Singer/actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte Is Celebrating Her First The X Factor Victory After She Was Parachuted In To New Zealand's Version Of The Talent Contest To Replace Two Sacked Judges.
The former Neighbours star joined the franchise in her native Australia in 2011 and served as a mentor/judge for four seasons but failed to find a winning candidate.
She moved to New Zealand's The X Factor in March (15) following the axing of judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon over their harsh criticism of a contestant, and she is now toasting her first triumph on the show after one of her young charges, rapper Beau Monga, won the competition.
Bassingthwaighte took to Twitter.com to write, "Even after a late night from winning @xfactornz I feel good!"
Ed Sheeran Has Offered His Support To The New Zealand Pop Hopeful Who Cost Two Tv Talent Show Judges Their Jobs After They Went Too Far With Their Criticism Of Him.
British pop star Natalia Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were removed from New Zealand's The X Factor judging panel after a live episode on Saturday (14Mar15), during which they attacked contestant Joe Irvine following his performance.
Kills started the bashing by insisting Irvine had copied her husband's style, stating, "You're a laughing stock. It's cheesy, it's disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion... You make me sick."
And Moon added, "It's like Norman Bates (of Psycho) dressing up in his mother's clothing. It's just a little bit creepy."
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Singing Couple Natalia Kills And Willy Moon Have Been Fired From The Judging Panel Of New Zealand's The X Factor For Launching A Tirade Against A Contestant During A Live Broadcast.
The musicians, who married last year (14), hurled insults at wannabe singer Joe Irvine following his performance on Sunday night's (15Mar15) live show, accusing him of copying Moon's style.
British singer Kills said, "I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband, from the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality? You're a laughing stock, it's cheesy, it's disgusting... I am embarrassed to be sitting here, in your presence, to even have to dignify you with an answer of my opinion..."
New Zealand singer Moon called the performance "cheap and absurd" before comparing Irvine to movie psychopaths Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter, saying, "It's like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother's clothing, it's just a little bit creepy and I feel like you're going to stitch someone's skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience".
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The 27-year-old Brit and her New Zealand-born beau will exchange vows on 23 May (14) at an undisclosed location in New York City.
Kills and Moon recently posed for a wedding-themed photo shoot for the latest issue of Black Book magazine.
A week in music videos... We caught up with Brooklyn band DIIV last week as they are currently enjoying the 2013 festival season. Talking to lead member Cole, he explained just how different it was playing festivals compared to club gigs, that it was more about coming into the world of the fans rather than bringing them into your own. He was also not shy about admitting that the pressure of working on a second album has lifted. 'People are gonna be way more patient and wanna hear what you come up with', he says. 'The first record you have to have a clear statement of purpose like a sound and catchy pop songs.' As well as taking the time to chat to us, we were treated with an uplifting live rendition of their song 'Human'. Watch the full interview here and watch the live video for Human.
With the release of their highly-anticipated sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' imminent, Kings Of Leon follow up the audio release of its first single 'Supersoaker' with a grainy, retro-style, artistically produced video. Just as we expected, 'Supersoaker' is made of the anthemic, driving and infectious stuff that previous international hits 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex On Fire' are made of and we certainly can't wait for what looks to be another well-loved record that will see us through the autumn. Watch the video for Supersoaker here.
Willy Moon certainly knows how to make an entrance. From the crooner cool of the cover of his debut, Here's Willy Moon, to the swathes of strings and Hip Hop beats on opening track 'Get Up', he's not a afraid to show his cards. But, thankfully, the 23-year-old isn't a case of style over substance. For just under 30 minutes he proves himself to be equal parts superstar producer in the making, and a rather catchy songwriter to boot. It's difficult to think of a more assured, confident and unique debut in recent years, and I'm sure that's the reaction he was going for.
That's not to say that there aren't moments where you question his judgement, 'Railroad Track' for example is perhaps a little too reminiscent of Kanye West's 'Jesus Walks'. But for the most part this doesn't sound like an album made by an unknown New Zealander. At its heart the record is pure fun, with a dark undercurrent piercing the heady mix of Pop hooks, Rock n' Roll attitude, bass heavy beats, and slick production.
While Moon is vocal about his short attention span, in many ways his predilection for compositions that last a lean 3 minutes gives the whole album a certain sense of pace. Lead single 'Yeah Yeah' samples the Wu Tang Clan and along the way he covers the likes of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. But rather than feeling like he's trying to pad out his debut with quirky familiarity, these choices don't overshadow or distract from his own material. In fact, much of the record is geared towards being so anthemic, that it's difficult not to get carried away with Moon's enthusiasm. 'Working For The Company' for example sounds like a Broadway production of a mash up between a 1940's big band and Pink Floyd's 'Money'. It shouldn't work, or at the very least should sound like a gimmick, but put simply it does work, and surprisingly well.
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Music In the News...Jack White has been awarded an honor for musical excellence, from University College Dublin. The James Joyce Award was presented to the former White Stripes frontman, who is currently touring with Willy Moon, by the university's Literary and Historical Society.
Cat Power has informed her fans, that her European tour will still go ahead, despite the news that she is suffering financial and health difficulties. She told her fans "European Tour Is On. Without Stage Presentation. Hard Money Wasted." It is thought that she is planning a stripped-down version of her show for the tour, which will include her first London show in four years.
Katy Perry has been accused of 'sexualising children' by the indie-dance band Crystal Castles. The band's singer, Alice Glass, told NME magazine "I think a lot of (pop stars) sell sex to children. I think a lot of kids are more sexualised now than they were years ago and I'm not sure it's a coincidence. Like f**king Katy Perry spraying people with her f**king d**k, her f**king c** gun c**ming on f**king children. And little girls, like six-year-old girls wearing a shirt with 'I wanna see your (pea) cock' on it."