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  1. Ireland out of Eurovision as last 10 finalists revealed
  2. Fearne Cotton's last day on Radio 1
  3. Artist Frida Kahlo's garden recreated in New York

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By Genevieve Hassan and Keily Smith

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That's all folks!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Alas, our time here is done for another week.

But fear not, for we'll be back tomorrow for a special Eurovision live page from 19:00 BST, giving you all the build-up to the competition and coverage of the event itself.

Our Eurovision reporter will also be live-tweeting the contest so make you follow

@BBCNewsEnts for our commentary.

We'll leave you with the song Coldplay penned for Fearne Cotton's final Radio 1 show, titled Gone But Not F. Cotton.

Listen to the song.

Chris Martin and Fearne Cotton

Murray Christmas

Bill Murray

With only 216 days until Christmas, Netflix is already trumpeting its coup seasonal signing - A Very Murray Christmas.

Directed by Sofia Coppola, it sees Bill Murray playing himself as he tries to put together a holiday TV show that appears doomed because of a terrible snow storm.

But guests arrive in the shape of George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, and countless other stars, to help sing, dance and lift our Christmas spirits.

Watch a teaser trailer for the show, which will be on Netflix in all its territories in December.

My Big Fat Batman V Superman weekend

Entertainment Weekly

The eagerly anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is expected to be a box office smash when it is released on 25 March next year.

Pity the fools that schedule the release of their film up against it.

Except that's exactly when Universal has decided to release My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - the sequel to the hit 2002 indie rom-com from Nia Vardalos.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

But perhaps it's a clever decision to catch all those (we're sure there are some) that have no interest in the comic book film.

Read more on this story.

From our Eurovision reporter

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Electro Velvet

We were all a bit bleary-eyed in the press centre after last night's late after the semi-final last night but thankfully, one of the BBC producers came armed with PG Tips to keep us going. I managed to grab UK hopefuls Electro Velvet for a quick chat ahead of the first dress rehearsal for the final. I asked them what they thought of their chances on the night.

All that stuff is totally outside of our control. If you focus on where you're going to come, how you're doing in the odds, it can distract you from the performance which is the most important thing.


We've put ourselves in our own little bubble, so we're not communicating with the outside world. We're just getting on with making sure our performance is tip top and then hopefully the rest will fall into place."


Read more of Emma's diary

Trigger Happy to return


Dom Joly

Channel 4 has commissioned a new series of Dom Joly's Trigger Happy TV more than a decade after it was last on screens.

The comic told BBC London's Robert Elms he was bringing the show back, but it would be more "cinematic" than the original series.

"So it's not coming back as the original show, it's coming back as a Trigger Happy stunt show, so I'm quite excited about that," he said.

Read the full story.

Anita Dobson as Elizabeth I

Tim Masters

Arts and Entertainment correspondent

Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I

Actress Anita Dobson says her latest TV role shows the vulnerable side of Queen Elizabeth I. 

The ex-EastEnders star spent hours in hair and make-up to play the Virgin Queen in a new historical drama documentary. 

You see her not just as at her best in her regalia, but in her bedroom when she first wakes up - with very little hair, rotten teeth, her skin pock-marked and parchment thin. She's very scared and vulnerable, and frightened that England could lose the war, and that she could lose her head and her throne. But she surrounded herself with good people, she listened and then she made her decisions. I think she was quite a gal! I'm so proud to have played her. She really is an icon."

 Armada: 12 Days To Save England is on Sunday at 9pm on BBC Two.

Sam gets 'appy

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Sam Smith

A week after Sam Smith had an operation on his vocal cords, his friend and music producer Jimmy Napes has revealed the singer is using an app to help him speak.

"He's got an app that speaks for him and it's like Stephen Hawking, where you type something in, except it's in a girls' voice - which is hilarious," Napes said.

Read the full story.

RIP Buffy - she saved the world. A lot.

If you were a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, you were probably snuffling into a tissue when the Joss Whedon series ended 12 years ago this week.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

took to Instagram to create a collage of scenes from the show to mark the anniversary.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Instagram

Clooney's date with Women's Hour

George Clooney got up close and personal with BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour presenter Jenni Murray as he plugged his latest film Tomorrowland. Their chat spanned marriage, children and the role of women in Hollywood.

The one good thing to come out of the Sony hack, and for the most part it was an abomination, is that the conversation has come up that in very liberal Hollywood women aren't being paid the same, and I think there's 15 women directors in a town of directors. I think it's a very good conversation they are starting to have.

George Clooney
Jenni Murray and George Clooney

BGT filming disrupted due to WWII bomb

Britain's Got Talent
Syco/Thames TV

The TV production company behind Britain's Got Talent (BGT) has confirmed the studio it was filming in was evacuated following the discovery of a World War Two bomb in Wembley.

A spokesman for the show said: "We were just about to start our rehearsal and were trying to build the set when the building was evacuated, so that process has been delayed for the moment.

"It has not been great, but it is not detrimental at this stage."

Read more on this story.

Roth tackles death at Cannes

Tim Roth
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Tim Roth is being touted as a potential winner of the best actor prize at Cannes for his portrayal of a nurse caring for the terminally ill.

As part of his preparation for Chronic, the British actor met and observed nurses working in similar emotionally-traumatic roles.

"It's a non-vanity film,'' Roth said in Cannes. "It's very much a leave-your-ego-at-the-door kind of portrayal... I kind of stripped myself away as much as possible."

Directed by Mexico's Michel Franco, the film examines the emotional toil nurses involved in end-of-life care are under and the dramatic effects it can have on their own life.

Asked about his views on euthanasia, Roth firmly replied: "I'm all for it.... That's crazy, to make people go through that [suffering]."

Eurovision's most successful countries

Eurovision winners

Some clever people in the BBC have put together a heat map showing which countries have been most successful in the Eurovision Song Contest since it started 60 years ago.

He's back!

Terminator: Genisys

Arnold Schwarzenegger has posted the latest clip from Terminator: Genisys via his Twitter account.

It features Arnie - sporting significantly more grey hair - and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke typically shooting and blowing things up in their efforts to save the world.

Watch the clip.

I'm pumped up to unveil this new @Terminator TV spot exclusively for my fans. Watch it!

Meryl's bum note

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

Here's a first peak at Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant's next film Florence Foster Jenkins - a story about chasing your dream and ignoring the critics.

Directed by Stephen Frears, Streep plays the title character Florence, who was a real-life New York socialite and heiress who doggedly pursued her fantasy of being an opera star.

Grant plays her partner St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor who refused to reveal the truth - that Florence could barely sing a note!

'Time for a new chapter'

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Fearne Cotton

As she wraps up her final show on Radio 1, Fearne Cotton spills the beans on her six years presenting the station's mid-morning show.

Read the full story.

More goodbyes for Fearne

.@Fearnecotton Thank you so much for all your support over the years, you are the real deal. ramble on sister xx

Crying listening to @Fearnecotton on @BBCR1 ... So much has changed in the last 10 years but motherhood is the greatest adventure of all 🍼🎉💜

Listening to @Fearnecotton's final show on @BBCR1. Gonna miss you on my wireless FC! #FarewellFearne D x

THANK YOU FEARNE! You hero! Good luck! #FarewellFearne X❤️

cannot remember a time when @Fearnecotton wasn't on radio, you will be sorely missed lovely, good luck with the new bubba #FarewellFearne 🌸

Frida's garden

The studio and garden of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has been recreated as part of a new exhibition of her work at the New York Botanical Garden.

Frida Kahlo garden recreation

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life focuses on the artist's interest in nature, and includes a rare display of more than a dozen original paintings and drawings.

It reimagines Kahlo's house Casa Azul - where she grew up in Mexico City, lived with her husband, Mexican artist Diego Rivera, and died in 1954 aged 47.

Frida Kahlo garden recreation

Goodbye Fearne

A host of music stars have been tweeting their farewell's to Radio 1's Fearne Cotton as she hosts her final show this morning.

I will really miss you on Radio 1 Fearne. Thank you for always supporting me and supporting new…

Lots of love to @Fearnecotton and all the support she's given me and so many others on @BBCR1. You are the bestest evah

#FarewellFearne @Fearnecotton Gonna miss you on @BBCR1 LOVED my #LiveLounge sessions with you! Lots of love E xx
#FarewellFearne @Fearnecotton Gonna miss you on @BBCR1 LOVED my #LiveLounge sessions with you! Lots of love E xx

#FarewellFearne @Fearnecotton Gonna miss you on @BBCR1 LOVED my #LiveLounge sessions with you! Lots of love E xx

Goodbye to @Fearnecotton! The @BBCR1 Live Lounge won't be the same without you! #FarewellFearne…

Always a blast in the @BBCR1 Live Lounge w/@fearnecotton. Thanks for all the love. We'll miss you! #FarewellFearne.

Always a blast in the @BBCR1 Live Lounge w/@fearnecotton. Thanks for all the love. We'll miss you! #FarewellFearne.

Eurovision ratings

Overnight ratings suggest an average 618,600 people tuned into watch the second semi-final last night on BBC Three.

It's down on the 710,500 who tuned in for last year's show.

The most watch programme on at the same time between 20:00 and 22:00 was the British Soap Awards on ITV with an average 3.9 million viewers excluding +1 audiences.

Cowell on Walsh's X Factor future

Simon Cowell and Richard Arnold

Simon Cowell has refused to be drawn on whether Louis Walsh could return to the X-Factor judging panel, but has revealed Louis and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have long been enemies.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: "I'm not sitting there in the dark going 'You know what, today I'll fire Louis'. It is what it is, you know. But it does irritate me sometimes, thinking I'm not the only person making this decision."

Speaking about

Louis and Cheryl's public spat, Cowell said "there was always going to be a clash".

"They've never liked each other, those two... [When Cheryl was in Girls Aloud] he was their manager. Now, Louis managing a girl band, disaster, he just doesn't do it well."

Red Nose Dancethon

Nick Cannon

America's Got Talent presenter Nick Cannon took on the 24-hour dancethon challenge for Red Nose Day in the US, emulating Dermot O'Leary's Herculean effort for the UK version. 

Cannon co-opted a couple of famous faces to help him through the gruelling test including Lil Kim, some giant M&Ms and Piers Morgan!

Cap and gown for Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi gave graduates of Rutgers-Camden University the first listen of a new song as he received an honorary degree.

The New Jersey university awarded him a doctorate of letters to recognise his entertainment career and a history of philanthropy focused on homelessness and poverty.

He said the song Reunion was a gift to the students, beginning: "This isn't how the story ends, my friends, it's just a fork along the road."

From our Eurovision reporter

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

And breathe... now we know the entire line-up for Saturday's grand final.

The biggest cheers went up in the press room for performances from Azerbijian, Montenegro, Slovenia, Israel, Norway and Sweden during the second semi-final - and that was reflected in the vote tonight, as they all went through.

There was a jubilant atmosphere at the press conference that followed the show - the losers and their supporters must have sneaked out the back.  

I think I was the only Brit among a sea of excitable Israelis surrounding me on all sides of the seating area, and it wasn't long before they broke into a spontaneous rendition of Guedj's Golden Boy. 

Read more from Emma's diary.

Red Nose frivolities

Benedict Cumberbatch

UK stars got in on the action at the US version of Red Nose Day last night, helping to raise more than $8m during the three-hour NBC telethon.

Host Seth Meyers quipped to Gwyneth Paltrow: "I don't want the British doing anything in front of the cameras. They are famously terrible actors so they are all working backstage."

It then

cut to shots of an array of British celebs including Simon Cowell, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Helen Mirren doing all the backstage jobs including valet parking and making the tea.

Coldplay also got in on the act, producing a 12-minute

Game of Thrones musical sketch., and Ed Sheeran
performed a duet with Kermit the Frog.

Farewell Fearne

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton has just started hosting her final show on BBC Radio 1 after nearly 10 years.

"I am terrified/excited, I've been looking forward to it and dreading it in equal measures," she said at the top of the show.

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl is also due to drop in later so do switch your radio on (

or listen online) and tune in.

New home for ballet

Le Corsaire

The English National Ballet is to move to a new "state of the art" home in east London.

"I want to create a new space that allows us to produce and rehearse amazing work," artistic director Tamara Rojo said.

The company will share the building with the English National Ballet School when it is ready in autumn 2018.

Read more on this story

Your views - Eurovision finalists

Spare a thought for the countries that failed to make the cut last night. Here are some of the tweets of disappointed fans:

@bbceurovision where is Ireland?!?!?!?! 😨😫⁉

@bbceurovision gutted Iceland didn't get through


@Eurovision tears for #POR

The Rock gets ordained

Nick Mundy

Screen Junkies correspondent and comedian Nick Munday and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have developed something of a rapport over the years, so the actor wanted to go above and beyond when plugging his latest movie, San Andreas.

The Rock took part in an elaborate set-up, which saw him get ordained as a minister and wed Nick and his blushing bride Dilara Marie at a surprise wedding.

All the best to the happy couple, and tissues at the ready to

watch the video. Nick's face is priceless!

Eurovision running order

Andreas Putting (EBU)

Now all the finalists have been decided, Eurovision organisers have revealed the running order for the final.

In the past this used to be decided by drawing lots, but the last couple of years has seen entrants randomly pick which half of the show they perform in, and then producers "curating" the running order.

This was done in the hope it would create a more exciting show, in case luck decided six ballads were performed in a row.

In this instance, it's bad news for France who have been given the cursed number two slot - in which no act has ever won the contest.

The UK will be performing fifth out of 27, in between Estonia and Armenia.

See the full running order.

Flavor Flav arrested

Flavor Flav

Public Enemy's Flavor Flav has been arrested in Las Vegas for driving under the influence, speeding, marijuana possession and driving on a suspended licence.

He was pulled over by Nevada Highway Patrol in the early hours of Thursday, allegedly driving 73mph in a 45mph zone. He posted bail the same day.

The 56-year-old is facing driving charges in New York, stemming from his January 2014 arrest for speeding on the way to his mother's funeral. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Eurovision's last 10 finalists revealed

Eurovision finalists

So now we have all our finalists for this year's grand finale on Saturday.

Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Slovenia and Poland were all voted through, along with Sweden (below), the bookmakers' favourite.

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow

But it was bad news for Ireland, who missed out on qualifying for a second consecutive year with Molly Sterling's Ballad, Playing With Numbers.

Ireland's Molly Sterling

Read the full story. and
see which acts got through.

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Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

Did you watch the Eurovision second semi-final last night? Did your favourites go through and who did you think was robbed of a finalist position?

And what about yesterday's Ivor Novello awards? Is Hozier's Take Me the Church your best song? And is Ed Sheeran your songwriter of the year?

Get in touch and let us know your thoughts. Tweet

@BBCNewsEnts or email

TGI Friday

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Morning all! To celebrate the end of another working week we have another packed day of entertainment and arts news for you.

So stay tuned for the latest updates on Eurovision, the Cannes film festival, the new Terminator movie and anything else that breaks in between.

If you missed what happened yesterday,

take a look at Thursday's live page.