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Harry Potter fans can explore Professor Sprout's greenhouse on magical tour this Summer
Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets on the Warner Brother's Studio Tour this summer.For the first time ever, the doors of Professor Sprout's iconic greenhouse will be open to the public as part of a permanent addition at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.Opening on July 1, 2022, visitors will be able to recreate moments from Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, as they can even try to pull out a potted Mandrake prop from the interactive exhibition.Professor Sprout's greenhouse will feature as part of a new Mandrakes and Magical Creatures exhibition, which runs from July 1-September 12, 2022.As well as visiting the original greenhouse built especially for the film, visitors will also be welcomed on the tour by the Frog Choir scene that featured in Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban.That's not all, as the exhibition will also feature an animatronic Monster Book of Monsters, statues of magical creatures including Fawkes and a chance to see costumes worn by the cast of the famous films.If that was not enough, Professor Sprout's greenhouse will also join new additions to the exterior sets that are on display as part of the tour, including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale version of the Weasley family's Burrow.It is just one of many exhibitions set to open at the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour in 2022, including a Dark Arts themed exhibition especially for Halloween - featuring a spookier Diagon Alley and a Great Hall decorated with over 100 pumpkins - which runs from Friday 23rd September – Sunday 6th November.Visitors will also be able to explore Hogwarts in the snow once again as part of the tour's festive celebrations, with the Great Hall transformed into the Yule Ball
Simon Cowell takes savage swipe at politicians in brutal Britain's Got Talent dig
Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has taken a swipe at politicians as he addressed the Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir following their emotional performance.The choir made Ant and Dec "cry" with their performance as they took to the stage with an emotional tribute to their parents.When giving his feedback, Simon told them: "I think remembering that all of your mums and dads are in the armed forces and you think about what is going on in the world right now and with the Jubilee."It's so interesting isn't it how a bunch of really talented kids can make a much stronger message than a bunch of boring politicians."That was everything we wanted from you in the final, I'm so proud of all of you and I love the song by the way."There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as judge Amanda gushed at their performance, saying they had “don’t themselves proud.”She said: "I'll have to say, I think that was one of the most emotional and courageous peak performances I think I've ever seen on Britain's Got Talent."I could see how much emotion there was so many of you are in tears, I hope they're happy tears because this evening you have done yourselves proud."I am so proud of you all, I barely know you but I want to give all of you a massive cuddle because you were brilliant."Fans also flocked to social media to comment on the kids' performance.One viewer wrote: "Oh god this is gonna make me cry #bgt #BritainsGotTalent"A second added: "Bloody hell #BritainsGotTalent there crying im crying @BGT such emotion from the kids choir"While a third penned: "Are they a little out of tune? Yes. Do I care? Not one little bit.
Peter Crouch 'duets' with UK's Eurovision hero Sam Ryder in quiet pub
England striker Peter Crouch and United Kingdom's Eurovision hero Sam Ryder had fans in stitches with a video of the pair singing an unlikely duet in a quiet pub.With Ryder kicking off a rendition of Sinad O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U while sitting at the bar over a pint glass, he turns the camera around to reveal ex-Tottenham and Liverpool forward Crouch.With the 6ft 7in football star then expertly delivering the second line, a large group appears from behind him and the duet becomes a choir with Crouch holding up a pint of Guinness to the camera with a large grin.Crouchy wrote on Twitter: "Congrats to Sam Ryder. This performance then Eurovision."With a fan writing in response: "This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen."With a second adding: "Brilliant as ever."With a third saying: "Love it ahahhahava."HAVE YOUR SAY! Which footballer would make the best UK Eurovision contestant? Tell us in the comments section belowRyder had in fact appeared on That Peter Crouch Podcast back in April, with co-host Chris Stark also taking part in their impromptu pub singalong.The video was of course taken in advance of Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final, which was hosted in Italy following Maneskin's victory in Rotterdam in 2021.Crouch joked that the pub singalong was in fact the best performance of Ryder, who secured the UK's first top three Eurovision finish since way back in 2002.Ryder and the UK had led the way following votes from juries, with Ukraine coming out on top when the public vote was taken into account.Sam said after the result: "Just destroyed the stigma! Thanks everyone for supporting.
Eurovision's tragedies - fatal plane crash, Covid complications and sudden death
Eurovision, the world’s biggest singing competition, is usually a happy affair and a chance to unify Europe with song and dance.However, after 66 years some of the show’s most iconic participants have passed and their legacy lives on.From the Alexandrov Ensemble Choir who led the halftime show to Michael Julien who paved the way to victory in 1969, some of Eurovision’s most recognisable faces still continue to make an impact on the show’s legacy to this day.Daily Star has trawled through the archives to bring you everything you need to know about the competition's tragedies.One of the biggest tragedies involved in Eurovision was the loss of 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble Choir.In the early hours of Christmas Day 2016, a Russian Defence Ministry plane went down whilst flying to Syria.Off the coast of Sochi, the crash had no survivors and 93 people were lost whilst travelling for a Christmas celebration with troops at a military base.The group, who sadly lost their lives on 25 December, had performed Not Gonna Get Us with t.A.T.u during the song contest’s interval in 2009 when the event was hosted in Moscow.The choir is the official choir of the Russian armed forces and one of just two choir groups that have the title of Red Army Choir.Örs Siklósi, the lead singer of AWS, performed with the band for Hungary during the show’s 2018 run.He died aged just 29 years old after a battle with leukaemia and his fellow bandmates released a statement upon his premature death.They said that their loss was “indescribable'' and explained: “In June, Örs was diagnosed with leukaemia.
‘No Music On A Dead Planet’ announce plans for Earth Day
KT Tunstall, Annie Lennox, Hamilton, The Wombats, Meas Soksophea, Star Feminine Band, South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir, Harmony Chorus Bangalore, Stewart Sukuma, The NHS Choir and many more.The global project will see these artists take ‘Resolution Song’ and perform it for the camera to call for peace, unity, global harmony and action on climate, celebrating the differences and similarities that bring us all together.“‘Resolution Song’ is a joyous demonstration of the power of humanity when we come together,” organisers said. Find out more info here.An EP was released to DSPs last Friday (April 15), which you can hear below, and an album is set to arrive this Friday (April 22) along with access to the entire performance collection online.There will also be “over 100 unheard, unreleased, and brand new tracks available to buy from Bandcamp in support of the most impactful climate charities”.While the full line-up of artists behind the tracks won’t be announced until 7am on Earth Day (April 22), ‘No Music On A Dead Planet’ have confirmed involvement from Brian Eno, Hot Chip, Coldplay, Murkage Dave, Declan McKenna, The Weather Station and Laura Misch.With artists to be announced on the day, organisers have announced that this inaugural song drop will be a regular feature for Earth Days in the years to come.