X-Factor ‘pulls Spraggan hit to spare Little Mix blushes’

Aug 29, 2012

Tabloid Tales: X-Factor favouritism row, Brangelina brave wet British summer, dog commutes to London


X-FACTOR viewers have slammed the ITV talent show for telling singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan, who wowed the audience with her self-penned tune Last Night (Beer Fear) at the weekend, to remove the track from iTunes. The Sun reports that all X-Factor contestants are subject to the ban, which has led to accusations that the show is attempting to spare the blushes of last year’s winners Little Mix, who released their own song on Monday. Little Mix are currently at number one, but Spraggan is at number two and was threatening to overhaul the girl band. X-Factor bosses said the sudden rule change had been brought in so that all the show’s contestants would receive the same exposure.


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning a holiday in the Lake District despite Britain’s damp squib of a summer, the Daily Mirror reports. The Hollywood couple will hire out a boathouse on Lake Windermere and are reportedly planning a day of quad biking. A ‘source’ said: “Angelina has to remain close to the UK because of her filming schedule for Maleficent.

“Originally, the film was supposed to be shooting close to the Lakes, but relocated to a more convenient spot close to Pinewood studios.

“They’d already booked a few days off though, and they didn’t want the kids to miss out on their trip.”


Hollywood actress Ellen Barkin has caused outrage after appearing to endorse a tweet expressing the hope that US conservatives gathering in Tampa, Florida, for the Republican convention would be swept into the sea by Hurricane Isaac. The Daily Mail reports that the 58-year-old, who will appear in upcoming sitcom The New Normal, retweeted a message on Twitter reading: “C’mon Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean!” In the event, Hurricane Isaac avoided Tampa, making landfall yesterday in Louisiana – the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,800 people in New Orleans.


A dog walked two miles from its home to a station in Kent before catching a commuter train to London St Pancras before it was picked up by a guard. Jack Russell terrier Frankie was filmed by CCTV cameras hopping on the 7.22 to London at Gravesend. Footage then shows him trotting up the aisle of the train before taking a window seat as bemused passengers look on. Half-an-hour later, the train manager picked up the stowaway and called the number on his collar. The Daily Mirror reports that, unlike Frankie, who was let off his fare, the dog’s owner had to pay £58.80 to get to London to pick up her pet. 

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