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Big Brother's nomination tease

Tensions are running high in the house already

Big Brother has added a cunning twist to the first nominations of the latest series.

They will take place as normal, but then one of the nominated housemates will have the chance to save themselves and put up someone else to take their place in the public vote.

A task will be set for the two or more housemates up for eviction and the winner of this will have the chance to be exempt this week.

The winner will then choose another housemate to be put up for eviction and then the normal rules will apply, leaving one of the nominated housemates in the unenviable position of being the first to leave the Big Brother house on Friday.

Tensions are running high in the house already, as no one wants to be the first to leave, so how will they react when they hear of Big Brother's twisted plan?

By The Press Association

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British stars shine at Tony Awards

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Douglas Hodge win awards at the Tony Awards

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Douglas Hodge were winners at the Tony Awards in New York, picking up gongs for best actress and best actor in a musical.

And there was a special tribute to playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who received a lifetime achievement award.

Zeta-Jones and fellow Hollywood stars Denzel Washington and Scarlett Johansson were first-time nominees and winners at the American Theatre Wing's event.

She won for her role as the amorous actress in the revival of A Little Night Music and thanked many, including her husband, fellow actor Michael Douglas, who, she said, she "gets to sleep with every night".

Hodge was named best lead actor for his role in La Cage Aux Folles, which won the best revival of a musical award and director and best direction of a musical gong for Terry Johnson.

Red, the anguished two-man drama about painter Mark Rothko, played by British actor Alfred Molina, and the timeless tug of war between art and commerce, was a big winner, receiving the best play prize and five other honours.

"This to me is the moment of my lifetime," said Red playwright John Logan.

The play picked up Tonys for Michael Grandage, who won for best director of a play, and Eddie Redmayne, for featured performance by an actor in a play.

Redmayne portrayed the young, increasingly disillusioned assistant to Rothko, the abstract expressionist who agonises over whether to accept a lucrative commission for the Four Seasons restaurant.

"This is the stuff dreams are made of. Wow," Redmayne said, clutching his prize.

By The Press Association

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Suzanna Lubrano wins "Best African Artist based in the Diaspora" Award

She's the only Cape Verdean artist among the winners

Cape Verdean songstress Suzanna Lubrano has won the “Best African Artist based in the Diaspora” Award at the Museke Online Africa Music Awards (MOAMAs) 2010.

The winners were selected based on African music fan votes. Voting took place from 6th April to 29th May 2010 on http://awards.museke.com.

The nominees were selected over a three month period by an academy made up of African music enthusiasts and fans. The organizing team encourages music fans to learn about all the other nominees, since they are amongst the top African musicians of today.

Netherlands based Suzanna is the only Cape Verdean artist among the winners. All other winners are from the larger, more populous, African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana. Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lizha James, Dama do Bling, Amr Diab, Ralph Anselmo and Perola emerged multiple winners.

The MOAMAs sought to award best of African music over the last year and put the winners in the spotlight as Africa prepares to host the globe at the World Cup in South Africa.

Previously, Suzanna has won other major music awards, including the 2003 Kora All African Music Award for Best African Female Artist.

Suzanna recently released her long awaited DVD “Live at Off-Corso” with live performance of many of her hit songs in the Lusophone market. Suzanna’s musical career started in 1996 with the release of her successful debut album, “Sem Bo Nes Mund”.

For further information about Suzanna Lubrano
www.suzannaonline.com
www.myspace.com/suzannalubrano

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Big Brother - it isn't over yet

Ex-Big Brother contestants are set to appear in a surprise finale

Big Brother is to hold an all-star finale immediately after the winner of this year's show is crowned, they have revealed.

The two-week series will round off the hit show before it disappears from Channel 4 forever and will feature popular contestants from series gone by.

This year's victor - who will have already survived 11 weeks - will instantly be joined by past faces in the house for the as-yet-unnamed extra series.

The winner will be unaware of the plan and the first they will learn of the bonus show will be when presenter Davina McCall tells them to stay put as the main series ends.

A show spokeswoman said: "Big Brother always loves to spring surprises."

Show bosses are now starting to contact previous stars, including winners and popular characters.

The main winner will still be given the cash prize for their stint on Big Brother 11.

Contestants for the latest series are due to enter the house tonight (Wednesday) with live coverage on Channel 4 from 9pm.

By The Press Association

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BB wannabes to learn their fate

Nervous wannabes are due to learn if they will be reality stars in Channel 4's last ever Big Brother.

More than 80 hopefuls will attend the launch for the eleventh and final series of the show.

Only then will they learn - at the same time as viewers - who will enter the house.

Those vying to enter the house include Linford Christie's niece, an Iranian dwarf, a female wrestler and a batch of beauty queens.

Host Davina McCall will reveal the final cut and the rest will be sent home.

Bookmaker William Hill is already predicting that betting turnover for the series will top £20 Million for the first time.

The show has made many of its contestants into household names, most notably the late Jade Goody with some - including winners Brian Dowling and Kate Lawler - carving out broadcasting careers.

Creative Director Phil Edgar Jones has already revealed cryptically that past BB stars will be in attendance in some form. "We will see some old friends in the house on launch night," he said last week.

The first Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and his housemate "nasty" Nick Bateman, who was disqualified from the first series for trying to influence votes, have revealed they may take part in the show this year, during an interview with Radio 4's Front Row. McCall will also unveil the last ever Diary Room chair for Big Brother 11 live on air to viewers.

The fairytale and circus-themed house has only nine beds and the contestants who make it through to the final will spend 13 weeks living by the rules of Big Brother, with every movement recorded on camera.

By The Press Association

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