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Gary Barlow’s advice to One Direction now Zayn Malik has quit?

Gary Barlow’s advice to One Direction now Zayn Malik has quit?

There can be fewer musicians who are better placed to advise One Direction on how they can continue now that Zayn Malik has quit than Take That veteran, Gary Barlow.

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X Factor 2015 relegated to Sunday evenings in massive shake-up?

X Factor 2015 relegated to Sunday evenings in massive shake-up?

We reported yesterday that there are some big changes to come for The X Factor this year, and it looks like we might not just be talking about the judging panel.

Apparently, the scheduling is going to have a MAJOR shakeup, and we may not see The X Factor be so prominent on a Saturday evening moving forward.
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X Factor 2015: Westlife star Brian McFadden to sign up as a judge?

X Factor 2015: Westlife star Brian McFadden to sign up as a judge?

As we reported last night, X Factor producer Richard Holloway has hinted that this year’s new series will – yet again, it’s an annual event by now – see major changes to the format and possibly to the judging panel.

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X Factor’s Cheryl FV talks “dangerous inhumane surveillance” and music biz sexism

X Factor’s Cheryl FV talks “dangerous inhumane surveillance” and music biz sexism

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is never one to keep her opinions to herself, and when she feels something needs saying, she says it…

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X Factor 2015: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini & Mel B to be AXED as format undergoes ‘massive overhaul’?

X Factor 2015: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini & Mel B to be AXED as format undergoes ‘massive overhaul’?

HUGE changes are ahead for The X Factor, and it appears that nobody is safe at the moment.

It has today been reported that the likes of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Louis Walsh, and Mel B are not safe ahead of the return of The X Factor later this year, as there is set to be a huge overhaul of the show.
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Fed up Nicole Scherzinger says “I’m done with Britain!” Jane McDonald to replace her in Cats

Fed up Nicole Scherzinger says “I’m done with Britain!” Jane McDonald to replace her in Cats

Former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly said that she’s “done” with the UK and is therefore going back to her native America.

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X Factor judge Cheryl FV backs hubby Jean-Bernard in rant about “f***ed up” music biz?

X Factor judge Cheryl FV backs hubby Jean-Bernard in rant about “f***ed up” music biz?

We recently reported that Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who is of course married to X Factor judge Cheryl, had taken to Instagram to have a bit of a rant that appeared to be aimed at Cheryl’s record label and at various radio stations.

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Are One Direction overworked? Sinitta BLASTS Simon Cowell after Zayn Malik drama?

Are One Direction overworked? Sinitta BLASTS Simon Cowell after Zayn Malik drama?

The evidence of how destructive fame can be has been seen in the tragic consequences it has had for a number of stars in the past…

Take for instance Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain – to name but a few – who all became self-destructive as they struggled to cope with fame and all that it brings.

And while many struggle to understand how having fame and fortune can become a miserable existence, as we reported earlier, a senior psychology lecturer pointed out that living in a “goldfish bowl” and having everything you do scrutinised and reported on is enormously stressful.

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And of course, One Direction singer Zayn Malik knows that only too well, given he’s recently been signed off work as he is suffering from stress after allegations were made in the media that he may have cheated on his fiancé, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

It was while discussing the drama surrounding Zayn that former pop star Sinitta levelled criticism at music mogul Simon Cowell – who of course first put One Direction together as a group and has since overseen their careers – over his recent assertion that should 1D wish to pursue solo projects, he’ll support them, as long as they don’t split up as a band.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Sinitta said, “The [One Direction] boys have worked nonstop since they left the show.

“It’s been so intense… but you know, sometimes, they just crash.

“Simon encouraging them to do solo projects isn’t going to do well for them [but] taking a break is.”

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Sinitta isn’t the first – and surely won’t be the last – to think that the One Direction lads are overworked, and as we reported last year, one industry insider even claimed they were being worked “like dogs” in order to capitalise on their global popularity…

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And it can’t be denied that since their time on X Factor in 2010, Harry Styles, the aforementioned Zayn, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have had barely any time off between tours.

But even when they do, they don’t get to enjoy much of it given that they are constantly surrounded by press and fans, and can’t do even the simplest of things that the rest of us take for granted, such as going on a holiday and lazing on beach, or even going out with friends for the evening.

Everything they do, everywhere they go, they’re filmed and photographed doing it and followed by the media and fans, so the only time they actually get to relax is if they are in their own homes or in a hotel room. And even then, chances are, the press and fans will be outside, so they daren’t go near a window!

We know we couldn’t live like that. Could you?

And do you think One Direction have been overworked? If so, is that why Zayn has, as Sinitta put it, “crashed”?

Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

X Factor New Zealand’s Natalia Kills reckons sacking was a ‘publicity stunt’ & check out the two new judges NOBODY knows!

X Factor New Zealand’s Natalia Kills reckons sacking was a ‘publicity stunt’ & check out the two new judges NOBODY knows!

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ll not know that Natalia Kills and her husband, Willy Moon have been FIRED from the New Zealand version of The X Factor.

The pair were sacked after disgusting comments they made toward a contestant on the show spread like wildfire around the internet. People knew about the comments who didn’t even know a New Zealand X Factor even existed it went THAT viral. Well, she reckons that it was all a publicity stunt, but if it was, it has backfired.
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X Factor’s Chris Maloney in car crash with Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey

X Factor’s Chris Maloney in car crash with Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey

X Factor star Christopher Maloney was hospitalised this week after being involved in a car accident in Blackpool on Wednesday.

It’s been reported that the former X Factor finalist was in a vehicle with Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey when another vehicle ploughed into the back of them. The men are working together on a panto in the area and were both injured in the incident.

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