Showbiz

X-Factor Diary: It’s showtime, and it’s scary

December 19, 2013

British teenager Adir Tov is competing as part of a boy band on the Israeli TV talent show

“We’ve been busy rehearsing all week for the first live show.

“At the beginning of the week, we had a serious talk with our mentor, Ivri Lider, who is a really big pop star in Israel.

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Stephen Fry hires John Galliano as costume designer for Oscar Wilde show

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

Stephen Fry has employed disgraced fashion designer John Galliano to design the costumes for his theatrical production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The move comes two years after Mr Galliano faced criminal charges for a drunken antisemitic rant.

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He’s gone from JFS to X Factor

By Charlotte Oliver, December 12, 2013

Six months ago, JFS schoolboy Adir Tov was studying hard for his GCSEs and looking forward to going on tour to Israel with his friends.

Now the 16-year-old is the sole British contestant on Israel’s X Factor — and is about to start singing on the TV competition’s live shows as one fifth of a boy band.

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Bond girl honoured by Berlin museum

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

A former Bond girl, who fled to Britain from the Nazis as a child, has been honoured by a German museum with an exhibition on her life.

Night Flight To Berlin, at the Pankow Museum in Berlin, tells the story of actress Nikki van der Zyl and her family, who left their home in the city in 1939.

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BBC to screen first-ever Israeli drama

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013

The BBC is to screen its first ever Israeli drama, it announced today.

The corporation said it had bought the crime series, Hostages from production company Armoza Formats.

The series, made up of 10 60-minute episode was previously shown on Israel’s Channel 10 and tells the story of a surgeon who is ordered to sabotage a routine operation on his country's leader .

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Amy Winehouse’s heartache revealed in Valentine’s card

By Rosa Doherty, December 5, 2013

Amy Winehouse’s devotion to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been revealed in previously unseen love letters that are being put up for auction.

In one, a Valentine’s Card sent to Fielder-Civil while he was in prison after a conviction for assault, the singer writes he is “an ache in my guts. I belong to you. I always have”.

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Gary Barlow wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2013
Gary Barlow wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah [

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Rizzle Kicks wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2013
Rizzle Kicks wishing Sinai Pupils a happy Channucah

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Olly Murs wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2013
Olly Murs wishing Sinai pupils a happy Chanucah

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Arctic Monkey's manager honoured for contribution to UK music industry

By Rosa Doherty, November 29, 2013

Music mogul Colin Lester has been given an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University for his services to the British music industry and to the city of Southampton.

Mr Lester , from Stanmore, has been a visiting fellow at the university for the last five years, and was presented with his award at a ceremony held at the Southampton Guildhall .

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