ARE THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS REUNITING? 22

Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly agreed to put her differences with her former bandmates aside and take part in a Pussycat Dolls reunion.

Almost a decade on from the group’s split, which came after a prolonged period of tension within the group, The Sun has reported that Nicole is prepared to return to the group for a handful of live performances next year.

Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Roberts have also been tipped to return, alongside Melody Thornton and Jessica Sutta.

An insider told the newspaper: “They are still deciding whether it will involve a full tour or just a handful of performances but they are excited to be getting out there together again.

“The girls feel the time is right to let bygones be bygones and put any differences they had behind them and celebrate the great songs they made.”

The Sun’s source even claimed the band could be recording new material to coincide with the reunion, adding: “As well as their old tunes, they are hoping to treat fans with new music, too.

“When they parted ways in 2009 it was only intended to be a hiatus, so it feels like the right thing to do.”

Nicole – who is currently sitting on the ‘X Factor’ judging panel here in the UK for the second year in a row – was previously rumoured to be reuniting with her PCD bandmates in 2015, though this failed to come to fruition.

During their time in the spotlight, the PCD topped the UK singles chart on two separate occasions, and boasted top names like Rihanna and Lady Gaga as their support acts on tour.

However, while it looked like they were having a great time together, several members of the group claimed that their stint in the group was no walk in the park.

Ashley Roberts said during her time in ‘I’m A Celebrity’: “In the group, I wasn’t allowed to talk, we were told to be quiet. Only Nicole was allowed to talk. We would occasionally pitch in.”

Former member Carmit Bachar – who left the group after their first album was released – previously claimed: “[Nicole] started travelling in her own tour bus and the divide between her and the rest us just got bigger. Nicole chose to isolate and alienate herself.”

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CHILDREN IN NEED 2017: PRESENTING LINE-UP REVEALED 5

Coming live from the BBC’s Elstree studios on Friday 17 November, the night will feature a spectacular star-studded line-up as they join together to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Hosting BBC Children in Need for the first time, Mel Giedroyc says: “Tess. Ade. Graham. Rochelle. Marvin. The Power Rangers of the presenting world. I feel honoured to be joining their ranks and bagsy wear the blue all-in-one body-stocking-slash-helmet combo.”

Presenting the show for a second time, Graham Norton says of the charity: “BBC Children in Need helps so many children and young people up and down the country. Presenting the show is a lovely thing to be a part of; it’s a celebration of the best of people.”

Long-term supporter of BBC Children in Need, Tess Daly says of the Appeal: “I love presenting the live show, I love the adrenaline rush of it. The Great British public dig deep for BBC Children in Need as it’s a charity close to people’s hearts, raising vital money for children in the UK.”

Returning again in 2017, Ade Adepitan says of the show: “I am very excited and extremely proud to be presenting BBC Children in Need again with Tess, Graham, Marvin and Rochelle. The charity has been an incredible force for good in the UK, helping some of the most vulnerable people when they most need it. To be asked to play a part in helping these people is a real honour. I’m looking forward to a fabulous evening of tears, entertainment and most of all laughter. Get your popcorn and your tissues ready – it’s going be an incredible night!”

Rochelle Humes says of the charity: “BBC Children in Need has played such a big part in everyone’s life, including my own, ever since I was at school. It holds such a close connection with those around us and year on year we see the incredible impact it makes to those children who are in need, which is why so many want to get on board and help this wonderful cause. On the night itself, we have some amazing things for everyone at home to enjoy, so don’t forget to tune in and do all you can to make a difference!”

Also returning in 2017 is Marvin Humes, who says: “It’s so nice to be back again hosting. Last year was the first time Rochelle and I were part of the show together. We absolutely loved it. BBC Children in Need is such a great British institution. It’s incredible and a dream come true to be supporting once again.”

Further exciting news regarding the performances, sketches and content which viewers can enjoy on the night will be shared in due course. The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is a BBC Studios production, executive produced by Clare Pizey and Leanne Witcoop.

X FACTOR UK: SAM BLACK RETURNS TO REPLACE ANTHONY RUSSELL AT JUDGES HOUSES 8

Sam Black is set to make his return to The X Factor, joining Louis Walsh‘s Boys at Judges’ Houses!

Following Anthony Russell‘s exit from the competition due to personal reasons, Louis has decided that Sam is the man to replace him, despite leaving the show at Boot Camp.

Louis explained: “Anthony has been fantastic across the series, a great singer and performer who we are really sad to see go. I had to think for a long time who could take the place.

“Sam had a great reaction from the British public when his Audition aired. So I re-watched it and realised we missed a trick not putting him through atBoot Camp. He has that retro 60s style viewers will love. He’s really likeable and talented and I can’t wait to hear more.”

Sam – who caused a stir at Boot Camp by proposing to his girlfriend on stage – added: “Obviously, I feel terrible for Anthony because he is not only an amazing singer but also a lovely guy.

“He has even messaged me good luck. I really appreciate the second chance I’ve been given and I feel so lucky to get this opportunity. My family and I are over the moon.”

You can catch Sam in action when The X Factor hits Judges’ Houses on Saturday 21st October, 8.20pm and Sunday 22nd October, 7pm on ITV.