MEGHAN TRAINOR JOINS THE VOICE UK 0 37

Meghan Trainor is to join The Voice UK as a new coach alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs

Trainor burst onto the music scene with the worldwide smash single All About That Bass in 2014 – a song that made her one of only five female artists to achieve a Diamond certification. Thus far, she has achieved eight multi-platinum singles and two platinum albums, sold out three world tours, and has not only penned hit songs for herself but written for a variety of artists across pop and country, including Jennifer Lopez and Rascal Flatts. Today, Meghan also released her brand-new single, Wave, featuring rising New York singer, songwriter and producer Mike Sabath (Lizzo, J Balvin, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers). The track heralds the impending arrival of her anxiously awaited third full-length album, Treat Myself, coming soon. 

In 2018, she released anthems No Excuses and Let You Be Right and collaborated with Sigala, Ella Eyre and French Montana on the hit single Just Got Paid. Following that, she celebrated Valentine’s Day 2019 with the love-themed six-song The Love Train EP and to kick off the summer, she collaborated with dance music titan, Kaskade, for their song With You.  

In the US, she has been a judge on FOX’s singing contest THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons alongside Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled. Now, as she prepares to join The Voice UK Meghan says: “I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly Murs as the new Coach on The Voice UK!  It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to sit in the chair with my own button and listen to some incredible new talent!” 

This news follows Jennifer Hudson confirming last night that she will be standing down from her role as a Coach on The Voice UK as she prepares for the December release of the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Cats and commences filming the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect

Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs all return to their big red chairs following a summer spent entertaining audiences around the world on their respective tours. 

Sir Tom said: “I’m really looking forward to returning to The Voice, I just love doing this show. I’ve had a fantastic summer touring and performing songs I enjoy and have a passion for, so now it’s time to discover some talented new singers to see what they can do!” 

will.i.am said: “UK soloists, duos and trios – I am looking for you!  This season I am seeking fresh sounds and unique voices that I want to work with and will compel me to push that button!” 

Olly Murs said: “I’m so excited to come back to The Voice this year with a new energy and even a new knee – ready to defend my title as the winning Coach. It’s fantastic to introduce a new Coach to the team as well and I look forward to getting to know Meghan.’ 

Emma Willis will be back to present the show. She said: “I can’t wait for the next series of The Voice, especially to hear all of the incredible talent that will no doubt be walking onto that stage. I absolutely adore Jennifer and will massively miss her. However, Meghan is a fab choice to add to the Coaching line up and it’s always exciting when a new Coach arrives on the show” 

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment, ITV said: “Meghan Trainor is such an exciting addition to The Voice UK. She has blown us away with her energy and enthusiasm and, although our youngest coach, an impressive career in music set to inspire all who join Team Meghan. 

We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks, love and luck for the future to Jennifer Hudson. She has been a tremendous Coach, loved by viewers and the singers she has worked with during her time on the show.” 

Filming commences this October with the series set to launch on ITV in the New Year. 

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CATHY SHIPTON QUITS CASUALTY ROLE 0 16

Cathy Shipton, who plays Casualty’s Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, has announced she will be leaving the BBC One continuing drama, 33 years after first appearing on screen in Casualty’s pilot episode in 1986.

Appearing in over 350 episodes, Cathy is one of show’s longest-serving cast members. Whilst audiences have seen Duffy come and go in the Emergency Department throughout the years, today it is announced that she will make her final departure on screen next year.

Throughout the show’s history, Duffy’s storylines have allowed the programme to explore important and significant topics such as sexual assault, HIV, suicide, grief, single parenthood, humanitarianism, mental health and most recently, dementia.

Cathy Shipton says: “Walking in Duffy’s shoes through the years has taught me so much for which I’ll be forever grateful. I’m honoured and humbled to have played this inspiring woman. With sadness, but a sense of completion, l say goodbye.”

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City, says: “Cathy’s enormous contribution has not just been to Casualty but also to the national consciousness and the British television drama landscape. She has made Duffy into a comforting Saturday night icon, the caring, ideal NHS nurse millions grew up with – and whom you’d want to be looked after by in times of need.

“She’s given us some of our most unforgettable stories and moments, not least of late in her heart-rending dementia storyline, and I simply cannot thank her enough.”

Cathy will be appear on screen as Duffy until early 2020.

INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2019: THE WINNERS REVEALED 0 18

You’ve been voting in your thousands all summer, and the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here – it’s time to reveal the winners of the Inside Soap Awards 2019!

And the big news is that Hollyoaks has triumphed as Best Soap for the first time in the history of the awards. The cast will be presented with their trophy at a glitzy ceremony this evening at London venue Sway.

“It’s been an amazing soap year – in fact, the awards have never been more keenly fought,” says Inside Soap editor Steven Murphy. “We can’t wait to hand out the trophies to our winners tonight. Looking down the winners list, the UK should be extremely proud of our soaps and our soap stars, as the breadth of talent among the winners is astonishing. We’re proud to be celebrating all that is great about our wonderful soaps.”

Here’s the full list of your winners!

Best Actor: Adam Woodward (Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)
Best Actress: Stephanie Davis (Sinead Shelby, Hollyoaks)
Best Young Actor: Kara-Leah Fernandes (Bailey Baker, EastEnders)
Best Newcomer: Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
Best Bad Girl: Louisa Clein (Maya Stepney, Emmerdale)
Best Bad Boy: Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
Best Partnership: Dominic Brunt & Lucy Pargeter (Paddy Kirk & Chas Dingle, Emmerdale)
Funniest Male: Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
Funniest Female: Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Best Shock Twist: Flashbacks to the big night out! (Emmerdale)
Best Exit: Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle, Emmerdale)
Best Show-stopper: Carla’s mental health episode (Coronation Street)
Soap Superstar: Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
Best Drama Star: Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)
Best Drama Storyline: Iain’s Depression (Casualty)
Best Daytime Star: Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadie’ Rebecchi, Neighbours)
Best Daytime Soap: Neighbours
Best Soap: Hollyoaks