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Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards

Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are set to perform at the Brits next year (Picture REX)
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Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are set to perform at the Brits next year (Picture REX)

The 2018 Brit Awards is set to be a lively one when Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith hit the stage to perform their latest hits.

The musical powerhouses have been lined up to take to the stage at London’s The O2 in February – not only that, the trio is expected to feature quite heavily in the prize giving.

‘Show chiefs were desperate to secure Ed, Sam and Stormzy as they’re the biggest names in UK music right now,’ a source told The Sun.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Stormzy is set to perform at the Brits 2018 (Picture: PA Wire)

‘The combined record and streaming figures are insane and the booking is bound to add numbers on the viewing figures too,’ the insider continued. ‘It’s shaping up to be a top night.’

Rising star Dua Lipa – who is tipped to be shortlisted for the Best British Female award – will also be performing at the Mastercard-sponsored ceremony.

It’ll be great to see Stormzy and Ed back on the Brits stage as the 2017 award show saw the two pals remix Ed’s song Shape Of You which was followed by an incredible year for the two of them.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Ed Sheeran has had an incredible year (Picture: Getty Images)

Hopefully, Ed will receive far more recognition at the Brits than he did when the Grammy noms were announced last month.

Fans of the singer may have been left a little shocked – and disappointed – for the singer when he didn’t land any major nominations at the 2018 Grammys but he certainly seemed pretty unfazed by it all.

Speaking on The Ellen Show – where hoist Ellen DeGeneres said hit song Shape Of You has never left her head – Ed replied: ‘But that’s the point, that’s where you win. That’s where the validation comes from, where you actually see people—genuine people—enjoying the songs.’

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Comedian Jack Whitehall is set host the awards (Picture: NBCU Photo Bank)

The latest Brit news comes after it was recently announced Jack Whitehall will host the ceremony on 21 February as R&B singer Jorja Smith has already been announced as the winner of the Critics’ Choice prize, which recognises emerging talent and in the past has gone to the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith.

Jorga came up victoriously up against Stefflon Don, and Mabel in first all-female line-up for the Critics’ Choice gong.

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Big Brother will return next year on ITV2 and online

Big Brother, one of the original UK reality TV shows, will return to screens in 2023, years after being axed by both Channel 4 and later Channel 5.

The show, which launched careers of ITV presenter Alison Hammond and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, will be revived by ITV2 and new streaming platform ITVX.

A promotional video aired during the Love Island series finale on Monday evening.

Officials said the famous house will return with a “contemporary new look”.

The returning programme – which was originally on for 18 years – will see a cast of “carefully selected housemates from all walks of life” live together under strict surveillance for up to six weeks.

Similar to previous editions, the public will regularly vote contestants off in live evictions, as well as deciding on an overall cash prize winner.

“This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience,” said Paul Mortimer, ITV2’s reality TV chief.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”

The series, which takes its name from the all-seeing ruler in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, first appeared on Channel 4 in 2000, and was won by Liverpudlian builder Craig Phillips.

It was influential, both as a public social experiment and also in creating a new form of celebrity, with normal people prepared to have their every waking (and sleeping) moment caught on camera and broadcast to the world.

Celebrity editions aired, featuring the likes of Katie Price, Gemma Collins and Mark Owen.

Despite its early success and influence, the National TV Award-winning programme soon found itself embroiled in controversy over reports of bullying, racism, fixing, and general toxic behaviour in the house, with complaints being made to both the police and Ofcom.

The show moved to Channel 5 in 2011 but was axed in 2018 amid a ratings slump. Channel 5 controller Ben Frow later said he had no regrets over the decision and that the media landscape had become “very crowded with reality shows”.

‘Jumping the shark’

Speaking on the BBC Sounds Podcast, Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV, this summer, Big Brother’s creative director Philip Edgar-Jones said audiences “very clearly hated it” when producers intervened in the programme too much.

“We call it ‘jumping the shark’ in television, when you the hand of the producer is too overt and you feel like the show has therefore lost that sense of authenticity – that’s when the audience gets more angry.

“Being authentic to the show, you create this world with its own internal logic, and you can’t break that internal logic, otherwise you break the magic and you lose the trust of the audience.”

At the time, Big Brother producers said they were open to “future possibilities”, apparently leaving the door open for a return one day.

Irish singing duo Jedward, the identical twin brothers who twice appeared on the celebrity version of the show, have made an early bid online to host the returning series.

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Kim Kardashian ‘wasn’t planning on’ a relationship with Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian did not see loe coming with Pete Davidson.

In a conversation for Hoda Kotb’s “Making Space” podcast, Kardashian explained that she’d been single for about 10 months before she was ready to date again.
“I think that, you know, sometimes things happen when you just least expect it. It was the last thing that I was really planning on,” she said, “And so when it did happen, we were kind of, like, ‘Oh, my God, I wasn’t planning on this. And this isn’t even what I was thinking of,’ and it just makes it that much sweeter and so much more fun.”
In February 2021, Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West.
Kardashian and Davidson appeared in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch together last fall where they shared a kiss. They became Instagram official in March.
“I definitely took my time,” Kardashian said. “I took, you know, 10 months or something before I dated or talked to anyone. And I just wanted that time to really figure out and go through the motions: ‘Am I making the right decision? How do I feel about this?’ So once I went through all of the motions, I finally was, like, ‘OK, guys, I am so ready to meet someone.’ And I randomly did.”
Despite their very public relationship. Kardashian says she is keeping some aspects of her time with Davidson private.
“I do think that I am holding, you know, a little bit more close to my heart on certain aspects of my relationship with Pete, and it feels good just to know that, like, we have this connection and we have our little bubble of a relationship world that we live in that, like, not a lot of people know about,” she said.
For now, Kardashian said just being with Davidson puts a smile on her face.
“We were driving in the car yesterday and I just, like, looked at him and I was like, ‘Thank you.’ And he was like, ‘What?’ And I was like, ‘For running errands with me, like, this is so much fun just to, like, go to a doctor’s appointment or go to the dentist and just, like, run errands. I’m having so much fun.'”
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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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