INSIDER: Today's celebrity gossip from around the world
GARY BARLOW has revealed that the X Factor’s new twist has been “harsh” on everybody.
The star admitted that the new “chairs” format in the boot camp stage was tough on the judges.
He told DJ NEIL FOX on his radio show: “I’m 50/50! It was harsh on the contestants but, do you know what, it was harsh on us as well.
“It’s good to not think too much about what you’re doing on that show, I find, because if you look at it as you’re dealing with peoples lives, that’s what you’re doing.”
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He added: “Even when they make a mistake or they’re not as good as the person who sings after them, it doesn’t stop you feeling sorry for them.”
*KATY PERRY has apparently urged DANIEL RADCLIFFE to call her after hearing he has a crush on her.
Daniel spilled the beans when he appeared on ELLEN DEGENERES’ show, admitting he was too shy to talk to Katy when they attended the same event.
Now Katy, who is dating JOHN MAYER, has asked the 24-year-old actor to get in touch so they can be pals, reported The Sun.
She said: “Just ring me, Daniel. Don’t be shy, or get your people to call mine if you like.”
Katy went on: "I am totally taken so it’s not about that. I think he’s cool and I’d really like to get to know him. We’ll all go out and party.”
*JENNIFER LOPEZ has joined the cast of upcoming animated comedy Home.
The singer, actress and American Idol judge will voice a character in the alien invasion film, reported The Wrap.
STEVE MARTIN has also landed a part in the film, which already boasts RIHANNA and JIM PARSONS among the cast.
Home is based on Adam Rex’s children’s book, The True Meaning Of Smekday.
Steve will voice the character Captain Smek, the leader of an alien race known as the Boov, who take over Earth and begin to relocate the human race.
Rihanna will lend her voice to a girl who avoids capture and J-Lo will voice her mother.
*SIMON COWELL is reportedly selling his mansion in Los Angeles.
The TV mogul, who is set to become a dad with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, wants £12.3 million for the flash pad, reported The Sun.
Simon bought the four-bedroom house in Beverly Hills two years ago and his ex, make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy, redesigned the interior.
The luxurious property comes complete with a pool and cinema.
Simon is now apparently looking for a new home in Manhattan to share with Lauren and their unborn baby.
They are expected to split their time between New York, LA and London.
*BRITNEY SPEARS has insisted she will sing live during her Las Vegas residency, and said she always does even if the results aren’t great.
The Toxic singer was rumoured to be planning to lip sync her way through the shows, which run from December to February, but according to the Daily Mail she told Chicago’s 103.5 Kiss FM that was completely untrue.
She said: “I’m definitely going to be singing live. I always sing live. It doesn’t sound so great all the time, but I do my best.”
Her manager Larry Rudolph added: “She does choreography and vocal coaching every day.”
*DANNY BOYLE looks set to direct a movie about the world’s most successful diamond thieves.
The Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director is currently attached to the project, a feature film adaptation of the documentary Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers, reported Variety.
Danny apparently became interested in making the heist movie after watching the documentary, which was released this year.
Smash And Grab followed the diamond thieves and included footage taken from real-life surveillance cameras as well as interviews with several members of the gang.