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We’re down to the home stretch on The X Factor’s second US season and for Simon Cowell the pressure is greater than ever.
This season was meant to be the year that turned it all around for The X Factor in the US – but it really hasn’t happened. Britney Spears has proven to be a $15 million flop, barely engaging with the show or the contestants. Ratings are down year on year. Fox seem to be doing everything they can to scupper the series with their abysmal scheduling (those baseball playoffs killed the show’s momentum) And NBC’s The Voice has thrashed The X Factor in buzz, press coverage and most of all – ratings.
Sure X Factor is already renewed for a third season and it IS Fox’s top rated series of the Fall – but if ever Simon needed to produce a star now’s the moment. The show can ill afford another Melanie Amaro, who came and went without ever troubling the upper reaches of the charts.
What The X Factor needs is to produce another bona fide One Direction style sensation, as Cowell did with the UK X Factor. Heck, even another Cher Lloyd would do. Remember The Voice has More >
Assembled by the judges at Boot Camp, Lyric 145 look and feel like a group that’s been together for years. They wowed at the Judges’ Houses stage of the contest with a souped up version of Miley Cyrus’s Party In The USA… and last night they did it again!
The theme was Songs From The Movies (yep, that old chestnut again) and while most of the competition opted for the obvious – Lyric 145 shook things up again with a crazy take on ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ from Mary Poppins. It was loud, energetic, chaotic – and I loved it!
For me Lyric 145 are exactly what The X Factor needs. They’re different, fresh and very current. You’d never see an act like this on American Idol of The Voice. I actually could see them going straight from the show to the charts – like a younger version of the Black Eyed Peas. And I LOVE female vocalist Lyric Da Queen!
And boy does The X Factor need a star. After Melanie Amaro flamed out last year and with ratings in freefall More >
Wow – what’s happening with The X Factor this season? The show is on fire!
Last season X Factor was a bit of a bust for a whole slew of reasons. Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, over-produced performances, contrived blow ups, forgettable contestants, the list goes on. Personally I never thought the show was as bad as the critics made out – but the series clearly needed some changes.
And change it has. Several weeks into The X Factor US season 2 and the show is finally gelling. The reasons – well I think there’s five main ones. But do you agree?
THE TALENT IS BETTER: Don’t get me wrong, Season 1 of The X Factor definitely had some good voices in the mix. Eventual winner Melanie Amaro was a vocal powerhouse, Josh Krajcik had soul to spare, and Drew and teen moppet Rachel Crowe also had their moments. But overall I think the Season 2 talent is much stronger…
The Groups are great, there’s a couple of teen stunners – the fabulously named Diamond White and Beatrice Miller, Jason Brock is fabulous (in every way) and pretty much all the contestants are worthy of the live shows. Plus I like the fact that More >
The summer slumber is over – and Fall TV is finally here!
As you doubtless know this week sees one of the biggest face offs of the season as NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s The X Factor battle it out to emerge as the biggest music competition show of the Fall. There’s a lot of money, ratings and ego on the line. Neither show wants to be second!
Initially it looked as though The Voice and The X Factor wouldn’t be going head to head since the former would be occupying Mondays and Tuesdays and the latter was taking up Wednesdays and Thursdays. Of course that’s still means that 4 nights of the week will be dominated by music competition shows. Not great news if you hate the genre!
But of course NBC have gone one step further now – scheduling an extra episode of The Voice directly opposite the season premiere of The X Factor at 8pm on Wednesday night. Which means it’s NBC versus Fox, producers Mark Burnett versus Simon Cowell and Christina versus Britney… so who’ll win?
So it looks like we’re one step closer to finalizing the line-up for this year’s X Factor USA. Numerous news outlets are now reporting as fact that Britney Spears will be joining Simon Cowell, L.A.Reid and a still to be announced fourth judge come the Fall on this year’s X Factor judging panel. But will Britney’s appearance be enough to win over viewers?
Short answer – yes! Look having Britney on the X Factor can hardly hurt the show any worse than the combination of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger already have! I’ve made my feelings on X Factor season 1 well known here on the site, but in short I thought the first US series of the long running Brit hit was a rare fumble from Simon Cowell. The outspoken Brit had 18 months to secure a top team for his pivotal music competition series – and yet the best he could manage was an early 90’s pop star who hadn’t scored a hit in almost 2 decades and a former girl band singer whose solo career had failed repeatedly around the world.
The fact that The X Factor actually achieved even halfway decent ratings was a testament to the power of Cowell More >
Bad news for fans of good looking but awkward British TV hosts. Steve Jones is officially out as the host of the The X Factor.
And if you have a penchant for word garbling, slightly deranged female judges there’s more bad news – Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul have also been shown the door too!
Wow, what a day, as Simon Cowell and the Fox network cleaned house on last year’s semi-successful X Factor debut.
Let’s be honest – we all knew Jones was on the way out. The Welsh host was so utterly hopeless in his role – stiff, awkward, unfriendly and generally just way out of his depth – it was obvious from the first few episodes that his days were numbered.
And the X Factor winner is… Melanie Amaro. Wow, what a shocker! I mean seriously, did anyone out there really have any doubt that the hands down strongest singer in this year’s competition was going to scoop that $5 million record deal? You think Simon Cowell was going to let The Stereo Hogzz or Leroy walk away with that prize?
Looking back, it’s been pretty obvious from day one that Simon had his sights set on crowning Melanie his first X Factor USA champ. I lost count of how many times Amaro ended a show in the prized ‘pimp’ slot. And then there was that patently ridiculous last minute switcheroo, in which Cowell pretended to eliminate Melanie at the Judges’ Homes stage of the contest, only to bring her back at the last minute as an extra contestant. Are we seriously meant to believe that Simon let Melanie go for the likes of Simone Battle? Come on!
The end is almost here…
After countless weeks, an avalanche of hype and the biggest promo campaign in recent memory, The X Factor will finally unveil its $5 million winner next week. But will it be Melanie, Josh or Chris?
While far from the smash hit Fox expected, The X Factor has been a solid Fall performer for the network and has given us some great drama along the way. Remember Astro’s bottom 2 brat attack? Simon flipping out at Paula and Nicole after Drew was sent packing? And most famously, Rachel Crow’s elimination breakdown which had many of us questioning if the X Factor age limit was too low.
But while The X Factor has done plenty right this season it’s also made some crucial missteps. So now Simon Cowell, Fox Exec Mike Darnell and the rest of the team have 9 months to right the ship ahead of Season 2.
Okay so who watched the X Factor elimination last night? Dramatic stuff, right?
In case you missed it, the shock result saw 13-year-old former favorite Rachel Crow sent packing after Nicole Scherzinger refused to vote, pushing the result to deadlock with the viewer vote going Marcus’s way.
But it’s what happened next that provided the X Factor USA’s most stunning moment to date. I’ve seen a lot of contestant eliminations over the years – but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a singer react quite like that!
In case you missed it – Rachel had a complete meltdown upon hearing of the result. She literally collapsed to the stage, bawling her eyes out, while Simon and her mom came onstage to comfort her. Meanwhile Nicole also collapsed into tears – and was later booed by the crowd. All great drama for the show. But I can’t have been the only person left wondering – was Rachel too young to be put in this position in the first place?
Here’s another performance that caught my eye – and ear – on last night’s X Factor – The Stereo Hogzz…
Up until now the groups category has definitely been the weakest element of The X Factor – and I think everyone felt sorry for Paula when she ended up saddled with them (plus a little amused – imagine the crazy potential)
But having now seen two nights of Judges Houses I’m not sure that The Groups are really such a bad batch. I quite liked The Anser last week, plus the two newly formed US X Factor groups (InTENsity and Lakota Rayne) weren’t bad either.
And then there’s The Hogzz. Okay, so I hate the group name – and the guys need to be more than just a lead singer and backing dancers – but as a whole I thought this performance was very slick and polished – and totally deserving of a place in the Live Shows…
But what do you think? Did you like The Stereo Hogzz? And what are your thoughts on The Groups in general?