Vintage triumph: Ade Edmondson and 'Eighties Supergroup' beat younger rivals to go through to Let's Dance final



They were all of a certain vintage - but comedian Ade Edmondson along with popstars Limahl, Chesney Hawkes, Clare Grogan and Toyah proved they had the moves when it came to taking on younger upstarts on the dancefloor tonight.

The middle-aged stars triumphed inspite of their years on the latest live heat of Let's Dance For Comic Relief to make it through to next week's grand final.

Ade, 54, was dancing solo in a tutu and tights to the Dying Swan from ballet Swan Lake - watched in the audience by wife Jennifer Saunders, 52, and two of their three daughters and before the judging panel of comedians John Bishop, 44, Jo Brand, 53, and Felix Dexter.

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In the spotlight: Ade Edmondson was the outright winner on tonight's Let's Dance For Comic Relief heat with her performance of The Dying Swan from Swan Lake

In the spotlight: Ade Edmondson was the outright winner on tonight's Let's Dance For Comic Relief heat with her performance of The Dying Swan from Swan Lake

Swansong: The former Bottom and Young Ones star was hit on the head with a frying pan at the end of his performance by comedy co-star Rik Mayall

Swansong: The former Bottom and Young Ones star was hit on the head with a frying pan at the end of his performance by comedy co-star Rik Mayall

Family fun: Ade was cheered on by wife Jennifer Saunders, right, and two of their three daughters

Family fun: Ade was cheered on by wife Jennifer Saunders, right, and two of their three daughters

Although the former Bottom and Young Ones star made an effort with some genuine ballet steps in the routine, it turned to his usual slapstick comedy at the end when his old sidekick and sparring partner Rik Mayall, 52, came on at the end to whack him with a frying pan to make sure he was dead.

Judge John said afterwards: 'I thought it was beautiful - the poise, the grace, the elegance. It was like seeing a real life bald swan with glasses. You made Natalie Portman in Black Swan look like Ann Widdecombe. You nailed it.'

Tutu much: The former Bottom star was described as being like a real-life bald swan with glasses

Tutu much: The former Bottom star was described as being like a real-life bald swan with glasses

Cheerleaders: Show host Alex Jones, in blue, chatted to friends and family of the competitors who were all watching in the wings to cheer on their loved ones as they danced for a good cause

Cheerleaders: Show host Alex Jones, in blue, chatted to friends and family of the competitors who were all watching in the wings to cheer on their loved ones as they danced for a good cause

However, it seems that Rik had been a little bit too enthusiastic with his frying pan - before the results were announced, Ade was seen sporting a large bump on his forehead.

Ade revealed to show host Steve Jones and Alex Jones that his comedy partner had accidentally bashed him properly hard on the head.

He said: 'He hit me on the head with the first swipe - it's eight years since we've done any of that. I ended up in hospital last time too.'

Ade said he was 'very nervous and humbled' by winning the heat, adding he was 'worried about whether Rik will find out where I am next week.'

Retro heroes: 'Eighties Supergroup' Toyah Willcox, left, Limahl, front centre, Chesney Hawkes, centre back, and Clare Grogan were runners up and will take their place in next week's grand final

Retro heroes: 'Eighties Supergroup' Toyah Willcox, left, Limahl, front centre, Chesney Hawkes, centre back, and Clare Grogan were runners up and will take their place in next week's grand final

Greased lightning: The Eighties Supergroup even dressed up like characters from the film, with Toyah and Clare in silver catsuits and the boys in Fifties-style leathers - and quiffs

Greased lightning: The Eighties Supergroup even dressed up like characters from the film, with Toyah and Clare in silver catsuits and the boys in Fifties-style leathers - and quiffs - as they chatted to co-host Steve Jones

Limahl et al meanwhile were runners-up dancing together as a quartet called the Eighties Supergroup - with a running joke throughout the show that in fact relative stripling Chesney Hawkes, 39, had his No. 1 hit The One And Only in 1991.

The 52-year-old Kajagoogoo frontman and Chesney were joined by Toyah Willcox, 52, and former Altered Images frontwoman Clare Grogan, 48.

Watching every move: The judging panel of John Bishop, Jo Brand and Felix Dexter - only Jo saved Joe Swash and Caroline Flack rather than the Eighties Supergroup when it came to choosing who would go through to the grand final

Watching every move: The judging panel of John Bishop, Jo Brand and Felix Dexter - only Jo saved Joe Swash and Caroline Flack rather than the Eighties Supergroup when it came to choosing who would go through to the grand final

They were cheered on by fellow Eighties popstar Nik Kershaw, who said after their performance: 'You came, you saw, you coiffeured!'

The quartet performed Greased Lightning from the film Grease and beat I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now presenters Joe Swash, 29, and Caroline Flack, 31, Iain Lee, 37, Lee Nelson, aka comedian Simon Brodkin, and Marcus Brigstocke, 37.

Afterwards, judge John said: 'I don't know what to say, it was a like a dream. Like I was 16 and someone has transported me to the best party I could have ever wished to go to.'

To the mock horror of the panting quartet, Felix then said: 'It had Energy, style, it was fantastic. Coming from a group with a combined age of 200 or something, it was incredible. It was absolutely great. Absolutely fab.'

Little bit frightening: Marcus Brigstocke danced to Carl Douglas's Kung Fu Fighting

Little bit frightening: Marcus Brigstocke danced to Carl Douglas's Kung Fu Fighting

Expert timing: But despite his Fu Manchu moustache - which judge Jo Brand said looked like her in the morning - failed to win through to the grand final next week

Expert timing: But despite his Fu Manchu moustache - which judge Jo Brand said looked like her in the morning - failed to win through to the grand final next week

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke opened the show performing Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas, complete with fake moustache, silk pyjamas and high-kicking moves.

He was followed by presenters Caroline Flack and Joe Swash throwing some shapes on the dancefloor to My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas.

However, former EastEnders star Joe joked as he came off the floor: 'I'm more Will.I.Ain't than Will.I.Am' and said he'd have had a 'nervous breakdown' if he'd had to dance again in the grand final.

Tight fit: Lee Nelson, aka comedian Simon Brodkin, and his comedy sidekick Omelette, danced to Club Tropicana by Wham! in just their swimwear

Tight fit: Lee Nelson, aka comedian Simon Brodkin, and his comedy sidekick Omelette, danced to Club Tropicana by Wham! in just their swimwear

All that's missing is the sea: But don't worry, many viewers quite appreciated the view of Lee's body instead

All that's missing is the sea: But don't worry, many viewers quite appreciated the view of Lee's body instead

BBC Three's Lee Nelson, dressed only in tiny white Speedos and trainers, with his sidekick and 'fat legend' Omelette in a striped Victorian bathing costume danced to Club Tropicana by Wham!

Absolute Radio host Iain Lee meanwhile had his steps cut out dancing to Will Smith's Getting Jiggy With It wearing a blue puffa jacket before swapping it for an Egyptian pharaoh's outfit - just like in the video.

He gotta feeling: Joe Swash and Caroline Flack danced to My Humps by The Black Eye Peas - but Joe said he was more 'Will.I.Ain't than Will.I.Am'

He gotta feeling: Joe Swash and Caroline Flack danced to My Humps by The Black Eye Peas - but Joe said he was more 'Will.I.Ain't than Will.I.Am'

Lady lumps: Caroline managed to get in some good hip action dancing some of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas's moves

Lady lumps: Caroline managed to get in some good hip action dancing some of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas's moves

The show also featured performances by pop group The Wanted singing the Comic Relief official song Gold Forever and Brit Award winner Jessie J singing her No. 1 hit single Price Tag.

The other contenders who will battle it out in next week's final include: Russell Kane performing as Beyoncé, Katie Price as Freddie Mercury taking on Queen's I Want To Break Free, Noel Fielding with his impression of Kate Bush, plus comdian Charlie Baker and Emmerdale's James Thornton.

Big Willy style: Iain Lee was dancing to Getting Jiggy With It by Will Smith - and even tried to make the outfits in the original video

Big Willy style: Iain Lee was dancing to Getting Jiggy With It by Will Smith - and even tried to make the outfits in the original video

Quick change: The comedian and Absolute Radio presenter transformed into an Egyptian pharaoh half way through his routine

Quick change: The comedian and Absolute Radio presenter transformed into an Egyptian pharaoh half way through his routine

All money raised from the public phone votes will go to Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day itself meanwhile takes place on March 18.

On song: Jessie J performed her new single Price Tag on Let's Dance For Comic Relief while the votes were counted

On song: Jessie J performed her new single Price Tag on Let's Dance For Comic Relief while the votes were counted

In demand:The Wanted performed Gold Forever, the official Comic Relief single, the proceeds of which will go to the needy both in the UK and Africa

In demand:The Wanted performed Gold Forever, the official Comic Relief single, the proceeds of which will go to the needy both in the UK and Africa


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A whole different ball game: Meet the women aiming to win the World Cup

Heard about the England footballers who have a chance of winning the World Cup? No, seriously… After being let down too often by the game’s overpaid male stars, we meet the ladies who have the talent to bring home the trophy (and woe betide any man who says women don’t know the offside rule)

England women's football team

Dream team, clockwise from left: Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Katie Chapman, Rachel Brown, Rachel Yankey, Steph Houghton and Faye White

The group of leggy and enviably toned young women in acid-bright designer sportswear could be a bunch of yummy mummies about to do an aerobics class. The only clue to their real identity are the studs on the soles of their high-tech trainers.

These girls are no dilettante exercisers getting ready for a pre-skinny latte workout, but members of the England women’s football team, nicknamed the Three Lionesses. Throw a ball at them and they are likely to juggle it on their toes before whacking it back with interest. Almost certainly you won’t have heard of any of them, but (whisper it quietly) the girls’ recent record is much more successful than that of England’s toothless Lions. They reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2007, were runners-up in the 2009 Women’s Euros, being beaten in the final by Germany (some things never change), and this summer will compete in the World Cup finals in Germany, beginning in June.

Asked if they can win it, they all respond in time-honoured fashion, with much talk of ‘taking one game at a time’, ‘no easy teams’, and so on (sporting clichés are no respecter of the gender divide). But Hope Powell, the team’s inspirational 44-year-old head coach who was awarded a CBE last year, says: ‘We’ve definitely got the capability to do well.’

Apart from the World Cup, the profile of the women’s game – where top players might earn £30,000 a year – will be given another boost thanks to a major initiative by the Football Association, which is investing more than £3 million setting up a new Women’s Super League (WSL). Beginning next month, this is an elite league of eight teams whose games will be broadcast on the TV sports network ESPN, opening up a whole new potential audience. ‘The women’s game is in good shape right now,’ says Hope.

So, meet the team...


THE CAPTAIN

Faye White MBE, 33

Faye White

CLUB Arsenal Ladies.

POSITION Central defender. Faye, England captain since 2002, began playing soccer as a seven-year-old, kicking a ball around the back garden with her brother and his friends. ‘Being England captain is the biggest honour you can achieve as far as I’m concerned. There’s a lot of responsibility and pressure, but it’s something I relish.’ When not playing or training, she works in a development role for Arsenal, which includes encouraging schoolchildren to play the game. ‘My life is football 24/7.’

OVER THE MOON

‘My performance against Sweden in the group phase of the Women’s Euro 2009 finals, when I scored a goal and was named Player of the Match.’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘Losing 6-2 against Germany in the final of Euro 2009. I’ve won a lot of trophies with Arsenal, but it’s the losses that stick with me.’

PIN-UP PLAYER

‘David Beckham. I love how passionate he is about his sport. And despite all the money and showbiz, he continues to motivate himself and prove people wrong when they doubt him.’

WOMEN I ADMIRE

‘Growing up it was people like Steffi Graf and Denise Lewis. Like them, I want to be a role model for younger girls, because I never had that within women’s soccer.’

OFF THE BALL

‘I love watching action movies such as The Matrix and Inception. If I go to see a romcom, it’s probably because my fiancé Keith has dragged me there.’

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS

‘I hope that I can stay involved in the game and help it continue to grow. And I’d like to get into more extreme sports, such as parachuting, skiing, driving fast cars and trekking up mountains. I’ve put off doing them because I’ve suffered quite a few injuries to my knees and I hate to think how they’ll feel in ten years’ time – I do worry about that.’


THE YOUNG MUM
Katie Chapman, 28

Katie Chapman

CLUB Arsenal Ladies.

POSITION Central midfield.
Katie is the only England player with children. She and her husband Mark, who works for EDF Energy, have two sons: Harvey, seven, and Riley, two. She trained through both pregnancies until two weeks before the births, and was back in training six weeks later. ‘I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Now my number one fans are my boys and my husband.’’

OVER THE MOON

‘Winning the quadruple with Arsenal in 2007, which means we won the Women’s Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘When one of my former clubs, Charlton Athletic Ladies, was disbanded after funding was withdrawn when the men’s team was relegated from the Premier League.’

PIN-UP PLAYERS

‘Cesc Fabregas and Steven Gerrard are great, hard-working players who score goals and have a big impact on games.’

WOMEN I ADMIRE

‘Kelly Holmes, who’s got the grit and determination to succeed and doesn’t stop until she gets there. If there’s something I want, I do my best to go and get it.’

DIRTY GIRLS

‘Of course there are dirty players in the game, but I’m not one of them! It’s a very physical game, which is why people should come and watch. I think they’d be surprised.’

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS

‘I’d like to be a beautician, which surprises people. I’ve already done my manicure and pedicure diploma.’

THE BEYONCE FAN
Casey Stoney, 28

Casey Stoney

CLUB Chelsea Ladies.

POSITION Central defender.

Casey, who describes herself as a ‘no-nonsense’ player, psyches herself up for internationals by listening to her iPod. ‘It depends what sort of mood I’m in, but usually something between mellow and heavy. I normally listen to Beyoncé, actually, and try to visualise what I’m going to do in the game.’

OVER THE MOON

‘Going to China for the 2007 World Cup was an amazing experience. We spent about four weeks acclimatising before we even played a game, so we had a bit of downtime to do things such as shopping. I have to get a fridge magnet for my mum wherever I go!’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘Getting sent off against Italy in the first group game of the Euro 2009 finals. I clipped another player and she went down. The laws of the game ruled that I had to go, but I don’t think it was a foul.’

PIN-UP PLAYER

‘Paul Scholes, an ultimate professional throughout his career, and one of the best midfielders English football has produced.’

WOMAN I ADMIRE

‘Jane Tomlinson, the woman who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and survived for seven years, raising so much money and awareness.
She fought with everything she had. What she achieved goes beyond anything we’ve done as sports people.’

OFF THE BALL

‘When I’m having a quiet time, I love a good book. Harry Potter is a favourite and I like thrillers by authors such as Martina Cole and Mo Hayder.’

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS

‘I’m not sure – maybe join the fire brigade or the police, or perhaps continue to coach.’


THE HANDY GIRL
Rachel Brown, 30

Rachel Brown

CLUB Everton Ladies.

POSITION Goalkeeper.

Rachel has what she describes as ‘man hands. I can pick up a football with one hand – useful for a goalkeeper.’ She spent five years in the US playing soccer for the universities of Alabama and Pittsburgh while completing a degree in sports science. She now teaches a variety of subjects in local schools, including exercise, healthy eating, and business and enterprise. Her boyfriend Ian Finnis is a professional golfer.

OVER THE MOON

‘Winning last year’s FA Cup final, when we beat Arsenal 3-2 in extra time.’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘I made a shocking error in the 2007 World Cup quarterfinal against the USA which cost us the game. A long ball bounced over me and an opposing player ran round me and put it in the net.’

PIN-UP PLAYER

‘Edwin van der Sar, the Manchester United goalkeeper, who’s still at the top at 40. That’s a long time to be so dedicated to a sport.’

WOMAN I ADMIRE

‘The gymnast Beth Tweddle is a good friend of mine and her drive to become number one in the world has been an inspiration. Even when times were tough, she never missed a day’s training, and always did it with a smile on her face.’

INJURY TIME

‘I’ve had a few knee injuries, the worst being a torn cruciate ligament that kept me out for nearly a year. I’ve dislocated a finger, had my front teeth kicked out, and a few other cuts.’

OFF THE BALL

‘I love walking our dog Zak, an 18-month-old working cocker spaniel who’s like our son. As soon as I’ve finished my playing career, I want to start a family.’


THE GOALSCORER
Fara Williams, 27

Fara Williams

CLUB Everton Ladies.

POSITION Midfield.

Despite being a midfielder, Fara is the second leading goalscorer in the current squad, having notched up 34 goals for England in 89 matches – a record that puts David Beckham in the shade. She believes men are less patronising about the women’s game now, not least because the players are in better shape, thanks to improved training and nutrition. ‘We might not be as quick or powerful as the men, but I’m sure there are a couple of players in our team as skilful as Cristiano Ronaldo.’

OVER THE MOON

‘Making my England debut against Portugal in 2001 was just the best feeling. You want to impress, and you have a buzz in your belly knowing that you’re starting your first game for your country.’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘I missed the quarterfinal of the 2007 World Cup after getting two bookings in the group stages. Having to watch from the stands was horrible – something I definitely don’t want to happen this year.’

PIN-UP PLAYERS

‘Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can do everything, plus they’ve got passion and desire. They bring that little bit extra to their game.’

WOMEN I ADMIRE

‘Our England coach Hope Powell has done so much for the women’s game, and Mo Marley, my manager at Everton and coach of the England under-19s team, has followed in her footsteps. I would be happy if I could achieve half of what they’ve done.’

OFF THE BALL

‘I love going on holiday. I was in Hawaii last October, Las Vegas in March and Los Angeles before that.’

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS

‘I work as a coach for the FA – when I give up playing I definitely want to stay in coaching and one day be a manager.’



THE RISING STAR
Steph Houghton, 22

Steph Houghton

CLUB Arsenal Ladies.

POSITION Midfield.

At 22 and with just 12 senior caps, Steph is one of the squad’s youngest members. She played for Sunderland and Leeds before joining Arsenal last summer. Asked why more women don’t play soccer, she says, ‘If men are successful at football they can make a living from it, whereas girls tend to give up playing and put their effort into something that will give them a career.’

OVER THE MOON

‘Scoring my first goal for the England senior team against South Africa in a friendly in 2009.’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘Two days before I was due to go to China for the 2007 World Cup, I tripped over a hurdle in training and broke my leg.’

PIN-UP PLAYERS

‘David Beckham, a great ambassador for football, and Steven Gerrard, who brings so much energy to Liverpool.’

WOMAN I ADMIRE

‘The world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis, who missed the Beijing Olympics because of injury and is now a world beater. She’s young and hard-working, with a bright future ahead – like me, I hope.’

A GAME OF OTHER HALVES

‘I have a boyfriend, Michael, but he’s a police officer and doesn’t have the money to splash out on shopping. Our HABs are definitely not as glamorous as the WAGs!’

PRE-MATCH WARM UP

‘I like to listen to dance music to get the adrenalin going.’

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS

‘I’ve completed a sports science degree at Loughborough. I’d like to have a family and a successful job in sports science.’


THE VETERAN
Rachel Yankey MBE, 31

Rachel Yankey

CLUB Arsenal Ladies.

POSITION Midfield.

With 105 caps, Rachel is the most experienced player in the current squad, becoming only the second woman to top the 100 mark, and was awarded the MBE for services to sport in 2005. She admits the men’s game is faster and more physical, but thinks there isn’t much difference in skill levels. ‘And this will become more evident in the next five to ten years, as younger women now have the opportunity to attend regular training sessions at centres of excellence.’

OVER THE MOON

‘Getting my 100th cap last year in a match against Turkey was massive. We won 3-0, I scored a goal and was captain for the night.’

SICK AS A PARROT

‘Losing last season’s FA Cup final against Everton was a low point.’

PIN-UP PLAYER

‘The former Arsenal forward Ian Wright always made the game look fun, and that made me want to play.’

IT’S ALL IN THE GAME

‘I can’t imagine what I would have done if I hadn’t played football. It’s allowed me to travel, and given me the confidence to work with children.’

UP FOR THE CUP

‘Brazil, Germany and the USA will be favourites to win the World Cup, and to win it we’ve got to beat teams like them. But we’re up for the challenge, definitely.’

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS

‘A few years ago I set up a company offering coaching to primary schools near where I live in London. It’s been successful, so hopefully I can keep it going.’


To find out how you can play a part in shaping the new Women’s Super League, the FA WSL, or for information about playing football in your local area at all levels, visit fawsl.com

To read more about the England squad and the other players, visit thefa.com/england/womens-seniors


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The hands-on bodyguard: Rihanna is better protected than she might have expected on Sydney trip

You have to admire his dedication.

But it looks like Rihanna's burly bodyguard may be taking his job description a little too seriously yesterday as he clasped the Bajan beauty's bountiful assets.

Luckily, the 21-year-old didn't seem to mind the hand-on approach as she was ushered from a Sydney restaurant to her waiting car.

Up close and personal: Rihanna's burly bodyguard looks like he was taking his job just a little too literally as he tried to usher the star through crowds to a waiting car

Up close and personal: Rihanna's burly bodyguard looks like he was taking his job just a little too literally as he tried to usher the star through crowds to a waiting car

The singing star obviously felt like she was in safe hands.

Coincidentally, the star is rumoured to be starring in a re-make of the 1992 film The Bodyguard as Whitney Houston's character with GI Joe star Channing Tatum replacing Kevin Costner in the title role.

Let's hope he watches where he puts his hands.

Rihanna is on the Australian leg of her Loud tour and was earlier spotted leaving The Tool Shed sex shop, although her spokesperson was coy as to the exact nature of her purchases.

Rhianna and her body guard leaving The Tool Shed
Rhianna and her body guard leaving The Tool Shed

Hot under the collar: Earlier in the day Rihanna's bodyguard ushered her out of The Tool Shed sex shop as the star indulged in a kinky shopping spree

The singer recently sparked controversy with her outrageous video for her single S&M.

Clad in barely-there white latex, the singer pushes the boundaries in the strictly adults only video which was shot by Melina Matsoukas, who also directed the promo for her track Rude Boy.

The new video comes as an American model claimed she had a lesbian affair with a female singer, widely thought to be Rihanna.

While Tajah did not name the Barbadian as the star, she refused to deny that she was her former lover.

Smile for the fans: Singer Rihanna waves to the crowd outside the Optus Headquarters in Sydney last week

Smile for the fans: Singer Rihanna waves to the crowd outside the Optus Headquarters in Sydney last week


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That's one way to make an exit! Lady Gaga says a cheeky goodbye to Toronto in revealing outfit

Lady Gaga left a Toronto hotel today but not before giving patrons a glimpse of her very cheeky side.

The pop star left staff and fellow patrons with a lasting impression after exiting the establishment in a leather bra and tights which showed off her leopard print underwear underneath.

The 24-year-old phenomenon carried a coat but resisted wearing it despite the freezing temperatures and raised eyebrows.

Gaga
Exposed: Lady Gaga left her hotel in Toronto, Canada today wearing a revealing bra and underpants in the freezing winter temperature

Exposed: Lady Gaga left her hotel in Toronto, Canada, today wearing a revealing bra and underpants in the freezing winter temperature

Gaga wore a side swept long ponytail and her trademark heel-less boots.

The Born This Way hit-maker stopped in the rain to sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures before heading to her Buffalo concert.

She covered her eyes with dark glasses and accessorised with large hoop earrings, fingerless black leather gloves and pink and purple lipstick.

Globe trotter: The Born This Way singer is currently travelling around the world as part of her Monster Ball tour

Globetrotter: The Born This Way singer is currently travelling around the world as part of her Monster Ball tour

Lady Gaga recently launched legal action against an London based ice cream company who are marketing a flavour made with human breast milk which they have called Baby Gaga.

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, is to sue the Covent Garden outlet The Icecreamists over a product her lawyers call ‘nausea-inducing’ and ‘intended to take advantage of [her] reputation and goodwill’.

Baby Gaga, launched two weeks ago, consists of breast milk blended with vanilla pods and lemon zest.

In legal documents, the Icecreamists are accused of 'riding on the coattails' of Lady Gaga by using a waitress dressed like her to serve the product.

Little monsters: Gaga spent time in the rain posing for photographs with fans and taking pictures

Little monsters: Gaga spent time in the rain posing for photographs with fans and taking pictures

They are told to 'change the name of the ice cream to something which is not aurally, visually or conceptually similar to Lady Gaga' or court action will be taken.

She claims the frozen dessert is 'detrimental' to her image as it is 'deliberately provocative and, to many people, nausea-inducing'.

The store was paying women $25 for 10 ounces of breast milk before local authorities seized its supply last week after complaints from two members of the public. The council is testing the ice cream for viral infections.

Its owner Matt O’Connor insisted 'every possible precaution' was taken over the recipe. He called Lady Gaga’s legal action 'utterly ridiculous' and said he would 'fight the case to the end'.

He told the Evening Standard: 'This is a David versus Goliath battle I’m convinced we will eventually win.

'The world’s biggest superstar has taken umbrage with the world’s smallest ice-cream parlour', he added.

Distasteful: Gaga has filed a lawsuit against a British ice cream maker for producing an ice cream flavour made of human breast milk called Baby Gaga

Distasteful: Gaga has filed a lawsuit against a British ice cream maker for producing an ice cream flavour made of human breast milk called Baby Gaga

'As someone who has... recycled on an industrial scale the entire back catalogue of pop culture to create her look, music and videos, she might want to reconsider this allegation', Mr Connor said of the allegation they are 'riding her coattails'.

Last night at Gaga's show in Toronto she brought one of her biggest fans on stage - 10-year-old YouTube sensation Maria Aragon.

The youngster grew her own legions of fans after posting a video of herself covering Gaga's latest single Born This Way.

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, welcomed the Winnipeg girl onstage at the Air Canada Canter to wild cheering from the audience.

The pair embraced, with an excited Gaga picking her fan up and twirling her around.

Idol: Gaga invited her biggest fan, YouTube sensation Maria Aragon on stage at the Air Canada Center to do a duet with her of Born This Way

Idol: Gaga invited her biggest fan, YouTube sensation Maria Aragon on stage at the Air Canada Center to do a duet with her of Born This Way

They sat down together at the piano, with Maria perched on Gaga's lap, to perform her toned-down version of Born This Way.

'I'm really excited that Maria is here today, because Maria represents what this song is all about,' Gaga told the audience.

'It's all about the next generation and the future and no more divisiveness.'

Afterwards, the Grammy winner handed the microphone over to the confidant youngster, who thanked her idol.

Maria made international headlines last month when her tribute to the star, a video of her sitting at her keyboard playing Born This Way, received eight million hits in just five days.

To date, it has been viewed over 17.6 million times.

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Kick off! Justin Bieber boots dancer in the throat as he opens My World UK tour


Bieber fever hit Birmingham last night as the teen idol kicked off his world tour.

Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber, 17, performed to thousands of screaming fans - predominantly teenage girls - during the sell-out concert.

And in what appeared to be a dream combination for tweens everywhere - his support act was latest pop sensation Willow Smith.

Kick off: Justin Bieber boots one of his dancers in the throat during the first night of his UK tour

Kick off: Justin Bieber boots one of his dancers in the throat during the first night of his UK tour

Karate kid: Justin tested out his best ninja moves on stage as he sang and danced around at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena

Karate kid: Justin tested out his best ninja moves on stage as he sang and danced around at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena

Accompanied by her actor parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith watching from the wings, the 10-year-old warmed up the crowd at the National Indoor Arena.

In scenes reminiscent of Beatlemania, the fans screamed through the two-hour concert as Bieber performed some of his biggest hits including Baby and Somebody To Love.

He broke hearts when he chose a girl from the audience to sing One Less Lonely Girl.

Bieber in Brum: Canadian singer Justin Bieber opens his My World tour in Birmingham last night
Birthday boy: Bieber's gig came just a few days after he celebrated his 17th birthday

Bieber in Brum: Canadian singer Justin Bieber opens his My World tour in Birmingham last night

Happy fan: Justin picked a young girl from the crowd to sing to and presented her with 12 red roses declaring there was now 'one less lonely British girl'

Happy fan: Justin picked a young girl from the crowd to sing to and presented her with 12 red roses declaring there was now 'one less lonely British girl'

He picked the young girl from the crowd to sing to and presented her with 12 red roses declaring there was now: 'One less lonely British girl.'

Although he didn't attempt a Brummie accent, he did speak in a Cockney accent in a bid to 'speak British'.

The teenager also spoke of his love for the national dish, fish 'n' chips.

After the climax of the show, the teen took to his Twitter page: 'Incredible night! #MYWORLDTOUR is BACK.

'Really happy to be back on tour with my fans. I've missed it.'

Yankees fan: Bieber wore a New York Yankees baseball cap on stage along with a matching red leather jacket
Yankees fan: Bieber wore a New York Yankees baseball cap on stage along with a matching red leather jacket

Yankees fan: Bieber wore a New York Yankees baseball cap on stage along with a matching red leather jacket

Beliebers: Justin performed in front of 12,000 adoring fans last night during his 90 minute set

Beliebers: Justin performed in front of 12,000 adoring fans last night during his 90 minute set

He also Tweeted his support for Willow, who performed Whip My Hair and her new single 21st Century Girl.

He wrote: 'Willow is killing in the opening set. Super proud of her and excited for you to see it. Me and Jaden watched like proud big bros.'

After her first ever major gig, little Willow Tweeted: 'The show went GREAT!!! Thank you, Birmingham.'

She Tweeted a photo of her backstage with her troupe of mini-dancers.

Love is in the air: Bieber plays his guitar and sings sweet love songs in a heart shaped construction on stage

Love is in the air: Bieber plays his guitar and sings sweet love songs in a heart shaped construction on stage

Little girl, big stage: Willow Smith, 10, warmed up the crowd with her megahit Whip My Hair

Little girl, big stage: Willow Smith, 10, warmed up the crowd with her mega-hit Whip My Hair

Warming up the crowd: The audience of screaming girls responded well to young Willow

Warming up the crowd: The audience of screaming girls responded well to young Willow

Bieber's My World tour originally started in the U.S. last June.

He is scheduled to perform 11 more dates in the UK, before travelling to the rest of Europe, then Asia, Australasia and the Caribbean.

Earlier in the week Justin celebrated his 17th birthday with girlfriend Selena Gomez, 18, with a whole day of activities followed by a candle-lit dinner for two.

The young couple dined at Los Angeles Italian restaurant Maggiano’s Little Italy in West Hollywood.

Family support: Willow's parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, pictured leaving their hotel, are chaperoning their daughter

Family support: Willow's parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, pictured leaving their hotel, are chaperoning their daughter

Teen idol: Bieber's singing was barely audible over the hysterical teenage girls in the audience

Teen idol: Bieber's singing was barely audible over the hysterical teenage girls in the audience


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She's wild! Jersey Shore's Snooki hits Hollywood club in leopard print dress

Sporting her trademark bouffant hair, and an attention-grabbing leopard print dress, Snooki made an entrance worthy of a breakout reality star at Hollywood hotpot Voyuer.

Showing lots of cleavage, the larger-than-life Jersey Shore personality, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, wowed photographers by blowing them a kiss last night outside the nightclub.

She accessorized her plunging animalistic outfit with a wide black belt, knee high black boots and a leopard print purse.

Walk on the wild side: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi blows photographers a kiss, last night outside Voyuer nightclub in West Hollywood, California

Walk on the wild side: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi blows photographers a kiss, last night outside Voyuer nightclub in West Hollywood, California

Snooki has been getting loads of attention lately and even snagged the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

On the provocative cover, the pint-sized Italian princess straddled a silver missile while wearing white hot pants, a shirt tied at her midriff and cowboy boots for the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

The brunette opened up about her experience on the Jersey Shore in the accompanying interview, admitting she regrets losing her privacy to make the smash hit show.

Who me? Snooki seems a little overwhelmed by all the attention
Who me? Snooki seems a little overwhelmed by all the attention

Who me? Snooki seems a little overwhelmed by all the attention

She especially hates seeing her drunken on screen antics.

'They have cameras everywhere, all the time,' the 23-year-old tells Rolling Stone magazine.

'In my bedroom, they're in all four corners, small ones up high, so they can get everything.

'They zoom in and out. You can hear them moving all night. You're always being watched.

'You kind of get a little paranoid, because you're like: 'Who's watching me?'

'Well, there's [sic] ten people watching you even if you can't see them.'

Snooki appears in Jersey Shore with fellow reality stars like Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola.

The cast have made a fortune because of their fame.

In addition to earning thousands for each episode, Snooki has also had a New York Times bestseller and charges up to $25,000 to make a two-hour public appearance at an event.

But she says the wealth comes with a price and she is relieved when the two months it takes to film each episode ends.

Cover girl: Snooki strikes a provacotive pose on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone Magazine

Cover girl: Snooki strikes a provacotive pose on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone Magazine

She says: 'When it's over and I'm back home, I'll dream that I'm still in the house with a camera in my face, and I wake up and I feel like I'm still in the house.

'It's trippy. It messes with your head. But that's why we go crazy.

'That's why we fight with each other. That's why we drink. We're living in a house for two months with that s***.

'We can't have cell phones, TV, radio or the Internet. If the President died we'd have no idea.

'There's no normalcy. It's just like a prison, with cameras.

'The only time we're not on camera is when we're in the shower and that's why we all take three-hour showers, just to get away from it.

'Another reason is, if you masturbate, you probably only do it in the shower.

'Otherwise, you'd know that people are looking at you. That's awkward.'

And while Snooki admits that she drinks a lot she says she is not leaping in and out of bed, having sex with a series of different guys.

'The only person I've had sex with on Jersey Shore is my boyfriend,' she says, 'which is in an upcoming episode and that's the only time.

'The guys you see me bring home, we're only cuddling and making out like any other person would do, but we're on camera and the whole world's seeing it and it does look like we're having sex.'

Snooki also says she hates watching her drunken behaviour on the hit TV show.

She claims that during the first season they 'amped' their drinking up to help the show become a hit.

But Snooki says she regrets her antics at times.

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