June 22, 2011

Simon Cowell Arrives Late For Day 2 Of the Dallas X Factor Tapings

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Simon was “fashionably” late to the audition tapings in Dallas today. Well, according to L.A., Simon is “always late”! Paula said they’d start the tapings without him because’s “he has a tendency to be late” and “not even just fashionably late”. Simon arrived just after the second audtition and seemed quite pleased with himself while the crowd cheered. Here is more on the fun today from Digital Spy. Be sure to visit the link for the full story. Picture above from The Daily Mail.

“We are going to start without him,” Reid told the audience at the American Airlines Center. “We don’t want you to have to wait and he’s always late. This time we’re going to get rolling, Simon or no Simon!”

Abdul quipped: “I’ve waited 12 years to start without Simon! This is the first time in history this has ever happened. He has a tendency to be late – and not even just fashionably late!”

“Don’t worry about him – he’ll be just fine,” Cowell’s former American Idol co-star reassured fans, as Scherzinger added: “This is about the talent, and you guys, you are the more important.”

Cowell turned up shortly after, with one audience member telling Digital Spy: “Simon arrived after just two auditions in the middle of a 15-year-old boy’s song. The crowd immediately jumped to their feet cheering – the guy didn’t know if it was for him or not, then he saw Simon but like a true professional he kept on singing.”

As the crowd chanted his name, Abdul realized her co-star had arrived, announcing: “Elvis has entered the building.”

Cowell jokingly declared that his delayed arrival had been caused by a helicopter falling on his car, adding: “I had quite a hectic day. I’m very sorry.”

Another member of the crowd added: “Simon was clearly delighted to arrive in the middle of a fantastic audition too – and naturally took full credit for it being so great. There were no complaints from him when the audience went even more crazy to see him.”

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Photos Of The Judges Arrivals At The Dallas X Factor Auditions Day One

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Above are some fun pictures of all four judges arriving at the X Factor auditions in Dallas yesterday. If “fashion” is any indication of what’s to come with these four, I’d say a diverse mix in judging is what we’ll receive.

You can view more pictures of the judges arrivals to the Dallas auditions on the first day >>>>HERE.

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Official Refreshed X Factor Presentation Released On-line Which Includes Cheryl Cole

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Digital Spy is reporting that a refreshed X Factor USA presentation made at Fox upfronts has been released online. What’s more, early footage with axed judge Cheryl Cole hasn’t been edited out. She is still shown sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid in the first couple of shows as hopefuls perform on stage for the panel. You can view the new official, refreshed version of X Factor Presentation below. It’s exciting and powerful stuff to say the least!

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Dallas X Factor Auditions A Mixed bag of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Video Of Judges Interviewed)

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Dallas News is really covering the X Factor auditions well this week. It sounds like it was a mixed bag of the really bad and the really good yesterday. Simon Cowell (as always), was brutally honest. He told one contestant, “You gotta keep still. You’re making me feel sick.” But, there were “glowing reviews” as well. For example, Paula Abdul compared one singer to “a firefly. You just light up the room.” More in detail below and at the link. Also, be sure to check out the video above where the judges are each interviewed upon their arrivals.

“There won’t be a second song for you. I feel like we went through all four seasons with the first one.”

Yes, folks, Simon Cowell is back as a singing-competition judge, delivering barbs as only he can. He and his fellow panelists on The X Factor , — Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid and a radiant, sharper-tongued Paula Abdul, — are in Dallas this week to film audition segments for the show, which debuts on Fox this fall.

And any rumblings that he’s a sweeter version of his American Idol self are false. Thankfully.

“OK, so this is very easy,” he told another hopeful at a taping at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. “It’s a no.”

As another singer chatted and nervously swayed onstage, Cowell interrupted him with, “You gotta keep still. You’re making me feel sick.”

But he wasn’t the only tell-it-like-it-is judge at the table. Taking her familiar spot at Cowell’s right, Abdul was surprisingly blunt at times. About one act, she said, “I just want them to sing right. That’s all I want.”

But a few glowing reviews were bestowed. Abdul compared one singer to “a firefly. You just light up the room.”

Before taping began, the judges walked the red carpet one at a time, greeting fans and signing autographs. Abdul hugged every little kid she spotted, while Cowell stuck his tongue out at one. (Turns out, she’d done it first. So there.)

During a quick one-on-one interview, Cowell said he disagrees with judges who say that they want to be nicer to contestants because they’ve been there and know what it’s like to be criticized harshly.

“I actually, genuinely, genuinely believe that the kindest person, not just on this show but on all shows, is me,” he said. “Because I’m the only truly honest person on all of these panels.”

As for being paired once again with his old Idol pal Abdul, Cowell said: “I’m glad I brought her on, because I don’t think the show would have been the same without her. It’s been long enough that we miss each other.”

Dallas seems to hold fond memories for the Brit, who thinks locals possess a certain energy.

“The people here are what I call in England ‘up for it,’ ” he explained. “They’ve kind of got their mojo, and I like that.

“We came back here because this is where we found Kelly,” he added. “This is where we started Idol, and now we’re back. I’m really happy to be here.”

Tapings continue today! Don’t forget you can follow LIVE tweets >>>>HERE to get some hints of what’s happening inside. Yesterday, they did a super job!

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