Harry Styles’ BBC special finally aired over the weekend. The aptly titled “Harry Styles at the BBC” featured Harry performing some hits for a lively crowd. Aside from his songs “Sign of the Times” and “Carolina,” Harry did a cover of “Girl Crush” by Taylor Swift collaborators Little Big Town. But it was Harry’s performance as a bingo caller at a nursing home that had people talking.
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Liam Payne isn’t above using his assets to sell records or promote upcoming appearances, if his latest Instagram story spree is any indication. Thursday, the British crooner posted up in the shower to inform fans where he’d be spending his Friday evening. And it’s not in bed with Cheryl.
Harry Styles is officially a big deal, according the BBC. The British network made it quite clear how it feels about the One Direction singer as it announced an upcoming television event all about him. Harry will star in a primetime special featuring performances and a lengthy interview.
Harry will presumably be playing music off of his self-titled debut solo album, but will have plenty of time to work on something new by the time the program is out in November. He’ll also have a friendly face around peppering him with questions about his life and career.
Ed Sheeran sat down to chat with the BBC about his early career, his writing process and what an awkward kid he was. Ed shared the moment in his life when he knew music was his path forward: hearing Eric Clapton play “Layla” for the Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee.
“That day I said, ‘I want to be a musician. I want to play guitar,'” Ed shared. “I got a guitar for Christmas and that was the first song I learned.” The BBC called it “a rather unusual source” for Ed’s music to spring from despite the bevy of English singer-songwriters inspired by Clapton.
Ed does have a habit of setting himself apart from the crowd, though. As he found himself blending into the singer-songwriter scene, he decided he’d be more a novelty with a different crowd: London’s hip-hop community.
Lea Michele is taking another step towards her world tour dreams. The singer is in London performing some one-woman shows and the BBC invited her to stop by its offices twice. First, on Friday, Lea stopped by the BBC Radio 1 studios ahead of a Shoreditch Town Hall performance. In a lace dress with a choker collar, Lea looked quite posh.
On Saturday, she was at it again, visiting BBC Radio 2. Wearing a pink jacket, Lea was mobbed by fans who wanted autographs and selfies with the “Love Is Alive” singer.
Lea sat down for an interview on her first stop and she discussed her “Glee” days. The hosts seemed not to know what to talk about with Lea–they clearly don’t know anything about her love of wine.
Check out both of Lea’s BBC looks below, plus see her interview.
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BBC found itself on the receiving end of public backlash after the network cut out a lyric from Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” twice. The incident happened during BBC’s “Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief” televised event where the hosts of “The One Show” performed the song without the “gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life” line.
As you can imagine, viewers were upset by the empowering lyric being taken out and BBC issued a statement claiming that the song was cut due to restricted timing. “It is standard procedure to edit down music tracks to fit into the running time of the show,” BBC News reports.
Earlier this month, BBC show “Let It Shine” caught some heat after removing the same lyric from a semi-finalist’s performance as well as Lady Gaga’s line “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” The network used the same time restraint excuse for removing the lyrics.
Check out the footage below.
What do you think of BBC’s decision to remove the pro-LGBTQ lyrics from its televised shows?
(Photo credit: Lady Gaga Instagram account)