Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cowgirl Kylie returns to her Neighbours


Is that you Charlene? Kylie Minogue channels her Neighbours character as she performs in concert at the Agganis Arena in Boston

It’s been over twenty years since she played Charlene Robinson in Neighbours, but Kylie looked to be channelling the character that launched her to fame as she performed in Boston last night.

The Australian pop princess wore her hair in a wild bouffant style reminiscent of Charlene as she took her Aphrodite: Les Folies tour to the Agganis Arena.

She finished off the look with a Cowboy and Western themed outfit of denim cut-off shorts, a white vest with huge slits and a gold leotard underneath.

Cowgirl Kylie: The pop princess wore themed outfit of denim cut-off shorts, a white vest with huge slits and a gold leotard underneath

The bizarre creation was finished off with fish net tights, gold shoes, a jewelled headband and a huge red and yellow fluffy boa.

Kylie, 42, later wowed the audience when she took to the stage in a dramatic aluminium foil style strapless ball gown.

She later took to her Twitter account to praise the crowd at the concert.

Belting it out: Kylie wowed the audience when she took to the stage in a dramatic aluminium foil style strapless ball gown

‘So many of you looked amaaaazing tonight in Boston!! And 'Hello' to the many All The Lovers JPG dress ups!!’ she wrote after the show.

Pop princess: The star has been receiving rave review during her Aphrodite: Les Folies tour which ends in Native Australia in June

Kylie has been receiving rave review during her Aphrodite: Les Folies tour, which kicked off in February in Denmark and ends in Perth, Australia, on June 22.

Last month she celebrated her five year all-clear following her battle with breast cancer and admitted she is felling healthier than ever.

Big hair: Kylie as Charlene Robinson in Australian soap Neighbours

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Kinky boots: Miley Cyrus dons risqué leather outfit


On tour: Miley will perform in 11 South American cities before heading to the Philippines and then Australia

As she took to the stage in Equador last night, Miley Cyrus appeared as if she has gone to the Taylor Momsen school of fashion.

The 18-year-old pop star came out to perform in a racy black and red leather outfit which left little to the imagination.

The actress and singer has returned to work and last night kicked off the start of her Gypsy Heart Tour at the Atahualpa Staduim in Quito, Equador.

Kinky boots: Miley Cyrus dons risqué leather outfit as she hits the stage for tour opening

Miley rocked a cropped red leather embellished jacket with black leather hight waisted hot pants, thigh high boots and unusual black suspenders and stockings as she sang and danced her way through the set.

She was joined on stage by several equally as racily dressed dancers.

The Hannah Montana star left her home in Los Angeles on Thursday to begin a 20 date tour through South America, The Philippines and Australia.

Tweeting to her fans about her first performance of the tour Miley voiced her excitement saying: 'Honestly I can't believe my first show is already over.'

'Amazinnggg. This crowd was beyond incredible. I cried my eyes out. so touched.'

Before taking to the stage last night Miley clearly had time to catch up on watching the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

She tweeted her opinion of the lavish affair and even joked about becoming a princess herself.

'wow wow wow #royalwedding soooo romantic. FLAWLESS. =] How lucky is Kate? Its every girls dream to be a princess. Harry??? haha'

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Katy Perry mocks internet sensation Rebecca Black


Mocking: Katy Perry sang an acoustic and tuneless version of Rebecca Black's Friday on stage in Melbourne last night

There are probably a lot of teenage girls who would be thrilled to bits if Katy Perry decided to sing one of their songs during her concert.

But not Rebecca Black, who will no doubt be feeling a little disappointed with the Firework star's 'tribute' to her.

Perry poked fun at the teenager when she performed her song 'Friday' at her gig in Melbourne yesterday.

You know the words: With a sarcastic look on her face, Katy led the audience into a rendition of the chorus

And Katy decided the only way to sing it was out of tune, mocking the fact that the 13-year-old used auto-tuning on her vocals.

As she started an acoustic set during the gig, Katy, 25, with a mocking wide-eyed look on her face, declared to the crowd: 'So I can't play the flute. But that's ok. Because everything magical happens on a Friday.'

She received loud cheers from the audience inside the Rod Laver Arena, with one, who was recording the performance, declaring: 'No way'.

Big Down Under: Rebecca Black, seen here arriving at LAX airport yesterday, had 15,000 Melbourne fans singing her song

Rebecca Black, who comes from California, shot to fame earlier this year after heavily auto-tuned video of Friday went viral.

But unfortunately for the teen, it attracted a barrage of criticism and even death threats after her video was viewed by more than 110 million times on YouTube.

And Black admitted she was shaken by the vicious comments she received online.

Speaking on Good Morning America last month, she said: 'When I first saw all these nasty comments I did cry. I felt like this was my fault and I shouldn't have done this and this is all because of me. Now I don't feel that way.'

Katy Perry singing Rebecca Black's Friday

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'The most incredible gift ever': Mariah Carey gives birth to twins


Happy news: Mariah Caery, pictured with husband Nick Cannon in December, has given birth to twins today in Los Angeles on her wedding anniversary

Superstar singer gives birth to a girl, followed by a boy

Nick describes it as the 'most incredible wedding anniversary gift ever in life'

They listened to Carey's song We Belong Together after the births

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their third wedding anniversary today by becoming parents to a baby girl and boy.

Carey's representative, Cindi Berger, confirmed the twins' arrival, saying the superstar delivered at 12:07 pm EDT at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles.

Berger says the baby girl was born first, weighing 5lbs 3oz and was 18 inches long; her brother was next, at 5lbs 6oz and was 19 inches.

Pure delight: Nick tweeted about 'the most incredible anniversary gift ever' following the births

Berger says the couple has not named the children yet.

Cannon drove Carey to the hospital in their Rolls-Royce Phantom. Berger said the 41-year-old Carey, who had gone through false labour, was calm, thinking that it was another false alarm.

Meanwhile, Cannon, 30, was so nervous he went to the wrong department at the hospital, and was guided to the maternity ward by a nurse.

Berger says they were listening to Carey's We Belong Together after the children were born.

Cannon tweeted this afternoon: 'My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life! I won't ever be able to top this!'

Prediction: Her husband Nick Cannon said they were expecting the twins to arrive 'any second' when he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Wednesday

All I Want For Christmas: Mariah putting on a festive performance at Disney World in Florida, in December revealing her growing bump in a full-length black gown while surrounded by the famous cartoon characters

Well wishes: Celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Alyssa Milano and the members of Boyz II Men took to Twitter to congratulate Mariah and Nick

Well wishes have been pouring in to the happy couple all day and Mariah even retweeted several congratulatory messages on her Twitter page from a string of celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Alyssa Milano and the members of Boyz II Men.

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Have Britain's Got Talent judges found their winner?


A little boy with a small voice: Ronan Parke, 12, received a standing ovation after his powerful rendition of Feeling Good at the London auditions of Britain's Got Talent

It's only the third week of auditions in this year's Britain's Got Talent - but it looks like the judges may have already found their winner.

Angelic schoolboy Ronan Parke was advised to 'not bother to go back to school' by Michael McIntyre after he wowed the audience at the London auditions.

The 12-year-old burst into tears when he was given three yesses after belting out a powerful rendition of Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

One to watch: Judges (L-R) Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and Louis Walsh all gave Ronan the thumbs up

Emotional: The cute singer burst into tears as the judges all gave him a yes

He had taken the day off school to go the audition with his mother Maggie and father Trevor, who watched anxiously from the wings.

Despite Maggie's fears of how he would be received, the judges and the audience gave him a huge applause - making him one of the most popular acts so far this series.

Judge Michael McIntyre said: 'So you took a day off school... I wouldn’t bother going back. You’re a little star. You’ve taken a room and blown the roof off it… You’re the best we’ve seen so far.'

Guest judge Louis Walsh, who had stepped in on behalf of David Hasselhoff, said: 'I’m gonna predict really big things for you. You’re so good.'

Speaking after Ronan's audition, Walsh tipped the boy to be the breakout star of this series: 'He’s the one to beat. Little Ronan could be the winner.'

And relax: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly comfort his anxious mother Maggie

Not for the faint-hearted: Seven-year-old Olivia Binfield read a poem while her pet Boa constrictor Lucy wrapped herself around the her owner

Last chance: After years as a session musician, pub landlord Herbie Armstrong is hoping to make a name for himself as a singer/songwriter

Well we weren't expecting that: Male singing group Out Of The Blue surprised with a mash-up of Bad Romance and SexyBack

Mixed response: Martial arts and Bollywood dance trio TKD Remix, comprising of Harwinder, 25, Rajveer, 14, and Thangaes, 13, received two yesses and one np

Bizarre: Louis says he 'didn't get' a dance act based on Star Wars and Michael Jackson called Darth Dongle and the Princess

Mixed reviews: Michael and Louis disagree on an Edward Scissorhands-inspired act, leaving Amanda to decide their fate

Britains Got Talent 2011 Auditions - Out Of The Blue, click

Britain's Got Talent 2011 Auditions - Ronan Parke (Justin Bieber look a like), Click

Tracey Moran on Britain's Got Talent 2011 Week 3, Click

Britains got talent - Herbie Armstrong, Click

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Not very Abbey: Cart-wheeling verger carpeted by clerics after becoming wedding web sensation


The Westminster Abbey verger who became an internet sensation after cart-wheeling down the nave following the Royal Wedding has been rebuked by senior staff.

Sources at the Abbey said the man was feeling ‘fairly chastened’ after his impromptu display of acrobatics was caught on film.

Although he is unlikely to face any formal disciplinary action, Abbey staff have warned him not to speak publicly about the incident.

Flipping good time: Verger Ben Sheward lands with a smile after the wedding went without any hitches

While the Abbey has refused to identify him, sources have disclosed he is Ben Sheward, who lives in South London.

The sources said Mr Sheward is believed to have worked at the Abbey for ten years, and he has previously been pictured welcoming new choirboys by sharing sweets with them.

According to some sources, he has studied music in New Zealand and is an expert on the composer Edward Elgar.

Splendour: Only an hour earlier, the new Duchess of Cambridge was was being walked down the aisle

Mr Sheward waited until some 1,900 guests had left the Abbey before seizing his chance to cartwheel down the red carpet that William and Kate had just walked along for the first time as a married couple.

In the clip, the black-cassocked verger is shown strolling down the carpet.

As a number of apparent stragglers from the wedding service look on, he embarks on one cart-wheel, smiles, and then squeezes in at least one other before disappearing out of shot.

ITV cameras caught his antics, which were beamed to millions of viewers around the world, ensuring the unsuspecting verger became an international celebrity

Spectacle: As well as billions who saw it on TV, thousands watched the occasion from outside the Abbey

The clip had already attracted 100,000 internet hits yesterday, and comments on various websites had come from as far afield as the United States and Australia. One said: ‘I think this self-publicist should be sacked!’ Most, however, praised him.

A Westminster Abbey spokesman said: ‘The verger, like all of us, was very pleased the service had gone according to plan, and was expressing his exuberance.’ He emphasised that the incident occurred some time after the wedding had finished.

Sight to behold: Prince William and Kate emerge from the Abbey... it was enough to make one man cart-wheel

The Royal Wedding - Cartwheeling Verger

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Middletons go home ... £250,000 poorer: Family’s huge bill for hotel, banquets, outfits and jewellery


All smiles: Pippa, in jeans showing off the figure that has won her fans on Facebook, leads her mother Carole, brother James and father Michael out of the Goring Hotel yesterday

After a long day and night of celebrating, the Middletons finally emerged from the five-star Goring Hotel yesterday... perhaps thinking: ‘And about time, too.’

As speculation intensifies over the family’s wealth, inquiries have revealed that the wedding has cost them at least £250,000.

The bill for the exclusive hire of the 71-room hotel near Buckingham Palace is estimated at £85,000 alone. The Royal Suite, where Kate spent her last nights as a single woman is so exclusive, it has not been officially priced.

Rear of the Year? It's already in the bag: Pippa says a final farewell before starting the journey home

But the 200-strong crowd that cheered the family outside the hotel did not detect any regrets as they headed for their chauffeur-driven car, waving and smiling.

Pippa, 27 – carrying a bag and wearing skin-tight white jeans that accentuated the derriere that has inspired many Facebook tribute sites – led out her parents Carole and Michael and younger brother James, 23.

Pricey night: The bill for the exclusive hire of the 71-room Goring Hotel is believed to cost £85,000

The family is also estimated to have paid £25,000 for two parties at the hotel. On Thursday, Kate treated 120 friends and family to a buffet. And after Friday’s ceremony, Carole and Michael hosted an extravagant wedding party for a wider circle. Beluga caviar on The Goring restaurant menu is £400 for 100g while a bottle of Dom Perignon can cost £1,530.

Even if some Middleton guests paid for their rooms and the family secured a discount they will still be facing a bill approaching £100,000.

Last night the hotel said the terms of the booking were private. Kate’s bridal gown, designed by Sarah Burton, is said to have cost up to £40,000. Carole’s outfit by Catherine Walker would have cost £10,000 and Pippa’s dress, also by Sarah Burton, about £20,000.

Kate’s earrings, from Robinson Pelham, are believed to have set her parents back £15,000. A pendant and earrings for Carole, earrings for Pippa and gold tie sticks for Michael and James cost about £30,000.

The bridal shoes, designed at Alexander McQueen, and bridal flowers would have cost at least £3,000. Morning suits for Michael and James, by Gieves & Hawkes, would have cost £10,000. The Middletons would have also paid for suits and dresses for the evening, costing up to £20,000.

My hat: Mr Middleton loses his topper as he exits the bride's Rolls-Royce

Proud moment: The father of the bride looks on as Prince William is joined by Kate at the altar

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Her Royal Hotness will be next to wed...


'Very close': Pippa Middleton last month in the arms of her 30-year-old City broker boyfriend Alex Loudon

It was the day Royal Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton dazzled the world in a dress that left very little to the imagination . . . but it emerged that she may have kept something secret after all.

For it seems that Carole and Michael’s second daughter is engaged in all but name to her City broker boyfriend Alex Loudon.

The couple have stayed silent about the future of their relationship for fear of detracting attention from William and Kate.

Catching Harry's eye: Pippa and the Prince on the Palace balcony. He had already walked arm-in-arm with her down the Abbey aisle

The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry, who flirtatiously walked her arm-in-arm back down the aisle after the wedding ceremony, were two of her most immediate admirers in the Abbey. Outside, her appearance ignited the blogosphere and almost led to the crash of Twitter. In America and Australia too, Pippa was declared a knockout.

Those in the Abbey who watched her arrival thought just one thing – that Pippa looked smoking-hot in what was probably the kind of dress Kate would have chosen if she had been a Bucklebury bride and not marrying into the House of Windsor.

We are amused: Pippa pulls a face as a beaming Harry makes a wisecrack

But the revelation of the day was not just what a wonderful rear view Pippa offers – her bottom now has its own internet appreciation society, which already had 54,000 members last night – it was her polish, her self-possession, her grace and her diligence towards her sister.

Just as the fraternal bonds between William and Harry were plain to see, the Middleton girls seemed to have a powerful, loving link, with Pippa the best supporting actress in her sister’s romantic drama.

Pippa with Alex on Bond Street where tailors Ede and Ravenscroft was closed to the public while he was fitted for his suit for the wedding

Much has been written about Kate, already the subject of several biographies, but what do we know of Pippa? Philippa Charlotte Middleton is Carole and Michael Middleton’s second daughter (she is 27 to Kate’s 29) and their middle child. She was not even at school when her parents founded their company, Party Pieces, on which they would build the family’s financial and social success.

She lived the first ten years of her life in a four-bedroom Victorian villa in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, before the family moved in 1995 to the mansion where they remain today, two miles away in the village of Bucklebury.

Like her sister, Pippa attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire before following in her footsteps to a Scottish university. But while Kate chose St Andrews, where she met her Prince, Pippa selected the party town of Edinburgh.

Without overstepping the mark, he managed to deliver just enough of his trademark cheeky charm to add a youthful sparkle to the day

Chelsy may have been back with him for the big day, but there's no wedding on the horizon for them

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Same place, same pose... but two very different stories


Happy: William and Kate surrounded by, clockwise bottom right, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton

The echoes of a Royal wedding from an earlier era are difficult to ignore.

The backdrop is the same: the opulent red-and-gold decor of the grand Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. And the mischievous smiles on the faces of some of the bridesmaids and page boys – and endearingly bewildered expressions on the others – are strikingly similar.

The 1981 wedding party. From back, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Diana and Charles, Edward van Cutsem; front: Lord Nicholas Windsor, Clementine Hambro, Catherine Cameron, India Hicks, Sarah-Jane Gaselee and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones

But, 30 years after the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, the official wedding picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton also reflects the differences between the two couples' relationships.

The photograph of Charles and Diana, taken by Patrick Lichfield, seemed to capture a moment of spontaneous informality, with the wedding party collapsing in a fit of giggles. But, as we now know, the warmth was not reflected in the marriage itself.

By contrast, Kate and William's picture, by photographer Hugo Burnand, appears more formal, despite little Tom Pettifer's insistence on leaning in as close to the bride as possible.

Full of joy and not a care in the world: William and Kate smile broadly as they stand arm-in-arm in the official wedding album

Despite the organised nature of their shot, they look relaxed, their smiles unforced, and her hand rests on his knee.

Mario Testino may have received praise for his engagement portraits of William and Kate, but their choice of Hugo Burnand to take their official wedding pictures has cemented the latter's status as the Royal Family's favourite photographer.

Mr Burnand, 47, has been entrusted with capturing many of the Royals' most important occasions in recent years, including Prince Charles's 60th birthday and his marriage to Camilla. He has also won the respect of the Queen and Princes William and Harry after taking their pictures on previous occasions.

The family photo: Front row left to right is Grace van Cutsem, Eliza Lopes, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Louise Windsor, William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back Row left to right is Tom Pettifer, Camilla, Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate, Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, James Middleton and Philippa Middleton

Mr Burnand, 47, has been entrusted with capturing many of the Royals' most important occasions in recent years

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