Children In Need & Band Aid 30: Charity Fever Takes Over! Yay!

Children In Need has been a TV fixture of my life since I was a kid and I’ve always loved the adorable Pudsey! 🙂

And this year for 2014 the TV extravaganza was out again in full force raising much-needed funds to help children and young people all over Britain with Sir Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw, Rochelle Humes, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton on presenting duties. Throughout the night we seen short clips about the stories of children and young people and causes which the money would help and it’s really heartbreaking to see. It makes you very thankful for your own health and that of your loved ones and really hits home just how important it is that as much money is raised as possible.

Here is five highlights from the many high points on the night! Enjoy! 🙂

The official BBC Children In Need single

The single this year was a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up by Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir composing of Mel Giedroyc, Linda Robson, Fabrice Muamba, Nitin Ginatra, Craig Revel Horwood, John Craven, Radzi Chinyanganya, Jo Brand, Margaret Alphonsi, Alice Levine, Larry Lamb and a childrens’ choir. The song has went in straight at number 1 in the UK.

S Club 7 Greatest Hits Medley

I was a huge fan of S Club 7 when I was younger especially album track “Boy Like Me”. Yeah that was on repeat when I was younger! 🙂 So it was lovely to see them back.

Susan Boyle

I just love Susan Boyle’s voice. Amazing as always! 🙂

Tom and Jerry

Here’s a real blast from the past from my childhood! 🙂 The animation is great on this and who doesn’t love Tom and Jerry?! 🙂

Eastenders’ Grease

Eastenders are always very entertaining on Children In Need and this year was no exception!

BBC Song

I love the original of this song God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and I think everyone does a great job on it for a worthy cause. There’s many stars involved including Brian May, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Chris Martin, Jaime Cullum, Chrissie Hynde, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Stevie Wonder, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and Paloma Faith as well as original Beach Boys’ member Brian Wilson and a youth choir and orchestra.

For more go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2R3PxWX7hzMb8lNZs3Ngz5L/god-only-knows

To find all the ways to donate to this amazing cause go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/22w0vNWLPftNlYjwPtclpDw/donate

Meanwhile on The X Factor at the weekend, Sir Bob Geldof made a thought-provoking speech about the new Band Aid 30 song in aid of helping raise funds for the Ebola crisis.

Geldof said,

‘Thanks Simon for allowing us to do this, this is hardcore, to allow X factor nation to do this, it is an enormous production, this thing [Ebola] could arrive here on a plane any time. This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it, and we will stop it, and we will support those immensely brave NHS doctors and soldiers who have volunteered, and the government who are leading the world on this. At 8am tomorrow morning, for the first time this is about us, buy this thing, buy five by ten, it’s a great track, we wanted to show you the context of how this was done only yesterday’.

The track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, has a whole host of stars on board including Roger Taylor, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Guy Garvey, Bastille, One Direction and Olly Murs.

To help you can pre-order the track on iTunes.

Geldof said,

“It’s a song, it’s a track, but it’s an event and the next stage is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the eighties. And the only way to do that is to get people to buy the thing. Spare me this free economy. Spare me Spotify and YouTube. There’s a donate button on YouTube. Hit the donate button. It’s a badge of honour to have this on your phone or on your iPod, or whatever the hell you’re using. And don’t buy one, buy several. Give them to your mates.”

View the song’s video here:

But remember to support and please help the cause too if you can. 🙂

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Jermain Jackman Wins The Voice UK 2014!

Jermain Jackman has won this year’s The Voice UK and the singer, from Hackney, London, looked shocked when his name was called out as the winner. Both he and his mentor Will.I.Am were visibly emotional after the news was announced.

Jermain said:

“This is not just an achievement for me, this is an achievement for every single person around the world, especially in the UK, who has had a dream, worked hard for that dream and achieved that dream. I want you guys to know – work hard for your dream and you can achieve it.”

Will said:

“A lot of people are going to giggle when you say [you want to be the first black Prime Minister], but you can prove people wrong. To go out and put yourself in that situation where you want to do work in your community, that’s a lot of hard work and focus and dedication. I hope you know this victory is more than just you singing. This is direction and guidance for the rest of your life.”

Leicester singer Sally Barker from Team Tom and Christina Marie from Bristol who was on Team Ricky were joint runners-up while Team Kylie’s act Gillingham’s Jamie Johnson finished in 4th.

Each of the acts duetted with their coaches in the final and Cheryl Cole also surprised Will.I.Am with a phone call of support.

Well done Jermain! 🙂

The Voice UK Commissioned For Two More Series!

Ricky Wilson has set everyone's - ahem - heart ablaze this season on The Voice UK!

Ricky Wilson has set everyone’s – ahem – heart ablaze this season on The Voice UK!

The BBC have announced that The Voice UK is to return for two more series. In the run-up to this season’s semi-final the announcement was made today.

Announcing the two new seasons of The Voice, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore said in a statement:

”It’s been fantastic to see The Voice return in top form to kick start BBC One’s brilliant year so far – the new line-up has really connected with audiences and I look forward to it returning to the channel next year.”

The Voice has had a huge surge in popularity this series getting an average weekly audience of almost nine million viewers each night due to the amazing talent, the loyal judges Will.I.Am and Tom Jones and new arrivals to the panel Kylie Minogue and the so-sexy-it-should-be-illegal-to-be-that-sexy Ricky Wilson.

The BBC have as of yet not announced who will be coming back to the coaching panel for the fourth series but Kylie has said,

“I’m touring later this year and the timings wouldn’t work.”

I love Kylie. I think she is amazing but to be honest as long as Ricky comes back I’m happy! 🙂

The Voice UK Ones To Watch!

The Voice UK had it’s battle rounds over the last two weekends and judges Ricky Wilson, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Will.I.Am picked their teams for the new knockout stage before the live shows this year. So who are the ones to watch out for in my opinion and who do I think should be  that isn’t. Read on to find out! :-):

The Ones To Watch Out For:

Callum Crowley

Welsh lad Callum Crowley sang Climax by Usher at his blind audition causing three coaches to turn around. Will, Kylie and Ricky. His fellow Welsh counterpart coach Tom Jones did try to turn around too but was out of time in his attempt. Callum chose to go for Team Will. At the battle rounds he had major competition from the very talented Tom Barnwell as the lads battled it out singing Michael Jackson’s PYT. Will chose to put Callum through to the next stage.

Steven Alexander

Scottish singer Steven Alexander sang Will Young’s The Game at his first audition and managed to get both Tom and Kylie to turn around. He chose to go on Team Kylie. In the battle round he was paired against Leo Ihenacho, formerly of The Streets. The pair battled it out to Leo Sayer’s Thunder In My Heart. Kylie chose to send Leo through but Tom then used his steal to send Steven through as part of his team.

 

Sally Barker

British singer/songwriter and founding member of The Poozies Sally Barker is part of Tom’s team. The singer, who has an incredibly clear singing voice, wowed Jones at her blind audition with her version of Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood even making her coach cry due to the emotion in her voice. And after she sung Olly Murs’ hit Dear Darlin’ against country singer Talia Smith in the battle rounds poor Tom was off again. He chose to send Sally through.

James Byron

24-year-old James Byron wowed at the auditions with his strong vocal of Janis Joplin’s Cry Baby. Will turned around and he made it through to the next round as part of Team Will. In the battle rounds he was pitted against fellow powerhouse vocalist Kiki De Ville where the two battled it out to Because The Night. Will chose to send James through.

Christina Marie

Christina-Marie-I-Have-Nothing-The-Voice-UK-Video

Christina Marie managed to get three coaches Ricky, Kylie and Tom to turn around at her blind audition due to her wonderful version of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing. She chose to go with the charming Ricky. (Can anyone blame her really?!) and at the battle auditions she made it through in a tough bettle against hugely talented Nathan Amzi to The Power of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Bizzi Dixon

Bizzi Dixon auditioned after his brother Shenton. While his older brother didn’t make it through, Bizzi did with his soul version of The Kings Of Leon’s Use Somebody. He managed to get both Kylie and Tom spinning around in their chairs and he chose to go with Team Tom. In the battle rounds he made it through a tough battle with Kenny Thompson singing Hey Jude by The Beatles.

Sophie May Williams

Sophie May Williams impressed Will at the auditions with her jazzy version of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, her dress sense and the fact they had so much in common. And in her battle against Cherri Prince Williams impressed once again to Love Cats and made it through to the next stage.

Who do you like on The Voice UK this year? Comment below with your thoughts!

Watching The Voice UK For The First Time This Season!

Callum Crowley stole the show on this week's Voice UK.

Callum Crowley stole the show on this week’s Voice UK.

The amazing Marc William!

The amazing Marc William!

I don’t have the UK channels at home so I hadn’t seen any of The Voice UK until this week when I was on holiday and they had the channels on the ‘ole telly in the hotel room. I must admit I’m hooked already. I’m a huge fan of both Ricky and Kylie and a few of the acts were really good especially my fellow Celt Callum Crowley, who was from Newport in Wales and who sang an amazing version of Climax by Usher. I wasn’t really shocked that he could sing because nearly everyone in Wales is a great singer! He joined Team Will.i.am.

Bizzi Dixon also did a soul version of Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody and ensured his place on the fabulous Tom’s team while Nathan Amzi joined Team Ricky after bringing a bit of musical theatre to proceedings and team Will.i.am had another addition in the form of the powerhouse vocals of Kiki de Ville. 

Also thought Paul Raj, Bizzi’s brother Shenton Dixon and especially Marc William were really good that didn’t get through. I was really sad for Marc. He was a really good rock singer. He sang Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.

Callum Crowley:

Marc William:

Who was your fave auditionee this week? Comment below with your thoughts! 🙂

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition In The Barbican Art Gallery!

Jean Paul Gaultier's work is been celebrated!

Jean Paul Gaultier’s work is been celebrated!

Madonna and the designer with his famous creation!

Madonna and the designer with his famous creation!

The designer's famous sailor look on display!

The designer’s famous sailor look on display!

Art and fashion! Two worlds where inspiration and visual beauty abound!

And The Barbican Art Gallery has joined the two together in a wonderful exhibition to pay tribute to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

Entitled, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk it is the first major exhibition dedicated to his  vision to his talents and vision. Gaultier has been a major player in the fashion industry for nearly 40 years and in that time the genius has been both amusing and risk-taking in his choices. He has admitted that he is fascinated by world cultures and counter cultures and through this his output has managed to get rid of boundaries between nations and genders. It’s an exhibition which is theatrical and displays over 140 cutting edge clothes which included iconic pieces for film and performing such as the conical bra and corsets worn by the very eccentricly fabulous Madonna, stage outfits worn by Kylie Minogue and Dita Von Teese and pieces made for Luc Besson’s movie The Fifth Element as well as his signature sailor suits (Who doesn’t like a man in uniform?!).

If you get the chance, go see it! Jean Paul Gaultier is one of my fave designers and I am definitely going to try to get there myself.

Prices for the event:

Adults: €27.64, £14.50

Children: €10.95, £9.00

Concession: €15.21, £12.50

Under 12s go free

On from: 9 Apr-17 Aug

Tom Daley Comes Out That He Is Bisexual and Says He Has A Boyfriend

The Very Brave and Inspirational Tom Daley

The Very Brave and Inspirational Tom Daley

The very brave, inspirational and amazing Olympic diver Tom Daley came out that he was bisexual today. The 19-year-old also revealed that he had a partner. In a video, posted to YouTube and then shared on his Facebook page which has already gained over 21,000 likes and 3,000 shares on Facebook Tom said his boyfriend made him feel safe, happy and secure. Aw! Daley also posted on his Twitter page: Got something I need to say…not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me! 🙂 http://youtu.be/OJwJnoB9EKw
“In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone,” the Olympic bronze medallist said in the video.
“And they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy.”
Handsome Daley, who was recently named the world’s sexiest man by two magazines, said he was at first surprised that he was attracted to another man.
“It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in my head that something like that could happen. But it wasn’t until spring this year that things just clicked. It felt right and I thought ‘Okay’. And my whole world changed there and then.”

Daley also said,
“I’ve never felt that comfortable talking about is my relationships before. Even when I’m doing sports interviews I get asked ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Who are you seeing?’ I’ve been dating girls but never had a serious relationship to talk about it.”

In recent years there have been huge highs and lows for Daley who lost his father to cancer in May 2011.
“My life has been a bit of a rollercoaster,” he admitted in the video.
I lost my own dad in 2008 to heart trouble and to lose someone you love is the worse thing that can happen to you so I can emphatise with Tom about that pain. But I’m sure they are both looking over all their loved ones and I’m sure his dad is very proud of how brave he has been today from wherever he is watching. I’m sure Tom is sad that he never got to meet his boyfriend. I often think that if I met a guy who made me feel like his boyfriend makes him feel that it would be really sad that my dad never got to meet him.
“Losing my dad to cancer was one of the hardest things I had to deal with in my whole life, winning an Olympic medal in front of a home crowd, finishing my A Levels this year – it’s been hectic.”
Daley said his father Rob always said to him: “As long as you are happy, I’m happy.”
He also said about his mum Debbie: “My mum has been so supportive as well.”
He said, “”My friends and family are always there to support me and I hope you guys can be, too.”

Reclining patriotly on Union Jack bedspreads in his bedroom, Daley said he felt he needed to publish the video after he was misquoted in an interview.
“In an ideal world I shouldn’t be doing this video because it shouldn’t matter. But I was misquoted in an interview and it made me really angry and frustrated. Honesty is something I believe in,” he said.
Too true Tom.

Daley’s diving coach, Andy Banks said it would not affect his performance.
Banks said: “Tom being Tom, it will be situation normal and he’ll get on with the job. He’s diving very well.”

Edward Lord who is the chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association, said: “To be one of the first British Olympic athletes to come out is very brave.”

Gay rights campaigners Stonewall tweeted: “Moving and inspiring video from @TomDaley1994. A role model for thousands of other young people.”

Gary Lineker tweeted: “Delighted that @TomDaley1994 is happy in his new relationship. Well done for sharing it. Good luck to them both.”

Union J star Jaymi Hensley, who previously admitted that Daley was his celebrity crush, tweeted his support: “Well done @TomDaley1994 really brave thing todo! #proud”

Kylie Minogue tweeted: “@TomDaley1994 Inspiring and brave…..as always!!! #RespectTom”

Stephen Fry tweeted: “I opened the second door on my advent calendar and Tom Daley came out. Seriously @TomDaley1994 congratulations. So happy for you.”

Daley later tweeted to his 2.5m followers: “Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys.”

So proud and happy for you Tom. You are an absolute inspiration. So brave. I wish you and your boyfriend all the best. Love you Tom!

To see Tom’s inspirational video go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJwJnoB9EKw&feature=youtu.be