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The Spice Girls reunion tour has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least.

The iconic 1990s girl-group performed at Croke Park last Friday, and Cardiff's Principality Stadium last night, and fans are slamming the sound problems and even demanding refunds.

The band's opening gig in Dublin was plagued with sound issues, with some fans in the crowd even walking out after they were unable to hear any of the songs or the commentary in between.

After Friday's gig, Spice Girl Mel B said she hoped the sound "will be much better" at their Cardiff concert, but seemingly the audio problems remained.

Many fans took to social media to vent their disappointment, describing the sound delays and feedback as atrocious.

"How disappointing to spend money on a ticket to see The Spice Girls and the support act stole the show!," wrote one Twitter user, Kate Carr.

Jess Glynne was brought in as the support act, and apparently the sound during her set had no issue.

"The Spice Girls was so much fun however the sound was atrocious and you could not hear what they actually said! So disappointing when you pay soo much for a once in a life time opportunity," wrote another Twitter user.

Not being able to hear their favourite 90's pop icons after paying huge prices for tickets left many people upset, understandably.

The four band-members (Geri Halliwell, Mel C, Mel B and Emma Bunton) powered on with their set list of greatest hits despite the issues.

With fans paying almost €100 for tickets, it's easy to see why they became frustrated, to say the least.

Others were unhappy when Cardiff's stadium roof was bizarrely left open, allowing the rain to come in.

The girl group will continue to perform 12 more concerts in the UK, but we hope they sort these technical difficulties out. At least some fans had a brilliant time, with some describing the experience as 'phenomenal'.

The Spice Girls are heading to Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh and Bristol and will finish their tour at London's Wembley Stadium. 

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Influencers are part and parcel of our online lives, and while they entertain us with their Instagram antics, they are also masking a booming business of brand endorsements.

This year, 33 complaints were made to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland, as reported by The Journal this morning. 

Ireland’s advertising watchdog received triple the amount of complaints on last year, regarding influencers promoting brands and products without the now legally enforced transparency. 

Influencers are required to be transparent in their paid for content according to the Irish Statute book.

Using the hashtags 'ad' 'spon' or 'SP' are usually considered an acceptable declaration of branded content, as seen above. In the case of Snapchat, all of the snaps uploaded must carry the sponsorship hashtag, not just the first. 

Orla Twomey, chief executive of the ASAI told TheJournal that 33 complaints are being investigated.

 

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'It is likely in this area that we will have more adjudications,” she told The Journal. 

The ajudications from the current investigations are due out in August. 

'I genuinely believe people don’t set out to deceive or not disclose, but it’s a new area and people are learning and improving practice as they go along,' she said

'It’s very good to see that there had been such engagement among bloggers and blogging communities in this area.'

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Last Friday, The Late Late Show held a Valentine's Day special… which received hundreds of complaints.

The format of the show saw singletons in the audience being paired up, as well as Al Porter and Linda Martin perform a musical number together.

Cringey to say the least, but that's what happens when Irish people and love mix. 

But now, Ryan Tubridy has hit back at the haters, saying "the headlines bely the success of [the] show.

"The show actually went down very well and it got 46 percent share which is enormous and which is a very, very good result indeed," he told his RTE Radio 1 listeners.

"Yes of course a number of people complained but actually bigger numbers watched it and seemed to enjoy it and the story that seems to have emerged from that programme is that, well to me, it's a tale of two Irelands.

"One Ireland is full of under 50s who thought it was a hoot and another Ireland full of over 50s who thought a little less of it in that sense."

He went on to say that everyone has their preferences, and the whole nation won't always like the same thing.

"The bottom line is we do 37 Late Late shows in a season, one we go bananas and that was Friday night and it was great fun.

"In another we play with toys and we act like children and that goes down very well indeed.

"And another one coming up down the tracks will be the country show and some people will hate that because they don't like country and some people will love it because they love country," he added.

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With the vast majority of us needing a stiff drink to get through the latest episode of The Late Late Show, you can't say the good folk behind the long-running RTÉ show don't know how to provoke a reaction from viewers.

Unfortunately for Ryan and the crew, not everyone was impressed with the show's Valentine's Day content, with hundreds of people wasting no time complaining to the national broadcaster.

According to reports this morning, the programme received 176 calls and 120 emails – all of which 'offered negative feedback about the programme.'

In addition to this, the national broadcaster received 10 formal complaints regarding Friday night's episode which featured Al Porter, Linda Martin, and a particularly excitable studio audience.

Commenting on the negative reaction, a spokesperson for the station acknowledged the situation and assured the public that the complaints would be formally addressed.

"RTÉ will respond to these complaints within 20 days, in keeping with RTÉ Complaints procedure established under the Broadcasting Act 2009," they said.

Over half a million viewers tuned into see nation's singletons celebrate Valentine's Day last Friday.

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Kylie Jenner found herself in some hot water this week when it was reported that her make-up business received an 'F' rating from the Better Business Bureau due to a large volume of complaints being made about the company.

Since its launch nine months ago, Kylie Cosmetics has repeatedly sold out its famous Lip Kits but, according to the Mail Online, it has also earned 137 customer complaints which is why it received the lowest possible grade from America's BBB.

But the teen star has shown she is not about to sit back and watch her cosmetics empire be bashed as she has taken to her website to encourage people to look at the facts.

She wrote: "You guys are the reason I keep going and I'm motivated every day to make Kylie Cosmetics the best it can be."

"I'm continuing to learn and I just want to make everyone happy. Because so many of you spoke out, I'm excited to tell you that the Better Business Bureau has looked at the facts and changed the rating." 

"I’ve sold millions of lip kits and any complaint we’ve received to date has been addressed in a timely manner."

"I'm sick and tired of people coming for my business.  I love everything about Kylie's Cosmetics and I will do anything in my power to protect and improve it every day and make you guys happy."

"I don't want to respond to the haters but you guys deserve an answer and to know the facts. I love you and apologize to anyone who felt the urge to complain and didn't receive the service they deserve."

Sounds like Kylie is pretty determined to get her business back on track.

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People were not happy with Miley Cyrus hosting this year’s VMAs according to newly released complaints!

Well, make that about 20 people. That's the number of concerned viewers who were so offended with her nipples and twerking that they decided to officially lodge a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

Apparently sending angry tweets or commenting on her Instagram page wasn't enough—these viewers wouldn't stop until the TV station heard a piece of their mind. 

Rolling Stone got their hands on each and every formal complaint and they are hilarious to say the least and we picked the best ones for you to read here.

You’re going to get a huge kick out of these:

1. "There were multiple words that were not okay, including 'horny.'"

2. "I only watched about 10 minutes, and it just so happened to be right when Miley Cyrus 'accidentally' exposed her breast on-air. This is not expectable."

3. "Miley Cyrus is a VERY TROUBLED CHILD and I can not believe what she was able to get away with on this show. Seems like she is in the news everywhere doing disgusting, perverted and lewd things. I just can't understand why this CHILD gets away with all of this."

4. "MTV used to be decent now there is cuss words."

5. "Please do not televise this garbage. It is not fit for any human being to see."

6. "MTV has aired a clip of Donald Trump and immediately afterward Miley Cyrus appears with both middle fingers up. It is clear they are putting the clips back to back to relay a message."

7. "Miley sings a song 'Yeah I smoke weed, yeah I love peace' as the chorus. She wore an outfit saying 'Do it.'"

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