Big love to these courageous contestants who laid bare their emotions and gave us performances we won't ever forget… https://t.co/gj7GANCYB8
Bono and U2 - Celebrities arrive at the Sarm studios to record the Band Aid 30 single 'Do they Know It's Christmas'. The new Band Aid 30 song and music video will debut on The X Factor results show Sunday night (16Nov). at The X Factor - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th November 2014
James Graham - x factor finalists arriving at Fountain Studios at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Monday 10th November 2014
Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer - Legendary 70's American rock band Dr. Hook, featuring 77 year old Ray Sawyer, perform at Vicar Street with a surprise guest singer, x factor entrant Melanie McCabe, in Dublin at x factor - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 27th October 2014
Lauren Platt and Reece Bibby - x factor finalists arrive at the music studio for rehearsals at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Monday 27th October 2014
Recently evicted acts from the 2014 season of 'The X Factor' Blonde Electra and Overload Generation were photgraphed performing live at G-A-Y in London
Jay James - x factor finalists arrive at the rehearsal studio at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th October 2014
One Direction are the most successful act in 'The X Factor's history, and none of this year's acts can match them, according to Cowell.
As Britain’s premier pop music mogul, Simon Cowell isn’t one to mince his words. Ahead of the first live shows of the current eleventh series of ‘The X Factor’, he is reported to have launched a dismissive broadside against this year’s crop of hopefuls, claiming that none of them stand a chance of emulating the success of One Direction.
Simon Cowell reckons that none of this year's 'X Factor' contestants can match 1D
Louis Walsh, a fellow judge on the ITV show, told The Sun newspaper: “the most successful group in the show's history is One Direction, and Simon said that what they did 'will never be repeated. I don't think anyone this year is capable of that, but I don't think anyone will do it again.’”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reckons One Direction's Success Won't Be Repeated
Jake Quickenden and Paul Akister - Photographs of the contestants on the 2014 season of The X Factor at the live shows in Wembley - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 9th October 2014
Brace yourselves, "The X Factor" is coming.
Wait, is it x factor time again? When did this happen? The mentors – this year’s lineup is Cheryl Cole, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh – got their respective categories on Friday. Unfortunately, not everyone was all too happy about the outcome.
Cheryl Cole loves her girls. No, that's not a pun.
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Loves Her Girls - On The "X Factor" That Is
Simon Cowell and the other judges meet in battle for new series
The latest series of the X Factor looks set to be the most epic one yet - if the first promo is anything to go by. While every year The X Factor judges battle it out on our television screens, Simon Cowell and co have gone one step further this year, by starring in a Game Of Thrones-inspired commercial.
The minute-long promo shows Cowell and the other judges lead individual armies of hopefuls into battle for the X Factor throne, ahead of the much-anticipated new series this Autumn.
X Factor judge Simon Cowell arrives at the London auditions of flagship ITV talent show
Continue reading: X Factor Judges Star In £1million 'Game Of Thrones Promo'
Two members of Rebecca Ferguson's family are in hospital after the shooting.
Two members of Rebecca Ferguson's family have been shot in a drive-by shooting in Everton. The singer is said to be "shocked and terrified" by a targeted attack that seriously injured her children's uncle and grandfather on Wednesday evening, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Rebecca Ferguson On-Stage in Liverpool
Karl Dures, 51 and his son Craig Dures, 27, were shot in the leg and face as they stood on the corner of Lance Close. Ms Ferguson - who rose to fame after appearing on The X-Factor - dated Karl's son, also called Karl, and had two children with him. The pair ended their relationship before Ferguson's appearance on the singing show, though the families have remained close.
Continue reading: Rebecca Ferguson's Family Members Shot In Drive-By Shooting
James Arthur makes an appearance in 'I Can't Sing!' - or does he?
A hunchback villain character named Trevor Modo in Harry Hill's new X-Factor musical I Can't Sing! is apparently based on former champion James Arthur. In the show, Trevor auditions for the hit show to save himself from a life of poverty, but is sent packing by Nigel Harmon's Simon Cowell character.
James Arthur Has Reacted Angrily to the Claims
Seeking revenge, Trevor breaks into an impressive rap number about the injustice of the music industry.
Continue reading: 'I Can't Sing!' Villain Trevor Modo Based On James Arthur?
The 'X Factor' judge says his latest pop creation will consist of "all new kids"
Louis Walsh will launch his latest pop creation in 2014, with the Irish music mogul announcing his plans to oversee the launch of a new boyband in the new year. Speaking with The Mirror, the x factor judge said that he will be launching a band consisting entirely of new faces, having auditioned thousands of potential stars in the process.
Walsh will hope that his new boyband will be more successful than Union J
"I'm doing a brand new boy band that will be ready to go next year," Walsh told the paper. He continued, "They're going to rehearse for the month of January, see the record companies in February and take it from there. No familiar faces, all new kids that have never been on a talent show or anything. I auditioned a thousand!"
Continue reading: Louis Walsh Set To Launch All-New Boyband In 2014
The album will be "mostly covers" and should be in stores around Easter
Sam Bailey will no doubt still be reeling from her x factor final success and subsequent chart success with debut single 'Skyscraper.' Having won the talent show and scored the Christmas No. 1, the next task on Bailey's agenda is getting her debut album written and released, as the singer recently revealed that she is already set to hit the studio and start working on her first full-length.
'Skyscraper' became one of the year's biggest-selling sngles
Bailey's first LP will consist largely of cover versions of already-popular songs, which apparently infuriated her X Factor mentor Sharon Osbourne, but this is something that Sam isn't too bothered about. Rather than be bummed out by the lack of originality appearing on her album, Bailey instead said she was simply excited to be making music and happy that she gets to make an album in the first place, which is, refreshingly, the exact kind of outlook we'd have hoped from the everywoman.
Continue reading: Sam Bailey Plans To "Rush Release" Debut Album For Spring Release
Sierra Deaton, Alex Kinsey and Alex & Sierra - The X Factor (U.S.) 2013 finalists arrive at Mixology 101 Bar & Lounge at The Grove to attend an after party - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th December 2013
Restless Road, Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Andrew Scholz - USA's x factor Top 12 Party for Season 3 at the SLS Hotel in Bevelry Hills - Beverly Hills, CA, United States - Tuesday 5th November 2013
Joe Conaboy - The members of boyband Kingsland Road leave The X Factor house - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 24th October 2013
Should Sam Bailey be eligible for The X Factor?
Sam Bailey, the current joint-favourite to win this year's X-Factor competition, has hit back at critics who claim she shouldn't be allowed to compete on the show owing to her extensive musical experience.
The prison officer stunned judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh during her show-stopping auditions on Saturday and Sunday, though a report in The Sun newspaper claimed Sam had "misled the public" by appearing to be a novice with an exceptional gift for singing.
In fact, the newspaper claims Bailey has been singing for years in social clubs, on cruises and for charity shows - something they doesn't dispute - and shouldn't be allowed to compete against the likes of Tamera Foster, the young Beyonce-a-like who is likely to be her nearest rival.
Continue reading: Should Sam Bailey Be Allowed To Remain On The X-Factor?
One Direction's Zayn Malik and Little Mix's Perrie Edwards are engaged, Edwards' mother confirmed on Wednesday (21st August)
Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards are engaged! Edwards' mother, Debbie Dufty, confirmed their engagement whilst speaking exclusively to a UK local paper (on Wednesday 21st August). Dufty told the newspaper that rumours of their engagement were true, declaring "it's official. I'm over the moon. They are really in love."
Zayn Malik at the premiere of This Is Us in London.
Continue reading: One Direction's Zayn Malik And Little Mix's Perrie Edwards Are Engaged!
This Is Us, the film documenting the rise of One Direction from X-Factor contestants to an international pop sensation, premiered in London on Tuesday (20th August). In addition to the band and X-Factor's Simon Cowell, the guests included Little Mix, Ronnie Wood, Ulrika Jonsson and Laura Whitmore.
One Direction's This Is Us, a documentary following the band's rise from X-Factor contestants to one of the biggest pop groups in the world. The documentary premiered in London on Tuesday (20th August) in Leicester Square, London. Screaming fans awaited One Direction and the other celebrity attendees.
The band which consists of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson; all attended the premiere and greeted fans of the red carpet. The band was formed in 2010 on The X-Factor's seventh season. The group are one of the most popular in the world and this was reflected in the turnout of fans at the premiere. Fans were so determined to see their music heroes that some camped out in Leicester Square the night before.
Charlotte Church said NO to the X-Factor in no uncertain terms
There are ways of saying no to doing something, then there are ways Charlotte Church says no to doing something. Her way involves violent imagery. We prefer her way. Check out how she said no to doing The X-Factor.
Charlotte Church performs at G.A.Y in London
“I got asked to do The X Factor job. I’d rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music,” she told Wales Online. “I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required.”
Continue reading: Charlotte Church Didn't Just Say No To The X-Factor, She Said NO!
They beat out another talent show star for #1.
TV talent show winners haven’t been so successful of late; think The X-Factor’s James Arthur and The Voice’s Leanne Mitchell. But Britain’s Got Talent Winners – Richard and Adam – have topped the U.K album charts following their third-place finish on Britain’s Got Talent.
In doing so, they beat another talent-show product, x factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas, off the top spot. Richard and Adam’s profile was raised somewhat when a woman ran on stage to throw eggs at Simon Cowell for his influence on the music business.
Their album - The Impossible Dream - features hearty renditions of The Power of Love, Unchained Melody, Amazing Grace and Ave Maria. "It's amazing - you've made our Nan extremely happy, so thank you to each and everyone of you who's bought the album," Adam told the Official Charts Company.
Continue reading: Richard And Adam Living The Impossible Dream After Britain's Got Talent
The new series hits screens in August.
Gary Barlow concedes that Sharon is in charge of everything X-Factor
Barlow himself was brought in to replace Simon Cowell after he quit the show in 2010 to launch x factor USA. “There’s no question she’s the head judge. The mug – I can’t even find it. It’s gone. She has been in and stood on it. She’s the queen. She’s back.” He added: “It’s been brilliant having her back. It’s so good to have someone who has done so much TV work because she is totally at ease and she has brought out the worst in all of us!”
Continue reading: Gary Barlow Hails The New X-Factor Boss – Sharon Osbourne
Harry Styles will be the best man at his mother's wedding on Saturday.
One Direction star Harry Styles will be the best man at his mother Anne Cox's wedding on Saturday. Harry's mother, 43, is set to marry her long-term partner Robin Twist, who helped bring up the pop star after his parents split when he was seven year's old, reports the Daily Record.
It should be a star-studded day, with all the members of One Direction attending. Anne even picked the date to fit with the boy-band's hectic touring schedule and guests were told to keep the details of the nuptials firmly under wraps to avoid any unwanted press attention. However, it is thought the event may be held somewhere close to their home in the north-west.
Office worker Anne, who divorced Harry's father Des, has always supported her son's ambitions to be a singer and the pair are believed to enjoy a hugely close relationship. Harry and the boys were invited to stay at Anne's bungalow for a week as they prepared for the live x factor finals in 2010. Though she eventually finished third, the group has since gone on to become the most successful British boy-band of all time, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Continue reading: Harry Styles To Be Best Man...At His Mother's Wedding
Simon Cowell has revamped the X Factor judging panel for a third time, enlisting the Destiny's Child and Latino stars
Simon Cowell has chosen his next two judges to sit beside him o the upcoming series of The X Factor; Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. The two will take up the seats vacated by Britney Spears and LA Reid at the end of the last series of the show, with Demi Lovato slated to return to her post for the next instalment of the talent show.
Cowell has now revamped his judging panel for a second time following Spears and Reid's abandoning of the show at the end of last season. The first time Cowell redesigned the panel he booted off Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger after the first season when the show only managed a poor return on audience figures.
Kelly Rowland will sit next to Paulina Rubio next season
Rumours surface that Sharon Osbourne will return to TV talent show, with record-breaking salary
Sharon Osbourne’s private life may well be in turmoil but she doesn’t seem to be allowing it to affect her career as the Daily Mail reports today that she’s reportedly landed a £2 million deal to return to x factor in the UK. If the reports are accurate, it will mean that not only will Osbourne return to the show, after leaving in 2007, but she will become the highest paid judge in the show’s history.
It is thought that the show’s creator, Simon Cowell, is ‘desperate’ to have Sharon return to the show to boost ratings, which have been steadily dropping in the last two years. Although Sharon has made a number of guest apperances on the show since she left – namely at Louis Walsh’s house in the ‘judges’ houses’ rounds, this will be the first time in six years that she’s actually been one of the official judges. Known for her no-nonsense approach, Cowell is clearly looking to shake up the line-up on the panel.
Recently, it has been reported that Sharon Osbourne’s marriage to husband Ozzy Osbourne (the Black Sabbath singer) is on the rocks. Ozzy made a public announcement that his addiction to drink and drugs has reared its head again and has taken its toll on their marriage. Regardless, both Sharon and Ozzy seem to remain focused on their careers, with Ozzy about to embark on a tour with Sabbath and Sharon apparently planning a return to the high profile TV show.
With such a low turnout at the regional auditions, is this the beginning of the end for X Factor?
Just 22 people turned up for a recent audition for X Factor, in Colchester, Essex. Whilst the show’s producers have their bag of plausible excuses ready, the rest of us are waiting in the wings, ready to announce the official decline of the already-ailing show. Does the low turn out of audition participants spell the end for the show though?
A report from the Daily Mirror suggests that The X Factor bods are none too worried about the low turnout, insisting that the ‘mobile auditions,’ in some of the UK’s smaller towns and cities were never expected to get as many participants as the bigger ones, anyway. “These 'mobile' auditions give people a chance from around the country who may not be able to get to the bigger auditions,” said a spokesperson for the show, after 22 people showed up for the Colchester auditions and 30 for Bangor, North Wales. “The X Factor is way bigger than it was when it first started and this is in no way indicative of a decline in popularity. For the mobile, the highest we have had was in Great Yarmouth and Hull, where we had about 100 people attending. The lowest was Colchester with only 22, so the numbers do vary from location to location. But applications are in the thousands and are strong and healthy this year."
Looks as though Cowell and co will have enough participants to gather a show together then. Maybe we should put that grim reaper outfit back in the wardrobe for now. Just for one more season.
The X Factor will be transformed for the theatrical stage in a show set to hit in 2014.
With Harry Hill at the helm of the script for The X Factor musical, it could have been a truly terrible concept if it weren't for his injection of intelligent comedy. Expeced to be a mocking parody of the show and its most iconic characters, Hill described the desired approach to the show as "at times scathing, without being cynical."
The story is about an 18 year old girl called Chenice who is completely oblivious to the X Factor due to her Grandfather's iron lung which blocks ITV's signals... that's as much as we know. However, one can assume that she stumbles into an audition, is either incredible or terrible and an adventure ensues. Sound about right?
Managing director of Stage Entertainment UK, who are co-producing the play, Rebecca Quigley, said that it's going to be "quite a wacky big show." It will feature 19 new songs and recognizable personalities from the well loved series, including Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell, plus "others you might recognise, but who have different names."
Continue reading: X Factor - It's Time To Face The Musical! Gets The £6m Go Ahead
"Sorry Cheryl. There was no romance with Harvey - we got it wrong," reads its front cover apology, which carries on inside the mag. "Although we have seen several hundred emails, written over a six-month period, apparently between Cheryl, her mother and Michael, we are now satisfied that the emails from Cheryl and her mother are not genuine.” Cole took to twitter at the time, posting to HArvey: "Was this 'relationship' happening in your head @harveyofficial?! Are you smoking something?" Bemused, Michael Harvey Jr emailed back saying she’d been ringing him!
Continue reading: Now Magazine Say Sorry To Cheryl Cole Over MC Harvey Rumours
One of the by-products of winning the nation's biggest talent show isn't just the money or the chance to produce music on a huge scale, no, it's the droves of fans that will do anything just to touch your jacket.
That's what's happening to James Arthur, the popular Middlesbrough lad who 'came good' in 2012's version of the show. He's been explaining how all the female attention has affected his day-to-day life, saying he's often surrounded by fans when he goes out, and that he often urges them to leave him alone - and go home. "It freaks me out a little bit, yeah, there were loads of them singing 'Impossible' and I was like what? It's freezing cold, go home," he tells ITN. "I wouldn't say mobbed, I can handle myself."
It's not been a bad time for Mr Arthur since leaving The X-Factor a winner. His debut single reached the covered landmark of one million sales, which, according to Martin Talbot from the Official Charts Company, is great news for the starlet. "Hitting the million mark in around a month is a fantastic achievement for James Arthur. x factor winners often score strong first week sales but to push through to the million mark so quickly is truly impressive."
James Arthur showed off his latest tattoo while out and about in London this week. The X Factor winner, who had a number one hit with a cover of Shontelle's Impossible, revealed the tattoo while partying with The Xtra Factor host Caroline at London's exclusive Groucho Club, reports Capital FM.
James - a big fan of body art - has King Arthur tattooed on his hand. Speaking about his latest inking, the Middlesbrough singer said, "[It's] King Arthur look! Yeah, well it's more like I was a pauper and now I'm fulfilling my purpose so I feel like a king." He also has the words "love" and "hate" tattooed on his knuckles. Though James seemed to be having a whale of a time with friend Caroline, the night didn't end too successfully. The 24-year-old headed to a local shop to pick up some cigarettes before making his way home, only to find he had forgotten his keys! The singer was eventually helped out by passing police officers, who came to the rescue.
Though Arthur has made no secret of his love for the opposite sex, it seems there's only one woman for him. Tweeting on Thursday (January 24, 2012), he said, "Any time I catch a glimpse of my video for impossible i always really miss @NicoleScherzy best mentor/women I've ever met #LOVE."
Continue reading: The Man Who Would Be King: James Arthur Shows Off New Tattoo
Last season's X Factor star Amelia Lily has revealed that she suffered constant torment when she was in school for her singing ambitions, she told The Daily Star today.
The singer, who will release her new single 'Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got)' to download tomorrow (Jan 20), opened up in her interview with the tabloid paper to talk about the new single and her current plans, when the darker moments of her past were brought up. She told the paper, "[During The X Factor] I found out who my true friends were very quickly. I didn't have a lot of mates at school and was bullied a lot for wanting to sing," before adding, “When I got into The X Factor they all started contacting me out of the blue, but I ignored it all. I'm very grateful to the few good friends and close family that I do have in my life.”
Luckily for the soon-to-be star though, those days are behind her and now she is only concentrating on where her career takes her next. It has been a whirlwind few months for Lily since she first appeared on the talent show, but it looks like things can only get better from now on.
She made her name in music, and her role as a judge in The X Factor has been rather lack lustre, so intellectually heading back to music to focus on it full time seems a good idea for Britney Spears. Turning down the $15m paycheck though? That's madness.
TMZ reported that Britney's exit from her show was entirely her own choice, despite the numerous reports over the past month that X Factor bosses wanted to boot her. Her choice to focus on her music again is a good one, and will undoubtedly delight fans worldwide. She's currently appearing on a track with Will.i.Am 'Scream and Shout' which MTV reports is on the way to the top spot in the UK. Will.i.Am has also been helping out with her new album, as well as Kanye West/Jay Z's producer 'Hit Boy', which should ensure that Britney's new album is worth a listen.
Anyway, now that Britney's on her way, the real question is- who is going to replace her? The obvious choice might be someone across the pond: Cheryl Cole. She was tipped to be a judge originally before Simon Cowell canned her, but she might be the right choice to bring on board, given that she has experience in the field already. In the dream world though, someone with deep knowledge of the industry and of talent itself might be worth having on screen, Celine Dion, Shania Twain or Debbie Harry could all be great. Particularly the latter.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Turns Down X Factor's $15m To Focus On Music
The big prize you get for winning The X Factor has always been an enormous record deal, plus the exposure and immediate fan base created by the show which is meant to ensure instant success. However, as the series have gone on, missing out on being the top of the pile doesn't mean you miss out on the rest of the fun, this year has proven it more than ever as runner up Jahmene Douglas has signed a deal with Sony, and both Union J and Ella Henderson have also been snapped up by the same company, and neither of them even made it to the final week.
Twitter is still the dominant platform for celebs to express their emotions and there's no change for these artists. Jahmene said:
Simon Cowell will have been sipping his morning coffee today, perusing the newspapers and planning how best to sell the James Arthur product to us all. The single sold nearly 500,000 copies in a week, so the platform for a full-length album has been nicely laid. The only thing that could stop the Middlesbrough singer from achieving an Olly Murs-esque career in pop is distractions. So the music mogul probably wasn't too happy when he came across photographs of Arthur with Made In Chelsea's Kimberley Garner!
In case you're not familiar with Kimberley, she's one of the millionaire reality stars on E4's most popular programme. She rose to fame after dating several of the 'Chelsea' stars while still living with her millionaire boyfriend Diego Divero-Volpe. It was all pretty embarrassing stuff, as Kimberley romanced McVities biscuits heir Jamie Laing, 22, diamond mining heir Francis Boulle, 23, and Eton educated broker Spencer Matthews. The problem was, poor old Diego thought he and Kimberley were perfectly happy, until he saw the whole thing unfold on his television set, according to the Daily Mail.
Continue reading: Should James Arthur Really Be Fooling Around With Kimberley Garner?
James Arthur may have landed a UK No.1 single with Impossible, but it looks as though he's also bagged Kimberly Garner, a cast-member on E4's Made in Chelsea. Garner has gained a reputation on the show for dating several guys at the same time, though she only had eyes for the x factor winner on Sunday evening (December 16, 2012)
The pair were pictured hand-in-hand leaving Chinese restaurant Hakkasan in Mayfair, beaming with delight. However, their evening didn't end there, as they hopped into a taxi cab and headed to nightclub Sketch for a dance or two. The couple first met at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball last month, with Arthur later admitting in an interview that he found the star "hot". After the date, Kimberley took to Twitter, calling the evening a "fairy tale."
Continue reading: Pictures: James Arthur Snapped On Date With 'Made In Chelsea' Star
She may not have made it into the final, but Ella Henderson has already proved to be one of this season of The X Factor's biggest hits as she signed a lucrative contract with Sony Music, and she is promising fans that this is "just the beginning."
Despite only managing to make it to sixth place, the future looks bright for the 16-year-old singer nonetheless. The news was first brought up last night (Dec 15) on RTÉ's The Saturday Night Show, before she confirmed it via her Twitter page today.
She wrote: "Thank u for your kind messages! X It's all of you who help to inspire my music!! I cannot wait for 2013.. #JustTheBeginning."
The producer and head of Epic Records has announced that he will leave the judging panel in order to take care of his responsibilities to the label and the artists he manages and not because of any kind of conflict with Simon Cowell. Reid’s particular brand of judging prowess will be hard to replace, as he brought not only his presence to the show, but also considerable expertise as an industry insider. Nonetheless, this leaves an empty spot on the judging panel for Cowell to fill and quickly. The ratings for the X Factor have been falling, and it is clear by this point that some sort of revamp is needed for the show to stay on air.
Cowell knows this too and it was recently reported by The Sun that the producer intends to reach out to Rihanna to be on next season’s panel. Considering Rihanna’s star status, as well as her knowledge of the music industry, both performace and production-wise it is certainly true that the singer’s charisma and energy would be a huge boost for the show. However, everyone can only speculate at this point whether the Caribbean singer will accept the offer. Furthermore, Cowell will reportedly offer Rihanna a choice between the US and UK editions of the show to make the offer more appealing to the hugely successful singer. This means that, even if Rihanna does accept the offer, this doesn’t necessarily mean that she will be replacing LA Reid next season. Looks like the fate of the X Factor will remain unclear for a while.
With only nine days left until the big day, the race is on to see who will be sitting atop the UK Singles Chart this christmas, with the charity Hillsborough single battling it out with X Factor winner James Arthur for the coveted Christmas No. 1.
Only a few years ago, it was pretty much a given that the festive number one spot would go to The X Factor or Pop Idol/Popstars winner, however the competition has gotten a little more heated in recent years for for a number of reasons, and unlike before there is an air of uncertainty as to who will walk away with this year's number one spot at Christmas.
Girls Aloud were the first to do it back in 2002, when 'Sound in the Underground' took the Yuletide top spot. Then, from Shayne Ward in 2005 to Alexandra Burke in 2008, Simon Cowell's creations had that top spot wrapped up like dad's songs on Christmas Eve. That all changed when a successful Facebook campaign saw Rage Against The Machine's 1991 debut single 'Killing In The Name' take the top spot away from that years' winner, and thus outrage erupted (even though all profits RATM made were donated to charity, as opposed to Simon Cowell's already bulging wallet). Even though Matt Cardle managed to come up trumps the next year with 'When We Collide,' 2011 again saw a change in the wind when the choir ensemble Military Wives with Gareth Malone took the Xmas top spot with their rendition of 'Wherever You Are.' This time round though, SiCo was a little more forgiving.
Continue reading: Christmas Number One: The Race Is On
x factor contestant Christopher Maloney took to Twitter last night (December 9th 2012) to whinge about his treatment on the show after being turned away to take part in a group performance with the other contestants for the finals.
He has been the subject of much controversy over the course of the series having been the victim of much internet trolling and death threats. However, his negative press may not have been without reason having apparently fulfilled Louis Walsh's prophecy that he would turn into a 'diva.' He was voted out on Saturday leaving Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur to fight it out between them on the Sunday. Yesterday was also the final performance on the show for the previous contestants who all did a group rendition of Christmas classics 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday,' 'Last Christmas' and 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'. However, Maloney was noticeably missing from the line-up having been turned away after showing up late smelling strongly of alcohol.
He'd originally been up for the performance, but when he discovered that he had only been given one line to sing, he launched a barrage of abuse at producers and his fellow contestants, namely Carolynne Poole, and refused to take part. He later changed his mind and twice tried to persuade producers to let him on stage with the others. 'He showed up wanting to go on stage but they had to turn him away as they were already on stage and he missed the dress rehearsal', a source told The Sun about his second attempt. The fact that he was an hour late and stank of booze was the reason he was refused the first time.
The X-Factor has been a bit of a joke this yeah, hasn't it? Rylan Clark, with his monstrous lack of talent and baffling level of ignorance managed to go far; too far, while Christopher Maloney has managed to still be in the running despite having little to no potential to sell records. He's got his Gran to have a go at people like us.
"Those comments, they might as well say them to me - they're cutting me in two even worse," she explained, according to The Sun. "It's a tactic, I think. It's one way of swaying the votes. It's like bullying. Nobody else on the show gets those comments." She added: "I'm behind Christopher all the way but it's killing me doing it." Granny Pat got pretty annoyed last week when Christopher gave a good performance but still came in for criticism. She said: "I could cry sometimes. Even when they do say he has sung well they criticise something else, like the dancers behind them last week. He didn't pick the dancers." Poor nan, we know how she feels, but the truth is, even though Maloney is trying his hardest; he's easily the least talented act left in the competition, and that's only because Rylan's gone.
In potentially worrying news for Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole has flown to Los Angeles for showdown talks with Simon Cowell about returning to x factor. The show has been blighted by poor viewing figures, poor acts and a pretty appalling judging panel this year and Cowell is ready to bring back the Girls Aloud star.
It's thought that either Cowell himself or Cole must return to the judging panel for the show to regain any sort of credibility. Gary Barlow hasn't made the grade as head judge, while Nicole Scherzinger doesn't appear to be gelling with the British public. Louis Walsh is never going to leave, so there's little point in even speculating. Anyway, it's likely that either Nicole or Gary will leave at the end of the current season, paving the way for Cheryl to get back into the hot seat. The Geordie singer arrived at Simon Cowell's Los Angeles mansion at 8pm on Wednesday (November 28, 2012) and stayed for three-and-a-half hours, according to the Daily Mirror. It is thought the two were discussing Cheryl's return to X Factor, which Cowell sees as a way of reinvigorating the ailing show. The meeting comes 18 months after he sensationally sacked Cheryl from the US version of the singing show after just a couple of weeks of auditions.
In his recent biography, Cowell he admitted falling for Cole during their time working together. The music mogul, 52, told friends he was "mesmerised" by Cheryl, adding, "I would have liked an affair with her. I felt like a mouse being played with by a beautiful cat." Bit weird.
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Answers Simon Cowell's SOS For X-Factor Return
The Sun have been forced to hand over £404,000 in damages to Louis Walsh, after they erroneously ran a story claiming that he had sexually assaulted a man in Dublin. The story, published on June 23, 2011, originated from the Irish Sun but was also printed in the UK version of the newspaper. It was later proven to be false and the alleged victim has been jailed for six moths. Leonard Watters had claimed that The X Factor judge had groped him in a toilet cubicle, after a Westlife concert, in April 2011, The Guardian reports.
A senior counsel for News Group International, who own The Sun, said “The Sun published an article in its editions of 23 June 2011, in which we reported that Louis Walsh was being investigated in relation to a sexual assault on Leonard Watters… The Sun fully accepts that the alleged assault did not occur in the first place and Louis Walsh is entirely innocent of any such assault. The Sun unreservedly apologises to Louis Walsh for any distress caused to him as a result of our article.”
Louis Walsh’s lawyer, Paul Tweed, explained that The Sun had only given them a matter of hours to gather evidence that Louis had not committed the offence and argued that he’d hope the outcome of the Leveson Inquiry into media practices would help put and end to this kind of media behaviour. Louis Walsh also made a statement, outside the court and said “I was absolutely gutted and traumatised that these allegations against me should have been published, particularly as I had made it clear at the time there was not one iota of truth in them, and was totally bewildered who would have made up this type of story.”
No Doubt's latest single 'Looking Hot' has well and truly bombed, having sold just 680 copies in its first week of release in the UK. The second single to be taken the band's comeback album Push and Shove reached No 397 on the singles chart, some 1,500 copies short of breaking into the Top 200, reports NME.com.
It's an odd result, given the relative popularity of singer Gwen Stefani and the group's recent performance on x factor, which usually lifts an artist's sales by around 300 per cent. The album peaked at No.16 in the chart, selling less than 7,000 copies while first single Settle Down reached No.85. Essentially, it's been a disastrous comeback for the group, who were criticised for their video for Looking Hot, which depicted Gwen Stefani as a Native American squaw dancing in a tepee. The band apologised for any offence and pulled the clip. It could go towards explaining the single's poor performance, and Last.FM say 28,000 people have "scrobbled" the song, which has clocked 117,000 plays. It's likely that fans are playing the songs on streaming services such as Spotify, rather than downloading and listening on iTunes.
Though the band has made its millions over the years, its recent chart performance will disappoint Stefani and company. She's probably rueing the decision to pull the plug on her hugely successful solo career and reunite with her old pals.
Continue reading: Oh Dear: No Doubt Sell Just 680 Copies Of 'Looking Hot'
Christopher Maloney, who started his X-Factor career as a quivering mess, has turned his fate around and is now the only contestant left in Gary Barlow's over-28s category. However, at least one of this year's contestants doesn't think Maloney is playing fair and square... in fact, they don't even like him.
The Sun has spoken to Kye Sones who was booted out this weekend. According to Sones, when asked why he thinks Maloney is still in the running, "God knows. He must have an expensive phone bill!"
"All of us have got really close and then you've got Chris. We've been a really strong group and he's been an outsider - and that's nothing to do with any of us lot." He said, "He's very tactical. There are two different people - one when cameras are there and one when they're not there... I'm just glad that, from day one, I have not lied and have been very honest and that was my main thing and I can walk away with my head held high." Plus, according to the Mirror, a member of staff on the show said "I've seen [Maloney] dialling and redialling his own number over and over again. It's sad really but he wants it that much that he is spending a fortune." They also said that an unnamed production executive said, "You can't outlaw this sort of behaviour but it leaves a very sour taste. It's against the spirit of the show."
Continue reading: X-Factor's Christopher Maloney Comes Under Fire From Peers
x factor star James Arthur has been accused of ripping off a YouTube star for his latest performance on the reality show. Arthur, 24, performed a stripped back acoustic version of LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It on Saturday’s show and won praise from all four judges.
The arrangement of the song was certainly refreshing and Arthur was easily one of the better performers on the night, though his rendition has drawn comparisons to a YouTube singer known as Only1Noah. His version of the track – uploaded five months ago – has since received 13.5 million hits and features the exact same arrangement as Arthur’s track. Noah had added the caption, “Okay guys! So I've actually always wanted to cover this and I finally arranged a version of it that I hope you like!” Disgruntled fans of the YouTube star have taken to the video’s comments section to vent their anger, with one user saying, “James Arthur should be axed from the show for his disgraceful talent of stealing other people's work. Shame on him seriously.”
Continue reading: Did X Factor’s James Arthur Rip Off YouTube Star Noah? (Videos)
The Take That singer admitted on Twitter to being extremely disappointed after another one of his contestants left the talent show last night. The 44-year-old Melanie Masson was eliminated after entering a singoff with boyband District 3.
The judges vote was deadlocked again in a repeat of last weekend's elimination of Caroline Poole. While Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger voted to save Melanie, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh chose to support District 3, leaving the final choice to the viewers. This week the public vote went in favour of District 3 and Masson was eliminated from the competition.
Her final performance was a rendition of Stay with Me, demonstrated her considerable vocal abilities, but was just not enough to help her stay in the competition.
Louis Walsh, Tanya Macintosh and x factor - Louis Walsh and celebrity hugger Tanya Macintosh Sunday 14th October 2012 X Factor judges outside C London restaurant, after earlier appearing on the live show
X-Factor judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh managed to put their differences behind them on a night out, but the threat of a fan boycott of the show remains, as the public reels after the fixing scandal, The Sun reports.
Barlow stormed off stage after Louis Walsh sent his vote to deadlock on the show but now the pair have met up for the first time since their public bust up to clear the air. A close friend of Gary’s said: “A general meeting had been in the diary for months, but Gary used it to speak to Louis for the first time and to hold his own mini crisis meeting to make sure he got the show back on track.” The source went on to say: “He wants The X Factor to be all about the music. It was a pretty frank discussion and at the beginning he could barely mention Louis’ name. “But they have made some agreements and Gary is confident that nothing like what happened on Sunday will happen again.”
The X Factor was plunged into a fixing scandal when Louis was seen to have a stern conversation with one of the show’s staff, now known to be head producer, Richard Holloway. This sparked concerns that the show was predetermined, with many fans stating their intention to not watch the show any more. Not quite a world changing, socially important protest, but a protest nonetheless.
Is an x factor 2012 boycott on the cards? According to the Daily Record, a huge number of fans, including some celebrity viewers of the show – have decided that after last Sunday’s fiasco (October 7, 2012), they will no longer tune into the show. 'X Factor' has been plagued with allegations of results fixing, since one of the show’s producer’s was seen “crawling along the studio floor to have a word” with X Factor judge Louis Walsh.
Louis initially seemed to opt to save Carolynne Poole, from Leeds who was undoubtedly the more talented singer in the sing-off. However, Louis then back-pedalled and eventually said that he wanted to the vote to go to a deadlock, meaning that camp Rylan got through on public votes. Fans of the show were outraged; the actress Tamsin Outhwaite vowed not to watch the show again, saying “I feel free knowing I will never watch 'X Factor' again after last night’s fiasco. My weekends are mine again.” The comedian James Corden also branded the decision ”bullsh*t.”
The producer who spoke to Walsh during the sing-off was 62 year-old Richard Holloway. He released a statement to defend himself and the show against allegations of fixing, which read “We regularly chat to the judges during the show…On Sunday I was telling Louis the order the judges would vote in. We don’t tell the judges how to vote.” A show source said that Sunday night’s show had been “a shambles.” This could go either way for 'X Factor'. Disgruntled pessimists convinced of foul play may decide to leave the house for a change on a Saturday night. On the other hand, the rest of the country might start tuning in to see what all this fuss is about. And many viewers will simply want to see if Gary Barlow has stopped sulking about it all, yet.
Jamie Hamblett, George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert, Jaymi Hensley, Union J and x factor - Jamie Hamblett, George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert and Jaymi Hensley of Union J Friday 5th October 2012 X Factor contestants arrive at rehearsal studios ahead of tomorrows first live show
Jamie, Hamblett, George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert, Jaymi Hensley, Union J and The X Factor - Jamie (JJ) Hamblett, George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert and Jaymi Hensley of Union J Monday 1st October 2012 'The X Factor' final contestants outside the BBC Radio 1 studios
Last night’s X Factor auditions were fraught with tension, when one young hopeful’s moment in the spotlight ended in a dramatic tantrum. 21 year-old Krysten Colon’s audition was beset with problems from the offset, despite her telling judges that she was confident she would convince them of her talent. However, as she trembled through her rendition of Adele’s ‘Don’t You Remember?’ she was cut short and Simon explained that he didn’t feel that her personality was shining through.
Krysten, who pronounced her surname ‘cologne’ as opposed to the way it looks as though it may be pronounced, was given a second chance but her take on Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ was marred by the sound of thunder outside the building, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her confidence still eluded her and she struggled to hit the notes in the challenging Whitney classic. Judge Britney Spears’ face said it all: she grimaced as Krysten struggled through the song. Then, in a stroke of perfect irony, lightning struck the building, causing some of the power to go and putting an abrupt and welcome end to the performance. “There was a reason that happened,” said Simon Cowell. The X Factor judges gave her four ‘no’s.
Krysten then stormed offstage in a flood of tears, which promptly gave way to anger. As a family member said to her “Krysten you said you weren’t going to do this,” she went on and very much did it… She shouted at the family members who had gone to support her and then threw water all over one of The X Factor cameras before running off into the storm, leaving her mum to apologize for her behavior.
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