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X Factor judge Simon Cowell ‘feared he had broken his neck’ during ‘terrifying’ fall down stairs

WHEN SIMON COWELL missed the first live X Factor show after a fall, he was ribbed mercilessly by his fellow judges. But the plunge down his stairs was no laughing matter – he feared he had suffered…

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WHEN SIMON COWELL missed the first live X Factor show after a fall, he was ribbed mercilessly by his fellow judges.

But the plunge down his stairs was no laughing matter – he feared he had suffered a crippling injury.

 Simon Cowell revealed he feared he'd broken his neck during a fall down the stairs of his London homeGetty – Contributor Simon Cowell revealed he feared he'd broken his neck during a fall down the stairs of his London home

Speaking in depth about the incident for the first time, Simon said: “I was lying on my back thinking, ‘I hope I haven’t broken my neck’.

“But the NHS staff were the most amazing people I’ve ever met, genuinely. Fortunately it was all fine.”

Speaking at the Music Industry Trust award night for Sony boss Rob Stringer at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Simon also admitted he hasn’t told young son Eric about the accident on October 27.

He said: “He probably would have told me off, and I didn’t want to worry him. He’s only three.”

 Simon said he hasn't told three-year-old son Eric about his fallRex Features Simon said he hasn't told three-year-old son Eric about his fall

Despite returning to the show at the weekend, the X Factor still struggled to keep up with Strictly in the Saturday ratings.

But since his fall, Simon has a changed view on such matters.

He explained: “It does make you realise what’s truly important in life.”

 The music mogul made the return to The X Factor last weekend for the first time since the tumbleRex Features The music mogul made the return to The X Factor last weekend for the first time since the tumble Simon Cowell gives a thumbs up after being rushed to hospital, fainting the day before X Factor live shows start

Now Simon is looking to build on the fact that the ITV show has already put two acts in the iTunes download chart.

By Christmas, he wants the acts to dominate the top ten.

Simon said: “Five in the top ten would be amazing, that’s really what it’s all about.”

It’s an ambitious target – but if anyone can do it, Simon can.

Simon Cowell returns to The X Factor after missing previous week due to injury

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Saara bid fin-ished

THE BBC will be kicking itself after hearing SAARA AALTO’s latest news.

Just last week I revealed Auntie had tapped up last year’s X Factor runner-up to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal next year.

But Saara has now decided to represent her home country of Finland after getting a better offer.

 Saara Aalto has decided to represent her homeland of Finland in next year's EurovisionBEAK COMMS PR Saara Aalto has decided to represent her homeland of Finland in next year's Eurovision

In an exclusive interview in capital Helsinki, the singer revealed: “I am very honoured and very excited to be representing Finland next year.

"I have really wanted this for years so I am very, very excited and this is the perfect timing.

“I can use all the experience from X Factor UK. I know what I’m doing on a big stage.

“It’s going to be my biggest performance yet.”

 The X Factor winner had previously been in talks to represent the UK in the singing competition in PortugalBEAK COMMS PR The X Factor winner had previously been in talks to represent the UK in the singing competition in Portugal

She will be teaming up with X Factor’s creative director BRIAN FRIEDMAN on production for her Eurovision set.

Saara’s entry comes after I revealed she had cut ties with SIMON COWELL and Sony and signed a record deal with Warner instead.

She’s certainly got a big year ahead.

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    She told Now: “Charley doesn’t have any children and we talk about it.”

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RISING star RAYE has already worked with LITTLE MIX, RITA ORA and RIHANNA.

And now she has another huge name to add to her ever-growing list of collaborations.

The Brit singer has revealed she has been in the studio with grime king STORMZY.

 Raye has revealed she has been in the studio 'working on new stuff' with grime king Stormzy Raye has revealed she has been in the studio 'working on new stuff' with grime king Stormzy

In an exclusive interview, Raye said: “Stormzy is a really good friend of mine, we did a song together about a year and a bit ago.

“He’s amazing, I love him so much. We are working together on new stuff.

"We’ve had a lot of ideas and stuff that we’ve put down together so we’ll see what happens.”

 The news follows the release of Raye's no-nonsense track about getting over an ex DeclineGetty – Contributor The news follows the release of Raye's no-nonsense track about getting over an ex Decline

She also hinted that she could work with JONAS BLUE again, adding: “He’s my guy. We write a lot together so watch this space.”

It comes after she released her no-nonsense track Decline last week, about getting over an ex.

If Raye’s new work is as good as her latest tune, it will be a huge hit.

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Who is Megan McKenna? The Only Way Is Essex star and singer who dated Harry Eden and Pete Wicks

MEGAN McKenna is arguably the biggest star to star on The Only Way is Essex in recent years. She has also been on the box with a new reality show There’s Something About Megan and had a successful …

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MEGAN McKenna is arguably the biggest star to star on The Only Way is Essex in recent years.

She has also been on the box with a new reality show There’s Something About Megan and had a successful single, giving Taylor Swift a run for her money – but lost her beau Pete Wicks in the process. Here's the latest on the Towie star…

 Here's what you need to know about Megan Here's what you need to know about Megan

Who is Megan McKenna?

Born Megan Elizabeth McKenna on September 26 1992, Megan is the eldest of two sisters.

She grew up alongside her little sister Milly in Woodbridge, Essex.

Before becoming a reality star, Megan had wanted to pursue a career in music, and attended ArtsEd Theatre School as a teen.

Although she also played violin, she focused on becoming a singer, and first appeared on our screens on Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

She joined Towie in early 2016, but by late 2017 she announced she was taking some "time off". It is not known when she'll return.

 Megan joined the TOWIE cast as Pete Wick's girlfriend in 2016 - and it's been a rollercoaster ever sinceXposure Megan joined the TOWIE cast as Pete Wick's girlfriend in 2016 – and it's been a rollercoaster ever since

What is happening between Megan and Pete Wicks?

Megan and Pete started dating around April 2016 and things progressed when she joined Towie.

They even talked of “love” until they were rocked by a sex text scandal in September last year.

The couple reunited a few months later and were officially back together by December that year.

However, their rollercoaster romance hit the skids again in March 2017 and they split again.

They have now split once more and emotional scenes aired on Towie on October 18.

Did Megan cheat on Pete?

Soon after their break up, Megan was seen connected to her old flame, Harry Eden.

Liam Gatsby later threw himself into the mix and sensationally claimed he has evidence to prove Megan cheated on Pete – something her friends have strenuously denied.

One told The Sun Online: “Clearly as Gatsby has no storylines he feels the need to make up lies about Towie’s biggest character in order to get some air time.” Megan and Harry were dating casually, but as of November 2017, that has fizzled out and Megan is now single.  Megan is back with new show There's Something About MeganITVBe Megan is back with new show There's Something About Megan

What other shows has Megan been on besides Towie?

Megan appeared on BGT alongside a pal and got through to the semi-finals with their performance as singing duo Harmony in 2009.

Susan Boyle and Diversity also participated that year.

In 2015, she became a cast member on the third series of MTV's Ex on the Beach, which was set in Mexico.

She returned for the fourth series with then-boyfriend Jordan Davies – and they became engaged during the finale but split four months later.

In early 2016, she joined the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother – and became a household name.

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Who is Georgia Kousoulou? The Only Way Is Essex star, swimwear designer and Tommy Mallet’s girlfriend

THE latest series of Towie is up and running – with all the usual spats, break-ups, make-ups and trips to the salon. Here’s all you need to know about curvy stunner Georgia Kousoulou wh…

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THE latest series of Towie is up and running – with all the usual spats, break-ups, make-ups and trips to the salon.

Here's all you need to know about curvy stunner Georgia Kousoulou who's part of the glamorous cast and as one half of the "power couple" with her boyfriend of three years, Tommy Mallet…

Action shot ☀️👙

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:55am PST

Who is Georgia Kousoulou? What's her background?

26-year-old Georgia was brought up in Essex by her mother and Greek father.

You're most likely to see her knocking about with friends Lydia Bright and Chloe Lewis.

She is a straight-talking girl who puts loyalty first and isn't afraid to speak her mind.

In the first few seasons, she proudly displayed her hourglass figure announcing she was "repping it for the curvy girls".

She continues to do so, although she has definitely become more trim in the last year or so.

I think I was born to live in the sun & be a life guard ☀️👙

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:23am PST

When did Georgia Kousoulou join Towie?

Georgia joined the Towie cast in 2014 for the 11th series. Other cast members to join at the same time included Fran Parman and Grace Andrews, although neither of them are still on the show.

Georgia is still a prominent character on the show, with her story-lines revolving around her increasingly solid relationship with Tommy Mallet and her bust-ups and make-ups with the girls.

Dinner nights ❤️ Love my "LUCY" dress #BYGEORGIAK @my_uniquelook £30 BUT you can get 20% off with code TREAT .. we all need treats in January 😘www.myuniquelook.com (link in bio)

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 22, 2017 at 9:03am PST

Who has Georgia Kousoulou dated?

Georgia and Tommy Mallet's relationship has become a staple of the show but it didn't start off very well.

When they first got together Georgia gave Tommy a set of rules that he shouldn't break for their new romance to blossom but viewers weren't impressed when he broke them immediately by being rude to her in front of her friends.

Despite the shaky start, the pair have grown stronger together with characteristics like his fierce loyalty and clear affection for Georgia earning him a place in viewer's hearts.

Wet hair . No makeup . Just Holiday vibes ❤️

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 22, 2017 at 3:21pm PST

The Essex power couple appear to be going strong, which is unusual for the world of Towie. Perhaps it's the romantic gestures like his heartfelt message carved into pumpkins and their January get-away to Mexico.

Before Tommy came on the scene Georgia briefly toyed with the idea of dating Dan Osborne.

The pair flirted for her first two seasons, making co-star Jasmin Walia very jealous, but nothing came of their dates.

What does Georgia Kousoulou do for a living?

If our Showbiz pages are anything to go by you could be forgiven for thinking that Georgia spends her time swanning around countries with sunnier climates in high-waisted bikinis, but you would be wrong.

👙x3 😜 Tenerife 💁 Bikini @mermaids_x

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 30, 2017 at 11:53am PST

Since she first appeared on the Bafta-award winning show Georgia fronted a campaign by the Federation of Bakers to promote bread's nutritional value.

Georgia released her own swimwear brand called Summer Dreams in 2016, with the line including beachwear, swimsuits and accessories.

On her blog byGeorgiaK she said: "I am so excited to be launching my very first swimwear collection – I love the summer and love looking good by the pool and beach so this really is a dream come true for me.

"I’ve been able to express my vision and my inner Greek Goddess within the pieces."

Towie's Georgia Kousoulou has a furious argument with Amber Turner and Yazmin Oukhello 

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Who is Courtney Green? The Only Way Is Essex star, Chloe Meadows’ best friend and Myles Barnett’s girlfriend

COURTNEY Green is best pals with Chloe Meadows and used to be in a girl band with The Only Way Is Essex’s Megan McKenna and Amber Turner. The Towie favourite has made amends with Megan after …

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COURTNEY Green is best pals with Chloe Meadows and used to be in a girl band with The Only Way Is Essex's Megan McKenna and Amber Turner.

The Towie favourite has made amends with Megan after Chloe felt she was being used for 'storylines' – here's all you need to know.

 Towie's Courtney Green appeared on Celebrity Sex PodFame Flynet Towie's Courtney Green appeared on Celebrity Sex Pod

What's Courtney best known for?

The brunette is a regular on ITVBe's The Only Way Is Essex.

Courtney made her first appearance on the reality show alongside best friend Chloe Meadows.

She was working as a junior PA before rising to fame on the popular series.

 Courtney joined Towie last year with best friend Chloe MeadowsFame Flynet Courtney joined Towie last year with best friend Chloe Meadows

Is Courtney single?

Courtney had been dating co-star Myles Barnett for a couple of months before officially going out on the show.

She asked out Myles on International Women’s Day – but unfortunately, it majorly backfired.

Courtney texted Myles to tell him she was taking him out to dinner and had a surprise for him when he arrived.

Holding out a teddy bear with the words Be Mine written on it, Courtney made it clear she wanted to date Myles exclusively.

There then followed a painfully long pause and Myles asked: “You’re actually asking me out?”

Explaining her approach, Courtney said: "Yeah, well, my mum said to me that when she was my age obviously my dad asked her out and I thought ‘I’m not like everyone else’".

He then effectively rejected her and made all viewers cringe on the sofas.

But a week later he asked her to be his girlfriend… just before accusing her of being a "psycho".

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