• X Factor's Ruth Lorenzo makes Eurovision bid

    Former X Factor contestant Ruth Lorenzo is hoping to compete in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The singer, 31, is one of five acts being considered to represent Spain when the 59th annual competition returns on 10 May in Copenhagen, Denmark.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE Ruth, who was born in Murcia in the southeast of the country, has confirmed she will perform her own English-speaking track Dancing in the Rain. She finished in fifth place on the fifth series of The X Factor back in 2008, mentored by judge Dannii Minogue.   Ruth will perform one of her own tracks Dancing in the Rain The two

  • Heavily pregnant Princess Madeleine shows off baby bump in New York office

    Princess Madeleine is blooming in the final trimester of her pregnancy. The Swedish royal shared a photograph of herself posing in her New York office, where temperatures have been freezing recently. Wrapped up in a white poloneck jumper and black leggings, the 31-year-old is positively glowing despite the chilly weather as she poses for the camera. Her baby bump is bigger than ever – Madeleine is expected to give birth to a baby girl in just a month's time at the end of February – and her brunette locks are lovely and long in a half up'do as they curl in

  • Vote for the best Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he and his fellow Sherlock actors share notes about the famous character they play. The talented Brit was seen deep in conversation at a recent party with Robert Downey Jr, who has appeared in three films based on Conan Doyle's detective. Benedict also says he "adores" Jonny Lee Miller, star of US series Elementary. SCROLL DOWN FOR VOTE Emphasising there's no rivalry, he tells the Independent: "We're all fans of one another. We're all supportive of it. And I can safely say that Robert's in the same camp now, after last night. We had a wonderful chat."   Jonny

  • See the 'hot' favourites tipped to win at the National Television Awards.

    On Wednesday night the biggest stars of the small screen will gather at London's O2 arena for the National Television Awards, hopeful that at the end of the night they will walk away with a coveted NTA trophy. Ahead of those all-important announcements, we can reveal some of those tipped to win big at this year's ceremony. Over the past 12 months, Virgin Media's The Hotlist has been analysing viewing figures — measuring sentiment, audience figures and tweets — to predict who is set to take home a trophy in popular categories like Best Soap, Comedy, Presenters and Drama.   CLICK ON PHOTO

  • Princess Beatrice starts London work placement at Sony

    After previously working in finance, Princess Beatrice has taken up an exciting new post in the world of TV and Entertainment. Prince Andrew's elder daughter has reportedly started an internship at the London offices of Sony Pictures Television, which is a branch of Sony Entertainment.   CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE The branch is responsible for managing and distributing TV programmes produced by a wide range of companies. Shows they own include ABC comedy The Goldebergs and NBC drama The Blacklist. The placement marks the flame-haired royal's return to the world of work after she quietly left her job at an investment capital firm

  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will not marry in Palace of Versailles

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's search for the perfect wedding destination continues, as it looks like they won’t be saying 'I do' in the Palace of Versailles after all. On Monday the Chateau’s official Twitter page made a short statement confirming that their grand nuptials won’t be taking place in France’s most celebrated grounds. "On 19th January @KimKardashian and @kanyewest visited the Palace of Versailles but they are not planning their wedding at the Palace", they tweeted.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY The couple, who are currently in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week, had been spotted doing the rounds of

  • 'I'll be back soon and better than ever': Ke$ha tweets fans from rehab

    Ke$ha has reached out to her fans as she seeks help for an ongoing battle with an eating disorder. The 26-year-old is currently in rehab receiving treatment, and despite not having internet access still managed to thank her loyal supporters for their well wishes. Enlisting a friend to post a message from her official Twitter account, Ke$ha wrote, "THANK YOU. SOOO MUCH. I'm overwhelmed to tears by all of the love, letters, and support!! I'll be back soon and better than ever."   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE Her pal added, "Ohhh and she can't believe Timber is still number one! (expletive) YEAH animals!

  • Hot mama Gwen Stefani shows off her 'miracle' bump after revealing gender

    She's spent much of her pregnancy dressing her bump demurely in loose-fitting clothes – but Gwen Stefani made the most of her new curves in a form-fitting outfit this week, and couldn't resist sharing the stylish look with fans. The platinum-blonde star posted a photo to Twitter of herself showing off her neat baby bump in an edgy, all black ensemble consisting of leather-panel leggings, a sparkling Seraphine dress and towering stiletto sandals.   CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE Aside from her blossoming tummy, the 44-year-old star looks as slender as ever. She captioned the impressive picture with: "bump it #allblack #inappropriateshoes #capturethemoment #miracle

  • Michael Schumacher may be in 'persistent vegetative state'

    Michael Schumacher's family have thanked the retired Formula One star's fans for their support, as fears grow that he may be in a persistent vegetative state. The father-of-two, who has been in an induced coma for four weeks following a skiing accident in France, may "never make a full recovery," according to new reports. Michael's family have insisted that "he is a fighter" and wrote an emotional note on the former F1 world champion's official website. "We are deeply touched by all the messages to get well soon for Michael, which still are being sent," said the statement. "That gives us strength.

  • Pork spare ribs with star anise

    Ingredients 500g pork spare ribs 15000g cooking oil for deep frying 5g sliced ginger 10g spring onion cut into sections 3g salt 1006 sugar 30g red wine vinegar 15g Chinese rice wine 5g roasted sesame seeds 5g sesame oil 300g water 3 star anise Method • Chop ribs into bit sized pieces approximately 5cm long. • Wash and add to the salt, ginger, spring onion, wine, vinegar and water. • Steam in a bamboo steamer for 60 minutes until they begin to feel tender. • Drain and deep fry until golden brown. • Heat oil in a wok, add sugar and stir fry until it browns. • Add ribs, water salt, wine and simmer until the sauce

  • Una Healy's husband Ben Foden signs modelling contract

    Click on photo for full gallery... HELLO! Online bloger Una Healy's husband Ben Foden has made his debut in the modelling world. The rugby player, who is a fullback for the Northampton Saints, signed up with NEXT Model Management. The agency has unveiled several smouldering shots of the sporting star on his online portfolio.   NEXT also manage Una's The Saturdays bandmate Mollie King, who signed a deal with the agency in October 2013. "I'm really looking forward to joining NEXT's prestigious men's board and having the opportunity to work with the team," Ben said. "We have some exciting projects in the pipeline which I am

  • Aromatic crispy duck pancakes

    Ingredients 4 duck legs 4 teaspoons salt 6 star anise 1 tablespoon Sichuan pepper corns 1 teaspoon cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 4 spring onions 4 pieces of ginger 6 tablespoons of Shaoshing wine 500ml chicken stock Half a cucumber cut into match sized strips Half a spring oinion, white parts only cut into fine matchstick sizes Method • Run a knife around the bottom of each duck leg to allow for shrinkage during cooking. • Dust lightly with salt and spices and then lie flat in tray. Repeat the process for all the remaining duck legs. Refrigerate for 6 hours. • Dust off the excess salt but keep the spices. • Place all the ingredients in

  • Kim Kardashian's Paris Couture Week diary

    From sitting front row at Stephane Rollande to privately visiting Versailles, Kim Kardashian has been keeping Instagram fans updated as she spends time in Paris with her fiancé Kanye West during the French capital's Couture Week. Click on the photo below to see her full Instagram

  • Fast & Furious 7 star Kurt Russell on movie rewrite following Paul Walker's death

    Kurt Russell, who features in the next Fast & Furious film, has spoken about how the death of his late co-star Paul Walker has affected the making of the latest movie. The 62-year-old actor, who only had one day left of filming before Paul died in a car crash on 30 November, was speaking at the Sundance Film Festival where he was promoting a baseball documentary.   Paul Walker "[Paul] was a terrific guy," Kurt told Associated Press. "They're having to rewrite, they're having to do whatever they're having to do to deal with the situation. "Listen, it's catastrophic. It's the worst thing that

  • National Television Awards: which soap should win?

    Vote below! What a year it has been in Soapworld. The past 12 months have provided an array of rich and sometimes challenging storylines that have had the nation glued to its TVs.   Coronation Street received praise and numerous plaudits for its portrayal of Tyrone Dobbs' domestic abuse at the hands of his partner Kirsty Soames. And millions of us tuned in to see the heartbreaking moment when Hayley Cropper took her own life, with devoted husband Roy by her side.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO GO TO GALLERY EastEnders has seen some big changes, from Janine Butcher's departure to the return of Stacey

  • Soy chilli and balsamic soy steak marinades

    Serves:4 Ingredients 4 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce ½ - 1 teaspoon red chilli paste 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed Method • Pour the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together. Pour over steaks and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if possible. Drain the steaks, reserving the marinade and cook on a hot griddle for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking. • Transfer the steaks to a plate to rest then pour the remaining marinade into the pan to deglaze. Let the mixture bubble away for a minute or

  • Chilli beef and mushroom stir-fry

    Serves: 4 Ingredients 350g (12oz) rump or sirloin steak 3 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce Juice of 1 lime 1 tablespoon sesame oil or 1 tsp toasted sesame oil 1 red chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 200g (7oz) mushrooms, sliced or left whole if small 125g (4 1/2oz) tenderstem broccoli 2 heads of baby pak choi, shredded 75g (3oz) bean sprouts Method • Trim any fat from the steak and cut the meat into thin strips. In a shallow dish, mix together the soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and chilli, add the steak and turn the strips over until they are well coated. • Cover the dish with

  • Sichuan aubergine with Hakka rice

    Ingredients 2 aubergines 100ml chicken stock 3 teaspoons chilli bean sauce 2 tablespoons dark soy 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons of xiaoxing rice wine (sherry) 3 teaspoons sugar 3 cloves crushed garlic 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1/2 teaspoons Sichuan pepper (ground) 4 tablespoons veg oil Salt and pepper 2 pouches rice 4-6 spring onions finely sliced Method • Mix chilli bean paste, soy sauce, vinegar, rice wine, sugar and chicken stock. • Heat oil and fry aubergines for 7 mins • Add ginger and garlic and cook for 2 mins • Add sauce and cook for 5 mins • Scatter with spring onions, season and serve spooned over the Tilda Humara Mushroom Hakka

  • Hot and sour Pink Lady apple and prawn stir-fry

    Fiery from the chilli, sour from the tangy tamarind and naturally sweet from the delicious Pink Lady apples. This meal in minutes will excite your taste buds and soon get you coming back for more. Try and choose stir fry vegetables that have lots of different colours and flavours. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients 100g dried egg noodles 100g Tenderstem® broccoli 2 tbsp groundnut oil 1 Pink Lady apple, cored and sliced into strips 200g raw peeled king prawns 3 tsp tamarind paste 1 red chilli, finely sliced 1 x 260g pack stir fry vegetables 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sesame oil ½ tsp Thai fish sauce Method Cook

  • Tenderstem Broccoli, cashew and tofu stir fry

    Serves: 4 Cooking and preparation time: 10 minutes Ingredients 250g (9oz) firm tofu, cut into 2cm (3/4 in) diced 1 red onion, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, finely sliced 5cm (2in) fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped ¼ hot red chilli (ideally Scotch Bonnet), deseeded and finely chopped Juice of 2 limes 2tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sunflower oil 200g pack of Tenderstem broccoli cut into 2cm (3/4in) diagonal slices 100g cashew nuts Salt and pepper to taste Fresh coriander leaves to garnish Method Mix the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, lime juice and soy sauce in a medium sized, non-reactive container. Add the tofu and gently stir to cover with the marinade; don’t be too

  • Nail art queen Lily Allen shows off sky-painted talons

    Click on the photo below to see Lily Allen's best nail art... Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury has tweeted a picture of Lily Allen showing off some unusual nail art. The popstar was flaunting her cloud motif-adorned fingernails in the snap. She also wore glitter on her face and pale pink lipstick.   "The wonderglowing @lilyallen Gorgeous Lily Allen glowing and golden wearing my #wonderglow," Charlotte said. It's not the first time Lily has shown off painted talons – she's known for her love of nail art. Click on the photo above to see her best