Felix Shepherd, the trans contestant who appeared on this weekend instalment of The X Factor, has said that he's not offended by Robbie Williams questions about his former name.
Some X Factor viewers have accused Robbie Williams of being insensitive towards a transgender singer.
The new series of The X Factor has pulled in the lowest ratings since the show first launched in 2004. An average of 5.7 million people tuned in to see the 15th series of Simon Cowell’s talent show, compared to 6 million tuning in to last year’s series, reports the Daily Mirror. The drop comes despite the introduction of a brand new judging panel for this series, including One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Williams’ wife Ayda Field joining Cowell.
Take a look at Louis Tomlinson and Robbie Williams as they get tough with some The X Factor hopefuls.
Former bad boy Robbie Williams has his sights set on being ‘Mr Saturday Night’ – an all singing and dancing entertainment maestro just like his showbiz idols Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. Taking over from the likes of Ant and Dec is part of his 10-year master plan but until then we’ve got this year’s tour to look forward to, probably a few more albums and undoubtedly a lot more Robbie shenanigans. Speaking ahead of his performance at the 2017 BRIT awards, Robbie, 43, told Yahoo Celeb: ‘I love showbiz and what’s more showbiz than being Mr Saturday night?
CHRISTMAS DAY, 3.10pm, BBC ONE FROZEN This one really needs no introduction, but it’s the terrestrial premiere of Disney’s 2013 smash hit film. Watch with the youngest members of the fam – and get goosebumps when Elsa sings ‘Let It Go’.
The late, great director and food critic Michael Winner left us back in 2013 – but it seems his spirit lives on - and takes an active interest in soft furnishings, too. So much so, in fact, that the new residents of his former west London home – Robbie Williams and Ayda Field – have called in a Native American healer to expunge the £17.5million pad of “dark energies.” As the great man might say, calm down, dear. Anyway, Robbie’s wife Ayda Field is apparently convinced that she has to appease Winner’s spirit whenever she makes interior design choices – new curtains and rugs, things like that – and is convinced he’s “watching over her.” Ayda told ITV’s Loose Women that the hired healer with burn herbs in a process known as ‘smudging’ in order to rid the house of Winner’s stubborn spirit.
Just when you thought the relationship between the UK and Russia couldn’t get any worse, along comes an ageing boyband star to well and truly throw a sickle in the works. Robbie Williams has been condemned all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok over his latest promo video for new single Party Like A Russian, with the Great Russian Public giving the Robster a huge, resounding ‘Nyet’ on account of some rather hamfisted racist stereotyping. In the song, which is definitely not about Vladimir Putin, OK?, Robbie also sings: “Ain’t no refutin’ or disputin’ – I’m a modern Rasputin” to the tune of Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet.
Apple Music allows fans to get even closer to their favourite performers during the Apple Music Festival with exclusive playlists, artist news and backstage interviews, but if you’re unable to attend then Apple Music subscribers can also stream the performances and watch them on demand through the app.