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Strictly Come Dancing professional Kevin Clifton has revealed that he used alcohol to cope with his break-up from Karen Hauer, and received help from none other than Russell Brand.

The 36-year-old relied on Brand for support when he realised that his drinking had gone too far after he split from the fellow dancer last year.

Speaking on his podcast The Kevin Clifton Show, he said:

"I didn't know how to deal with it. It was affecting my work, it was affecting mine and Karen's relationship. I didn't know how to function as a person."


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"It's as close as I can imagine to what might be like depression. I fell into a real tough spot. I started drinking a lot. I was going out and drinking all the time.

"I talked to some of the people on Strictly about it," he added. "I was constantly stressed out, constantly emotional, constantly sad. It got to a point, and then me and Karen ended up breaking up."

Russell has battled numerous addictions from alcohol to drugs, and reached out to Kevin when he saw he had a problem, advising him to quit booze for two months.


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Since quitting alcohol, Kevin's life has improved drastically and he's found happiness with Stacey Dooley after the pair met on Strictly, winning the 2018 series together.

He said on his podcast: "My life over the past year has gone from darkness, despair and self hatred to everything going so much better.

"I'm so much happier now than I was a year ago." Kevin and Karen got married in 2015 but split up only three years later.

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Legendary talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr have signed on to be celebrity judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK this year, and we're GAGGING with excitement.

The pair will appear as rotating resident judges every week, and will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge.

Both iconic hosts are major fans of the iconic show, which has been a global worldwide hit since it first aired back in 2009.

Let's not forget that Norton actually appeared on the original version of All Stars season two back in 2016.

He said he has been a fan of the show forever; "Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can't wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better werk!" 

In the video announcement on Twitter today, Graham joked "maybe this is what the UK's good at."

For the Drag Race UK grand finale, both Norton and Carr will appear on the judging panel.


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Alan Carr met Ru-Paul when he appeared on his chat show Alan Carr's Chatty Man but has been a fan for years of the pop culture phenomenon.

"Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true," he said.

"I can't wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it's going to be sickening! *does death drop*"

The Emmy award-winning show will be coming to BBC Three this year, it was announced in December.

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It is the Strictly semi-finals and this week, the pressure is on the five remaining couples.

And Joe Sugg, after having strong weeks and high scores, came crashing down during the show when both of his dances failed to get the level of praise from the judges that the YouTube star has grown used to.

The 27-year-old took to the dance floor with his pro dance partner Dianne Buswell to do two dances – a Viennese Waltz and an Argentine Tango.


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He received a score of 29 for his first dance, which put him at the bottom of the leader board.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said, "Way too much rise and fall, it almost became a waltz.''

He continued, ''All the movement I thought was too harsh and it made it look rigid. I don't think its your best ballroom to be honest.''


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Fans were not happy with this critique and insisted that he was under marked while others were not as heavily penalised. 

Others suggested that the way the judges scored the dances was a fix.

One wrote, ''Joe did better than Lauren and Ashley but gets Scored Lower …. I think it might be rigged #strictly."

While another said, ''So far I feel everyone tonight has been way over marked, except Joe who’s defiantly been under marked. #Strictly.''

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Former Love/Hate star Johnny Ward has been confirmed as the eighth contestant for RTÉ One's Dancing With The Stars.

Known for his bad boy roles, the actor is choosing to take on his most challenging performance yet- on the dancefloor.

The actor is known for playing the character of Pauley in Love/Hate, and played Gino in Coppers the Musical this year.

He made the announcement on RTÉ One's Today with Maura and Dáithí, saying that his sights are most definitely set on winning the coveted glitter ball trophy.

Speaking about taking part in the hit show, Johnny commented;

"For once I get to be a gentleman rather than a psychotic gangster, kidnapper or clamper! I’m really looking forward to joining the show and leaning a new skill. The nerves are there but I’m up for the challenge and loving every minute of the experience.”

Johnny will now join Clelia Murphy, Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Denis Bastick, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne are joining forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Each week, 11 celebrities will pair up with professional dance partners and compete to stay in the competition.

The show will start on RTÉ One on Sunday January 6, and is running for 12 weeks. The expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson will be deciding the dancers' fates, as well as the viewing public.

Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Friday, January 4 on RTÉ One. 

Get ready for the glitz and glamour of the fight for the glitter ball trophy, luckily the first two weeks have no eliminations.



When it comes to Ireland’s biggest and brightest, you guys know better than anyone who’s making serious strides in their chosen field.

And with nominations having poured in for the inaugural SHEmazing Awards over recent weeks, there is no doubt you are rightfully eager for your chosen nominees to get the recognition they deserve this May.

With that in mind, we knew our panels of judges needed to be incredibly shrewd and extra savvy when it came to our SHEmazing shortlist.

With their fingers on the pulse in terms of social activism, social influencers and the fitness, foodie and fashion worlds, our team of judges have wasted no time getting to grips with your nominees.

So, let’s meet them…

Carolyn Moore: Fashion & Lifestyle journalist for The Irish Examiner

With over a decade in the fashion industry, Carolyn now works as a freelance editor, writer and stylist in addition to lecturing in fashion trends and design development.

Tara O Farrell: Makeup Artist

With experience on both sides of the camera as both a model and a makeup artist, Tara now focuses on make-up artistry for commercials, film & TV, fashion shoots and fashion shows.

Niamh Cullen: Fitness and Lifestyle blogger

The face of Behind The Braids, Niamh's thousands of loyal followers regularly delight in her forays into the worlds of fashion and fitness.

 Doireann Ann Garrihy: Spin 1038 Entertainment Reporter & Snapchat Superstar

Whether she's updating the nation via the airwaves or entertaining the masses on Snapchat, Doireann's sense of humour, nose for a story and knack for impressions are second to none.

Emma O'Farrell: Founder EOF Media and BloggerConf

A graduate of NUI Maynooth, Emma set up her own digital business in 2014, and divides her time between freelance presenting, video production and event management.

Holly Carpenter: Model & Fitness, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

A former Miss Ireland, Holly is now one of her generation's leading bloggers in the world of fashion and fitness.

Chef Adrian: Celebrity Chef and author

With a passion for food, Chef Adrian trained in some of Ireland's most renowned restaurants, regularly appears on TV3's the Six O Clock Show, and has written Fake Away – your guide on creating fast foods using easily accessible and healthy ingredients.

Michelle Regazzoli-Stone: Make Up Artist

With over eleven years experience in the industry, Michelle Regazzoli-Stone is one of the most well established make-up artists in Ireland. She specialises in bespoke bridal and media make-up artistry, and regularly sees her work featured in various publications and magazines.

Ellen Kavanagh Jones: CEO and Creator of Waxperts

Owner of the award-winning Waxperts Wax, Ellen has established herself as one of Ireland's most recognisable names in the world of business and beauty.

Elva Carri and Aine Mulloy: Co-founders of GirlCrew

​​​​​​GirlCrew is a global network for women to make new friends, and has more than 80,000 members in 46 locations around the world, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston in Texas.

Gillian O'Brien: Consumer Channel Manager for HP 

As the Consumer Channel Manager for HP, Gillian is involved in creating new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society.





We all know that Simon is trying to give the X Factor back some life, and the tried and tested faces are hoped to bring the show back to what it was.

Yesterday, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell all posed together again, sitting at the iconic audition desk. Hurrah!

Louis, who quit the show in 2015, looks only delighted to be back in action, while Sharon and Nicole look ready for action.

We'll be happy to see them back on our TV screen!


After months of speculation the judges for this year's X Factor have finally been announced and it seems there'll be a few familiar faces returning to the show.

Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh – who have all mentored winners in the past – are set to join Simon Cowell on his hunt for the next big name in music.

The new (or is it old?) judges will replace Cheryl, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw who all chose not to return to the judging panel this year.

Speaking of her return, Nicole, who controversially turned down a role in a Broadway production of Cats to be part of this year's X Factor, said: “I can’t wait to be back in the UK and on the show with the best judges sitting alongside me on the panel.  I'm excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year."

Mayo man Louis Walsh said he's excited to return to the show and, most importantly, is looking forward to this year's Dublin auditions.

Meanwhile Sharon, who recently decided to divorce husband Ozzy, has decided to focus on the real benefits of returning to the show – meeting Simon’s baby!

She said: “I’m overjoyed about going back to the X Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon. But most of all, I can’t wait to meet baby Eric.”

Dermot O’Leary is going to reprise his role as host after a series-long break which saw Caroline Flack and Olly Murs take his place.

And as one final blast from the past, the infamous room auditions will be part of this year’s show.

The first auditions will take place in Leicester on June 10.



Singer Nicole Scherzinger is making her return to the X Factor!

Just hours ago Rita Ora announced her departure from the singing contest which prompted numerous reports that Nicole will return, the Daily Mail reports. 

Nicole was a judge on the show in 2012 and quickly became a favourite with X Factor fans.

Alongside Nicole, Louis and Simon, Sharon Osbourne will take the last judging spot.

Lads, we can see this year being a good one!


This morning, we reported that X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw has been given the boot by Simon Cowell – after just one series of the reality TV show too.

Now fresh information suggests that his replacement has already been lined up.

And it seems none other than 1D's Louis Tomlinson – who joined Simon Cowell at judge's houses last year – is ready to sign the dotted line that will bring him on board for 2016.

A source told The Sun that the new dad is really keen to get on board too.

"Louis Tomlinson is very likely to replace Grimmy," she insider revealed. 

"He agreed in principle to the job while assisting Simon Cowell during the judges’ houses round last year."

There's a twist, mind: while Louis T is more or less a shoo-in, he still faces some niggling competition from none other than his namesake, Louis Walsh – whom Mr Cowell remains close to.

“Simon remains very fond of Louis Walsh and came very close to bringing him back during last year’s live shows," the source went on to say.

"He felt a certain something was missing on the show without him."

Recently, One Direction's Mr Tomlinson revealed that he's a big fan of the talent show and he "would love to be there week in, week out". He added: "I think I’d be a decent judge."

Louis Tomlinson or Louis Walsh – who would you like to see in the X Factor judge's chair this year?



We are not gonna lie. We love a bit of Strictly Come Dancing

From the sparkly outfits to our favourite dances (which is the jive obvs), we literally love it all. We even love Craig's resting bitch face.

But behind all the glitz and glamour, Strictly has faced quite a barrage of controversy this year which is quite surprising considering the squeaky clean front put on by the beloved BB1 show. 

So is Strictly as innocent as it makes out? Or has it fallen into the over produced traps of so many hit talent shows in the past? (we're looking at you, X Factor). Let's investigate. 

1) Ola Jordan's recent claims 

Given that the judges scores are added to the publics vote, that score is pretty influential in terms of deciding which contestants stay in the competition. 

One of the shows long standing professional dancers, Ola Jordan, recently made quite a number of surprising claims about the nature of the show and how the judges score. 

"Some of the marking is way off. People are over-marked and under-marked. All the pros talk about the marking. We ask each other, 'What is all that about? Why are they trying to over-mark that person?' " 

It would seem that the comments did not go down very well, as Ola announced her retirement from the show a week later. Yikes! 

2) Bias towards certain contestants 

Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo slammed the BBC after he was voted out in the second week of the competition. 

Anthony claimed that he knew he would not get very far in the competition because he was not a "BBC face" like fellow contestant and journalist, Jeremy Vine. 

Ola Jordan's husband and former strictly dancer, James Jordan also claimed that the show tended to give bias in favour of certain contestants when his wife was voted out in week one.

In a tweet, James said: "I love Peter [Andre] but I wonder if he will open or close every show? Fairness."

Do these guys have a point or are they simply sore losers? 

3) Outspoken Jamelia has a go 

​Jamelia is renowned for being honest and outspoken and she certainly did not disappoint when she left the competition this week after a dance off with Peter Andre.

On the Strictly spin off show It Takes Two, Jamelia claimed she knew she was going home when the producers reportedly RE-RECORDED the end Peter Andre's dance so that it would appear the crowd gave him a standing ovation. 

Despite the dance receiving negative feedback from the judges, Peter was then indeed saved. Watch the awkward moment here. 

While we don't want to believe that anything untoward is happening on our favourite show, all the controversy probably only makes us want to watch it even more. 


It’s all about to get seriously emotional on Sunday night’s X Factor – which begins at 8pm.

Yes, in the second instalment of the reality TV show’s inaugural weekend for 2015, Cheryl Fernandez Versini AND Simon Cowell both end up in tears… at the same time.

Josh Daniels’s version of Jealous by Labrinth evidently proved incredibly moving – especially as the contestant dedicated his performance to his best friend who died at the age of 18.

At the time of the audition, Mr Cowell was still freshly grieving for his own mother: Julie died aged 89 in London in early July.

Daniel can be seen tonight telling the judges: “I lost my best friend a couple of years ago.

“We were really, really close, we did everything together. He’s moved on to a better place and I can’t be with him.

“I’m jealous that he’s happy in heaven.”

Then, as his performance progresses, Simon can be seen wiping a tear from his eye. The rest of the judges (Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw as well as Cheryl) eventually give the X Factor hopeful a standing ovation, although Simon remains far too emotional to speak.

Meanwhile, and despite a publicity push, several overhauls, and a rake of new faces in front of cameras, Saturday night’s opening episode last night failed to impress when compared to other series.

Now in its 12th series, it managed to tempt a total of 7.6million viewers to watch, but even last year that figure stood at close-to 9million.

At the height of X Factor mania in 2011, around 11 to 12million people were hooked weekly.


We're frankly pretty disappointed that Louis Walsh hasn't been included in this year's X Factor line-up… because for 2015, all the judges have been allocated an emoji – and we would have LOVED to have seen the Mayoman as a cartoon smiley.

Never mind, we nevertheless reckon the rest of them – Nick, Rita, Cheryl and, of course, Simon – look rather fetching.

The emojis are all part of the newly-spruced up show's attempts to win back viewers, and it has now been revealed that at-home audiences will also get to decide which judge takes on which category.

Girls, Boys, Groups, and Unders; the judges never want the latter two and Simon usually takes the most promising bunch for himself anyway.

Not this time around, however: with the first airing of the 12th series going out on Saturday, people will be able to vote to determine who gets what using Twitter hashtags.

Now this is a twist we really like – but will you be watching this year?