INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2019: THE SHORTLIST REVEALED 0 111

The shortlist for the Inside Soap Awards 2019 celebrates your favourite stars from HollyoaksEastEndersEmmerdaleCoronation Street and more.

The annual soap gala unveiled its ‘final four’ in categories ranging from Best Actor and Actress to Best Partnership and Best Shock Twist on Tuesday (October 1), ahead of the ceremony next Monday (October 7).

In the Best Actor category, EastEnders‘ Danny Dyer will battle it out with Jack P. Shepherd (Corrie), Jeff Hordley (Emmerdale) and Adam Woodward (Hollyoaks) for the prestigious gong.

Best Actress for 2019 will be pitting Lucy Pargeter (Emmerdale), Alison King (Corrie), Stephanie Davis (Hollyoaks) and Gillian Wright (EastEnders) in competition for the award.

The big four will be going be head-to-head as HollyoaksEmmerdaleCoronation Street and EastEnders all face off for the Best Soap prize at the end of the night.

Fans can still vote for their favourite soap until 12pm on Monday, October 7 by clicking here. Below is a full list of the categories

BEST ACTOR

  • Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Adam Woodward (Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Alison King (Carla Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Gillian Wright (Jean Slater, EastEnders)
  • Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Stephanie Davis (Sinead Shelby, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD BOY

  • Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway, EastEnders)
  • Kyle Pryor (Laurie Shelby, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD GIRL

  • Tanya Franks (Rainie Branning, EastEnders)
  • Louisa Clein (Maya Stepney, Emmerdale)
  • Claire King (Kim Tate, Emmerdale)
  • Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

FUNNIEST MALE

  • Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)
  • Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

FUNNIEST FEMALE

  • Patti Clare (Mary Cole, Coronation Street)
  • Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
  • Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
  • Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

BEST NEWCOMER (First appearance on or after 24 July 2018)

  • Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Jessica Plummer (Chantelle Atkins, EastEnders)
  • Niamh Blackshaw (Juliet Quinn, Hollyoaks)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR (Aged 18 or under on 1 July 2019)

  • Kara-Leah Fernandes (Bailey Baker, EastEnders)
  • Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)
  • Joe-Warren Plant (Jacob Gallagher, Emmerdale)
  • Aedan Duckworth (Ollie Morgan, Hollyoaks)

BEST PARTNERSHIP (Awarded to either a romantic pairing or on-screen double act)

  • Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer (Linda and Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Kara-Leah Fernandes and Roger Griffiths (Bailey and Mitch Baker, EastEnders)
  • Emma Atkins and Michelle Hardwick (Charity Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield, Emmerdale)
  • Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt (Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)

BEST SHOW-STOPPER (Awarded to a specific scene or episode that had the audience gripped)

  • Carla’s mental health episode (Coronation Street)
  • The factory collapse (Coronation Street)
  • Sean’s story (EastEnders)
  • Victoria’s rape (Emmerdale)

BEST SHOCK TWIST (Awarded to a plot reveal or revelation that had the audience gasping)

  • Gary is the factory killer! (Coronation Street)
  • Linda double-crosses Stuart! (EastEnders)
  • Flashbacks to the Big Night Out! (Emmerdale)
  • Breda is a serial killer! (Hollyoaks)

BEST EXIT

  • Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Bonnie Langford (Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders)
  • Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

BEST DRAMA STAR

  • Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)
  • Michael Stevenson (Iain Dean, Casualty)
  • David Ames (Dominic Copeland, Holby City)
  • Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)

BEST DRAMA STORYLINE

  • Duffy’s dementia (Casualty)
  • Iain’s depression (Casualty)
  • Dom finds out that Ange is his birth mother (Holby City)
  • The Holby cyber-attack (Holby City)

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

  • Doctors
  • Home and Away
  • Neighbours

BEST DAYTIME STAR

  • Matthew Chambers (Daniel Granger, Doctors)
  • Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart, Home and Away)
  • Jodi Anasta (Elly Brennan, Neighbours)
  • Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, Neighbours)

BEST SOAP

  • Coronation Street
  • EastEnders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks
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STRICTLY 2019: CHRISTMAS STARS REVEALED 0 73

Six of the most-loved Strictly contestants from previous series are returning to the dance floor for an all-star Christmas extravaganza special, coming to BBC One on Christmas Day.

This year the ladies set to sprinkle some Christmas magic on the dancefloor are Chizzy Akudolu, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson.

Chizzy says: “I am so excited to be coming back to Strictly this year, and being able to get back on the dancefloor once again! I’m still the biggest fan of Strictly so it’s wonderful to be back with old friends, in front of and behind the camera, and hopefully some new ones for Christmas. Bring on the sparkle, and maybe an odd 10 – it is Christmas after all…!”

Debbie says: “I thought all my dreams came true two years ago when I was asked to do the series, but to be one of the rare people to be invited back to do the Christmas Special is the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to be back dancing with my Strictly family”.

Gemma says: “I had the absolute best time on Strictly and it completely changed my life so I am absolutely overjoyed to be returning to the dancefloor this Christmas with a new challenge, and of course to be back with the gang!”

The gentlemen set to rock the dancefloor are Joe Sugg, Mark Wright, and Richard Arnold.

Joe says: “I’m really excited to have a go on the strictly ballroom floor again this Christmas. Strictly feels like a home away from home for me so I will be giving it my best shot and ending the year on a high.”

Mark says: “It’s been a while since I was on the dancefloor but I’m very much looking to forward to dusting off the dance shoes for Christmas! I can’t wait to be back – let’s get going!”

Richard says: “I can’t wait to get back out on the dance floor and throw shapes beneath the glitter ball once again. I just can’t promise you’ll recognise them or that they’ll be in any particular order. What I can promise is that one of us will be a professional.”

Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas inspired routine in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2019.

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome on the judging panel: Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Shirley Ballas.

The judges will be on hand to score each couple and spread some cheerful joy, yet it will be down to the studio audience to vote for which dancing duo will win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2019 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy.

The professional dancers and pairings will be revealed in due course.

BRIT AWARDS 2020: HUGE CHANGES REVEALED 0 91

The 2020 BRITs will be the landmark 40th show in the ceremony’s history, promising more music than ever before. The artists will be in control next year too – the BRIT Awards organisers are handing creative control over to the performers, “without imposing any creative limitations on their performances”.

Hailing from London’s O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 broadcast live on ITV, the 2020 BRITs will see a “streamlined” nine trophies given out. Viewer vote category British Artist Video of the Year has been scrapped, British Breakthrough Act is now known as Best New Artist, and British Single has been renamed Song of the Year and will now be chosen by the 2020 Official Voting Academy instead of the public.

The BRITs Critics’ Choice has been re-branded as the Rising Star Award with the winner taking to the stage on the night, while International Group has been removed entirely. 

The classic Lady Britannia BRIT statuette will also return after nearly a decade away, with famous designers re-imagining the trophy in recent years.

Awards Show 2020 Category List
Male Solo Artist
Female Solo Artist
Best Group
Best New Artist (previously British Breakthrough Act)
Rising Star (previously the Critics’ Choice Award)
Song Of The Year (previously British Single)
Mastercard Album Of The Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist

Since 2008 the Critics’ Choice Award has helped launch some of our fave British artists of the last decade including Sam Fender, Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. This year, we’re evolving the award and renaming it the Rising Star Award. We’re also expanding the panel to include those that work with new rising talent on a regular basis in order to make sure we’re leaving no stone unturned in finding the best British talent out there. Also, in a BRITs first and providing a major platform to new British talent, our 2020 Rising Star Award winner will perform at the main show on the 18th February!

Speaking about the 2020 changes Chairman of The BRITs Committee for 2020 and Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK David Joseph said: “We have had a fresh look at the BRIT Awards this year. Most importantly we will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make BRITs night a world class celebration. The awards should be a global platform for the artists of the year to create moments that live beyond the night itself. We are looking at everything to put on the best possible show.”

Chief Executive, BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd Geoff Taylor said: “It’s always exciting to launch the next BRITs campaign, but it’s extra special to be announcing the 40th edition of the awards show. The BRITs Committee will endeavour to make the 2020 BRITs a truly landmark event, highlighting not only another remarkable 12 months in the British music year to a growing global audience, but also paying tribute to many unforgettable BRITs moments that are now part of a rich and much loved heritage.”

That’s it for now, we’ll be announcing more exciting news in the run-up to The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard, which will, as always, be a fantastic celebration of the very best of British music of the last twelve months!