Paula Abdul gushing. Simon Cowell tossing off zingers like, “You are talented, but you are deluded.” Dreams being crushed. Dreams coming true. Bad singing. Good singing. Godawful atrocious singing. And at least one guy who wears a crazy costume just to get some face time on network TV. Anyone else experiencing deja vu here? We sure are after watching the enticing (and, surprisingly, quite funny) “World Premiere Preview” of Fox’s new feature film-length
singing competition The X Factor
. So what can we expect now that the show has finally gotten its lineup of judges in order?
Find out below!
Did You Hear?
:: Simon Cowell is finally speaking out about Cheryl Cole being let go from The X Factor on both sides of the pond. “She just looked a little bit, I wouldn’t say uncomfortable, but just not as happy as I’ve seen her on previous shows,” he said about her time filming the series in the US. “She told me she wasn’t happy but that she also accepted it was a business decision and she wished the show well. Typically, in Cheryl form, she was disappointed but charming at the same time.” [Just Jared]
:: Taylor & Shania — the new and improved Thelma & Louise. [Socialite Life]
:: Nicki Minaj wants to star in a movie with Will Smith and be directed by Tim Burton. We’re shocked at how much we actually like the potential of both those collaborations. [EW Music Mix]
:: Chris Brown will perform at the 2011 BET Awards — which make sense, as Breezy has racked up more nominations than any other artist. Let’s just hope he keeps his tear ducts in check this year. [Rap-Up]
:: Lady Gaga could have used anything to cover up her bare breasts at the CDFA Awards, and she used pasties? How passe! Best Week Ever imagines some more creative nipple-covers. [BWE]
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Not only is American Idol
over for the year (congrats, Scotty McCreery
), we’ve also hit upon an AI
milestone: the end of the first ten seasons of the reality singing competition. It’s been quite a long haul since Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul first sat down together in front of TV cameras. And over the course of the show’s history, more than half-a-dozen faces have come and gone at the judges’ table.
Much like when we singled out the “Sanjaya” of each season of Idol and ranked them accordingly, we wanted to honor these noble entertainers who’ve attempted to steer America’s singing youth down the right path by ranking them on our special scale of “Karas” (named, of course, after divisive former judge Kara DioGuardi). We’ll let you decide whether a high score of Karas is a, uh, good or bad thing. (Note: it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out.)
Nicole Scherzinger is no stranger to the dizzying dance
that is televised talent competition, but the latest news out of The X Factor
may have thrown even the lead Pussycat for a loop. Just weeks after Simon Cowell’s new show appeared to lock in its lineup of judges
and began shooting, judge Cheryl Cole has been ousted, and Scherzinger has been tapped to take her place. Was she booted for her too-sexy tattoo
? We can’t imagine, but the reported reason for her ouster is just as ridiculous. Check below for details.
Fox has announced its plans for its off-season American Idol
-ish singing competition, The X Factor
. The performance night of Simon Cowell’s import will be 90 minutes long on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., and the results show will be an hour long on Thursday nights. The X Factor
will premiere in September, and will no doubt feature at least one contestant who tried and failed to make it on the bevy of other televised singing competitions currently available on the market
Sorry, American Idol
and The Voice
, but The X Factor
is now an inevitability for American audiences. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones — they’re all lined up for the fall premiere of the US version of the popular British singing competition that launched the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Shayne Ward and, most recently, Matt Cardle
abroad. So what did the Internet have to say about the stars involved on tap the upcoming Fox program? Read on!
Simon Cowell, who recently said he “always wanted” Paula Abdul
for a judge on the upcoming American version of The X Factor
, finally got his wish. Entertainment Weekly
reported over the weekend that Paula will round out the singing competition series’ four judges, which include Cowell, Cheryl Cole
and Antonio “L.A.” Reid
. And now signed up to share host duties: “Right There”
songstress Nicole Scherzinger and UK TV presenter Steve Jones.
America, say hello to the not un-attractive
Cheryl Cole — she’ll be charming you (Fox hopes) on The X Factor
this fall, it’s now been confirmed
, as she takes a seat alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid
and, uh, somebody else (Paula Abdul
? Nicole Scherzinger
?) at the judges’ table. So who exactly is Cheryl Cole
, you might be asking yourself while scratching your noggin. Why, head below, inquisitive pop fan, and we’ll clue you in.
Did You Hear?
:: Steven Tyler discusses his new book, his new single “(It) Feels So Good”, and having Aerosmith (“one of the most dysfunctional bands on the planet”) perform on the American Idol finale. [Billboard]
:: Ryan Seacrest isn’t the only one with new TV projects in development — Simon Cowell is working on a new game show called Red Or Black? that basically sounds like a fancy televised version of roulette. [Vulture]
:: Matthew Morrison recorded a duet with Sting for his upcoming solo album. The song, “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot”, is Sting’s own, originally released on his fifth studio album, Mercury Falling. [EW Music Mix]
:: MTV wants to settle this Lil Kim/Nicki Minaj feud once and for all. Personally, we would love to see these two duke it out in a thumb war for the win. [MTV Buzzworthy]
:: Typically shy Skylar Grey videotapes herself performing “Love The Way You Lie” while accompanying herself on the piano. [Rap-Up]
:: Nick Jonas admits he wants to guest star on Glee. Just start a Twitter campaign, Nick! Worked for Britney. [PopCrush]
After the jump, find out which music acts are performing on the tube today. More »
purists — or at least fans of the original lineup of judges on the Fox series — may be intrigued to know that Simon Cowell is being very vocal about pursuing Paula Abdul as a judge on this fall’s American version of The X Factor
. Gasp! Paula and Simon, back together to kiss, bicker, cuddle and throttle each other again on our TV screens during prime time once more? Read on!