Simon Cowell

Our Friend in Hollywood: Jonathan Shalit

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Hollywood has provided me with truly memorable moments: drinking tea with Prince and Mariah Carey after the 2007 Grammy Awards; having breakfast with Danny DeVito and Charlotte Church in 1999, the year she had two double platinum CDs in the US; and lunching with Dame Joan Collins at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge.

Then there was being guided round a Hollywood studio by Mel Brooks; seeking bootleg CDs with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell in Venice Market stalls; and celebrating my good friend Simon Cowell being honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Britain's Got Talent's biggest winners

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Who are the big winners from years past, and who is haunted by dreams of what could have been?


1. Susan Boyle


SuBo is undoubtedly the biggest act to come out of BGT in the past nine years,despite never actually winning the show. Going from a rocky start to absolutely wowing the judges at her audition, Susan has gone on to become one of the most well-known singers in the world.

Dermot O'Leary returns to The X Factor

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The new series will be O’Leary’s ninth, as he took a break from hosting the show last year, while Olly Murs and Caroline Flack took the helm of the popular the programme.

He said “There’s nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night. The show is naturally very close to my heart. I’m really looking forward to it and excited to be back.”

This week's top TV: 24 - 30 August

Goodness Gracious Me India Special 2015


Muslim Drag Queens

Channel 4


Asif Quraishi (Credit: C4/Phil Fisk)

Filmmaker Marcus Plowright meets members of the clandestine gay Asian (‘Gaysian’) community, who often struggle to publically reconcile their sexuality with their culture and religion.