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What to Expect from The X Factor

As you may already know there’s a new singing competition in town. The X Factor is starting this month and the only thing that most people know about it is that Simon Cowell is back. I, for one, have missed Cowell. Yes, American Idol had a very successful season without him, but the new judges are no Simon. Another thing that you may have heard is that Paula Abdul will also be a judge on The X Factor, along with music veteran LA Reid and former Pussycat queen Nicole Scherzinger. The X Factor is basically American Idol on steroids, it’s bigger and with more intricacies than the 10 year veteran. Will it trump Idol? I am not sure, but it has the potential to make a big splash. I have watched several seasons of The X Factor and was at one of the US tapings and really enjoyed the format, going by that I will quickly tell you what to expect.

It’s not just “The Voice”
Having watched the first season of The Voice (and actually enjoying it) I noticed that singing voice is not the deciding factor here. This show is about that special something that some people have, they may not have the best voice but there is something that just pulls you in. The have IT. And you will see, even in the audition process that the judges will put through people that are not necessarily Christina Aguileras or Jennifer Hudsons but there is something that makes you want to see them again, and again.

No Age Limit
One of the things that you will notice is that The X Factor has no limit of how old a contestant can be. With an age range from 12 to 200, you may see a fantastic contestant who is 13 years competing with another amazing one who is 55, who may have not had the chance in life to be famous but is a diamond in the rough.

Once the audition process ends, the real fun starts. The last 24 contestants are separated in four groups: Young females, Young males, Groups and Adults(Over 25). Each judge will have one of these groups and will carefully select the best six of that categories to be a part of his group.

The Judges do More
Not only will the judges personally choose six people to be a part of his/her team, they will mentor them, assist them in song selection(big plus), choreography, style, etc. This goes a little further than Idol because, here, the judges have the ability to have favorites and root for who they think deserves it more. It then becomes not only a competition between contestants but also between judges, which may irk some people with the mentality that “It is about the talent” but in reality, the judges are just rooting for who they think deserves it more.

Big Prize
The winning singer or group will get a recording contract of 5 Million dollars. Which is said to be the biggest prize given on a reality TV competition.

What I saw at the Live Taping
As I said before, I was able to be at one of the live tapings of the show and it was really enjoyable. The atmosphere was electric in some of the performances. As I said before there were some people that really didn’t have an impressive voice, but there was something that made me want to watch them every week on my TV. You may not know who Cheryl Cole is, she was one of the judges on the UK version of the show and I really liked her. After being brought in by Simon to take part of the panel of judges in the US version, it all fell apart. There are rumors that her accent was hard to understand and other reasons, but she got the boot. She was then replaced by former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, who has been doing the rounds on TV. She was a winning contestant on Dancing With The Stars and has performed on Idol and other shows. Here is what I saw live. Nicole cries a LOT. She got emotional about performances all night, and she was very repetitive on her comments to contestants. Yes, the show I went to was one of her first as a judge, so hopefully by the time the live shows start she has her act together. You may not even notice this because they will, for sure, edit that a lot. The chemistry between judges is very nice and it has the potential to get fiery since you can tell they all have strong personalities. And what else, Simon and Paula are back to their usual hijinks.

What do you think? Will you be watching The X Factor? Do you miss Simon as much as I do?

Mourning Gleeks: No More Glee for Sam

Today we mourn. News broke last night that Chord Overstreet will no longer be on Glee when the 3rd season starts. Chord tweeted saying “well its been a good yr too bad its over, time for summer and starting fresh.” I’m not happy about it, Glee needs Trouty lips. There’s also news that Darren Criss and Harry Shum will become series’ regulars. Not impressed. Yes, Darren has become very popular in the show but Harry? Meh.

After watching The Glee Project I can see why Chord may be leaving. He certainly provides a healthy amount of eyecandy on the show, but the writers have apparently struggled to give him a good storyline. And now, that things were starting to look upwards, giving him a background of a troubled family and having him hookup with diva Mercedes… off he goes. Is it true? We’ll have to wait and see.

So, for all you Sam lovers out there I leave you with a small gallery of his best looks!

Lady Gaga: Fashion Icon of The Year

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Lady Gaga was named the Fashion Icon of the year at the 10th Annual CFDA Awards! Gaga arrived at the show’s red carpet wearing an aqua wig, 12 inch platforms and a black Mugler dress. Pretty fierce!

Official: Nicole Scherzinger Replaces Cheryl Cole on The X-Factor

After a lot of controversy, Fox has announced that, former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger will be officially replacing Cheryl Cole as judge on The X-Factor. Nicole had signed on to be one of the two hosts of the show but has been moved to judge, a place that she is not unfamiliar with since she participated as guest judge on the UK version of the show. The reason fro Cheryl’s departure is still a mystery. The internet is ablaze with rumors as to why she will no longer be on the show. Some say that she was fired because the audiences were not connecting with her, others say that her accent is too hard to understand, and others say it was her decision to leave. She will no longer be a judge on the UK version of the show either, since the judges table went through a complete overhaul, including former Destiny’s Child’s singer Kelly Rowland. Nicole will be joining Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA Reid when the show starts in the Fall season.

Are you looking forward to The X-Factor? Have you seen the UK Version?

Glass Shattering Duet: Adam Lambert and Christina Aguilera?

Enjoy your glass windows while you have them because rumor has it that Adam Lambert and Christina Aguilera have recorded a duet. No details have been given if this will be for Adam’s new album, Christina’s or some other project.

The rumor started with a tweet from a Florida radio station that stated the following:

“Uhhh not sure if this is out yet but a little birdie just told us that @adamlambert has recorded a song with Christina Aguilera. ;) ”.

I, for one, I’m looking forward to this, hopefully it’s true.

What do you think?

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