Last night, The X Factor pulled off its second live show of the season without any wardrobe malfunctions. Viewers watching at home saw some stellar and some not-so-stellar performances, Mario Lopez daring to correct Simon Cowell, a recently announced safe Jason Brock awkwardly struggling to pick between hugging the eliminated David Correy or embracing host Khloé Kardashian, and some over-eager Emblem3 boys tripping all over each other. But what didn’t make it onscreen last night? EW was on the scene for Thursday’s live taping. Read on to learn five things that were going on in the studio during the show that you didn’t see on TV. READ FULL STORY
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The X Factor starts its live shows tonight, and frankly, I can’t wait.
Season 2 of Simon Cowell’s U.K.-import competition show is loaded with talent that’s far more compelling than season 1 (sorry, Melanie Amaro –no, really, I’m sorry you had to be in this video). This season’s crop of contestants — shockingly, I’m finding myself rooting for LYLAS — have the potential to create viable vocal moments on stage.
So I’m hoping that the live shows, which will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian, showcase that talent more effectively than the early rounds of The X Factor has, because, let’s be honest, this season, which was supposed to establish The X Factor as the utmost singing competition on TV, has been a hot mess.
I believe that The X Factor, underneath all its contrived gaudiness, wants to be a great show. But the only thing standing in the way of that becoming a reality is, well, everything. So here are 10 recommendations on how to improve The X Factor as we head into the second half of the season. READ FULL STORY
It’s Britney, bit** … and Simon.
The X Factor‘s two harshest judges, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell, stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and aside from the usual chatter about Britney’s reaction to being booed by audiences and being “mean” to contestants, the reality stars also revealed some quirky facts about themselves. Here’s what we learned:
“If you imagine that Madonna, Bobby Brown, and Dracula had a child, it’d be you. But in a weird way, I kind of like it.”
–Simon Cowell on The X Factor
Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Sept. 12, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!
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Simon Cowell has announced a new line of headphones that will be distributed by Syco Entertainment, his business collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment. The X Headphones will cost $299 and should compete with Dr. Dre’s stupidly successful Beats by Dre.
In a statement, The X Factor creator and judge flexed his signature humility: “I simply wanted something better than what is in the market today. I’ve tried all of them, literally every single one. Sony and I set out to create the best headphone in the world. We are absolutely blown away by these. With the X headphones, it’s like being in the recording studio when the records are made. The sound is that clear.” READ FULL STORY
Britney Spears is not that innocent — and not that nice to aspiring singers. “She’s very unpredictable,” Simon Cowell recently told reporters during a conference call. “She has taken this very seriously and she’s surprisingly quite mean.”
Wait a minute — sweet, wide-eyed Brit-Brit is going to be more of a Simon than a Paula (or, shudder, a Nicole Scherzinger)? Apparently, according to Cowell: “In the past we’ve had judges that never say no. She can’t say no quick enough on this show. She’s quite difficult to please,” he said, repeating what he told EW’s Dave Karger earlier this month. And this is from the guy who once told an American Idol contestant, “If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I think they would have stoned you.”
But don’t take Simon’s word for it. READ FULL STORY
Oh, it’s on.
The Voice is officially challenging The X Factor for the title of Biggest Non-Idol Singing Show. NBC just announced that next week, it will air The Voice on three consecutive nights rather than two — meaning that on Wednesday, the series’ third audition episode will go head to head with The X Factor‘s season premiere on Fox.
Simon Cowell isn’t too pleased about this development: “This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business,” he told TMZ today, explaining he thought NBC and Fox had a “gentleman’s agreement” to air The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays, while X Factor would appear Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Britney’s not going to appreciate the fact that Christina — who has been a bit of a rival — isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own,” Cowell added. And whether or not Cowell’s assessment is correct, these shows are clearly engaged in a battle for melismatic dominance.
So, what will it be: Britney or Christina? Flash or substance? Chairs or another kind of chair? Let’s examine what we know about both The Voice Season 3 and The X Factor Season 2, category by category:
Hey Girl – Simon Cowell wants to be a hero too.
Following in the celebrity footsteps of Ryan Gosling, Patrick Dempsey, and Cory Booker, Simon Cowell is the latest famous do-gooder.
According to his ex-girlfriend Sinitta, who E! reports is currently vacationing with Cowell, Cowell helped rescue nine passengers on a sinking ship off the south coast of France.
“OMG!! Just had a May Day message” she tweeted. “”35ft boat sinking.. SC has sent us to help and rescue 9 people on board! Slipstream look alike boat.”
According to London’s Daily Mail, Cowell, “told his captain and crew to redirect his impressive boat to assist the struggling vessel called Slipstream. When they came nearer to the boat he sent out a smaller boat to rescue the passengers on board and bring them back to his vessel.”
So he wasn’t exactly pulling people from the ocean with his bare hands, but it’s still commendable.
Your move, Gosling.
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‘The X Factor’: Check out Britney Spears’ judging style in new promo video
X Factor judges love San Francisco. The show posted a new behind-the-scenes clip of Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid (but no Simon interview!) taking in the San Francisco crowd and discussing their judging strategies.
Spears is obviously no stranger to being young and performing. “Sometimes it’s hard because I know what they’ve been through and being so young and achieving their dreams,” she explained in the clip.
She shared that she doesn’t think she’s the toughest judge–Simon has her beat–and that she’s “looking for spark and spunk, and someone who is meant to do what they’re doing.”
Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY