No plans for ‘HoloWham’, says George Michael’s manager

George Michael will not tour holograms, his former manager David Austin has said. “We were going to see if we could do a hologram idea in the middle of the Royal Albert Hall,” Austin said. “But I went around some people who did the Tupac hologram and they were really shitty.”

Speaking at a screening of the Freedom Uncut documentary last night, Austin compared a Michael Jackson show in New York to a “tribute act”, and said: “The problem with holograms is that people just don’t engage, 20 minutes in… people are on their phones… There will be no ‘HoloWham’ An ABBA hologram concert is performed in Stratford, while a video show by George Michael will be touring this year.The ex-Wham! singer, left, died in 2016.

Austin also said he would not release unfinished songs like Amy Winehouse. “George’s entire body of work is his work,” he said.

Rogers wins lifetime award



Ruth Rogers at the National Restaurant Awards (Photograph by Carl Sukonik)


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Ruth Rogers at the National Restaurant Awards (Photograph by Carl Sukonik)

Ruth Rogers of the River Cafe, left, won the lifetime achievement award at the National Restaurant Awards last night. She called on the industry to “do better” on wages and conditions. The River Cafe has come under fire for allegedly withholding tips from staff. It was a bad night to go out for dinner, as many of London’s top chefs were present at the awards ceremony.

Matt’s practice run



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Just like Kate Bush, Matt Hancock runs up this hill. As we wrote yesterday, the former Health Secretary is climbing the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc, next month for Cambridge Children’s Hospital. This morning the Tory MP was pictured training for the feat with a brisk jog outside Parliament. Isn’t there another place Matt could have chosen to run…?

Gary Neville tackles Andy Burnham



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Gary Neville appears to be making a play for Andy Burnham’s crown as political ‘King in the North’. The former Manchester United player has joined Labor and claimed in a recording of the political party’s podcast last night that Burnham had “stepped back a bit” in his fight with Boris Johnson over Covid levels during the pandemic. “If you’re going to go, you go all the way,” he said. Burnham wouldn’t think of giving him tackling advice…

Buzz, Lightyear’s astronaut

ELLA Baig, the heavily pregnant partner of Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, channeled singer Rihanna as she showed off her bump at the Toy Story Lightyear spin-off premiere in Leicester Square last night. The event saw stars Keke Palmer, Chris Evans and Taika Waititi pose with astronaut Major Tim Peake, who has a cameo. Around the corner from the Londoner Hotel, actor Michael Dapaah and presenter June Sarpong kiss during a British Fashion Council Fashion Fund Award, attended by model Sabrina Elba.

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