During the day, Lucy Spraggan is that pesky salesperson on the street with a clipboard that you try to avoid. She hates her day job and auditioned for The X-Factor knowing it could change her whole life.
I wasn’t sure what to expect after she announced she’d be singing a song she personally wrote about “Beer Fear” — you know, when you go to the bar, have a few too many Tequila shots or Flaming Sambucas and end up proposing to your everlasting love (who’s actually just the greasy dude you met on the dance floor).
Her rendition ended up being one of the wittiest performances I’ve seen on the show. It wasn’t necessarily that she had the best voice (though she did have a nice Lily Allen flare), but her lyrics were intelligent and incredibly hilarious. Everyone can relate to beer fear, am I right?
Watch it here:
There you go again X-Factor, making me look like a crazy person sitting in an office full of guys, trying to block the tears welling up in my eyes. Contestant Bella Ferraro auditioned for Australia’s The X-Factor with an emotional performance of “Skinny Love” by Birdy, originally by Bon Iver.
Bella left high school to pursue music. She nervously auditioned for the judges on her eighteenth birthday.
There are several reasons why her performance is so touching. First, she doesn’t realize how damn talented she is. Hands shaking at times, Ferraro seemed genuinely shocked when the audience applauded her within five seconds of starting. Her supportive mom looked on from the audience, tearfully proud. All the judges, including hard-to-please Mel B, gave the contestant a deserved standing ovation.
Yesterday the UK edition of The X-Factor made me angry when I saw Pink cover artist Zoe Alexander storm off the stage upon receiving constructive criticism. But you’ve reclaimed my love, X-Factor, with Bella Ferraro.
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In his spare time, 18-year-old Curtis Golden plays computer games, reads comics and collects figurines of superheroes. He describes himself as the “stereotypical nerd.” Spurred by his sisters, he also became a huge Spice Girls fan, which is why he was probably all the more nervous to audition for X-Factor UK in front of band member Mel B.
Unfortunately, Mel B branded his unexpected, countrified performance of Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” as “annoying and irritating.” His Spice Girls memorabilia wasn’t enough to win Mel B over but his unique performance was enough to get me.
According to Metro UK, the contestant was too shy to audition in previous years but finally decided to go for it after surviving a serious car accident. He told them that after something like that happens, “you kind of stop giving a c**p.”
Watch below to see if he ended up getting through.
By Sophall Duch
What they’re wearing: The quintet performed at the London Olympic closing ceremony dressed in very dapper casualwear. What you see is an array of slim-fit chinos, crisp button-ups, converse sneakers, tailored jackets, and of course Zayn’s fedora.
Why we love it: The band coordinated their looks in a cool and neutral colour scheme, which consisted of blues, greys, and whites. This way, they each maintained their own respective styles while looking like a cohesive group. (Hence no real outstanding favourite!) Together, the looks are the perfect balance of dressed-up and relaxed cool, which makes sense for such an important occasion (I’m looking at you hoodie-wearing Ed Sheeren!). While the Olympics are an important international event, the closing ceremony is essentially a big farewell party.
Takeaway You can essentially wear any of these looks for day or night. Well, perhaps not Harry’s suit, but a well-tailored suit is still a must-have regardless! Sidenote: last week I talked about untucked shirts — well untucked shirts become hipper with a buttoned collar button.
Mel C (aka Sporty Spice)
What she’s wearing: Sporty Spice joined the other Spice Girls in a custom JD Sports jumpsuit at the 2012 London Olympic closing ceremony.
Why we love it: While One Direction coordinated their looks, we knew the Spice Girls were gonna give us a major fashion show. How can they not with fashion icon Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) in the mix? I know picking a single Spice Girl as best dressed is controversial because everyone has their favourite Spice Girl. But when it comes down to it, Melanie C. was a total standout amongst the other ladies and yet stayed true to her Sporty Spice style in this white jumpsuit. The outfit has a killer silhouette, is embellished with a sparkly rhinestone belt, has slits in the side to show off some skin, and is accessorized with silver high-heeled sneakers that any serious sneaker-lover would die for.
Takeaway: While the silhouette might be a little much for everyday, try rocking a flare jean and pant to change things up. The skinny leg has become the standard silhouette for pants and jeans but going with a flare or a wide-leg trouser will make you look fashion forward (major upcoming trend!) and will flatter most body types.
Silver goes to: Mel B/Scary Spice gets points for wearing a risqué glittery beaded catsuit by Zuhair Murad. Bronze to Emma/Baby Spice for wearing a modern architectural neon pink Maggie Cook dress. A good job but I expected more from Posh in her black Giles Deacon mullet gown and Geri/Ginger Spice in her strapless red mini and ruffled Union Jack by Suzanne Neville.
What he’s wearing: The English actor wore a steel blue Gucci suit to the premiere of his new movie Cosmopolis in New York City.
Why we love it: Despite all the personal drama going on his life right now, Pattinson had us feeling blue in a good way. The varying shades of blue keeps this look cool and sophisticated. Although it’s a small detail, the textured black tie gives it that something extra. BTW sometimes suits tend to look the same so it’s actually all in the details and cut. The leather lace-ups keep things polished. R-Patz is also giving One Direction’s Zayn a run for his money with that loose and casual bouffant of his.
Takeaway: Monochromatic outfits (those in varying shades of one colour) can be tricky but quite remarkable if pulled off correctly. Try staying within a shade range so that the colour transitions from one shade to the next, without jumping from one extreme to another. Also note that two-button jackets are flattering for most-guys and are on-trend.
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In the name of girl power, the Spice Girls will be performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games tomorrow!
While there hasn’t been any confirmation on what songs the ladies will be performing, pictures of the girls rehearsing were posted on Twitter as they practiced their choreography on top of black cars.
Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham was the first to confirm that the group would be performing at the Olympics about three weeks ago.
“We are so proud to be English and we are very excited about the Olympics,” she said.
But don’t count on another reunion for the girls just yet. “I don’t know about a comeback tour, but I loved being back with the girls. There was a lot of fun, we did so much together and we’ll see. If they’re up for something then I certainly am.”
Oh, for the sake of my childhood…please go on ANOTHER reunion tour! While I’ll get to see you perform tomorrow, I guess I’ll have to settle for Viva Forever!, the West End Musical based on the Spice Girls’ hits.
That being said, what songs do you want to hear when they perform tomorrow?
Hopefully, they’ll perform this song.
While many attended the extravagant soiree hosted by Kris Jenner, gal pal Kelly Osbourne remained absent at Kim Kardashian’s bridal shower on Saturday, reports E! Online.
Osbourne, who even Tweeted her excitement for the party earlier that day, backed out in the last minute following the announcement of the death of her good friend, Amy Winehouse’s death. “good morning getting reedy for a very exciting wedding shower for the worlds most beautiful bride to be @KimKardashian i cant wait to see u!” Osbournce had Tweeted.
However, among those who attended were singer Demi Lovato, tennis champ Serena Williams, and former Spice Girl Mel B, who all took to their Twitter accounts as well following the event.
“Had such a fun time at @KimKardashian‘s bridal shower. God that family is gorgeous!” Tweeted Demi, while Williams gushed, ”@KimKardashian you looked radiant today.love u enjoy this moment. Always amazing seeing you and @KhloeKardashian and @kourtneykardsh.” Even Mel B found time to sign onto her account, saying, ”what a busy day today,i went to @KimKardashian bridal shower then @DENISE_RICHARDS baby shower ahhh i am sooooo tired right now!!”
Shortly after the party, Kim jumped on a plain air-bound to Las Vegas, where the bachelorette-party festivities continued. Sounds like a busy weekend – if we’re exhausted just reading about it, imagine how Kim feels!
Yes, apparently it could be. And hey, it might actually work.
Melanie Brown (known forever as Mel B and/or Scary Spice) told Good Day LA that the ladies are currently working on a Spice Girls musical, according to PerezHilton.
They are apparently working with Judy Craymer, the woman who created the musical Mamma Mia!, which is based off of the songs by Swedish pop group ABBA.
While there are not many details yet, one thing is for sure: this guarantees lots of short skirts and high platform shoes. Um…when can we audition?
According to PerezHilton.com, former “Spice Girls” member Mel B is a pathological liar.
Last week, Scary Spice told reporters that she’s been offered a role in the Broadway production “Legally Blonde” but a source close to the musical tells gossip columnist Perez Hilton otherwise:
“She has NEVER been approached by anyone associated with the production to join.”
Mel B’s publicist, however, says there has been a “misunderstanding.”
“She has in fact been offered the part of Paulette in the London West End production. The offer has been extended by James Hopson of Pippa Ailion Casting. James (on behalf of the producers) has pursued her over the past 2 months to the degree that they are now flying Melanie out to NY to see the Broadway production this weekend. I can assure you it’s an expensive trip as it involves Melanie and her family, so they are deadly serious about this,” says her rep.
Just last week, Perez was the first to break news on his site that Mel B was also lying about going on tour with Janet Jackson in the fall.
Mel B is eager to get her solo singing career back on track, and the former Spice Girl is determined to succeed.
“I’m not scared of having another try. I am working with the best producers ever. I am now ten tracks in to my new record,” says Scary Spice.
According to gossip site PerezHilton.com, the pop star also revealed that she will be teaming up with Janet Jackson on a track on her upcoming solo album.
“I am doing something with Janet Jackson, which should be amazing. I am also going to hook up with Missy again.” Back in 1998, Mel B worked with Missy Elliot on her debut solo track “I Want You Back.”
Hopefully Mel B’s newest single and album strikes success. The singer’s last single “Today” failed to break the UK Top 40 when it was released in 2005.