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Russell Watson's new lease of life

You have to make the most of everyday that comes along

– Russell Watson

One of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, Russell Watson joined our sofa today to talk about his latest album, True Stories. He started as a Mancunian bolt cutter who then went on to spend 16 years at the top of the classical charts.

In the interview Russell speaks on meeting and performing for President-elect Donald trumps 15 years ago: "He had nice things to say about me so I liked him at the time."
But would he perform at Donald Trumps inauguration if he gets asked? We asked him.

Russell then went on to speak on recovering from his brain tumour and his new lease of life, telling us: "Live life to the absolute fullest".

Should bosses be tracking their staff's every move?

Bosses are spying on staff using a Big Brother-style tracker to monitor their every move.

The high-tech device records sleep patterns, fitness, productivity and can even analyse emotions.

We spoke to recruitment agency boss Jane Vincent who used the tracking system and saw productivity levels rise and said it enabled her to pay staff correctly.

However, winner of the first series of The Apprentice Tim Campbell MBE disagrees and says it's a bad idea.

What do you think? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook pages!

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Third of young teens willing to have surgery and crash diet

It's not just a girl issue, it's a boy issue as well

– Nadia Mendoza

More than a third of 11 to 16 year olds are willing to do "whatever it takes" to look good, including cosmetic surgery and crash diets.

What's more, new research has found youngsters often isolate themselves because of body image anxiety.

Nadia Mendoza, Digital Showbiz Editor at the Daily Star and member of the Self Esteem Team, wants to raise awareness of the issue and get more people to educate children about body image.

I say embrace the unfiltered picture

– Susanna Reid

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Theresa May prepares for one of her most important speeches since she became Prime Minister. It follows growing pressure to reveal her Brexit plans, but risks exposing deep splits in the Conservative party. On the show we’re joined by Iain Duncan Smith and Chuka Umunna to discuss further.

  2. Are children too concerned about their body image? Almost a third of 11 to 16 year olds isolate themselves because of body image anxiety according to a YMCA report. Researchers spoke to more than 2,000 secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16 years old and found that more than a third (36%) were willing to do whatever it takes to look good and that nearly two thirds (63%) said what other people think of their looks is important to them.

  3. The increasing pressures on the NHS could result in a rise in dangerous births. Low staffing levels mean that half of women (50%) experience at least one red-flag event during childbirth, according to a new report from the National Federation of Womens Institutes (NFWI) and NCT today. According to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), red flag events are signs that there may not be enough midwives available to give women and babies the care they need, for example, having to wait more than 30 minutes to get pain relief or over an hour to be given stitches.

  4. School breakfast clubs are becoming increasingly important to parents working patterns . A third of working mums believe they would have to give up work if it wasn't for school breakfast clubs. A fifth of working parents admit to never sitting down and eating breakfast with their children. The Parents Lifeline Study revealed that more than a quarter (27%) of parents feel the absence of a breakfast club would mean at least one parent would be forced out of work, with more mums (33%) than dads bearing this burden.

  5. Are our bosses spying on us? Employers across Britain and North America are fitting their staff with wearable tracker devices to monitor their fitness, productivity and stress levels 24 hours a day. At least four companies - including a major bank and part of the NHS - are using 'sociometric badges' to measure the conditions of their staff.

'I've had more tweets about my mum than my audition!'

Fame's not ever anything that I've been chasing. I just love music.

– Charlie Drew

Charlie Drew stormed the blind auditions on The Voice on Saturday night, causing Will.i.am to admit that he regretting not turning his chair... and that he won't hesitate to steal him!

However the singing hopeful told us he's more than happy in the "safe hands" of Welsh singing sensation Tom Jones.

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Gove: Trump has 'honied words for almost everyone'

He had very warm words for [Theresa May] and Britain generally

– Michael Gove MP

Michael Gove joined us this morning fresh from his interview with President-elect Donald Trump to tell us what the controversial man is really like.

The MP, who spoke to America's next leader for The Times, revealed Trump is warmer and less aggressive than he seems on Twitter - and that "he has honied words for almost everyone" - even our Prime Minister with whom relations have been rather frosty.

The East End meets Strictly

I think I'm the happiest I've been in the 36 or 37 years in the business

– Shane Richie

The mean streets of the East End joined forces with the dancing world of Strictly when Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore joined us on the sofa to discuss their new play Not Dead Enough.

Laura revealed the number of kissing scenes they had and of course we couldn't let Shane leave without asking him about Redwater, the EastEnders spin off series featuring Kat and Alfie.

With all of Shane's great work over the last three decades, is he our new national treasure? He has a thumbs up from us!