June 10, 2011

USA X Factor – Cheryl Cole’s Departure Will Be Shown On The X Factor Shows

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In an interview with Sky News in the UK yesterday, Simon commented that the departure of Cheryl Cole will be played out on the X Factor shows this Fall. He said, “It’s reality TV. There’s no point in lying about it. It is what it is.” He explains even more in the video below.

I know it’s pathetic, but, this will probably make good drama for the show.

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Pure X Factor 1 – The X Factor Judging Panel Speak Out About Each Other

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The judging panel seem so excited and happy to be with one another. This was especially apparent Wednesday and Thursday in Newark, New Jersey in our coverage of the X Factor auditions. Simon and Paula both spoke to OK! Magazine about their venture together. Paula said Simon “championed” her and is a “man of his word”. She loves him. Simon and her locked lips at one point while Simon said, “She’s in love with me.”

When asked how it felt to be back together with Simon, Paula told OK! “You know what? Ugh I hate having to say this! I love him. He’s a man of his word and he really, really, he championed me. I couldn’t be happier to be back with him. Seriously ask me a little ways down the line, I know any day its going to change.”

For his part, Simon told OK! “It’s fun so far. I have to do in two-hour blocks. You know, unless it’s too much.”

To prove how much they love each other, Paula kissed Simon on the lips before the auditions even started! Simon may have known what was coming because earlier he had told OK! “She’s in love with me!”

Paula is definitely enjoying back with Simon and on X-Factor. “It’s fantastic. I’m blessed to be doing the show. I’m having the greatest time.”

On Nicole, Simon said, “She’s a breath of fresh air”. Everyone was relaxed and happy. Nicole was great and she will make a great addition to the panel. Read this take from Entertainment Wise.

Punching the air, she yelled: “What’s up New Jersey? How are you? Y’all feeling good today?”

She continued: “I don’t know if you all know this, but today is my first day on the job for the X Factor – I’m here for you. I’m at your service, New Jersey.

“So please, please, lets have some fun and let’s show X Factor some love!”

After the first round of auditions, Simon told the Daily Mail: “Didn’t’ Nicole do well? She was terrific.

“She’s a great addition to the panel, she’ll be great. She’s just what we needed – she’s a breath of fresh air.”

An onlooker added: “It was as if Cheryl had never been there at all, everyone looked happy and relaxed. It was like she had been rubbed out of the show.”

I have to say I feel a very strong and positive vibe with this judging panel. They have chemistry and staying power. This is going to be an exciting ride. Are you liking this judging panel too?

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X Factor 1 – A 14 Year-Old Mini-Simon And a 46 Year Old Did Well At The New Jersey Auditions & More (Video)

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Below is a video from NJ.com with Simon, Paula, Nicole, and LA talking about the New Jersey auditions. Simon even gives a hint of who did well which includes a 7 year-old who was arrogant and obnoxious but, “totally talented” the second day. He also mentions a 46 year-old doing well the first day. Are we starting to get excited yet for this show? 😀

North Jersey covered this week’s auditions as well. Simon was hoping he’d find the “New Jersey Attitude” at the auditions and he found it “in spades”. More details below and at the link for what else Simon and the other judges would disclose of the auditions.

Scherzinger — who was originally announced as a co-host of the show, but then replaced previously named judge Cheryl Cole — arrived first, wearing a silver metallic dress and skyscraper heels. The former Pussycat Dolls star said she is finding it difficult to be tough on contestants, who unlike on “Idol” can be as young as 12, with no upper age limit, and can perform as groups as well as solo acts.

“As an artist, coming from that place, you can truly empathize,” she says. “Unfortunately, we’ve only got a couple of months to make a huge star and to give a $5 million recording contract to somebody who’s ready right now.”

On his way in, Reid said the auditions were going great.

“There’s a lot of great talent in the New York area, the Jersey area,” he said. “On a scale of one to 10, I’d give it 8 1/2.”

Abdul, wearing a magenta dress and sky-high stilettos, also praised the “audience in New Jersey.” She had nice things to say about Cowell as well. “He championed me,” Abdul said.

When Cowell, who was last to arrive, was asked how he’s handling the TV reunion with Abdul, he joked, “I have to do it in sort of two-hour blocks, you know?”

During the taping of the previous night’s show, Abdul and Cowell sat next to each other, with Scherzinger and Reid to their right as they faced the stage.

When Cowell told one contestant, “I like greedy people,” Abdul quipped, “That’s why you love yourself.”

“How happy are we that these two are back together?” Reid asked the audience of about 4,000. There was wild cheering.

Contestants walked onstage and answered questions from the judges before launching into their acts.

The Wednesday-night auditioners included 14-year-old male twins from Vermont, an adult father-son duo from Toms River, a 22-year-old from Butler whom Cowell told, “Come back tomorrow, with a different song, a different attitude,” and a 12-year-old Montville girl with a powerful, sultry voice who Cowell said “saved tonight.”

On the flip side, the famously blunt Brit told another contestant, “You sounded like Justin Bieber if he had flu.”

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US X Factor 1 – Sneak Peek Into One Of The US X Factor New Jersey Auditions (Video)

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One of the people I subscribe to on You Tube was at the auditions yesterday in Newark, New Jersey. Below is one of the auditions. This contestant didn’t do very well. But, you can see how the judges interact with one another and judge. Paula is very positive. Note how Nicole wasn’t quite as gentle about it.

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Pure X Factor Season 1 – Chevrolet New Automotive Sponsor Of The US X Factor

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Broadway World is reporting Chevrolet as the official automotive sponsor of the US X Factor as it makes its highly anticipated stateside debut in the Fall. More below for what this sponsorship will entail.

Chevrolet’s wide-ranging sponsorship of THE X FACTOR includes automotive exclusivity in multiple episodes throughout the season that will feature in-show integrations, season-long organic product placement and an off-air marketing partnership with digital extensions that will include www.fox.com/thexfactor and social media. Chevrolet will be the official automotive sponsor of THE X FACTOR on-air, as well as the exclusive automotive sponsor off-air and online.

“When THE X FACTOR launches in the U.S., it seems very natural that Chevrolet is riding shotgun,” said Rick Scheidt, Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing. “For the past 100 years, Chevrolet has been a cultural force in music, and we are proud to be partnering with FOX to support the next big thing for music fans and artists.”

“FOX is thrilled to partner with Chevrolet, an iconic American brand that celebrates the everyday hero, in launching the most anticipated series of the fall, THE X FACTOR,” said Jean Rossi, President of FOX One and Executive Vice President of Sales for Fox Broadcasting Company. “We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with Chevrolet, which has become a key marketing partner for the network.”

“We are excited to partner with Chevrolet, one of America’s oldest and most recognizable brands, as we continue to build momentum for the premiere season of THE X FACTOR in the U.S.,” said Keith Hindle, CEO Americas of FremantleMedia Enterprises. “Our strategic partnership will allow Chevrolet to engage with new audiences and reach consumers through innovative programs across multiple platforms.”

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June 9, 2011

USA X Factor Season 1 – The X Factor Judging Panel On How They Are Getting Along & More (Video)

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Access Hollywood interviewed the judging panel at the X Factor auditions today in New Jersey. Find out how the new judging panel is getting along as well as why they had to let Cheryl Cole go. Simon says Cheryl will be mad at him for awhile, but, hopefully they will make ammends. He also says Nicole would have killed him if he hadn’t of chosen her to take Cheryl’s place. All this and more below. I get a postive and exciting vibe. I’m getting more excited for this show with every day.

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Pure X Factor 2011 – Judges Arrival Photos Day 2 New Jersey X Factor Auditions

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Simon once said he’s going full out in every way with this new X Factor venture in the USA and such is true with the first tapings of the New Jersey audititions. And, to think, this is only the beginning. More pics like what is seen above >>>>HERE.

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Pure X Factor 1 – Coverage Of The Newark, New Jersey Auditions (Video, Pictures, etc)

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What an exciting night for the X Factor auditions at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey last night. It’s being reported police blocked off Mulberry Street for the show. People started lining up in the morning behind metal barricades. Even at Noon and in the heat, “people kept lining up to go inside as an arena employee sold cold bottles of water and bags of popcorn to the crowd”. EW.com was there to cover the event. Here’s a take from what they’ve learned so far on the show. Be sure to read the link for how many contestants performed, how many people were in the audience, and what the press limitations were, etc..

1. No booing, even when it’s warranted. The audience was warned by the warm-up guy that unlike America’s Got Talent, this show’s audience is “supportive.” So if you don’t like someone, you are simply to remain quiet in a form of silent protest. The Jersey crowd didn’t boo (remarkably), but there was, at various times, snickering and groaning — the latter when an offending contestant would get to sing a second song because one of the judges was feeling punchy and either asked him/her/them to or allowed it when begged. (The X Factor, remember, is open to ages 12 and up, solo artists as well as groups, and the prize is a $5 million recording contract.) Curiously, the warm-up guy didn’t ask the crowd to stop applauding when a horrible song finally ended — perhaps that motivation will be clear to at-home viewers — but he did try to get people to stop waving their arms to a certain rock anthem because it could be interpreted as support for that singer’s vocals, which deserved none, instead of just trying to make the most of a painful/cheesy situation.

2. A search for the next Susan Boyle. Though Boyle’s name was only brought up once, I assume the reason we sat through a surprising number of bad auditions (at one point, Simon actually said, “I am losing the will to live here”) is because producers know that Boyle is always in the back of viewers’ minds when seemingly non-photogenic people too old to audition for American Idol take the stage. It’s guaranteed to produce suspense. Did they make it in front of the judges because they’re “good TV” or because they’re genuinely good? The American version of Susan Boyle could be a female fifty-something substitute teacher wearing skinny jeans, a grown man with a mullet and his father who look like Sopranos extras, or of course, anyone full-figured. The judges really tested the audience’s patience by spending so much time talking to these contestants to get their backstories — a situation made worse when the contestant finally sung a note and it sucked after all. But I will say this: Of the evening’s three legitimate standing ovations, the loudest, longest one was for someone who falls in this category.

3. A reminder why we love (or hate) Simon Cowell. I didn’t realize how much I missed him until I found myself straining to see whether the collar on his black shirt was V-neck or crew as the judges made their entrance. Simon spoke to the audience before any contestants took the stage and assured us it was good to be back. “No more Mr. Nice Guy,” he said. He sensed an evil presence in the room, he added, which is why they’d come to Jersey. He may have been right, too: We all laughed in gleeful anticipation when he began one negative critique with the phrase, “You sounded like…” and paused.

4. A lot of deciding votes. Contestants need a “yes” from three of the four judges to move on, and it comes down to the last judge casting his or her vote in the rotation quite often. All four judges can be tough, but it seems like Nicole Scherzinger, whose first day on the panel was Wednesday, was the most likely to vote “yes” if she was on the fence. Paula Abdul was next, then L.A. Reid, who, as my colleague Dave Karger pointed out when he attended the very first X Factor taping, definitely gives Cowell a run for the title of harshest judge.

5. Nicole tends to coddle the lost causes. Nicole is like Paula in that she will try to say something positive if at all possible. But unlike Paula, she hasn’t yet learned how ridiculous you look giving real advice to someone who will, sadly, never be more than a joke. During one critique, Paula actually hugged Nicole because it was obvious Nicole was going out of her way (and mind) to take someone seriously. I think Simon may also have laughed at her at one point. To Nicole’s credit, she reined it in, and found a way to be respectful and succinct. She’s clearly the fourth judge, but she’s got promise. We only saw one contestant flirt with her. Let’s hope that’s representative of other cities and her sex appeal doesn’t become a focus of the show. When the season ends, I want to remember something she said, not a contestant kissing her or how she shook her fringe-covered bottom.

6. Nicole addresses contestants as “my love.” Don’t worry, she only used it twice in four hours. So we’re not looking at a”dawg” situation.

7. Better critiques from Paula Abdul than she gave on American Idol. Granted, this could change when they get to the live shows and are pressed for time, but I was really impressed by how articulate and thorough Paula was. Whether she was explaining why she loved someone, what they needed to work on before the next round, or why they weren’t right for the show, it all made sense — even if Simon did still roll his eyes at her.

8. More of Simon and Paula’s mysterious chemistry. I didn’t know how much I missed that either until Simon made it through the crowd to the judges’ table during their entrance, turned around, looked for Paula, and started yelling, “Come on, Paula! Come on, Paula!” while slapping his thigh as though he was calling a puppy. While Nicole and L.A. spoke their introductory words to the audience, Paula stood there with her arm around Simon, and I believe I said “Aww” aloud. He may try to cut her off when she’s talking — particularly when they’re approaching the four-hour mark and a quarter of the audience has left — but it’s clear they’re happy to be back together. He likes her because she gives him plenty of verbal set ups and can handle it when he spikes them. She’s even gotten better about volleying.

9. Possibly some Idol references. During one critique, L.A. jokingly asked if he was allowed to use the word “pitchy.” There was also a contestant some fans may remember from the early rounds of season 8 (though Simon didn’t, naturally).

10. People get real second chances. One group from the day’s first set of auditions was invited back to the second taping after being instructed to alter their lineup one of two ways; one solo singer was given the option of returning Thursday with a song that she or he had hopefully made his or her own. I assume they’ll show both auditions for those people. Talk about suspense. I know I’ll be wondering what happens to that solo act today.

Below is some video coverage of the judges entrance and introduction. It’s so cool seeing Paula and Simon together again. Bittersweet. Simon is hoot laying out the night.

The Daily Mail is reporting Nicole couldn’t fit more perfect and naturally with the judging panel. Here is a snippet from the article and a picture. Be sure to see the link for more pictures and coverage.

There were both new and old faces on stage when the X Factor U.S. judges kick-started the first day of auditions in New Jersey today.

Waving her arms in the air, newcomer Nicole Scherzinger cheered triumphantly as she took to the stage for the first time since getting promoted from co-host to judge on the hit talent show.

The former Pussycat Doll didn’t waste any time getting front and centre as she waved to the crowd of fans there to welcome her and fellow judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Adbul and LA Reid.

As 32-year-old Scherzinger looked like the cat who got the cream lapping up the glory of her dream job, jilted judge Cheryl Cole, 27, languished at home in London licking her wounds.

The auditions in New Jersey will continue today. We hope to have more coverage of the auditions as well as coverage on a press conference featurung Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger. So, stay tuned. 😉

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