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Johnny Weir is the New Face of MAC

Johnny Weir is the New Face of MAC

Johnny Weir is the New Face of MAC

There is a new face of MAC and it may not be who you expect.

Johnny Weir has signed on to be the new featured celeb of MAC cosmetics.

The famous skater will be featured in MAC’s 2011 holiday collection campaign. The campaign is entitled “Glitter and Ice”.

Past faces featured by MAC include Sir Elton John and RuPaul. Weir has some big shoes to fill, but the star has already shown his cosmetic side in an ad for MAC.

Weir plans on getting back into skating and he’s letting people in on it. Fans can watch him in “Be Good Johnny Weir” which airs this year on LOGO.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish make shortlist for Celebrity Dad of the Year

The musician and his partner became parents to son Zachary on Christmas Day last year (25.12.10) through a surrogate mother and they become the first gay couple to be nominated for the British award. The couple are said to be “thrilled” at the news of their nomination.

Other nominees on the list include soccer players Wayne Rooney and David Beckham, Take That star singer Gary Barlow and TV presenter Jonathan Ross.

Last year’s winner, Peter Andre ‘ who has five-year-old Junior and three-year-old Princess Tiaamii with ex-wife Katie Price – is also nominated this year.

Upon being crowned last year, Pete said: “This means a huge amount to me as being a dad is my most important role.

According to the organisers of The Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year 2011 award, it aims to: “Reward the celebrity dad who has impressed the nation by balancing a hectic public life with the demands of parenting.”

Elton, 63, has previously talked of how he wants Zachary, now five months, to be grounded despite his parents’ fame and riches.

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer said: “I so value my own childhood now, and we want to give Zachary – as much as we possibly can – the same thing. A solid old-fashioned childhood, if you like.

“I know it’ll be hard with my life, but we want him to have that same normality and for things in life to have real value. So we don’t intend to spoil him – we’re going to try to give him a fun, carefree time of innocence, freedom, love and stability.”

James Blunt gets advice from Sir Elton John.

James Blunt gets advice from Sir Elton John.

James Blunt gets advice from Sir Elton John.

The ‘You’re Beautiful’ hitmaker is pleased that he is able to consult the legendary singer whenever he has a problem and always finds the ‘Your Song’ star friendly and helpful.

He said: ‘My musical hero is probably Elton John. He owns the management firm I’m with and when I’ve needed advice, he’s always been there at the end of the phone. He’s a really, really nice human being.’

James also insisted he would never serenade a girlfriend with any of his own music as it would be a ‘weird’ thing to do.

He said: ‘ used to carry my guitar around a lot before I started playing professionally and people would say, ‘Come on James, Play us something.’ And I would.

‘But I think it would be a bit weird now, so I do it on stage instead.’

Sir Elton John admires Kate Middleton for ‘going through’ with her marriage to Prince William

Elton John

Elton John

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer will attend the couple’s nuptials at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday (29.04.11) and although Elton believes the prince’s mother Diana ‘ who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 ‘ would love the bride, he admitted Kate and William are in for a ‘bumpy ride’.

He said: “I hope everyone celebrates for them, whether they agree with the monarchy or not. It’s about two people falling in love and getting into a situation, for her especially, where it’s going to be the most difficult life. I mean, let’s face it, we know what that kind of marriage entails, and the press never leave you alone, the courtiers … I admire her for going through with it.

“I’ve only met William and Harry twice . but I’m very glad to be invited because I think it’s going to be a very joyous day and I think [Diana] would be very happy with his choice, [Kate] seems such a great girl and they seem so much in love.”

Elton performed at the funeral of Princess Diana in Westminster Abbey in 1997 and he believes William’s choice to hold his wedding at the same venue is the most ‘joyous result’.

In an interview with on ‘Good Morning America’ with Barbara Walters, he said: ‘My heart sank when I saw those two boys walking behind the coffin. I thought that was the hardest thing, I can’t imagine at that young age having to walk in the public, following your mother’s coffin. And the next time we’re in the Abbey it’s to see him walking up the aisle with a beautiful woman, the love of his life, I think it’s the most joyous result and I’m sure Diana would be very, very happy about it.”

Simon Cowell has blasted Sir Elton John for criticising TV talent shows

Simon Cowell has blasted Sir Elton John for criticising TV talent shows

Simon Cowell has blasted Sir Elton John for criticising TV talent shows

The ‘X Factor’ boss ‘ who has previously also judged ‘American Idol’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – accused the ‘Rocket Man’ singer of being selfish and money-orientated after he accused the shows of being boring and exploiting the artists who take part. He said: “Well, look. This is somebody who charges what, a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know? I don’t know whether he’s concerned about himself — maybe he is.” Simon, 51, also insists he won’t take critics such as Elton seriously until they use their wealth and success to help aspiring musicians in the same way his shows do. He told TV talk show host Piers Morgan: “They always bleat on that we’re not giving other people a chance. And I always want to say to them, ‘I tell you what, you just made a million dollars off your last private gig. Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio. Go and nurture them. Go and spend some time looking after them. Then I’ll buy your argument.’ “They’re only worried about themselves.” Last year, Elton revealed he turned down appearing on the judging panel of ‘American Idol’ because he found reality television ‘a**e-paralysingly brain crippling”. Meanwhile, UK ‘  Factor’ presenter Dermot O’Leary has been told he will not be fronting the programme when it launches in the US because Simon wants to adopt a dual-host format and is seeking a ‘non-conventional’ female singer and a male ‘pin-up’ musician. Despite missing out, Dermot, 37, insists he is not too upset as he fared better than other British hopefuls. He said: ‘ am obviously disappointed that I didn’t get the American gig. I would have loved a crack at it. At least I was the only Brit to make the shortlist.’ Simon’s full interview with Piers will air on CNN international on Monday (14.03.11).

Lady Gaga debuts new track in Thierry Mugler video

Lady Gaga debuts new track in Thierry Mugler video

Lady Gaga debuts new track in Thierry Mugler video

A remix of a new Lady Gaga song from ‘Born This Way’ is being used as the soundtrack for the Thierry Mugler fashion show. The mini-movie features the track behind an endless parade of new Mugler Menswear fashions. ‘Born This Way’ will be the second or forth Lady Gaga album depending how you look at it. There were three versions of her debut album ‘The Fame’ with ‘The Fame Monster’ and ‘The Remix’ coming close behind the original.  ‘Born This Way’ the single will be released next week. The album will be out in May. Lady Gaga has also recorded the song ‘Hello Hello’ with Elton John for the movie ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’. The soundtrack will be released in February.

Agnetha from Abba considers reunion

Agnetha from Abba considers reunion

Agnetha from Abba considers reunion

Agnetha from Abba considers reunion. Agnetha Faltskog from ABBA has spoken about a reunion amid Royal Wedding rumours. Reports in the UK have suggested that the pop megastars may reunite for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding next year. Faltskog helped the rumours along by talking to Swedish newspaper The Local, saying she’d like to reunite with Benny, Bjorn and Frida. She said, ‘A reunion, an occasional opportunity, maybe in connection with a charity event, I believe we could consider it. We would not reunite for a tour like the Rolling Stones and other old bands do now. ‘However, I could see us doing something together in the future. It is just a feeling I have that it would be fun to get together, talk a bit about the past and maybe perform together.’ Our source tould us  that other stars tipped to perform at the Royal Wedding include Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Elton John has become a father.

Elton John has become a father

Elton John has become a father

Elton John has become a father. The musician and his husband David Furnish welcomed son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John ‘ born to a surrogate mother ‘ into the world on Christmas Day (25.12.10). A statement from the couple told our source: “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.  “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents.” The baby weighed a healthy 7lbs 15oz, was 22 inches long and was born in California, but no further details about the pregnancy or the surrogate mother have been made public yet. Elton, 63, married David, 48, in 2005 after being in a relationship together for 12 years. The Canadian filmmaker has previously talked about raising a family with his pop superstar partner but insisted they were waiting until Elton’s touring commitments were less demanding. He said: ‘We don’t want to put the raising of children into the hands of nannies and housekeepers. We want to be active parents.’ The couple made a bid to adopt a HIV positive Ukrainian child, Lev, last year, but this was eventually rejected due to Elton’s age and the fact the country doesn’t recognise same sex civil marriages. Although they could not adopt the boy, Elton and David continue to support him and his brother financially. The ‘Rocket Man’ singer also has 10 godchildren, including David and Victoria Beckham’s sons Brooklyn and Romeo and Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian.

Robert Plant to perform at Radio 2 Electric Proms

Robert Plant

Robert Plant

Robert Plant to perform at Radio 2 Electric Proms. Robert Plant is announced by the BBC as the next headline act to be confirmed to perform at this year’s Radio 2 Electric Proms. The legendary Grammy Award-winning vocalist and lyricist will take to the stage with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse in London on Friday 29th October. The show will explore Plant’s musical influences from Delta blues through to rock, and the native sounds of Africa. The set will feature a number of much-loved Led Zeppelin and solo numbers together with eclectic new material from his latest critically acclaimed release, Band of Joy, which is the follow up from his multi-Grammy winning album Raising Sand. Plant will perform with a new incarnation of his Band of Joy including singer Patty Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, guitarist and co-producer Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House. Plant will also be joined on stage by the London Oriana Choir for unique moments from Plant’s repertoire.    It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm and then shown as a part of A Night With Robert Plant, a special night dedicated to showcasing Robert’s continuing musical legacy on BBC Two on Saturday 6th November. In addition to the concert, a new and exclusive documentary about Plant’s life and musical history featuring a rare interview with Robert will also be broadcast on BBC Two, making the night an appointment to view for any music fan. Red button and online will also provide exclusive clips and behind the scenes footage from Saturday 6th November.

The line up for the Radio 2 Electric Proms as announced so far is as follows:
Thursday 28th October ‘ Sir Elton John with Leon Russell, Rumer and Plan B
Friday 29th October ‘ Robert Plant with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir

For information regarding Robert Plant at the R2 Electric Proms go to http://bbc.in/robertr2ep

Elton John and Leon Russell collaboration first listen

Elton John and Leon Russell collaboration first listen

Elton John and Leon Russell collaboration first listen

Elton John and Leon Russell collaboration first listen. Songs from the upcoming Leon Russell and Elton John collaboration `The Union` have started hitting the web.  Two tracks, ‘I Should Have Sent Roses’ and and the first single ‘If It Wasn’t For The Bad’ have been released online via the Elton John Corporation. ‘The Union’ was recorded live in the studio and covers multiple music genres like gospel, soul, country, pop and rock. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album marks a unique collabo ation with the two musicians who met when Leon attended Elton’s show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1970. “In the late ’60s and early ’70s, the one piano player and vocalist who influenced me more than anybody else was Leon Russell,” Elton said in a statement. “He was my idol.” The pair toured together soon after but then lost touch for decades. “Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him,” Russell said. “I’m very happy that he chose me to do this.” The duelling piano players will perform together on November 3, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium. ‘The Union’ album will be released on October 19.

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