JLS: Eyes Wide Open – the 10th anniversary of an intimate 21st century pop film

When pop bands get to a certain level of success - hit singles and albums, stacks of awards and sellout tours, it's safe to say they've reached national ubiquity and adoration. It is therefore not out the question, then, to mark this transition into absolute phenomenon via their first big screen outing. But it's a … Continue reading JLS: Eyes Wide Open – the 10th anniversary of an intimate 21st century pop film

JLS: a retrospective piece on the 10th anniversary of their debut album

It's funny how much has changed in ten years. Not least of all The X Factor. Once the cornerstone and an unmissable powerhouse of Saturday night entertainment on ITV, pulling in 16m viewers at its peak, it actually once did what it said on the tin and produced stars. Nowadays, it's a pitiful and irrelevant … Continue reading JLS: a retrospective piece on the 10th anniversary of their debut album

#SongoftheWeek: Aston Merrygold – ‘Poison Ivy’

ARTIST: Aston Merrygold SONG: Poison Ivy SO ALEX, WHY IS THIS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK? When we last wrote about Aston Merrygold, it was November 2017, when he'd suffered the injustice of being booted out half way through that year's series of BBC celebrity ballroom contest Strictly Come Dancing. (It's still a sore subject … Continue reading #SongoftheWeek: Aston Merrygold – ‘Poison Ivy’

An open letter regarding recent events on Strictly Come Dancing

Hello all, It's hard to have escaped anyone's notice that this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing has suddenly become talked about by everyone and anyone this last week - and not necessarily for the right reasons. I have now been watching the show since it's second series (the Jill Halfpenny series to everyone else) in … Continue reading An open letter regarding recent events on Strictly Come Dancing