The X Factor Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

10th September 2014

Tweet: "Sam Bailey gave birth to her third child, a beautiful baby girl, at 10.41am this morning. Both Mother and baby are doing well." British singer and former The X Factor contestant Sam Bailey gave birth to her third child on Wednesday (10Sep14). Bailey and her husband Craig have two other children, Brook and Tommy.

30th July 2014

Fact: Robert Pattinson's sister Lizzy has auditioned for the U.K.'s version of The X Factor. The budding singer has made it through the closed rounds for the upcoming series and will appear in front of an audience during the arena round. Lizzy previously loaned her voice to a couple of dance tracks in the early 2000s.

9th May 2014

Quote: "We took a punt and it didn't work out. If I could do things different, I would have gone to local theatres and built up a following. We went in too big a theatre - it's the biggest theatre in the West End." Simon Cowell admits The X Factor musical I Can't Sing! was a flop. It closed just two months after opening in March (14).

16th March 2014

Fact: New mum Fergie is reportedly in talks to join the judging panel of Britain's The X Factor talent show. Reports suggest the the Black Eyed Peas singer is poised to join Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole on the show. If she signs on she'll be competing with bandmate, who is a judge on rival show The Voice in Britain and Australia.

7th March 2014

Fact: Singer Rita Ora has reportedly turned down an opportunity to join The X Factor in the U.K. as a judge. Reports suggest Simon Cowell offered the R.I.P. hitmaker $1.6 million (Gbp1 million) to replace former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, who exited the show in February (14).

6th March 2014

Fact: The latest winner of Britain's The X Factor, Sam Bailey, has revealed she is pregnant with her third child. The former prison officer and her husband Craig already have two children, eight-year-old daughter Brook, and five-year-old son, Tommy.

20th December 2013

Quote: "My ideal replacement for Demi Lovato? Miley Cyrus. She's got a big mouth!" Simon Cowell ponders a replacement for U.S. The X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who confirmed her departure on Wednesday (18Dec13).

18th November 2013

Fact: Simon Cowell has signed a $210 million (£140 million) deal with U.K. network Itv to keep Britain's The X Factor on Tv until 2016, despite a slump in viewer numbers over the last two series of the show.

1st May 2013

Quote: "I've not got anything against the show, I just don't want to be on the telly every Saturday night, f**k that. You may be aware, I've got a slight case of Tourette's syndrome and I would just end up saying to (judge) Louis Walsh, 'Will you shut up, you c**t!'" Noel Gallagher turned down a role on the U.K. version of The X Factor over fears he would insult his fellow judges live on air.

25th April 2013

Quote: "I'd consider it, definitely. I would love to be a mentor. If I feel someone has talent and potential I can always see it in them. I'd love to do that." Sarah Harding is open to joining the panel of the U.K. version of The X Factor. Her former Girls Aloud bandmate Cheryl Cole was a judge on the show for three series from 2008.

24th April 2013

Tweet: "I'm speechless at my boys deciding to spilt. I honestly don't think it's that time for them. They have so much more to achieve. I have tears in my eyes as I type this. My love for @JlsOfficial is unreal. I will always support them and I wish them all the best... Their talent speaks for itself... They will all go on to amazing things in life." Alexandra Burke is stunned by JLS' decision to part ways. The boy band were runners-up to Burke on the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2008.

22nd April 2013

Fact: Socialite Khloe Kardashian has been dropped as the co-host of America's The X Factor after just one season on the reality show. Her replacement has yet to be announced, but her co-presenter, Mario Lopez, will return for the upcoming third season.

7th March 2013

Fact: Singer Gary Barlow was a surprise winner at Britain's Loaded Lafta comedy awards on Thursday (07Mar13), landing two top prizes. The X Factor and Take That star picked up the Funniest Double Act and Joke Of The Year prizes for an exchange with a contestant on the U.K. version of the show last year (12). Actor Danny Dyer was also honoured at the ceremony in London - he was named Funniest Tweeter.

20th December 2012

Fact: The contestants of America's The X Factor paid tribute to the victims of the Connecticut school massacre with a rendition of Michael Jackson's moving hit You Are Not Alone during Wednesday night's (19Dec12) episode. Six staffmembers and 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary on Friday (14Dec12).

18th December 2012

Quote: "On a personal level, I'm going to miss him. On a business level, I'm also going to miss him." Simon Cowell is sad to see record executive L.A. Reid depart the U.S. panel of The X Factor after two series.

27th November 2012

Fact: Sharon Osbourne is reportedly returning to the small screen in Britain as a judge on Simon Cowell's new dog talent show Take The Lead. The star, who was an original panel member on the music mogul's U.K. version of The X Factor, will pass judgement on canines on the series, which is due to air next year (13), according to The Sun.

23rd November 2012

Quote: "People expect us to turn our noses up at these shows, but I think that for a lot of people it's the only opportunity they're going to get and I think it's as valid as going out and playing show after show every night." The Vaccines frontman Justin Young supports reality Tv talent shows such as The X Factor.

29th October 2012

Quote: "I was with Kourtney and Kim, we were in Miami, I was screaming in the car. Everyone was screaming, it was kind of chaos. (Kourtney's son) Mason was there, he had no idea what was happening. He was screaming, and he was just imitating anything we were doing. It was really funny. (Husband) Lamar (Odom) had champagne waiting for me, and we just celebrated, him and I." Reality Tv star Khloe Kardashian and her siblings were thrilled after learning she had landed the job as new host of The X Factor in the U.S.

20th October 2012

Quote: "I mean, he's seriously the nicest guy ever. I'm in good company. He's great at what he does, so it takes some of the pressure off of me because I am nervous. I've never hosted before. I think we're going to have fun; we've known each other for awhile. I feel I'll be comfortable around him, so he'll make it easy for me." Reality Tv star Khloe Kardashian is happy to have seasoned Tv presenter Mario Lopez as her co-host on the new U.S. season of The X Factor.

8th October 2012

Tweet: "Today is a great day... it's Simon Cowell's birthday which means he's even older now!!! Happy birthday Simon." DEMI LOVATO sent her best wishes to her fellow The X Factor judge as he turned 53 on Sunday (07Oct12).

7th October 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday @SimonCowell!!!! Make sure you all tweet him some birthday wishes HappyBirthdaySimon". BRITNEY SPEARS sends her best to her fellow The X Factor judge as he turns 53 on Sunday (07Oct12).

13th September 2012

Fact: The first battle in the war of the U.S. TV talent shows has been won by Christina Aguilera and The Voice. Much to the surprise of TV experts, the third blind audition episode of the show in as many days landed moire viewers than Britney Spears' debut of The X Factor when the two programmes went head to head in the same hour on Wednesday night (12Sep12). Aguilera's show picked up 10.5 million viewers, while Britney's only managed a 7.5 million rating, rising to 9.5 million for its second hour, when The Voice was no longer on air.

11th September 2012

Quote: "It could be a Kardashian." Simon Cowell on the surprise host of the new season of The X Factor.

28th August 2012

Fact: Justin Bieber has been recruited as a superstar mentor for The X Factor. The teen sensation was photographed on Monday (27Aug12) filming scenes with contestants alongside show judge L.A. Reid for an upcoming episode of the U.S. TV talent show.

20th August 2012

Tweet: "To everyone who tweeted about TheXFactor tonight, thank you - I miss you too! Tell Simon to take me back for season 10." Sharon Osbourne is eyeing a return to Britain's The X Factor, just weeks after quitting her judging role on America's Got Talent.

4th August 2012

Fact: Bosses of the U.K. version of The X Factor are planning a spectacular stunt for the series this year (12) by enabling contestants to perform with holograms of late singing legends such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

24th July 2012

Tweet: "Can't believe yesterday was two years since we've been together. Thank you guys for everything you've done for us since then. We love you." One Direction star Harry Styles thanks fans for their support following the second anniversary of their formation on The X Factor. The band got together on the show on 23 July, 2010.

11th July 2012

Tweet: "Wow can't believe TheXFactorUsa auditions are over. So much Fun... bring on boot camp!" Britney Spears is excited about the next stage of her role as a judge on America's The X Factor.

9th July 2012

Fact: New x factor judge Demi Lovato is to host this year's (12) Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles later this month (Jul12). The singer and TV personality is also nominated for four awards, including Choice Summer Song for Give Your Heart a Break. Justin Bieber and his protegee Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt are scheduled to perform.

26th June 2012

Tweet: "Louie surprised me today w/an early b-day cake at Uk Xf!" Nicole Scherzinger was overjoyed on Monday (25Jun12) when her co-judge on Britain's The X Factor, Louis Walsh, gave her a cake ahead of her birthday on Friday (29Jun12).

18th June 2012

Quote: "No, I just wouldn't. The next year is mapped out. It's all about music... I'm not interested in anything else. I want to concentrate only on that." British singer Cheryl Cole has no plans to judge a reality TV show again in the near future after she was dumped from America's The X Factor panel during auditions last year (11).

17th June 2012

Tweet: "Unfortunately Britney & Demi are now known as the gruesome twosome. V (very) happy to be back - Demi more annoying than ever, Britney has grown claws!" Simon Cowell is glad to be back on the judging panel of America's The X Factor, alongside co-stars Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, after a bout of illness.

26th May 2012

Quote: "I am having the most incredible time and love being able to sit next to Simon at the judging table. The talent has been tremendous." Britney Spears is relishing her role as a judge alongside Simon Cowell on the new series of America's The X Factor.

24th May 2012

Tweet: "Austin auditions today.... back in my home state... Texas are you ready??!!" Singer/actress Demi Lovato is excited to kick off the talent search for The X Factor in her native Texas.

8th May 2012

Quote: "It made me look awesome! I had nothing to do with it, and it made me look so cool. But I didn't want to get in the way. I'm thrilled, flattered that my name was even in that world. (It was a) delightfully misunderstood misunderstanding." Glee star Darren Criss on reports he was to join U.S. TV talent show The X Factor as host.

23rd February 2012

Quote: "I was very disappointed with the reactions back from the other two shows (The Voice and American Idol). I like the idea of a super final... I thought it would be something different. They've both bottled it for now. It kind of felt like it was going to be the musical Super Bowl and I loved that idea." The X Factor judge Simon Cowell is saddened that his idea for the winners of America's top talent shows to fight it out in one huge TV spectacular has been met with criticism.

9th February 2012

Quote: "I worked with Katy once. I think she would be fun because she is hard - in a good way - and she's feisty." Simon Cowell would love to see Katy Perry join the panel of America's The X Factor after the singer impressed him as a guest judge on the U.K. version of the show.

7th February 2012

Fact: Singer Nicole Scherzinger has landed a new job following her exit as a judge from America's The X Factor last week (ends05Feb12) - she is the new face of Herbal Essences hair products.

20th January 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday to the wonderful Mr @GBarlowOfficial!!!! Everybody wish him a Great One!! Xoxo" R&B star Kelly Rowland sends her best wishes to Gary Barlow, her fellow judge on the U.K. version of The X Factor, as he turns 41 on Friday (20Jan12).

20th January 2012

Tweet: "Watched x boy is on The Voice..saw Idol last night. I think i might need to make 1 of those shows. help people live their dreams." Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun is considering launching his own TV talent show.

5th January 2012

Tweet: "I just heard the sad news about Kerry MCGregor. I really admired Kerry and my thoughts now go out to all of her family & friends." Simon Cowell pays tribute to former British The X Factor contestant Kerry MCGregor, who lost her battle with bladder cancer on Tuesday (03Jan12), aged 37. MCGregor competed on the show in 2006 against Leona Lewis, who went on to win the contest.

23rd December 2011

Quote: "If I ever leave X Factor, Scherzinger's phone will be smoking hot from me ringing it constantly because if we were not colleagues - oh, she's fair game. Oh, yeah." America's The X Factor host Steve Jones is hoping for a romance with newly single judge Nicole Scherzinger if he leaves the show.

21st November 2011

Fact: Rihanna shocked U.K. fans by donning a pair of shoes emblazoned with the words 'F**k Off' during her appearance on Britain's The X Factor on Sunday (20Nov11).

17th November 2011

Tweet: "The impossible has happened - Simon Cowell has joined Twitter!" Nicole Scherzinger welcomes her The X Factor boss to the microblogging site.

11th November 2011

Quote: "We were just texting each other about the show last night. She never mentioned that we were seeing each other. That's ridiculous. We have a definite brother and sister thing going on." America's The X Factor host Steve Jones dismisses rumours of a relationship with show judge Nicole Scherzinger, who recently split from British racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

10th November 2011

Quote: "My family would say I should go on but you'd see a parent saying, 'My child is the next Mariah' and the kid would be rubbish. I'd think, 'You just want me to be embarrassed for a laugh.'" British soul star Adele was always reluctant to audition for a TV talent show such as The X Factor.

7th November 2011

Quote: "I'd love to have a permanent judging role in the future... I enjoyed it. I was myself. I was honest." Former The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke enjoyed her recent temporary stint on the judging panel of the U.K. show.

4th November 2011

Quote: "He is kind of a diva, I'm not going to lie. He has one of those Will Smith trailers. It's phenomenal. I like to go in there and ask if I can use the toilet." Nicole Scherzinger is impressed with Simon Cowell's luxury trailer backstage at U.S. TV talent show The X Factor.

3rd November 2011

Tweet: "Good to be back in the UK! Feeling more like myself... Excited for what my girls have planned for this week's show!" The X Factor judge Kelly Rowland is back in Britain after she fell ill on a trip to the U.S. and missed her appearance on the U.K. show over the weekend (29-30Oct11).

1st November 2011

Quote: "That's her own thing to cope with. I'm a friend. I'm there if she needs me." Steve Jones, the host of America's The X Factor, on supporting judge Nicole Scherzinger through her break-up from boyfriend Lewis Hamilton.

27th October 2011

Quote: "We all love The X Factor and we enjoy the show, but we can't go on it. We do something different and we're far too old." Chris Martin insists Coldplay won't be making an appearance on Simon Cowell's TV talent show.

21st October 2011

Quote: "Weller watches it. He denies it but I know for a fact that he does because his daughter is one of my daughter's best friends. I'd go to her, 'Did you watch The X Factor?', and she said, 'Yeah, watched it with my dad.' And I'd say, 'Well that is interesting.'" Legendary rocker Paul Weller is a secret fan of Britain's The X Factor, according to his pal Noel Gallagher.

16th October 2011

Quote: "He's made me raise my game. He's good for me." Music mogul Simon Cowell welcomes the competition to succeed from fellow The X Factor judge Antonio 'L.A.' Reid.

12th October 2011

Fact: Pharrell Williams and Enrique Iglesias have signed up to share their best advice with the contestants on U.S. show The X Factor on Wednesday (12Oct11). Both stars will serve as mentors, while Rihanna and Mariah Carey will also act as guest judges.

10th October 2011

Fact: Singer-turned-talent show judge Kelly Rowland broke down in tears on live TV on Sunday night (09Oct11) when she was forced to kick one of her acts off the U.K.'s The X Factor. The former Destiny's Child star, a judge and mentor on the show, wept as she told a 16-year-old hopeful she was out of the competition.

4th October 2011

Quote: "I'm not going to lie. I wanted 20 million when we launched but now I'm kind of back in the real world and I'm seeing this grow naturally. I'm as happy as I've ever been." Simon Cowell regrets insisting that if his new U.S. show The X Factor pulled in less than 20 million viewers it would be a failure. The first episode had an audience of 12.5 million.

30th September 2011

Quote: "The reason I did The X Factor is because my kids love it and it's so seldom your kids engage with what you're doing work-wise. My son sits playing Nintendo all the way through my concerts. They're not mad about what I do - but being a judge on The X Factor, they couldn't believe it. They were absolutely made up." Take That star Gary Barlow on his decision to sign up as a judge on the British version of The X Factor.

28th September 2011

Quote: "I'd like to be in Gary's position for one night, but not four months. I was sat thinking 'wow, this is great'. But that's all it is, a great day. I would find it difficult, who wants to break a 16 year old's heart?" Robbie Williams has no plans to emulate his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow and sit on a reality TV show panel. The Angels hitmaker joined The X Factor judge Barlow recently to help decide who would make it through to the live shows of the British version of the programme.

26th September 2011

Quote: "It has its place and it makes good TV. There's no way that someone like me would have got through and got a break on a show like The X Factor in a million years." Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder is pleased he found fame before the rise of singing reality TV shows.

5th September 2011

Quote: "I've been looking for a house over here and I've found one I love. Fingers crossed it goes through... I didn't think I would love it as much in the U.K. as I do and I am having the time of my life here... Plus, I am really starting to love the men over here too. I am really hoping I end up with one." Singer Kelly Rowland is enjoying living in Britain while she stars on the judging panel of U.K. reality contest The X Factor.

2nd September 2011

Quote: "I'll definitely watch it. I respect Simon's honesty. It's refreshing, but I couldn't be that honest." Britney Spears will be watching Simon Cowell's upcoming U.S. talent show The X Factor.

28th August 2011

Quote: "I've got an 11-year-old daughter and on a Saturday we sit down and watch it. I don't regret declining the offer though." Former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher confirms he was approached to take up a judging role on Britain's The X Factor.

21st August 2011

Quote: "I watched last year with my 10 and eight-year-old and Christina Aguilera was too much for me." British singer Gary Barlow, who now serves as a judge on Britain's The X Factor, disapproved of the sexy pop star's raunchy performance during last year's (10) show finale.

14th July 2011

Fact: Simon Cowell turns from TV's Mr. Nasty to Mr. Nice in a new spoof ad for the upcoming U.S. launch of The X Factor. In the commercial, the normally acid-tongued judge wears a pink sweatshirt, is charming to auditionees and even drives an environmentally-friendly car - before waking up and realising it was all a nightmare.

13th June 2011

Tweet: "At the Take That concert to support my fellow judge Gary... I'M lovin it!! They definitely are the U.K.'s most amazing boy band!!! (Well, men)." Kelly Rowland lent her support to her fellow judge on Britain's The X Factor, Gary Barlow, as he performed with his group Take That in Manchester, England on Sunday night (12Jun11).

10th June 2011

Quote: "I haven't spoken to Cheryl but she is a lovely, talented, sweet girl. I don't know how it went down. I found out the same as everyone else. I just turned up for work and I'm happy to be here. I just hope she has made the right decisions for her." Nicole Scherzinger hasn't spoken to Cheryl Cole since taking her place on America's The X Factor judging panel.

7th June 2011

Tweet: "Cheryl - one door closes but another one opens. Hold your head up high. You are loved." Former The X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne reaches out to British pop star Cheryl Cole after she walked away from both the U.S. and British versions of the TV talent show.

2nd June 2011

Quote: "I've spoken to her and I think she has turned a corner. She is an ambitious girl, she's very together and she'll get over this." New U.K. The X Factor judge Gary Barlow assures fans Cheryl Cole is coping well after she was dropped from the American version of the show last month (May11). Cole quit her post as a judge on the British series to join Simon Cowell Stateside.

31st May 2011

Tweet: "Soooooooo Soooooo (sic) Happy For @Kellyrowland!!!! A Judge On The Uk's Hottest Show X-factor! That woman works hard....very proud of u (sic) mama!" Singer Michelle Williams is overjoyed for her former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, who was confirmed as a judge on British TV talent show The X Factor on Monday (30May11).

15th May 2011

Quote: "It was Simon's choice that I wasn't on the panel, not mine. But the way that I look at it is I have never really hosted before, so it's a new challenge." Nicole Scherzinger admits she wanted to judge the U.S. version of The X Factor. The Pussycat Dolls star will now present the show with Welsh personality Steve Jones.

9th May 2011

Tweet: "Lots of you ask 'What's it like to work w/ (with) Cheryl Cole? Can you understand her accent? She's a delight, lovely & sweet. What accent?" Paula Abdul is getting on well with fellow The X Factor judge and British pop star Cheryl Cole.

9th May 2011

Quote: "This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am saying this, (but) I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she's on the show." Simon Cowell is delighted his former American Idol co-judge Paula Abdul will join him on the panel of upcoming U.S. talent show The X Factor.

8th May 2011

Fact: Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has been confirmed as the host of Simon Cowell's new U.S. talent contest The X Factor. The singer will front the show, due to debut later this year (11), with Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones.

18th April 2011

Fact: After months of speculation, Simon Cowell has confirmed he has dropped out of his role as judge on Britain's The X Factor while he concentrates on launching a version of the programme in America. However, bosses at U.K. network Itv reveal he will still be part of the show to some extent.

12th April 2011

Quote: "This morning I heard about a remix that Rihanna did with Britney Spears and I was like, 'It's the first time some music has been done that I wasn't involved with and I don't know if I like that or not'." Music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid finds it hard hearing new music now he's left his role as chairman and Ceo of Island Def Jam Music Group for a judging role on The X Factor in America.

4th April 2011

Tweet: "Nice to know that I'm 80 per cent confirmed to be a judge on X Factor, anyone thinking about running it by me?... Maybe that's the 20 per cent bit. I'll only do it if there's a 'pop songs in a foreign language week'." British singer Lily Allen laughs off rumours she's set for a seat on the judging panel of Simon Cowell's upcoming American version of hit U.K. TV show The X Factor.

28th March 2011

Fact: Simon Cowell's American The X Factor talent show is already a hit - more than 18,000 hopefuls turned out to audition in Los Angeles on Sunday (27Mar11).

24th March 2011

Quote: "There was word out that I had offered Cee Lo the job too and he turned me down. I met Cee Lo and liked him, but I never offered him a job." Simon Cowell insists Cee Lo Green was never in the running to become a judge on his new U.S. TV talent show x factor. The Forget You singer has landed a mentor spot on rival series The Voice.

23rd March 2011

Quote: "I don’t know who that is. Unless there’s something someone’s not telling me... she is not being considered." Simon Cowell shoots down reports suggesting Taylor Momsen is being considered as a judge for his new U.S. show The X Factor.

6th March 2011

Quote: "Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are two of my favourite people in showbiz. It would be just great to work on an X Factor episode. Usher has talked to Simon about it happening if my schedule lets me." Justin Bieber is keen to perform on the next season of British talent show The X Factor.

12th February 2011

Fact: Former contestants of Britain's The X Factor, Jedward, are to represent their native Ireland in upcoming singing competition the Eurovision song contest. John and Edward Grimes were chosen to represent the country with their song Lipstick after beating three other hopefuls on Friday (11Feb11) during a public vote on TV's The Late Late Show.

9th February 2011

Quote: "Definitely not Mick Jagger. Honestly I don't know. I spoke to someone on Friday who I really, really want and I'm waiting on a decision. I really can't say. I'm sworn to secrecy. The guy won't be as good looking as me!" Music mogul Simon Cowell is refusing to drop hints about who will sit on the judging panel on his upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor, which will launch later this year (11).

8th February 2011

Quote: "Once the show goes into production, I become a judge. Then I have to put my trust into the producers' hands, which is effectively how it works in the U.K. Yes, I am judging." Simon Cowell reveals he will take to the panel on the U.S. version of his hit British show The X Factor when it launches later this year (11) - but refuses to reveal who will join him.

7th February 2011

Fact: The winner of Simon Cowell's new U.S. x factor talent show will win a $5 million (£3.3 million) Sony Music record deal. Auditions will begin at the end of next month (Mar11) in Los Angeles.

27th January 2011

Fact: Simon Cowell's hit British series The X Factor was named Best Talent Show at the National Television Awards in London on Wednesday night (26Jan11). Other winners at the ceremony included veteran actor David Jason, who took the Best Drama Performance honour for his role in A TOUCH OF FROST, while veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth was handed the Special Recognition Award.

30th November 2010

Quote: "No (he hasn't approached me). I would have to kind of think about it because it's a really big commitment, you know?" Nicole Scherzinger denies rumours Simon Cowell has offered her a judging role on his hit TV show The X Factor when it launches in the U.S. next year (11).

22nd October 2010

Quote: "We had somebody who put themselves forward to hosting the show yesterday, who we never thought would do a show like this... Justin Bieber put himself forward to judge some of the episodes. We had a phonecall from someone very well known, who just out of the blue wanted to be a judge on the show - and it's one of the most famous singers in the world." Simon Cowell is getting ready to announce the cast of the U.S. version of his hit British TV talent show The X Factor.

15th October 2010

Quote: "I have a connection with him like no one else. He is one of the most important people in my life. He just gets me." British singer Cheryl Cole on her pal and The X Factor colleague Simon Cowell.

7th October 2010

Quote: "It's too early. It's probably just gossip now but I wouldn't rule it out because I had so much fun doing the U.K. X Factor." Nicole Scherzinger is considering a judging role on The X Factor when Simon Cowell launches it in the U.S., following her guest appearance on the British version earlier this year (10).

20th September 2010

Quote: "When Cheryl asked me to come over and help her out I was straight on a plane. I wouldn't have missed it for the world." WILL.I.AM jumped at the chance to help Cheryl Cole choose her contestants on U.K. TV talent show The X Factor.

19th September 2010

Quote: "I adore Cheryl and it's very possible she will be doing both shows. I want to make it work so don't rule her out." Simon Cowell admits the rumours are true - he wants Cheryl Cole to join him on the American version of his hit talent contest The X Factor after proving popular on the U.K. version.

30th July 2010

Quote: "I would definitely have tried out for those talent shows. I would have done X Factor. You get huge exposure on those programmes. Those kids are thrown in at the deep end, singing in front of millions of people before they even get a record contract. But you have to take those opportunities." SIR Tom Jones is a huge fan of TV talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor.

13th July 2010

Quote: "I would be happy and very excited to appear on one of Simon Cowell's shows... There's a lot of people who just think they're game shows but people develop amazing careers out of shows like X Factor, Pop Idol and American Idol." Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears wants to stand in for British singer Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of The X Factor while she battles malaria.

1st July 2010

Quote: "The opportunity hasn't come my way and I don't know what I'd say until it did. It's a great show, that's for sure." Kimberly Wyatt is baffled by rumours linking her to a judging role on Simon Cowell's British reality TV show The X Factor.

1st July 2010

Fact: Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger is the latest star to sign up as a guest judge on Simon Cowell's U.K. talent show The X Factor. The singer will pass judgement at the audition stages, standing in for Dannii Minogue, who is expecting her first baby this month (Jul10). Other stars who have stepped in include Katy Perry and Natalie Imbruglia.

12th June 2010

Fact: Katy Perry, Pixie Lott and Natalie Imbruglia have all signed up to appear as guest judges on the upcoming series of Simon Cowell's U.K. talent show The X Factor. The singers will pass judgement at the audition stages to stand in for Dannii Minogue, who is expecting her first baby next month (Jul10).

8th June 2010

Fact: Former SPICE GIRL Geri Halliwell is set to become the first guest judge on Britain's The X Factor as she steps in to replace pregnant panellist Dannii Minogue at one of the audition shows on Wednesday (09Jun10).

2nd May 2010

Quote: "If you thought Simon Cowell was harsh with the contestants, you haven't seen anything yet. Amy would probably get arrested for verbal assault or something. She wouldn't mind telling someone exactly what she thought of their performance." Amy Winehouse's father MITCH is convinced his daughter would never be considered as a guest judge on The X Factor.

17th April 2010

Quote: "I heard that rumour too. I'd love to do it. I'd be totally up for it." Singer/actress Hilary Duff would jump at the chance to join music mogul Simon Cowell on the judging panel when he launches his U.K. talent show The X Factor in the U.S. later this year (10). Duff was recently reported to be among the stars judging wannabe singers on the TV show.

8th April 2010

Quote: "They are for overweight Aunt Millies and girls who wear gym pants to the mall. Why? Do you actually watch that garbage?" White Stripes rocker Jack White is not a fan of TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor.

29th March 2010

Tweet: "No truth in me being axed at all." Dannii Minogue dismisses speculation she won't be returning to the judging panel of U.K. talent show The X Factor.

12th March 2010

Quote: "Been there, done that!" Sharon Osbourne dismisses speculation she will reprise her role as a judge on The X Factor when Simon Cowell transfers the British show to America next year (11).

9th February 2010

Fact: Australian pop star Dannii Minogue has landed a new job as the face of U.K. retail giant Marks & Spencer. The pregnant The X Factor judge will star in the Spring/Summer campaign alongside veteran British supermodel Twiggy.

13th January 2010

Fact: Rapper Vanilla Ice is teaming up with talent show rejects JOHN & EDWARD for a new version of his 1990 hit ICE ICE BABY. The Irish twins, who competed in the U.K.'s The X Factor last year (09), are set to release the track as their debut single.

12th January 2010

Quote: "I thought about it - at one point I was gonna stay on and do both shows and then I genuinely thought people would be sick and tired of me." Simon Cowell considered judging both American Idol and new U.S. version of his British hit The X Factor before deciding to quit the former after nine seasons.

12th January 2010

Quote: "I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her." Simon Cowell hints he could be teaming up with fellow former American Idol judge when he takes his The X Factor talent show Stateside.

24th December 2009

Quote: "I usually get him something to do with smoking. That's all Simon does - work and smoke. But he says I'm trying to kill him by encouraging it!" Singer Dannii Minogue on what she's going to buy her The X Factor co-star Simon Cowell for Christmas.

13th December 2009

Fact: The final of U.K. TV talent contest The X Factor attracted a high-calibre audience on Saturday (12Dec09) - British royal Prince Harry was one of the revellers enjoying performances from Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and George Michael in the studio.

10th December 2009

Quote: "I am totally into it, the way that the spectators have taken charge. I love Simon Cowell. I love Cheryl Cole, because she's so beautiful. If I were straight, she would be my kind of guy, I mean girl." Gay British actor Rupert Everett loves TV talent contest The X Factor and all the judges.

16th November 2009

Quote: "We'd like a Sting-themed week. He hasn't called yet, we're waiting. Someone's gone a little bit grumpy!" Simon Cowell won't give up on his pursuit to get reality show hating STING to appear on The X Factor.

11th November 2009

Fact: Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole is to team up with Snow Patrol for charity. The X Factor judge and the band will perform track SET THE FIRE TO THE THIRD BAR at the Children In Need benefit concert on Thursday (12Nov09).

24th October 2009

Fact: Bon Jovi are to become the latest group to appear on British TV talent show The X Factor. The band will mentor the contestants and sing live on Simon Cowell's programme on 1 November (09). Shakira has also been lined up to appear on the series, while Lady GaGa is in talks with producers to perform.

23rd October 2009

Quote: "I couldn't bear being married to Simon Cowell because you wouldn't get a word in edge ways and he'd always be right." Marriage to the sharp-tongued music mogul would be a living hell for British pop star Cheryl Cole. The Girls Aloud singer sits on the judging panel with Cowell for his U.K. TV talent search The X Factor.

29th September 2009

Fact: Kylie Minogue will appear on Simon Cowell's U.K. TV talent show The X Factor on Saturday (03Oct09). The pop star will join sister DANNII, who is a judge on the show, as she mentors contestants.

2nd September 2009

Fact: DAME Shirley Bassey's teenage granddaughter is trying her hand at fame - by auditioning for British TV talent show The X Factor. TATJANA, 17, sang country star Faith Hill's hit THERE YOU'LL BE in front of judge Simon Cowell.

11th August 2009

Quote: "Let's face it. Simon Cowell is looking down at God, judging him. To be around that is incredibly exciting, and an honour." Dannii Minogue on her The X Factor co-star.

20th May 2009

Quote: "I was asked to do it last year but I turned it down. I thought it would be disrespectful to Simon (Cowell) as it is The X Factor's opposition. But this year, I'm seriously thinking about doing it." Former The X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne is hoping for a place in STRICTLY COME DANCING, the British version of Dancing With The Stars.

19th May 2009

Quote: "I've literally never had so many people say they watched me - even appearing at the inauguration of our president wasn't the same!" Beyonce Knowles was stunned by the massive audience who watched her perform on U.K. TV talent show The X Factor.

30th March 2009

Quote: Ill take BRITNEY (SPEARS) every year - Ill give her a ten-year booking now! An open invite. I found her fascinating. It was so uncomfortable and I love things like that, when its all over the top. Simon Cowell would love to have the WOMANIZER back on his Brit show The X Factor, following her performance last year (08).

14th January 2009

Quote: "All Dannii wanted to do was f**k Simon Cowell - that's why she's on the show." Sharon Osbourne has no respect for Dannii Minogue, her former co-judge on British talent show x factor.

18th December 2008

Quote: "(She) was absolutely incredible... You want those kinds of artists. I'd like people with personalities." Simon Cowell was impressed with Beyonce Knowles' performance on his U.K. TV talent show The X Factor.

16th December 2008

Fact: The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has broken the record set by the show's 2006 champion Leona Lewis for the fastest-selling download track in history. Lewis' new song RUN sold 82,000 in its first day, while Burke - who won the U.K. TV talent contest on Saturday (13Dec08) - shifted more than 105,000 digital copies of debut single HALLELUJAH.

11th December 2008

Fact: Singer Rihanna is set to thrill fans by appearing on the finale of Simon Cowell's U.K. talent show The X Factor to perform with boyband contestants JLS.

1st December 2008

Fact: Supermodel Kate Moss was in the audience to see Britney Spears perform on British TV talent show The X Factor on Saturday (29Nov08).

28th November 2008

Quote: "I cry at The X Factor. I cry especially at the X Factor. If you don't cry at the X Factor, you're not human.” Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is a big softie when it comes to the British reality TV programme.

25th November 2008

Quote: "I'm not keen on it, but I watch it like everybody else. It's compulsive viewing - but so is a traffic accident." Sir Paul McCartney can't help but watch reality TV talent shows like Britain's x factor.

6th November 2008

Quote: "If Dannii Minogue isn't brought back next year, I'm available. For cheap!" Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is eyeing a judging spot on British talent show The X Factor amid rumours DANNII MINOGUE is set to be axed.

6th November 2008

Quote: "If Dannii Minogue isn't brought back next year, I'm available. For cheap!" Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is eyeing a judging spot on British talent show The X Factor amid rumours DANNII MINOGUE is set to be axed from the next season.

3rd November 2008

Quote: "The X Factor didn't make me. It helped me a lot. A lot of people give you flak for going on a talent show but I'd worked the circuit and worked hard for years." Singer Leona Lewis is sick of her label as a reality TV show winner.

24th October 2008

Fact: Beyonce Knowles will make a guest appearance on U.K. reality show The X Factor. The singer will perform two songs on the final of the TV talent contest in December (08).

28th August 2008

Quote: "I'd have never made it past the first audition. My nerves would have killed me and I would have shriveled at Simon Cowell's comments. He's so scary." Gloria Estefan doesn't think she could hack it on The X Factor.

19th August 2008

Quote: "Just being around SIMON, his ego, has taught me a lot. He's made me a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable with myself. The fact that he respects me means the world to me." Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole on the impact Simon Cowell, her fellow judge on British talent show The X Factor, has made on her life.

15th August 2008

Quote: "Simon Cowell takes longest in the dressing room. He has a little hairdryer that he fluffs up his hair with and that’s constantly going all day long." Dannii Minogue on her The X Factor co-star.

15th July 2008

Quote: "What is the difference between God and Bono? God doesn't wander down Grafton street (Dublin's fashionable boulevard) thinking he's BONO." Music producer and The X Factor judge Louis Walsh makes a crack at U2 frontman BONO.

24th June 2008

Quote: "I've read the rumours and personally, it felt like their spat was more like a publicity attempt to make the show more popular - and it worked." Kelly Osbourne is convinced her mother SHARON's reported feud with former The X Factor colleague Dannii Minogue was just a PR stunt.

16th June 2008

Fact: Soul singer Duffy competed on the Welsh version of The X Factor, WAWFFACTOR, in 2003.

31st March 2008

Fact: Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne and pop star Dannii Minogue have both been signed up for the next series of Simon Cowell's British reality TV show The X Factor, despite the pair clashing several times on last year's (07) series.

19th December 2007

Quote: "I like him. He can be annoying in the same way a mosquito in your room is annoying. But at the end of the day, he's very good at what he does." Simon Cowell on his fellow The X Factor judge LOUIS WALSH.

23rd November 2007

Quote: "I don't really drink alcohol, I think it tastes like hairspray." British pop star and The X Factor winner Leona Lewis doesn't enjoy drinking champagne.

9th November 2007

Quote: "I love all presents - I reckon if (my boyfriend) got me a can of Slim-Fast (dieting aid) I'd still like it. I might wonder why he'd give it to me, though!" The X Factor star Leona Lewis isn't asking for much this Christmas.

29th October 2007

Fact: Pop star Leona Lewis' BLEEDING LOVE chart victory over Take That's RULE THE WORLD this week (28Oct07) is not the first time The X Factor winner has gone head-to-head with the reformed boyband. Lewis triumphed over the BACK FOR GOOD hitmakers in 2006, when her debut release, A MOMENT LIKE THIS, raced to the top of the U.K. singles charts ahead of Take That's comeback single, PATIENCE.

18th October 2007

Fact: U.S. soul starts Boyz II Men will appear on British reality TV talent show The X Factor on 3 November (07) to coach singing finalists for a special themed Motown programme.

10th October 2007

Fact: Fans of The X Factor can now purchase bottles of his and hers perfume based on the hit British TV talent show for $26 (GBP13).

26th October 2006

Fact: Veteran singer Tony Bennett will appear as a guest judge on British TV show The X Factor this Saturday (28OCT06) alongside Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and LOUIS WALSH

29th September 2006

Fact: Pop mogul Louis Walsh is briefly abandoning his judging seat on British TV talent show The X Factor to adjudicate the Miss World competition in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday night (30SEP06).

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