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How ballet helped us beat the blues

The swell of a Tchaikovsky piano score fills the room as I take position and Russian ballerina Maria Khoreva purrs her instructions.

‘Front, back, front, back.

Plié, tendu, plié, tendu.’ My calves burn as I rise on to my toes, my arms are still jelly from yesterday’s class, and when I sink into a bend, my thighs ache in long-forgotten places.

Sadly, I’m not in a tutu on stage at the Bolshoi Theatre.

I’m a 44-year-old woman standing in my kitchen in North London, wearing the T-shirt I slept in and holey socks.

My barre is my kitchen chair, my mirror is the patio door and my instructor is on a screen.

I will never hear the roar of an appreciative crowd, สล็อต or be showered in roses: my ‘audience’, if they rise unexpectedly early, consists of my husband Michael and daughters Marnie, 12, and Sadie, eight, who might wander in and cast a curious glance my way.

Erin Kelly had a breakdown during the first lockdown and turned to ballet

Erin Kelly had a breakdown during the first lockdown and turned to ballet

Erin Kelly had a breakdown during the first lockdown and turned to ballet

But this is more than a nostalgic, lockdown dipping of the toe into the ballet classes of my youth.

Ballet has saved me.

I took classes as a little girl. I wasn’t a natural, and aged eight decided the best place for me was in the audience. But this time last year, something inside me broke.

Looking back, the breakdown I had in the first lockdown had been brewing for a couple of years.

For ages I had been struggling to do simple tasks such as fill in forms, write shopping lists or keep appointments.

I had a book to write — a thriller about two rival ballerinas, based on Swan Lake — and plotting it was beyond me.

Writing is about making connections and decisions, but I was paralysed in front of the blank page.

Lockdown made everything worse. We were safe, but the world outside my house was sad and scary.

Things came to a head a few months in. We’d booked a gold-dust, socially distanced swimming slot at our local pool. All I needed to pack were towels and shampoo — but I just couldn’t do it.

My girls watched me walk in and out of their rooms, having forgotten why I was there. It took me so long, we missed our session.

My daughters were disappointed but, worse than that, they were scared. I was unravelling in front of them.

That night, I told my husband I thought I had early-onset dementia. Gently he told me to call the doctor.

After a long chat, my GP diagnosed clinical depression. I was stunned. I thought of depression as low mood, not this loss of function. But I agreed to try the antidepressant drug sertraline, and I found a private psychotherapist.

Medication and talking helped, but I still wasn’t ‘me’.

I came across the idea of online ballet while researching my book.

I had been due to visit ballet companies, go backstage and watch rehearsals, but with all the theatres closed that wasn’t possible.

I discovered that ballet companies were broadcasting their daily warm-up classes online. As I watched rows of graceful sylphs at the barre, my curiosity was piqued and I decided to give it a go.

I’m fit — I run and lift weights — but this class was tough.

Lactic acid quickly coursed through my limbs.

Barre is not about pirouettes and flying leaps. It’s precise, repeated movements which form the backbone of ballet. It is about control, concentration and focus.

After one class, I noticed my focus was totally on my movement, not my problems: and that’s the magic of it.

You need to connect with something deep in your core.

It’s something increasing numbers of women have discovered over the past year, with a tenfold rise in the number of online dancers since the pandemic.

Many are older dancers — like me — who have discovered the therapeutic and mental benefits of dance, and ballet in particular.

Its benefits have been long documented.

The intense physical workout releases endorphins, giving participants a real feel-good factor during and after class. Additionally, classical music has been shown to have positive, calming influences on the brain and aids focus and concentration, all helping to create happy ballet dancers.

I quickly progressed to more challenging classes, following instructions from YouTube or Facebook before my family were awake.

In my kitchen, I took classes all over the world.

My instructors included Dancio’s Caitlin Trainor, former Royal Ballet star Claudia Dean and Tiler Peck of the New York City Ballet. I got an insight into the pain and discipline of the characters in my book, and once had a plot breakthrough when my leg was at shoulder height and my head was resting on my knee.

Physically, I didn’t change — I will never be that lithe young cygnet in the chorus line of Swan Lake — but that is not the point.

Within a fortnight, my slouch disappeared, my fog cleared — and with it my writer’s block.

I’m still taking antidepressants — it doesn’t feel like the right time to stop — and I’m still seeing a therapist. And I take barre once or twice a week.

Many people swear by meditation to clear headspace, and that is what this did for me.

One plié, one pointed toe at a time, ballet brought me back to myself.

Erin Kelly’s latest book Watch Her Fall is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Dance was the key to dealing with my grief 

Sally Brockway, 56, is a company director and lives in Kingston, Surrey, with husband Gavin, 59.

They have three children, George, 21, Alice, 18, and Sarah, 14. Sally says:

Like many little girls, I wanted to be a ballerina. I had ballet annuals and my grandmother made me a tutu.

But even by the age of three, my mother thought I was too fat and clumsy, so I never had lessons. However, around five years ago my daughter Sarah took up ballet and she’s so good at it.

While buying shoes at the dance shop one day, I mentioned to the owner how I would love to try ballet but I was too old at 51.

She encouraged me to ring Meryl Moreth at Dance Direction who taught adult classes.

I decided to give it a go.

I began weekly lessons and was the oldest in the class by several years and absolutely rubbish — clumsy and unsupple. But I loved it.

It was incredibly difficult. I would look around at my classmates who all seemed to know the dances better than me.

Then I realised they were doing two classes a week. So I started doing two classes a week too, and during lockdown I became obsessed — having four classes a week over Zoom.

Ballet has helped me in so many ways. I had a really awful three years from 2017, when my father broke his neck and almost died.

I maintained going to ballet classes because you can’t focus on anything other than dancing for that hour, so I used it as a release from all the anxiety and stress.

My father died a couple of years later — of cancer — and it was the worst point in my life.

But ballet saved me. I’d get lost in the mindfulness and the moment and leave the class on a real high. 

Fantastic workout for both body and brain 

Marilyn Devonish, 52, is a therapist and coach known as The NeuroSuccess™ Coach.

She lives in Watford, Hertfordshire. She says:

Pulling myself up from the sofa, I realised I was making the kind of noises that old people sometimes make when they move positions.

I was oohing and aahing — yet I was only 45!

I realised I needed to do something to give me more flexibility.

I didn’t want to return to the gym. I wanted something different. Then I remembered that a woman from one of my fitness classes was always so flexible and graceful, and that she had done ballet as a child, so I started Googling.

I found an eight-week course, and fell in love.

At first, I could barely remember my left from my right — but it was brilliant.

I wanted an activity that would challenge me and keep my brain moving. The ballet moves are in French, and you are listening to instructions, the timing of the music, and focusing on doing the moves correctly all at the same time.

My flexibility has improved and I’m no longer making those ‘old people noises’ when I stand up.

Perhaps one of the other challenges as a black woman doing ballet is finding clothes and shoes that suit our skin tone.

When you think of ballet, you tend to think of white dancers and pinks and pale colours.

But that’s gradually changing.

There is the wonderful black ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and shops such as Freed Of London sell ballet tights and ballet shoes in darker tones. I used to be the only black woman in my class, but now there are a few more.

I’d thoroughly recommend that women in their 40s and beyond try ballet.

It’s a fantastic full body and brain workout. 

Two false hips – but it’s made me stronger 

Gilly Waddell, 60, lives in London and has four grown-up children and one grandchild on the way.

She says:

Four years ago, I lost three friends in the space of just nine months and I was distraught. For 18 months, I couldn’t stop crying. I lost weight, could hardly breathe and didn’t know what to do.

Friends were kind and I tried many therapies, but some days I would wander around the streets and people would pick me up off the ground and take me home because I was in such a state.

I was heading for สล็อต my 60th birthday, and I realised that if I wanted to get back on track, I needed to do something drastic.

I have no idea what inspired me to try ballet.

I know nothing about it and, because I have two false hips, I really didn’t think I’d be very good at it. But if it made my children — and me — laugh again, it would be worth it.

A wonderful ballet mistress, Elizabeth, taught me in person and online.

I was so ungraceful when I started but ballet is calm and contemplative. You have to concentrate on such small movements, how to breathe and hold your stomach. I fell in love with it.

I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, สล็อต but for my 60th birthday in November I planned a performance of the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy for my friends and family.

Elizabeth taught me a routine and I got a friend to make a large metal hoop that would be suspended from the trees and I would be lowered down on to a small stage.

On the day I dashed off to change into a tutu and ballet shoes that had cost me a fortune and stepped into the hoop.

I was lowered down on to the stage and then — in the pouring rain — I did the routine.

My children were astonished. Friends and family were also watching on Zoom and the video has been shared far and wide. I have had hundreds of messages saying my performance cheered them up.

Ballet has given me —and so many others — such joy in this challenging year.

Interviews: Jill Foster

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American Idol: Paula Abdul refers to Simon Cowell as 'STD'

Paula Abdul shocked a live audience by referring to Simon Cowell as ‘STD’ while filling in as a guest judge Monday on American Idol.

The weird moment occurred when show host Ryan Seacrest, 46, got a FaceTime call from former Idol co-star Randy Jackson, 64, who wanted to say hello to him and Paula.

The 58-year-old recording artist had agreed to fill in for judge Luke Bryan, 44, who announced earlier that day that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Guest judge: Paula Abdul shocked a live audience by referring to Simon Cowell as 'STD' while stepping in as a guest judge Monday on American Idol

Guest judge: Paula Abdul shocked a live audience by referring to Simon Cowell as 'STD' while stepping in as a guest judge Monday on American Idol

Guest judge: Paula Abdul shocked a live audience by referring to Simon Cowell as ‘STD’ while stepping in as a guest judge Monday on American Idol

Ryan was thrilled to see his pal, with whom he’d worked on nine seasons of the show since its 2002 launch.

‘We have so many stories, so many memories,’ he noted, as Paula called being there ‘nostalgic.’

‘I feel like I’m visiting my little brother on our show that we started with our other brother Randy, and of course our grandfather, Simon,’ she cracked.

Ryan showed a photo of Paula and himself ‘at the beginning of it all, when we had no idea what American Idol was going to become.’

She's back: The 58-year-old recording artist filled in for Luke Bryan who was diagnosed with coronavirus

She's back: The 58-year-old recording artist filled in for Luke Bryan who was diagnosed with coronavirus

She’s back: The 58-year-old recording artist filled in for Luke Bryan who was diagnosed with coronavirus

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Together again: Ryan Seacrest was reunited with former American Idol judge Paula

Together again: Ryan Seacrest was reunited with former American Idol judge Paula

Together again: Ryan Seacrest was reunited with former American Idol judge Paula

Throwback photo: The host showed a photo of Paula and himself 'at the beginning of it all, when we had no idea what American Idol was going to become'

Throwback photo: The host showed a photo of Paula and himself 'at the beginning of it all, when we had no idea what American Idol was going to become'

Throwback photo: The host showed a photo of Paula and himself ‘at the beginning of it all, when we had no idea what American Idol was going to become’

During a break, he got a call on his iPad from Randy, who was watching the show at home.

‘It feels like old times, right?’ Randy asked Ryan and Paula.

‘Yes, it does,’ Paula said. ‘We’re just missing the STD.’

Former judges: Paula and Simon are shown in September 2006 during a press conference in Minnesota about American Idol auditions

Former judges: Paula and Simon are shown in September 2006 during a press conference in Minnesota about American Idol auditions

Former judges: Paula and Simon are shown in September 2006 during a press conference in Minnesota about American Idol auditions

Three letters: 'We're just missing the STD,' Paula said in apparent reference to Simon Cowell

Three letters: 'We're just missing the STD,' Paula said in apparent reference to Simon Cowell

Three letters: ‘We’re just missing the STD,’ Paula said in apparent reference to Simon Cowell

‘The what?’ a stunned Ryan asked, as the room fell totally silent.

‘Super-Talented… Debonair,’ Paula said slowly, obviously referring to Simon, 61.

Rolling with it, Ryan then asked Randy to critique Paula’s hosting gig, and the music industry vet said she was doing an ‘amazing’ job along with the other Idol judges.

The meaning: 'Super-Talented… Debonair,' Paula said slowly, obviously referring to Simon, 61

The meaning: 'Super-Talented… Debonair,' Paula said slowly, obviously referring to Simon, 61

The meaning: ‘Super-Talented… Debonair,’ Paula said slowly, obviously referring to Simon, 61

Show veteran: Rolling with it, Ryan then asked Randy to critique Paula's hosting gig, and the music industry vet said she was doing an 'amazing' job along with the other Idol judges

Show veteran: Rolling with it, Ryan then asked Randy to critique Paula's hosting gig, and the music industry vet said she was doing an 'amazing' job along with the other Idol judges

Show veteran: Rolling with it, Ryan then asked Randy to critique Paula’s hosting gig, and the music industry vet said she was doing an ‘amazing’ job along with the other Idol judges

After Randy hung up, Ryan marveled, ‘He was just watching the show!’

‘Anything goes tonight,’ said Katy Perry, 36, laughing. ‘It’s crazy!’

‘I mean, just checking my hearing,’ Ryan joked.

Crazy episode: 'Anything goes tonight,' said Katy Perry, 36, laughing. 'It's crazy!'

Crazy episode: 'Anything goes tonight,' said Katy Perry, 36, laughing. 'It's crazy!'

Crazy episode: ‘Anything goes tonight,’ said Katy Perry, 36, laughing. ‘It’s crazy!’

Paula’s appearance on the show wasn’t the only news that Idol broke on its Monday live show, which whittled the Top 16 down to the Top 12.

Ten of the finalists were voted through by America, while two were chosen by the judges.  

Ryan also revealed that Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, had dropped out of the competition. 

Final dozen: Paula's appearance on the show wasn't the only news that Idol broke on its Monday live show, which whittled the Top 16 down to the Top 12

Final dozen: Paula's appearance on the show wasn't the only news that Idol broke on its Monday live show, which whittled the Top 16 down to the Top 12

Final dozen: Paula’s appearance on the show wasn’t the only news that Idol broke on its Monday live show, which whittled the Top 16 down to the Top 12

No further explanation was offered about Wyatt’s departure to viewers.

Idol reps have reportedly declared it was for ‘personal reasons,’ and at least one online source suggested Wyatt may have violated the show’s coronavirus travel protocols.

That set the stage for what Ryan called ‘the biggest shake-up in Idol history’.

Dropped out: Ryan also revealed that Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, had dropped out of the competition

Dropped out: Ryan also revealed that Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, had dropped out of the competition

Dropped out: Ryan also revealed that Wyatt Pike, 20, a college student from Park City, Utah, had dropped out of the competition

Next Monday, last year’s season 18 Top 10 finalists will return to vie for a slot in the current line-up.

To announce the Top 10 for season 19, Ryan first called each contestant to the stage, then read the results of Idol’s nationwide vote to let them know whether or not they’d made it.

After singing a new song, the chosen ones sat in the show’s ‘Victory Zone’ area, while five runners-up flocked to a separate ‘Danger Zone’ section nearby.

Pop star: Katy rocked blonde hair for the two-hour elimination episode

Pop star: Katy rocked blonde hair for the two-hour elimination episode

Pop star: Katy rocked blonde hair for the two-hour elimination episode

They would ‘sing for their lives’ and the judges’ saves at the end of the show, Ryan explained.

Katy said at one point that just 900 votes separated some of the contestants.

Watching from home, Luke texted an Idol producer to say how well everyone was doing, though he typed a few things Ryan couldn’t repeat on camera.

Singing legend: Lionel Richie evaluated the talent as the field narrowed to 12

Singing legend: Lionel Richie evaluated the talent as the field narrowed to 12

Singing legend: Lionel Richie evaluated the talent as the field narrowed to 12

‘Y’all are lookin’ pretty,’ Luke messaged. ‘Miss you all so much. Damn it, this stinks… This really hurts my heart watching. I love this so much.’

The first contestant to enter the Top 10 was Casey Bishop, a 16-year-old high schooler from Estero, Florida, who belted The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun.

Next through was Deshawn Goncalves, a 20-year-old college student from Cleveland, who had the judges dancing to Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground.

First through: The first contestant to enter the Top 10 was Casey Bishop, a 16-year-old high schooler from Estero, Florida, who belted The Animals' House Of The Rising Sun

First through: The first contestant to enter the Top 10 was Casey Bishop, a 16-year-old high schooler from Estero, Florida, who belted The Animals' House Of The Rising Sun

First through: The first contestant to enter the Top 10 was Casey Bishop, a 16-year-old high schooler from Estero, Florida, who belted The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun

Challenging song: Next through was Deshawn Goncalves, a 20-year-old college student from Cleveland, who had the judges dancing to Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground

Challenging song: Next through was Deshawn Goncalves, a 20-year-old college student from Cleveland, who had the judges dancing to Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground

Challenging song: Next through was Deshawn Goncalves, a 20-year-old college student from Cleveland, who had the judges dancing to Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground

Cassandra Coleman, a 24-year-old coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, marked her win by singing Maggie Rogers’ Light On.

Caleb Kennedy, a 16-year-old high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, sang his original, Nowhere, which the judges liked during auditions.

Ava August, a 15-year-old high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, celebrated her pass-through with a heartbreaking cover of Queen’s Love Of My Life.

Victory lounge: Cassandra Coleman, a 24-year-old coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, marked her win by singing Maggie Rogers' Light On

Victory lounge: Cassandra Coleman, a 24-year-old coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, marked her win by singing Maggie Rogers' Light On

Victory lounge: Cassandra Coleman, a 24-year-old coffee shop manager from Columbia, Tennessee, marked her win by singing Maggie Rogers’ Light On

Original song: Caleb Kennedy, a 16-year-old high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, sang his original, Nowhere, which the judges liked during auditions

Original song: Caleb Kennedy, a 16-year-old high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, sang his original, Nowhere, which the judges liked during auditions

Original song: Caleb Kennedy, สล็อต a 16-year-old high school student from Roebuck, South Carolina, sang his original, Nowhere, which the judges liked during auditions

Youngest contestant: Ava August, a 15-year-old high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, celebrated her pass-through with a heartbreaking cover of Queen's Love Of My Life

Youngest contestant: Ava August, a 15-year-old high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, celebrated her pass-through with a heartbreaking cover of Queen's Love Of My Life

Youngest contestant: Ava August, a 15-year-old high school student from Laguna Niguel, California, celebrated her pass-through with a heartbreaking cover of Queen’s Love Of My Life

Chayce Beckham, a 24-year-old heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, reprised his audition song What Brings Life Also Kills, by Kolton Moore & The Clever Few.

Luke texted Katy while watching Chayce: ‘Dang. I’m still not that cool.’

Alyssa Wray, สล็อต a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, sang a faithful version of Whitney Houston’s The Greatest Love Of All after she made it.

Audition song: Chayce Beckham, a 24-year-old heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, reprised his audition song What Brings Life Also Kills, by Kolton Moore & The Clever Few

Audition song: Chayce Beckham, a 24-year-old heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, reprised his audition song What Brings Life Also Kills, by Kolton Moore & The Clever Few

Audition song: Chayce Beckham, a 24-year-old heavy machine operator from Apple Valley, California, reprised his audition song What Brings Life Also Kills, by Kolton Moore & The Clever Few

College student: Alyssa Wray, a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, sang a faithful version of Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love Of All after she made it

College student: Alyssa Wray, a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, sang a faithful version of Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love Of All after she made it

College student: Alyssa Wray, a 19-year-old college student from Perryville, Kentucky, sang a faithful version of Whitney Houston’s The Greatest Love Of All after she made it

Former Idol superstar Jennifer Hudson, 39, DM’d her before she went on.

‘She told me I had a big instrument and said to make ’em wait for it,’ Alyssa recalled.

Willie Spence, a 21-year-old caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, revisited his viral YouTube cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds when he was voted through.

Viral cover: Willie Spence, a 21-year-old caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, revisited his viral YouTube cover of Rihanna's Diamonds when he was voted through

Viral cover: Willie Spence, a 21-year-old caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, revisited his viral YouTube cover of Rihanna's Diamonds when he was voted through

Viral cover: Willie Spence, a 21-year-old caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, สล็อต revisited his viral YouTube cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds when he was voted through

Grace Kinstler, a 20-year-old college student from Lakewood, Illinois, celebrated her Top 10 inclusion with a fiery version of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman.

The last singer to make it via viewer voting was Hunter Metts, a 22-year-old software developer from Franklin, Tennessee, who crooned Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me.

Paula loved it so much she turned to the contestants and said, ‘I just want to ask all of you: What did your mothers breastfeed you? It’s incredible.’

Dangerous singer: Grace Kinstler, a 20-year-old college student from Lakewood, Illinois, celebrated her Top 10 inclusion with a fiery version of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman

Dangerous singer: Grace Kinstler, a 20-year-old college student from Lakewood, Illinois, celebrated her Top 10 inclusion with a fiery version of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman

Dangerous singer: Grace Kinstler, a 20-year-old college student from Lakewood, Illinois, celebrated her Top 10 inclusion with a fiery version of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman

Last through: The last singer to make it via viewer voting was Hunter Metts, a 22-year-old software developer from Franklin, Tennessee

Last through: The last singer to make it via viewer voting was Hunter Metts, a 22-year-old software developer from Franklin, Tennessee

Last through: The last singer to make it via viewer voting was Hunter Metts, a 22-year-old software developer from Franklin, Tennessee

The five singers in the Danger Zone were Alanis Sophia, 19, Colin Jamieson, 22, Beane, 23, Graham DeFranco, 24, and Madison Watkins, สล็อต 26.

Colin, a wedding singer from Boxford, Massachusetts, deliberately picked what he called ‘a fight song, an anthem’ to perform and sang Dean Lewis’ Waves.

Madison, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, did a R&B take on Drake’s Hotline Bling.

Unique rendition: Madison Watkins, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, did a R&B take on Drake's Hotline Bling

Unique rendition: Madison Watkins, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, did a R&B take on Drake's Hotline Bling

Unique rendition: Madison Watkins, a hair model from Fayetteville, Arkansas, did a R&B take on Drake’s Hotline Bling

‘It is very clear to me that Madison was singing for the career,’ announced Lionel Richie, 71, telling Madison, ‘Your life story, everything, you put it out on the floor tonight.’

Beane, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, crooned a pretty version of Ben Platt’s Grow As We Go that raised the judges’ estimation of his skills.

‘You grew into your artistry,’ an impressed Lionel told him, calling the performance ‘stellar.’ ‘And it’s not about doing anything extra. You just enjoyed being in that rhythm.’

Wedding singer: Beane, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, crooned a pretty version of Ben Platt's Grow As We Go that raised the judges' estimation of his skills

Wedding singer: Beane, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, crooned a pretty version of Ben Platt's Grow As We Go that raised the judges' estimation of his skills

Wedding singer: Beane, a wedding singer from Brighton, Massachusetts, crooned a pretty version of Ben Platt’s Grow As We Go that raised the judges’ estimation of his skills

Katy admired his control on the song and called herself ‘a card-carrying Beanie Baby fan.’

Alanis, a high school student from Dade City, Florida, rocked her rendition of Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack, stomping around the stage like a pro.

Aerial survey pilot Graham, from Rockwell, Texas, earned a standing ovation from the judges for his rendition of Jason Isbell’s Cover Me Up.

Good effort: Alanis Sophia, a high school student from Dade City, Florida, rocked her rendition of Demi Lovato's Heart Attack, stomping around the stage like a pro

Good effort: Alanis Sophia, a high school student from Dade City, Florida, rocked her rendition of Demi Lovato's Heart Attack, stomping around the stage like a pro

Good effort: Alanis Sophia, a high school student from Dade City, Florida, rocked her rendition of Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack, stomping around the stage like a pro

In the final analysis, the judges announced that they had unanimously chosen to save Madison and Beane, based on their performances that evening.

‘There was no ifs, ands or buts about it,’ Katy said.

American Idol will return Sunday on ABC. 

Sent home: Graham DeFranco, 24, earned a standing ovation from the judges for his rendition of Jason Isbell's Cover Me Up, but failed to advance

Sent home: Graham DeFranco, 24, earned a standing ovation from the judges for his rendition of Jason Isbell's Cover Me Up, but failed to advance

Sent home: Graham DeFranco, 24, earned a standing ovation from the judges for his rendition of Jason Isbell’s Cover Me Up, but failed to advance

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Apple plans to expand ads business – FT

April 22 (Reuters) – Apple Inc is planning to expand its advertising business by adding a second advertising slot in its App Store search page’s “suggested” section, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

The new advertising slot, which will be rolled out by the end of the month, สล็อต will allow advertisers to promote their apps across the whole network, rather than in response to specific searches, สล็อต according to the report.

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The report comes as Apple plans to send prompts to iPhone users to allow apps to use their data for personalized advertising, สล็อต a move that has drawn backlash from tech rival Facebook Inc, which argues the changes will hurt the social media company’s ad business.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for สล็อต comment.

(Reporting by Sneha Bhowmik and Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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May 7, 2021   Uncategorized   538 Comments

We live in unsettling times, with many of the things we’ve taken for granted all our lives disappearing, or changing beyond recognition

We live in unsettling times, with many of the things we’ve taken for granted all our lives disappearing, or สล็อต changing beyond recognition. 

So it’s comforting to know that on High Streets all over the country there’s a team of more than 6,000* skilled and caring Boots Pharmacists committed to the healthcare needs of you and your family.

Boots Pharmacists have been giving sound medical advice to patients for over 170 years.

And while the types of treatments may have changed, the commitment to promoting and nurturing the wellbeing of the British people is as strong as ever.

As the leading pharmacy-led health and beauty chain in the UK, Boots plays a vital role in helping local communities, and supporting the NHS. 

A study carried out in 2018 found that one in five GP appointments were for minor conditions[1]. They amounted to a staggering 57 million consultations a year, at an annual cost of £2billion to the NHS. 

Remember that your friendly local professional Boots Pharmacist can be your first port of call for advice and a wide range of treatment options when necessary, though they can also signpost you to the GP when required.

They can see you at any time without an appointment and suggest some suitable options for you.

Boots Pharmacists have been dispensing medicines and sound advice for over 170 years.

And while the products and สล็อต the treatments may have changed, the commitment to promoting and nurturing the wellbeing of the British people is as strong as ever

HELPING TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY ON THE HIGH STREET

Pharmacists can offer expert advice and a vast range of health services – many of which could save you a visit to your GP or help you on the road to making healthy lifestyle changes. 

Better still, in some cases you don’t need an appointment – just pop into your local Boots store and สล็อต chat to a member of the pharmacy team.

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