Cheryl Cole 'snubs Cowell' to appear on BBC's The Voice

Mar 14, 2012

Red top tales: the talent show Diva, the lovelorn prince and the sour-faced Sugar

CHERYL COLE has snubbed Simon Cowell's offer to perform on Britain's Got Talent and will appear instead on the BBC's new talent show The Voice, according to the Daily Star. The move is the "perfect revenge" for the way the Girls Aloud singer was "axed by Cowell" on the US version of The X Factor last year. Cole's manager, Black Eyed Peas star, is one of the judges on The Voice and has invited her to help mentor his contestants. An "insider" says: "Because it's the BBC, people have been told not to gloat. However, there is no doubt it's a real coup."

PRINCE HARRY claims that being a royal is spoiling his chances of finding romance, says the Daily Mirror. Harry, 27, thinks his "job" is a turn-off for most girls and admits: "Sometimes I wish I was just normal." The Prince was speaking in a US TV interview at the end of his 10-day tour of Latin America. Asked about his chances of marriage, the prince told CBS News: "I'm not so much searching for someone to fulfill the role, but obviously, you know, finding someone that would be willing to take it on."

JAMES MAY and Top Gear are embroiled in controversy after admitting setting up a fake traffic jam, the Daily Mail reports. On last Sunday's episode, May was seen driving a £5.6 million Ferrari, owned by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, on busy public roads and being forced to reverse into a tight space after being trapped behind three learner drivers practicing their manoeuvres. In the course of the film, May voiced concern over an accident saying: "I'm on real roads, with real cars." But it has now emerged that the scene was staged and the drivers in the cars were not learners at all but instructors who were told to "get in [May's] way and make life awkward for him".

ALAN SUGAR has banned sob stories from this year's series of The Apprentice, says the Daily Record. Sugar warned candidates hoping to win his £250,000 investment - who include a wrestler, a show jumper and a self-styled "blonde assassin" - that he wouldn't listen to pleas of sympathy and that "if I want a friend, I'll get a dog". Lord Sugar went on: "You feel like Simon Cowell sitting there. They say 'My mum used to whack me, my Dad used to laugh', 'It's all I ever wanted to do'… You think, bloody hell wish I had Sky Plus, get on with it."

DANIEL RADCLIFFE is relieved that the newspapers are no longer talking about his "gay face", according to the Daily Express. The 22-year-old Harry Potter actor says that his relationship with girlfriend Rosie Coker has ended the rumours that he is gay. "I had to smile when stories emerged questioning whether I was gay," Radcliffe says. "Obviously I knew I wasn't but people were curiously desperate to suggest I was. The papers used to say I had a gay face, whatever that is." Radcliffe met Coker, 22, a production assistant, on the Harry Potter set in 2007 but has only recently spoken about their relationship.

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