Austin’s remark, Mark Tomlinson, who has raised the 23-year-old for most of his life, threatened to make a visit to Louis’ estranged father this week, just a day after his supposed warning hit the media.

‘Blackmail????????? Stupid man. Got a good mind to pay you a visit!!!!,’ he tweeted in response to the alleged claims.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘So you can have the ENTIRE FLOOR’: Bring It On actress Eliza Dushku claims she was kicked out of hotel room to accommodate One Direction
It had become her home away from home, but now Eliza Dushku is claiming One Direction disrupted her living situation on Friday.

The 34-year-old wrote on social media that she was kicked out of a hotel room in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to accommodate the touring pop stars.

Eliza, who added that she had been residing at the establishment for eight weeks, huffed on Twitter: ‘#DragMeDown Don’t worry @OneDirection…It was super chill movin outta my hotel room so u can have the ENTIRE FLOOR I’ve been staying on for 2 months.’
Read more: Daily Mail

Top of the crops! Perrie Edwards shows off her toned abs in a double denim bralet and skirt as she joins Little Mix bandmates for radio interview
She’s got plenty to smile about with the Little Mix girls heading for a third week at number one in the UK singles charts with their latest hit, Black Magic.

And Perrie Edwards added style queen to her list of achievements as she arrived at the BBC Radio 1 studios in central London on Tuesday morning for an interview alongside her bandmates, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Jesy Nelson.

Flashing a hint of her toned abs as the group wandered inside the building hand-in-hand ahead of their Live Lounge performance, the 22-year-old pop princess rocked a fun, 90s-inspired denim crop top and matching miniskirt.
Read more: Daily Mail

Lovely in leather: Leigh-Anne Pinnock stands out from her Little Mix bandmates in a hot pink minidress for radio interview
She’s still on a high after celebrating Little Mix’s third number one single, Black Magic.

So Leigh-Anne Pinnock had every reason to smile as she left the Radio 1 studios in London alongside her bandmates after performing on the Live Lounge on Tuesday morning.

The 23-year-old singer looked incredible in a hot pink leather dress by Versace, turning heads in her leg-baring number.
Read more: Daily Mail

Little Mix mash up Whitney Houston and Jason Derulo in Radio 1’s Live Lounge – watch
The group take on Jason Derulo and a Whitney classic in Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

It’s one of the cardinal sins on The X Factor, but Little Mix more than delivered when they took on a Whitney Houston classic in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

The group performed a cover of Jason Derulo’s Want To Want Me before seguing into a choir-backed rendition of Whitney’s chart-topping I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Watch below:
Read more: The Official Chart Company

Perrie Edwards shows her flexible side as she does ‘the crab’ to celebrate Little Mix keeping the number one spot in amusing Instagram videos
They had everything to celebrate after they kept their spell over the number one spot with single Black Magic.

But instead of toasting to their happy news, the Little Mix ladies rejoiced in their success by showing off their gymnastics skills while they enjoyed a girly sleepover on Saturday night.

After several miserable attempts from her band mate Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards did a pretty impressive ‘crab’, as she manoeuvred down the wall of a hotel corridor to perform the pose.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘It’s time for me to check out and cut loose’: X Factor voiceover legend Peter Dickson quits the show after 11 years
The X Factor has gone through some major changes this year ahead of the 12th series.

And the ITV show is losing one of its biggest talents, as Peter Dickson, the voice-over legend for the show, has announced he’s quitting after 11 years.

Peter announced the sad news on his Twitter page on Tuesday afternoon, telling his fans that it’s time ‘to check out.’
Read more: Daily Mail

Slim Cheryl Fernandez-Versini continues to cause concern as she steps out for photo shoot with noticeably sunken cheeks
Her dramatic weight loss has caused concern in recent weeks. And the latest pictures of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will do nothing to dispel that.

The strikingly slender singer left a photoshoot wearing dramatic make-up which served only to emphasise her prominent cheekbones.

Flashes from photographers’ cameras exposed the rings of brightening concealer which had been applied under her eyes.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Someone give that girl a burger’: Worried fans take to social media to share their concerns over Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s strikingly slim appearance
Her noticeable weight loss has been making headlines over the past few weeks.

And a host of fans and well-wishers have flocked to social media sites to share their despair over the Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s strikingly slender physique.

While insider claims that Cheryl is ‘eating like a horse’ in order to regain the weight she lost due to ‘grief’, many have pleaded with the singer to try and get back to her normal shape as soon as possible.
Read more: Daily Mail

Showing him how it’s done! Seasoned judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and X Factor newcomer Nick Grimshaw film Bootcamp stage
There are two new judges on the X Factor judging panel this year, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.

But luckily they have some experienced co-stars to call on with both Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the panel.

Cheryl shared some behind the scenes snaps of herself filming interviews for the Bootcamp stage of the show on Tuesday, although she gave few details away, simply captioning them ‘bootcamp’.
Read more: Daily Mail

Ready for BOOTcamp! Cheryl Fernandez-Versini shares a glimpse of her super-skinny legs as she poses in sultry X Factor ensemble
She may have been with the show for many years, but Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was adding a whole new sassy edge to the Bootcamp stage on Tuesday.

The petite brunette slipped into a pair of super-sexy thigh-high boots to kick off the next section of X Factor auditions and took to Instagram to share her hot new wardrobe addition with fans.

Cheryl, 32, flashing a glimpse of her seriously-slender legs, teamed the look with a new choppy hair-do, which she also debuted on the day.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘She has an amazing will to win’: Eighties producer Pete Waterman on the moment he first met ‘competitive’ Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and the ‘charming’ Kylie Minogue
For decades, one man influenced pop culture like few others. He was one of the most prolific music moguls of a generation, the original hit man behind more than 100 Top 40 UK hits and 40 million records.

So it may come as a surprise that Pete Waterman – the brains behind the careers of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and many more – has never listened to music.

‘I can’t. I’ve never listened to music. It’s what I do for a living,’ the 68-year-old told FEMAIL.
Read more: Daily Mail

New BFFs Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora cement their X Factor friendship with adorable Boot Camp snap
Year after year, rumours of an X Factor rift have hit the headlines – namely down to wardrobe rivalry.

But this time, female judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora seemed to have forged the closest of friendships, if their new behind the scenes snap is anything to go by.

Cheryl, 32, and 24-year-old Rita proved the strength of their newly-fledged bond at Boot Camp as they smiled down the lens after having their hair styled.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I have as much right to be on that panel as everyone else’: Rita Ora poses in PVC underwear for seriously sexy photoshoot as she defends her new X Factor role
Rita Ora is hot property in the music, fashion, television and beauty worlds.

So it’s little wonder that the seriously-sexy starlet this month covers Glamour magazine’s ‘big fashion issue’ and has plenty to reveal when it comes to being poached for the X Factor.

The 24-year-old blonde, striking a pose in PVC underwear for the smouldering cover shoot, explains how the music mogul that is Simon Cowell could only be fitted into her schedule at midnight and how she plans to prove her worth as one quarter of the most watched judging panels in Britain.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Simon and his mini-me!’: Cowell and son Eric ride a golf cart in identical jeans and white shirts in heart-melting snap
He became a father last year at the age of 54 and Simon Cowell’s son Eric is clearly a chip off the old block.

Simon’s X Factor co-star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini shared a sweet snap on Instagram showing Cowell, 55, and Eric, 17 months, in a golf cart wearing identical outfits.

Eric is seated on Simon’s lap with both clad in jeans and white tops and Cheryl captioned the sweet snap: ‘Simon and his mini-me.’
Read more: Daily Mail

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Irish Charts
1 Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me
6 Little Mix – Black Magic
20 Sigma – Glitterball (feat. Ella Henderson)
25 Rita Ora – Poison
30 Fifth Harmony – Worth It (feat. Kid Ink)
38 Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
72 Aston Merrygold – Get Stupid

1 Ed Sheeran – X
80 One Direction – FOUR

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The Official Charts
1 Little Mix – Black Magic – 3rd week at #1
4 Sigma – Glitterball (feat. Ella Henderson)
22 Fifth Harmony – Worth It (feat. Kid Ink)
24 Rita Ora – Poison
28 Aston Merrygold – Get Stupid
48 Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
78 Iggy Azalea – Trouble (feat. Jennifer Hudson)
86 Olly Murs – Up (feat. Demi Lovato)

1 Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes
25 Will Young – 85% Proof
40 Andrea Faustini – Kelly
69 Ella Henderson – Chapter One
91 Olly Murs – Never Been Better
98 Fifth Harmony – Reflection

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I recently graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In my free time I like to read books, watch TV and listen to music. I'm also a huge cat lover. I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.