• Midweek Music: Top 5 Videos

    Hi VIPs! We’ve reached hump day of the week which means you may be in need of a bit of extra energy to power you through to the weekend? Fear not! We have a great mix of pop (Olly Murs), rock (Muse) and rap (Snoop Dogg) to feed your soul in many ways.

    Sit back, put your headphones in and let yourself be carried away with the music. You’ll be more efficient when you return to work, we promise!

    Olly Murs – Seasons

    Meghan Trainor – Hello Future Husband

    Muse – Pyscho (this is very angry music to let go of allyour frustrations)

    Blur – There Are Too Many of Us (it’s retro hearing Blur again but the intro is long)

    Snoop Dogg – Peaches and Cream (We know we mentioned this last week but now we have the full video, not just the lyrics)

    Which one did you like the most?

    Now have a great day! See you tomorrow for a roundup of showbiz news stories.

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  • Midweek Music: Top 5 Music Videos

    Morning VIPs! Today, it’s our mission to make Wednesday a good one. They say time flies when you’re having fun so what’s stopping you from having fun today?

    It’s time to shake that feeling off and what better way to do that then to fill your mind with cool music? These are our personal favourite music videos of the week. Enjoy!

    Fall Out Boy – American Psycho

    Jessie J – Masterpiece

    Sam Smith – Like I Can (with all the airplay it feels like it’s been out for ages but the video is atmospheric)

    Olly Murs ft Demi Lovato – Up (even better than their X factor performance)

    Nicole Scherzinger – Bang (we know we mentioned this yesterday but it’s so sexy we couldn’t resist doing it again)

    Have a fantastic day! Do whatever you have to do in style, don’t apologise unless you have to, and see you tomorrow for more celeb goss.

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  • Weekend Showbiz Round-Up!

    Hello VIPs! October is in full swing and the weather is changing. Keep warm with the all the latest showbiz gossip.

    Olly Murs has spoken out about his relationship with Francesca Thomas for the first time stating that he wants her to have a normal life. Love how he’s looking after her!

    Olly Murs

    Kelly Brooks’ ex David McIntosh boasted online about dodging train fares and then went ahead to treat himself to a new black Bentley complete with a personalised number plate. Speechless.

    avid McIntosh

    Kris Jenner has revealed that she’s ready to fall in love again after filing for divorce from Bruce Jenner. She also mentioned that there’s no better feeling in the world.

    Kris Jenner

    Lindsay Lohan’s West End debut in Speed-The-Plow received mixed reviews with one critic stating that she was insanely out of her league. At least she didn’t crash and burn which many people were expecting her too.

    Lindsay Lohan

    Heidi and Spencer are set to resurrect their reality TV career in the next season of Marriage Boot Camp. They might be having therapy but these two are definitely made for each other.


    Oh no! Amanda Bynes was spotted talking to herself and acting bizarre. This comes in light after her DUI arrest in Los Angeles last week. We thought she was on her way to recovery but seems like she’s hit another speed-bump!

    Amanda Bynes

    Kim Kardashian has dismissed outrageous claims on Twitter that she left North West behind in her car! We don’t believe she forgot her.

    North West

    Tweet @livelikeavip your showbiz thoughts.

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  • Anchorman 2 Premiere And Glam Gossip

    Hello VIPs!  Hope you are all having a good week so far? We are more than half way through the week and there is only 13 days til Christmas! If that doesn’t make you smile, take a break and indulge in some showbiz goss. Today we have pics of the Kardashians, who have been supporting Women in Entertainment, Lucy Mecklenburgh going up West to London to support Lydia Bright, Anchorman pics including a hairy Olly Murs and a hot Tom Hardy. Finally, the King of the Jungle has returned to the UK.

    Let’s start with a quick look at the main event in London. The Burgundy carpet (as opposed to red) at the Anchorman 2 premiere! Here’s a group shot of the cast:


    The woman who stole the show was Christina Applegate – what a dress! She upstaged Will Ferrell.


    For more Anchorman 2 photos, click here.

    Over in LA, the uber-glam Kim Kardashian has been spotted at The Hollywood Reporter’s 22nd Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast in Beverly Hills. Kim looks gorgeous in this bright yellow coat- looks like she might have taken some inspiration for her outfit from our Bright coloured coats article – check it out here.


    Khloe Kardashian also attended the Women In Entertainment Breakfast in an all white ensemble. The youngest Kardashian sister looked better than ever – despite the tough couple of month she’s faced recently. Take a look for yourselves.


    Back in England, fashionista Lucy Mecklenburgh took a break from her Essex life to support her friend and former TOWIE star Lydia Rose-Bright at the launch of her Spring/Summer Collection.


    Meanwhile, Olly Murs attended the UK premiere of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ last night. He came dressed in a dapper suit and in homage to ‘Ron Burgundy’ he sported a moustache too. We thing this new look suits him – What do you think?


    Another star hitting up the red carpet at the Anchorman 2 premiere is former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt. We love Kimberly’s fabulous matching red dress and lips!


    Hunky Brit actor Tom Hardy attended the The Sun Military Awards on Wednesday night. He completed his dapper look with a bow tie and smile.


    Finally, newly crowned king of the jungle Kian Egan has been spotted at the airport arriving back from Australia.  The I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant looked like he couldn’t keep his hands off his wife after 3 weeks stuck in the jungle.


    So, what do you think about Kim’s choice of outfit, do you like Olly’s moustache? and do you think Kian should have been crowned King of the jungle? As always we love to hear what you think so let us know by leaving a comment below.

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    Royal Variety Performance 2013

    Hi VIPs! I’m back in Britain and I arrived at just the right time as it was the Royal Variety Performance last night. This is always a truly British event, showcasing our musical, entertaining and comedic talent.

    I mean, even Prince Charles looked like he was enjoying himself, as you can see from the photo below. It’s rare we see him smile that much!


    It was a truly spectacular show from beginning to end. Here’s a highlight of the best bits.

    Robbie Williams and Olly Murs


    Gary Barlow


    Mary J Blige


    Torvil and Dean (on inline roller skates)


    Chas and Dave (with a very happy Camilla)


    Jessie J


    And after the show, Jessie met Prince Charles, but he did not know where to look. Funny! He’s definitely blushing at her lack of clothing on the top half…


    The Royal Variety Show will be shown on ITV on 9 December so make sure you tune in. Tweet me what you like (@zoegriffin)

    Now I’m getting back to the groove of UK and party life and I will have more gossip for you tomorrow. I love GREAT BRITAIN :)


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  • How To Get Gig Tickets Like A VIP

    Let’s face it, the process of getting gig tickets is normally a scrambles. I’ve had to do it myself – refreshing the website millions of times and constantly dialling a hotline to get an engaged tone, hanging up and re-dialling. All this can take at least an hour each time and it doesn’t even guarantee you will be successful.


    But that is where BigTicketShop comes in. BigTicketShop is a free to use service that works in partnership with various ticket retailers. The purpose is to filter all of the information that is provided on those numerous sites, onto our one site, so that you can easily see what is available. This will let you make a hassle free decision when it comes to choosing the number of tickets, the price and, in cases, where you would like to sit.

    Now it’s so easy to actually buy the tickets, the hardest thing is working out what you actually want to see! Personally, judging from the new vidoes they’ve got out right now, the top three acts on my wish list are:

     Olly Murs

    I just love the video Olly did with Robbie Williams. Hand on Heart is so catchy! But then its impossible to think of a bad Olly Murs song. That boy has so much energy, I just can’t get over the fact he lost X Factor to Joe McElderry. I saw him at the V festival earlier this year and he was one of my highlights of the festival. You can get Olly Murs tickets from Big Ticket Shop.

    Dizzee Rascal

    Dizzee’s video Love This Town did not make the Radio 1 playlist but that just makes it cooler. Who wants to be mainstream anyway. The video is hilarious as Dizzee saves cats and washes windows. With Dizzee live, you never know what to expect.

     One Direction

    I have a confession – I have never seen One Direction at their own gig. I saw them at Capital Radio’s Jingle Bell Ball but never on tour. Now they released their video for Story Of My Life  and they’ve got back from a sell out gig in Japan, I’m starting tor really feel like I’m missing out. They look gorgeous in the video!

    What artist do you want to see live next? Tweet me @zoegriffin and let’s get a big wish list going.I’ll keep you posted on what I go to and whether it was worth it!

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    Meet Hot New Artist Ed Drewett

    Sometimes in this section we’ll give you backstage gossip from established artists and sometimes we’ll bring you information about people who are going to be HUGE. This is a bold claim but there is something special about Ed Drewett and we have gossip directly from him (scroll down below).

    But first, let’s explain who he is! He’s featured on a track with Professor Green and written songs for The Wanted and Olly Murs,and now he is set for even more success with the release of his brand new single, ‘Drunk Dial’.


    The up and coming Essex boy may have already had chart-topping song-writing success, but now it’s time for Ed to make a name for himself. With cheeky chappy charm, good looks and heaps of talent, we reckon Ed is the next big thing to hit the music industry.


    Plus, we can all relate to ‘Drunk Dial’ –  you know when you’ve had one drink too many and it suddenly seems like a great idea to call your ex? Yeah that..

    But what inspires a true talent like Ed? We caught up with the man of the moment himself to find out exactly what he’s been listening to!

    Here’s what’s on Ed’s Ipod -

    Check out Ed’s music video for ‘Drunk Dial’ below – The Live Like A VIP girls can’t stop singing it! Drunk Dial was released on March 10th, if you click on this iTunes link you can download it for just £0.99!

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  • VIP Awards: Pride Of Britain Awards 2012

    Celebrity Awards | Pride of Britain

    It is the awards show that pulls in more stars than the Oscars. Yes, last night saw the Pride of Britain Awards arrive at London’s Grosvenor’s House, with a string of celebrities in tow. Pride of Britain is the awards show to honour ‘real people’ who have gone through or done incredible things in their life. Host for the night Carol Vorderman looked fabulous in a plunging scarlet dress and lighter locks – Carol said she brought anotehr tube of waterproof mascara with her as she always cries at least once every ten minutes. We think Kleenex should have sponsored the event!

    Tess Daly stunned the crowd her black floor length gown. We loved her outfit so much, we had to write a fashion post dedicated to her. Read it here.

    BFFs Caroline Flack and Olly Murs went as each others dates, but still maintains nothing romantic is going on between them. Come on guys, just get it together!

    As gorgeous as ever, Emma Bunton always looks in fantastic shape. Baby Spice said hitting spin classes is the best form of exercise and she has better legs now than she did ten years ago. Where is our nearest spin class?

    We love Holly Willoughby and we love her backless dress too. It’s one of her own collection from Very.co.uk. What do you think? Tell us on our Facebook page.

    Arg and Joey seem to have forgotten about their relationship woes and went on a boys night out. Joey looks great, but we think Arg thinks he is in Bugsy Malone. Oh dear.

    Pineapple Dance Studio’s Louie Spence was on his best behaviour last night and we didn’t see a single dance move from him. Is he ill?

    Olympic champion and Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Louis Smith looked rather dapper in a shimmery jacket and polka dot shirt. The gymnast said things are getting tense for him now as the competition is really starting to heat up. If we get to see Louis do the splits again, we will vote every Saturday night.

    Forgetting about Mario’s latest sexts with the Sugar Hut honey’s, Lucy put her best frock on and showed him she can have fun without him. Lucy looked stunning in this see through maxi dress, but said she was a bit apprehensive about wearing it. We are loving Lucy’s blonde locks and the Essex girl said she has been using Moroccan Oil to keep it soft and shiny.

    Super fit Mark Wright showed off a new geek chic look. The Take Me Out: The Gossip presenter said he is not sure if he will be bringing back Hollywood Nights – but he is thinking about filming it somewhere else. Perhaps Miami Nights Mark?!

    Myleene Klass showed her ex-husband that she can bounce right back and look better than ever. The television presenter looked stunning in a lace floor length dress and is in fantastic shape. Myleene said she has been feeling sad for far too long and it is time to concentrate on her career and being happy again. Here, here Myleene.

    Pride of Britain Winners…

    :: Alice Pyne, 16, from Cumbria, is to be presented with a teenager of courage award.
    She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma when she was just 12 and has since become a powerful campaigner. Her blog, a ‘bucket list’ of things she wanted to achieve before she dies, received more than a million hits in one day. She has now managed to get more than 40,000 people to join the register to be a bone marrow donor and raised £100,000 for different charities with younger sister, Milly, 14.

    :: Ramona Gibbs, seven, from Bristol, will receive the child of courage award. Ramona had a split-second to make a life or death decision as an out-of-control car hurtled towards her and her little sister Trixie. She pushed Trixie out of danger but received serious injuries herself, including liver and lung damage, a broken leg and rib, a bruised pelvis, badly damaged knee and severe internal bleeding. She needed five operations, and spent 16 days in hospital. Incredibly, Trixie, now five, escaped with just a scratch to her cheek.

    :: Jack Carroll, 14, from Yorkshire, will also receive a teenager of courage award.
    The cerebral palsy sufferer refuses to let his chronic condition hold him back in life and uses stand-up comedy to laugh in the face of it. He performed his first gig at his parents’ wedding anniversary in 2010 and has since become an internet sensation when his uncle uploaded footage of the gig on YouTube, which has now received more than 10,000 hits worldwide.

    :: Jack Henderson, seven, from East Lothian, will receive the Lidl young fund-raiser of the year award. Jack has raised almost £30,000 for the hospital looking after his little brother Noah.
    The youngster had the idea of drawing pictures in return for a donation to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, which treats three-year-old Noah for bronchiolitis. After selling his first picture for 20p, Jack has become an internet sensation, secured a book deal, and designed charity t-shirts – all for the cause.

    :: Alan Watkinson, 48, from Middlesex, will be presented with the teacher of the year award. He inspired double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah along with thousands of pupils to achieve their potential. It was during one of his PE classes at Feltham Community School, in Hounslow, west London, that he first met the young Mo and immediately spotted his potential. Alan, from Twickenham, encouraged the future Olympic gold medallist to attend a running club, even driving him there after school and on Sunday mornings.

    :: Jay Kamiraz, 33, from London, will receive the Prince’s Trust young achiever award.
    At the age of 17 he was savagely beaten in an unprovoked attack by a gang of seven men as he slept in a yard behind an inner city hostel. He spent a month in hospital before returning to a life on the streets. But when the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami hit in 2004, Jay decided to help survivors by forming a choir to sing at a charity concert. He contacted The Prince’s Trust, who supported him to launch JK Creative Arts Management Ltd, providing entertainment at weddings and corporate events.

    :: Corporal Carl Taylor, 26, from Birmingham, will receive an outstanding bravery award.
    He put his life on the line twice by running across open ground in a hail of bullets to save the lives of three children in Afghanistan during an intense firefight with Taliban insurgents in March 2011.

    :: Royston Smith, 48, and Alistair Neill, 55, from Southampton, will also receive outstanding bravery awards. The pair tackled a killer armed with an automatic SA80 rifle in the control room of the nuclear submarine they were visiting last April. Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux was tragically shot dead in attack on the docked HMS Astute in Southampton.

    :: Katie Piper, 29, from London, will be given a special recognition award.
    She was scarred for life in a horrific acid attack organised by her violent ex-boyfriend.
    She has since launched the Katie Piper Foundation in 2009 to raise awareness of the plight of victims of burns and other disfigurement injuries.
    A Channel 4 film called Katie: The Science of Seeing Again, followed her as she prepared to undergo stem cell surgery in bid to restore sight. It was her 110th operation in four years.

    :: Natalia Aggiano, 34, from Middlesex, will also receive a special recognition award.
    After her mother was murdered when Natalia was 19, she decided to donate one of her own kidneys to save a complete stranger’s life.

    :: Jane Gates, 49, and Michael Gates, 53, from Berkshire, will be presented with special recognition awards. The grieving parents embarked on a crusade to help other families enduring the same ordeal after their seven-year-old son Sebastian was diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumour – a rare form of childhood cancer. His death in 2003 inspired them to complete the development of a £1.6million purpose-built holiday home, called The Bluebells, where 100 families stay each year free of charge.

    :: The TeamGB and ParalympicsGB teams will receive a special award. The athletes achieved their goal to ‘inspire a generation’ after finishing third in both medal tables. Highlights included Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford providing Super Saturday in the Olympic Stadium, while Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds’ heroics in the pool offered more sporting drama.

    :: Flo and Jim Essex, from Somerset, will be presented with the fund-raisers of the year award.
    Flo, 82, and 86-year-old Jim have raised more than £160,000 for charity over 20 years. The couple have laid down on a bed of nails, raced down hills in shopping trolleys, jumped through burning hoops and abseiled down an eight-storey hospital tower, all in aid of great causes.

    :: Doreen Lawrence OBE, 60, from London, will receive the lifetime achievement award.
    She won her 19-year battle for justice for her murdered son Stephen Lawrence this year and has also campaigned tirelessly for a fairer legal system. Stephen was 18 when he was stabbed to death in a racist attack in 1993. When murder charges against the suspects were dropped, Doreen became a powerful campaigner and forced a public inquiry into the way police dealt with Stephen’s murder. She has since opened the Stephen Lawrence Centre which offers free courses in IT, creative arts and multimedia.

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  • Party Time: Sundown Festival 2012

    Celebrity Festival | Sundown Festival

    With festival season well and truly coming to an end, we are still clinging on for dear life to our Hunter wellingtons, straw hats and bottles of beer. This weekend we took it easy at Norfolk’s Sundown festival and chilled out to the sounds of Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Stooshe and Chase and Status. Fans poured in from across the UK to see their favourite acts perform, and despite the weather, we still had bags of fun.

    Olly Murs looked hot, hot, hot in his pork pie hat and shirt combo. The X-Tra Factor host, who has been touring the United States with One Direction performed his way through hits such as Heart Skipped A Beat and we have to say, he is looking in pretty good shape. Mr Murs told us he has been hitting the gym and running his belly off – apparently the Essex boy over indulged whilst in America. You look FINE to us Olly.

    After taking a bit of a hiatus from the music scene recently, Pixie Lott came back with a bang over the weekend and performed some of her old hits and gave us a sneak peak into some of her new material. The Essex girl looked super hot in a pair of white denim hotpants and matching jacket – Pixie said she is loving the new Lipsy and Topshop collections. If you want to look scorching hot like Pixie, get yourself out shopping now.

    Our fave girlband of the moment, Stooshe, took to the stage and performed Love Me and Black Heart. The London girls looked their usual cool, eclectic self in a mish-mash of outfits – we are loving their style. Not only was their style bang on, they looked glowing too. The girls said their make-up artist has been using Bobbi Brown highlighting pens to hide dark circles and give them a glow.

    Electronic music duo Chase and Status wrapped things up at Sundown with a dance-tastic performance which sent the crowd CRAZY. This was the last festival the boys will be doing this year, but Saul did say that they will be bringing out some new material very soon. We cannot wait to get our dancing shoes on and start raving out – hurry up boys.

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  • Summer’s Sexiest Festival: V

    Celebrity Party | V Festival

    Although we missed Glastonbury dearly this year (sniff, sniff), we still needed somewhere to shake our booties, jump in the air like we just don’t care and get the use out of those Hunter wellie’s we bought. This weekend saw V Festival arrive in Stafford and Essex, with the likes of Olly Murs and Tulisa performing to a sea of thousands of fans.

    The sun was shining, the face paint was being artistically drawn on hundreds of faces and the beer flowed freely – this is what a scorching hot weekend was made for. Rita Ora dazzled at both festival sites, on the Saturday she gyrated across the stage in a orange boiler suit in Stafford and on the Sunday she dominated the Chelmsford stage in a blue latex Kim West dress – forget Rihanna, there is a new Rude Girl on the block. We caught up with Rita a few weeks ago and the singer confessed she has been spending her free time hunting down outfits in vintage shops like Rokit – we think she would be our perfect shopping partner.

    Emeli Sande didn’t have much of a rest after the Olympics closing ceremony last week as the soulful singer said she had been practicing all week for her V performance. The Scottish lass was one of the only artists to perform at the opening and closing ceremonies and said since then she has been asked to perform at some very random high profile shows – Christmas at Buckingham Palace perhaps? We were loving Emeli’s red hot nails and the Next To Me singer said she has an addiction to Nails Inc polishes as they never chip.

    Coronation Street babe Michelle Keegan seemed to put her man troubles behind her and party like there was no tomorrow. Michelle has been through the emotional ringer these past few months after Max George allegedly cheated on her. The Northern lass didn’t let that get her down though as she partied it up in Stafford. The Corrie barmaid was looking her usual super hot self (we hope Max has seen the pics) and has said she has been keeping busy by hitting the gym. We had better get our membership now.

    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson looked pretty loved up with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder. The teenage heartthrob has been super busy conquering the United States, but has said he is glad to be back home so he can spend time with his family and gfriend – awwww, we love you Louis.

    X-Factor’s Cher Lloyd had to leave the stage of the festival after being attacked with a bottle of urine. The teen walked off the stage after someone threw a bottle of yellow liquid at her, which is now said to have been some festival goers urine – gross. Come on guys, we know she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but that was cruel. We adore Cher and have even devoted our beauty page to her – check it out here.

    Caroline Flack seemed to have put the One Direction voodoo doll drama behind her, (1D fan mag pictured her as a voodoo doll last week and ‘attacked’ her with pins). The X-Tra Factor presenter said she is trying to put the vile business to rest and move on with her life. Flackers rocked the grey dungaree dress and said this summer she has become a Topshop addict. We’re there with you Caz.

    Tulisa rocked the Chelmsford stage on Sunday afternoon in a mash up of fashion, (we’re not convinced T, sorry). But, The X-Factor judge did give a fabulous performance and gave us a sneak preview of her new track Live it Up. We were loving Tulisa’s barely there glittery lips, and the N-Dubz star said she is addicted to Barry M glitter lippy’s as they stay on all day.

    X-Factor hottie Olly Murs was looking pretty damn fine as he performed on the Chelmsford stage yesterday afternoon. The X-Tra Factor host has been trying to crack America as One Direction’s support act and seems to have done a pretty good job. Mr Murs said he has got a few projects up his sleeve this year and said he might be doing another documentary – we cannot wait.

    The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers showed us how to rock a festival, with him and his band headlining the Essex leg of the weekend music extravaganza. The Killers are one of our fave bands, but we were gutted Brandon didn’t bust out his feather jacket – damn this hot weather.

    Tinie Tempah gave one of the best performances of the weekend and showed off his rippling six pack – PHWOAR!

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