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The celebrity contestants are gearing up to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019, but their identities have remained secret over the last few weeks.

The stars have once again been given hidden codenames to conceal their identities, and this year's theme has been unveiled: Superheroes.

According to HELLO! Magazine, the mix of stars include Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Mystique, Catwoman, Hulk, Captain America and Bananaman.


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The celebrities will begin to be announced by the BBC in mid-August, as per the usual Strictly way.

Various stars rumoured to be involved include former The Saturdays singer Una Healy, Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar, I'm a Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp, Boyzone bandmate Keith Duffy, Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton, Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd.

The professional dancers are expected to start rehearsals next week, which Diane Buswell let slip in mid-July on Sunday Brunch,


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"In less than two weeks the pros go back. The professionals do all the professional routines. So we have a month where we go in every day to learn a new dance and then we meet the celebrities. When I find out who my celebrity is, it's legit on camera and on TV, so it's very exciting."

Big changes are afoot on this years' show, with new judge Motsi Mabuse revealed just the other day. Motsi is the older sister of Strictly pro Oti Mabuse, and is taking over from Dame Darcey Bussell.

"I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel," she said. "I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can't wait to get started."


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Former champion Ore Oduba, who lifted the Glitterball Trophy in the 2016 series with Joanne Clifton, spoke of the difficulties Darcey’s replacement Motsi will face:

“I think whoever they choose is someone who has that wealth of knowledge. These pros know what they’re talking about.

“You see them getting judged, it’s a very difficult world if you’re laying judgment on people who know more than you," he continued. “But all the pros respect each other."

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After a quarter of a century of Boyzone, the lads are closing this particular chapter in their lives.

The boy band, made up of Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch, just announced their final album and farewell tour.

"When we started out as five young Dublin Northsiders, eager to face the world, we never imagined that we'd still have an army of fans some 25 years later… If you'd seen our famous first TV appearance on The Late Late Show, you'd probably be surprised too!" they wrote in a statement on their website.

Boyzone has released six albums, and the members say their musical career has been 'the stuff of dreams'.


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"We really can't put into words just how much you, the fans, have supported us along the way. Without that support, we would have never achieved what we have, and for that we're eternally grateful," they shared.

The four men also paid tribute to late Boyzone member Stephen Gately in the statement. He died at the age of 33 from pulmonary oedema, or fluid accumulation in the lungs.

"We were immensely touched by all the tributes and messages of support that helped us through the dark days," the band members wrote, "Stephen was our brother and will always be at the very the heart of Boyzone."


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The four remaining members of Boyzone expressed that they feel they've outgrown their boy band days.

"We're certainly not boys anymore, and we all feel that we should now call time on our lives together as Boyzone and go out on a real high," they noted.

The band will be embarking on a farewell tour this winter, with a show in Belfast's SSE Arena on January 23 and another in Dublin's 3Arena on January 24, as well as gigs throughout the UK.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 22 at 9am.


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Their last album is entitled 'Thank You & Goodnight', and it'll be out this November with a dozen new tracks, including one dedicated to Stephen:

"We're especially excited to share a very special tribute to Stephen in the shape of a new song, 'I Can Dream.'

"We came across a demo that he originally recorded for his solo album in 2002 and we've had the opportunity to re-work the song and add our harmonies alongside his lead vocal.

"It was a bittersweet experience to hear all our voices together again. It's the closest the five of us will ever get to being in a room together again making music." 

They added, "We know this love's forever. That's all that matters, no matter what…"



According to reports, Keith Duffy had to end a family night out in violence after he was attacked by six men last weekend.

The Irish Mail on Sunday reports that Keith was out with his wife, Lisa, and his son, Jay, at celebrity hot spot Lillie's Bordello, when the incident happened.

The family were out celebrating after attending the premiere of their son Jay’s film Handsome Devil at the Audi Dublin Film Festival.


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Insiders claim that the six men started harassing Lisa in the VIP spot of the nightclub, and when Keith stepped in, they surrounded him and started to become aggressive.

"Six guys surrounded him in the club after Lisa came looking for him [after going to find security]," said the source. 

"She was upset by the behaviour of these guys. He got a few digs – there were a few of them. There was six on one.

"They just set on Keith, there was no reason for it, it was unprovoked," they added.

It is understood that Gardaí arrived a short time later but by then Keith had left to go home, therefore he did not provide a statement.



Boyzlife and Coronation Street star Keith Duffy has revealed that he had to turn down a chance to be on Game of Thrones.

The singer told The Scottish Sun that he was going to audition for a major part, but had to turn it down because of his Boyzlife obligations.

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"I was asked to audition for a very big part in season seven of Game Of Thrones last October, but we had already signed up for the Boyzlife tour.

"Brian is like a brother to me and there was no question I would pull out," he said.

"The Boyzlife tours are such good fun. I wouldn't want to miss them for anything."

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Keith and Brian McFadden of Westlife fame came together in 2016 to produce Boyzlife, a mix of their former bands, and toured around hotels in Ireland and the UK, where they sang and told stories of their boyband days.

The pair plan to release a track together this year.


They sold out hotels all around Ireland and the UK with their band Boyzlife, but now it looks like Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden could be the new stars of TV.

Now that their tour is over, Keith has admitted that there's a huge interest for them in the UK, and even goes as far as comparing them to Ant and Dec.

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The singer told the Herald: “It’s unbelievable the different ideas that are being presented to us at the moment. We get on very well.

"We’re like the bold Ant and Dec, that’s what we have been called, the post-watershed Ant and Dec. There’s huge interest in the UK at the moment for us to put together our own TV show."

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The 42-year old said that they are currently in talks with producers and their management to see if they can secure a bit of a comedy show.

“We will perform with the guests clips and videos we shoot during the week. When the two of us are together we’re quite funny and TV and radio have noticed it so there’s producers talking to our management trying to get our own show."




Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy will be heading on the road soon to start their BoyzLife tour, but not before Brian LIVES with the family for a month.

Keith's wife, Lisa Duffy told Evoke that it will be very "interesting" having Brian live win their Dublin home.

"They start rehearsals soon, so he’ll be staying with us for that. I don’t mind at all – Brian is like part of the family.

"I’ll have to go and get the sausages and bacon and all that for him. 

"They can’t get into too much trouble under my roof. Normally Keith is doing rehearsals in London if he’s doing something. So it’s nice to have him back here for a change,’ she added



We absolutely love the Irish fans over in France at the moment.

They're just going about their days singing, dancing, and catching up with ex-Boyzone singers.

Yep, in the latest video of the Irish at the Euros 2016, Keith Duffy is in the middle of a huge group of fans and he's having the time of his life.

Spotted on Joe.ie, he starts singing No Matter What, and it's like no version you've ever heard before.

We love it. Gwan' the Irish!


Last week, Kian Egan gave his two cents on Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy's Boyzlife tour, saying that the whole thing is "really aggrivating."

And now, another member of Westlife has opened up about the tour. 

Nicky Byrne spoke out on his 2FM show saying, "I wish them all the best, but it's nothing to do with us."

Keeping it short and sweet, we're guessing Nicky didn't want to start any feuds, since Brian's ex-wife Vogue Williams said that Kian needs to "get a grip" with his comments.

Well, if there were ever hopes of a 5-piece Westlife reunion, they seem to be going down the toilet. 


In perhaps the greatest news to hit our ears ever, Boyzone and Westlife are being reincarnated as Boyzlife and two of our fave members from each band are tied to the project. 

Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy have confirmed a Boyzlife tour which will involve performing some of the original groups' greatest hits. 

The tour, which is being funded by the Hilton hotel group, launched today in London and the lads seemed excited about the venture. 

While there is reportedly potential for other members of the original bands to join, Brian admitted that for now it would involved just two of the lads. 

"People are getting confused thinking that with Boyzlife we have started a new supergroup together.

"But this is me and Keith's show. It's called Boyzlife. There's nothing to stop the rest of the guys pairing up and doing it, but for us this was our way."

The pair revealed that the show will involve performing hits from both groups but also chatting to the audience about their lives and careers to date. 

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The lads are kicking off their tour in London on October 16 before doing 11 more gigs around Ireland.


Over the years there has been constant rumours about Westlife and Boyzone forming a supergroup… and now Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy are creating their own.

Boyzlife will star the two former boyband singers in a project that is funded by the Hilton hotel group.

The men will make every Westlife and Boyzone fan dreams come true as the pair are going to take to the stage to perform the biggest hits from each group.

Brian also admitted that while nothing in set in stone, he'd love the other lads to join him.

”We all had a chat, the lads. We said it would be amazing. Not even just performing together, but can you imagine the craic? he told The Sun

“Nine of us Irish lads on a tour bus together, going round the world together. It would be absolute carnage. We all get on so well so you never know.

“We would have so much fun on tour. We could end up adding more people to the next one. Right now this is about me and Keith but the door is always open.”

The lads are kicking off their tour in London on October 16 before doing 11 more gigs around Ireland.



As granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips is used to a life in the spotlight.

And while she certainly seems to lead a relatively normal existence with her former rugby player husband, Mike Tindall, and their toddler daughter, Mia Grace – earlier this year she experienced some of the downsides of fame.

In January on a Sydney beach dressed down in shorts and a t-shirt, online commentators called her 'chunky'.

Meanwhile, just last month, the 34-year-old was at the receiving end of numerous pregnancy rumours. Wearing an ill-fitting yellow shift dress to Royal Ascot, the resulting photographs seems to show the hints of a baby bump. 

Such was the fervour, in fact, that her publicist was forced to issue a statement saying that Zara was certainly not expecting.

It didn't help, of course, that at the time a streamlined Duchess Kate was looking incredibly slim mere weeks after giving birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte.

Indeed, public comparisons between the two women was almost inevitable. 

But while Ms Phillips, an Olympic silver medallist, has never seemed like the type to get upset over the odd bit of bad lighting and or bad angles, turning up at the K Club in Kildare yesterday, she nevertheless looked incredibly fit and slim.

Wearing a tiny black playsuit and black strappy sandals, the mother-of-one looked stunning posing alongside Mike.

The high-profile duo jetted into Ireland to attend the swish Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. 

Now in its 16th year, the event is definitely one of the highlights of the golfing calendar – and certainly always attracts an A-list crowd. 

Raising much-needed funds for the cancer foundation, the likes of actors Dougray Scott and Stephen Graham, rugby legend Shane Byrne, and former footballers Ian Wright and Ronnie Whelan were all spotted on the famed Kildare course. 

Also in attendance was Ronan Keating and his fiancee Storm Uechtritz, Keith Duffy, who brought along his handsome son Jay, stylist Suzanne Goggins, and Chanel marketing manager Ciara Hughes Dunleavy.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception followed by a four-course meal in The Arnold Palmer Room with wine and champagne from M&S. 

Entertainment was provided by comedian Stan Boardman and singer Cole Page. 

Brothers Ronan and Gary Keating also hosted an auction with items such as golf merchandise signed by Rory McIlroy going under the hammer to raise funds for the worthy cause.

See mariekeating.ie and marksandspencer.ie.