When the first version of the Band Aid collective’s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded in 1984, the studio session became a media event in of itself. Starting at 9 a.m., journalists watched closely as music superstars like U2‘s Bono, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Genesis drummer Phil Collins and Sting filed into the studio.
So on November 15, as new and established musicians alike arrived at London’s Notting Hill to record a new version of the song, this time raising awareness on the current ebola crisis, the media noticed that one notable artist was reportedly missing – Adele.
Despite announcements that she was among the dozen-plus participating artists, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” co-writer Bob Geldof (above, far right) said that Adele never responded to his request, according to The Independent. More »
The X Factor
may have been a ratings disappointment in the United States
during its brief, three-season run, but the series is still a hit in the UK, Australia and other corners of the globe. In fact, both Ariana Grande
and Hilary Duff
hit up the Down Under edition of the show today, with the latter performing second comeback single “All About You.”
Hil and her dancers busted out a cute country line-dance routine while the audience and X Factor judges Dannii Minogue, Ronan Keating, Redfoo and Natalie Bassingthwaighte took in the spectacle. If you need any more proof that most things Duff does are absolutely adorable, this should do the trick. More »
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 »
It was an unusually cheery celebration last night on The X Factor
, as animal rights activist/chanteuse Leona Lewis
returned to her talent competition roots by stopping by the US edition of
the show (the UK version of which she won in 2006) to perform her still-my-favorite-of-the-whole-holiday-season Christmas single “One More Sleep.”
As with previous performances, the staging was pleasingly high-camp, with a lot of backup dancers outfitted in glittery suits and an aggressively festive set.
Again — if only they had put this much promotion into Glassheart, eh? More »
While Simon Cowell
says that next season of The X Factor
may see a fairly dramatic shake-up
, there’s one element that’s definitely going to change things: After two seasons, Demi Lovato
is supposedly leaving her position as a judge on the show.
PEOPLE reports that the songstress — who appeared on The X Factor, had a guest starring arc on Glee, released an album, promoted three singles, wrote a book, and went on tour this year, gulp — is stepping away from her responsibilities on the show to get back to what she’s really into: The music. More »
is back in the judges’ seat on The X Factor
(although she’s on the US version this time, rather than the British one!), and she’s doing a little press to plug the upcoming season (which hasn’t received much buzz, frankly, so she’s making the right moves). First and foremost: She does not
discuss when she’s releasing another single
, which is deeply frustrating. That said! She does share some mostly enjoyable trivia about what it’s been like filming The X Factor
, particularly the interpersonal dynamics: “It’s three women up there, but Simon [Cowell]
is the biggest diva,” she says. No surprise there, although the protracted discussion on the condition of his nipples does take one aback.
As for the differences between judging on this side of the pond versus the other? “We have all the crazies,” Rowland says. “Seems like all the crazies wanna be in America. They wanna come up there and not know the song. They wanna come up there and sound like they’re howling and calling for cats.” Sounds about right.
Watch the first segment up top, then see the next after the jump. More »
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 »
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 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 »
The X Factor
crew is officially together as one indivisible unit! The first promo featuring the revamped Season 3 lineup
has hit the Web, giving us our first look at Demi Lovato
and Simon Cowell
with new judges Kelly Rowland
and Paulina Rubio
. As Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
‘ “Can’t Hold Us” plays, Demi, Kelly and Paulina individually dance and mug for the camera (Simon and Mario Lopez
are too cool for dancing), then they each tell viewers to “expect the unexpected” because that’s a fresh slogan to use for a TV show in 2013.
Check it out up top, and let us know if you think this season will top the Britney Spears era. More »