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Simon Cowell has revealed that the X Factor USA could have two hosts. The judge leaked one or two details about the position during an interview with Mirfield’s Neil Sean on Access Hollywood, where he was quizzed about rumours over who will present the competition.

Deirdre Barlow will start flirting with a pottery teacher in a new lighthearted Coronation Street storyline. But fans take note, this is not a return to the tedious Ken ‘love triangle’ plot lines of old, but it’s designed to bring some comedy to the soap.

Another setback for Welsh hunk Steve Jones – his TV quiz show ‘101 Ways To Leave A Game Show’ was axed here in the UK due to low ratings – now ABC in the US are going to make their version, but without him...

The popularity of ITV1 comedy Benidorm has reportedly caused a surge in holidaymakers booking breaks to the Spanish resort. But fans are also trying to hire the famous ‘Madge’ scooter that actress Shelia Reid rides about in – a source tells me: “They are so popular, thanks to her.”

EastEnders star Samantha Womack (formerly Janus) has reportedly signed up to star in West End musical Sweet Charity. Sam, who also represented us in the Eurovision Song contest in the 90s, tells me: “It will be great to do something fun and actually sing live again on stage, I am really excited by it all.”

Jason Donovan has admitted that he would be interested in taking part in an allstar series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! “I loved my time on the show and made some great friends too, plus I get to see family when I come out,” he laughed.

Jason Gardiner has claimed that his relationship with Dancing On Ice costar Karen Barber is still frosty. Fresh from their panto fallout this series, Jason told a pal: “It’s hard as she is best pals with the show’s creator Chris Dean. Where does that leave me?”

Paddy McGuinness’ final Take Me Out of the series pulled in a combined audience of 5.5m, not great for ITV who had high hopes for the last episode. But they are also planning a oneoff summer special too – you read it here first...

Emmerdale star Kim Thomson has confirmed that she is to leave the soap at the end of her current contract. The flamehaired actress, who quit the drama last week, tells me she is moving into writing a thriller and she also has a screenplay on the go too so. “While I may be off screen, I think I will be quite busy!” she said.

Ant and Dec have claimed that the absence of Simon Cowell on the judging panel will give comedians more of a chance on Britain's Got Talent. The duo tell me: “We know he is not that much of a fan, so this year they may just get through.”

Graham Norton says that he is stunned how This Morning host Philip Schofield dismissed this year’s Eurovision Song Contest entry from Blue. “I feel sorry for the boys, we need to support them and I wish them all the best,” he said.

Will Mellor says that he barely recognizes Hollyoaks any more.
The actor played James ‘Jambo’ Bolton in the Channel 4 soap for three years between 1995 and 1998 and confessed that it now feels like a different show. Will tells me: “They all look so young and fresh – but it’s a few years back I guess.” Will is now starring in the new comedydrama ‘White Van Man’ on BBC 3.

Dr Who star Matt Smith reveals that as a young boy he dreamed of landing a role in EastEnders. “All my friends watched it and wanting to be an actor, that was the biggest thing – I would not rule it out at all in the future,” he laughed.

Craig Revel Horwood has said that he does not think Vernon Kay would be the right replacement for Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Come Dancing. “We really need a song and dance man,” he said. “I want Bruce to carry on forever, but it’s not down to me, is it?”

Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan is reportedly being lined up to star in her own spinoff show. The series will follow her character Rosie Webster’s quest for fame as a model, and will initially be shown online in the same way as The Barlows have been.

Rupert Penry Jones, who plays Clive in hit BBC courtroom drama ‘Silk’ tells me that the show is far more informative than most dramas. “It’s based on real cases, so yes really you can learn about the law and your rights too,” he said.

Simon Cowell has cast further doubt upon Cheryl Cole’s potential role in The X Factor USA by claiming that the show needs American personalities. Cheryl had high hopes for a stint on the show, but Fox TV who make it, have plans to use some of the US’s biggest musical names ...  and the money is on Mariah Carey.

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