CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 25th February

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Edwyn Collins seriously ill after haemorrhage
- Whitney rushed to hospital with food poisoning
- J Lo admits she's married
- Michael Jackson trial will kick off proper on Monday
- V&A cancel Agitate! show because it was proving too popular!
- EMMA cancel multicultural awards after sponsor pulls out
- Jack White / Brendan Benson collaboration incoming
- Doherty stuff
- Album Review: Patrick Wolf - Wind In The Wires
- 50 Cent gets Sirius radio show
- Stern and Clear Channel call it quits
- FCC went too far with broadcast flag rule
- Anger after jailed rapper records video behind bars
- Single Review: Pure Reason Revolution - The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning
- Westlife plan to go on and on and on and on and on
- Blue tour cancelled
- ITV and Channel 4 favourite to get spare Freeview slot
- Velvet Revolver to demo new tracks during sound checks
- Frustrations at Warner top guard bonuses
- ITV not keen on Alli's SMG break up plans
- Single Review: Planet Funk - 'The Switch'
- Swing Out Sister tour
- TuneTribe may go physical
- Osbourne and Walsh sign up for X Factor 2
- Pink pregnant?

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Ill Commotion at Cargo
A very interesting hip-hop event all round, but the main attraction has to be the unbelievable Killa Kela, the UK human beat box who has to be seen to be believed. Having toured with NERD and Pharell Williams he will be releasing an album later this year. Tonight he will be pushing the envelope: rather than just beatboxing down a mic, he will be performing with live bass, keys, violins, a cello and viola plus backing from MCs and DJs. Also on the bill is up-and-coming soul singer Rahel, fresh from the last Ill Commotion night and doing her first full live showcase, plus there's a lesson in turntablism demo'ed by DJ IQ (a former DMC champ) and the night will be compered by Orifice Vulgatron (Foreign Beggars crew). And finally resident DJs Khalil, Finnian and Rags will be dashing down some fat beats. Phew.

Thursday 3 Mar, 8pm - 1am, £6 before 9 / £8 after, Cargo, London 83 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY, info from illcommotion@hotmail.com or Finnian on 07799475753 - more at www.cargo-london.com

Think your club is good enough to take the tip?? Then email
vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk with the date of your club event in the header.

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EDWYN COLLINS SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER HAEMORRHAGE
Edwyn Collins is seriously ill after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Writing on the singer's website his wife announced he had been taken ill on Sunday night, adding: "He is being well looked after in hospital. When there is more to report, I'll let you all know."

The news follows comments made by Collins on a recent BBC radio show in which he admitted he had been ill: "I suddenly got a horrible sense of vertigo, the room started spinning around and I started puking up". At the time he blamed the incident on food poisoning, adding: "I'm two days into recuperation and I should be fine."

Edinburgh born Collins first came to attention as frontman of Orange Juice, but got wider attention through his solo career, in particular with single release 'A Girl Like You'. More recently he has been working as a producer with new bands like Sons and Daughters, The Cribs and Little Barrie

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WHITNEY RUSHED TO HOSPITAL WITH FOOD POISONING
Elsewhere in the pop emergency room, Whitney Houston has been rushed to hospital in Paris - and this time it really is food poisoning (we hope). According to her publicist, Nancy Seltzer, Houston was on a flight from America to France when she started to show signs of illness. Seltzer: "Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris because of severe vomiting. She was sick on the aircraft. She is doing well. She has gastroenteritis." No word on where the food poisoning came from.

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J LO ADMITS SHE'S MARRIED
Jennifer Lopez has finally admitted she has married boy friend Marc Anthony eight months after the wedding. According to America's People magazine Lopez has admitted she tied the not with Anthony last June, five months after breaking off her engagement with Ben Affleck. Lopez: "Yes, we're married. I mean, come on, everyone knows. It's not a secret."

Of course all the recent rumours around Lopez haven't been on whether or not she married Anthony, but on whether she is pregnant. On that, still no comment one way or the other.

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MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL WILL KICK OFF PROPER ON MONDAY
And we're off. Court officials in Santa Maria, California have confirmed that the long awaited trial of Michael Jackson on those new child abuse allegations will begin at 8.30am local time on Monday morning (that's about 4.30pm our time).

That announcement was made after lawyers for both the prosecution and defense not only agreed on which twelve people should make up the jury on the case, but also on which eight people should sit as reserve jurors. As reported yesterday, the jury selection process has been completed much faster than everyone expected. Despite delays caused by the death of Jacko's key lawyer's sister, and then by Jackson's flu-like illness, the final twelve were picked from 750 potential jurors in just six court days.

As previously reported, the jury is made up of eight women and four men aging from 20 to 79. All told the court that they were aware of the charges against Michael Jackson but had not closely followed the case in the media. Judge Rodney S Melville has warned the jurors that they should not speak to anyone about the case to ensure they do not become part of the media "circus" that will surround the trial. The eight reserve jurors, four men and four women, will only be called on if one of the main jurors falls ill or is dismissed during the trial.

The court case will begin with opening statements on Monday morning, but there's still a long way to go - experts reckon the trial could take up to six months. Jackson faces up to 21 years in jail if found guilty of the charges - all of which, of course, the singer strongly denies.

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V&A CANCEL AGITATE! SHOW BECAUSE IT WAS PROVING TOO POPULAR!
With a slight air of irony, the Victoria and Albert Museum yesterday cancelled an event designed to celebrate the rise of social protest in the arts over fears too many people might join the protest. Or something like that. Yep, the V&A yesterday announced they were canceling tonight's Agitate! Educate! Organise! event because there had been so much interest in it they feared things would get too rowdy.

In a statement the museum told reporters: "With regret, the V&A is cancelling the Friday Late event on 25 Feb. We have been surprised by the incredibly high level of interest in this event. We have been told by our security, health and safety advisers that when the numbers reach this high level for a single event with limited capacity, there is a danger of severe overcrowding and it is extremely difficult to guarantee safety. To avoid any risk to the public or the Museum's collections, we have therefore taken the decision to cancel the event. We apologise for any disappointment this will cause."

As reported yesterday, the event was due to include a performance by the band The Others. Keen to not let the establishment cancel an event that was all about challenging the establishment, the band have announced they will go ahead with their 7.45pm gig this evening, but will play outside the museum. Organisers of an exhibition planned for the event have secured the neighbouring Polish Club to host their bit of the proceedings.

Given the last minute changes event organisers are asking anyone who attend to be patient if things don't run quite as smoothly as hoped.

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EMMA CANCEL MULTICULTURAL AWARDS AFTER SPONSOR PULLS OUT
Talking of big organisations letting down interesting cultural projects, the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy has announced that they will not be hosting their annual awards event celebrating cultural, sporting and political achievements in ethnic minority communities because their sponsor, Natwest, has pulled out.

The bank confirmed it would no longer support the award last Autumn. According to EMMA they complained that the BBC coverage of the awards last year was cut from 50 to 45 minutes. Speaking to the Independent a spokesman for the bank added: "The EMMA Award no longer satisfy our sponsorship objectives".

EMMA's organisers have probably chosen now to announce that Natwest's decision has prevented them from going ahead with a 2005 event because the bank's parent company Royal Bank Of Scotland has just announced record profits of over £8 billion (though the bank would probably argue that that doesn't affect their sponsorship budgets).

EMMA do plan to proceed with their plans to stage an awards event in New York in Sep, supported by the United Nations.

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JACK WHITE / BRENDAN BENSON COLLABORATION INCOMING
The NME reports that Jack White's friend and collaborator Brendan Benson has revealed that the pair have recorded an album together and apparently it's being compared to Nirvana's seminal album 'Nevermind'. The as-yet-untitled album could be released early next year, and would most likely be accompanied by a White / Benson tour.

Benson told NME: "It's a fucking brilliant record. It's really, really good. A few people who have heard it are really raving about it. Maybe it's even better than I thought. A guy the other day said that he had heard Nirvana's 'Nevermind' four months before it came out and as he was listening to this record he said: 'this feels just like that'. And that's how it feels for me."

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DOHERTY STUFF
Another day, another Doherty update. And Tory leader Michael Howard has got the former Libertine back into the headlines by complaining that the former Libertine is always in the headlines. Super. Howard complained to reporters: "Here you have a man who takes drugs and gets locked up - yet ends up on the front pages".

The Tory boss continued: "Today, more than ever, we need responsible role models for our children - professional athletes prepared to say drugs are wrong, pop stars willing to say drugs aren't cool, actors who make clear that drugs ruin lives. Because we all know that youngsters are more influenced than ever before by the celebrities they see on TV, the musicians they listen to and who are featured in magazines." He's right of course, though he's ignoring the fact that the minute a celebrity starts ranting about how bad drugs are they cease to be cool, and therefore cease to influence gullible teenagers. Ah well, it was a nice idea.

No word on what Howard thinks about Tory supporting former Busted boy Charlie Simpson appearing on the cover of gay mag Attitude with smoke coming out of his mouth - hey Busted fans, smoking is very cool (and it has to be said, he does look rather cool on that particular cover). That said, the Tory's have always been less draconian when it comes to smoking, what with all those affluent friends over there in the tobacco industry.

Anyway, back to Pete, and the NME reports that Babyshambles will be playing their third gig of the week at Queens Of Noize's Gilded Palace Of Sin this Saturday (26 Feb) at London's 100 Club. The good news is this is an afternoon gig (due to kick off at 2pm) so no problems meeting that 10pm curfew.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Patrick Wolf - Wind In The Wires (Tomlab)
The star of young and gifted singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf will surely be in the ascendancy with the release of his second album, a staggeringly mature piece of work, belying the artists' tender age (a mere 21). Trying to categorise or pigeonhole Patrick is a pretty futile exercise - I'm damned if I can pin him down. At the core of his work is a folk sensibility, but he goes off in so many conflicting directions that you can only observe with wonder. Take the opening single 'The Libertine', an epic of strings and piano, but driven with programmed beats, all of which somehow seems to fit so perfectly. This track approaches the issue of individual liberty in a stagnant world; the narrator "runs the risk of being free". The second track, 'Teignmouth', is a brooding ballad, backed with a choir - again the issue of freedom is examined but with a great sense of poetry and imagery. It's named after the town in Devon, and it's evident that the South-West, where Patrick is from, holds a dear part in his heart. 'The Gypsy King' longs for a life of solitude by the sea in Cornwall, and 'Lands End' suggests a quiet life on the coast can offer recovery from the hectic city. The title track is possibly the stand-out, though it's difficult to pick a single track from this collection of great songs. It's another piano and guitar led track, describing the effects of nature, and how it can destroy an otherwise quiet life. There also appears to be a subtle appreciation of 80s 'overcoat music'. The programmed percussion, acerbic lyrics, and vocals of 'Tristan' seems reminiscent of The The in their prime. It's an example of how diverse a record it is. 'Wind In The Wires' is a complete one man show as well. It's astonishing how such a young artist can single-handedly produce a record of this quality, and what's more, Wolf plays literally dozens of instruments on this record, ranging from the Kantale to the Farfisa Pianorgan. I can't be any more effusive with praise; it's an exceptional record, and there ought to be an audience out there for it. Those yearning for a truly gifted and talented songwriter in a world of Damien Rices and David Grays would fall for Patrick's new album. Highly recommended. KW
Release date: 21 Feb
Press contact: Mingo [all]

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50 CENT GETS SIRIUS RADIO SHOW
50 Cent is following his mentor Eminem in launching his own uncensored radio show on US satellite radio network Sirius. The new show, to be called G Unit Radio, will air on Saturdays. Fiddy told the New York Post: "I'm bringing my A-game to Sirius. G Unit Radio is gonna blow up on [Eminem's show] Shade 45." As reported yesterday, the release of 50 Cent's next album, 'Massacre', has been brought forward to 3 Mar after tracks from it appeared online.

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STERN AND CLEAR CHANNEL CALL IT QUITS
Elsewhere in the world of American radio, and Howard Stern has reached a deal with US radio major Clear Channel - both sides were in the process of suing the other. Things kicked off after Clear Channel sacked his show following various FCC indecency violations. He sued for $10 million on the grounds of breach of contract, prompting Clear Channel to launch a countersuit. After lots of legal wrangling between the two sides, both have agreed they have no interest in pursuing the cases. Stern, of course, is off to satellite radio anyway very soon, and no longer needs terrestrial outputs for his show.

Not that that is something Clear Channel are happy about. Despite dropping Stern's controversial show, they are annoyed that radio shows that ever-strict FCC rules prevent terrestrial stations from airing can now be broadcast on less regulated satellite radio networks - providing those networks with a valuable USP. Clear Channel's Executive VP and Chief Legal Officer Andrew Levin recently moaned: "Congress and the FCC should be troubled that the current law creates a safe haven for indecent programming on other media platforms, including satellite radio. Unfortunately, these outlets are fast becoming the wild west for sexually explicit programming". However it is unlikely even US Congress will try to inflict strict regulations on satellite radio - as consumers have to pay to receive satellite radio channels they are clearly accepting the kind of programming their subscription gives them access to, making any "what if kids are listening?" argument pretty redundant.


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FCC WENT TOO FAR WITH BROADCAST FLAG RULE
Talking of the FCC, and the US appeal courts has said the regulator stepped outside its remit when it said all digital broadcasters would have to insert anti-piracy 'broadcast flags' into their output from 1 Jul. The 'flags' are a device that stops people recording shows and then sharing them on the internet. The FCC firstly gave permission for broadcasters to introduce the new technology, and then ruled that everyone would have to start using it. However, the US Court of Appeals says getting involved in the technology side of TV meant the FCC was "crossing the line". Judge Harry Edwards told reporters: "Selling televisions is not what the FCC is in the business of". That said, it will take several months for the court to make a final ruling on the matter - meaning things may be unresolved when the new FCC rule is due to go into action on 1 Jul.

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ANGER AFTER JAILED RAPPER RECORDS VIDEO BEHIND BARS
A New Orleans sherrif has expressed his anger after it was revealed rapper C-Murder was filmed while in jail for a new music video. The rapper, real name Corey Miller, is currently awaiting a retrial on charges that he killed a 16 year old fan during a shooting at a nightclub. His original conviction for that murder was overturned after it was revealed the prosecution in the case failed to tell the court key witnesses had been given deals on their own criminal charges in order to testify.

It seems officials at the jail where Miller is incarcerated allowed cameras in to film the rapper, supposedly for interviews with Court TV and a local cable station. However that footage has been used to create a video for a new Miller track that features on an album that was also recorded behind bars.

Having been told about the video Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee told reporters: "I'm not pleased. He will not make another video in my jail."

The rapper's lawyer Ron Rakosky defended his client for making a new album and video while in jail. He told reporters: "Here's a guy in jail, making constructive use of his time instead of withering away. He's lost more than three years of his life, locked up for a crime he did not commit."

But a local victims support group did not agree. Beverly Siemssen, president of Victims and Citizens Against Crime said: "He is a suspect in a murder case. I don't think he should be allowed these privileges, especially earning money, until his name is totally cleared".

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SINGLE REVIEW: Pure Reason Revolution - The Bright Ambassadors Of Morning (Poptones)
This interesting yet rather unwieldy single is what you imagine people who've never heard Pink Floyd must think the Floyd actually sound like. Like a particularly garish and overblown Super Furry Animals track, it crams more ideas into its 12 minutes than many bands manage in a career; unfortunately the ideas at hand are some of the very worst ones. After a promising two minutes of wintry post-rock moodiness, 'The Bright AmbassadorsÖ' briefly comes over like Air at their proggiest (think a bloated 'Virgin Suicides'), before it gets down to business, igniting with some multi-tracked 70s Queen-style vocal harmonies, set to some gaudy Rick Wakeman-esque keyboard doodlings. In spite of all this though, by this stage the track is becoming curiously beguiling, although it soon pisses on your chips in the ninth minute, when the pleasant instrumental meandering gives way to some unashamedly metal-tastic Led Zep riffs, unfortunately falling down a rather tasteless hole, and making an overly brash and bombastic cacophony in the process. There's a half decent song in here somewhere, but I'm not sure I've found it yet. (And to think they're signed to ex-punk Alan McGhee's label!) MS
Release date: 4 Apr
Press contact: Impressive [all]

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WESTLIFE PLAN TO GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON
As if there weren't enough problems in the world, Westlife have announced they will stay together as long as fans continue to buy their records. Speaking at the Metero Ireland Music Awards where they were named Best Irish Pop Act the group's Nicky Byrne told reporters: "The funny thing about Westlife at the minute is there is no end in sight. The four of us love what we do and we get on. We are going to finish when we want to finish, when the fans stop buying our records."

Westlife manager Louis Walsh, who says he will form a new boyband with Westlife singer Kian Egan when Westlife do call it a day, says he reckons the Westlife boys have at least another two albums in them. Puts all that war and hunger into perspective, doesn't it.

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BLUE TOUR CANCELLED
Ah well, look at the bright side, Blue have been forced to cancel their up coming UK arena tour because Lee Ryan has been told to not sing for six to eight weeks or risk losing his voice (go on Lee, sing a bit). The Sun quotes Ryan as saying: "I am gutted and very sorry to disappoint our fans. The situation is unavoidable. I have been told by doctors that if the tour takes place, I risk permanently damaging my voice. It is terrible timing and I'm very upset."

Although Blue's management are trying to reschedule the tour, one source told the Sun: "Canceling the tour was the hardest decision they have ever had to make. But no one wanted to short-change the fans. Lee is crucial to the band. He is loved by the fans and sings important lines and harmonies. The lads were already planning to go their separate ways after the tour finished. So Blue are effectively over now."

So you see, good news at last (do we pick on easy targets?).

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ITV AND CHANNEL 4 FAVOURITE TO GET SPARE FREEVIEW SLOT
ITV and Channel 4 are the favourites to win that previously reported vacant slot on the Freeview terrestrial digital TV network - mainly because, according to Broadcast magazine, they have put in the highest bids. However Crown Castle, who own the empty channel, have said they will consider content proposals before making a decision - so who knows? Word is ITV are planning a revamped version of the legendary Granada Men & Motors channel while Channel 4 are considering a gambling station. All top quality stuff.

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VELVET REVOLVER TO DEMO NEW TRACKS DURING SOUND CHECKS
Ever busy Velvet Revolver are planning on using sound check time to demo new material. Word is the band will be testing out new tracks during sound checks on their up coming US tour. The band apparantly want to get back into the studio to record a follow up to last year's 'Contraband' as soon as they can after up coming tour commitments.

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FRUSTRATIONS AT WARNER TOP GUARD BONUSES
Well, all those cut backs at Warner Music have achieved something - very handsome pay packages for the top team. A recent SEC filing for the Warner Music Group shows that top man Edgar Bronfmann Junior netted a $1 million salary and £5.25 million bonus last year, while others, including Lyor Cohen, weren't too far behind.

According to US industry site Hits Daily Double, that news has angered Atlantic Records boss Jason Flom who is already finding some of the Warner Music Group top team hard to work with. They report that Flom has spoken to a number of colleagues about his unhappiness in the job and wanting out of his deal with the major.

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ITV NOT KEEN ON ALLI'S SMG BREAK UP PLANS
Lord Alli's devious bid to take over Virgin Radio has been dealt a blow after ITV ruled it wanted no part in the break up of the station's parent company Scottish Media Group. As previously reported, Alli, whose takeover bid was knocked back by Virgin Radio's management, was proposing to take over the radio station's parent company SMG, handing its TV stations over to ITV (who are currently SMG's biggest shareholder) and keeping the Virgin Radio bit. ITV boss is due to meet with Alli and his money people at 3i next week, but according to the Guardian the TV company isn't interested in acquiring full ownership of SMG's Scottish and Grampian TV franchises.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Planet Funk - The Switch (Direction)
Well, the once ubiquitous Planet Funk get another shot at chart success with the re-release of one of their strongest singles 'The Switch'. Since its feature on a certain car advert, demand for the single apparently rocketed (who makes these 'demands' is anyone's guess!) but I'm sure it was good news for the Italian-Anglo 'band' who will get a little bit more mileage out of a track which had already performed pretty well here last time around. As for the rest of us - I think we've probably hear it enough, but then again, I've never been a fan of vain re-releases. But for those cave dwellers among you, 'The Switch' is of the ilk of those new-breed pop records - slick, tight, electronic production but with the mandatory guitar thrown in (which ALL new-breed dance/pop records can't be withoutÖ by law). Nevertheless, this single's potency lies with its chorus, which sits near No.1 for the catchiest ever to be pressed on plastic. I will admit I liked this track first time round, and the King Unique remixes that accompany it are excellent dirty house stompers, but my firm philosophy is "life's too short for greedy re-releases" - deep, non? OG
Release date: 28th Feb
Press contact: Emms Publicity [all]

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SWING OUT SISTER TOUR
Swing Out Sister, yes Swing Out Sister, are going on tour to promote the release of new album 'Where Our Love Grows', a new recording celebrating their 20 year anniversary. Dates as follows:

3 Apr: London, Jazz Cafe
4 Apr: London, Jazz Cafe
5 Apr: London, Jazz Cafe
7 Apr: Croydon, Ashcroft Theatre
8 Apr: Manchester, Life Cafe
9 Apr: Holmfirth, Picturedrome
10 Apr: Gainsborough, The Sands
12 Apr: Leeds, Hi Fi Club
13 Apr: Bristol, Fleece and Firkin

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TUNETRIBE MAY GO PHYSICAL
Independent download site TuneTribe is negotiating a record distribution deal which means that not only will they support breaking talent online, they will be able to help bands get their music into record shops too. John Strickland, one of the site's founders, told reporters that he preferred the idea of a distribution deal rather than going into partnership with one label to release physical product: "If we signed up with a record label then TuneTribe would be associated with that label. We have always talked about the democratisation of music, so it would probably be a distribution deal".

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OSBOURNE AND WALSH SIGN UP FOR X FACTOR 2
Both Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh have signed up for a second series of X Factor. According to the Sun they both requested that the bit of the show where finalists get to go to their houses should be scrapped, but the show's producers insisted the gimmick stayed. Presumably the £375,000 pay package persuaded them to drop their requests.

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PINK PREGNANT?
And a bit of weekend gossip for you. Pink has added to rumours that she is pregnant after visiting a Beverly Hills' health centre. The rumours that she is carrying the baby of on/off boyfriend Carey Hart seem to follow comments she made recently along the lines of: "We'd have good-looking kids. I wanted to be a really young mum, so we could grow up together."

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