Watch Video: Did Whitney Pull a Britney on X Factor?

  • Whitney Houston‘s performance on this past Sunday’s X Factor (Simon Cowell‘s British answer to American Idol) received a thumbs-down from viewers and critics. The Daily Telegraph says, “She sang her single ‘Million Dollar Bill,’ over some pre-recorded vocals, and suffered a wardrobe malfunction when a strap at the back of her long silver dress snapped open. Questions were also raised about Houston’s physical condition as she looked drowsy and did not speak clearly when being interviewed by host Dermot O’Leary.”

    Watch below. The Voice is gone. Make sure you catch 2:33; it’s good for a chuckle:

  • Based on Cheryl Cole‘s performance on Sunday’s X Factor, The Daily Telegraph‘s Lucy Jones concludes that the Girls Aloud singer does not have the X Factor: “I don’t know whether the rumors that she mimed the song are true, but her voice sounded pretty average. She can hold a tune, but that’s about it. The dance routine was quite good, but I was more interested in my Macaroni Cheese.” Watch it here.
  • Could the original SugababesMutya Buena, Siobhan Donaghy, and the recently ousted Keisha Buchanan – get back together? Mutya is reportedly “trying to persuade” the girls to “give it another go.”(The Sun)
  • X Factor winner Alexandra Burke‘s new single, “Bad Boys”, is the fastest-selling UK single of 2009 so far.(Guardian)
  • Why has Robbie Williams‘ comeback been a flop? Let The Times count the reasons.
  • Amy Winehouse shows off her newborn twins.(The Sun)
  • Share some greased tea with me: Morrissey dines in Southern California.
  • In today’s Times, Prunella Scales, Sybil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers, speaks of initially discussing her character with John Cleese: “I went to see John. He was in bed with [the] flu. He said: ‘What do you think of the script?’ I said: ‘Absolutely brilliant.’ He asked if I had any questions. ‘Yes. Why did they get married?’ He said: ‘Oh my God, I was afraid you would ask that.’”
  • British actress Carey Mulligan is drawing Oscar buzz for her role in An Education, and she talks to The Times about her growing stardom. And those Audrey Hepburn comparisons? “It’s Audrey Hepburn,” she says. “She’s, like, a goddess. She didn’t have Shrek cheeks and a wonky mouth.”
  • Is he kidding?: Will Smith wants a role on EastEnders? (The Sun)

Kevin Wicks

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.

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