October 15, 2011

Podcast: The X-Factor Season 1 – Judges’ Houses Week 1

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We only had one episode of the judges’ houses portion of the competition this week as a rain-delayed baseball game preempted The X-Factor, pushing the second episode to Sunday. Not wanting to delay our X-Factor podcast, we decided to just go ahead and do a recording covering the single episode from Thursday. The episode presented the full auditions for the majority of the sixteen featured contestants, giving us plenty to think about and discuss. Having tangible arcs for all the contestants as we move into the live shows works and keeps us interested in their journeys.

Unlike the auditions, here the contestants were given a song to practice and present to their mentor and a guest judge to prove their talents. The song choices didn’t work in some cases, as we saw with Tora Woloshin and Dexter Haygood. Tora wasn’t identifying with the song, producing a muted energy and Dexter is in desperate need of direction. We don’t know what Nicole was thinking by turning him loose on a Beyonce song. In other cases, the songs provided excellent performances such as Brian Bradley’s aggressive hip-hop attack and Stacy Francis’s all-enveloping vocals. The quirk and twang in Drew Ryniewicz’s voice continues to engage us and we hope that Simon sees the live show as a wonderful opportunity to further explore her tone and style.

Our expectations were low with the group category and this episode didn’t do much to change that. The Anser had some blending issues, 4Shore’s tenor continues to grate our ears and Lakota Rayne, while producing quality harmonies, tripped its way through amateur Coyote Ugly choreography. The Brewer Boys gave the most stable performance. There are four more groups to go, but at the moment we’re convinced a group will not win this competition.

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Episode Length: 31:39

Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction: Baseball preempts the show and our thoughts on the judges’ houses format.
7:11 – Girls category: Simone Battle, Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin and Drew Ryniewicz
12:51 – Boys category: Brian “Astro” Bradley, Skyelor Anderson, Phillip Lomax and Nick Voss
18:14 – Over 30s category: Dexter Haygood, Elaine Gibbs, Stacy Francis and James Kenney
23:25 – Groups category: The Anser, Brewer Boys, Lakota Rayne and 4Shore
29:54 – Wrap-up


August 17, 2011

Mariah Carey In Final Negotiations To Mentor US X Factor Contestants

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According to a Deadline exclusive (who have been a good source for new X Factor news in the U.S.), Mariah Carey is in final negatiations to mentor the contestants from the X Factor. Details below. Be sure to read the link for the full story as they question if adding Mariah to the show will “outglitz both The Voice and American Idol”.

Simon Cowell is in final negotiations to have Mariah Carey as his personal pick to mentor his contestants from his house. “He’s still finalizing her deal,” an insider tells me. The X Factor is pulling out all the stops to draw in other superstars as mentors. Contacts are being made now with “the Beyoncés, the Rihannas, all of them.” the insider tells me. The X Factor’s UK original series reportedly has signed up Usher as a mentor. Mariah’s name has been mentioned in connection with the U.S. show from the beginning but her twins pregnancy prevented her from being one of the judges.

I’m not sure about The Voice as I don’t watch that show. I love American Idol though and I think I will love watching both American Idol and the X Factor. I’m loving everything I’m hearing about the X Factor too and who has been picked to do the show. I’ve awlays been a Mariah Carey fan.


August 10, 2011

Simon Cowell Speaks On Paula and Mariah Carey’s Top Secret Role On The X Factor

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Extra spoke to Simon Cowell about his dream team of judges. He talks of the chemistry of he and Paula. It’s never been “happier”. Simon wants Mariah Carey to play a role on the show somehow too as reported to you earlier. However, he is still keeping it “top secret” only revealing that Mariah wants “a throne and a raised platform”. lol More below. Be sure to see the link to see Simon’s secret for anti-aging.

Revealing the chemistry between he and Paula is still strong, Cowell said, “It’s never been happier.”

The executive producer still wants new mom Mariah to join the show, saying, “We just have to decide what [Carey will be doing on the show],” adding, “It’s top secret, I can’t tell you!”

Cowell continued, “Mariah wants to be, in her own words, ‘judging the judges,’ literally with a throne and a raised platform… and I’m not kidding.”


August 5, 2011

US X Factor Crew Answers Questions At The Television Critics Association Press Tour

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Today, Simon Cowell along with Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid and the cast and crew of the US X Factor answered questions from reporters today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. According to E Online, Simon addressed rumors on Mariah Carey and if there are plans to have her play a role on the show. This is how he addressed the question;

“There’s certain sections on the show where we do have well known people helping us on the show,” Simon explains. “I talked to her the other day, and she’s been enthusiastic since day one. But then she selfishly got pregnant which is why she didn’t end up as a judge.”

Simon also addressed why Cheryl Cole was let go from the show and if it was because she didn’t get a long with Paula.

“If it was a question of not getting along with Paula then I wouldn’t be on the show.” He explained: We felt that Cheryl was going to be more comfortable to do the U.K. show, which I offered her, and initially she accepted but then things fell apart in negotiations…I thought Cheryl returning back to the U.K. would have been a big headline, good for the show over there, good for her.” He adds that having (replacement judge) Nicole Scherzinger has been “a revelation.”

You can read more on how Simon and Paula are getting along and more at E Online. Deadline also has a great article up detailing today’s events.

Be sure to check out the Official US X Factor Facebook page for more pictures from today.


August 2, 2011

Sinitta Claims Mariah Carey Will Assist Simon Cowell On The US X Factor

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Sinitta, Simon Cowell’s long time friend and assistant, is claiming Mariah Carey will indeed be assisting and advising Simon for the U.S. version of the X Factor. However, don’t think for a minute Sinitta won’t be involved in some capacity with the U.S version as well. Snitta will help more behind the scenes. Here is a take from Digital Spy which explains more.

In response, Sinitta today provided her Twitter followers with “official” confirmation that her long-standing role as Cowell’s advisor had been reassigned to Carey for the US version.

“First response to the now OFFICIAL news that the Diva’s Diva =Mariah Carey aka MIMI is to replace me on USA XF-S TOLD ME HIMSELF,” she posted.

However, the 42-year-old assured fans that she would still be involved in both the US and UK shows in some capacity.

“THINK BEING OFFERRED POSITION,(powerful)ON UK [X Factor],” she claimed. “Someone has to hold the forte…so USA SHOW doesnt KICK OUR BUTTS!!!,IN TALKS.”

To a follower’s suggestion that she should also serve as a mentor on The X Factor USA, she added: “I will be working on the show.i love helping the Talent-its what i love to do,you just dont see me.”


July 15, 2011

Simon Cowell On The US X Factor: “This better bloody work or I am in huge trouble”

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The Wall Street Journal has a great new article up about Simon Cowell and the X Factor. It’s quoted that each episode of the new US X Factor is going to cost him $3.5 million. Simon has recently said, “This [show] better bloody work or I am in huge trouble.'” The take below writes about how it’s time for Simon to be judged and how the X Factor is his baby. The stakes are definitely high and he’s putting everything into it. Be sure to read the link for the full story which outlines more on Simon’s career and how he has made it this far. The link has some cool pictures to view too.

“This is exactly what would’ve happened on ‘Idol,’ ” Mr. Cowell said just before shooting the promo. “I’ll get killed for saying this, but so many shows on TV all look the same. ‘Voices need to be heard,’ blah, blah, blah.”

Mr. Cowell’s vision is brash, campy and conflict-driven, featuring lavish, concert-style live auditions across the country. As usual, he will not sugarcoat his appraisals of contestants. Last month, in front of a live audience of more than 4,000 people, he told a group of 12-year-old girls that their voices sounded like cats being run over on the freeway.

Now, it is Mr. Cowell’s turn to be judged. He didn’t own “American Idol” and had only limited creative control. “The X Factor” is his baby, and it closely tracks his personality— equal parts charm, drive and unapologetic nastiness. A $5 million recording contract with Sony Music is the grand prize. Other major sponsors include Pepsi and Chevrolet, whose rivals (Coke and Ford) enjoy a similar relationship with “Idol.”

The stakes are high for all concerned: The series, premiering on Wednesdays and Thursdays in September, is shaping up to be the most expensive reality show ever, at just under $3.5 million per episode, according to Mr. Cowell’s reckoning. (Other estimates put the budget closer to $2.5 million.)


July 4, 2011

Mariah Carey To Assist Simon Cowell On The US X Factor?

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More drama is starting to enfold around the US X Factor. It’s rumored that Simon Cowell will soon be hiring Mariah Carey to help with the US X Factor in place of his long time friend and UK side kick Sinitta. What’s more, Sinitta is not happy about it. You can read more below and at the link from STV.

It is rumoured that he is hoping to sign up Mariah Carey as his right-hand woman for the US show.

A source told the Daily Star: “His decision has come like a bolt out of the blue for poor Sinitta.

“She’s had that role on the UK show for the last seven years and was hoping he would enlist her services for the US series.”

However, the 42-year-old singer is apparently not going to take the decision lying down and is allegedly not going to go quietly.

Sinitta apparently told the paper: “Well, let’s just say feathers will fly if Mariah takes my spot.

“Although she is a mega diva vocally, you can expect another XF USA drama.

“I won’t just roll over and take it. I hope she can run in high heels.”

I tend to think this is mullarchy! I think they’ve been planning on this move for a long time and Sinitta is being a drama queen for publicity. Besides Sinitta has enough on her plate with the UK X Factor. Mariah will be perfect filling this role for the US X Factor. I hope this ends up coming true.


April 19, 2011

Pure X Factor – Mariah Carey Will Join The X Factor To Judge The Judges

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I’ve always liked Mariah and I’m so excited she is going to be a part of the new X Factor in the U.S. More below on her upcoming role from Rollingstone.

Although Mariah Carey has long been rumored to sit alongside Reid as a judge, Cowell told radio host Jackie Brown the eight-months-pregnant singer will join the series when it premieres in September — but not in the role fans had expected.

“I think Mariah will have a role on the live shows,” Cowell told Spokane, Washington disc jockey Brown on Friday during her 92.9ZZU radio show. “I met her recently and she was on great form.”

Citing Carey’s pregnancy, Cowell confirmed she has been taken out of the running as a judge, but he revealed that the singer had a better idea in mind that would allow her to still take part.

“Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with,” Cowell told Brown. “She’ll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits.”