Colin Jackson, an Olympic sprinter and hurdler, is one of the surviving Dancing on Ice candidates this year. He is currently a frequent BBC sports analyst and broadcaster, although he has some past dancing experience, having competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.
He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England on 3 April 1981. He grew up in Jesmond, a suburb of the city. His parents are John and Janet Jackson; his father is a forklift truck driver while his mother works as a hairdresser. He has one younger sister named Laura.
Jackson began competing in athletics at a young age and soon became involved in many disciplines, including high jump, long jump, triple jump, and sprinting. By the time he reached school, he had won several national titles across the various distances. After graduating from James Gillespie's High School in 1999, he went on to study economics and business management at Durham University, where he was a member of the Durham University Athletics Club. During his time there, he won two individual NCAA titles and three overall championships; he also received the Jack Meenham Award for most outstanding athlete of the year.
After graduating with a first-class degree in 2003, he joined British Gas as an economist but was made redundant four months later.
Ryan Gallagher, a contestant Ryan Gallagher, a The Voice candidate, has been booted from the competition for violating the production's COVID-19 guidelines, EW has learnt. Gallagher was not present during Monday's live playoffs. Carson Daly, the show's host at the time, stated that the opera singer had to "leave the competition," but did not elaborate. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, a Fox spokesperson said: "Due to health and safety precautions put in place to protect our staff and fans, we cannot allow anyone on stage who does not meet these requirements."
Gallagher had previously told reporters he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said he met with doctors before returning for more rehearsals with his team.
A source close to the situation tells us that Gallagher's removal from the competition is not due to any misconduct by him. Rather, it's because he violated one of the production's rules by leaving his dressing room during last night's playoffs episode. As a result, he was not allowed back in the studio.
We are still waiting to hear whether or not he has been quarantined and given a clean bill of health. However, it seems clear that if he did have the virus, there would be no way for him to participate in the remainder of the season.
Additionally, it should be noted that several other contestants have also left the competition early due to illness. Last week, two singers withdrew from their battles before they could be eliminated.
In addition to Scott Baldwin (signed for Worcester Warriors), Mike Brown (Newcastle Falcons), James Lang (Edinburgh), Glen Young (Edinburgh), and Michele Campagnaro (Colomiers), Harlequins will lose Tevita Cavubati, Martin Landajo, Ben Tapuai, Nathan Earle, Elia Elia, and Brett Herron...
Tevita Cavubati has signed a two-year contract with London Irish after seven years at Quins. The Fijian international played 80 matches for his hometown club before moving to Europe where he spent three seasons with Montferrat. He returned to New Zealand in 2016 to play for Waikato Chiefs before joining London Irish last year.
Martin Landajo has signed a two-year deal with Newcastle Falcons after five seasons with Quins. The Spanish back row player made his debut for Quins in 2009 and went on to make 85 appearances, scoring four tries. He also represented Spain at under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels.
James Lang has signed a two-year deal with Edinburgh after six seasons with Quins. The New Zealander made his debut for Quins in 2009 and was an ever-present member of the squad during his time here. In 2012 he became the first player to score 100 points for the club when he found the try-line against Leicester Tigers.
Glen Young has signed a two-year contract with Edinburgh after eight seasons with Quins.
Graham Norton has announced that he will host the BBC's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The network outlined its coverage strategy for the annual tournament, which will be held in Rotterdam this year after the 2020 event was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic. This is the second time that Norton has hosted the show; he took over from David Jones when the contest was last held in London in 2019.
Norton said in a statement: "I'm so excited to be hosting another Eurovision Song Contest. It's such an incredible night of music, comedy and drama and I can't wait for it to be done."
He added: "Following on from such an amazing contest in London last year, I know we're in for a real treat with this year's edition in Rotterdam."
The BBC said that Norton would be joined by guest commentators including Michael McIntyre, Charlotte Hawkins, Tess Daly and Nick Grimshaw.
They continued: "With Graham at the helm, our team is ready to deliver yet another spectacular show. We want to thank David Jones who did an amazing job last year but decided not to return for a second term as host. With his departure, we now have an open door policy for any future hosts so please do get in touch if you'd like to come on board."
After contracting COVID-19, Jamie Lomas quit the firm. He was starring in the British comedy series The Full Monty when this news broke.
Lomas was due to appear in the second series of The Bodyguard this year. But after testing positive for the virus, he was forced to pull out of the role.
A spokesperson for Sky One said at the time: "We are all deeply sorry to hear about Jamie's diagnosis and we send our thoughts to him and his family."
Full Monty II is not scheduled yet. But now that Lomas has quit, it looks like they will not be able to shoot it again soon.