The X Factor Final 12 Revealed

We love The X Factor here at Mecca and were totally glued to our screens over the weekend desperately waiting to see who the final 12 acts in the live shows would be. There were some we were really pleased went through (there are definite favourites … read more

We love The X Factor here at Mecca and were totally glued to our screens over the weekend desperately waiting to see who the final 12 acts in the live shows would be.

There were some we were really pleased went through (there are definite favourites here) and some we couldn’t believe didn’t. Just in case you missed it though here are the final 12.

In Nicole’s Boys group there is…

  • James Arthur
  • Rylan Clark
  • Jahmene Douglas

In Tulisa’s Girls there are…

  • Jade Ellis
  • Ella Henderson
  • Lucy Spraggan

In Louis’ Groups there is…

  • GMD3
  • MK1
  • Union J

And in Gary’s Over 28s is…

  • Melanie Masson
  • Carolynne Poole
  • Kye Sones

Don’t forget though, there is a wildcard from each group that you could vote in. They are…

  • Adam Burridge
  • Amy Mottram
  • Times Red
  • Christopher Maloney

Who’s your favourite and which wildcard act do you think will get through?

 

Robbie Williams Is A Dad!

Robbie’s wife, Ayda Field, gave birth to the couple’s first daughter yesterday. He announced his baby girl’s arrival on Twitter:  “Praise be, it’s Theodora Rose Williams, affectionately known as Teddy….. Born 3.33pm on 18.9.12, 7Ibs 4oz… Baby, Mummy and Daddy are all rockin…. Thank you … read more

Robbie’s wife, Ayda Field, gave birth to the couple’s first daughter yesterday.

He announced his baby girl’s arrival on Twitter:
 “Praise be, it’s Theodora Rose Williams, affectionately known as Teddy….. Born 3.33pm on 18.9.12, 7Ibs 4oz… Baby, Mummy and Daddy are all rockin…. Thank you for your best wishes XXXX,”

His old Take That buddy, Gary Barlow, was one of the first to tweet Robbie and congratulate him. He wrote:
“Massive congrats Rob and Ayda. So happy for you.”

Awww, we’re so happy for Robbie and Ayda and can’t wait for the first pictures of little Teddy.

Strictly Come Dancing New Line Up Announced

That’s right, it’s that time of year again, soon we’ll have celebrities cha cha cha-ing and tango-ing their way into our living rooms every weekend. The 14 celebrities for this year’s competition have now been confirmed and are from all walks of showbiz. From Olympians; … read more

That’s right, it’s that time of year again, soon we’ll have celebrities cha cha cha-ing and tango-ing their way into our living rooms every weekend.

The 14 celebrities for this year’s competition have now been confirmed and are from all walks of showbiz. From Olympians; Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton to popstars; Kimberley Walsh and Nicky Byrne there are a wide selection of stars lining up to give us a twirl across the dance-floor this Autumn.

This is the 10th series of Strictly and on Saturday 15th September, the celebrities will find out which professional dancer they have been paired up with.

Here’s the full list of celebrities:

  1. Colin Salmon – actor
  2. Dani Harmer – actress
  3. Denise Van Outen – TV presenter, singer and actress
  4. Fern Britton – TV presenter
  5. Jerry Hall – actress and model
  6. Johnny Ball – TV presenter
  7. Kimberley Walsh – Girls Aloud member
  8. Lisa Riley – actress
  9. Louis Smith – gymnast
  10. Michael Vaughan – retired cricketer
  11. Nicky Byrne – Westlife member
  12. Richard Arnold – TV presenter
  13. Sid Owen – actor
  14. Victoria Pendleton – cyclist

One Direction Sweep The Board

One Direction swept the board last night at the MTV Video Music Awards and walked away with 3 moonmen statues. The British boyband, who only burst onto the American pop scene 6 months ago, fought off strong competition from The Wanted, Justin Bieber and Rihanna … read more

One Direction swept the board last night at the MTV Video Music Awards and walked away with 3 moonmen statues.

The British boyband, who only burst onto the American pop scene 6 months ago, fought off strong competition from The Wanted, Justin Bieber and Rihanna to bag the awards for Best New Artist, Best Pop Video and the fan chosen Most Share-Worthy Video Award!

The boys, who weren’t even a group until last year’s The X Factor, made history in March when they became the first act from the UK to see their debut album, Up all Night, go straight in at number 1 on the US Billbord 200 chart!

Those cheeky chaps are a firm favourite here at Mecca and Look Magazine share our love for them too, as you can see in their 100 Reasons We Love Them slideshow which has plenty of cute school photos and the boys as you’ve never seen them before!

William & Kate – 1 Year On!

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey? We still remember the first time we saw that amazing dress, the moment William kissed his new bride on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and … read more

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey?

We still remember the first time we saw that amazing dress, the moment William kissed his new bride on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and those cute little bridesmaids!

Since then the royal couple have spent time in America, Canada and Spain, as well as royal visits all around the UK. Kate recently spent lots of time on her charity work while her new husband was deployed to the Falkland Islands with the RAF.

Kate has also inspired hundreds of fashion trends, with everything from her engagement ring to her many dresses being copied on the high street. Almost everything Kate wears sells out within hours and UK women now spend billions trying to look like our Duchess. Not bad for her first year of marriage!

We hope the royal couple will get chance for some time together soon, as there will be more royal duties in store this summer, for the Queen’s diamond jubilee in June and also the London Olympics.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Mecca Bingo promotions just before Kate and William’s anniversary on 29th April, as we’ll have a treat in store for you!

Britain’s Got Talent Is Back!

Saturday 24TH March 8pm ITV1 Followed By Britain’s Got More Talent, 9.20pm ITV2 ITV’s hit entertainment show is back with a bang for a sixth series as Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden are joined by Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on a new-look judging panel. … read more

Saturday 24TH March 8pm ITV1

Followed By Britain’s Got More Talent, 9.20pm ITV2

ITV’s hit entertainment show is back with a bang for a sixth series as Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden are joined by Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on a new-look judging panel.

Britain’s Got Talent is back on the road with the Judges trawling the length and breadth of the UK in search of Britain’s best talent.

Hosted by award-winning TV favourites Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell is joined on the exciting new panel by actor and comedian David Walliams; singer, songwriter and dancer Alesha Dixon; and returning Judge, Amanda Holden.

This year the winner will not only have the opportunity to perform at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance, they will also receive a life changing £500,000 – £250,000 of which will come from Simon Cowell’s own pocket.

Expect the unexpected on Britain’s Got Talent, anything goes from dance troupes to acrobats, magicians to comedians and dancing dogs to mind-blowing contortionists. The show is open to any performer of any age, from any background, with any talent – all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress the Judges.

Happy Saint Patricks Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland. Did you know that the blue was the original colour associated with Saint Patrick? Over the years the colour of green and the association with Saint Patricks Day has grown. In … read more

Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland. Did you know that the blue was the original colour associated with Saint Patrick? Over the years the colour of green and the association with Saint Patricks Day has grown. In the 1978 Rebellion Irish Soldiers wore full green uniforms on the 17th March in the hope of catching the public’s attention. It is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock (a three – leaved plant), to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The Shamrock has been used ever since as a feature of the day.

In the early seventeenth century Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day so what better way to celebrate Saint Patricks Day than an Irish themed recipe? 

Steak & Guinness Pie

Serves 4-6 People

Ingredients

• olive oil

• 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped

• 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

• 30g butter, plus extra for greasing

• 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

• 2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped

• 4 big mushrooms, peeled and sliced

• 1kg Stewing beef, cut into 2cm cubes

• a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and chopped or dried if you have that

• salt and black pepper

• 1 x 440ml can of Guinness

• 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour

• 200g freshly grated Cheddar cheese

• 500g ready-made all-butter puff pastry

• 1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. In a large ovenproof pan, heat some of olive oil on a low heat. Add the onions and fry gently for about 10 minutes – try not to colour them too much. Turn the heat up, add the garlic, butter, carrots and celery and scatter in the mushrooms. Mix everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, a pinch of salt and a level teaspoon of pepper.

Fry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, then pour in the Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours. Remove the pan from the oven and give the stew a stir. Put it back into the oven and continue to cook it for another hour, or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich, dark and thick.  Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese, season and leave to cool slightly.

Cut about a third of the pastry off the block. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll both pieces of pastry out evenly with a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a pound coin. Butter a deep pie dish, then line with the larger sheet, leaving the edges dangling over the side. Tip the stew into your lined dish and even it out before sprinkling over the remaining cheese. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg.

Cut the other rolled sheet of pastry to fit the top of the pie dish and criss-cross it lightly with a sharp knife. Place it over the top of the pie and fold the overhanging pastry on to the pastry lid to make it look nice and rustic. Brush the top with beaten egg, then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes, until the pastry is cooked, puffed and golden.

Let us know how your pie turns out! If you send any pictures to community@meccabingo.com we will award the best pie with a £20 Bingo Bonus!

Happy Baking!

Love

Mecca x

Fun Pancake Day Recipes

It’s that time of year again — Pancake Day is just around the corner! Whether you love traditional lemon and sugar or you want to have some fun with new ideas for the kids, here’s what we’ll be stocking up on this weekend in preparation … read more

It’s that time of year again — Pancake Day is just around the corner!

Whether you love traditional lemon and sugar or you want to have some fun with new ideas for the kids, here’s what we’ll be stocking up on this weekend in preparation for our favourite foodie holiday…

A squeeze of lemon or orange
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze it over your pancakes for a traditional Shrove Tuesday treat, or use orange if you fancy a change.

Blueberries, strawberries or bananas
Stay healthy with some fruit and a little bit of sugar on top. We’ll be trying this for breakfast on Tuesday!

Chocolate spread and nuts
The nuts in this recipe make it a really satisfying snack — one that might come in handy after a long day playing bingo, perhaps?

Honey, golden syrup or toffee sauce
If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth like us, you’ll love adding some syrup to your pancakes. Or why not try adding toffee sauce for something different? You could even add bananas to it to make banoffee pancakes!

Ice-cream, whipped cream or marshmallows
An extra-special treat for the kids. Serve your pancakes warm and the ice-cream will melt — yummy!

Mini Pancake Hotdogs
If your kids are sweet enough, or you’re looking for something completely different, here’s a quick recipe for savoury mini pancake hot dogs! We think it could work — let us know if you try this one!

Hope you all have a great Pancake Day – happy flipping!

What’s Your Favourite Love Song For Valentine’s Day?

We’ve got some classic love songs on the go in preparation for Valentine’s Day! You’ve been telling us which love songs melt your heart on our Mecca Bingo Facebook page, so here are some of our favourites. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston … read more

We’ve got some classic love songs on the go in preparation for Valentine’s Day! You’ve been telling us which love songs melt your heart on our Mecca Bingo Facebook page, so here are some of our favourites.

  1. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
  2. Hero by Enrique Iglesias
  3. As Long As You Love Me by Backstreet Boys
  4. Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Brian Adams
  5. Someone Like You by Adele
  6. Stay Another Day by East 17
  7. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  8. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? by Elton John
  9. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
  10. Always by Bon Jovi

Which love songs will you and your sweetheart be listening to this Valentine’s Day?

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Tell Us Your Engagement Story & Win £100 Mecca Gift Vouchers!

Tell us how you got engaged for the chance to win £100 of Mecca Gift Vouchers! Perhaps you got engaged in the most unlikely of places, or were you whisked off somewhere exotic? Was the date special for you both? Or maybe you took matters … read more

Tell us how you got engaged for the chance to win £100 of Mecca Gift Vouchers!

Perhaps you got engaged in the most unlikely of places, or were you whisked off somewhere exotic? Was the date special for you both? Or maybe you took matters into your own hands and popped the question yourself?

Whatever your proposal story involves, we want to hear it – the more romantic the better!

Post your story in the comments section below by 13th February and we’ll award the most romantic one with £100 of Mecca Gift Vouchers! And don’t forget to include your username and email address so we can let you know if you win (don’t worry, your email address won’t appear on the site).

To get you in the mood for a bit of Valentine’s romance, here are a few of our favourites!

Adam King and Lucy Rogers

The future Mr and Mrs King became YouTube sensations in November after Adam hired a choir to break into a rendition of Lovely Day on a train from Euston to Watford. 90 seconds in, Adam got down on one knee and asked Lucy to marry him. To the relief of the choir, the other passengers and most of all Adam, she said yes!

Holly Valance and Nick Candy

Clearly not one for mincing his words, property tycoon Nick had ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’ written in fire as he got down on one knee and proposed. Holly then announced her news to over 118,000 Twitter followers, tweeting, ‘And I said YES!!! <3 Happiest day of my life!!!!! Xxxx’.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

William asked Kate to be his wife (and his future Queen) during a break in Kenya. William kept the £250,000 18-carat ring, which belonged to his late mother Diana, in his backpack for 3 weeks before he finally proposed.

After announcing the news to the waiting press, the Prince joked: ‘everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared I would be in a lot of trouble’. And as we all know, luckily everything went to plan!

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

To make sure his future wife knew just how much he wanted to marry her, Jordan filled a hotel room with rose petals and gift boxes for Christina to open, each with a present and poem inside. When Christina opened the last box, she found an engagement ring and Jordan got down on one knee. And how could she refuse him?

Think your own engagement beats our stories above? Let us know in the comments below for the chance to win £100 in Mecca Gift Vouchers!

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