The National Television Awards is a British television awards ceremony, broadcast by the ITV network and initiated in 1995. The National Television Awards are the most prominent ceremony for which the results are voted on by the general public.
Because of the way the awards are decided, winners are not given the title “Best”, but rather “Most Popular”. The first ceremony was held in August 1995 and was hosted by Eamonn Holmes. From 1996 onwards it was traditionally held annually in October and hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald. However, after no ceremony was held in 2009, McDonald stepped down from the role, which passed to Dermot O’Leary. The January 2010 ceremony was hosted at the London O₂ Arena.
Unlike the BAFTAs and other similar awards ceremonies, the National Television Awards allow foreign programs to be nominated, providing they have been screened on a British channel during the eligible time period. For example, American series Desperate Housewives was nominated in the 2005 Most Popular Drama category.
It is the most eagerly anticipated British TV awards show of the year which sees small screen celebrities styled to perfection.
What a slip up: Nicole’s dress turned see-through in the bright lightsSheer daring: Nicole leaves little to the imagination as the camera flash bulbs turn her dress see-throughIt was all going so well for Nicole Scherzinger at the National Television Awards – until, that is, the blinding lights of the red carpet turned her plunging black dress see-through. The resulting nipple flash meant all eyes were no longer on the gorgeous X Factor star’s beautiful face but on her plunging gown.
It was unfortunate for X Factor mentor Nicole who had tried her hardest to look sensational at the awards bash, held on Thursday evening at the O2. Nicole was dressed head-to-toe in black but managed to reveal a little too much when the flashbulbs went off.
The dress turned sheer in the lights, showing that the singer was braless except for some strategically placed nipple covers. Although that didn’t stop the former Pussycat Doll from flashing a smile as she glided into the show and to be fair to the singer, once she was inside her fashion faux pas was all forgotten.
Speaking to the MailOnline she revealed she had caught up with fellow Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts recently:
She said: ‘Of course we have caught up recently and I supported her on the show. Well I would like to say yes to a Pussycat Doll reunion, but you don’t know.’ Nicole added the she was ‘proud’ of X Factor.
Sheer daring: Nicole leaves little to the imagination as the camera flash bulbs turn her dress see-throughSpanx alert! Not even Tulisa’s plunging neckline could distract attention from her fashion fail (and the awards haven’t even started yet)Nice lipstick! Tulisa accessorized her all white look with some perfect pink lipstickTulisa, who kick-started the fashion fail parade on her way to the National Television Awards at the swanky O2 on Wednesday evening, showing off her nude Spanx in her floor length floaty white dress. Newly solo singer Tulisa, 24, opted for a plunging white dress with a ruched waist and daring middle split, which on first look showed off her curvy figure to perfection.
With her dark hair pulled demurely off her face in a long curly ponytail the X Factor judge almost pulled off the ice cool look. That is, until she pulled open her dress to reveal her almost knee length Spanx. Spanx are a favorite of the curvy celebrities, but it is a surprise size 8 Tulisa opted for the slimming aid, although perhaps she was wary of the brightly lit ceremony ahead. The X Factor is nominated for best talent show.
This Morning host Holly showed off her famously curvy-figure in a skin-tight black dress, while friend Christine went for a more daring look in a red dress with lace paneling. Holly opted for a splash of bright red lipstick while the Dancing On Ice host went for a far more fresh-faced look.
All fine from the neck up! Tulisa looked smug as she left her house in Camden for the awards, shame she didn’t look downNice shoes, shame about the Spankx! A slim Tulsa shows off her look as she heads out for the eveningOops! Tulisa looks like she may have realised her fashion faux pas, luckily before she hit the red carpetSleek: Tulisa wore her hair back in loose curls which were pushed to one sideSay cheese: After doing her bits for the professional cameras Tulisa stopped to take photos with fansWith her co-judges: Tulisa beamed as sat with Gary Barlow and Nicole ScherzingerRed carpet win: Ashley steals the show in the chic and sophisticated white dressGood friends: Presenters Christine Bleakley and Holly Willoughby both get their red carpet looks just rightRed alert: Presenter Tess Daly also opted for a long, red gown, matching with her bright red lipsRed carpet look: Kimberley Walsh, who’s performing at the awards, opted for a blue, lace outfit as she posed for photosOff to a summer party? Helen Flanagan looks like she’s off to a summer party rather than a black tie eventEye-catching: Dancing On Ice star Samia Ghadie posed for photos alone in a skin-tight bandeau dressReal-life love: Jacqueline Jossa and Tony Discipline wrap their arms around each other before taking their seats at the O2On-screen couple: EastEnders stars Jake Wood and Jo Joyner cuddle up before heading insideMelanie Sykes also hit the red carpet ahead of the evening’s ceremony, wearing an elegant, Grecian style dress. The star wore her hair in an elegant knot and added a pair of chic drop-down earrings, matched with natural-looking make-up.
Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh wore a complicated-looking blue satin dress with revealing lace panels, paired with black stilettos. I’m A Celeb star Helen Flanagan looked sweet in a floral dress, but got the vibe of the night slightly wrong, looking like she was going to a garden party rather than a black tie event.
Presenters Zoe Hardman and Laura Whitmore both made sure that they stood out from the crowd in eye-catching dresses. The EastEnders cast also seemed to have gone all out, hoping to pick up the award for Best Soap again at the ceremony.
Hot couple: Peter Andre and girlfriend Emily MacDonagh coordinated in black as they made their entranceRising star: Sheridan Smith, whose star is on the rise, looked demure but sultry in a grey gownMaking up: Eamonn Holmes and Anthea Turner kiss and make up on the NTA red carpetEpitome of chic: Marry Berry proves that she’s got what it takes in the style stakes as she shines on the red carpetHollywood glamour: TOWIE’s Sam Faiers goes all out in a floor-length, black gown at the National Television AwardsStylish couple: Sam and boyfriend Joey Essex cosy up as they pose for photographsModest: Billie ditches her usual revealing style in favour of a modest split at the front of her gownTalk about a PDA: Sam and Joey share a joke as they kiss in front of the camerasNew hair do: Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her new bob haircut as she stays close to Mario Falcone
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