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4th September, 2004

Why Might Sharon Osbourne Get Sacked From 'The X Factor'?

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 September 2018

Simon Cowell The X Factor

Ahead of her return to 'The X Factor' judging panel in a few weeks, Sharon had more than a few choice words on the show's head honcho Simon Cowell...

Sharon Osbourne’s future with ‘The X Factor’ is apparently in doubt after she launched a foul-mouthed rant at fellow judge Simon Cowell during a recent interview.

The 65 year old star spent an hour on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show this week, and spent much of the time having a go at both Cowell and the set-up of the ITV talent show. ‘The X Factor’ returned for its first show of the year this past weekend, and Osbourne is expected to link up in a month or so for the start of the live shows.

However, speaking about ‘The X Factor’s head judge and progenitor, Osbourne described Cowell as a “f****** pain in the arse” and claimed that he’ll do “whatever” to get his “f****** fat face on the TV”.

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Louis Walsh Quits 'The X Factor' After 13 Years

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 June 2018

Louis Walsh The X Factor

Walsh has featured on all but one of the judging panels for each edition of 'The X Factor' going back to its 2004 inception.

Louis Walsh has announced his decision to quit ‘The X Factor’ after what he called 13 “fantastic” years with the talent show.

The 65 year old pop mogul has been the show’s longest serving judge, appearing in all but one of the editions of ‘The X Factor’ since it began way back in 2004.

“I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on ‘The X Factor’ but the show needs a change and I'm ready to leave,” said Walsh in a statement. He added that he would remain a judge on another talent show, ‘Ireland's Got Talent’, as well as focussing more on “my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world.”

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Matt Cardle Reveals Battles With Drug And Alcohol Addiction

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 13 March 2018

Matt Cardle The X Factor

Cardle suffered a dramatic fall from grace in the years following his 'X Factor' win in 2010.

Matt Cardle, a former winner of ‘The X Factor’, has opened up about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction in the aftermath of a dramatic downturn in his career in the years following his victory.

The singer-songwriter, now 34, got a brilliant start to his fledgling music career in 2010 when he won ‘The X Factor’, even beating out One Direction to win the ITV talent contest. However, just three years later, Cardle found himself without a record label and having not had a sniff of a hit in ages, and he revealed in a new interview this week that seeing his friends and colleagues become global megastars while he struggled to get noticed hit him hard.

“I got lucky on a number of occasions not to have been found f***ing cold,” he told The Sun on Tuesday (March 13th). “I was being rejected left, right and centre for a record, for all of this kind of stuff. And none of it was bitterness, but it’s just frustration about my fall from grace.”

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Cheryl Snubbing ITV To Make Her TV Comeback On BBC's 'The Greatest Dancer'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 February 2018

Simon Cowell The X Factor

Cheryl is widely reported to be involved with 'The Greatest Dancer', a new talent show currently in development by the BBC.

After more than two years out, Cheryl has confirmed that her television comeback will be on the BBC’s new talent show ‘The Greatest Dancer’, in what appears to be a sensational snub to ITV.

The former Girls Aloud star was spotted filming the new series at the Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday this week, and took photos with fans alongside Alesha Dixon, Jordan Banjo and Matthew Morrison.

Cheryl is therefore expected to be named one of the show’s ‘dance captains’ in the coming weeks.

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Olly Murs Confirms He Is Joining 'The Voice UK' Judging Panel

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 11 October 2017

Olly Murs The X Factor Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is not happy.

Just over a year after he quit ‘The X Factor’, Olly Murs has committed the egregious pop star sin of betrayal of Simon Cowell, announcing that he’s set to become a judge on the next series of ‘The Voice UK’.

Murs will be taking up the spinning chair previously occupied by the departing Gavin Rossdale, and will appear when the show returns on ITV for its seventh series in early 2018. He’ll be alongside Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and the ever-present will.i.am on the judging panel, while Emma Willis will return as the host.

“I’m absolutely buzzing about being a coach on ‘The Voice UK’ and can’t wait to sit in the big red chair alongside will, Jennifer and Tom,” 33 year old Murs said in a statement on Wednesday (October 11th) announcing his participation on the singing contest.

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Sharon Osbourne Considering Retiring From Showbiz

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 25 August 2017

Sharon Osbourne The X Factor

64 year old Sharon might be retiring from showbusiness altogether by the end of the year, according to a new interview with The Sun.

This year’s edition of ‘The X Factor’ may prove to be Sharon Osbourne’s last, as she’s suggested that she’s preparing to retire by the end of the year, according to a new interview this week.

The 64 year old former reality star and music mogul told The Sun on Thursday (August 24th) that she had given herself a five-year time frame in which to carry on working before forcing herself to retire, in order to retain her dignity.

Instead, she’s planning on enjoying her retirement with her husband, Black Sabbath star Ozzy Osbourne, with whom she recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

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Former x factor contestant Chanal Benjilali is unveiled as the replacement to newly departed Frankee Rose who left M.O girl group. The group now consists of Nadine Samuels, Annie Ashcroft and Chanal Benjilali - Sheffield, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd July 2017

Sharon Osbourne Forced To Miss 'The X Factor' Auditions Because Of Back Pain

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 June 2017

Sharon Osbourne Alesha Dixon The X Factor

Sharon was replaced by Alesha Dixon for the Edinburgh auditions ahead of season 14 of 'The X Factor'.

Sharon Osbourne has been replaced by Alesha Dixon at auditions for the upcoming series of ‘The X Factor’, after she was forced to pull out of work commitments due to back pain.

Dixon has only recently finished her regular stint on the judging panel of fellow ITV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, but was drafted in for ‘The X Factor’ auditions this week after Sharon flew back to Los Angeles in order to seek treatment for the “recurring” problem with her back.

Image caption Sharon Osbourne pictured in October 2016

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Saara Aalto performs her first live show in London at G-A-Y. The X Factor 2016 runner-up was watched from the side of the stage by her girlfriend Meri Sopanen and Goggle Box star Scarlett Moffatt. - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th January 2017

Louis Tomlinson And Matt Terry Fail To Knock Clean Bandit Off Number One Spot

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 17 December 2016

Clean Bandit Louis Tomlinson The X Factor

‘Rockabye’ has now spent six weeks on top of the UK singles chart.

Clean Bandit have held on to the number one spot on the UK singles chart again this week, despite facing some stiff competition.

‘Rockabye’ logged its sixth week on top of the chart on Friday, holding off One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and ‘x factor’ winner Matt Terry.

Image caption Louis Tomlinson’s debut solo single entered the chart at number three

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Nicole Scherzinger arrives at a London restaurant after 'The X Factor' live show - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th October 2016

Sharon Osbourne arrives at Fountain studios for x factor rehearsals ahead of this weekend's live show at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Friday 14th October 2016

Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Fountain studios for x factor rehearsals ahead of this weekend's live show at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Friday 14th October 2016

Simon Cowell Has To Pay £100 Per Cigarette For Smoking At 'X-Factor' Studios

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 29 November 2015

Simon Cowell The X Factor

Smoking is an expensive habit, especially for music mogul Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell certainly seems to be paying the price for his smoking habit. The ‘X-Factor’ boss reportedly has to cough up £100 every time he lights up during filming of the ITV series, thanks to a rule stating anyone smoking in the building has to pay a £100 fine.

Image caption Simon Cowell has to pay a hefty fine for smoking at the ‘X-Factor’ studios.

The Sunday Mirror reports that Cowell enjoys his expensive smokes during advert breaks on the live show. 'Over the course of a series we're talking about literally thousands of pounds,’ a source told the newspaper.

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Matt Berry "Never" Considered Taking 'The X Factor' Voiceover Role

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 18 November 2015

Matt Berry The X Factor

The 'Toast of London' and 'IT Crowd' star was talking to Digital Spy in a new interview.

Comic actor Matt Berry possesses one of the most distinctive voices in the British media at the moment, but he’s revealed that he had absolutely no interest in taking over one of the most high-profile voiceover roles in the industry – that of ‘The X Factor’ announcer.

41 year old Berry, who is about to return to TV screens with the series of his Channel 4 comedy ‘Toast of London’ in which he plays a voiceover actor, told Digital Spy in an interview that he wouldn’t have been interested in taking the place of Peter Dickson on the show when his brief break was announced earlier this year.

Image caption Matt Berry was considered for the 'X Factor' voiceover job

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