Sky Presenters – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 19:24:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png Sky Presenters – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 West Ham Women vs Man Utd Women in Women’s Super League Canceled Due to Covid-19 | Football news https://www.observingthesky.org/west-ham-women-vs-man-utd-women-in-womens-super-league-canceled-due-to-covid-19-football-news/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:22:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/west-ham-women-vs-man-utd-women-in-womens-super-league-canceled-due-to-covid-19-football-news/

The Women’s Super League match between West Ham Women and Man Utd Women on Sunday has been postponed due to Covid-19.

The match was to be broadcast live on Air sports as the WSL returns from the winter break, but will now be played at a later date.

A statement from the West Ham club said: “West Ham United Women can confirm Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League game against Manchester United Women has been postponed.

“The decision was agreed between the two teams and the FA due to a number of suspected positive COVID-19 cases among our players and staff.

“After the match has been postponed, West Ham United Women can confirm that any general admission tickets purchased for the match will remain valid for the rescheduled match.”

This is the second consecutive WSL game that is postponed for West Ham. Ahead of the winter break, their trip to Chelsea was canceled after a number of positive Covid-19 cases in the Blues squad.

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The Women’s Super League will be back live on Air sports Friday when Chelsea will host Tottenham Women from 6 p.m. on Sky Sports Premier League; kick off at 7 p.m.

WSL and Championship register 40 positive cases of COVID-19

The FA also confirmed that 40 players and staff from the WSL and the Women’s Championship tested positive for Covid-19 in the seven days leading up to January 3 inclusive.

An FA statement read: “Between December 28, 2021 and January 3, 2022, there were 40 positive COVID-19 tests in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.

“The FA continues to work with clubs to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 within their teams and ensure players, coaches and staff are safe.

“To ensure transparency, the FA will restart publication of results each week in both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship.

“At no time will specific details regarding a club, player or staff member be released by the FA.”

Skinner on Man Utd improvement, England outlook and January transfers

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In an exclusive conversation with Sky Sports News ” Anton Toloui ahead of the new year, Marc Skinner discussed improving Manchester United Women, England Women prospects and January transfers.

He said: “I think we have a lot of good players, but the best teams win. We try to build a culture here where the team is the most important and not the individual. The individuals shine and show their qualities but for us, we want to build that unity where everyone wants to work for everyone.

“It’s a real shame because other results sometimes marred the performance. We weren’t great in every game, but in the majority of games we were at the top and weren’t as ruthless as We should be. The one thing I want to remind this group of is to be ruthless in both boxes.

“We try to be active in that window if the right players come along that match the type of performance level, as well as the right personality. I want this team to be so tight-knit.

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“I understand the US market, this is something I will definitely look at when we look to recruit, but it has to be the right person and it has to be the right time.

“I feel in women’s football there is so much untapped talent flow that you can look and say ‘she can be really talented in a different setting’ and that’s the beauty. all over Europe and all over England, even league players, there will be players who can progress, they just need the opportunity to do so.

“We’ve spread our net and then we’re going to narrow it down. Over the next few weeks we’ll be hitting whoever we want. But we’ll be rigorous and laser-focused on the right people in that window. If they become available, we will. have received the support of the club to find the players who we believe can make a difference. “

How to follow the WSL on Sky Sports

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The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports with up to 35 matches being broadcast live exclusively. The deal spans the next three seasons and saw the WSL added to Sky Sports flagship offerings.

The current Sky Sports Barclays FA WSL presenter lineup is led by presenter Caroline Barker and includes expert Karen Carney and reporter Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton also hosts the Inside the WSL program, broadcast every Thursday.

Here’s how to follow on Sky Sports:

Air sports – All 35 games will be available on Sky Sports flagship channels including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Sky Sports News – Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy Sky Sports News (channel 409) ongoing editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.

Inside the WSL – Hosted by award-winning presenter and journalist Jessica Creighton, Inside the WSL is a comprehensive roundup of all things Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly starting Thursday, September 9 on Sky Sports Premier League, the half-hour show will review and preview matches, include in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Viewers can expect captivating behind-the-scenes access as well as a recap of all the action on and off the pitch.

Sky Sports Digital – Keep up to date with the latest analytics, features and interviews on the Sky Sports app and SkySports.com. Follow the action of each match and stay up to date with the latest scores, as well as in-game clips and highlights from the free matches available.

Sky Sports Social – In addition to league coverage and visibility on all of Sky Sports’ major social media channels, a new bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will be home to all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.

Sky Showcase – All Sky customers will benefit from the ability to watch Opening Weekend games on Sky Showcase (channel 106) without a Sky Sports subscription. This brand new channel is designed to host some of the best shows, movies and sports of any Sky channel and will highlight Sky Sports coverage of Manchester United v Reading on Friday September 3 at 7 p.m. followed by Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday, September 5 at 11:30 am for the opening weekend.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver officially divorce after 10 years of separation | US News https://www.observingthesky.org/arnold-schwarzenegger-and-maria-shriver-officially-divorce-after-10-years-of-separation-us-news/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:56:19 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/arnold-schwarzenegger-and-maria-shriver-officially-divorce-after-10-years-of-separation-us-news/

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are officially divorced ten years after their separation.

Court documents show an agreement was reached on Tuesday between the former governor of California and the NBC reporter.

Financial terms have not been made public.

After a 35-year marriage and four children together, Shriver filed for divorce in 2011 after Schwarzenegger revealed he fathered a child with a member of their household staff years earlier.

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Maria Shriver. Photo: MediaPunch / Shutterstock

The revelation sparked a media frenzy, but the couple were keen to settle their divorce in private.

It is still not clear why the settlement process took 10 years to complete.

As the couple’s children are adults, there is no child support or custody.

The divorce papers also state that neither owes the other spousal support, however, both reserve the right to seek it in court in the future.

After a successful film career, Schwarzenegger turned to politics and was elected governor of California in 2003, following economic problems under the administration of Gray Davis.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, proved popular with voters and served two terms.

Less than a year after leaving office, he admitted to being the father of one child, Joseph Baena, who is now 24, prompting Shriver to file for divorce in July 2011.

The former governor has since returned to the theater and played roles in the Terminator and The Expendables films.

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Schwarzenegger turned to politics and was elected governor of California in 2003. Photo: AP

Shriver, who is the niece of President John F Kennedy, resigned as correspondent for NBC Dateline when her husband announced he was running for governor. When he left office, she returned to her job as a TV host while campaigning on women’s issues and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2018, she also published the bestseller I’ve Been Thinking… Reflections Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger’s children range from 24 to 32, with the eldest Katherine married to actor Chris Pratt.

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Jeff Stelling forced to apologize after Paul Merson munched on Sweet Chilli chips in the background on Soccer on Saturday https://www.observingthesky.org/jeff-stelling-forced-to-apologize-after-paul-merson-munched-on-sweet-chilli-chips-in-the-background-on-soccer-on-saturday/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 18:23:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/jeff-stelling-forced-to-apologize-after-paul-merson-munched-on-sweet-chilli-chips-in-the-background-on-soccer-on-saturday/

JEFF STELLING apologized to Sky Sports viewers after Paul Merson was heard munching on his chips live on air.

Presenter Stelling, 66, was still reading the scores at halftime when he was distracted by his colleague Merson.

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Paul Merson slipped into a packet of crisps as halftime scores read

Viewers could hear a rustle in the background and Stelling revealed it was Merson having a refreshment.

Stelling said: “The noise you could hear in the background was Paul Merson’s chili and pepper chips.

“You can see in front of him on the desk that there is not just one package there are two!

“And before going on the air, Merson said ‘I’m on a diet from now on.’

“Well, this is a New Years resolution that went really well! Before 4 o’clock on New Years Day and it’s caput!”

This isn’t the first time Merson has interfered with eating potato chips this season.


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He did it in November – again when reading the scores at halftime, and Stelling called him for it.

Stelling handed the packet of Proper Chips to the camera and joked, “You may have briefly heard some interference as we went to commercial break and I finished with the sheet music… and that’s the reason.

“They were in Paul Merson’s hands at the time – he was eating his chips.

“And do you know the worst part about it?” Look, these are BBQ lentils!

“What happened to the salt and vinegar for God’s sake!” What kind of man are you these days? “

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Rory McIlroy will win the Masters? Jordan Spieth for the Open? Nick Dougherty’s main predictions for 2022 | Golf news https://www.observingthesky.org/rory-mcilroy-will-win-the-masters-jordan-spieth-for-the-open-nick-doughertys-main-predictions-for-2022-golf-news/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 07:01:51 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/rory-mcilroy-will-win-the-masters-jordan-spieth-for-the-open-nick-doughertys-main-predictions-for-2022-golf-news/

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Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa Head to 2022 as Defending Grand Champions; Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Mickelson all have more opportunities to end golfing careers in Grand Slams

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Will Rory McIlroy and Xander Sc chaudele win majors in 2022?

Will Rory McIlroy and Xander Sc chaudele win majors in 2022?

The 2021 golf calendar has produced historic wins, first winners and broken records, but what can we expect from the men’s major program in the coming year?

Hideki Matsuyama will return to Augusta National as the defending champion, a year after becoming the first Asian Masters winner last April, while Rory McIlroy will have another chance to end golf’s career in a Grand Slam.

Phil Mickelson became the oldest major winner in history with his PGA Championship victory at Kiawah Island, while world number 1 Jon Rahm won a first major title with his spectacular success at the US Open at Torrey Pines.

Nick Dougherty, Andrew Coltart and Paul McGinley reflect on key moments from Jon Rahm's winning round at the US Open

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Nick Dougherty, Andrew Coltart and Paul McGinley reflect on key moments from Jon Rahm’s winning round at the US Open

The Open celebrates its 150th anniversary next summer in St Andrews, with the Old Course hosting the event for the first time since 2015 and Collin Morikawa the reigning champion golfer of the year after lifting the Claret Jug at the Royal St George’s.

Who will win the major men’s tournaments in 2022? We asked Sky Sports Golf presenter Nick Dougherty for his predictions …

The Masters – Rory McIlroy

I’m a pretty emotional person, so I’ll continue to believe he wins in Augusta, and there’s no reason he can’t. I honestly believe he has found that sweet spot of wanting to find improvement, but also has the prospect of knowing that he has his own way of doing it.

Rory McIlroy recorded six top-10s during his Masters career

Rory McIlroy recorded six top-10s during his Masters career

I feel like a few years ago that he went on to try and replicate some of the traits he loves in other players’ games, such as the strengthening of his club face that we see at many top players, all in a quest to rise above them all, but I think he’s starting to find his own game again.

I love what he said recently about his performances and I love the work he has done with Brad Faxon. I expect him to win again at the start of the season and that would lead him to the Masters in great shape. He had chances there, let’s be honest. He has a good record at Augusta National, he just hasn’t done the job yet.

Rory McIlroy, two-time PGA Tour winner in 2021, has been without a major win since 2014

Rory McIlroy, two-time PGA Tour winner in 2021, has been without a major win since 2014

PGA Championship – Viktor Hovland

His career has been phenomenal so far, with all three PGA Tour wins, one European Tour win and this Hero World Challenge win just before Christmas. We’ve seen what he’s capable of, so the next step is obvious.

When you look at all the tools he has, I think it’s inevitable that he’ll be in the mix for other big tournaments in the years to come. Winning bigger events on the PGA Tour and a major victory are both in his future.

Viktor Hovland finished the year as world No.8

Viktor Hovland finished the year as world No.8

He approaches Collin Morikawa with the quality of his long game and he’s phenomenal at the start. He’s got the tee-to-green game and is much better on the greens than before, so we can expect him to step up and challenge in the main arena.

US Open – Xander Sc Chaudele

The last five times that ScHotele has played the US Open, he has been fifth, sixth, third, fifth and seventh. He’s won the PGA Tour four times and has a very good CV in the majors without winning one yet, so that could be his calling.

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The Open – Jordan Spieth

Spieth finished second at the Open in 2021 and played well in his last outfit at St Andrews in 2015. Considering the nature of his game, with his tidy iron game and brilliant putting, I have the feel like he’s going to have a chance around this golf course.

St Andrews, for me, remains one of the most overlooked golf courses. When you look at the caliber of players who won around the Old Course and the way they plotted there, you can easily see someone with the artistry that Spieth has when lifting the Claret Jug again.

Jordan Spieth is a three-time major champion, having followed two wins in 2015 by winning the Open in 2017

Jordan Spieth is a three-time major champion, having followed two wins in 2015 by winning the Open in 2017

The secret of the Old Course isn’t hitting it from the left side to miss the bunkers, there are times when it works in favor of the true thinker. Spieth will suit this layout perfectly.

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Laura Woods, Wayne Mardle, Laura Turner – PDC World Darts Championship Commentary Team Profile https://www.observingthesky.org/laura-woods-wayne-mardle-laura-turner-pdc-world-darts-championship-commentary-team-profile/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 15:18:29 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/laura-woods-wayne-mardle-laura-turner-pdc-world-darts-championship-commentary-team-profile/ The on-stage action always gets the crowd pumped at Alexandra Palace, but it’s the team of commentators who are always on hand to provide additional entertainment for fans back home.

Laura Turner on stage with Wayne Mardle ahead of day two of the Unibet Premier League at Motorpoint Arena on February 13, 202

The relationship between the players on stage and the crowd at Ally Pally is one of the most important, and often controversial, parts of the PDC World Darts Championship.

However, for fans watching at home, it’s their relationship to the studio vocals accompanying the action that matters.

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Darts commentary may never have been the same since the quintessential darts voice and the man who lends his name to the World Championship trophy, Sid Waddell passed away in 2012.

The current commentary team had big shoes to fill and did an exceptional job providing additional entertainment at the annual flagship event.

Here are the experts and commentators who make up the current Sky Sports commentary team:

Laura Turner

Laura Turner on stage ahead of day two of the Unibet Premier League at Motorpoint Arena on February 13, 2020

Former BDO and current WDF player Laura Turner has established herself as a key part of the commentary team for the past three years and a darts fan favorite.

Turner, 38, is a quarter-finalist of the BDO World Championship as well as a winner of several tournaments in the women’s category.

Still active on the women’s circuit, Turner will compete in the 2022 WDF Lakeside World Championship in April.

Wayne mardle

Sky Sports dart specialist Wayne Mardle on day fourteen of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2021

Wayne Mardle was a crowd favorite during his time as a player, thanks to his stage antics and his Hawaii Five-0 trademark.

The 48-year-old was with the BDO from 1993 to 2002 before joining the PDC until his retirement in 2012.

He is a four-time semi-finalist at the PDC World Championships and vice-world Matchplay champion.

Mardle took his brilliant playing personality to the comment box where he has been a Sky Sports regular for almost a decade now.

Laura woods

Presenter Laura Woods chats with Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands after winning their third round match against Gerwyn Price of Wales on Day 11 of the 2018 William Hill PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on December 27, 2017

Laura Woods will be a household name and voice for many other sports fans away from darts.

The TalkSport host has worked for Sky Sports since 2009 and appears regularly in their programming on shows such as Super Sunday.

Woods is another regular part of the presenters’ squad at Alexandra Palace.

Jean Party

ohn Part of Canada celebrates winning the opening set of their match against Scotsman John Henderson on Matchday 7 of the 2012 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 21, 2011

Arguably the greatest darts player across the Atlantic, Part has been a part of Sky Sports’ commentary on the sport since 2013.

The three-time world champion hoisted the Canadian flag throughout his career and continues to play at the age of 55.

He joined the PDC in 1997 and is a member of the PDC Hall of Fame, having won three major trophies in the organization, including the 2003 and 2008 World Championships.

Mark Webster

Welshman Mark Webster in action during his second round match against England’s Phil Taylor on day eight of the PDC William Hill World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on December 28, 2014

Welshman Mark Webster is another former world champion who makes up Sky Sports’ team of presenters.

The 38-year-old won the 2008 BDO World Championships before moving to PDC immediately after being a two-time World Championship semi-finalist.

Major trophies have eluded “The Spider” in the PDC, but he also reached the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix and the UK Open during his career and represented Wales at the World Cup of Darts in 2017 when he was a partner of the current world champion. Gerwyn Prize.

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The full list of presenters and experts for every Premier League game https://www.observingthesky.org/the-full-list-of-presenters-and-experts-for-every-premier-league-game/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 16:34:26 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/the-full-list-of-presenters-and-experts-for-every-premier-league-game/

Amazon Prime Video will present Premier League matches live on its streaming platforms in the festive setting between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

The tech giant first launched into the Premier League’s domestic broadcast bouquet in 2018, joining Sky Sports and BT Sport as official rights holders for three seasons. And in May, they renewed their deal to broadcast 20 games per season until the end of the 2024-25 campaign.

As has been the case in previous seasons, Amazon has decided to show off its 20 games in two 10-game bundles over the Christmas period, with the first round of games taking place earlier this month. The next batch will be between Tuesday December 28th and Thursday December 30th to see this year’s football schedule.

With so many games released in such a short space of time, Amazon has assembled a star cast containing some of the biggest names in English football to bring their coverage to life, from the sideline to the gantry to the studio.

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And there are also crack games to sink into every day. On Tuesday Leicester welcomes the title challengers to King Power, Wednesday sees Brentford take on Manchester City and Manchester United take on Burnley in the final game of the round.

If the prospect of watching four straight games in one day appeals to you, you’re in for a treat because that’s precisely what Amazon is offering on December 28, with matches kicking off at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Amazon TV programs

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Tuesday 28 December

  • Wolves of Arsenal PP
  • Crystal Palace v Norwich: Angus Scott, Ian Darke, Lucy Ward, Clinton Morrison, Michael Brown
  • Southampton vs Spurs: Kelly Somers, Jim Proudfoot, Glenn Hoddle, Francis Benali, Matt Holland
  • Watford v West Ham: Karthi Gnanasegaram, Robyn Cowan, Matt Upson, James Collins, John Barnes
  • Leeds PP Aston Villa
  • Leicester vs Liverpool: Gabby Logan, Jon Champion, Ally McCoist, Emma Hayes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry

wednesday 29 december

  • Chelsea v Brighton: Marcus Buckland, Conor McNamara, Andy Townsend, Eni Aluko, Gus Poyet
  • Brentford v Man City: Gabby Logan, Peter Drury, Ally McCoist, Patrice Evra, Nigel De Jong, Alan Shearer

Thursday, December 30

  • Everton v Newcastle: Jim Rosenthal, Guy Mowbray, Alan Shearer, Leon Osman, Steve McManaman, Eni Aluko
  • Man Utd vs. Burnley: Simon Thomas, Jon Champion, Owen Hargreaves, Patrice Evra, Thierry Henry, Roberto Martinez

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Who is involved in Amazon Prime TV coverage?

Amazon has brought in some of the most recognizable faces and voices in English football for this week’s offering.

Match of the day Alan Shearer is on board, as are Thierry Henry and Patrice Evra, all three due to give their thoughts on the tantalizing game at Old Trafford when United host Arsenal.

Both Merseyside clubs will also have a former player in their corner for the derby, with former Everton midfielder Leon Osman joined by former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman in the studio.

The mellow tones of Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury and the one and only Ally McCoist will be heard from the commentary portico, while Gabriel Clarke and Vaishali Bhardwaj are among the people on duty to report on the sideline.

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Mark Clattenburg will be on hand to give a referee’s perspective on Tottenham’s game against Brentford.

As for the presenters, Jim Rosenthal, whose broadcasting career spans more than four decades, is listed, as are Gabby Logan, Kelly Somers and Simon Thomas, among others.

Here is the full list of presenters, commentators, co-commentators, reporters and experts working for Amazon this week:

Presenters

  • Angus scott
  • Darrell currie
  • Gabby Logan
  • Jim Rosenthal
  • Karthi Gnanasegram
  • Kelly somers
  • Marcus Buckland
  • Simon thomas
  • Steve bower

Commentators

  • Adam summerton
  • Clive tyldesley
  • Connor mcnamara
  • Guy Mowbray
  • Ian darke
  • Jim Proudfoot
  • Jon Champion
  • Pierre Drury
  • Robyn cowen
  • Steve wilson

Co-commentators

  • Ally McCoist
  • Andy Townsend
  • Craig burley
  • Glenn hoddle
  • Lucy ward
  • Matt upson
  • Nigel spackman
  • Owen Hargreaves

Reporters

  • Adam hunt
  • Chris Ford
  • Gabriel Clarke
  • Jonathan joseph
  • Jo ankier
  • Jenny drummond
  • Katie shanahan
  • Pien Meulensteen
  • Vaishali Bhardwaj

Experts

  • Alain shearer
  • Clinton Morrison
  • Eni Aluko
  • Francois Benali
  • Gianfranco Zola
  • Gus Poyet
  • John barnes
  • Leon Osman
  • Michael owen
  • Nedum Onuoha
  • Neil lennon
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Patrice Évra
  • Rob green
  • Steve mcmanaman
  • Thierry Henry

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Mel Giedroyc left wanting to call the agent after a conversation with Strictly partner Neil | Celebrity News | Show biz & TV https://www.observingthesky.org/mel-giedroyc-left-wanting-to-call-the-agent-after-a-conversation-with-strictly-partner-neil-celebrity-news-show-biz-tv/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 15:10:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/mel-giedroyc-left-wanting-to-call-the-agent-after-a-conversation-with-strictly-partner-neil-celebrity-news-show-biz-tv/

Former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc is set to perform with professional dancer Neil Jones on the Christmas Day special for Strictly Come Dancing. The 53-year-old admitted that the first time the dancer sat her down to show her her routine, she considered “calling her agent” in a panic.

Mel and Neil, 39, are set to perform a routine on Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice on the festive edition of the BBC’s flagship show tonight.

Thinking back to when she partnered up with the dancer, Mel said, “What a laugh, from day one. I was really scared the first day, we hadn’t really met before, other than a brief meeting. where we briefly passed each other in the hallway at an awards ceremony.

“So he sat me down and showed me the routine, which went on for a very long time, and in my head I was panicking.

“I was like, ‘I have to phone my agent,'” admitted the comedian.

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Weighing in on Mel’s initial fears about the routine, Neil added, “The first day she went for a stressful nap for an hour and a half.

“She had her blanket with her and everything.

“There are a lot of steps in there, and you handle it and make it look good,” he told the presenter.

Mel confessed that when her agent called her to ask if she wanted to be on the show, it took “about a second” for her to accept the opportunity.

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas will all return as judges for the Strictly Christmas Day special.

Along with Mel and Neil, pop star Anne-Marie is also set to make her Strictly debut with partner Graziano Di Prima, performing Gwen Stefani’s Cha Cha to Feliz Navidad.

Meanwhile, First Dates star Fred Sirieix became so committed to his stint that he even dyed his hair red to match his partner Dianne Buswell.

Other stars speaking include The Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Adrian Chiles and news anchor Moira Stewart.

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Record-breaking black hole eruption could cover 16 full moons in the sky https://www.observingthesky.org/record-breaking-black-hole-eruption-could-cover-16-full-moons-in-the-sky/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 20:33:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/record-breaking-black-hole-eruption-could-cover-16-full-moons-in-the-sky/

Astronomers have produced a detailed image of a massive eruption of the nearest supermassive black hole that spans the size of 16 full moons in the sky.

The image, capturing the radio broadcasts of the material ejected by the black hole at almost the speed of light, shows gigantic plasma lobes extending over a million light years from the center of its home galaxy, Centaur A.