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Comedian Jason Manford to release debut album

Jason Manford

Who knew Jason Manford could sing? Turns out he's made an album of show tunes.

Not that making an album is any guarantee of musicality. Just check out the other well-known faces that have turned to music. Because 15 minutes of fame is never enough - and if you can act, present or pout, you must be able to sing, right?!

Still, at least Jason has his sense of humour to fall back on.

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No pressure then Kem if this Stormzy collab ever happens...

Frank Sinatra's widow, Barbara, dies aged 90

Frank and Barbara Sinatra, in 1995

Which leads us seemlessly on to the sad news that Barbara Sinatra, widow of singer Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 90.

The former model and Las Vegas showgirl passed away at home in Rancho Mirage, California, surrounded by family and friends, a spokesperson said.

Mrs Sinatra wed Frank in 1976. She had been married twice before - including to Zeppo Marx, youngest of the Marx Brothers comedy team.

A high-profile advocate for abused children, she and Frank set up the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center near Palm Springs, in 1986.

The pair had been married for 22 years when Frank died of a heart attack in 1998, aged 82.

Australian indigenous singer Dr G Yunupingu dies

Australian indigenous singer Yunupingu dies aged 46

One of Australia's leading Aboriginal musicians, Dr G Yunupingu, has died at the age of 46.

The singer, born blind in the Northern Territory, became the highest-selling Australian indigenous artist ever.

He died at Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday after enduring "a long battle with illness", his record label said in a statement.

Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett led the tributes on social media, calling Yunupingu "a truly great musician".

"Very sad news. Too young, so much left to give. Heart goes out to family," Garrett said, on Twitter.

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The musician, who sang in English and in his native Yolngu language, performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London in 2012.

Hailed as 'the Australian voice of a generation', he had ongoing liver and kidney issues for some time, which had forced him to cancel a European tour.

Yunupingu's family asked media outlets not to use pictures of him after his death in accordance with indigenous traditions.

Eurovision 2018 to be held in Lisbon

Portugal"s Salvador Sobral celebrates after winning the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Salvador Sobral's winning song was written by his sister

Lisbon has been chosen to host next year's Eurovision song contest on 12 May 2018.

It doesn't really come as any surprise - Graham Norton called it on the night, with his 'see you in Lisbon', after Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral clinched this year's contest with his sibling-penned ballad, Amar Pelos Dois.

But it turns out that Lisbon "fought off strong competition" from four other Portuguese cities - namely Braga, Gondomar, Guimarães and Santa Maria da Feira - for the privilege to host the 2018 event, which reaches over 180 million viewers.

Maybe it was the availability of cheap flights to the capital that swung it - or maybe it's those fabulous custard pies.

Either way, it's the first time ever that competition will be held in Portugal, as Salvador’s win was the country’s first in their 53 years of competing.

See below for how he did it.


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