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The X Factor judges have whittled down the good, the bad and the downright dreadful and this evening viewers will see the final 200 contestants at bootcamp.
Wearing plastic dishwashing gloves, she used a toothpick whittled down to a fine point to add tiny stripes of yellow or to black out some of the wasp's natural stripes.
After the shortlist was whittled down to three, it was left to independent judges to decide who would be the overall winner, considering such topics as listening qualities, and clarity.
The hunt for a new pounds 100,000-a-year chief executive for Walsall Council is nearing a climax, with 16 hopefuls whittled down to a shortlist of four.
The disgraceful case of little Adam Edwards is yet another example of how a first-rate NHS has been whittled down into a third-rate service as pen-pushers replace doctors and nurses and cost becomes more important than compassion.
Britain's Karaoke starts at 8pm at the Carling Academy with the 20 best singers, whittled down from auditions during the day, competing to be crowned Birmingham's King and Queen of Karaoke.
Brisbane have whittled down a list of 33 candidates to nine, as they step up their search for a successor to Wayne Bennett.
After months of scouring the country, thousands of acrobats, belly dancers, singers and comedians have been whittled down to 150.
Men who want to father a child will be whittled down to two during the series.
Men who want to father a child will be whittled down until two candidates are chosen to compete against each other.
Eventually these will be whittled down to a handful which will be shown at The Walker Gallery between from September until November.
In McCoy's absence, his lead in the title race has been whittled down from seven to two (159-157) by Richard Johnson.