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26 January 2015 Last updated at 16:22

Greek singer Demis Roussos diesDemis Roussos on Top of the Pops in 1976

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, an Athens hospital confirms to the BBC.


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  1.  
    15:51: Demis Roussos reaction via Twitter

    There's lots of reaction to the death of Demis Roussos on Twitter - here's a selection:

    Royal Albert Hall: "We're saddened to hear of the death of Demis Roussos. He performed here 10 times."

    Michel Elefteriades: "You taught me so much about music, showbiz and life! I will never thank you enough!"

    Dr Christian Jessen: "I see that Demis Roussos has died. Time to watch Abigail's Party again as a tribute I think."

    Reverend Richard Coles: "Demis Roussos has died. I had lunch with him once in Paris. He was wonderfully indiscreet. RIP"

    Rae Earl: "I've just read an interview with Demis Roussos where he called Abba 'The Abba'. This made me like him immediately. Goodbye The Roussos."

    Demis Roussos
     
  2.  
    15:29: Demis tribute

    Greek composer Vangelis has posted this tribute to Demis Roussos on his website:

    "Demis my friend, I have just arrived in London and I've been told that you decide to take the long voyage. I'm shocked because I can't believe that this happened so soon.

    "Nature gave you this magic voice of yours which made millions of people around the world very happy. As for me, I keep those special memories that we share together those early days and I wish you to be happy whenever you are."

     
  3.  
    15:02: Oscar watch: The Hollywood Reporter

    Back to last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. What does Eddie Redmayne's win for his role as Stephen Hawking mean for his Oscar chances against Birdman's Michael Keaton?

    Top Oscar analyst Scott Feinberg says that Keaton has "lots of cause for consternation after the young Brit, who is still unknown to most Americans, topped the veteran American on what amounts to his home turf".

    He adds: "Not even his comeback story and familiar name could derail a performance by Redmayne's that actors probably recognized as being far more complex and demanding. Each of this category's last 10 winners (and all but four in 20 years) went on to win the corresponding Oscar and, after Sunday night, I would be very surprised if that streak is snapped this year."

    Read the full article here

     
  4.  
    14:45: Eurovision news

    Eurovision Song Contest officials have carried out the draw determining which semi-final each country will participate in to qualify for the final in May.

    It was also decided the UK will get to vote for its favourites in the second semi-final - which sees the likes of Norway, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and Azerbaijan compete.

    The full draw results can be seen on the Eurovision website.

     
  5.  
    14:28: Presenter error
    Rashida Jones

    TNT presenter Danielle Demski made a bit of a faux pas on the red carpet at the SAG awards. While talking to Rashida Jones, she told the Parks and Recreation star she looked tanned.

    "You look like you've just come off an island or something, you're very tan, very tropical," Demski said.

    Jones - who is the daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton - responded: "I'm ethnic."

    You can watch the incident on YouTube.

     
  6.  
    13:44: Time flies

    To make you feel old, Britney Spears scored her first number one on the US Billboard chart 16 years ago this week, with the ellipsis-assisted ...Baby One More Time.

    Here she is in 1999, when she was all double ponytails and looked more like Debbie Gibson.

    Britney Spears

    To make you feel even older, Blondie's The Tide Is High was number one 34 years ago this week!

     
  7.  
    Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk 13:26: Get involved

    What are your memories of Demis Roussos? Get in touch and give us your tributes.

     
  8.  
    13:20: My Night With Reg Lorna Blount Entertainment reporter
    My Night with Reg

    Following a sell-out season at London's Donmar Warehouse, Kevin Elyot's classic comedy My Night With Reg has moved to the West End's Apollo Theatre.

    Director Robert Hastie told me the success of the show was a fitting tribute to Elyot: "I was lucky to spend a few months with Kevin before he died, but I know he would have been so proud of the success of the show."

    Cast member Lewis Reeves has to bare all in the play, but he said having to strip on stage was not as daunting as having to put on a Brummie accent (he's a Yorkshire lad).

    "When I got the script through from my agent he said: 'OK, there are two things' - you generally get, 'there's stunts involved' or 'are you OK to do this? ', and [with this] it was 'Birmingham accent' and 'the character has full frontal nudity'," he said.

    "The thing that worried me most was the Birmingham accent - I'd never done it before and I had a week to practice. Getting naked on stage wasn't too hard. The hard thing was - no innuendo meant there - doing it in the rehearsal room. But once we got that out the way, it was fine and I'm used to taking my clothes off now!"

     
  9.  
    13:02: Mouskouri tribute

    Singer Nana Mouskouri pays tribute to Demis Roussos on France's radio RTL: "He had a superb voice, he travelled the world... He loved what he was doing."

    "He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world."

     
  10.  
    12:56: Abigail's Party

    In memory of Demis Roussos, here's the classic scene from Abigail's Party featuring his song Forever and Ever.

     
  11.  
    12:40: Dagenham musical to end
    Made in Dagenham

    The West End production of Made in Dagenham The Musical is to end in April after a five-month run.

    Its star, Gemma Arterton, was just on BBC Breakfast last week talking about how the show had given her a new passion for women's rights.

    The musical's Facebook page said producers are in discussions "regarding a UK tour and future life for the show".

     
  12.  
    12:26: Roussos on Roussos

    "This country was one of my most important territories," Demis Rousoss told The Guardian in 1999.

    "Back in '75 I had five albums in the top 10. Simultaneously. And among them the number one album and the number one single. And my name was mentioned twice or three times in the Guinness Book of Records.

    "In 1975 I had the award for the top male artist, the award for top single, the award for top album. The Abba and me we took everything. Hahahaha!"

     
  13.  
    12:24: Demis Roussos
    Demis Roussos

    Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68 the Hygeia Hospital in Athens has confirmed to the BBC.

    Read more on the story as it is updated.

     
  14.  
    12:12: Overnight ratings

    Last night's Call the Midwife attracted an average nine million viewers - up from the 8.3 million who tuned in to watch the return of the fourth series last week.

    The return of Mr Selfridge to ITV didn't perform as well, however. An average 3.8 million viewers (including ITV+1) saw the first episode of series three - down from 5.3 million for the season two opener.

    Top Gear, which came back for a new series on BBC Two, also attracted 5.3 million people, which was broadly in line with previous episodes.

     
  15.  
    Breaking News

    Singer Demis Roussos has died in Athens aged 68. More shortly.

     
  16.  
    11:46: Costa hopefuls Nick Higham BBC News

    I've been speaking to some of the authors whose books are vying to be named Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday.

    You can watch all the interviews here, where the writers reveal what inspired them to pen their books.

     
  17.  
    11:39: Blinkbox Books to close: The Bookseller

    Tesco will close its e-books service Blinkbox Books at the end of February, after talks with Waterstones to buy the platform broke down.

    "We've learnt a lot since launching the service and whilst we saw encouraging levels of take-up, we believe that we can do more for our customers by focusing on our core business," Tesco said.

    Read the full story (subscription site).

     
  18.  
    11:30: US box office

    Bradley Cooper film American Sniper topped the North American box office for a second week, taking $64.4m (£42.9m). Here's the top five:

    1. American Sniper - $64.4m
    2. The Boy Next Door - $15m
    3. Paddington - $12.4m
    4. The Wedding Ringer - $11.6m
    5. Taken 3 - $7.6m
     
  19.  
    11:25: Atlantis axed: BBC Newsbeat Radio 1 and 1Xtra
    Atlantis

    BBC One Saturday night drama Atlantis has been axed after two series.

    "We are very proud of both series but to keep increasing the range of BBC One drama we have to make difficult decisions to bring new shows through," the BBC said.

    The final seven episodes of the second series are due to air this spring.

     
  20.  
    11:19: Hoaxing the PM: BBC Radio 4 Today
    Jon Culshaw

    In the wake of the news a hoax caller was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron, comedian Jon Culshaw relived the moment he successfully hoaxed called former Prime Minister Tony Blair as he impersonated William Hague.

    Listen to the interview.

     
  21.  
    11:17: Bronte table comes home
    Bronte table

    A table at which the Bronte sisters wrote has been brought back to the family home in Yorkshire by the Bronte Society after being bought with a grant of £580,000.

    The table has ink blots, a large candle burn and a letter E carved into its surface.

     
  22.  
    10:59: Walliams in Kenya
    David Walliams

    Earlier, David Walliams showed BBC News around a project for street children in western Kenya, funded by Comic Relief.

    Offering food and education, the comedian visited a maths class and spoke to one of the teachers about the work of the project. "It gives them the chance to make something of their lives," Walliams said.

    You can watch the interview here or via the Key Video tab at the top of the full live page.

    Comic Relief is also encouraging people to make their faces funny for money this year. Walliams was made over by his fellow Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell - and here's the result...

    David Walliams and Simon Cowell

    Comic Relief host Tess Daly also let her husband Vernon Kaye loose with the lipstick with comedy consequences.

    Tess Daly and Vernon Kaye
     
  23.  
    10:40: Funny for money
    Lenny Henry

    This year's Comic Relief campaign launches today and we're starting to find out what events celebrities will be taking part in to help raise cash for the charity.

    Rowan Atkinson will be reviving Mr Bean for a new sketch on the main fundraising show on 13 March and Dermot O'Leary will also be taking part in a 24-hour dance marathon.

    Sixteen more celebrity bakers including Jonathan Ross, Abbey Clancy and Gok Wan will also be in the kitchen for the Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

     
  24.  
    10:29: Something from the weekend
    Mark Ronson

    In case you missed it, here's some of the weekend's news:

     
  25.  
    10:27: SAG red carpet glamour

    That giant rock of a ring belonged to Reese Witherspoon.

    Reese Witherspoon

    You can see what the other stars wore, as well as the winners with their trophies in our picture gallery.

     
  26.  
    10:07: Kylie fest

    Kylie fans rejoice - the towering giant (of pop) is headlining the final night of the British Summer Time festival in London's Hyde Park.

    She'll share the stage with Grace Jones - who says she'll "bring the Jekyll to Hyde Park" and Nile Rodgers.

    More information here.

     
  27.  
    Via Twitter 09:42: Backstage at the SAGs Jaime Gonzalez BBC Mundo, Los Angeles
    Birdman cast

    Here's some pics from behind the scenes at the awards. The cast of Birdman gathered backstage after winning best ensemble.

    Downton Abbey

    Stars of Downton Abbey hailed their win after scooping best ensemble in a TV drama.

     
  28.  
    09:29: Whose bling?

    We'll be bringing you a picture gallery of all the red carpet fashion at the SAG awards shortly, but in the meantime can you guess who sported this rather large rock on the red carpet?

    Reese Witherspoon
     
  29.  
    09:16: Other SAG winners
    Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette

    Julianne Moore added to her best actress trophy collection with her role as an academic with early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.

    The supporting actor prizes went to other Oscar favourites JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette for their parts in Whiplash and Boyhood respectively.

    "All of us actors are supporting actors - each of us is essential, completely crucial to the story because if there's one false moment, the train comes off the rails," Simmons said.

    Read about the other winners.

     
  30.  
    09:00: Redmayne honoured
    Eddie Redmayne

    The second awards ceremony of the weekend was hosted by the Screen Actors Guild.

    As another indicator of future Oscar success, it was good news for Eddie Redmayne who won the outstanding actor category. He described his trophy as a "very wonderful skinny man".

     
  31.  
    08:49: Birdman surprise
    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

    Saturday saw the Producers Guild of America dish out its awards. The guild has correctly predicted the Oscar best picture winner for the past seven years, so it was a surprise to see Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman given the top prize after the success of Richard Linklater's Boyhood in recent weeks.

    You can read more about the other winners, including in the TV categories in our story.

     
  32.  
    08:35: Get involved Helen Bushby BBC entertainment and arts reporter

    With Eddie Redmayne winning another award for his role in The Theory of Everything, do you think he's a dead cert to win the Oscar? Who else are you tipping for award success? Get in touch and let us know your views - tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

     
  33.  
    08:34: Morning! Genevieve Hassan Entertainment reporter

    It's the start of another entertainment-packed week, but first we have to bring you news of the weekend's events, which saw more film trophies handed out ahead of the Oscars. So keep this page handy on your phone or computer for the latest updates.

     

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