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Sugar Bits — Take That Won't Perform on X Factor Final

Sugar Bits — Take That Won't Perform on X Factor Final

  • Take That have reportedly pulled out of The X Factor final after hearing that old rivals Boyzone are on the bill. Other artists reported to be performing on the live final include Westlife, Beyonce, Seal and Duffy. — The Sun
  • Keira Knightley has made a short film for Amnesty calling for the true meaning of "human rights" to be acknowledged on the 60th anniversary of the UN declaration today, in support of Amnesty International's Protect the Human campaign. — PA
  • Katy Perry has apologised to Lily Allen for referring to herself as a "skinnier version" of Lily, saying "I was just kind of joking and trying to be funny. I didn't mean anything by it. Comedians are not necessarily to be taken super seriously." — Us Magazine
  • Coldplay have issued a statement on their website, responding to Joe Satriani's lawsuit: "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours." — Coldplay website
  • David Tennant is "gutted" that he had to pull out of his sell-out role as Hamlet due to a bad back, and hopes to return as quickly as possible to perform at the Novello Theatre in London. — Guardian
  • Ben Fogle has been pronounced fit enough to join Olympic-rower James Cracknell in the first ever organised race to the South Pole, after receiving treatment for a flesh-eating parasite he contracted while filming in Peru in August. — Telegraph
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has topped the UK box office chart, taking £6.3m in its opening weekend. Last week's number one, Four Christmases, fell to second place, with Transporter 3 entering at three. — BBC

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