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Tearful Crowds Line Streets for The Wanted Star Tom Parker’s Funeral

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The remaining members of The Wanted have paid their respects to their late band mate Tom Parker, carrying his coffin at his funeral.

The singer disclosed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma and had begun radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Parker died on March 30 at the age of 33 after battling a stage four brain tumour.

He was laid to rest in at Petts Wood, South London with his widow, Kelsey Parker, inviting his grieving fans to pay their respects.

Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuinness, and Nathan Sykes were seen walking together as they paid tribute to their late friend. They acted as pallbearers, carrying the casket.

During the service Tom Parker’s widow, Kelsey, called the singer who died last month, her “soulmate” and said marrying him “was the best day of my life”. 

Hundreds of fans were also seen paying their respects, with many emotional before the funeral began. Kelsey had said it ‘would be beautiful to have everyone line the route as we head to our private service.’

She added that people would be welcome to stand outside of the church for the duration of the private service which was relayed on screens. Kelsey was pictured arriving at the service and looked emotional, while being flanked by two loved ones on either side for support.

Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words ‘Glad You Came’, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries. Other flowers spelling out the word ‘Daddy’ were placed the side of the carriage while a flowered sign that spelled the word ‘Tom’ in red roses was attached to the front.

In the wake of Parker’s death, each member of the band shared heartbreaking statements. Jay, 31, shared a black and white photo of his late bandmate, and wrote: ‘Tom, I miss you so much. I don’t know where you are now, but I am so honoured we got to spend time together on earth. An honour.

‘I keep reminding myself to be grateful for that time, and I really really am. I am.’

Nathan, 29, said: ‘Our lives will never be the same,’ while Max, 33, said he was ‘heartbroken beyond words’.

Siva, 33, addressed his message directly to Parker, writing: ‘Thank you for letting us see you light up the world.’

In the weeks before his death, Parker reunited with his bandmates for their delayed reunion tour.

Tom leaves behind two young children with wife Kelsey, Aurelia Rose (2) and Bodhi Thomas (1). Handprints of his two children were placed on top of the carriage in a touching tribute.

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Doctor Who: David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to return to Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

The pair are currently filming for the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary, which it will celebrate in 2023.

Tennant played the 10th Doctor on the time travel drama from 2005-2010, while Tate played companion Donna Noble. Tennant and Tate’s involvement means they will be reunited with returning Doctor Who head writer Russell T Davies.

Davies, who was in charge of Doctor Who when it was successfully revived in 2005, left at the same time as Tennant. Their last episode together was broadcast in 2010.

Tennant has briefly returned before, joining then-Doctor Matt Smith for the programme’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

Davies has teased fans, saying: “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”

Tennant and Tate’s 2008 series of Doctor Who is the most successful that the show has had since its revival in 2005, with an average audience of more than eight million viewers per episode.

Are you excited to see their return?

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Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder Turned Things Around For the UK

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Sam Ryder has said the “stigma” about the UK’s Eurovision performance has finally been “destroyed” after he brought home our best result in 24 years.

The singer led the UK to second place during Saturday night’s Song Contest in Turin, Italy, with his song ‘Space Man’.

It was the the highest the UK has placed since 1998, when Imaani’s ‘Where Are You?’ finished just behind Israel’s Dana International, who won with her song Diva.

In the years since, Britain has suffered a number of embarrassment moments, receiving the dreaded “nul points” in 2003 with Jemini’s ‘Cry Baby’ and in 2021 with James Newman’s ‘Embers’.

However, the public overwhelmingly backed Ukraine, who won the competition with 631 points on the leaderboard, with the UK securing 466 points.

Winning the 2022 Eurovision trophy is a hugely emotional and symbolic victory for Ukraine in the contest’s 66th year as the conflict continues.

The nation’s president Volodymyr Zelensky responded: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe.

“We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt.”

The results had many fans in sheer disbelief on social media, while prime minister Boris Johnson said he was “incredibly proud” of Sam and how “he brilliantly represented the UK”.

You’re the winner in our eyes Sam, well done!

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Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder Odds Rocket Ahead of Eurovision Final

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The UK’s Eurovision 2022 entry Sam Ryder has closed in on Ukraine in the winner odds after his performance in the jury semi final.

The TikTok star blew away the audience who flocked to the Pala Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy to see the second jury semi final. The reaction to Sam’s act and his amazing performance have now got plenty of fans and experts predicting he is going to push Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra all the way on Saturday night.

Last week , Sam was sitting in fourth place in the Eurovision odds with his song ‘Space Man’ but, after his second rehearsal in Turin received a rave reaction from press over in Italy and fans and he was given a huge advantage by being drawn in the second half of the Eurovision final, he soared up to second.

The Ukraine currently have a 59% chance of winning and the UK 11%. Sweden and Italy then currently stand as third and fourth favourites at 9% and 6% respectively. Our odds have improved even more so since too as the UK have been announced to perform fourth from last, number 22, which has been the winning performance slot two years in a row.

On May 3 2022 it became exactly 25 years to the day since the UK’s last triumph in Eurovision, when Katrina & the Waves topped the leaderboard in Ireland with their anthemic track Love Shine A Light. Since then, there’s been little to shout about. The UK has always been on the wrong side of the leaderboard, with us consistently finishing at or near the bottom. And last year proved a particularly bitter pill to swallow when James Newman came last on zero points, having received nothing from either the juries or televote.

Check out Sam’s song here:

Who do you think will win?

Watch Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – Grand Final this Saturday (May 14) at 8pm GMT on BBC1.

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