The Showbiz Review of 2011

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One of THE big showbiz stories of the year was the trial of the man accused of killing Michael Jackson.

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Conrad Murray guilty of Jackson manslaughter

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Away from court and plenty of new arrivals to celebrate in 2011… Hollywood star Natalie Portman had her first baby.

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The actress is now planning to marry Benjamin Millepied – who she met on the set of Black Swan.

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Meanwhile, Emma Bunton gave birth to a second baby boy – announcing the arrival of Tate on Twitter.

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Her former Spice Girls band mate Mel B had her third child, there was a baby daughter, Harper Seven, for the Beckhams; and Danielle Lloyd’s son was born 10 weeks early.

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Beyonce also also confirmed she’s expecting her first child – as did Jessica Simpson.

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And it’s been a bumper year for loved-up couples.

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Britney Spears and Jason Trawick got engaged, as did Holly Valance and Nicky Candy, Una Healy and Ben Foden, Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid, Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley.

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Myleene Klass and Graham Quinn tied the knot – so did Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and Michael Buble and Lui-sana Lopilato … and Lily Allen finally became Mrs Cooper after marrying Sam in the Cotswolds.

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But the whole country came together to celebrate one very special couple tying the knot.

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Prince William married Kate Middleton in the spring of 2011.

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Right, an X Factor look back now – and it was all change on the UK show.

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Gary Barlow, Tulisa from N-Dubz and Kelly Rowland joined the judging panel – Louis walsh was the only remaining judge from the previous series.

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And four girls made history in the competition – with Little Mix winning the competition in December.

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Meanwhile, Frankie Cocozza got booted off the show for breaking one of the so-called golden rules.

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And in America, it was all about Cheryl Cole.

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She’d originally been named as a judge for the eagerly-awaited series one – but was ditched a few weeks into filming by Simon Cowell.

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She was replaced by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

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Now, we said goodbye to lots of famous faces this year.

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Elizabeth Taylor died after suffering a heart failure in March,

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Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car crash in Pennsylvania in June,

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And British actor Peter Postlethwaite in January after battling cancer.

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But one death that rocked the showbiz world perhaps more than any other was Amy Winehouse. The singer was found dead in her flat after suffering from alcohol poisoning.

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2011 was the year The King’s Speech seemed to collect almost all awards going…

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Colin Firth won Best Actor at the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

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Finally, never one to shy away from an unusual costume, Lady Gaga arrived at The Grammys inside a giant egg.

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It didn’t quite beat her meat dress of 2010 – which went on display for the first time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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