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Tulisa said she could get "white sweets," court hears

Former X factor judge and N-Dubz star Tulisa told an undercover reporter she could get hold of "white sweets" in an apparent reference to cocaine, a court heard.

The five-star Dorchester Hotel in London where the drugs deal with an undercover reporter took place.
The five-star Dorchester Hotel in London where the drug deal with an undercover reporter took place. Credit: PA

The singer "did not negotiate the price or amount" but "did all she could to make a supply of cocaine happen," prosecutor Tim Cray said.

He added Tulisa's role in the deal at London's Dorchester Hotel in May last year was "instrumental."

Tulisa's 'close friend' Mike GLC, whose real name is Michael Coombs, has already pleaded guilty to supplying 13.9g of cocaine.
Tulisa's 'close friend' Mike GLC, whose real name is Michael Coombs, has already pleaded guilty to supplying 13.9g of cocaine. Credit: PA

The trial at Southwark Crown Court continues.

Tulisa 'helped supply drugs to secure Hollywood film'

Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos helped supply cocaine to an undercover reporter because she thought he was a Hollywood film producer who could "get her a part in a big movie," a court has heard.

Tulisa arriving at Southwark Crown Court.
Tulisa arriving at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: ITV News

The 26-year-old singer allegedly boasted she could "sort out" drugs for a man she knew as Samir Khan but who was actually Sun on Sunday journalist Mazher Mahmood, also known as the 'fake sheikh.'

Southwark Crown Court heard she was "keen to be in his good books" to get the part with Leonardo DiCaprio as her possible co-star.

She put Mr Mahmood in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC who supplied the cocaine at a late-night rendezvous at London's five-star Dorchester Hotel last May, jurors heard.

The singer also allegedly bragged that her ex-boyfriend was a "major cocaine dealer" and she used to be part of a gang who sold crack cocaine.

Mike GLC, whose real name is Michael Coombs, 36, pleaded guilty on Monday to supplying half an ounce (13.9g) of cocaine for £860.

Prosecutor Tim Cray told jurors Tulisa was "instrumental" in setting up the deal.

She denies one charge of being concerned with the supply of class A drugs. The trial continues.

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X Factor's Sam Bailey signs autobiography book deal

Winner of The X Factor Sam Bailey is hoping to climb a new chart - after signing a book deal for her autobiography.

The singer- who is expecting her third child later this year - will be be making a bid for the bestseller lists when her book is published in November.

Former prison officer turned singer Sam Bailey has signed a book deal for her autobiography which will be on sale in November.
Former prison officer turned singer Sam Bailey has signed a book deal for her autobiography which will be on sale in November. Credit: PA

Publisher Blink said the former prison officer - who reached number one with her debut single Skyscraper - will "talk openly and honestly about her rise to fame" in the book.

Bailey said: "The last year has been such an amazing journey for me. I feel so lucky, excited and privileged to be able to share it with everyone."

Read: Caroline Flack quits The Xtra Factor after three years

Caroline Flack quits Xtra Factor after three years

Caroline Flack.
Caroline Flack. Credit: PA

TV presenter Caroline Flack has announced she will not be returning to host X Factor spin off the Xtra Factor for a fourth series.

The 34-year-old said on her Twitter page: "I have a lil announcement," before revealing the news.

A statement then read: "Heyyyyyy! After three brilliant years of hosting Xtra Factor its time to pass the baton. It's been incredible and I'll never forget it.

She joked: "How can I when I am married to Louis Walsh? It's all he ever talks about at home.

"I wish the new team all the best and look forward to watching the new series."

Ella Henderson's debut single set to be number 1

Ella Henderson who is tipped to hit number 1 spot with debut single this weekend.
Ella Henderson who is tipped to hit number 1 spot with debut single this weekend. Credit: PA

X Factor loser Ella Henderson need not have worried about winning the show as she looks set to top the charts this weekend with her debut single Ghost.

The 18-year-old failed to make the quarter finals of the talent show in 2012 but was snapped up by Simon Cowell's label Syco.

Midweek figures from the Official Charts Company revealed she has already sold more than 78,000 copies of her new track.

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Mel B to spice up the X Factor judging panel

Spice Girl Mel B will complete this year's X Factor judging line-up alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.

The 39-year-old appeared as a guest judge on the panel in 2012, as well as both the American and Australian versions of the show, but this time she is sticking around for the series.

Mel B arriving for the X Factor auditions at Manchester in 2012.
Mel B arriving for the X Factor auditions at Manchester in 2012. Credit: PA

"Honesty is the best policy – right? And that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year, whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong," the former Spice Girl said.

Simon Cowell, who is back on the panel for the first time since 2010, said: "I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a Judge. I thought she was fantastic as a guest Judge."

Louis Walsh signs up for more of The X Factor

Louis Walsh has finally signed on the dotted line for the new series of The X Factor, he confirmed on the Colm Hayes radio show.

The longest-serving judge revealed, "I knew I was doing the show but I just signed the deal and I'm very happy with it. At my age you have to keep working!"

Louis Walsh has now signed on the dotted line for the new series of The X Factor. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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The fourth judge is still to be announced, although Spice Girl Mel B - who has previously made guest appearances on the panel - is said to be the frontrunner.

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Spoof X Factor musical to close after only six weeks

Spoof X Factor musical I Can't Sing! is to close on May 10, just six weeks and three days after opening. The show, written by comic Harry Hill, opened on March 26 in London's West End.

Preview performances were postponed twice in a week with producers citing technical problems.

Ashley Knight (as Louis Walsh), Victoria Elliott (as Jordy), Nigel Harman (as Simon Cowell) and Simon Bailey (as Liam O'Deary) Credit: PA

Rebecca Quigley, chief executive of Stage Entertainment UK, said: "We are sad to be bringing I Can't Sing! to a close but are immensely proud to have co-produced the show [...] The West End can be an unpredictable place as the closure of a number of high profile productions recently has shown.

"I Can't Sing! has had audiences on their feet night after night, four and five-star reviews from the critics and an amazing company and creative team, but it seems that isn't always enough."

People who have already bought tickets for performances due to be held after May 10 were urged to contact their original point of purchase.

X Factor winner Sam Bailey shares 3-D baby scan

X Factor winner Sam Bailey, who is pregnant with her third child, has shared a 3-D scan of the baby with her 345,000 Twitter followers.

The 36-year-old former prison officer, who won the last series of the ITV talent show, also revealed that she and her partner Craig are expecting a girl - news that was not welcomed by her young son:

More: Sam Bailey hits back at critics over pregnancy

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