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Cheryl soliders on after car crash | Jamie Tuohy

Pop princess Cheryl Cole was doing the rounds of interviews this morning, just hours after jetting in from LA, where she was involved in a car crash with rapper friend and manager Will.i.am.

Cheryl only returned from Los Angeles 36 hours before, but the Geordie singer wasted no time in hitting the promotional tour for her new single Under the Sun.

She joined Capital Breakfast hosts Lisa Snowdown and Dave Berry, wearing a sling after her accident and took the opportunity to shed some light on the car crash.

Telling Berry that she only had to wear the sling for three days, Cheryl put the initial shock of the crash behind her and joked that Will.i.am was to blame for the whole thing.

‘He’s a bad talker. He was talking the face off us,’ she said. ‘He was talking about Nasa and Mars.’

Cheryl was referring to the fact that Will.i.am’s single Reach For The Stars was recently beamed back to earth from Mars. She said that his motor mouth ways caused the Black Eyed Peas rapper to drive his Cadillac into the back of a parked car, as both he and Cheryl emerged from McDonalds.

Cheryl was left bloodied and in tears after the accident, due to the fact that her air bag never opened when the collision occurred, causing her to hit the dashboard full force, resulting in whiplash.

Both she and Will.i.am quickly took to Twitter to reassure fans that they were perfectly fine after the incident and Cheryl revealed to Fearne Cotton today that she’s looking to the future and is excited for Girls Aloud’s ten year anniversary in November.

What a trooper!

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Cheryl, what happens in Vegas goes on Twitter – Jamie Tuohy

Cheryl Cole celebrated her 29th birthday in Las Vegas with her Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola and Kimberley and by the looks of things, it appears that the Call My Name singer marked the occasion in traditional Sin City style.

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The trio aren’t impressed with their Tequila shots

Thanks to Twitter, fans were able to join in on the action in real time, as Nicola posted snaps from the bash on her account. As Nicola and Kimberley sat in first class, Nicola Tweeted a picture of her mate sipping a cocktail and proceeded to post various pictures from Cheryl’s soiree, with everything from their intimate dinner to their club outing appearing on the star’s Twitter page.

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Starting early: Kimberley gets into party mode

Along with her Girls Aloud bandmates, Cheryl was joined by BFF Will.I.AM, who also took to the social networking site to show his love for the birthday girl. The Black Eyed Peas singer was DJing at XS Nightclub in the Encore Hotel and Cheryl took centre stage, joining her friend and manager in the DJ booth. He tweeted “I made the crowd sing happy birthday to @CherylCole in vegas last night…#thisislove there was #amillionlights”.

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The BEP singer tweeted this snap of him and Cheryl

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Will.I.Am got everyone in the party spirit

 Following a weekend of intensive partying, Cheryl was feeling a little worse for wear and as the party’s action was played out online, it was rather appropriate for the Geordie singer to take to her own account to inform her followers of her consequent delicacy. Cheryl tweeted:  “Erm… few questions!! Who am I? Where am I?? Why am I?? What am I?”

It appears that if you’re Cheryl Cole, what happens in Vegas, certainly doesn’t  stay there!

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Leanne Mitchell wins The Voice UK – Jamie Tuohy

Singing sensation Leanne Mitchell has won The Voice UK, after wowing the nation with her stunning rendition of Whitney Houston’s classic Run to You. The 28-year-old, who was coached by Tom Jones in the competition, beat Bo Bruce and Tyler James to the title, as Holly Willoughby announced her as the series’ winner.

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In her first audition, the Suffolk singer impressed the judges with her take on Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy. Over the series, she belted out hits such as Put a Spell on You and Who Knew, but undoubtedly, it was her powerhouse performance of the late diva Whitney Houston’s hit that saw her rise from being the competition’s underdog to the show’s champion. Proving that you don’t have to be a favourite to win, Leanne moved Jessie J to tears with her incomparable and emotionally evocative vocals.

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After Holly read her name out as the winner, Leanne was clearly fighting back the tears and said “oh my God, I’m starting to believe in myself now”. The singer’s lack of confidence had been much commented on throughout the series, but surely a record deal with Universal and the triumph of being crowned The Voice UK will help to quash any apprehensions she has about herself.

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Bo Bruce opened the show with a fantastic rendition of Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U, before duetting with her mentor, The Script frontman Danny O’ Donoghue, singing Read All About It. After the performance, Danny went on to say that Bo was his inspiration and Bo then got the chance to sing her favourite song from the series, choosing Charlie Brown, which was met with raucous applause from the audience. Danny commented, saying that she was a “star amongst stars”.

Before being eliminated in the early stages of the final, the show’s most original contestant Vince Kidd got the chance to fight for his place, singing Many Rivers to Cross and went on to duet with his mentor Jessie J on her inspirational track Nobody’s Perfect. Tyler James represented Team Will with his version of Michael Jackson’s I’ll Be There and that was followed by a duet with Will.i.am on Usher’s OMG.  Both performers hovered over the stage in what was an underwhelming performance to say the least, but Tyler managed to save face with his rendition of Higher Love.

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However, the night belonged to Leanne; whose vocals outshone her mentor’s when they collaborated on Mama Told Me Not to Come, as Leanne ensued to bring the house down after opening with an unbelievably powerful performance, singing It’s Man’s Man’s World.

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The judges’ collaboration was definitely a highlight of the night as they sang each other’s hits and the evening’s proceedings were punctuated with brief appearances from Reggie (who announced the special guests – Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5) and innumerable shots of Holly’s cleavage.

Leanne writes her own music as well as playing the piano and the organ and as Holly and erm, ‘the twins’ announced Leanne as the winner, it was clear that Leanne’s future is looking extremely bright. The star had a record deal at the age of 15 and was on the verge of fame, but a series of knockbacks thwarted her confidence, but with a brand new record deal in the bag and a £100,000 cash prize in her pocket, Leanne Mitchell can be confident in that fact that she has now made it. Congratulations Leanne.

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