Posts tagged "Simon Cowell"

Ariana Grande Confirms Her Relationship With Big Sean: Morning Mix

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:: Ariana Grande has confirmed her relationship with Big Sean. The mini-diva spoke with The Telegraph about dating the rapper, stating “He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.” How sweet! The two were rumored to be a couple since the 2014 VMAs in August, and Big Sean even appears on My Everything‘s “Best Mistake.” They previously collaborated on 2013′s “Right There,” and he’s also featured on “Problem.” [Miss Info]

:: Speaking of Grande, she has been receiving a lot of flack for allegedly being a stuck-up diva, but “Bang Bang” collaborator Jessie J is stepping up to her defense. The Sweet Talker stated, “I’ve met Ariana, and there’s a very thin line between ‘diva’ and ‘survival.’ And a lot of people can’t [differentiate that] — and I’ve had that. I’ve had the diva stuff. And it’s when people can’t cope with how passionate you are, and how much you care.” [Billboard]

:: There’s no doubt that Ed Sheeran is currently one of pop’s biggest stars. But the UK crooner did not always have it so easy before he made it big. He revealed in his new book A Visual Journey that he spent two-and-a-half years homeless on the London streets. Sheeran wrote in an excerpt, “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there… I didn’t have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work.” [Digital Spy]

:: Mark Bell, a major influence in the ’90s London club scene, has sadly passed away. He is best known for producing for Björk, and being the co-founder of British house duo LFO. [Spin]

:: Simon Cowell has a feeling that The X Factor USA will be making a return to our screens. The show hasn’t aired in the U.S. since last December, and with competition like NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Rising Star making a comeback may be harder than Cowell expects. [Rolling Stone]

:: Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, where he’ll received the Global Icon Award. Catch the legendary rocker and other stars when the show airs on Sunday, November 9. [MTV]

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Simon Cowell Calls One Direction’s New Album “One Of Their Best”: Morning Mix

:: Simon Cowell says that he heard most of One Direction‘s new, slightly edgier album, and that it’s “one of their best.” Talk about a winning endorsement. [Twitter]

:: Kanye West is reportedly tracking down Paul McCartney for a collaboration to be featured in his follow-up to Yeezus. “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but became more friendly recently,” a source said. [HipHopDX]

:: Best friends Taylor Swift and Jaime King took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend. Swift then nominated Selena Gomez, who promptly stepped up. [MTV]

:: Justin Bieber also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after being tapped by manager Scooter Braun. He nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Chris D’Elia. [Instagram]

:: That said, “Weird Al” Yankovic may have outdone everyone with his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Obama, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. [Stereogum]

:: Chris Martin is reportedly seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence. He and Gwyneth Paltrow split after being married for more than a decade in March. [E!]

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FOX Cancels ‘The X Factor’

FOX has confirmed that it has canceled The X Factor. Following the past few seasons of ratings declines, stunt casting and tepid record sales for its winners, executive producer and judge Simon Cowell will instead return to the original U.K. iteration on ITV this fall.

While Cowell announced his X Factor U.K. return first, his ITV statement was rather telling in retrospect: “It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.” He has a point; while The X Factor U.K. has launched the careers of One Direction, Leona Lewis and Cher Lloyd, among others, records by U.S. winners Melanie Amaro and Tate Stevens failed to take off; its unpopularity was likely a major factor. More »

Demi Lovato Expresses Outrage At ‘X Factor’ Drinking Joke: Morning Mix

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:: Demi Lovato was shocked when X Factor played a clip of her drinking a mystery beverage (it turned out to be “annoying juice”) and was seen mouthing “that was fucked up” to Simon Cowell. [Gossip Cop]

:: The praise keeps rolling in for Beyonce‘s new album. Wyclef Jean, who featured on Destiny’s Child‘s 1998 single “No No No” said he was impressed by her creativity and originality. [VIBE]

:: Donna Summer might be gone but her music lives on. This week “MacArthur Park 2013″ tops the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart 35 years after the disco classic first ruled dance floors. [Billboard]

:: The movie event of 2013 (ie. Justin Bieber‘s Believe documentary) will show fans a completely different side of the superstar according to mentor Usher. Can’t wait. [MTV]

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Simon Cowell Talks ‘The X Factor’ Season 4: Is It Happening?

The ever-optimistic Simon Cowell has given an interview where he discussed what he’s learned on the most recent run of his flagging talent competition series The X Factor and speculated about whether they’ll manage to bring it back for an additional season. (Given the ratings, it would be surprising, but Cowell sounds bullish.)

“I think the show will be coming back next year,” he said in an interview. “As to my role on it, I might have a different kind of role, we haven’t discussed that yet.” Snap! More »

‘The X-Factor’ This Week: Ellona Santiago & Jeff Gutt Get Second Chances

Auditions for The X-Factor continued during the third season’s second week, with judges Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato keeping a watchful eye over the proceedings. Last week saw standout acts knocking out the judges with their potential and the occasional deranged wackadoos. And the occasional woman trying to cover Simon’s body with hickeys, which comes with the territory.

Last week, we laughed, we cried and we begged for more. This week, we start in Los Angeles with host Mario Lopez reminding us that contestants are competing in four categories: boys, girls, over 25 and groups, for a recording contract. More »

‘The X Factor’: Britney Spears’ “Toxic” Covered By Cute Couple Alex And Sierra

Lovey-Dovey Duo Does Britney
The X-Factor returned stateside for the third season with Wednesday night’s premiere. Simon Cowell has dusted off his trusty V-neck tee collection and invited his old pal, Demi Lovato, to join him back on the judges panel. Newbies, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland are joining them this season, and from the first episode, it’s clear we have a lot of great hair to look forward to from all the judges.

Going solo this season, host Mario Lopez reminds us of the lasting legacy of pop music left by The X-Factor winners in a quickie montage that culminates with the super adorbs One Direction boys telling us how how beautiful we don’t know we are. Then we see Simon alternating between declaring his undying love for some contestants and looking super annoyed with others. Oh, how I’ve missed his prickly flat top hairdo and equally prickly disposition. More »

‘The X-Factor’ Season 3 Premiere: What to Expect Wednesday Night

Will The Third Time Be A Charm For The TV Talent Show?
The third season of the US version of The X-Factor premieres tonight (Wednesday, September 11) and if you’re looking for a quick overview of what to expect from the next few weeks, then look no further.

With former judges, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears opting not to return for another season, the pressure was on to fill their seats with some famous musical rear ends. And, unsurprisingly, it looks like lady-loving Simon Cowell has surrounded himself with two new lovely female panelists, including singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.

Also coming back for more this season is Demi Lovato, who tweeted in anticipation of tonight’s premiere, “This season is so much better this year already and it hasn’t even AIRED yet!!!!!”

Now that’s a lot of exclamation points. So, hyperbolic punctuation aside, let’s get down to the business of what’s in store this evening. More »

Kelly Rowland Is “Horny” But Is Looking For Talent Not Beauty On ‘X Factor’: Morning Mix

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:: Simon Cowell recently described Kelly Rowland as “horny” and she agrees. However, the frisky Destiny’s Child diva won’t let that interfere with her X Factor duties. She’s on the hunt for talent — not just good looks. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: In a moment of unusual self-reflection for a pop star, Cher Lloyd admits she was a nightmare to work with when she first hit the scene but promises she has changed her diva ways. [MTV]

:: Miley Cyrus shattered the VEVO record for the most plays in one day. “Wrecking Ball” did a demolition job on One Direction‘s “Best Song Ever” — racking up 19.3 million views in 24 hours. [Digital Spy]

:: Need to ramp up your excitement for Drake‘s new album? Watch his Nothing Was The Same trailer and get amped!  [Rap Radar]

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Zayn Malik & Perrie Edwards Are Engaged: Morning Mix

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:: One Direction‘s Zayn Malik and Little Mix‘s Perrie Edwards are officially engaged! The young couple have gone the Miley Cyrus-route and got engaged at the tender ages of 20 and 19, respectively. Perrie showed off her huge ring at the 1D premiere of their new film, This Is Us. Um, congrats? [Hollywood Life]

:: In the upcoming September cover story for SPIN magazine, Trent Reznor briefly spoke about Kanye West. He called him a “dangerous entertainer” continuing, “It feels like he might implode. Even if it is calculated to some degree, it feels rough on the edges in a way that I can appreciate. I’m glad he’s out there. Consistently he’s put out ahead-of-the-curve shit. He’s definitely a talented guy.” [SPIN]

:: DMX has found himself in trouble with the law once again. This time, the rapper was arrested in South Carolina for weed possession. When will he learn? [TMZ]

:: On Tuesday night’s episode of Nick Cannon‘s show Wild N’ OutMariah Carey made a surprise cameo appearance. She came on stage after her husband was jokingly flirting with one of his co-stars. It was refreshing to see the funnier side of the pop diva! [Rap-Up]

:: Simon Cowell has officially confirmed that he’ll indeed be a new father. The American Idol judge is expecting his first child with (married) New York socialite Lauren Silverman. He told BBC, “Things are changing in my life right now, for the better. I’m proud to be a dad.” [Billboard]

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