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SHOWS like X Factor have diminished the power of a standing ovation.
AFTER the Olympic party, Mark Douglas looks at where football can learn from the Games - and where Newcastle and Sunderland must improve before the big kick-off.
IN a piece of scheduling that now looks particularly cruel on the poor unsuspecting football fan, ITV showed the superior football documentary One Night in Turin in the run-up to England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final.
MARTIN O’Neill will continue to let Sunderland striker Stéphane Sessègnon march to his own beat – because he is the Black Cats’ “match-winner”.
BRUCE is the word at the Stadium of Light after rock god Springsteen and his E-Street Band confirmed a major summer gig in July.
ON Saturday night, Lee Collings watched The X Factor no doubt wishing his Durham City side showed as much pizzazz as the contestants a little earlier.
GORDON Strachan will cope with the stress and strain of Middlesbrough’s promotion push by ridiculing contestants on the X Factor after revealing a hidden side to his character.
THE enigmatic Hatem Ben Arfa provides Newcastle with the ‘X Factor’ they have been missing.
STEVE Bruce made his players suffer after their Wigan debacle. Now is he looking for a response at Fulham.
AT half-time on Saturday night, I half jokingly said to a mate at the pub: “I would rather we just missed out on promotion, and start to enjoy winning 15-20 games a season again”.
Many journalists would love to have had the phone number of It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, but for Wendy Holden it was nothing but a curse.
SHE’S the Newcastle-born pop star who is verging on becoming a national treasure in her current incarnation on TV’s X Factor.
SHE has been one of the most recognisable faces on TV over the last few years.
WHEN it comes to watching TV I’m not very organised. I never watch serials, soaps or period dramas because, although I may see the first episode, and by luck catch the second, the chance of me seeing the rest is so slim I might as well not start.
IF you tune in every Saturday to watch Simon Cowell ripping apart some poor kid’s rendition of Flying Without Wings, then you’re one of millions who love a good talent contest.
BARBARA, 55, was born in Newcastle and now lives on North Tyneside.
ANT and Dec’s flagship ITV1 show was among a number of programmes that suffered a string of phone-in blunders caused by a “serious cultural failure” within the company, chairman Michael Grade said yesterday.
I CONFESS I’m not a great TV fan, but somehow I’m hooked on watching the X Factor.
THOSE animated cricketing heroes Beefy and Lamby will be back on our TV screens hundreds of times during September in a new three-week campaign by the English Beef and Lamb Executive.
JOURNEY South will be making a short journey north to headline the entertainment at a charity football match.
Martin Douglas’s week is a busy one with so many different hats to wear, he never gets bored!
BEWARE, The Sheilas are set to descend on an unsuspecting Tyneside.
An outdoor gig in the region is set to go with a swing next week come rain or shine.
The search is on for the next big thing – a singer songwriter with the talent to make it to the top in a cut-throat industry.
AUSTRALIAN pace-man Brett Lee reckons Andrew Flintoff brings the “X Factor“ to the England side.
A goodwill gesture to raise a few pounds for a volunteer medical team in Northumberland ended up amassing more than £1,000.
Matt Stevens has met Nelson Mandela and performed on television's X Factor since he last played rugby for England.
Serious role secures Wood's Bafta record
Tungsten Strike is a 20-1 chance with Coral for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after making virtually all the running to land the Woodcote Stud Sagaro Stakes at the Berkshire track.
Music mogul Simon Cowell's wealth has ballooned by an extra £40m in just one year, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of TV talent shows such as X Factor.
Classical group G4 are to split, they announced yesterday. The foursome, who shot to fame on TV talent show X Factor, gave fans the news in a message on their website.
Blue Peter apologised to viewers yesterday for faking the results of a phone-in competition.
Dancing On Ice will return tonight after it was cleared in the review into TV phone-ins, ITV announced yesterday .
The TV phone quiz scandal deepened yesterday when broadcaster Five admitted some of its competition winners were faked.
Itv is suspending all premium rate interactive services across its channels following the row over TV phone-ins, it announced yesterday.
Itv overcharged X Factor viewers £200,000 in an interactive vote blunder, it admitted yesterday.
A musical extravaganza for all the family will be performed this New Year by staff from children's charity Barnardo's to raise money for their work.
X Factor winner Leona Lewis looks set to seal a fairytale year with a Christmas number one single.