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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Louis Walsh admits to hair transplant

It used to be Simon Cowell or Dannii Minogue's faces that got the most attention in terms of cosmetic work on The X Factor judging panel, but it their absence this year Louis Walsh has had to step manfully into the breach.

And the twinkly Irishman has not disappointed - admitting that the lustrous grey thatch we admire every week on the gogglebox is partly the result of a hair transplant.

Louis, 59, insists that it was Simon Cowell who prompted him to get his barnet boosted, despite his initial reservations.

He said: "I could have just left it and got on with things, but with TV today, everything is in high definition, and people notice every little thing.

"And if you're getting on, and you're on TV with a lot of young people, you have to look after yourself. So I thought 'I don't want a bald spot! I'm going to get this sorted."

The procedure would have cost up to £30k normally, but Louis got the work done for free in exchange for plugging the Dublin clinic that did the thatching.

If you want the gory details, the process is called Ultra Refined Follicular Unit Transplantation (URFUT) and sees strips of skin taken from the back of the head and grafted into places where hair has stopped growing.

And we have to admit, the results are pretty impressive.

Louis: 'I don't think Kate behaved well'

Up until now the worst thing that Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet had ever been accused of was hamming it up a bit in her acceptance speeches.

But it seems the 36-year-old may have a bit of a mean streak, if her ex-boyfriend Louis Dowler is to be believed anyway.

The couple famously parted company during a holiday on Sir Richard Branson's private Caribbean island Necker earlier this year, which ended with Kate leaving with the tycoon's nephew Ned Rocknroll (after rescuing his mum from a fire of course).

Speaking to the Daily Mail, 35-year-old model Louis said: "I don't think Kate behaved well and it is still very raw for me. I was in love with her and you can't switch that off overnight.

"I'm not sure Kate treated me well. I thought we were inseparable. I certainly haven't found anyone else since.

"I don't want to go into details but it wasn't a straightforward break-up. I'm a laid-back guy, so I am not walking around with a long face - but I do still hold a torch for her."

Miranda leading in comedy gong nominations

Miranda Hart could be on track to repeat last year's huge haul at the British Comedy Awards, which are being handed out this Friday.

In 2010 she scooped three awards selected by the judging panel and also the people's choice award, and this year she is up for best female TV comic, best TV comedy actress, best sitcom and the people's choice award again.

But she will be up against David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Jo Brand and Sarah Millican for the people's choice one.

TV Burp funnyman Harry Hill is also up for three awards, while hilarious student comedy Fresh Meat is nominated for two - or four if you count star Jack Whitehall's two nominations.

The ceremony will be screened live on C4 at 9pm on Friday, with Jonathan Ross on hosting detail.

Peaches Geldof, 22, to wed for the second time

Peaches Geldof is set to marry for a second time after boyfriend Thomas Cohen popped the question.

The 22-year-old confirmed that the S.C.U.M. rocker would be her second husband, telling the Sunday Mirror, "Yes, I'm engaged!"

But don't expect a big socialite wedding any time soon.

Peaches added, "We don't want to get married for a couple of years yet though so don't expect me in a dress yet. I'm so happy!"

It's a good thing they're not rushing into it (though they've only been dating for a year and apparently kept the engagement secret for six months), given Peaches last foray into married life.

At the tender age of 19, the Geldof girl got hitched to another rocker, Max Drummey, but the union lasted only six months.

In the wake of their split, Peaches revealed, "I didn't go into it with Max thinking, 'This is going to last forever'. But I did go into it thinking, 'I love him right now and I know that I will continue to love him for a long while'."

We're sure it's different this time.

After all, you wouldn't want to go through a big Jewish wedding just to grab column inches, would you Peaches?

Sacha Baron Cohen lands Les Mis movie role

Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen will be starring in the Hollywood adaptation of classic musical Les Miserables.

The comic actor will be taking the role of Monsieur Thénardier, which was played by fellow Brit funnyman Matt Lucas on the stage in London's West End.

Sacha will reportedly star alongside Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter in the big screen adaptation of the musical adaption of Victor Hugo's famous French novel.

Things must already be well under way because the movie is scheduled to hit cinemas next year, as will his next movie The Dictator - which has already finished filming.

Sarah Harding: 'I was such a mess before rehab'

Sarah Harding has opened for the first time about her messy pre-rehab life.

The Girls Aloud singer has for some time been known for her love of the party lifestyle but revealed the boozing got out of hand after the break-up of her relationship with then-fiancé Tom Crane.

Amidst rumours of rowing about her partying, Sarah and Tom called off their engagement in September.

Soon afterwards, Harding checked into rehab in search of treatment for depression and alcohol addiction.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Sarah explained, "I was so down but I just tried to keep busy and, to numb myself, I was drinking more. It was my way of escaping.

"One minute I was deliriously happy, to the point of hysteria, and totally in denial about my problems saying, 'I'm fine, I'm fine'. The next it hit me - and when it did, it hit me hard."

The tipping point came when Sarah's Girls Aloud pals Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts invited her for dinner the day after a heavy fashion night out.

"I wasn't in a good state at all," Harding told the mag. "I was very hungover. But the first thing I wanted to do was open a bottle of wine. I know they were really worried about me."

She went on, "The day I left for rehab, I was such a mess... I was crying hysterically. I felt ashamed, embarrassed, terrified - my emotions were all over the place."

With a stint in rehab under her belt, Sarah hopes to make a fresh start, and added, "I've turned 30 now and, although there will always be a bit of the rock chick in me, I'm trying to embrace my softer and more feminine side."

We wish her all the best.

When you see how the celebs celebrate, it's not difficult to see why they become party addicts...
Never one to make a quiet entrance, Elton John reached new heights of flamboyance (literally) in 1997 with a show-stopping outfit for his 50th birthday party. The singer, who dressed as Louis XIV for the occasion, wore a wig that was so big that he reportedly had to arrange special transport to fit the headpiece. More than 500 friends of the star partied at the lavish event. 

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