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Tony Hadley announced on Twitter today that he has quit Spandau Ballet “due to circumstances beyond his control,” but the band hit back this afternoon stating he has wanted to leave the group since September. The ‘True’ hitmakers are not happy and said they are frustrated with the singer because they said he has refused to work with the group – comprised of brothers Martin and Gary Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble – for months and they have now decided to move on without him. Responding to his abrupt exit, they wrote on their website: “Much to our frustration, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band anymore.
My disdain for television talent shows will be more than clear to anyone who has stumbled upon one of my many vitriolic rants aimed towards the X-Factor, most recently inspired by the woeful turn of events that saw Honey G actually be allowed to release a legitimate record in the British charts. Although the idea that this is an ego trip for Gary, or an attempt to prolong the relevancy of a dwindling ‘Take That’ would be totally wrong because they’re searching for members of ‘The Band’ not ‘Take That’ and they’re going to be in a fictional musical about the fictitious ‘The Band’ and not about the life of ‘Take That’.
The BBC’s new Saturday night entertainment show received mixed reactions – as did ITV’s slightly tweaked format of The Voice. Gary Barlow was in West End musical mode, opening the show with a full stage production that may have flummoxed X-Factor viewers, but set the stall out nicely for those of us who previously enjoyed the hunt for Maria, Dorothy, Joseph and Nancy.
Gary Barlow has jostled the judges and presenters into position to plug his new Take That-themed talent show Let It Shine – and it’s a pretty stellar line-up. Lining up alongside 45-year-old Gary on the judging panel are Spandau Ballet star turned EastEnders badboy Martin Kemp, Glee singer and actress Amber Riley, and former X-Factor judge Dannii Minogue, making her first appearance as a judge on British TV since she sat alongside Simon Cowell in 2011. “Dannii, Martin and Amber all bring so much to this panel with the breadth of experience in music, acting, stage and TV,” gushed Gazza.
Fearne Cotton and Martin Kemp will be hosting a new live show on BBC Radio 2 this summer. Fearne, who presented the mid-morning show on Radio 1 until May 2015, and Martin will be on our airwaves while Graham Norton takes his summer break, hosting their show from Saturday July 9 until Saturday September 10.