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  • Surely we can't be the only ones who thought it was an early April Fool's joke when we heard that Engelbert Humperdinck was to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest?

    Engelbert Humperdinck

    But no, it was true and as the news was confirmed and we came out of shock, we thought that the team behind the UK song entry had finally decided to throw in the towel by picking the ageing crooner to represent the nation at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

    After going for (and failing to win over) younger voters last year with newly-reformed boyband Blue, wouldn't we end up the laughing stock of Europe for sending in a 75-year-old crooner this year?

    [See also: Engelbert Humperdinck facing Russian grannies at Eurovision]

    Now we've heard the song and we think we were too hasty.

    'Love Will Set You Free' is a Spanish-tinged ballad with a simple, yet catchy, melody that could well hook Eurovision voters.

    Humperdinck (as he's known to his friends) gives a rousing performance and is guaranteed to deliver on

    Read More »from Our verdict on the Engelbert Humperdinck Eurovision 2012 UK entry
  • We'll be honest and admit that we weren't particularly looking forward to the third series of 'Whitechapel' after the disappointing second series last year.

    However, the ITV drama redeemed itself big time with a new two-part story format and some genuinely creepy tales. And thankfully not a Kray in sight.

    If you missed the latest series, it's out on DVD on Monday 12 March and is well worth a look.

    In the mean time, we've managed to get our hands on this behind-the-scenes clip where Steve Pemberton talks about the show:

  • The cast of All New PeopleGreat news for fans of 'Scrubs' and 'Torchwood' as two of those shows' biggest stars are currently appearing in 'All New People' at London's Duke Of York's Theatre.

    The play arrives in the West End after an acclaimed run Off-Broadway and sell-out performances in Glasgow and Manchester.

    Zach Braff, best known as 'Scrubs' Dr John Dorian, is the star of the show here as he not only takes centre-stage, but also wrote the play. Show-off.

    He heads up the cast as Charlie, a man who decides to end it all on his 35th birthday. However, his attempt at a quiet suicide is interupted by the arrival of three uninvited guests.

    'Torchwood's Eve Myles is barely recognisable as the manic Emma, who turns up to rent out the apartment with her drug dealing fireman friend in tow, played by Paul Hilton.

    Things really liven up when Susannah Fielding arrives as the airhead escort hired by Charlie's friend as a birthday treat - and promptly steals most of the scenes with some great comic timing.

    It's a grimly

    Read More »from Cult TV stars take to the stage in All New People
  • Every other day there's a story about who's been attached to be a judge on the next series of 'The X Factor' both in the UK and in the US. Either side of the pond the list of names being rumoured is quickly outgrowing the list of names who haven't.

    Noel Gallagher, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston (so says Simon Cowell), the list grows every day

    The research was tough and laborious but we did it. We found the only nine people on the planet who are yet to have their name inserted into the headline: 'Will [X] be a judge on next year's 'X Factor'?' And here they are...

    Charlie Brooker

    TV rant-merchant and Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker is not exactly a fan of Britain's biggest TV show. The closest he's come to it was writing the second episode of his Channel 4 psycho-dramedy 'Black Mirror' which scathingly lampooned the idea of reality television.  His wife Konnie Huq once presented 'The Xtra Factor', an experience bad enough that it was the inspiration behind the

    Read More »from Who HASN’T been rumoured to become a judge on ‘The X Factor’?


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