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  • VIP X Factor Preview: Judges Guide

    X Factor starts tomorrow but there’s a whole new judging panel. Are you keeping track of it all? We’ve had a look back at our fave judges of all times because we are really, really excited about the new series!

    Basically Sharon’s out, Cheryl’s in, Dannii’s out, Tulisa’s in, then Cheryl bags it Stateside then gets the elbow, then Nicole and Kelly’s in and well insipidly Paula didn’t pinch anyone’s spot!

    What do we think then?

    Out of the seven babes of the broadcast, Sharon Osbourne (above) is the oldest and distinctly most ill-advising mentor. The 58 year-old is only somewhat musically-credible so comes last as the X-Factor empress. Sorry Shaz!

    We’re not doing this in age order but in sixth place is a 49 year-old Paula Abdul (above). Ab-dull is the ‘nice’ umpire (from what we’ve seen on American Idol), but still looks trendy and has sold over 60 million records worldwide. So why the low position? As the other mamas put up a good scrimmage!

    Five albums, four films and a baby later, we think Dannii Minogue (above) has an important background showing she knows the ropes behind show-business. Plus she is classy and constructive!

    This might leave you open-mouthed but with the amount of times Cheryl Cole said ‘swagger’ and oodles of tragedies she was mixed up in, the once upon a time reality TV star started sending us to sleep. But points awarded for her twenty-something top ten hits and top drawer sense of style!

    Nabbing the third spot is ex-Destiny’s Child member, Kelly Rowland (above) who is plausible for her previous group and solo success. And the frosting on the cake is she has a voice and can talk through experience about how to sing properly

    Tulisa Contostavlos (above) is the doppelganger of Sir Alan Sugar but in the music microcosm. The lady of N-Dubz began her game aged 13, growing up in North London’s Camden Town where she became recognised for her group’s rise and memorable lyrics like “my name’s Shaniqua and what!”

    We caught a peep of our Queen of X Factor on the UK’s version in 2010. And taking into mental analysis this doll’s vocal reach, performance perfection and that she emerged from a television talent show in 2001. We crown Nicole Scherzinger to have that zing that the X-Factor is all about. All hail Nicole!

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  • Kelly Rowland Style

    Tulisa may be blowing us away with her recent series of style hits but fellow X Factor judge Kelly has also been making a splash with fashion. Some people may find it daunting competing with a 23 year old sex symbol but Kelly holds her own against Tulisa by ensuring her perfect physique is showcased in figure hugging outfits.

    Brave enough to flaunt your silhouette? Get this similar black dress from French Connection for £26.

     

    Finish with a pair of sky high ankle boots for a fab evening look. We love this pair from Topshop for £62.

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  • Kelly Rowland Style

    The Destiny’s child diva has been locked in a fashionbattle with fellow X Factor judge Tulisa since beginning her stint on the UK show last month. Kicking the style up a gear, Kelly has been snapped on numerous occasions looking hot in an array of stylish outfits. Taking a break to appreciate the great British high street, Kelly popped into River Island to snap up some bargains.

    Snap up a pair of her ultra skinny jeans for £39.99 from Kelly’s favourite high street store River Island.

    We love the double denim look and Kelly mixes her dark wash skinny jeans with a contrasting light denim shirt. Get this similar style from Urban Outfitters for £38.

    Kelly injects some vibrant colour into her look with a pair of bright turqouise peep toes. We love this pair by Dune. Available from House of Fraser for £85.

    A long day of shopping requires a practical bag. But practical doesn’t have to equal boring. We love Kelly’s two tone brown shoulder bag and have found this similar style from Dorothy Perkins for £55.

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  • Manchester Yesterday: X Factor Auditions

    The Event: Manchester X Factor Auditions

    The Venue: Manchester

    The VIPs: Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh

    The Gossip: (1) DING DING! ROUND 2! This year’s X Factor style war continues and this time Tulisa has taken a leaf out of Cheryl’s book with her all white outfit, 1940s hair, bright red lips and even her dimples and tattoos all bearing similarities to Cheryl’s style traits.

    (2) But Kelly wins our vote with this chic take on a casual look of blazer and t shirt teamed with super high heels and, of course, massive shades as she heads in to search for the next Su-Bo.

    (3) The men kept it understated, both sporting a smart casual navy look. Perhaps taking the lead from Simon Cowell, it looks like Gary Barlow is going to keep well out of the girls’ fashion war. Probably a good decision Gaz.

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  • Glasgow Yesterday: X Factor Auditions

    The Event: X Factor Auditions

    The Venue: SECC, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

    The VIPs: Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos (above), Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow

    The Gossip:

    1) Young dancers in traditional Scottish outfits greeted the judges as they arrived at the venue – careful people, Gary and co will start getting egos as big as Simon Cowell.

    2) Kelly Rowland (below) looked incredible displaying her toned legs in a pastel patterned skirt, a long-sleeved cream blouse with neck tie and some lofty footwear. However, the shoes did not help her attempt at copying the Scottish dancing!

    3) Tulisa Contostavlos (photographed at the top of this post) went for a very short black patterned dress not made for bending over teamed with peep-toe boots. Could this be the beginning of a Cheryl vs. Dannii style fashion war?

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  • Birmingham Yesterday: X Factor Auditions Day 2

    The Event: X Factor Auditions Days 2

    The Venue: LG Arena, Birmingham

    The VIPs: Kelly Rowland (above), Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Dermot O’Leary and Olly Murs

    The Gossip:

    1) The first to materialize from the judge’s Birmingham inn in a mini dress with a neon pink print was N-Dubz’s Tulisa Contostavlos.
    A contrast from her day one threads (below).

    2) But day two saw Kelly Rowland as Commander of the fashion fracas jumping into a printed maxi-dress and tan wedges from Olivia Rubin’s S/S 2011 collection.

    3) But enough with the trend teasing, let’s converse Cheryl. Fresh face on the panel Tulisa seemed befuddled discussing her predecessor, saying ‚ÄúThe Cheryl thing is a mystery to me.‚Äù

    4) In the meantime following her brusque dismissal from the US X Factor, a US producer of the show claimed ‚ÄúIt has been a tough week for everyone involved with the series, not just Cheryl. Simon feels he has been made to look like the bad guy in all of this, when all he’s done is offer someone a job”

    The supplier uninterruptedly continued “He moved heaven and earth for that girl, effectively offering to double her salary to take up a role on the UK show. Obliviously he feels responsible for Cheryl and regrets the way some of this has played put. But at the same time, Simon won’t be losing sleep over someone who has just rejected a multi-million pound job offer.‚Äù

    Ouch! Click here to view images from day two’s auditions

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  • Birmingham Today: New X-Factor Auditions

    The Event: X- Factor Auditions

    The Venue: LG Arena Birmingham

    Date: 1st June

    The VIPs: Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Olly Murs, Caroline Flack

    Gossip:

    1) It was thought that Cheryl Cole might return to the British show after being unceremoniously sacked from the US show by Simon Cowell.  However, that’s not going to happen and it’s now the turn of Kelly Rowland and Tulisa from N-Dubz to have a go at judging the fresh talent.

    2) Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will replace Konnie Huq on the ITV spin off show, the Xtra Factor.

    3) There was fashion rivalry between Kelly Rowland and Tulisa from N-Dubz, as the former Destiny’s Child singer made Tulisa look frumpy in comparison to her gorgeous yellow crop top and black mini skirt.  Tulisa’s bold jumpsuit choice failed to hit the right note.  Kelly Rowland also wowed the crowd with her 6 1/2 inch Christian Louboutin platforms.

     

     

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  • London Last Night: MTV Staying Alive Foundation Dinner

    The Event: MTV Staying Alive Foundation Dinner

    The Venue: Westbury Hotel, Mayfair, London

    The VIPs: Keith Lemon, Laura Whitmore, Emma Willis, Tim Kash, Sarah Harding, Esmee Denters and Kelly Rowland (above)

    The Gossip:

    1) We were hoping to see Sarah Harding’s wedding sparkler last night at MTV’s Staying Alive foundation dinner BUT Sarah swapped her bling for a gold skull band. It was sad times! Check out Sarah’s plain ring below. (Her old one looked very similar to the blue sparkler Prince William gave Kate Middleton)

    2) The evening was also held to toast the retirement of Bill Roedy who is the chairman of MTV Networks International. And to say a special goodbye Kelly Rowland gave a speech and sang Bill an acapella of ‚Äòforever and a day’‚Ķ It definitely brought tears to our eyes!

    3) Kelly, who is the ambassador of the Staying Alive campaign, wore a classy black one-sleeved one-piece dress for the event showing off her fab figure! Check Ms Rowland out below

    Click here for more pictures from the event

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  • London Last Night: Kelly Rowland Goes To Movida

    The Event: Kelly Rowland goes to Movida nightclub

    The Venue: Movida, Oxford Circus, London

    The VIPs: Kelly Rowland (above), Tinie Tempah and Amir Khan

    The Gossip:

    1) Kelly Rowland touched in the UK less than 24 hours ago but the girl knows how to have fun!  Kelly began her evening watching Wicked at the Apollo Theatre where she tweeted her verdict of the show writing ‚ÄúAmazing! I LOVED IT!!!!!!‚Äù Check Kelly with the cast of Wicked below

    2) Ms Rowland didn’t stop there and headed straight to Movida nightclub where she danced to all her hits including ‚Äòcommander’ and ‚Äòwhen love takes over’. The DJ even went back to the Destiny’s Child days where Kelly danced with her fans and invited people to join her tweeting ‚ÄúIf you’re in London, come party w/ me at Movida!‚Äù

    3) Tinie Tempah and boxing champ Amir Khan joined Kelly in the VIP area and it wasn’t long until Kelly and Tinie collaborated for a boogie when ‚Äòinvincible’ played. Amir simply fist pumped when he was enjoying the songs‚Ķclassy.

    4) The rumours are flying that Amir met up with Katie Price recently and he’s a factor in her marriage breakdown. We couldnt possibly speculate, but Katie (or someone else) should teach him some dance moves quickly!

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