By Mail Online Showbiz Reporter
Not so scary: Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope says Andrew Lloyd Webber wasn't as intimidating as she thought he would be
Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope says Andrew Lloyd Webber was not nearly as scary as she imagined him to be.
The 18-year-old, from Urmston in Greater Manchester, was crowned the winner of BBC1's popular talent show last Saturday.
She told Hello! magazine that while Lord Lloyd Webber - who sat on the judging panel - may seem intimidating, she felt at ease as soon as she met him.
She said: 'As soon as he shook my hand I just relaxed. I was like "Oh, you're not this scary person".'
The young musical star also said she will be moving into a central London flat on her own, and added she quickly matured after her parents split up when she was 11.
She said: 'It really made me grow up. The independence that I had to maintain and embody was the making of me now.
'I'm really grateful for that.'
Her boyfriend, fellow drama student Taylor Danson, will remain in Manchester when she moves.
Close contest: Hope went head-to-head with Sophie Evans in the final
Winner: Hope with the judging panel Lord Lloyd Webber, Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church, John Partridge and Graham Norton
Read the full interview in Hello! out now
She added: 'I haven't really been able to see him properly for the past five months and I think if we've been all right through that then it will be fine when I've moved to London.
'Obviously any relationship is going to be tested when you're in a really stressful situation but you know I'm only 18, I'm just living life as it goes along and seeing what happens.'
If she had not won, Hope would have been auditioning for drama schools, she added.
But she was worried about the financial risks.
'Even if I'd got into drama school, the fees can be £13,000 a year, so unless I got a scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to afford to go,' she said.
From next March, Hope will lead the cast of Lord Lloyd Webber's new West End production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, having captured the voting public's imagination.
Before signing up for the show she was a full-time student in Knutsford, Cheshire, with dreams of becoming a performer.
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Mike Conway goes airborne before crashing into the fencing after colliding with Ryan Hunter-Reay (37) during Indianapolis 500
This is the moment British driver Mike Conway was launched into the air at 200mph during the Indy 500 motor race.
His car catapulted into the safety fencing and disintegrated in front of hundreds of thousands of horrified spectators.
But amazingly, Conway only sustained broken leg and ligament damage.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver Mike Conway flies through the air after crashing with Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay
The car was airborne for several seconds during the penultimate lap of the race
Team owner Dennis Reinbold told how the accident happened a split second before he was about to warn Conway that other drivers were sklowing down.
'I was just getting ready to tell Mike, 'Some guys are going to slow down, so give yourself some room'' Reinbold said, his upper lip quivering. 'I never got the words out.'
With cars slowing to save fuel, the 26-year-old Briton entered the narrow short chute between turns three and four, ran into Ryan Hunter-Reay's sputtering car and flew into the catch fence.
The accident on Lap 199 prompted the final caution of the race and shook up the drivers.
'It's not comforting going underneath a car flipping in the air,' Danica Patrick said. 'I got through it, but I hope they're OK. It's never good when people are upside down and doing cartwheels
The car begins to disintegrate as it strikes the catch fencing going backwards at 200mph
This amazing image captures the split second when Conway's car slams into the fence
Horrified spectators look on as the racing car splinters apart. But, crucially, the cockpit remains intact saving Conway from serious injury
The remains of the car skids along the race track with the driver strapped inside. Because the vehicle was very low on fuel, there was no fire
Reinbold didn't even realize at first that it was Conway and teammate Ana Beatriz involved in the crash.
The small-budget team owner with four cars in Sunday's lineup had his eyes on IndyCar's biggest prize - winning the Indianapolis 500 - and decided to send Conway after it.
'We caught the pack. When you catch the pack and you're going that fast, it's a gamble,' Reinbold said. 'But it's the Indianapolis 500 and sometimes you have to take a gamble.'
Survived: Mike Conway suffered compound fracture to his left leg
The risk didn't pay off, shaking Reinbold and his team as the car was unloaded in two long pieces and the destroyed chassis was thrown into a pile of rubble.
Doctors rushed to his aid as wreckage was strewn across the track and Conway, 26, was airlifted to hospital.
His injuries were last night described as 'gruesome' and the man from Bromley in Kent faces a long fight back.
Doctors believe Conway suffered a compound fracture of his left leg, as well as tearing ligaments and tendons in his knees and ankles.
The miracle is that his injuries were not more serious given the severity of the accident that drew gasps not just from the crowd, but from the drivers coming to the end of one of the fastest and most gruelling events in the motor racing calendar.
Reinbold acknowledged series officials didn't have enough time to react to the slowing field and the hard-charging Conway.
Brian Barnhart, IndyCar president of competition and racing operations, said there was probably nothing he would have done anyway.
'It looked like the closing rate was pretty significant between the 37 and 24 and when you're in the middle of a corner like that,' Barnhart said.
'It's one of the risks that happens when you come down to the end of a race.'
Hunter-Reay, however, thought it could have been prevented another way.
'In hindsight we should have stopped for fuel,' he said. 'It's dangerous. ...
There's no runoff lane. There's no bailout procedure. You've got to slow down or you're going to hit the car in front of you.'
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Slim: Lady Gaga wears a bra and trousers combination which shows off her figure as she leaves the SHOWstudio interview today
As she emerged from a London studio showing off her slim figure in a bra, trousers and little else, it was hard to believe Lady Gaga has ever eaten anything fattening.
But the 24-year-old singer was apparently so hungry after an interview with fashion film website SHOWstudio that she sent her security guard to a local Indian restaurant to pick up a curry for her.
While it remains to be seen whether Gaga went for a korma or a jalfrezi, one thing is clear - the singer is a big fan of supporting local eateries.
Last year, following a performance on The X Factor, Gaga popped into a pub in nearby Acton for a fish and chip supper.
But today it was Indian - from restaurant Khabe near Marylebone.
The Poker Face singer was clearly peckish after her interview with SHOWstudio, in which she was quizzed by some of fashion's most famous names, including Naomi Campbell and Cathy Horyn.
Toned: The outfit highlighted Gaga's flat stomach and slim frame
Hungry: Gaga was so peckish after the interview that she sent her bodyguard to Khabe takeaway around the corner to pick up a curry
When she was asked by Campbell who she would like to duet with, she replied: 'With you Naomi! I would have loved to do a duet with Judy Garland. I would have loved to have known her.
'And John Lennon, David Bowie! And Nick Knight, but we do lots of duets together.'
Gaga also spoke about duetting with Elton John at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, saying she felt the performance marked a 'transition' in her life.
She said: 'I felt so happy, and so joyful, and so grateful! You can really see it on my face in that performance that I was just so happy.
Terrified: Gaga, seen here performing at the O2 arena tonight, is said to have spent £3,000 on ghostbusting equipment to use before her gigs
Scared: Gaga is said to be terrified of the 'bad energy' created by spirits
'It was a transition at that point, where I was beginning to build friendships with these people I admire so much. It was like the Berlin Wall falling. I felt a lot freer after that. I felt very free.'
Meanwhile, Gaga is allegedly so scared of being haunted while she is performing that she has purchased 'ghostbusting equipment' for her aides to use on tour and sweep the venues before she goes on stage.
The singer is said to have spent a staggering £3,000 on the equipment, which includes electromagnetic field readers.
Ghostbuster Dan Webb told the Daily Mirror: 'When I took the order for the kit I had no idea who it was for. But then I checked the listings and saw who was playing the O2.
'Her aide said the gear had to be robust as they were taking it on the road - so they must be doing this every where Lady Gaga is performing.'
Kelly Brook leads the maxi dress fans as Kerry Katona, Lauren Conrad and Nicole Scherzinger try out the latest fashion craze
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Los Angeles, Surrey and Malibu: Kelly Brook, Kerry Katona and Lauren Conrad all opted for maxi dresses today
The maxi dress has been adopted by celebrities as this summer's outfit of choice - whether they are popping out for coffee or on the red carpet.
Today model Kelly Brook wore a polka dot creation, teamed with red wedges, for a shopping trip at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles, California.
Back in England her fellow Brit Kerry Katona chose a white version emblazoned with jungkle flowers as she niped to the petrol station near her home in Godstone, Surrey.
In Malibu The Hills star Lauren Conrad picked a white and back tie-dye dress as she went for a drive.
And in Istanbul Nicole Scherzinger wore a colour block blue, purple and white as she cheered on triumphant Lewis Hamilton at the Turkish Grand Pix.
All four celebrities wore their dresses with glossy hair, manicured nails and a pair of designer sunglasses, to achieve the look of the season.
Date dress: Nicole Scherzinger wore a colour block maxi as she cheered on triumphant Lewis Hamilton at the Turkish Grand Pix, while Kelly and Danny Cipriani went for lunch at the Palihouse in Los Angeles
Kelly is in Los Angeles for a summer break with boyfriend Danny Cipriani.
The 30-year-old is combining some modelling assignments with a series of shopping trips, expensive meals and sun bathing.
Today she also fitted in a catch up with a pregnant friend, before heading for lunch at the upmarket Palihouse.
Catching up: Kelly Brook out shopping with some friends at the Beverly Centre today
Although she covered up in her maxi dress today, Kelly wasn't so modest in her latest modelling asignment.
To advertise Reebok slendertone trainers she posed in her underwear, doing the hoovering and cooking in her pants.
Luckily she chose a more suitable dress for her LA trip.
How do I look? Kelly tries on a necklace for size at the Beverly Hills centre
By Sarah Bull
Mind the oven! Kelly Brook promotes Reebok's EasyTone trainers by posing in a black and white pair of knickers
She has never been shy about showing off her figure.
So when the opportunity arose for Kelly Brook to promote Reebok's new EasyTone trainers, she had no problem stripping to her underwear in a rather gratuitous way of showing off the toning footwear.
Whether it's cooking in a pair of black and white striped knickers and cropped T-shirt, or doing the hoovering in a yellow vest top and lime green pair, Kelly shows whatever you are doing, you can wear EasyTones while doing it.
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She said: 'EasyTones are brilliant, it's like having a little gym built into your trainers. I wear them all the time especially if I don't have time to get to the gym and then at least I know I'm doing something for my body.
'They make your legs feel toned and bum feel pert, they are like magic shoes! I've been wearing them to tone up for the summer and have really seen a difference, which is why I didn't mind getting my hotpants on for the video.
'I had so much fun re-creating the advert - hula-hooping, trampolining, dancing around in my EasyTones. My dog Rocky even got a guest appearance in the last shot!'
Clean freak: Kelly makes sure her 'flat' is spotless as she does the hoovering in a skimpy underwear set
Glowing: The model looks stunning in the Reebok advert - showing off her famous figure and sparkling smile
Kelly, 30, isn't the only celebrity fan of the revolutionary new trainers - Helena Christensen, Kim Kardashian, Whitney Port, Miranda Kerr and Bar Refaeli have all spoken about how impressed they are by the fitness shoes.
Kelly, who is currently in Los Angeles with boyfriend Danny Cipriani, has always spoken freely about her weight, and says it's sometimes a struggle to maintain her slimline shape.
She said recently: 'I enjoy healthy food and it makes me feel good. But it’s definitely not a crazy diet, I’m not going to deny myself desserts.
Fashion icon: Kelly has been wearing flirty outfits during her time in Los Angeles with Danny Cipriani
'I always try to have three meals a day and don’t snack on bad stuff. I like to make soups, which are healthy, filling and don’t make you feel bloated. I also love making healthy fish or vegetarian dishes.'
Kelly is also the face and body of lingerie brand Ultimo, and has been showing off her amazing figure in a series of flirty outfits while in LA.
After wearing a tight heart-print dress earlier this week, Kelly stepped out in a flowery playsuit to make the most of the LA sun.
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Emotional: Dance group A3 were tearful after performing but the trio went sailing through to the semi-final
The final round of auditions for Britain's Got Talent were as bizarre as ever tonight with a miming pig, a pole dancer and a Madonna drag act all performing for judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.
There were tantrums and tears, but the most emotional moment of the night came when brothers Amukheani, Arnold and Anthony, otherwise known as A3, broke down after their performance.
'It just means so much and we've practised so hard as a family. It's all we want to do.' said Arnold.
Band of brothers: The trio from Swansea wowed the judges with their talent and commitment
The sensitive trio, from Swansea, even brought a tear to the eye of host Ant McPartlin, who was watching from backstage.
'He's got me going now,' he said. But the judges were full of praise for the youngsters who danced to Prodigy hit Firestarter, before switching to a Michael Jackson medley.
'I like the fact that you’re three brothers and you worked really hard to be here,' said Piers.
And while Simon told the boys that their routine 'ran out of steam' towards the end, he said he was impressed by them.
'Exceptionally talented, love your enthusiasm, love your commitment and love the fact that you're brothers as well.'
Unimpressed: Judges Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell look on in horror as AliBaba perform
Time of their life? AliBaba perform a move from Dirty Dancing, but the Turk almost drops his partner
The most bizarre performance came at the start of the show when a woman named Christine brought her pet pig to mime to the Michael Jackson hit Beat It.
‘I didn’t believe you when you said he was going to mime to the record,’ remarked Simon.
‘Does he do other songs? I don’t think it was quite the Michael Jackson tribute everyone was expecting,’ he added before putting them through to the next round.
Meanwhile pole dancer Alesia Vazmitel impressed the judges with her flexibility.
‘That was mesmerising,’ said Piers while Simon quipped, ‘I’ve never seen anyone do that with a pole before.’
Dance group Peridot had the audience on their feet with an energetic routine.
Splash of colour: Dance Flavourz were put through to the next round, even though Simon said he didn't know what to do with them
Crowd pleasers: Dance group Peridot had the audience up in the seats, but Simon told them they had a long way to go
However Simon warned the boys that there were stronger dance acts in the competition and told them they’d have to work twice as hard if they were to make it through.
Next up were Ali Baba, a double act consisting of friends Memit and Kelsey, whose strange dance routine which included steps from Michael Jackson and Dirty Dancing, fell flat with the judges.
Memit stunned the crowd when he walked off stage after hearing two buzzers go off, but was convinced to return by hosts Ant and Dec.
‘It just seemed desperate,’ remarked Amanda before sending them home.
Meanwhile ventriloquist Stephen Florence launched an attack on the audience after they booed him during his routine with dummy Wellington.
'I could do some decent ventriloquism if you’d all shut up! You are rude people,’ he ranted before being asked to leave the stage.
Bewitched: Dance troupe with a twist: Fusion performed dressed as witches
On for a song: Father and son act Graham and James
Dance Flavourz, a troupe made up of 11 women and one man, performed for the judges next.
'That was really, really special and you are utterly compelling to watch,' Piers told them.
However Simon was less enthusiastic. 'If I'm being honest this is total, utter madness. I don't know what to do with you,' he said.
Dance troupe with a twist, Fusion performed dressed as witches and divided the judges.
'The costumes were very inventive,'said Piers. 'The choreography was fantastic. It was really quite sinister, you are a scary bunch.
Poledancer Alesia impressed the judges with her flexibility
Stars of the future? Eyebrow raising act Nathan (left) and Madonna tribute Phillip Grimmer
Singer Kev Orkian performed Elton John's I'm Still Standing - the scratched CD version - to the amazement of the judges.
Madonna tribute act Phillip Grimmer returned to the show two years after performing as Kylie Minogue.
'You have definitely improved,' Piers told him. But Simon disagreed.
'The problem was the dancing,' he said. 'The dancing was horrific.'
However Amanda said she enjoyed his performance. 'People underestimate just how much courage it takes for people to stand on that stage... I'm going to say yes.' she said.
By Liz Thomas
Intrusion: An unidentified man invades the stage as Daniel Diges from Spain performs his song Algo Pequenito (Something Tiny)
Germany were crowned the winners of the Eurovision song contest tonight after an eventful evening which saw Spain perform twice after their first attempt was interrupted by a stage invader.
The second ever German winner, Lena Mayer-Landrut, 19, took home the prize with her British-styled song Satellite.
And it may not have been the dreaded ‘nul points’ at last night’s Eurovision Song Contest – but the UK lived up to its pitiful record by finishing last for the third time in less than ten years.
Unwelcome guest: Diges was later allowed to perform again
Josh Dubovie, 19, was awarded a feeble ten points at the contest in Oslo, as Germany chalked up a clear victory.
There was a typically eccentric array of acts among the 25 entrants but the Essex teenager’s song, That Sounds Good To Me, obviously didn’t sound good to judges from the other countries.
The show had earlier got off to a bizarre when a man, who was wearing a T-Shirt which read Jimmy Jump.com, raced up to singer Daniel Diges while he performed Algo Pequenito (Something Tiny).
He then began to dance around the stage before being chased off by security guards.
Last place: Britain's entrant Josh Dubovie performs That Sounds Good To Me, but will he failed to impress the judges
First place: Singer Lena became the second ever German winner with her song Satellite
Germany’s Lena scored 246 points for her platinum-selling single, already a No 1 hit across mainland Europe.
Afterwards she said: ‘This is so great. I never thought something like this could ever happen to me.’
Ahead of last night’s show, Josh Dubovie's song had already been dubbed our worst ever Eurovision entry. Bookmakers Ladbrokes offered odds of 175-1 against Josh winning the competition, while the odds of him achieving the infamous ‘nul points’ were as low as 5-1.
Even the song’s composer Pete Waterman had admitted it was ‘highly unlikely’ the UK would win the 55th hosting of the event.
Taking flight: Belarus perform their song Butterflies during the contest in Oslo, Norway
Vision in red: Georgia's entrant Sofia Nizharadze performs the song Shine
He raced up to singer Daniel Diges while he performed Algo Pequenito (A Little Something) – and danced around before being chased off by security guards. Spain was allowed to perform again before voting closed.
This year’s contest also featured Welshman Jon Lilygreen representing Cyprus.
Jon, from Newport, performed with The Islanders, but they finished in the bottom half with Life Looks Better In Spring.
BBC host Graham Norton said after the results were announced: 'Poor old Josh. He gave a very credible performance tonight and he should be proud of himself but it wasn't to be.'
Norton hosted the show, his second time presenting the contest – after taking over from Sir Terry Wogan who stood down in 2008.
In full blossom: Eva Rivas from Armenia performs the song Apricot Stone
Danish treat: Chanee & N'evergreen from Denmark perform the song In A Moment Like This
The rules were changed last year after heavy criticism that political block voting by Eastern European nations skewed the competition.
For the first time, voting in the final was split between tele-voting and panels of musical experts.
Jade Ewen, who now sings in pop band Sugababes, was the UK’s 2009 entry and finished in fifth place after singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s It’s My Time.
The musical impresario heavily promoted the song across Europe – helping to boost its profile.
In 2008 bin man Andy Abraham finished joint last prompting many – including Sir Terry – to question if there was any point in Britain taking part.
The last time the UK enjoyed victory in the competition was in 1997 when Katrina And The Waves won in Dublin with Love Shine A Light.
Winners: The last time the UK enjoyed victory in the competition was in 1997 when Katrina And The Waves won in Dublin with Love Shine A Light
Watched by an audience of around 125 million across the continent, the Eurovision Song Contest was a more muted affair than usual as the economic crisis begins to bite.
Norway slashed the budget by a quarter and fewer countries are competing than usual because of financial reasons.
'Of course the economic crisis is affecting us, we have fewer countries competing this year and they all withdrew for the same reason - budget cuts,' said Svante Stockselius, executive supervisor of the contest.
The Czech Republic, Montenegro and Andorra dropped out of the competition altogether, while Hungary decided not to enter a contestant but will still air the show.
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Don't I know you? David Beckham catches up with Zac Efron at the Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
As networking events go, it was as star-studded as they get.
At the LA Lakers game last night the big names in the front row threatened to outshine those playing on the court.
Football legend David Beckham joined teenage heartthrobs Zac Efron and Joe Jonas, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and actors Dustin Hoffman and David Duchovny.
Beckham seemed thrilled to meet Efron - perhaps recoginsing him from watching the High School Musical trilogy with his three young sons.
Young stars: Hearthrob Zac Efron was joined by his best friend, rising Nick star Ryan Rottman, and Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries
It was a thrilling game, with the Lakers winning a narrow 103-101 victory.
With less than a second on the clock, Ron Artest banked a final shot at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The defending champions were tied with rivals Phoenix Suns during the fifth match of the NBA Western Conference final playoff series.
The team now have a 3-2 lead over the Suns in the best-of-seven series and are one game from the NBA finals.
Fingers crossed: Beckham sat with Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Regular: Beckham shakes hands with Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nashr
Beckham has been spotted looking more relaxed recently, with a beer in his hand at Lakers games and spending time with his wife Victoria and their sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.
The LA Galaxy star, 35, is resting up after an injury to his Achilles tendon which has taken him out of the England squad for the World Cup.
The injury means he is thousands of miles away from the England training camp in Austria ahead of the World Cup.
Networking: Dustin Hoffman and David Duchovny catch up at the game
Celebrity fans: Actor Jonah Hill, actor Andy Garcia and Dancing With The Stars alumi Stacey Keibler
But he will still be joining the England squad in South Africa.
While he won't be training the players on the pitch he will be there as a confidant for the players as part of England's backroom staff.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott said yesterday: 'Just having him around, giving you advice, one of the best crossers of the ball, can only help.
'The most important thing he says is just enjoy it, play with no fear. And if you are young and play with no fear the best comes.
'It's a shame his injuries mean he won't have a chance to play in a last World Cup and he is a big miss.
'But he is going to help the players by being around and boosting their spirits.'
Victors: LA Lakers players Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant celebrate securing a win with less than a second to go