May 8, 2011

Pure X Factor Season1 – Photos of First US X Factor Taping Arrivals

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Below are some pictures of all four X Factor judges working the press at today’s first Auditions taping courtesy of the Daily Mail. Be sure to read the link for some special words from them all and what they feel and hope for the show.

Cheryl Cole;

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell reunited;

L.A. Reid;

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X Factor 1 – Paula Abdul Officially Confirmed As New US X Factor Judge: Simon Cowell Thrilled

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US Weekly is officially reporting Paula Abdul as the fourth and final judge to join Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A” Reid, and Cheryl Cole on the X Factor. Today, all four judges showed up on the Red Carpet to celebrate the US X Factor’s first taping. Simon and Paula are beyond excited on their reunion. Read more in a take below and at the link. Picture above from the official X Factor Facebook page.

“This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this, [but] I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show,” Cowell, 51, told Us Weekly in a statement Sunday afternoon, hours after his new series began its first official day of production in Los Angeles.

Abdul — who exited Idol in 2009 after eight seasons — tells Us she can’t wait to start critiquing wannabe singers again.

“I am excited beyond words to be a part of The X Factor,” the 48-year-old Abdul said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show.

“I’m looking forward to being back with the FOX/FremantleMedia family and know that it will be an extraordinary journey — we’re going to have a blast. I’m also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again…but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!”

And here is a tweet from Paula herself;

I wanted so much to give you a confirmation sooner… Well here it is right now! :)) xoxoP

@PaulaAbdul

The Real Paula Abdul

So, who is excited about Paula? I know I am. It’s going to be great to see the fireworks between her and Simon again.

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US X Factor – Stream X Factor Los Angeles Auditions LIVE (First Taping Today)

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May 7, 2011

Pure X Factor – The Drama Builds On The Eve Of The First X Factor Taping

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All eyes on some official X Factor announcements as the show prepares for it’s first taping tomorrow (Sunday). As reported to you earlier, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Cheryl Cole have been confirmed to join Simon Cowell on the judging panel, but, a fourth judge has yet to be “officially” announced. Though rumors are rampant that Simon’s choice will be Paula Abdul who he has always said he is very fond of.

In other X Factor news, The Hollywood Reporter is “exclusively” reporting popular British TV Host, Steve Jones, and Pussycat Doll singer, Nicole Scherzinger, as winning the jobs of hosts for the long awaited show. Here is a take.

Jones, 34, is unknown to U.S. audiences but he’s hosted big live TV shows in the UK including T4 Music, a popular music series, and As Seen on TV, a BBC One celebrity panel quiz show. He’s repped by the UK’s Independent Talent and John Ferriter in the US.

Scherzinger, 32, is a former member of the girl group the Pussycat Dolls and has appeared on the UK version of X-Factor. She’s repped by WME.

Scherzinger has been widely expected to join the show but Jones is a bit of a surprise. Many news outlets pegged former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu as the show’s host. Insiders close to the show says Bleu was considered by Cowell but his chemistry with Scherzinger was not especially strong. Jones’s deal is said to have closed late last night.

The hosts join previously announced judges Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Antonio “L.A” Reid. The fate of Paula Abdul, who is said to be negotiating to join the judges’ panel, is not clear. As of Friday night, Abdul was still in talks to join the show, according to sources. But the clock is ticking.

To add to all the drama surrounding the official announcments, we have this tweet from Piers Morgan as well. My bet is this is a done deal.

Congrats to Steve Jones on landing the US X Factor co-hosting gig – great guy, really pleased for him.

@piersmorgan

Piers Morgan

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April 7, 2011

Pure X Factor – US X Factor To Have Two Hosts

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Hollywood Reporter is reporting the US version to X Factor will have two hosts when it premieres this fall on Fox. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America (which produces X Factor), says they want to make sure there is a distinct difference between American Idol and X Factor to unsure each won’t cannibalize each other’s audiences. No word yet on who the two new hosts will be. To make an impact, I personally think it needs to be people who are well known and likable. Any ideas? I’m still hoping Enrique Iglesias is up for the job as host or a judge as long as it doesn’t interfere with his music career. On the other hand, I can’t really see that happening.

“Our job is to make sure the two shows are as distinct as possible,” she tells THR. “For example: We’re making sure there are two entirely different teams with no overlap in terms of individuals who are working on both shows. And from a format and tonal standpoint, they’re very different. In terms of casting the judges, again, we’re making sure the looks are different. And I can reveal that we’ll have two hosts on The X Factor.”

When it comes to producing or taking on a new show, Frot-Coutaz tells THR: “The overriding thing is that we’re a global company, so we’re not just looking to produce for the local market. We want shows that are format-able, transferable, promotable and fairly universal in appeal. That’s the business model: to make 30 versions of it. Familiarity is important, too. There was nothing that original about Idol Š but it was a different way of presenting something that was familiar. And you have to be able to scale up, so if a show only works for two or three episodes, that’s also not a good thing. Then sometimes, the best ideas are the ones you stumble upon which come in through the back door.”

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