AARON SIDWELL IS LEAVING EASTENDERS 20

EastEnders have confirmed Steven Beale is to leave Walford at the end of his current storyline.

Actor Aaron Sidwell, who returned to the role last year after an earlier stint between 2007 and 2008, will make his final appearance towards the end of the summer according to a BBC spokesperson: “Aaron Sidwell is involved in one of the big upcoming storylines and we can confirm, following dramatic scenes to be aired later this summer, he will be leaving the show.”

Steven is currently at the centre of a dramatic plot where he is lying to girlfriend Lauren Branning that he has a brain tumour to trap her into an engagement, spurred on by revenge for her secretly aborting his baby and falling for her former boss, Josh Hemmings.

Lauren’s sister Abi knows the brain tumour is a lie and is sleeping with her future brother-in-law, with the Steven promising they’ll be together once he reveals his master plan to his fiancée and dumps her for betraying him.

Max is also in on Steven’s deceit about his health, and is conspiring with him to force Lauren into marriage – although the Branning dad’s motives are unclear as they appear to be tied up in his murky dealings with the Weyland company’s takeover of Albert Square.

With so many elements to the plot in place, speculation is rife as to how Steven will make his exit – and whether he’ll leave dead or alive.

Steven is clearly leading Abi on for his own ends, but what does that entail? Or could he genuinely have feelings for her? Can he really go through with humiliating Lauren? Will he get in too deep with Max’s plan and end up in danger? Having battled psychological demons in the past, could Steven lash out and try and kill Lauren, or Josh – or himself?

The announcement comes after several cast members including Sidwell, as well as Harry Reid, Tilly Keeper and Jasmine Armfield, posted pictures and messages on social media at the weekend from a mysterious leaving party, sparking gossip among fans as to which actor was waving goodbye to Walford.

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X FACTOR UK: FOUR ACTS TO RETURN IN WILDCARD TWIST – AND YOU CHOOSE WHO 4

The X Factor wildcard 2017 twist has been confirmed with four acts returning for the live shows.

At the end of judges’ houses this evening the final 12 finalists were revealed.

But viewers now have the opportunity to give a second chance to acts who have been sent home, voting them through to the live shows next weekend.

There will be a total of FOUR wild card acts – one in each category – who will join the 12 finalists chosen by the judges.

In each category, you are to vote for one of the three acts who made judges’ houses but wasn’t chosen by their mentor to make the live shows.

X Factor 2017 wild card acts
Saturday saw the Girls find out their fate as Sharon Osbourne said goodbye to Alisah Bonaobra, Deanna Mussington and Georgina Panton – who will fight for the girls’ wild card.

In the Overs category, Talia Dean, Slavko and Berget Lewis will compete for a second chance.

In the Groups, Lemonade, Jack & Joel and The New Girl Group will battle for the wildcard spot.

Finally, in the Boys, Jack Mason, Aidan Martin and Leon Mallett will be put up for the wild card vote.

You can vote for one act in each of the four categories via phone and mobile, with details available on The X Factor website and below.

Please note that if you are calling from a mobile you should call the short, seven-digit number. Votes cost 35p plus any network access charge. Votes in app are free. Vote T&Cs at itv.com or stv.tv. Voting closes on Monday 23rd October at 1pm. The acts that receive the highest votes in each category will go through to the live shows.

Overs (Nicole):

Berget Lewis:
From a mobile: 650 51 01
From a landline: 09020 5051 01

Slavko:
From a mobile: 650 51 02
From a landline: 09020 5051 02

Talia Dean:
From a mobile: 650 51 03
From a landline: 09020 5051 03

Girls (Sharon):

Alisah Bonaobra:
From a mobile: 650 51 04
From a landline: 09020 5051 04

Deanna:
From a mobile: 650 51 05
From a landline: 09020 5051 05

Georgina Panton:
From a mobile: 650 51 06
From a landline: 09020 5051 06

Groups (Simon):

Jack & Joel:
From a mobile: 650 51 07
From a landline: 09020 5051 07

Lemonade:
From a mobile: 650 51 08
From a landline: 09020 5051 08

New Girl Band:
From a mobile: 650 51 09
From a landline: 09020 5051 09

Boys (Louis):

Aidan Martin:
From a mobile: 650 51 10
From a landline: 09020 5051 10

Jack Mason:
From a mobile: 650 51 11
From a landline: 09020 5051 11

Leon Mallett:
From a mobile: 650 51 12
From a landline: 09020 5051 12

You don’t have long with the X Factor 2017 wildcard vote closing on Monday, October 23 at 1PM.

The results of the X Factor wild card act vote will then be revealed on Saturday at the top of the first live show.
The X Factor then returns next weekend on ITV with the very first of the live shows.

The X Factor will be live on Saturday at 8:20PM with the performances and return Sunday at 7PM with the first weekend of live singing.

RADIO 1 TEEN AWARDS 2017: WINNERS REVEALED 6

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Mo Farah were amongst the names that won awards in the celebrity categories at Radio 1’s Teen Awards today – held at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a 10,000 audience of 14-17 year olds.

Now in its eighth year, the biggest event in the teen calendar was hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and co-host Rita Ora and featured performances from Liam Payne, Dua Lipa, The Vamps, Camila Cabello and co-host Rita Ora.

The inspirational stories and achievements of four amazing Radio 1 teen heroes were at the heart of the event – with stars from the world of entertainment, music and sport – including Luke Evans, Louisa Johnson, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Tom Daley and the cast of EastEnders joining in the celebrations at the glitzy ceremony.

Radio 1’s Teen Hero Winners of 2017 are:

My Mind & Me Teen Hero Award for Mental Health – Holly (15) and Oliver (13)
Holly and Oliver offer psychological, emotional and physical care to their mum. Over the last 18 months Holly and Oliver have set up a charity called ‘The Adams Movement’, with their older brother Josh.

One Million Hours Teen Hero Award for Volunteering – Charlotte (17)
Having been though the care system herself, Charlotte is passionate about changing the future of care and uses her own experience to influence nationwide policy.

Generally Amazing Teen Hero Award – Harrison (12)
Harrison inspires other children with tackling obesity, anxiety and depression, after he turned his life around through exercise and changing his diet. Harrison documented his own journey via social media, inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps.

The celebrity awards were voted for by Radio 1’s listeners.

Full list of winners
Best TV Show – Love Island
Most Entertaining Celeb – Stormzy
Best International Group – The Chainsmokers
Best Film – Beauty and The Beast
Best British Group – Little Mix
Best Game – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Best British Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran
Best International Solo Artist – Ariana Grande
Best British Vlogger – Rose & Rosie
Best Single – Dua Lipa – New Rules
Best British Sports Star – Mo Farah