There are few things funnier that journalists mistaking one band for another. Especially when those bands are rivals. And one US reporter on the red carpet at last week’s VMAs thought she was talking to One Direction when it was actually The Wanted she had in front her. Oops.
Introducing the boys with the words, “Everyone is excited to see you guys. One Direction! One Direction!” set the hapless hack up for a fall, but Max George seized the opportunity to claim that he too was looking forward to seeing Harry Styles and the lads, joking: “They’re our number one.”
When asked what they thought made the VMAs different from other award ceremonies, Nathan deadpanned: “The fact that The Wanted are there. Their song Glad You Came is just amazing.”
“I’ve actually met them and they are really, really cool,” added Max, as Nathan claimed that The Wanted’s new single was “better than ours”.
And she never once realised her mistake, even after they’d gone. Someone’s probably told her now though. Cringe.
We hope you haven’t just eaten. Britney Spears and Simon Cowell have been exchanging flirty tweets.
The stomach turning “twirting” all started when Simon took to Twitter to write: “I spent the day with Britney. She really is quite charming,” after filming with the new American X Factor judge.
Britney then cheekily replied: “Oh now you want to be nice! Hehe. U are quite charming yourself… today was fun !”
Ugh. However, Cowell’s Twitter charm didn’t have the same effect on Cheryl Cole, who has returned to the UK version of the show despite being axed by him from the US one (are you still with us?)
Simon tweeted: “Welcome back Cheryl”, but the former Ms Cole responded waspishly with: “I saw Simon’s tweet. I’m not doing this for him. I am doing this for Gary as he’s my friend and he asked me to do it.”
It’s common to hear bands say they don’t read their reviews, or even listen to their own records. But we’ve often wondered if they can resist searching for themselves on YouTube. So we’re glad Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons has confessed to watching himself from every angle.
Mumford, whose band releases their new album Babel this month, has revealed that their recent festival appearance with Bruce Springsteen was such a highlight he can’t stop watching fan-filmed footage of the gig.
“We watched his set from behind the monitor desk,” explained Marcus. “Then, halfway through Hungry Heart, he nodded at us and waved us on stage. He grabbed me round the neck and shoved the microphone in my face. Have I watched the YouTube footage? Absolutely, from every single angle. I never watch our band, but I’ll never stop watching that.”
Well, it makes a change from watching a baby monkey riding on a pig.
With all the excitement of the Olympics, most of us have forgotten about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. But not Gary Barlow who claims he’s not stoppedl celebrating it.
Of course, Gazza has a reason to be still waving his union jack – he organised the pop concert. And the Take That star has told GQ magazine it was the highlight of his year.
“It’s got to be the jubilee. Really it has,” Gary enthused. “You look down and there’s Prince Charles. The crowd was all down The Mall – as far as you could see, people’s heads. Now I just sit and think, ‘That’s probably as good as its gonna get.’ I’m still celebrating.”
But despite being given an OBE for his efforts, Gary insists he’s still got a lot more to achieve, saying:
“I never want to get to the point where I think, ‘I’ve done it all now and I’ve been awarded – I’m done, good night.”
Or should that be ‘good Knight’? The words “arise Sir Barlow” can’t be far off…
It used to be that only groups who weren’t around anymore got tribute acts, like ABBA or The Beatles. But now it seems no group is safe from having a bunch of herberts imitating their every move. But Kasabian have chosen to embrace their clones.
The Shoot The Runner rockers have told the NME that they’re so impressed with tribute band Kazabian that they’re planning to collaborate.
“I’ve been keeping tabs on them for ages,” admitted singer Tom Meighan. “They’re (bleeping) frightening, they’re so good.
“I went on the website to check them out. I was like, ‘Oh my god – they’d mimicked everything perfectly.’ It might happen that we’ll put them on instead of us one day.
“The best thing is, if I change my haircut, he’s got to change his, he’s got to keep up. I think he’s a lot shorter than me, their guy, but the characteristics are bang on and their Serge is frighteningly good.”
Hmm. How do we know we’ve not been watching the fake Kasabian all along?