Kasabian's festival dreams, Blue member parties with Princess, Phil Collins abandons drumming – your music gossip stop

Welcome to the Daily Gossip: your daily stop-off to find out who in the world of music has been up to what.

Today’s top gossip:

Simon Cowell says Ringo Starr would have scuppered The Beatles‘ chances of winning ‘The X Factor’. The pop impresario says he would have had no qualms about turning The Fab Four down, because drummer Starr wasn’t talented or good looking enough. Asked if he’d have taken The Beatles on if they auditioned for the show, Cowell quipped: “No, we would have said, ‘We’ll take those three [John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison] but probably lose the drummer.’ Ringo, I’m afraid, we would have said is ‘bad news’.” (The Early Show).

From the papers:

Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine hung out with The HorrorsCoffin Joe after the Barclaycard Mercury Prize on Tuesday (The Sun).

Former Blue member Simon Webbe went to Funky Buddha in London with Princess Bea (Daily Mirror).

KlaxonsJamie Reynolds says the band still haven’t finished recording their new album – because producer James Ford has been so busy with other bands. “It’ll be worth the wait,” he reasoned (Daily Star).

Phil Collins says he’ll never drum again because of a spinal injury. He admitted he “can’t even hold the sticks properly without it being painful” (Daily Mirror).

Lily Allen is still suffering from back pain after falling offstage in Finland last month (The Sun).

Kasabian‘s Serge Pizzorno says he still dreams of headlining a festival in England in the future (Daily Star).

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