X Factor’s Danyl vows to win over judges with song

16/10/2009

Danyl Johnson (Pic:ITV)
Danyl Johnson has been rustling up a plan to wow the X Factor judges.
He intends giving a tasty performance tonight. And if that still fails to win their hearts, he’ll tempt them with homemade cake.
Last week, the 27-year-old teacher had a rough ride.
Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole both accused him of not having “the likeability factor”. Then Dannii Minogue poked fun at bisexual Danyl’s decision to alter the lyrics of I’m Telling You so that he was singing the Jennifer Hudson song to a woman rather than a man.
Her “outing” comments sparked over 4,000 complaints to Ofcom.
But Danyl insists it has only made him even more determined to get the doubters on his side.
He said: “Last week went a bit like this… yes, that is silence from the crowd after what Dannii said.
“It was all a bit mad. But backstage it is all cool now and I just want to get up and sing again.
“Louis and Cheryl, I have to try to get them on my side and I don’t know how to do it.
“I need to bake them a cake or something, or buy her some expensive jewellery. I’ll do my best.
“It is divas week, it’s gonna be hard. I think it’s the fifth time I’ve sung a girl’s song.
I have a ballad and there’ll be a big note in there somewhere, if Simon Cowell has his way. I can’t wait.”
Despite the judges’ concerns, others are convinced Danyl does have the X Factor. One London fan yesterday bet £2,000 on Danyl to win the series, at odds of 4-1.
William Hills spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Some fans aren’t sure about Danyl yet, but this punter clearly is.
“He will collect £10,000 if his bet comes off.”
One of Danyl’s biggest rivals is Olly Murs, who is going all out to impress with his dancing skills.
Olly said: “Dancewise, anything I’ve ever done is off the cuff, I’ve never rehearsed anything in my life. The stuff you have seen is from me watching Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake and putting my own thing on it.”
Tonight, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston will sing on the show. And next week’s guests will be Michael Bublé and Westlife.
Michael Bublé said: “I remember last time having such a laugh.
“It all finished with me having Leon up on stage singing Home with me at Wembley. Amazing.”
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The Boyzone bear Stephen Gatelys coffin for emotional processio

16/10/2009

The coffin of Stephen Gately (Pic:PA)
Stephen Gately’s grief-stricken bandmates tonight bore the coffin of their friend during an emotional homecoming to his working-class roots.
Boyzone’s Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy were pallbearers for the singer as they carried his remains into a city centre church.
Gately’s heartbroken parents Margaret and Martin were consoled by close family, his partner Andrew Cowles and Boyzone manager Louis Walsh, who paid respects at a private prayer vigil and wake in Dublin’s north inner city.
Hundreds of local people and fans lined streets near St Laurence O’Toole Church paying their own tribute to the West End star.
They blessed themselves and held candles as the coffin passed, before giving the local hero a round of applause.
The hearse was covered in a large spray of white lilies and three flower arrangements reading ‘Our Son’, ‘Our Steo’ and ‘Our Brother’. Resident Bernadette Manly said they had come out in support of Gately’s parents, brothers Mark, Alan and Tony and devoted sister Michelle.
“You couldn’t get better people,” said Mrs Manly.
The Boyzone members, who are spending the night in the church, will perform at his funeral Mass tomorrow. They earlier paid tribute to Gately and their fans as they brought his remains home from Majorca. Stood arm in arm they were truly overwhelmed at the support they received in the week since he died.
“The countless messages of love and support we have received this week have truly overwhelmed ourselves and the Gately family,” he said. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for each and every one of them.”
The weary looking bandmates have had discreet tattoos in honour of Gately, with the tribute “76 09″ clearly etched on Keating’s upper arm and Lynch’s hand.
It was the first time they have spoken publicly since the 33-year-old singer was found dead in his apartment last Saturday on the Spanish holiday island. Gately’s remains were flown home on a private plane with the remaining Boyzone members and Mr Cowles.
The singer’s body was brought to Jennings Funeral Directors in the Coolock area before being taken to Seville Place – a stone’s throw from where the singer played as a youngster.
Gerry Fay, of North Wall Residents Association, said everyone in the area was still in disbelief. “When Stephen came home he was just Stephen, there was no big deal,” said Mr Fay.
“He wasn’t the Stephen they all talk about, he was just an ordinary person.”
Fans from as far away as Taiwan travelled to the Irish capital for the funeral. Wendy Lee spent £1,000 flying 7,875 miles to reach her idol’s hometown.
“I want to say my final goodbye,” said Miss Lee with tears in her eyes.
The 26-year-old, who says she has not eaten or slept since she heard the news of his death, added: “Stephen was my favourite. I don’t know why – he was just so lovely.”
Walsh has said family, friends and loved ones must celebrate Gately’s life. A funeral party catering for 450 invited guests will be held in the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, on Saturday evening.
Old friends and neighbours stunned at the singer’s sudden death have spent several days cleaning the nearby church, its grounds and surrounding area to make the terrace streets shine for the return of their son.
He was found dead on the sofa in his apartment in Port Andratx after a night out with Mr Cowles and friend Georgi Dochev.
A post-mortem examination found he died from natural causes, the medical report recording pulmonary oedema or fluid on the lungs.
The 25-year-old, who had been friends with the singer since last summer, said his death has left him unstable.
“What happened that night is what happened. We know the autopsy results. He died a natural death,” said Mr Dochev. He said he has been comforting Mr Cowles during the week and admitted he has been nervous and stressed since the star’s untimely death.
“I’m really scared of falling asleep now in case I don’t wake up,” he added. Gately’s partner has asked that mourners make a donation to the Caudwell Children Charity, of which the pop star was an ambassador, instead of sending flowers.

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October 6th, 2009

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Pride of Britain Awards: Frank Lampard chased for donation by fund-raising cancer boy Jake Peach
 
October 7, 2009

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

It was a moment that perfectly summed up the selfless spirit of the Mirror Pride of Britain awards.
Jake Peach, 12, picked up a Child of Courage honour as he battles leukaemia  yet one of his first concerns was about how raising cash for fellow sufferers.
Soccer-mad Jake, who has already made s600,000 for Londons Great Ormond Hospital, said: I spotted Frank Lampard in the audience. Hopefully Ill persuade him to give money to my charity.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

Jake, of Southend, Essex, spent a month in a coma after being diagnosed and had to learn to walk and speak again, a story that left many of the celebrity names in the audience close to tears.
In many ways that has for 11 years been  the secret of the Pride of Britain awards.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

Its the only gala night thats not about the stars but about ordinary people capable of extraordinary things.
Last night it made you realise that is also a much-nee
ded tonic for our country, a shot in the arm of national pride and self-belief.
Tess Daly, who along with husband Vernon Kay handed Jake his award, summed it up as she said emotionally: I watched his video and was sobbing.
This time last year hed been in a coma. But hes raised s600,000 for Great Ormond Street. Hes so inspirational.
Vernon gave Jake an England shirt signed by the entire Three Lions team and joked about his own struggling team: Your inspirational speaking is amazing.
Can you have a word with Bolton Wanderers for 10 minutes?
Who among us could feel sorry for ourselves after hearing of his battle?
Or that of Levana Hanson, who lost her legs to meningitis? An eight-year-old girl who smiles a toothy grin despite unbearable daily pain and tells Girls Aloud: The reason I dont have legs is Im special.
Who can doubt the courage and strength of our armed forces when men like Royal Marine Sgt Noel Connolly are willing to hurl themselves on to a Taliban suicide bomber packed with 154lb of explosives?
Ray Winstone, who gave him his award, thought he was a hard man until he met the sergeant who saved 30 of his comrades.
On a rainy night in London, in the middle of a recession and a story of a nursery nurse who horrifically abused childrens trust the Pride of Britain Awards spoke up for the decent majority of our country.
Who could not be inspired by Teacher of the Year Jonathan Healey, who used Maths raps and football results to liven up sums at a tough Yorkshire school?
Corrie star Ryan Thomas  TVs Jason Grimshaw  said: Im just gutted we didnt have a teacher like you when I was at school. I might have learnt something.
Or fail to be moved by disabled Michael Seery, 65, who tackled a knife-wielding robber in his local bookies?
Then there are women like Jasvinder Sanghera, 44, whose charity Karma Nirvana has helped men and women fleeing forced marriages and domestic violence. Kids like Kelsey Deacon, who aged just four leapt into a scalding bath to drag baby sister Toni to safety.
Officers like Royal Military policeman Major Phil Packer who, despite the life-changing injuries he sustained in Iraq, has raised s1million to support soldiers.
Then theres MRI scanner inventor Sir Peter Mansfield, 75, handed a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gordon Brown and wife Sarah. The PM told him: Theres not much better than winning a Nobel Prize, except a Pride of Britain award.
Each year the awards leave Carol Vorderman, host for 11 years, moved to tears.
Each year, the judges this year including Sarah Brown, Dame Kelly Holmes, ex-Spice Girl Emma Bunton and ITNs Mark Austin  struggle to choose from thousands of acts of courage.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

This years gala, on ITV1 at 8pm tomorrow, recognises dramatic heroism and also the quiet courage of working daily to change the world around you.
Like Doris Long, who discovered a passion for abseiling and raising money at 95.
Like Eunice McGhie-Belgrave, 75, who started a project to help kids plant vegetables and stay out of trouble. Or breast cancer sufferer Kristin Hallenga, 23, who has toured music festivals to raise awareness of the disease.
Chris Saunders bravery was of a different kind, asking the Princes Trust to help him after his heroin addiction and 176 convictions.
He has now helped countless youngsters change their lives.
He met Judge Ian MacKintosh, who had jailed him for the ninth and final time and made him see the error of his ways. Chris said: My friend died three weeks after this judge sent me to prison. That could so easily have been me.

Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (pic: DM)

Every year, these awards are all about extraordinary individuals, yet the show is always more than the sum of its parts.
Anyone needing a shot in the arm of national pridewatch Pride of Britain.

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October 6th, 2009

GETTING SHREDDED

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That is quite a dress, Little J! Taylor Momsen hits the New York City set of Gossip Girl in true wild-child fashion – check out that hot pink lipstick! – on Tuesday.

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