The Voice that faded to just a whisper: As BBC show returns, 2012 winner revealed to have no album, no tours and a flop single…Leanne Mitchell, 29, failed to enter the top 40 with her first singleManagement suggested she has been reluctant to engage in publicity Lack of success calls into question show's credibility as springboardJudge Tom Jones accused her record label of mismanaging her careerMiss Mitchell soon to release an autobiography called Finding My Voice Will.i.am said: ‘The best artist does not always get the most votes’ -winner-revealed-album-tours-flop-single-.html” } }); Mismanagement: Sir Tom Jones, who mentored Miss Mitchell to victory last year, accused her record label, Universal Music, of mismanaging her career Some of last year’s runners-up, including Tyler James (left) and Bo Bruce (right), have enjoyed more success Perhaps surprisingly, given her young age and lack of starting career success, the singer will release an autobiography, entitled Finding My Voice, on April 18. A source on the BBC show said: ‘Leanne’s trajectory since The Voice has been a disappointment. She has not been the best advert for the show.’ Some of last year’s runners-up appear to have achieved far more
Classic hits that only got to No. 2 …and the very surprising rivals that kept them off the top spotThe Rolling Stones, Oasis and Wham among those finishing second best | UPDATED: 00:52 GMT, 29 December 2012 Some of the most iconic songs in pop only made it to No. 2 in the charts — and you won't believe it when you find out who beat them to the top
China forces EVERY internet user to register their real name in new free speech crackdownNew rules follow use of popular microblogs to expose official corruptionRegulations could restrict access to Western sites | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 28 December 2012 The Chinese government launched a new assault on free speech online today by requiring all internet users to register their real names. The new rule comes in the wake of the runaway success of Weibo, a micro-blogging service similar to Twitter which has exposed corruption and other abuses of official power. The country's rubber-stamp legislature approved the controversial measures at the closing meeting of a five-day session
You're on candied camera! Amazing portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mona Lisa made out of GUMMY BEARS | UPDATED: 22:23 GMT, 24 December 2012 Through the ages, artists have created pictures in many different ways – but Johannes Cordes has had sweet success with a very unusual technique.
50 Sheds of Grey spoof leaves original in the shade: Book outsells original in past two weeksPastiche that skewers Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon outsells original over last fortnight The book follows a man torn between his wife's sexual adventurism and spending time in his beloved shed PUBLISHED: 23:32 GMT, 23 December 2012 | UPDATED: 23:33 GMT, 23 December 2012 An erotic book based around a garden shed does not sound like an instant bestseller. But when it is a clever parody of this year’s most talked about racy novel, it is a recipe for success.
'A whole 5 off – and signed, too!': Yes, that's Pippa's frank admission on how she's now shifting copies of her (rather rudely reviewed) party tips bookPippa Middleton signed discounted copies of her book at a pub in Stanford DIngley, Berkshire'Her Royal Hotness' has launched a tireless book-signing blitzkrieg in an attempt to turn struggling sales around | UPDATED: 10:48 GMT, 16 December 2012 It surely wasn’t what she – or the publisher who stumped up a 400,000 advance – expected. But Pippa Middleton’s party-planning book has struggled to sell after attracting an avalanche of unkind reviews blasting its advice as ‘glaringly obvious’. If she is disheartened, however, ‘Her Royal Hotness’ isn’t showing it – and has even launched a tireless book-signing blitzkrieg in an attempt to turn things around
India becomes latest nation to succumb to S&M craze as conservative nation opens up about sex | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 15 December 2012 India may have a reputation as a conservative society where sex is still a taboo subject, but that image could be fading fast. The Asian giant is yet another nation to be swept up in the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, with the best-selling erotic trilogy encouraging S&M fans to come out of the closet for the first time
'Miracle' gas gives hope to babies brain-damaged at birthBirth asphyxia occurs in one or two out of 1,000 deliveries in developed countries | UPDATED: 05:19 GMT, 2 December 2012 A ‘miracle’ gas that occurs naturally in the air could help reduce incidence of brain damage in newborns.
Downton vs the Midwife at Christmas: ITV and BBC dramas will clash in big day's rating battle The two shows are due to overlap for 15 minutes on Christmas Day Call the Midwife's 75-minute festive special is due to start at 8pm, while Downton Abbey will be broadcast at 9pm | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 27 November 2012 Get set to press record. Two of our favourite TV shows could be battling it out on Christmas Day. At 8pm, Call the Midwife fans will settle down to watch a 75-minute festive special on BBC1