The panel remains the same as last year, with Cowell, Dixon, Holden and Walliams all set to cast their eye over the hopefuls again.
It’s that time of year again! ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is all set to return to our screens to see us through the dark and dismal winter months, and viewers can expect more of what they’re used to, as the show’s line-up is unchanged.
ITV confirmed on Friday that the panel of judges will remain the same, after Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams have all signed up for another year. On the presenting front, stalwart pair Ant & Dec will return as hosts once more.
Simon Cowell will return in 'Britain's Got Talent'
Continue reading: 'Britain's Got Talent' Panel Announced
The Sex Pistols and PiL frontman was speaking ahead of the release of his new autobiography.
The former Sex Pistols frontman was addressing an audience of around 300 at Oxford University’s Sheldonian Theatre on Monday evening, ahead of the release of his autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy’. Firstly, he took aim at talent contests like ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
John Lydon? Outspoken? Never! This time, he took aim at Simon Cowell and Band Aid
Continue reading: John Lydon Criticises Simon Cowell And Band Aid
The release of Mark Ronson's new single 'Uptown Funk' has been brought forward by five weeks.
The release of Mark Ronson's new single Uptown Funk has been moved forward by five weeks after X-Factor contestant Fleur East performed a stunning rendition of the song on last week's show. The live recording shot to the top of the iTunes chart on Monday, prompting Ronson to rush-release his version.
After her Uptown Funk performance, Fleur East is now the overwhelming favourite to win the X-Factor
Some bookmakers subsequently stopped taking bets on the track to become Christmas number one.
Continue reading: Mark Ronson Rush Releases 'Uptown Funk' After Fleur East Performance
The 55 year-old Englishman thinks the US version of the reality singing show will get another chance because the viewers "know what [their] getting."
Simon Cowell is undoubtedly a huge success and has transformed the music industry forever, but despite having a near-flawless career in several television and music projects, the brutally honest Englishman's biggest failure could be seen as the cancelation of the US version of The X Factor.
Cowell reckons the US version of The X Factor is not yet finished
However, Cowell remains optimistic about the reality singing show's future in the States, and in an interview with the FT Weekend on Friday (Oct 10th), he claimed the US X Factor "will come back again."
One Direction are the most successful act in 'The X Factor's history, and none of this year's acts can match them, according to Cowell.
As Britain’s premier pop music mogul, Simon Cowell isn’t one to mince his words. Ahead of the first live shows of the current eleventh series of ‘The X Factor’, he is reported to have launched a dismissive broadside against this year’s crop of hopefuls, claiming that none of them stand a chance of emulating the success of One Direction.
Simon Cowell reckons that none of this year's 'X Factor' contestants can match 1D
Louis Walsh, a fellow judge on the ITV show, told The Sun newspaper: “the most successful group in the show's history is One Direction, and Simon said that what they did 'will never be repeated. I don't think anyone this year is capable of that, but I don't think anyone will do it again.’”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reckons One Direction's Success Won't Be Repeated
Despite the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, 'The X-Factor' was unable to beat 'Strictly Come Dancing' in the ratings.
It is a battle that could have perhaps been avoided had either the BBC or ITV backed down and rescheduled, but Strictly Come Dancing and The X-Factor went head-to-head for the first time this year on Sunday, with the dancing reality show winning out. ITV will have hoped the return of Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell would have been enough to pip its rival - airing its first season without Bruce Forsyth - though it wasn't to be.
The return of Simon Cowell was not enough for The X-Factor to beat Strictly
Strictly returned with 8.4 million viewers on Sunday - a 33.7% share of the audience between 8pm and 9.15pm. The X-Factor had to settle for second place, with 7.6 million viewers and a 27.9% share between 8pm and 9.05pm.
Continue reading: Despite Cowell's Return, 'Strictly' Topples X-Factor In Sunday Ratings
The former ‘X-Factor’ winner left Simon Cowell’s record label earlier this year.
Leona Lewis has posted a handwritten, open letter to her fans on Twitter, discussing her feelings of depression and the reasons behind her departure from Simon Cowell’s record label. Earlier this year it was announced that Lewis had left the Syco label, which she had been with since wining the 'X-Factor' in 2007, and signed a new deal with Universal records.
Leona Lewis split with Cowell's record label earlier this year
Lewis begins the letter by writing, "It has been quite the rollercoaster year. The emotions I have felt have been more powerful, in both a positive and negative way, than any other time... in my life.”
Simon Cowell and Cheryl Versini Fernandez have also expressed their shock and sadness at the sudden loss of the 25 year old singer.
Simone Battle’s G.RL. bandmates have paid tribute to the singer, writing that they will "carry her memory with us in everything we do,” on the band’s official Twitter page. The 25 year old’s death was confirmed yesterday (6 September) with a joint statement from the group's record label and management team.
A post on the girlband’s official Twitter account reads, "Words cannot express the depth of our loss, Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.” Adding that they will, ” carry her memory with us in everything we do.”
Continue reading: GRL Members And Simon Cowell Lead Tributes To Singer Simone Battle
The music mogul has enjoyed fatherhood so much, he would definitely give baby Eric a little brother or sister in the near future.
Even though Simon Cowell only became a father six months ago, the music mogul has enjoyed parenthood so much he recently admitted to wanting to have more children with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in the near future.
Cowell and Silverman welcomed their first child together on Valentine's Day
This past Valentine's Day Cowell and Silverman welcomed their first child together in a New York City hospital, which was announced by the 'X-Factor' creator to his 10.3 million Twitter followers as he posted, "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome."
Simon Cowell and the other judges meet in battle for new series
The latest series of the X Factor looks set to be the most epic one yet - if the first promo is anything to go by. While every year The X Factor judges battle it out on our television screens, Simon Cowell and co have gone one step further this year, by starring in a Game Of Thrones-inspired commercial.
The minute-long promo shows Cowell and the other judges lead individual armies of hopefuls into battle for the X Factor throne, ahead of the much-anticipated new series this Autumn.
X Factor judge Simon Cowell arrives at the London auditions of flagship ITV talent show
Continue reading: X Factor Judges Star In £1million 'Game Of Thrones Promo'
'The X Factor' hasn't even begun, but tensions are already soaring as Cheryl Cole allegedly refuses to sit next to Louis Walsh on the judging panel.
Cheryl Cole is allegedly refusing to sit next to Irish entertainment manager Louis Walsh on The X Factor judging panel this year. Tensions have been mounting since Simon Cowell revealed in an interview that Cole didn’t want Walsh to return to the show, full stop.
Cheryl Cole has refused to sit next to Louis Walsh on the X Factor judging panel
Cowell told OK! magazine: “I want Louis to come back to ‘The X Factor’ - but Cheryl doesn’t.” The Geordie singer and Walsh have failed to see eye-to-eye on various occasions, particularly after she publicly revealed that he was a poor manager to her band Girls Aloud.
Simon Cowell has said he would support his baby son if he chose a career in singing - although he'd be honest with him if he didn't have what it takes!
Simon Cowell has revealed that he would be happy for his four-month-old son to one day enter the entertainment industry. The Britain’s Got Talent judge has given his blessing should baby Eric one day decide to pursue a career in singing, although admitted he would tell him if the ambition wasn't achievable: “If Eric wants to try out being a singer, I would be okay with that. I certainly won’t stop him. But I’ll tell him straight if he can’t do it.” Showing signs that becoming a father really has softened Simon, he did add: “Admittedly, I might not be quite as blunt as I am with some of the contestants.”
Simon Cowell with Lauren Silverman, the mother of his four-month-old son Eric
Cowell has just finished filming a season of talent content Britain’s Got Talent and is about to start focusing on the next series of The X Factor. Auditions begin on Monday in Manchester, UK, and Simon will be assisted on the judging panel by Louis Walsh, Mel B and Cheryl Cole.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Would Be Happy For Baby Eric To Become A Pop Star
Ella Henderson is set to be No.1 with her debut single 'Ghosts'.
Ella Henderson, the British singer who somehow didn't win the 2012 series of X-Factor, is on course to debut at No.1 on the Official Singles Chart this Sunday with her first record 'Ghost'. Henderson teamed up with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder to co-write the track which had shifted 78,000 copies as of midnight on Tuesday (June 10, 2014).
Ella Henderson is set to be No.1 with 'Ghosts'
Ghost - set to become one of the fastest selling singles of the year so far - is taken from Henderson's upcoming album Chapter One, which will be released later this year through Simon Cowell's record label, Syco.
Continue reading: Ella Henderson, Remember Her? Well, She's No.1 On The Singles Chart
The former Spice Girls will judge new talent alongside Simon, Louis and Cheryl.
Mel B has been announced as the new judge who will be joining The X Factor panel for the upcoming 11th series of the talent show. The former Spice Girl, 39, appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge and has also been featured on the American and Australian versions of ITV's hit singing contest.
Mel B, AKA Melanie Brown, will be joining returning judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole with the hope that a victor will be chosen from her group of singers. She said she was "so excited" to have been appointed as a judge, in a deal that is reportedly worth £1 million, according to BBC News.
"I've always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that's what I'm going to bring more of this year," Mel said. "Whether it's spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who's got it wrong.Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."
Continue reading: Mel B To Join 'X Factor' Judges In £1 Million Deal - Confirmed
Collabro have been crowned the winners of 'Britain's Got Talent'. The boy band were closely followed by Lucy Kay in second place and Bars & Melody in third.
The eighth season of Britain's Got Talent has wrapped up and the winner announced on Saturday (7th June). Boy band Collabro was crowned the winner. Opera singer Lucy Kay came second and Bars & Melody were the runners up.
Alesha Dixon judges Britain's Got Talent.
Collabro is a boy band with a particular interest in musical theatre and consists of 20-year-olds Richard Hadfield and Matt Pagan, 24-year-olds Michael Auger and Thomas Redgrave and Jamie Lambert, aged 23.
Continue reading: Collabro Have Won 'Britain's Got Talent' 2014
Once again, One Direction have become front page news, but do people really find their recent drugs 'scandal' shocking?
Being caught with a joint is really nothing new in the world of pop, especially amongst those aggressively seeking a change of image that will subsequently add a semblance of ‘edge’ to their persona. For child stars especially, in attempts to free themselves from their enforced clean-cut youth and iconic childhood roles, to indulge in the smoking of marijuana is the go-to method of both distancing oneself from the past and declaring oneself as a fully independent adult.
The group have come under fire from the tabloids for Zayn and Louis' actions.
The celebrity world abounds with examples of such exploits. Remember the media storm over Justin Bieber’s incident with a “suspicious cigarette” or Miley Cyrus’ bong exploits, which have now evolved into her free and consistent utilization of marijuana symbolism? The celebrity media loves a scandal more than a Republican loves his right to bear firearms, but whilst the current One Direction drug ‘scandal’ has rather predictably been plastered all over the tabloid’s front pages, the majority of the public greets it with a collective shrug of the shoulders. They are, after all, adolescents- the prime age for indulging in experimentation with illicit substances and activities. Most adults will have indulged in similar instances of experimentation with an array substances at a similar age to these patchy-bearded pop stars. In terms of the pop world, this particular act has been seen many times before; so many times, in fact, that the whole ‘rebellion’ phase is part and parcel of the child actor discourse. Some take it just a little too far, and the ensuing descent into drugs has unfortunately claimed the lives of many of Hollywood’s exploited youngsters.
Cheryl Cole has been snapped in Cannes, but it's not just the premiere of 'Foxhunter' that she's flown out there for.
Cheryl Cole looked characteristically stunning at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Foxhunter. Dressed in a Monique Lhuillier gown, the 30 year old singer is easily one of the most beautiful women to attend the festival. Although attending the premiere of a film which could potentially sweep up at next year’s Oscars, donning a dress and walking the red carpet wasn’t Cheryl’s only reason for attending the festival.
Cheryl walked the Cannes red carpet for Monday's premiere of Foxhunter
The ‘Promise This’ singer, who is set to return to the UK version of The X Factor, following a controversial fall out with fellow judge, Simon Cowell, is allegedly attempting to embark on an acting career.
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Looking To "Challenge" Herself With Independent Film Role
The music mogul can't add musicals to his mogul skills. He can't.
Simon Cowell should just stay away from The West End. The Spice Girls musical, ‘Viva Forever!’ managed 7 months on stage, and now ‘I Can’t Sing’ – written by Harry Hill and backed by Cowell – is being removed after just 2 months, or 6 weeks and 2 days, if you want to be precise.
Harry Hill taking a spin
Announcing the closure, Nigel Hall of Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment, said: "Alongside Stage Entertainment we'd like to thank the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this show. To everyone at Really Useful Theatres and the ever supportive staff at the London Palladium, and everyone involved in I Can't Sing! I'd like to say a huge thanks and the very best of luck with their next venture."
'Britain's Got Talent' contestant Lettice Rowbotham wowed the judges last Saturday, but who is the vivacious violinist from Surrey?
So, Britain’s Got Talent fans, there is a brand new Marmite contestant. By that we mean, people are either going to absolutely love her or hate her. We’re most definitely on the love side of things, we’ve gone mad for nutty violinist Lettice Rowbotham. BGT fans who like their contestants a little more rough and ready will hopefully eat their words once Lettice whips out her violin.
The Britain's Got Talent judges were wowed by Lettice's performance
Labeled “the poshest contestant” the show has ever had by judge David Walliams, as well as possibly “the poshest to come to Birmingham”, where the show was filmed, Lettice rocked out with her violin on last Saturday’s (April 19th) episode of BGT. Announcing that she was “too hungover” to be nervous about the audition, Lettice bounded on stage with a personality as energetic as her performance.
The reality series 'Britain's Got Talent' has broken world records by becoming the Most successful reality television format. The Guinness World Record's website confirmed the news on Monday (7th April). The show has spawned 59 versions worldwide including series in the US, Afghanistan and Iceland.
Britain's Got Talent has set the Guinness World Record for being the most popular reality television format in the world, having been adopted by 59 different shows worldwide. The announcement was made today (7th April) on the Guinness World Record website.
Simon Cowell created the format for Britain's Got Talent.
Britain's Got Talent was first broadcast on ITV in 2007 and an eighth series is expected to air this year. The format, which was created by Simon Cowell, has been used in versions worldwide. Cowell serves as a judge on the UK version of the show and an executive producer on the US version.
James Arthur makes an appearance in 'I Can't Sing!' - or does he?
A hunchback villain character named Trevor Modo in Harry Hill's new X-Factor musical I Can't Sing! is apparently based on former champion James Arthur. In the show, Trevor auditions for the hit show to save himself from a life of poverty, but is sent packing by Nigel Harmon's Simon Cowell character.
James Arthur Has Reacted Angrily to the Claims
Seeking revenge, Trevor breaks into an impressive rap number about the injustice of the music industry.
Continue reading: 'I Can't Sing!' Villain Trevor Modo Based On James Arthur?
Simon Cowell comments on being a first-time father: "I was born to be a dad."
Simon Cowell's new role as a father is what he was born to be.
Even though his first son is only a month old, Cowell has already thought about the possibility of having more children.
Simon Cowell admits "I never knew how much love and pride I would feel," while sharing several personal photos of his new baby son Eric.
Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old. rel="nofollow" pic.twitter.com/ChWlrXmtmO— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) rel="nofollow" February 16, 2014
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Shares First Photographs Of Baby Son Eric
Jordan will become a father for the fourth time following the announcement and he isn't alone in the aged father game
Michael Jordan is looking forward to becoming a dad for what will be the fourth time, with his much-younger wife Yvette Prieto, it was reported earlier this week. First reported by www.terezowens.com, the pregnancy comes some months after the pair tied the knot in April this year, after five years of dating,and whilst Jordan might be in his 50's now, this could very well be the founding of another family for the NBA legend.
Michael and Yvette might not be finished in the baby-making-department yet
Jordan isn't alone becoming a father well into middle age, as the celebrity world is full of older fathers. Some, like Jordan, have gone on to start new families in their advanced years following a divorce or loss of partner (or maybe even a scandal of some sort), whilst others like to leave it late before finally settling down and having offspring. Here, we look at five older gentlemen who waited until after their 50th birthday before having children.
Cheryl Cole has won a nice little payout from the producers of The X-Factor USA.
Pop star Cheryl Cole has won a considerable pay-out from the producers of The X-Factor USA, who sacked her after filming just one episode in 2011.At the time, Simon Cowell refused to confirm the reasons behind Cole's departure, though speculation suggested she was removed over fears the American audience would not understand her Newcastle accent.
Cheryl Cole At The Cannes Film Festival
She sued producers Blue Orbit for $2.3 million for loss of earnings though the company settled out-of-court with an undisclosed sum. During the lawsuit, it also transpired that Cole had already signed on for a second season on a salary of $2 million.
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Wins Big Payout After X-Factor Nightmare
The Geordie singer won an undisclosed fee, said to be in the millions, for her dismissal from the talent show
One-time The X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has been handed a hefty sum by producers of the show as compensation for her speedy dismissal from the series early in its first season. The Girls Aloud singer was fired from the show after producers began to worry that American audiences wouldn't be able to understand her thick Newcastle accent and her contract was quickly terminated, without warning.
The X Factor has since hired another ineligible star to step into Cheryl's place, Paulina Rubio
As reported by the BBC, Cole appeared in only one episode of the show before being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, who was initially signed on to serve as the show's host. Earlier this year, Cole sued the producers of the American Idol spin-off, Blue Orbit, for $2.3 million, citing loss of earnings resulting from her sudden dismissal from the series so early on. Cheryl had signed a two season contract before the show began, promising her a salary of $1.8 million for Season 1 and $2 million for Season 2. In her lawsuit, Cheryl also ask to be reimbursed for any expenses she may have had during her stay in Los Angeles, including her wardrobe and stylist for the show and living expenses, including food and accommodation, as well as interest, legal fees and "further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate."
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Wins Multi-Million Dollar Pay-Out For 'The X Factor' Axe
The movie will tell the life story of the first 'Britain's Got Talent' winner.
James Corden stars as TV talent contest winner Paul Potts in One Chance, the sensational movie that has made waves in the UK and is now headed towards the US to spread the inspirational true story of one mind transformation from shop worker to opera singer.
James Corden Is Paul Potts In This Uplifting Success Story.
Directed by The Devil Wears Prada's James Frankel, the movie follows an aspiring singer who is held back by his low self-confidence and tedious shop job. It is only when he meets his wife, Julie-Ann Cooper (Alexandra Roach), that he receives the support he needs to enrol in a Venecian opera school.
James Arthur's debut album is finally here, but the X-Factor winner appears to have criticised his label for production schedule.
James Arthur has suggested that being forced to work with multiple producers on his self-titled debut album affected the degree of creativity he had on the record. The 25-year-old, who won the ninth series of The X-Factor and scored the second biggest hit in the show's history with 'Impossible' - revealed at a signing at HMV Oxford Street that he couldn't "build up a rapport" with collaborators.
James Arthur, Drinking A Tea
"I worked with several producers in America and several here, and for my next record I certainly won't be doing that," he told Digital Spy. "It's not conducive to being creative; it takes a couple of days to build up a rapport with a producer and then after that you're on to the next one.
Continue reading: James Arthur Risks Wrath Of Simon Cowell, Says Creativity Was F*cked
Will the Irish judge stay on the talent show now?
X Factor judge Louis Walsh was all but set to exit the ITV talent contest when he announced this summer that the current series would be his last, saying "I need my life back" after his ten year stint on the reality show.
Louis Walsh Reconsiders His 'X Factor' Exit.
However, the 61 year-old Irish entertainment manager has now sheepishly revealed in an interview with TV host Jonathan Ross that he hasn't had his X Factor fill just yet. Walsh was asked about his comments this summer and whether he really was leaving the show. "Well, I said I was. But I'm having so much fun this year, I might stay," he said.
The singer appeared on 'The Late, Late Show' and said that the disagreement with Miley was always about the music
Miley Cyrus' apparent feud with Sinead O'connor seems to have blown over already, with the Irish singer declaring that her beef with the 'We Can't Stop' hit-maker has blown over already. O'Connor appeared on Friday night's (4 October) edition of RTE's The Late Late Show, where she discussed the short-lived feud with Cyrus, admitting that she never had any personal problems with the star, as the whole thing was to do with the current state of the music industry.
Sinead also used her appearance on air to show off her new facial tattoos
Rather than continue her conflict with Cyrus, the appearance on the Irish chat show was as much a stage to declare war on Simon Cowell as it was to initiate peace with Miley. Whilst admitting to be no role model herself, the 'Nothin Compares 2 U' singer did reveal why she told Cyrus to stop "prostituting" herself. She declared that the "money making end of music is taking over," admitting that when she was an emerging artist she was asked to grow out her hair and wear revealing outfits, which prompted her to shave off her own hair.
Continue reading: Sinead O'Connor Says Feud With Miley Cyrus Is Over And Done With
Simon Cowell says that he will leave his $300 million fortune to a charity rather than hand it to his unborn child with lover Lauren Silverman
Simon Cowell revealed in a recent interview with Esquire UK that he will be a supportive and financially dependable father when his first child is born, however when he dies, he doesn't plan on handing his wealth to his unborn son. Instead the music mogul has said that he wants to leave his money to a charity, and ensure that his child works for a living.
Simon Cowell Lauren Silverman leaving an Italian restaurant in London last week
The X Factor judge went on to admit that he feels as though his paternal instincts are beginning to kick in, however this doesn't mean that he will be handing over his possessions to his offspring. In the interview, which will be published in the October edition of Esquire UK, Cowell doesn't make many references to his own impending dip into fatherhood, indicating that the interview may have taken place before the news of his affair and eventual pregnancy with Silverman was made public. If this is so, Cowell's ideals may have changed a little, but it is likely that TV's 'Mr Nasty' will still be as stern as ever in his personal ethos.
Filmmaker Spurlock (Super Size Me) is known for his investigative wit, but there's none of that in this on-message doc about the most successful boy band in history. Still, the fans won't be able to get enough of the backstage antics and lively performance clips. And those unfamiliar with One Direction will have fun too. Just don't expect to learn much about these five young men who continually say, "Back when we were little," even though they're still only 19-21 years old.
The filmmakers follow Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis on their world tour, visiting four continents as they play nearly 130 concerts for their hysterical fans, who all seem to be pre-teen girls. As we see them larking around on-stage, in the wings and on their tour bus, we also get their back-story, as they auditioned individually for The X Factor in 2010 and were assembled as a group in a spontaneous decision by Cowell. Their global success is the result of a viral Twitter onslaught, and the fans also get their say on-screen, gushing with their love for these five skinny, mop-haired guys who have serious vocal talents but have yet to prove themselves as musicians.
While the film captures the boys' strong camaraderie, cheeky energy and constant pranks (including silly Jackass-style closing-credits clips), we never really learn much about them. There is no attempt to explore their off-stage identities, what they do in their down-time, their romantic lives or musical inspirations. Some depth is provided in interviews with their parents, who offer emotional insight into how fame has changed their families. Aside from some lively off-handed moments, their interviews feel carefully media-trained, and there's no commentary from anyone outside their inner circle. But they emerge as grounded, likeable young guys who know how lucky they are, so they're making the most of their success in the short time they have at the top.
Continue reading: One Direction: This Is Us Review
The third 'American Idol' judge has been announced. Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel for season 13 of the reality show.
Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.
Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.
Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition.
Simon is apparently excited for the birth of his first child, and comic David Walliams has spoken on behalf of his friend, saying that TV's Mr Nasty will be a great father
Simon Cowell, for those of you living under a rock for the past few weeks, is set to become a father for the first time following a secret romance with a married woman, Lauren Silverman. In spite of the controversy surrounding the conception of the child, Simon has since declared his pride and delight at finally becoming a father, and according to friends, he'll be a great dad when the time comes round.
Lauren got pregnant with Simon's baby in May this year
David Walliams recently spoke to the UK's Daily Mirror to discuss his budding bromance with Simon, stating that he was one of the first people to learn about his love child earlier this year when TV's Mr Nasty confided with him back in May. Walliams told the paper, "I had this incredible information but it was a private thing, which I had to respect."
The X Factor judge proudly announced her upcoming appearance on the musical-comedy, only to be met with rumours that her phone has been hacked and nude photos were stolen from it
Demi Lovato will continue her good relationship with Fox this fall when she appears in the network's hit show Glee as part of a six-episode (with the potential for more) story arc. Unfortunately for the X Factor judge however, the news that she will be joining with the hit show has been overshadowed somewhat by the recent rumour that the star had her phone hacked, with the hacker finding and willing to sell nude photos of the star.
The singer/actress will appear on Glee for a number of episodes this fall
TV Line first revealed that Lovato will be appearing as Dani, a friend of Rachel and Santana who the pair know from their time in New York, on Monday (19 August). The star, who turns twenty-one today (20 August), will also feature with fellow guest-star Adam Lambert throughout her run on the show, and will feature in a number of duets together with the American Idol contestant. The news that she will be returning to acting - her first time since the Disney series Sonny With A Chance ended two years ago - was greatly overshadowed however, when Radar Online claimed to have been offered nude photos of the star for a nominal fee later the same day.
Simon Cowell's pregnant girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, has sealed her divorce from her husband after she cheated on him with the X Factor judge.
The Simon Cowell girlfriend saga rumbles along
Cowell - the music industry mogul and TV's angry-faced talent judge - has apparently has avoided the embarrassment of having to air details of his affair with New York socialite Lauren Silverman in a court as part of her divorce trial from property developer, Andrew Silverman. Cowell was named as a co-respondent on legal papers filed by Andrew, meaning he could have been called to court to divulge not only details of the affair, but also his personal wealth; rumoured to be in the hundreds of millions.
Lauren and Andrew Silverman have reached an amicable divorce settlement and are waiting on a judge to sign the final paperwork. The divorce papers were filed when the news broke that Lauren Silverman is expecting Simon Cowell's child.
Lauren Silverman, the mother of Simon Cowell's child, has reached a divorce settlement with her husband Andrew Silverman. The cuckolded husband of Lauren Silverman filed for divorce after the news broke that she was carrying Cowell's child. Reports from last month suggest Lauren was 10 weeks pregnant, so she will be now be approaching her thirteenth week.
Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell leaving St. Martin's theatre in London in March 2013.
The Silverman's separation appearances to be amicable, which is not surprising as sources suggest their relationship has been on the rocks for over a year. According to sources speaking to US Weekly, "Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while. As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close."
Charlotte Church said NO to the X-Factor in no uncertain terms
There are ways of saying no to doing something, then there are ways Charlotte Church says no to doing something. Her way involves violent imagery. We prefer her way. Check out how she said no to doing The X-Factor.
Charlotte Church performs at G.A.Y in London
“I got asked to do The X Factor job. I’d rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music,” she told Wales Online. “I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required.”
Continue reading: Charlotte Church Didn't Just Say No To The X-Factor, She Said NO!
Cheryl has been rejected from a judging job on The Voice after being sacked from The X Factor.
Perhaps Cheryl Cole's future doesn't lie in talent contest judging. After being sacked by The X Factor for having an unintelligible accent, she's been told she won't be making the move to the BBC's The Voice singing show.
Cole's Time As A Talent Judge May Be Over.
Cole, 30, has allegedly been rejected from the The Voice judge job despite Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue's exits meaning there are two big red chairs going cold. The Sun reports that Cheryl's snub comes as a result of her being still too closely linked with The X Factor, with a source saying "Even though Cheryl is a massive name, she's still too closely identified with The X Factor. Producers want to bring on stars who don't have that kind of previous relationship."
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Slammed With Rejection From 'The Voice' Judge Job
The Briton and the shock-jock were placed at joint top in Forbes' annual countdown of the 'Highest-Paid TV Personalities'
What do Simon Cowell and Howard Stern both have in common? They're both dirty, stinking rich; that's what and according to the latest figures, they're both about $95 million richer than they were this time last year. According to Forbes' annual countdown of the 'Highest-Paid TV Personalities,' Cowell and Stern are joint top of this year's list, earning $5 million short of $100,000,000 in the space of the last twelve months.
Cowell has made million through his countless business ventures
Described as a "major behind-the-scenes mogul," Simon has seen his value go up even further in the past year through his job as producer; earning mega bucks from his work on The X Factor and the various ...Got Talent series that are aired across the globe. Up to 41 different countries now have their own version of The X Factor, whilst the various ...Got Talent offshoots have made him head of the biggest-selling television franchise in the world. And lets not forget the music either, as the One Direction manager has made a tidy sum through the artists signed to his SyCo label.
Louis Walsh will be stepping down as an X Factor judge after this season.
Louis Walsh has confirmed he will be leaving The X Factor after this season and that he is "happy" with his decision to leave the ever-popular reality series behind him.
Louis Walsh at The X Factor auditions at Wembley Arena, London.
Speaking to TV Times magazine, he said he is looking forward to returning to his role as a manager. On his decision to leave he said "I'm happy this is going to be my last year. I've been judging X-Factor for 10 years so I've done it all."
Continue reading: Louis Walsh "Happy" To Leave 'The X Factor' To Manage Again
British pop heartthrobs One Direction became a worldwide sensation when they were thrust together on the 2010 series of 'The X Factor' after initially auditioning separately. The landed a prestigious Guinness World Record after becoming the first British band to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 with their debut album 'Up All Night'; an achievement that not even The Beatles managed to claim. This telling documentary features a series of interviews with various people in the music industry as they determine what this '1D Mania' is all about, who really founded the band in the first place and the high-profile tabloid stories of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
Continue: One Direction: Going Our Way - Clips
The plot thickens! Socialite Lauren Silverman says her baby is Cowell's but was their affair going on before his split from fiancée Mezghan Hussainy?
It's all getting a bit confusing: rumours are now bouncing about that Cowell ended his engagement with his fiancée in April 2012 because he was seeing Lauren Silverman. Cowell split unexpectedly from make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy unexpectedly last year. She chose not to dish out any dirt on him at the time but new images of Cowell and Lauren last year on TMZ suggest that the pair were a little too close in August 2012 having been spotted what looks like kissing on a yacht, despite both having significant others. The photos hint that their affair had begun long before originally thought.
The 53 year-old X Factor judge has had a lot of fingers pointed at him in the last few days; not least from MRS. Silverman's now-ex-husband Andrew Silverman who reportedly introduced the pair on holiday in Barbados.
Cowell & Ex-Fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy Before Their Split.
The husband of the mother of Cowell's baby says that he is through with his cheating wife, and Simon will have to pick up the bill
Simon Cowell will have to dig deep into his pockets now that he is going to be a father; at least that's what the disgruntled husband of Simon's baby momma says, as he looks to severe all ties with his cheating wife and let Simon pick up the pieces. Andrew Silverman wants to end things for good with his wife Lauren Silverman, adding that she wont see a penny from him after the divorce proceedings, because Si can foot the bill for her from now on.
Simon is expected to open up his wallet following this revelation
According to TMZ, Andrew is seeking a divorce from Lauren as soon as possible, with a source close to the betrayed husband revealing that the pair signed a prenuptial agreement prior to the wedding that should ensure that he isn't swindled out of any of his hard-earned cash. However the real issue at stake here isn't money, but the couple's seven-year-old son, with Andrew believed to be apply for sole custody of the child, citing Lauren as a neglectful, selfish parent.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Expected To Spend Big-Bucks Following Love-Child Scandal
The X Factor judge was quizzed over whether he was a father-to-be with his friend's wife.
Simon Cowell, rumoured to be having a baby with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman, has kept zipped over whether he is responsible for her 10 week pregnancy. The X Factor judge was present at a press conference ahead of the new US series of the talent contest, reports The Independent, but the question on everyone's minds was the 53 year-old's personal life.
Cowell: No Official Word Yet On Whether He's The Father.
Reports have recently circulated that Lauren Silverman, a socialite married to a property tycoon, is 10 weeks pregnant with Cowell's unborn child. The pair met through Andrew Silverman, a real estate businessman and Cowell's friend, on holiday in Barbados several years ago. A friendship was fostered between the couple and the infamously grouchy talent judge and they invited him to spend time on their yacht with Mrs. Silverman becoming recognised as his "closest confidante" in his large group of female friends.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Swamped With Baby Questions At X-Factor Press Conference
The Voice is back on NBC for season five. Is this the year it produces a superstar?
Get ready to settle down in your favorite chair with a little pile of peanuts because The Voice is on its way back for a fifth series. Judges Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Carson Daly took to the stage on Saturday evening (July 27, 2013) for the Summer TCA press tour, reports E! Online.
Aguilera took a season off last time out to focus on her latest album, though she was in good form at the panel event over the weekend. "Well I understand that I am coming back to the Blake Shelton show at this point," she joked, referencing the country star's three victories out of the past four cycles.
Though The Voice has been praised for its refreshing take on the stale reality singing show format, it's no secret that the show is yet to produce a real 'superstar.' With Simon Cowell bolstering his X-Factor line-up, are the judges feeling the heat?
Continue reading: 'The Voice' Returns: But Where Are All The Superstars?
The 1D boys are back breaking records again, this time they've smashed the record for most view in 24 hours for a Vevo video
The One Direction lads have released the video for their new single 'Best Song Ever' and already, after a a little over 24 hours, the video has racked up over 12 million views. The vid broke the record for most views in a full day, fetching 10.9 million views after 24 hours.
The video has been a long time coming and already the song has dominated the airwaves and the charts across the globe.
The X Factor UK finalists - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne - premiered the video on Monday (July 22) and managed to blow Miley Cyrus' previous record for 'We Can't Stop,' which racked up 10.7 million views in the same time period.
Kelly Rowland was lost at sea this week. Literally.
In one of the most bizarre stories coming out of the music world this year, former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland had to be saved by Massachusetts coast guards on Friday (July 19, 2013) when her boat ran into difficulty off the coast of Provincetown.
Rowland and friends had boarded a private craft to go whale watching, though their vessel became "disoriented in the five-to-six-foot waves and fog that had rolled in," an employee for the TowboatUS Provincetown confirmed to E! News.
Eventually, the US Coast Guard was "able to triangulate their position" after learning that the group needed help. More drama was yet to come when the groups' boat broke down while being escorted back to shore. The party had to be towed the remaining four miles, eventually arriving back on land around 10pm after 12 hours at sea.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Lost At Sea For 12 Hours Before Coast Guard Rescue
The new series of X Factor 2013 is well and truly underway as the four judges shone in the sunshine outside London's Wembley Stadium ahead of the first day's auditions.
Fans whooped with delight as X Factor judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger arrived on the red carpet outside Wembley Arena. 2013 marks Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon's first return as a judge on the panel in six years, whilst Nicole, Louis and Gary all returning from last series.
Nicole Scherzinger Wowed In A Hot Pink Shirt.
As reported by the Press Association via The Independent, Take That's Gary Barlow described Sharon's return as mingling with "royalty," showing his excitement to be working alongside the Black Sabbath manager: "It's great fun, and she's unpredictable and you can't plan for anything. But it's great and it's really good to have her back," He also added that already battle lines were being drawn between the four judges, with Sharon and Louis tending to take sides against him and Nicole, describing the split as "artists versus managers."
Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson may make up the biggest boyband in the world, but they are eager to prove that they're just a normal bunch of lads in their new documentary movie. The film sees them going back to their roots and reuniting with old friends; Harry goes back to the bakery he used to work at, while Zayn shows he hasn't forgotten his loved ones by buying his mum a luxury house of her own. We see them through the eyes of their fans across the world, their proud parents and the owner of their record label Simon Cowell. They reveal how they've always wanted to sing, and show their genuine brotherly bond through countless on and off tour shenanigans including fishing and camping trips.
Continue: One Direction: This Is Us Trailer
Demi Lovato had an uneasy relationship with her father, though she laid him to rest last week.
Demi Lovato has told Twitter followers that she has put her father to rest, thanking fans for their support in the wake of his death. Patrick Lovato, 54, divorced from Demi's mother Dianna De La Garza in 1994. The X-Factor judge sung about her strained relationship with her father on the 2011 track 'For The Love of a Daughter,' implying he struggled with alcohol issues.
Demi Lovato At The Much Music Video Awards in 2013
"Today I put my Daddy to rest.... hardest thing I've ever done.. But I know great things will come of this...," Lovato wrote on Saturday. "There's an overwhelming sense of peace knowing my dad is no longer battling his demons anymore and that makes me so happy." In a 2009 interview with the New York Daily News, Lovato opened up about her decision to cut ties with father Patrick, saying, "The last time I talked to him was two years ago," she said. "You try to have faith in somebody, even when you're the last person that believes in him. But when somebody lets you down after you've been the only one there for them, and so many times, you don't know what to do."
Continue reading: Heartbroken Demi Lovato, "My Dad Is No Longer Battling His Demons"
The BBC has received 139 complaints after 'The Voice' host, Holly Willoughby, wore a rather racy gown on the pre-watershed show.
TV host Holly Willoughby, who has previously earned herself the nickname 'Holly Willoughbooby' for wearing clothing that flashes off her rather er...ample cleavage, drew attention to herself yet again on Saturday's (22 June) final of BBC singing talent contest The Voice.
The 2.5 hour show saw Northern Irish Andrea Begley sing her way to victory, but Holly's outfit gave the partially-sighted 27 year-old a run for her money in the publicity stakes, according to The Independent.
The gown in question was a Gucci black silk floor length piece from their 2012 collection, featuring floral lace embellishments and cascading Swarovski crystals to create a rather deep V down the chest - the latter aspect created quite a stir amongst viewers.
She thought she was really sorry, but it turns out she's only a little bit sorry
The public apology following Natalie Holt’s eggy protest against Simon Cowell on the Britain’s Got Talent final seemed to draw a line under the matter, but having reconsidered her apology, the 30-year-old violinist has decided to take it right back.
“I planned to do it once the song was finished but I got a bit nervous and went slightly early, she explained of her stunt. “I sincerely apologise for overshadowing their moment as well as to anyone watching who felt that their evening’s entertainment was marred or even ruined,” she added, before a vital caveat was revealed. “However, I am not sorry for pelting Simon Cowell with eggs. I think he has too much power and influence in the entertainment industry. I felt that, on behalf of musicians everywhere, this is an institution and a man that needed standing up to.”
Holt claims she has received messaged of support from many high-profile musicians who, for reasons we can all probably understand, are “unwilling to express their support publicly”. She said: “I don’t dislike Cowell personally, I don’t like what he represents.”
Taylor Swift is putting some of the bedrooms at her $11 million mansion to good use.
Well this is...a bit weird really. Taylor Swift's platonic relationship with British songwriter Ed Sheeran has moved on to the next step after the country star got the interior designers to redecorate her £11 million Rhode Island home after buying it in March. Taylor has promised Ed that she will decorate a boy's room so he will have someone to stay when he comes to visit.
A source said: "Taylor and Ed are really good pals and their friendship has grown even stronger since they started the tour," adding, "They were on the road together when the deal went through on her house and she's been sharing all of her ideas for decorating with him. She's promised that there will be a special bedroom allocated to him whenever he wants to come and stay."
Ed's done pretty well from his friendship with Swift - one of the world's biggest stars. He's landed some pretty healthy publicity from being the support act on her North American tour and bagged himself a brand new legion of fans.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Decorates Boy's Room For Ed Sheeran At Rhode Island Mansion
Was Jennifer Lopez's performance on Britain's Got Talent too raunchy for family audiences?
Jennifer Lopez gave UK viewers of Simon Cowell's Britains Got Talent a real eyeful on Tuesday night, performing her new single 'Live It Up' while wearing a skimpy black leotard that barely covered her famous behind. Twitter immediately sprang into action, with some parents concerned about the "inappropriate" nature of her performance on what is considered a family show, with some young children actually performing.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for TV regualtor Ofcom said, "Ofcom can confirm that it has received complaints about the Britain's Got Talent broadcast last night, which we are assessing but not currently investigating." One viewer on Twitter said, "BGT does #jenniferlopez realise it's a family show - only thing missing was the pole - cover up your cheeks please!" though judge Simon Cowell was pretty happy with how things went, telling Lopez, "Seriously, J-Lo. If anyone wants to know how you do it. That's how you do it,' he said. "Seriously world class."
For what it's worth, Lopez herself seemed pretty oblivious to any concerns and happily posted an Instagram of the R&B star being held up by various dancers. "Thanks @GotTalent for a great night #liveitup," she added.
Watch Jennifer Lopez's Britain's Got Talent performance, courtest of Daily Motion.
Jennifer Lopez - Live It Up (Live Britain's Got... by JohnJLover
Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Slammed For Raunchy Outfit On Family Show [Video]
Veteran entertainer doesn't think kids should be put through the show
According to The Sun, the veteran TV presenter was critical of Britain’s Got Talent, saying that Cowell was putting kids through an ordeal. They reported that he’s since told the radio station, “The thing I object to is, I don’t think they should put young children through such an emotional thing.” His interview did point out that Forsyth began in entertainment aged just 14, but he said in reply: “Yeah, but not on television in front of millions. That is the difference. Have a children’s Britain’s Got Talent and let all children be in it. There is nothing wrong with that at all. But to put them on at that time of the evening with millions watching and the emotion, that could be maybe a bit disastrous for a child and a memory that could not do them a lot of good.”
The first live show of the latest Britain’s Got Talent series took place on Monday (May 27, 2013), with Cowell commenting to dance troupe Youth Creation: “Someone, Mr Grumpy, said we shouldn’t have children your age on the show.” He also praised 11-year-old singer Arisxandra Libantino, saying: “I’d like to dedicate this one to Bruce.” Cowell’s apparently sick of people having a go at his shows, with one insider commenting “Simon is sick of people slagging off his shows. If anyone has a go he’s going to hit back at them live on air.”
Kelly Rowland broke down on-stage during a concert in Washington.
Kelly Rowland broke down in tears while performing her new track 'Dirty Laundry' - a song about her previous jealously of best pal Beyonce - during a show in Washington this week. The crowd cheered for the R&B singer during her tearful delivery of the emotional song, leaving Rowland to stop and wipe away the tears.
In the new track, the former Destiny's Child singer speaks about how her abusive former boyfriend turned her against Beyonce. "Bird in a café. You'd never know what I was dealing with. Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin' it. Bittersweet, she was up, I was down.No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?" she sings. In a video from the Washington gig, Rowland, 32, is seen sitting on a stool and singing before choking up and having to bow her head. Buoyed by the crowd, she continues the song before telling fans, "Doing this song for me was so therapeutic. Honesty, like my mama always says, is always the best policy."
Watch Kelly Rowland crying:
'Dirty Laundry' features on Rowland's forthcoming studio album - another song 'You've Changed' was released on Tuesday (May 28, 2013) and features both Beyonce and Michelle Williams. The singer was recently confirmed as a new judge on Simon Cowell's X-Factor USA having previously worked on the British version of the singing contest. She joins Cowell, Demi Lovato and Latin pop star, Paulina Rubio on the new look panel.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Breaks Down In Tears Over Beyonce Jealously [Video]
Following his accusation that appearing on the show too young could have regrettable side effects, it appears as though there are few involved on BGT who care.
Britain's Got Talent was blasted by telly host and national treasure Bruce Forsyth this week, with the veteran host commenting on the "damaging" effect appearing on the show could have on children. Despite his words, it seems as though some people involved in this years show have failed to acknowledge Brucie's point, saying they see no potentially harmful side-effects of appearing in the show.
Speaking on Richard Bacon's 5 Live show on Monday (May 27), Brucie said that although he admires the format of BGT, he could never approve of having young children take part. He told Bacon, "To put them on that time of the evening with millions watching, the great big theatre and the emotions - it could be disastrous for a child."
On Monday's live BGT show, Cowell addressed the comments himself, referring to Forsyth as "Mr Grumpy," which is very rich coming from Cowell. Speaking after the performances of young performers Youth Creation and Arisxandra Libantino, who is 11-years-old, he said, "If you've got it, you've got it, who cares how old you are? It was one of the best performances of the night and I'd like to dedicate this one to Bruce."
Continue reading: BGT Finalists Aren't Shaken By Bruce Forsyth's Derogatory Comments
The singer broke down on stage during rendition of the personal track during the show in America's capital on Monday (May 27)
Kelly Rowland debuted her latest song 'Dirty Laundry' online earlier this month and immediately it began to cause a storm thanks to it's stark and revealing lyrics and back-to-basics R&B style used by Rowland in favour of her dance-orientated singles of late. During a concert at The Fillmore Silver Springs in Washington D.C. last night the song's subject clearly got too much for the singer, as she began crying during a heartfelt rendition of the new single halfway through her set.
Rowland is currently taking her 'Lights Out Tour' across America and her first stop off came last night at the D.C. show. The singer had performed a few track already and began her rendition of the The-Dream collaboration before being forced to stop after singing the line "He turned me against my sister, I missed ya," after which the singer sat in a hunched position with her face away from the audience at the center of the stage. It looked as though she might not be able to carry on but the determined singer wiped her eyes and continued the rest of the song, remaining professional throughout the rest of the show.
For those of you who haven't heard the track, it is an emotion-filled effort in which she admits her jealousy towards Destiny's Child bandmate Beyoncé Knowles, as well as revealing that while Beyoncé's success was exploding she was also involved in an abusive relationship. The song was uploaded to her SoundCloud earlier this month and is taken from her forthcoming album Talk A Good Game.
The spoof musical is bound to take the mick of Cowell n co
While an X-Factor musical would actually make loads of money – people seem to lap that stuff up – Harry Hill thought of it first. Of course, his is a spoof version called I Can’t Sing…
The big-collared bald-headed ex-doctor comedian described it as an "all-singing, all-dancing, all-mickey-taking spectacular", and revealed that it will feature "a singing hunchback, a talking dog and a man in an iron lung". It was previously reported that the musical would be titled ‘X Factor: It’s Time To Face The Musical’ but in a joint statement Hill and Steve Brown, who has written for Spitting Image and TV Burp said: "We’d been umm-ing and ahh-ing about the title for a while. Then it hit us: 'I Can’t Sing!' It also happens to be the title of one of the funniest songs in the show and we hope hints at the direction we’re taking this production." The pair also stated Cowell is "backing it 4,500 per cent", and has described it as "one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen".
In March, Hill told the Daily Mail: "In our show, [Walsh] has basically dozed off; he's an octogenarian boy-band manager." The script is also said to include Cowell as a character, and wills set about explaining the unusual height of his trousers – something that has been puzzling the nation for nearly a decade now.
Simon Cowell has revamped the X Factor judging panel for a third time, enlisting the Destiny's Child and Latino stars
Simon Cowell has chosen his next two judges to sit beside him o the upcoming series of The X Factor; Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. The two will take up the seats vacated by Britney Spears and LA Reid at the end of the last series of the show, with Demi Lovato slated to return to her post for the next instalment of the talent show.
Cowell has now revamped his judging panel for a second time following Spears and Reid's abandoning of the show at the end of last season. The first time Cowell redesigned the panel he booted off Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger after the first season when the show only managed a poor return on audience figures.
Kelly Rowland will sit next to Paulina Rubio next season
American Idol bosses are planning a complete overhaul of the show, including getting rid of all four judges
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson are all set to be thrown off the American Idol judging panel in a complete remodelling of the singing competition by FOX. The network has seen viewer ratings over the current season drop to 25% lower than last years overall figures.
This years stats are even further from the wonder years of the Simon Cowell-era, but rather than concede that they are flogging a dead horse FOX are steadfast in their loyalty to the show as they look to compete with NBC's The Voice as well as The X Factor, which is also shown on FOX. The Warp broke the news of the plans to ship out this seasons newly installed panel and although the show is struggling, admitted it is still popular and the network's drastic plan could work in their favour.
Mariah Carey might not be coming back next season
Continue reading: FOX Plans Complete Overhaul Of American Idol Judging Panel
Khloe Kardashian has been fired from The X Factor USA. Mario Lopez has not.
Well, that's it for Khloe Kardashian and The X-Factor. The Dark Lord himself Simon Cowell has decided that the reality star simply doesn't have what it takes to present live television and, as such, has given her the boot for season three. To make her feel worse, her co-host Mario Lopez has been welcomed back with open arms for the new season.
Kardashian came in for mockery during her hosting of the show, often being asked to read a teleprompter, which simply didn't work. As TMZ.com put it, it was a "total deer-in-the-headlights" experience watching her struggle through the shows." Fox didn't give a reason for axing Khloe, though said in a statement, "We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors."
It's a rare setback for the Kardashian family, who are often used to getting things their own way in the world of U.S. television. However, it appears Khloe's decision to go down the live television route was badly advised. Lopez on the other hand took to the X-Factor like a duck to water, though he has plenty of experience from his time on Extra.
Continue reading: Khloe Kardashian Axed As X-Factor Host: Her Worst Moments [Videos]
One Direction spokespeople are frantically denying reports that Harry Styles is working on solo material with good pal Ed Sheeran.
One Direction representatives have been forced to deny that Harry Styles is preparing for life away from the band after reports over the weekend suggested the teen heartthrob had been working on solo material in the studio. The Brit boy-band star has reportedly written several of his own tunes and has laid numerous tracks down with an unknown producer.
A pal told the Daily Mirror, "He loves messing around with some of the new songs he's been working on. He's bounced some ideas off his friend Ed Sheeran and has already laid down some vocals." The pop pair are known to be close friends and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Sheeran has written material for his camera-friendly buddy. However, a One Direction representative had an explanation for the whole thing, saying, "The boys are all working on the new 1D album together and sometimes sessions are recorded separately."
Styles' pal appeared convinced that the 19-year-old was in the studio to work on his own stuff. "Harry's priority is obviously still with 1D. But when he decides the time to go solo has arrived, he's likely to have a project raring to go," they added.
Continue reading: A New Direction? Is Harry Styles Planning A Secret Solo Album?
The X Factor will be transformed for the theatrical stage in a show set to hit in 2014.
With Harry Hill at the helm of the script for The X Factor musical, it could have been a truly terrible concept if it weren't for his injection of intelligent comedy. Expeced to be a mocking parody of the show and its most iconic characters, Hill described the desired approach to the show as "at times scathing, without being cynical."
The story is about an 18 year old girl called Chenice who is completely oblivious to the X Factor due to her Grandfather's iron lung which blocks ITV's signals... that's as much as we know. However, one can assume that she stumbles into an audition, is either incredible or terrible and an adventure ensues. Sound about right?
Managing director of Stage Entertainment UK, who are co-producing the play, Rebecca Quigley, said that it's going to be "quite a wacky big show." It will feature 19 new songs and recognizable personalities from the well loved series, including Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell, plus "others you might recognise, but who have different names."
Continue reading: X Factor - It's Time To Face The Musical! Gets The £6m Go Ahead
As Simon Cowell revealed that if he could have anyone as a judge on the X Factor it would be David Bowie, the first reviews have started coming in for the Thin White Duke’s long-awaited comeback album The Next Day. With such hype about Bowie’s first album in a decade, dare any of the critics suggest that it’s not all that much cop? Or has everyone toed the line?
To that X Factor story first though; talking to the Daily Mail, Cowell commented “It's no secret I've asked him, and he hasn't said yes yet, but I'll keep extending the invitation.” Continuing, he added "Why Bowie? He's a legend. He's a great songwriter, he has massive influence on music today and he's 100 per cent credible. I'm a fan. Not just of his music but of him, the man. He's cool. Most of us aren't. Bowie is."
Strong endorsement indeed, and Bowie will have found more coming from the assorted critics who’ve heard The Next Day thus far. “It is an enormous pleasure to report that the new David Bowie album is an absolute wonder” writes the Daily Telegraph, before adding that its “urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.” The Guardian comments “Listening to The Next Day makes you hope it's not a one-off, that his return continues apace: no mean feat, given that listening to a new album by most of his peers makes you wish they'd stick to playing the greatest hits.” The Independent meanwhile simply comments “David Bowie’s The Next Day may be the greatest comeback album ever.” Heady stuff.
In the spirit of dignity, something that her actions over the past few years have lacked, Britney Spears quit The X-Factor amidst rumours that show-boss Simon Cowell was ready to wield his unyielding celebrity axe all over her neck.
Her $15million contract appeared to be in jeopardy after fans decided her slightly vacant style was boring, and when the rumours of her imminent sacking become too strong to ignore, Britney decided to quit. A source close to production explained to The Daily Mail: "Britney and her team knew it was unlikely she'd be asked back as a judge. The producers have already been making other plans for next season over the holidays. The reality is that toward the end of last season the main players knew they wanted to replace both Britney and LA Reid. LA Reid wasn't at the top of his game in second season and he knew that."
Another of Britney's criticisms was her frequent break taking, which occurred every few contestants, according to another source. "Most people didn't expect Britney to make it through the season as it's a demanding role but she did her best," explained the insider. It turns out, being an X-Factor judge isn't just turning up in your second dress. Who knew? Fellow judge L.A. Reid - a long-standing judge - already announced his departure to focus on his record label.
What is going on with Simon Cowell’s ever-so-complicated love life?
The music mogul, who has reportedly been dating actress Carmen Electra since her guest appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, but it looks like that relationship may have gotten a bit rocky. The pair did not spend New Years Eve together (a sure sign of trouble in Celebrityland, just look at Justin and Selena), and Simon has been seen recently enjoying the company of his ex-fiancée, Mezhgan Hussainy.
On Thursday, January 3, pictures surfaced of the two, lounging about in the sun and clearly enjoying each other’s company. Cowell was getting away from the gloom and rain back home on his annual trip to St. Barts and Hussainy joined him for a little R&R on his yacht. The pair looked quite comfortable with each other, but considering their dramatic split last year, it is probably too early to jump to any conclusions. A bit of backstory on the couple: the two got engaged in 2010 and broke it off in 2012. However, Cowell is known to stay friends with his ex-girlfriends and even reportedly bought Hussainy a mansion to apologize for the broken engagement. Well, wouldn’t we all want a friend like that? Or a little more than a friend, if these latest shots are anything to go by.
The nation continues to sigh and groan under the weight of the hoards of manufactured musicians and bands with thanks to shows such as the X Factor, which means many people criticise the latest 'pop music', deeming it vacuous and interested more in looks than talent. Well, judging by Simon Cowell's latest dream employee- supermodel, not singer, Kate Moss- those critics are all right.
According to a source speaking to the Mirror, Simon is looking at ways of refreshing the show and one idea he will bring to the table is getting Kate Moss on board... "He knows how important the styling of the contestants is and having a supermodel and a world-famous name on board would certainly raise the bar." Apparently, if the rumours are correct and if she agrees, ""Kate could give the contestants advice and ideas on how they want to look and also how to look after themselves and still look great in the years ahead." Sounds riveting.
Both American and UK version of the X Factor have dropped ratings during the past year and consequently its creator, Simon Cowell, understandably wants to change the whole show up a bit. Both Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos' jobs are in contention for the can, to be replaced by fresher judges. Apparently, Nicole Scherzinger's contract is safe, having done so well this season getting both first and second place in the end with James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas.
Dannii Minogue has decided on a more appropriate career venture as a judge on the next series of 'Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model' and has declined a return to 'The X Factor'.
The former singer judged on the singing talent show between 2007 and 2010 but, according to a friend of hers in The Mirror, 'She doesn't want the hassle and the rows that come with doing 'The X Factor'.' Music mogul Simon Cowell asked her last year if she would make a return, attempting to group together some of the former judges of the show possibly in a bid to up the program's quickly falling ratings. However, Dannii, who has her own fashion label Project D, is more interested in the world of fashion these days and has instead signed a deal with Sky Living show 'Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model'. 'I am brushing up on my model moves and with my highest platform heels on, I am excited to come face to face with (well maybe look up to) the glamazons of BINTM 2013', she told The Mirror. 'Next Top Model has always been a part of my essential TV viewing and I am so excited to be back in the UK for Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model's ninth series.' She admits that she loves mentoring but is particularly excited to join the modelling competition's judging panel because she is a huge fan of executive producer and co-judge Elle Macpherson. 'I remember Elle's first magazine cover in Australia and I have been a fan of hers since then', she said.
The star is set to join Elle and actor Tyson Beckford in February 2013 when filming begins with the show being aired later in the summer. Elle is equally as excited to have Dannii join them, admitting: 'I am really enthusiastic about working with Dannii. I have watched her blossom into a powerhouse in fashion and television and believe she will bring a fresh energy to the show - plus she's gorgeous.'
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7th October, 1959
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