Although Summer is almost over, it doesn’t mean you won’t have anything to look forward to come fall. September not only brings us the beginning of the new TV season, but an onslaught of Oscar contenders in theaters — including The Master, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. What other pop culture delights can you indulge in this week? See below to find out.
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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:
The more open Demi Lovato is, the more we like her. The new X Factor judge is Self magazine’s August cover girl and candidly answers readers’ questions about her history with cutting, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and how she stays healthy now. Asked to explain why she cut herself, Lovato says, “There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin, that if I didn’t do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode. I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn’t care what happened. I had no fear.”
After her bipolar diagnosis, she says, her life made sense: “I remember being on my tour bus thinking, My life is so awesome right now, but I’m so depressed. Then, a few days later, I’d be on top of the world. It was really confusing….”
You make a choice to work toward happiness, she says. “I used to expect it to come to me, but it takes more than seeing a therapist once a week. I make time for myself and meditate. And I haven’t used my cell in three months! Subconsciously, it was a crutch. When a room gets quiet, what do you do? Grab your phone! Now I can sit and have conversations with people.” READ FULL STORY
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
With the new 'X Factor' panel in place, will Demi and Britney be the must-watch judges on TV? -- POLL
Demi Lovato must be in la la land now that she and Britney Spears have joined the X Factor circus as judges for next season. The new stars will join music industry veterans L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on the panel for the show’s second season, but are they shaping up to be the hottest crew to give their critiques on TV? Simon seems smitten with the pair of pop princesses, tweeting: “Can’t believe it’s finally happened. Very exciting! @thexfactorusa #xfactor #SimonBritneyDemiLa.”
Will Howard Stern give Simon a run for his money on FCC-friendly insults when he starts judging America’s Got Talent? And will Britney edge out Jennifer Lopez with saccharin-sweet compliments, or will her wild side get the best of her? Take our poll and let us know who’s the fairest judging panel of them all!
Sharon Osbourne had some choice words for Simon Cowell on the April 17th episode of The Talk. Addressing reports that a new biography about Cowell says Osbourne left her position as mentor on the U.K. edition of The X Factor because she was angry over Cowell’s relationship with fellow judge Dannii Minogue, Osbourne snapped, “I’m, like, pissed off because you’ve got a whole career to talk about. … Why bring Mrs. O into your messing around?”
Though she admitted she did not like Minogue, Osbourne insisted Cowell’s romantic entanglements had no bearing on her decision to quit The X Factor. She also put forward a couple of theories about the misinformation. First, she said Cowell “likes to glamorize, he likes the publicity, he likes the attention.” She noted, “The thing is, nobody leaves Simon — he fires you.” Then Osbourne, who currently judges on the Cowell-produced America’s Got Talent, laughed, “He’ll probably fire me now.”
As for her final theory about Cowell (whose reps offered no comment)… well, you’ll have to watch the clip for that. Hint: It involves the indictment, “He has everything — but you can’t buy the goods!” Find out what those “goods” are below. READ FULL STORY
President Obama did an enthusiastic reading of Where the Wild Things Are at Sunday’s White House Easter Egg Roll, and his performance was nothing short of awesome. It’s even more impressive when you consider that the POTUS had a tough act to follow: X Factor alumna Rachel Crow, who kicked off the wild rumpus with a gospel-tinged “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Crow rocked a bright yellow blazer and some rad ’80s hair as she exhibited her trademark older-than-her-years poise, delivering a powerful anthem that would have made Whitney Houston proud. She also scores major bonus points for keeping things relatively simple, despite having received professional training in Simon Cowell’s House of Gratuitous Melisma.(Psst, Fox: I think we’ve got a name for your newest singing competition.)
Check out Rachel’s song, then tell us: Do you agree with President Obama’s positive assessment of Crow? Are you hoping to see more of this 14-year-old budding star? And who do you think is in that giant bunny suit? It’s got to be Biden, right? READ FULL STORY
Simon Cowell spared no snark when Jonathan Antoine took the stage to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Seeing the long-haired, sloppily dressed Antoine enter stage left with duet partner Charlotte Jaconelli, Cowell said cuttingly, “Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse!” Antoine sheepishly admitted he was hesitant about his talent due to the bullying he’d faced at school because of his weight. And then he opened his mouth to sing… READ FULL STORY
If an empty vessel fell in an empty room, would anyone hear it? Simon Cowell is counting on you to answer YES!
My first reaction to the news that Britney Spears is reportedly nearing final negotiations to be a judge on The X Factor was “Yikes.” But after I thought about it for a few seconds — Simon controlling my mind from afar — I was like “YES.” It’d be Britney vs. Xtina all over again!
If you were one of the roughly 12.6 million viewers who tuned in weekly to the glittery chaos that was The X Factor — and if you weren’t, shame on you for getting Steve Jones fired — you might recall the occasional casual mention of a Super Bowl Pepsi commercial for the winner. The X Factor was all about subtlety. Anywho, Melanie Amaro’s prize commercial, “Kings’s Court,” has finally arrived, and it’s every bit as silly and garish as one would expect from the minds responsible for this. READ FULL STORY
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