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Entertainment Strictly's Emotional Return And A Countdown Howler – 10 Things From The Week In Showbiz To Make You Smile

09:25  24 october  2020
09:25  24 october  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

Naga Munchetty looks wildly different with long hair transformation – see photo

  Naga Munchetty looks wildly different with long hair transformation – see photo BBC Breakfast star Naga Munchetty looked worlds apart from her usual self in one Instagram photo she posted from her Strictly Come Dancing days

Lady Gaga leads closing set for One World: Together At Home concert. The 'Bad Romance' singer took to youtube live to finish off the concert with Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, John Legend and Lang Lang with 'The Prayer'.

Strictly contestant and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith awkwardly swerved a question about her secret new romance on Good Morning Britain on Friday. We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline.

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The world around us might be in a sorry state of affairs, but things inside the showbiz bubble were looking a lot more sparkly this week, thanks in part to the return of a certain ballroom show.

But there was lots of other stuff that helped raise a smile in an otherwise gloomy week too.

From Gemma Collins being Gemma Collins and a proper Countdown howler, here’s our favourite moments of the past seven days...

The return of Strictly

A veritable explosion of joy, glitter and camp, the Strictly Come Dancing launch show was exactly the kind of escapism we needed – as cliché as that may sound.

Strictly star Neil Jones and three other pros won't have partners this year

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Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin reveals what caused her to have a mental breakdown and hit rock bottom.

The BBC pulled out all the stops to get the show on the road in the middle of a global pandemic, and we don’t mind admitting that seeing the pro dancers gliding across the ballroom again in the opening number made us feel a bit weepy.

Bring on the rest of the series.

Adele is back – and with new music?

Earlier this week, Adele sent her fans into meltdown after announcing she’s set to guest host Saturday Night Live this weekend, sparking speculation new music might be on the way.

While she’s insisted her hosting stint is a “stand alone moment” we can’t help but cross our fingers that she’s about to announce the follow up to 2015′s 25.

In the meantime, a preview of Adele on the SNL set has also got us very excited to see her in action on Saturday – check it out above.

Claudia Winkleman shares intimate details about her marriage

  Claudia Winkleman shares intimate details about her marriage Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman has made a rare comment about her marriage to film producer Kris Thykier

Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva last week slammed the death data as 'often lacking in rigor' and undermining 'the reliability of the death records'. House Democrats said it was an attempt 'to downplay the death toll'. Florida recorded its biggest single-day increase in cases since August Thursday.

Makes sense: There is no indication when Season 4 is set, though since each previous season was set a year after the last, with Season 3 set in 1985, it' s likely Season 4 is set in 1986. Sibling support! Levon' s sister Maya Hawke was seen on set of the show on Wednesday.

Read more here.

Countdown serves up a howler

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Rachel Riley’s face said it all when comedian Shappi Khorsandi suggested “blowie” as a solution to one of the anagrams.

Sure, it’s not exactly sophisticated humour, but we’ll take the laughs where we can get them these days.

Watch the clip here.

Having a snoop around the old Big Breakfast house

a man and a woman standing in front of a building © Channel 4/Rightmove

Before the Big Brother house or the Love Island villa, the Big Breakfast mansion was TV’s most famous property, which is why we loved having a good old nose around it this week.

The east London home has recently been put on the market over 18 years on from the end of the Channel 4 breakfast show – and it could be yours, if you happen to have a spare £5.7m lying around.

See more pics here.

Drag Race UK is back on track

Graham Norton, Michelle Visage, RuPaul, Alan Carr posing for a photo: RuPaul's Drag Race UK judges Graham Norton, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Alan Carr © BBC RuPaul's Drag Race UK judges Graham Norton, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Alan Carr

There were two big RuPaul’s Drag Race UK announcements this week. First, judge Alan Carr announced that filming is set to resume in the next two weeks, after it was halted midway through back in March due to the pandemic.

Fans left in tears watching David Walliams 'emotional' Who Do You Think You Are? episode

  Fans left in tears watching David Walliams 'emotional' Who Do You Think You Are? episode The BBC documentary saw comedian and actor David Walliams investigate his family history…

A TikToker has poked fun at a Tinder user for his very exacting list of requirements. The 32-year-old, only known as Stephen, took to the dating app to reveal his very particular type including no single mothers or women over 10 st and no bath bombs.

Their place on Strictly Come Dancing was put in jeopardy when he tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago. But things are back on track for pro Janette Manrara and partner HRVY as they arrived for rehearsals on Tuesday. Janette looked autumnal, wrapping up in a beige kimono which she wore over

And then, Dawn French confirmed herself as one of the guest judges for the new series, which should hopefully be back on our screens in the new year.

Read more here.

Love Life on BBC iPlayer

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If you’ve finished Schitt’s Creek and rewatched the entire Sex And The City boxset twice over then we might just have the show for you. Love Life has been nestled away on BBC iPlayer for a few weeks now and has become a sleeper hit in the process.

Anna Kendrick brilliantly heads up a superb supporting cast as we follow her character Darby’s quest to find The One in New York. Each episode covers a different ‘love’ (including friends and family, as well as lovers) as Darby navigates her world of relationships from the early noughties to the present day.

It’s a warm, nostalgic treat that’s perfect for a weekend binge (each of the 10 episodes are only 30 minutes long). Oh and expect to have serious pangs of wanting to fly to New York.

The GC forgets to check her Collins dictionary

a person wearing a white shirt: Gemma Collins © Gemma Collins/Instagram Gemma Collins

Despite being a self-proclaimed “massive fan of the dictionary”, it seems Gemma Collins didn’t consult one before getting her latest sweatshirt design printed.

Katya Jones' love life: who has the Strictly star dated?

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With Strictly Come Dancing returning to our screens, we're obsessed with all of the glitz and glam and it always leaves us feeling super inspired. Maisie has been rehearsing non-stop with pro partner Gorka and he revealed on his Instagram this week she even practised during a lunch break.

Australian customers are rushing to Bunnings Warehouse to get their hands on a $ 10 Oates long handle brush that cleans bathroom grout with ease. 'So I just got the grout scrubbing brush from Bunnings omg it' s amazing! No more down on hands and knees with [a] toothbrush, should have

Fans of the former TOWIE star pointed out the spelling mistake after Gemma shared snaps of her modelling the new design on Instagram.

Can you spot it?

Gemma Collins has a caravan park meltdown

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Staying with The GC, her reality show continued in ridiculous fashion this week, as she paid a visit to a caravan park.

And despite having a luxury winnebago to kip in, it wasn’t enough for the Essex diva, who was soon on the phone to her manager, begging to be booked into the nearest five-star hotel.

Blake Lively delightfully rips husband Ryan Reynolds

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Blake Lively poked fun at her Canadian-born husband Ryan Reynolds after he voted in a US presidential election for the first time.

She posted a picture of her and Ryan – who was born in Vancouver before becoming a naturalised US citizen in 2018 – holding their ballots and the caption was suitably silly.

“It was Ryan’s first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friend,” she joked.

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