Would Girls Aloud‘s Cheryl Cole – who is featured on Will.i.am‘s single, “Heartbreaker” – replace Fergie in Black Eyed Peas if she decides to go solo permanently? Will.i.am says, “If we didn’t [have] Fergie, [Cole] would be in the Peas – that’s how cool she is.”
Is Amy Winehouse‘s jailed hubby demanding a divorce and a £3 million payout for Amy’s alleged infidelity?(The Sun)
Luke Pritchard of The Kooks envies the critical acclaim bestowed upon Arctic Monkeys: “I think we’re incredibly similar bands in a lot of ways. Very different lyrics, and musically quite different, but we’re similar in the [unconditional] way that people like us. We’re both young, both all about the songs and both about – just getting on with it. But Arctic Monkeys are treated like princes and held up as the new great iconic British band, while we’re almost giggled at.” Snort. (The Times)
Coldplay‘s Chris Martinlobs some fighting words at Noel Gallagher over the Oasis guitarist’s remarks about Jay-Z headlining Glastonbury. “We recently came back to England to find all this all this hoo-hah, grandpas complaining about things they don’t know about. Coldplay not playing and Jay-Z playing is exactly what needs to happen for the world. He’s the best rapper in the world.” Meanwhile, Grandpa Noel just keeps a-flappin’ those gums.
Photos: Princess Beatrice frolics in the ocean with her American boy. (Daily Mail)
Freema Agyeman says her departure from Doctor Who wasn’t sparked by some backstage row with David Tennant, as has been rumored. “Oh my God, I’d never heard that! David and I are very different people – we listen to different music, we like different things – but I think that can be a good thing, and was part of the reason I got the job. David was always someone I could learn from, somebody I could ask questions. He made me feel completely welcome from day one. I’m really upset that people think we didn’t get on.”(Telegraph)
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale, old as Methuseleh and still flashing cleavage in The Independent.
My Family‘s Kris Marshall is out of intensive care and is expected to be back in rehearsals on Thursday. BBC NEWS has an interview with Robert Webb (Peep Show) and Ella Smith, Marshall’s co-stars in the West End play Fat Pig.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his Dickensian name: “When I started, I just assumed I couldn’t be called Benedict Cumberbatch. But then, one day, I told someone in the business what I was really called and they said, ‘That’s great, that’s something you can use to stand out.'”(Guardian)
Hollyoaks‘ Emma Rigby (Hannah), Guy Burnet (Craig), Gemma Bissix (Clare), Ellis Hollins (Tom), Max Littler (Max), and Darren Jon Jeffries (OB) are all shortlisted for British Soap Awards.
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.