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X Factor UK 2012: Judges Houses!

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We're nearly at live shows stage! Yes, with just one week to go until the show hits the lives, it's crunch time for each of the judges as they select the three acts they wish to mentor in live shows. With 25 acts through to Judges Houses, 13 will be going home without a place in the lives whilst 12 acts will make the all important stage where the public get a say! Will favourites such as Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Lucy Spraggan and Carolynne Poole manage to make it through?

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The Voice Of Ireland: Jamelia set to replace Brian Kennedy for Series 2!

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I bet you weren't expecting to hear anything about The Voice Of Ireland until January but with Blind Auditions set to be filmed at the end of October, RTE have finally announced the coaches line-up for the second series with just one coach set to depart and to be replaced by a British R&B superstar.

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Bootcamp

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The auditions proved that there's still talent in Sweden after 8 years of Idol and The Voice. Young contestants like Isak Danielson and  Sara Nutti and more seasoned ones like Sabina Ddumba and Kristin Amparo, all wowed us during the initial stages but will they be able to keep their strike going and impress the judges for a second time? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 6

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Welcome to another night of The Voice. I thought this was going to be the last week of auditions but sadly it isn't, looks like we are going to have to deal with at least one more audition episode next week. I'm already tired of auditions, I'm ready to get to the battles and see what kind of drama these new changes will bring, but until then I guess we will see if we find a winner tonight!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 11 Perform: Party All Night

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There's been lots of controversy this week. After Adil Memon's elimination, he and fellow contestant Josh Brookes went on a live stream with fans, in which Josh made some unfortunate comments, so the producers decided to disqualify him. Since Adil was also part of it, he wasn't allowed to come back either and then mystery began. Who's gonna replace Josh? Will it be one of the JH boys such as Matt Gresham or Carmelo? Or will it be a someone totally different, like Vendulka? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: The Auditions

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UPDATE: Episode 6 added. I'm also looking for a Swedish translator, if interested, please email me.

I'm sorry for the delay but I've been swamped with all the shows I'm covering. Who'd have thought that covering 4 shows will take so much of my time? Haha. But now that I made a little space, I decided I better started covering the show. As you all remember, Idol Sweden went on hiatus after Amanda Fondell was declared the winner and TV4 decided to replace it with The Voice and The X Factor. The Voice premiered earlier this year, with Ulf Nilsson winning the show, and now, it's the XF turn! Hosted by David Hellenius and judged by former Idol judge Andreas Carlsson, singer and Melodifestivalen 2012 entry Marie Serneholt, hip-hop duo Ison & Fille member Ison Glasgow and 90s popular singer Orup, the show will hopefully fill the gap left by Idol and if not successful, Idol can always return next year ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Bootcamp!

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So with auditions over, the UK X Factor rolls on as the contestants hit Bootcamp which was not held in London for once due to the 2012 Olympics. With countless contestants making it through auditions, Bootcamp is really the point where the judges seperate the serious contenders from the also-rans. So expect tears, tantrums and shock exits!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Blind Audiions 5

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The lovely Tessa Belinfante and pro-sounding Gerrie van Dijk-Dantuma impressed us the past week with two outstanding performances. Tonight, a whole new batch of contestants will perform in the hopes of giving us the same reaction. Who'll be the stand-out tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor UK 2012: Spoilers!

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If you know anyone that made it through bootcamp, please send me an email at musicisthedoor@gmail.com

UPDATED September 23. Top 24 added! Or is it a Top 25?


Is this time of the year again. The XF UK auditions are already under way so what a better way to prepare for the show than by reading some spoilers? Both Tulisa and Gary Barlow are joining once again Louis Walsh, while Kelly Rowland has been let go. No permanent judge has been announced yet, so we'll be looking forward to that.The following list is of auditionees, no info wether they made it or not yet.

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X Factor Germany 2012: Auditions 6

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HP gave his "Joker" to Maximilian Bauer last week and now, only Moses has his to handle to a hopeful. It's the final week of the auditions, will Moses use his "Joker" tonight? Which hopefuls will surprise us? .. It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Philippines 2012: Top 5 Recap

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Last week we finally saw the awful Kedebon Colim leaving the competition when he faced Daddy's Home in the final showdown. I've no doubt that no one will miss him. Since we are already down to the Top 5, I've decided to include all the remaining acts into this post, so it's basically a recap now. The final 5 will be singing "Revival songs", which would be a cover of a cover. I know, weird and boring. Who picks this themes?

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X Factor Germany 2012: Auditions 5

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With just one more week of auditions to go after tonight, the stakes seem higher than ever. Sandra and Sarah have already handed their wildcards to Abdul-Hadi Arslan and Alexandra Plattner respectively. Moses and HP still have theirs, so expect them to use them in the coming episodes Who'll be the lucky contestant to get a second chance? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Blind Audiions 4

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Another week and another episode of The Voice of Holland! The talent is crazy this year and the bunch of contestants tonight will left you even more impressed than you already were. Are you ready for more?  ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor US Season 2: Auditions 4

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Welcome to another recap of the X Factor US. Last night was by far the best episode we've seen to date, with the stand-outs including the hilarious Panda Ross and country singer Tate Stevens. I am really looking forward to this episode. Hopefully we'll get some amazing vocalists! ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Josh Brookes Disqualified!

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UPDATE 2:  Matt Gresham's been sounding highly suspicious. Could it be him returning? Still no confirmation.

Shocking news! XF finalists, Josh Brookes, has been disqualified from the competition. Here's an official statement:
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X Factor US Season 2: Auditions 3

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Hello everyone and welcome to another week of the X Factor US. Last week we were introduced to two new judges. One being Disney star Demi Lovato and the other pop princess Brittney Spears. Despite the star power among the judges, there was a significant lack of talent among the contestants but hopefully that'll change this week. So sit back and relax because it's time to face the music!.

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Lakoda Rayne: "Emergency Brake" Out Now

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Remember Lakoda Rayne? The chances are that you don't, so I'll refresh your memory. The girls were one of the contestants during the XF US inaugural season but failed to make any impression on the show, making it only to the Top 9. The girls were formed at bootcamp and were originally a four piece but one of it's members, Paige Elizabeth Ogle, decided to leave the group to attend college this past May, leaving Hayley Orrantia, Cari Fletcher and Dani Knights on their own. The girls, however, didn't let that stop them and went on to release their debut single, the country driven "Emergency Brake". The girls weren't the most special act the show has seen but their good looks and voices were always something nice to see. The song won't set the charts on fire but I think it can actually do well on country radios cause it's got a quite catchy rhythm.

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 5

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Who's ready for another episode of The Voice? Last night was actually not half bad. Hopefully the trend will continue tonight as Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton fight for the next music star! ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 12 Perform: Judges Choice

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We witnessed some very shocking decision during last week's Judges Houses, for example Nat sending Vendulka (check my interview with her HERE) home and Ronan picking 3 boybands as his Top 3. Tonight, the Top 12 will perform for the first time live and tomorrow night, one of them will be saying goodbye. Who'll step up to the challenge? Who'll fail miserably? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 4

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It's the beginning of the second week of The Voice. More hopefuls will perform in front of our four judges and we'll also get to see the premiere of Christina Aguilera's "Your Body" music video. In other related news, Christina and Cee Lo are not set to return next season with Colombian star Shakira and RnB singer Usher joining the panel for the 4th cycle ... This is The Voice!

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Interview: Vendulka Wichta

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Last week we saw the lovely Vendulka leaving the show, when Nat decided to keep Shiane Hawke over her. Despite I'm still pissed I won't be seeing my fave contestant again this season,  I remain positive we'll get to see her again in the future, after all, she's only 14. She was nice enough to answer some questions for us reacently and this is the result. If you ever wondered what's her name's origin or maybe you wanted to know where she got her backpack from, this is your chance to find out!

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X Factor UK 2012: Auditions 7

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I usually write a big dramatic introduction about how the talent so far is really quite impressive or about how the standard is higher this year but as this is the final auditions show of the year, all I'll say is this. Let's get ready to rumble!

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X Factor Philippines 2012: Top 6 Highlights

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Exquisite Joan Da left the competition last week after failing to impress once more and ending in the B2 along Allen, who arguably delivered her best performance yet. For the remaining six contestants, the theme is songs by Eraserheads and Rivermaya, two Filipino's popular groups during the 90s. I've not many expectations for tonight but hopefully, someone can impress me.

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X Factor UK 2012: Auditions 6

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We're already near the end of the auditions stage of The X Factor as Gary, Tulisa (or Tulisha according to one of last week's auditionees), Louis and the assortment of guest judges including permanent judge Nicole Scherzinger and whilst we've seen plenty of talent, I'm still hoping for a few more standout auditionees in the last double bill. So tonight as auditions hit London, Manchester and Glasgow and Rita Ora, Leona Lewis, Mel B and Anastacia join the panel, will we see the winner tonight?

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X Factor US Season 2: Auditions 2

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Season 2 came back guns blazing last night with an entertaining premiere but unfortunately, ratings were rather disappointing , though I suspect that is due to the direct competition with The Voice. Hopefully tonight's episode will attract more viewers and showcase some more talented contestants. Everybody sit back and relax ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Philippines 2012: Top 7 Highlights

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Boyband Take Off left the competition last week, when they faced Joan Da in the B2, who arguably, gave her best performance to date. There's only 1 Group remaining, 2 Girls, 3 Boys and 1 Over. The remaining 7 contestants will be singing songs from the 80s, a boring and predictable theme, though it should give us some good performances.

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 3

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Tonight wraps up The Voice's three day S3 premiere. It has been an exciting week of auditions and tonight will hopefully not disappoint ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor US Season 2: Auditions 1 (Premiere)

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The highly anticipated sophomore season of the X Factor US has finally arrived. Simon Cowell and LA Reid are back with popstar Britney Spears and teen star Demi Lovato joining them as judges. Will it crash and burn or will it be able to find a star?

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X Factor Australia 2012: Judges Houses

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Super-bootcamp proved to be one of the toughest challenges yet, with multiple contestants, including fan faves Bella Ferraro and Josh Brookes, crashing under the pressure and forgetting their words. Tonight, the remaining 24 contestants will be jetted to NY and London for the Judges Houses, my favourite stage of the competition. Who'll impress the mentors and make it to  the liveshows and which fave will crash and burn? ... It's time to face the music!

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American idol Tour 2012 Cincinnati Ohio Review!

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Yesterday, I attended the American Idol Tour 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio and what a show it was. I have always dreamed of getting to attend one of these concerts and it finally happened. So, lets get started!

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 2

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The three night extravaganza continues as the second episode of The Voice's fall cycle airs tonight.

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X Factor Germany 2012: Auditions 4

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Poland born Anna Hodowaniec proved to be an unexpected surprise, shocking everyone with her fantastic "Listen" cover. The auditions keep getting better and the talent is still there, if they don't screw up during bootcamp and send the good contestants home, this can finally be the year we find an amazing winner ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 1 (Premiere)

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It's time for another season of The Voice. Who's excited? I am! Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton return in the hopes of finding the next Voice of America in a three night premiere of the first fall cycle of The Voice. Who'll have what it takes to be crowned the winner?

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X Factor UK 2012: Auditions 5

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I won't lie, I feel like The X Factor isn't living up to normal standards, too much focus on stories and messing around and not enough singing. Apart from that, so far, there are only a handful of acts who have seriously impressed me. Last night wasn't much better than the infamous Week 2 auditions earlier in the series where even the press picked up on the serious lack of talent shown during the programme. I don't know why but for some reason, the outstanding talent appears to be few and far between. Let's hope that tonight is a bit better! Tonight the panel are joined by Leona Lewis and Nicole Scherzinger as the show hits London and Manchester!

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Message: Hey, I'm Kody!

Hello readers, my name is Kody and I will be recapping The Voice US and The X Factor US. I would just like to introduce myself and say hello to all of you out there who will be reading my blogs. I plan to put a lot of hard work into these blogs and make them entertaining along with giving my thoughts about the contestants.

Last night was the premiere of The Voice US which I was unable to watch due to the fact that I was attending my very first American Idol concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. I will be doing a full recap of the concert. So, be sure to check that out too!

Hope to get some good conversation going on about these shows, and I hope you guys enjoy!

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Kody
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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Blind Audiions 3

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A new bunch of contestants surprised us last week, with the likes of Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Nicola Ebbink and Ivar Oosterloo shining on stage. Who will impress us tonight?  ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor UK 2012: Auditions 4

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Four shows in and still no serious contenders in the groups category, it really is looking like the Groups may have a poor year after Little Mix's victory last year. However, tonight promises to offer us something more as the show travels to Liverpool where Geri Haliwell AKA Annoying Spice (she's Ginger Spice, don't worry Spice Girls fans) joins the panel and proceeds to annoy everyone.

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Michael Schulte: "Jump Before We Fall" Video

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He may have only placed 3rd during the first season of The Voice of Germany but that didn't stop Michael from recording an album, "Wide Awake", which he intends to release on September 28 via Very Us Records. His sophomore single,  "Jump Before We Fall", hits the stores on  September 14 and if you aren't already planning on buying it, you better start saving money right now. The song is totally different from his debut single "Carry Me Home", it's much more upbeat and catchy, while still in the alternative style he sported during the show. Let me tell you this, you won't regret it.

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Rebecca Ferguson: "Backtrack" Video

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XF S7's runner-up is unveiling her newest single, "Backtrack", which will be featured on her album's re-release, along with new songs "Good Days, Bad Days" and "I'll Count the Days" and covers "Take Care" and "Strange & Beautiful". To me, "Backtrack" is one of her best songs to date, it's got a dance-ish vibe, which I've always said works perfectly with her soulful voice, and is also extremely catchy. The new single hit the stores on October 14, with "Heaven" hitting the stores a day later.

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X Factor Germany 2012: Auditions 3

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The XF kept showing a lot of promise in it's second episode, with the highlight  being returnee Barne Heimbucher, who wowed the judges with his unique take on Justin Nozuka's "After Tonight". I'm slowly restoring my faith in this show, I think it may finally find a talented bunch of contestants this year. Let's hope I'm not wrong ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Blind Auditions 2

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We witnessed a great start last week with Sandra van Nieuwland stealing the show with a haunting cover of Usher's "More", which also gave her a #1 spot at the iTunes store. Will someone make such a big impact on us tonight?.  ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Philippines 2012: Top 8 Highlights

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Boring Modesto Taran left the competition the past week, with even his own mentor voting to eliminate him. This week, the contestants will be singing original pinoy music and 8 will become 7. Will a new fave emerge tonight or will an old fave continue its race to the top?

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X Factor Australia 2012: Super Bootcamp

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The auditions proved that the talent this year is higher than ever and since the bar has been raised, bootcamp will now feature 4 times the judges. In previous editions the categories were divided prior to bootcamp, this time, the remaining contestants will have to face the 4 judges and also, a live audience. Who'll survive? Who'll crumble under pressure? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Auditions 3

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It wouldn't be The X Factor if an auditions show wasn't 55% random chat, 35% adverts and 10% singing. And whilst last week was more 64% Rubbish 35% Adverts and 1% Good singing, the show has managed to convince me to watch again this week as everyone's favourite grumpy Spice Girl Mel B rejoins the panel in Manchester for a third time and Anastacia travels to Glasgow to join the panel where she's hoping to find some incredible talent. So will we find the next big superstar or will we end up with the next tuneless wannabe who ends up on Celebrity Big Brother a few months later?

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