Despite lackluster sales, do the recent X Factor winners have what it takes to survive in the industry?
Singing competition shows may be on their way out, but the talent that they produce just keeps getting better and better. Though not every winner finds the same amount of success, the ones that do are the ones that are bringing something new to the table. Alex and Sierra, winner of last season's The X Factor, is fitting the bill perfectly.
Alex and Sierra were the winners of the third and final season of The X Factor
The American pop duo is made up of Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton, and they became the first ever group to win The X Factor USA when the third season concluded back in December. They'll also be the last group, too, as it was announced that the US version of The X Factor will not be coming back for a fourth season following the departure of mentor Simon Cowell. Oh, and did we mention that Alex and Sierra are dating? Because that just makes it even better, and also pretty adorable. During their run on The X Factor, the two steamrolled through the competition with performances of songs like Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' and One Direction's 'Best Song Ever, coming first in the public voting every single week. Alex and Sierra's charming on stage chemistry mixed with their impeccable vocals made it clear why they were the winners - and they might just keep up their winning streak when it comes to their new music as well.
Continue reading: After A Rocky Start, Can Alex & Sierra Recover With Their New Album?
Cheryl Cole has won a nice little payout from the producers of The X-Factor USA.
Pop star Cheryl Cole has won a considerable pay-out from the producers of The X-Factor USA, who sacked her after filming just one episode in 2011.At the time, Simon Cowell refused to confirm the reasons behind Cole's departure, though speculation suggested she was removed over fears the American audience would not understand her Newcastle accent.
Cheryl Cole At The Cannes Film Festival
She sued producers Blue Orbit for $2.3 million for loss of earnings though the company settled out-of-court with an undisclosed sum. During the lawsuit, it also transpired that Cole had already signed on for a second season on a salary of $2 million.
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Wins Big Payout after X-Factor Nightmare
Kelly Rowland was lost at sea this week. Literally.
In one of the most bizarre stories coming out of the music world this year, former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland had to be saved by Massachusetts coast guards on Friday (July 19, 2013) when her boat ran into difficulty off the coast of Provincetown.
Rowland and friends had boarded a private craft to go whale watching, though their vessel became "disoriented in the five-to-six-foot waves and fog that had rolled in," an employee for the TowboatUS Provincetown confirmed to E! News.
Eventually, the US Coast Guard was "able to triangulate their position" after learning that the group needed help. More drama was yet to come when the groups' boat broke down while being escorted back to shore. The party had to be towed the remaining four miles, eventually arriving back on land around 10pm after 12 hours at sea.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Lost at Sea for 12 Hours Before Coast Guard Rescue
Demi Lovato had an uneasy relationship with her father, though she laid him to rest last week.
Demi Lovato has told Twitter followers that she has put her father to rest, thanking fans for their support in the wake of his death. Patrick Lovato, 54, divorced from Demi's mother Dianna De La Garza in 1994. The X-Factor judge sung about her strained relationship with her father on the 2011 track 'For The Love of a Daughter,' implying he struggled with alcohol issues.
Demi Lovato At The Much Music Video Awards in 2013
"Today I put my Daddy to rest.... hardest thing I've ever done.. But I know great things will come of this...," Lovato wrote on Saturday. "There's an overwhelming sense of peace knowing my dad is no longer battling his demons anymore and that makes me so happy." In a 2009 interview with the New York Daily News, Lovato opened up about her decision to cut ties with father Patrick, saying, "The last time I talked to him was two years ago," she said. "You try to have faith in somebody, even when you're the last person that believes in him. But when somebody lets you down after you've been the only one there for them, and so many times, you don't know what to do."
Continue reading: Heartbroken Demi Lovato, "My Dad Is No Longer Battling His Demons"
Kelly Rowland broke down on-stage during a concert in Washington.
Kelly Rowland broke down in tears while performing her new track 'Dirty Laundry' - a song about her previous jealously of best pal Beyonce - during a show in Washington this week. The crowd cheered for the R&B singer during her tearful delivery of the emotional song, leaving Rowland to stop and wipe away the tears.
In the new track, the former Destiny's Child singer speaks about how her abusive former boyfriend turned her against Beyonce. "Bird in a café. You'd never know what I was dealing with. Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin' it. Bittersweet, she was up, I was down.No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?" she sings. In a video from the Washington gig, Rowland, 32, is seen sitting on a stool and singing before choking up and having to bow her head. Buoyed by the crowd, she continues the song before telling fans, "Doing this song for me was so therapeutic. Honesty, like my mama always says, is always the best policy."
Watch Kelly Rowland crying:
'Dirty Laundry' features on Rowland's forthcoming studio album - another song 'You've Changed' was released on Tuesday (May 28, 2013) and features both Beyonce and Michelle Williams. The singer was recently confirmed as a new judge on Simon Cowell's X-Factor USA having previously worked on the British version of the singing contest. She joins Cowell, Demi Lovato and Latin pop star, Paulina Rubio on the new look panel.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Breaks Down In Tears Over Beyonce Jealously [Video]