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Barrowman’s Bonks in Torchwood Touch Viewers’ Nerves

On a recent article in Metro, John Barrowman has responded to some viewers’ negative criticism on the current gay sex scenes in Torchwood’s new series, Miracle Day.

Jack and Angelo: Whisperings of Sexual Intimacy

Speaking of the received criticism, John said:

‘When you watch Torchwood there is a warning at the very beginning that some scenes may offend or disturb people. So if you allow your children to sit and watch it with you that’s your responsibility, not ours any more.’ – John Barrowman

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The Victim Factor: X-Factor’s Casualties

Recently the X Factor has been back in the media as talks for the new American judges are well under way, but is it really a good thing to be bringing back the reality tv show when some winners of the past are being cut from their contracts?
Let’s take a look at the recent victims of the show…

Joe McElderry

He won the show in 2009, and has already been cast into the musical abyss. McElderry’s career was doomed from the beginning, and didn’t stand a winning chance against Facebook’s Anti-X-Factor campaign to hit the Christmas No. 1 top-spot. Rage Against the Machine, a fitting name for the campaign, struck gold when they entered the charts at number 1, killing the name of winner Joe McElderry. Though, McElderry wasn’t ready to give up yet, and later (with much needed promotion) bagged the No. 1 spot. His debut album went only hit the silver certificate in the UK, and peaked at No. 3 in the album charts. For an X-Factor winner, this was not good enough.

Unfortunately, on April 14, McElderry aged 19, was dropped by Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco. Newspapers have reported that he was ‘devastated’ and has moved back home to live with his Mum.
But the 19 year-old has to face the facts, the vicious, cut-throat world of music is certainly not stable, and with his last single, ‘Someone Wake Me Up’ only selling 7,000 copies, it’s no wonder he’s fallen off the talent table. Didn’t anyone tell the Geordie that he needs to stay in the public eye to pull in fans? Poor Joe, next time you see him he could be wallowing in misery in your local Costa Coffee.

 

Shayne Ward

Today, April 19, it has been reported that Shayne Ward has also been dropped by Cowell – (Maybe we should re-name him S(ick)o Simon, since he’s on the dusty road to Hell). After winning the X-Factor in 2005, he has had a much longer career than Joe McElderry, and at least a smidgem of success. His debut single, ‘That’s My Goal’, held the No. 1 spot for four happy weeks, and his album went straight to Platinum certification in the album charts. His success continued until the release of his second album, ‘Breathless’, but on his third album ‘Obsession’ (2010) hit the wall and only peaked at Number 15 in the charts. Suddenly, Shayne Ward’s reign of success was beginning to crumble.

With many people tweeting that Cowell has apparently ‘lost it’, and wondering why he would drop such a successful act… well you just have to look at the facts: he just wasn’t bringing in the money, selling his singles or appealing to the media.

So with McElderry and Ward dropped by their labels, who is next to get the axe? Leona Lewis has been laying low for a while in the states, and her success rate over in the UK certainly isn’t what it used to be. Alexandra Burke hasn’t released a single in a couple of months… (I hope Simon doesn’t show up with an axe in her living room, Jack Nicholson style…) And what about Matt Cardle, what on earth happened to him? Did he fall down a well?!

The only person that seems to be doing well is Olly Murs, runner-up to Joe McElderry in 2009. I hope he continues to storm the charts throughout the years, and not succumb to the Victim-Factor, or in other words, the V-Factor.

HOT OFF THE TWITTER MARK: Dianna Vickers parts ways with her record company, read the full article here: http://www.nme.com/news/diana-vickers/57707

Maybe that single ‘Once’ really was the truth – you only have one chance love.

Fans still go “Goo-Goo-Gaga” with Bieber Fever

Sneak-peak of my article on Bieber for Label Music… It isn’t too offensive is it? Comments from beliebers and non-beliebers welcome!

He has just kicked off his UK tour, he sports almost 7.9 million followers on his twitter account, and at this moment (and counting) has had 301,123,126 upload views on http://www.youtube.com. With ‘Biebs’ birthday only a few days ago, ‘Never Say Never’ concert film raking in the money, plus only a slight hiccup in his oh-so-innocent image with the paparazzi, it’s no wonder Justin seems to be skipping with joy with his Vanessa Hudgens look-a-like girlfriend, Selena Gomez. However, many of Biebs’ fans (or ‘beliebers’ for short) aren’t entirely happy with his new girlfriend. Gomez was allegedly slapped by a ‘belieber’ on a date for Justin’s 17th Birthday, and had been photographed hiding her face in the car afterwards, but in reality she was just trying to cover up a cold-sore – who wouldn’t?!

Child stars are notorious for taking a ride on the crazy coaster; Britney Spears, Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Lohan are but a few who have crashed and burned on their way to the clinic. Evidently, Justin Beiber’s cutie-pie-image will soon be leaking out of his tippy cup, and into our own portfolio of ‘Celebrity Rehab’.

After his run in with the press and an abrupt middle finger gesture, Bieber tweeted saying that ‘it’s not always easy but I know better than to react in anger.’
But that wasn’t the case on the CSI set, was it Justin? Always the prankster, ‘Mr Bieber Diva’ locked a crewmember in the closet, whilst allegedly shouting at his mother for some absurd and self-absorbed reason – probably his hair.

Though it’s not just his fans that have something to say about him, the ‘non-beliebers’ laughed themselves silly when Justin was shot and killed in a CSI episode. His remains (it’s okay belieber’s, it’s just a healthy dose of sarcasm) – that is to say a lock of his hair – has been sold on Ebay for a whopping 25K to help an animal charity. I wonder if that came with a frame?

Justin Bieber has dominated pop culture, but what’s next on his horizons? Will he take a leaf out of Brit’s book and shave all his hair off next time? Or will he find satisfaction partying it hard in the toilets with the white stuff like Macaulay and Li-Lo? One thing’s for sure, he’s not an eenie-meenie-myny-mo baby anymore.

 

 

NB. Pictures Above: 1. Bieber becomes yo-ho Pirate in bid to takeover the world. 2. Bieber is hardcore.
(I did not defile these pictures myself, but they are the handy work of some housemates of mine…)