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Simon offers Alexandra a holiday anywhere
Simon Cowell has offered Alexandra Burke a holiday to “anywhere in the world” after she bagged this year’s Christmas number one spot. “This is absolutely crazy, I can’t believe it. It’s been the best week of my life,” Burke said. “Simon Cowell has given me a holiday to celebrate and said I can go anywhere in the world.” However, the X Factor champion admitted that she might not accept Cowell’s offer because she is keen to push on with her recording career.
POSTED: 22/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Alexandra gets the Christmas number one
X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke has the Christmas Number One single this year with her debut ‘Hallelujah’. It is the fastest selling single ever for a female solo artist. Jeff Buckley’s version of the song re-enters the chart at number two and Leonard Cohen, who wrote the song, is at number thirty six with his version.
POSTED: 21/12/08

Ortise moves in with Ruth
JLS’s Oritse Williams is currently sharing a hotel room with Ruth Lorenzo and Alexandra Burke, say reports. The boyband singer has not been able to move back home since finishing on The X Factor because his mother is suffering from multiple sclerosis. “Oritse has spent the past few months living with the rest of the finalists,” a source told The Sun. “He was the bread-winner for the family, but things are very tense at home with some of his relatives. So he has not been able to go home yet and he has been staying with Ruth and Alex.” The insider continued: “Alex invited Ruth to share her very small hotel suite and Oritse has moved in too. “He is sleeping on the couch for now – it’s a bit of a squeeze!”
POSTED: 19/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

JLS anger over management
JLS are reportedly furious with X Factor bosses who insist that Louis Walsh can’t manage the group. The band, who were runners-up in the final, are angry that their contract stipulates that they have to be looked after by Modest Management. All finalists have to sign the controversial contract that binds them to the management company for a minimum of three months after the show finishes. “JLS are so popular – they could be the new Blue with a sexier, cooler edge to them,” a source told The Sun. “They need to be managed by someone who cares about them and Louis really does. “The boys are really desperate to go with Louis and he just wants to get them signed up and recording. But at the moment, Modest are refusing to let them go.” Mentor Walsh recently claimed that the band had the potential to match the success of Westlife.
POSTED: 18/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Alexandra has fastest selling download across Europe
X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s debut single is the fastest-selling download ever across Europe. ‘Hallelujah’ notched up more than 105,000 digital sales in the UK on Sunday, surpassing Leona Lewis’s record of 82,000 for 2006 X Factor winner’s song ‘A Moment Like This’. The single has also made it to the top of the HMV.com download chart, with spokesman Gennaro Castaldo saying: “We’re seeing a phenomenal rush to download the ‘Hallelujah’ single from our website. It’s both our fastest and biggest-ever selling download, and Alexandra already has the Christmas number one all wrapped up.” Castaldo added that sales will receive a boost on Wednesday when the physical CD is released. “It’s now about how many copies Alexandra may go on to sell. HMV is ordering massive extra stock to keep up with the unprecedented demand,” he said. Burke won this year’s X Factor before a TV audience of 14.6 million, beating Eoghan Quigg and boyband JLS.
POSTED: 15/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy


The final, in review
The X Factor reached its climax with the final three acts singing three songs each. They all sang one Christmas song, a duet and repeated their favourite performance of the series. Eoghan sang with Boyzone, JLS with Westlife and Alexandra sang with Beyonce. The comments from the judges, as expected, were all good this week and Simon said it was “too close to call”. The second half of the show started with the reveal of who finished in third place and it was Eoghan. JLS and Alexandra then sang the winners song which is Hallelujah. Finally the moment of truth, Dermot revealed the winner which was Alexandra Burke. She beat JLS by over one million votes to be the shows fifth winner. Remarkably, Louis chose not to put her through to the live shows three years ago but this year she got her wish and has won. She has won a million pound record contract and her debut single is out now on download and in the shops on Wednesday. The track is the bookies favourite to be Christmas number one next weekend.
POSTED: 14/12/08

Leon slates the judges
Leon Jackson has complained that the X Factor judges steal the limelight from contestants. The 2007 winner said that the bickering between the panel often overshadows the actual talent contest. “It gets clouded these days when the judges are having their confrontations,” Jackson told The Sun. “It should be more about the acts.” Jackson tipped Cheryl Cole to be the victorious judge on this year’s show, arguing that it would be a “reward” for her efforts on the show. “Simon has not won for a couple of years since Leona Lewis but I’d like to see Cheryl Cole win this year,” he said. “I think she’s done a great job and it would be a great reward for her.”
POSTED: 11/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Take That pull out of final
Take That have reportedly pulled out of their appearance on this Saturday’s X Factor final. The band apparently refused to perform after discovering that recently reformed boyband Boyzone would also be present. A source told The Sun: “Take That are huge fans of X Factor, especially Gary Barlow. He feels a real affinity with the show and loves encouraging new talent. When they heard Boyzone were on the bill they decided not to do it. It’s really upset the schedule.” Beyoncé, Seal and Duffy will also be performing with the finalists.
POSTED: 11/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Aled to stop X Factor Xmas number one?
Aled Jones has revealed that he wants to end X Factor’s monopoly on Christmas number ones. The Welsh singer said he is hoping to finish the show’s run of three consecutive festive chart toppers with his charity single ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth’. The track, which features fellow Radio 2 DJ Terry Wogan, will raise funds for Children In Need.
POSTED: 09/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Crush at JLS concert
Ambulances were called to a gig thrown by X Factor boyband JLS tonight after a stampede broke out. The four-piece – one of three acts competing in the final of the ITV contest this weekend – were putting on a free show for more than 1,000 fans at Fairfield Halls in Croydon when the crowd surge occured. “I’d been queuing since 1pm but when the school kids turned up it became so busy with them all pushing us towards the front,” one teenager told The Croydon Guardian. “There was a pregnant woman in the crowd. It was horrible. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t get out.” Four ambulances and three fast response cars arrived on the scene as the large crowd grew. Six people were treated at the scene, including one with breathing difficulties and one with abdominal pain. “All are believed to be minor injuries,” said a police spokeswoman. “The most serious injury is thought to be a suspected fractured wrist.”
POSTED: 09/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Semi-final, in review
This week saw the semi-final and the contestants had to sing two songs each. One song chosen by their mentor and the other chosen by them. It was pretty much good comments for all tonight. Simon told Diana that her first performance was her best for four weeks and also said that JLS and Alexandra are hugely talented and could win the show. Danni, who now has no acts left, loved JLS but criticised Eoghan’s own song choice of an Abba song as cheesy. This week saw over 2 million votes from the public. Dermot announced that JLS and Alexandra were through which left Eoghan and Diana to await their fates. Eoghan went through to the final and at 16 is the youngest ever contestant to reach the show’s climax. He was distraught though to have knocked, his ‘girlfriend’, Diana out of the contest. He even ran on stage to hug her before she could finish her last performance, together with JLS and Alexandra. Diana’s mentor, Cheryl, was also in tears. Next week then, it’s the final.
POSTED: 06/12/08

Beyonce to perform on X Factor final
Simon Cowell and Beyonc é have agreed to put their differences aside as the singer prepares to make a guest appearance on The X Factor, according to a report. Cowell once slated the R&B star in an interview, claiming that she was “not sexy” and “not a great singer”. Her father and manager Matthew Knowles responded to the jibes by saying: “Simon wouldn’t know a hit song, image or talent if it hit him in the face.” However, Beyoncé is now said to be in talks to perform on next week’s X Factor final. An insider told The Sun: “Beyoncé and Cowell can put their differences from years ago to one side. He is way past it. Beyoncé singing live is something to behold and would just be brilliant.” Britney Spears performed on last weekend’s live show despite Cowell rubbishing her Blackout album earlier in the year.
POSTED: 06/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Simon to quit being a judge?
Simon Cowell has revealed that he may quit his role as a judge on The X Factor. The music mogul said he is considering giving up his position on the panel and moving behind the cameras. “I’m definitely not retiring,” he told Live magazine. “But I am going to make a couple of changes. “The contracts are all up at the end of next year and what I may well do is stop actually being on TV. Give up the panel.” Cowell, who turns 50 next year, admitted that his hectic schedule is taking its toll. “The thing that gets me is the schedule. Every day of my week is filled for the next year,” he said. “[Fame] takes a lot and it’s something I never wanted. I’m a music business person.”
POSTED: 02/12/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Huge audience for this weeks show
The X Factor hit a new audience high last night (Saturday) as the competition reached the quarter finals stage. The latest performances show, which featured the final five contestants taking on the songs of special guest Britney Spears, averaged a mammoth 11.88m (46.1%) between 7.35pm and 9.15pm. The audience is up significantly on the 9.42m (38.5%) who saw the equivalent episode in 2007. Last night’s X Factor peak was 12.78m (49.2%) at 8.15pm. The later results show, in which Spears performed her new single and Ruth Lorenzo was voted off, pulled in 10.69m and a remarkable 50% audience share.
POSTED: 30/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Eighth live show, in review
This week it was Britney Spears night where the acts had to sing Britney songs. Britney also performed her new single ‘Womanizer’ on the results show. It was her first UK performance for four years. This week the worst comments from the judges were for Diana Vickers and JLS although JLS redeemed themselves with their second performance. The judges no longer have a say at who stays as the result was solely down to the public vote. Although she got great comments from the judges Ruth Lorenzo polled the lowest amount of public votes and left the show. Danni now has no acts left for the rest of the series. That means that Eoghan, Diana, Alexanda and JLS are through to next week’s semi-final.
POSTED: 30/11/08

Diana not fazed by hand complaints
Diana Vickers has said that she is not fazed by complaints made about her hand gestures on stage. The X Factor singer’s quirky style has been lambasted by approximately 10,000 fans who have joined Facebook protest groups. One member said the 17-year-old “has a very cute voice and is quite quirky, but watching her is very, very irritating”. However, Vickers has said that she is not put off by the criticism. “Some people have such a problem with me, I am like a magnet to it all. But I would rather people adore me or despise me than go, ‘She’s alright’, as that’s boring,” she told The Mirror. Earlier this week, X Factor vocal coach Yvie Burnett said that she has advised Vickers to tone down her quirky vocal style for fear people may get sick of it.
POSTED: 29/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Britney’s demands
Britney Spears has made backstage demands about Winnebagos to X Factor producers, say reports. The American singer, 26, apparently wants two large luxury motorhomes for her entourage. Take That, Mariah Carey and Girls Aloud only used one trailer when they appeared on the show. Simon Cowell is allegedly offering his personal green room to Spears to give her more space. A source told The Sun: “Even Mariah got ready in the caravan, although Simon also gave her his green room. He’ll do the same for Britney.”
POSTED: 25/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Seventh live show, in review
This weeks theme was Take That night where all the acts sang Take That tracks. All of the acts got good comments from the judges this week. There was high drama when Louis accused Danni of choosing the song he wanted for JLS, Rule The World was secured by Danni for Rachel. Danni was left in tears at his outburst and was so upset she couldn’t even introduce Rachel to the stage so Louis stepped in instead. Danni was in tears for the rest of the programme and could barely speak at times. Simon said it is nights like these when I wish we weren’t live and defended Danni saying they use a fair system to choose the songs each week. It could be down to Danni and Louis’ squabbles why both JLS and Rachel were in the bottom two. After the sing-off Louis chose to save his act JLS and Danni saved her artist Rachel. Cheryl was next and chose to send home Rachel. Simon had the casting vote and also chose to send home Rachel. JLS will be back next week when Britney Spears will be on the show.
POSTED: 23/11/08

Eoghan & Diana affair?
X Factor stars Eoghan Quigg and Diana Vickers are reportedly having a secret affair. The pair are said to have been getting close to each other in the West Hampstead house shared by all the finalists, despite the fact that 17-year-old Vickers has a boyfriend. “They’re only young and hormones are flying about the place. They’ve got a really sweet relationship – but we did have to avert our eyes,” a show source told The Sun. Quigg and Vickers will take to the stage tonight as the final six acts perform songs by Take That. Vickers will be attempting to garner viewer votes with her interpretation of ‘Patience’, while Quigg is tackling ‘Never Forget’.
POSTED: 22/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Ofcom investigate “gun gesture”
Objections have been lodged with TV regulators after Rachel Hylton made a “gun gesture” on The X Factor. Watchdog Ofcom confirmed that it is investigating “a number” of complaints surrounding the incident, which saw Hylton pointing her fingers at Daniel Evans as they headed into Saturday’s sing-off. A show source told The Mirror that some viewers perceived the act as Hylton “condoning gun use”. The North London contestant was sentenced to community service for attacking a pensioner eight years ago and served a jail term for attempted burglary. The source said: “She knew what she was doing and knew the cameras were watching so it was pretty stupid, especially given her background. Judging from this backlash, I hope she has leaned her lesson and won’t do this kind of thing again.” ITV has also received about 50 complaints. However, a spokeswoman for the reality show said: “Rachel in no way meant offence.” The 26-year-old hit the headlines earlier this month when she reportedly fired mentor Dannii Minogue over artistic differences. The rumours were later denied and Minogue has since defended her protegé, claiming Hylton’s “diva” portrayal in the press is “unfair”.
POSTED: 20/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Sixth live show, in review
The theme on this weeks show was Best Of British so the contestants had to sing songs that were written in Britain. Diana returned to the competition after missing last weeks show due to laryngitis. She was given a very warm reception by both the audience and the judges and although Simon said he missed her last week he also said that she wasn’t back to her best yet and said he was worried for her. In the bottom two this week was, two of Danni’s acts, Daniel and Rachel. After the sing-off this week, for a change, Louis was first to do the voting off and he chose Daniel. Cheryl chose to send home Daniel too and so did Simon. This at least saved Danni from having to vote off one of her own acts but she has now lost Daniel and lost her first act.
POSTED: 16/11/08

Another voting leak
Eoghan Quigg is on course to win The X Factor after topping the viewer vote every week, according to a report. The Daily Star claims that Quigg has been “comfortably” ahead of his rival contestants, including bookies’ favourite Diana Vickers, throughout the competition. “It’s not even close. Eoghan’s captured the public’s imagination this year,” an insider told the newspaper. “It’s like the George Sampson effect in Britain’s Got Talent – an innocent-looking young lad is attracting huge numbers of votes. “He was singing first last week, normally the worst position, but he still beat everyone. It’ll take a miracle for anyone else to win.”
POSTED: 15/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Saturday’s result angers fans
X Factor fans have expressed their anger at Saturday night’s result, which saw Laura White voted off the show. The 21-year-old, who had been second favourite to win the ITV1 talent show, went up against Ruth Lorenzo in the sing-off, but the judges voted her off. More than 3,500 fans have signed an online petition for White to be reinstated or get a record deal. Culture Secretary Andy Burnham even raised the issue in Parliament, saying White’s exit had been “very harsh”. His remarks came during Commons question time, as part of a discussion about the crude comments made by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2. Mr Burnham remarked that MPs “should resist that temptation to comment on editorial matters. “Although the temptation is great in my case, having seen the wonderful and talented Laura White very harshly voted off X Factor on Saturday.” White lives in Mr Burnham’s constituency of Leigh in Greater Manchester.
Several people who signed the petition on website Petition Online claimed they were unable to get through to vote for White. Nick Weinberg, spokesman for bookmaker Ladbrokes, said White’s exit had been the “biggest upset in X Factor history”. He said the surprise result had “prompted a re-think amongst punters”. But The Guardian’s TV critic Julia Raeside said people were taking the show too seriously. “It’s just not important is it?” she said on BBC Five Live. “It’s four people who are sitting behind a desk on a Saturday night entertainment show.” The soap opera of the show has become 50% of the programme.”
POSTED: 10/11/08 – Source: BBC News Online

Fifth live show, in review
This week’s theme was Mariah Carey songs. Throughout the week Mariah has been helping the finalists with their performances leaving them star struck. Mariah also sung a couple of songs live on the show, including her hit ‘Hero’ which is currently number one for the finalists. For the first time ever, a contestant was too ill to perform. Diana Vickers had a throat infection and was warned by her doctor not to sing or she could cause permanent harm to her throat. Producers agreed to let her rest and to stay in the competition. The public vote polled least amount of votes for Laura White and Ruth Lorenzo. After the sing-off Simon told them that they were not the worst two singers tonight and voted to keep Ruth, Cheryl voted to save Laura, Danni saved her act Ruth so again it was down to Louis who sent home Laura.
POSTED: 09/11/08

Finalists shocked by voting leak
The X Factor finalists have become embroiled in heated feuds following a voting leak, a report claims. According to the Daily Star, the eight remaining contestants have learned that Diana Vickers, 17, Eoghan Quigg, 16, and boyband JLS were the frontrunners in the first four public votes. Meanwhile, Rachel Hylton, 26, Laura White, 21, and Alexandra Burke, 20, are said to be “mortified” after hearing that they are trailing behind in the voting with Ruth Lorenzo, 25, and Daniel Evans, 38. “This has caused mayhem – the girls, especially, are at each other’s throats,” an insider told the newspaper. “The house has been a nasty place to be this week.” However, an X Factor spokesman denied the claims, adding: “Not even Simon Cowell gets to see who is getting the most votes.”
POSTED: 08/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Dermot says sorry to Louis
Dermot O’Leary has had to apologise this week after Louis took him to one side to tick him off for teasing him on last weekends show. Dermot hinted that Louis liked the naked men dancing on stage during last weekends show. He has now told Louis that “it won’t happen again”.
POSTED: 06/11/08

X Factor Finalists at number one
The X Factor Finalists have the new UK number one single with their cover of ‘Hero’. The single outsold the number two record five times over after selling over 250,000 copies. The single is raising money for the Poppy Appeal and The Sun’s Help For Heroes campaign. Gordon Brown has also removed the tax from the single so all the proceeds will go to the good causes.
POSTED: 03/11/08

Louis blames sympathy votes for Daniel getting through again
Louis Walsh has blamed “sympathy voters” for Daniel Evans’s continued progress on The X Factor. In last night’s show, the pool cleaner was criticised by the judges for his performance of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, made famous by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, but he was still voted through to the next round by the public. Irish judge Walsh hit out on ITV2’s Xtra Factor after Evans’s mentor Dannii Minogue claimed that he deserved to be backed by voters.
POSTED: 02/11/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Fourth live show, in review
This week was disco week and saw the acts being tutored by Will Young, who won the first series of Pop Idol. Will also performed his new single in the results show. So after all of the acts sung their disco tracks it was time to find out the results of the public vote. That saw Austin & Rachel polling the least votes. After the sing off Simon chose to save his own act Austin although he said he would be sad to see Rachel go, Cheryl saved Rachel, Danni chose to save her act Rachel so Louis had the deciding vote. Louis said it was a tough one but thought the act he was going to save had more to give because the artist has raw talent, he chose to send home Austin.
POSTED: 02/11/08

Eoghan in hate war in Ireland
Today’s Sun newspaper claims that Eoghan has been dragged into a bitter sectarian feud for singing on the Help For Heroes single. Diehard Irish Republicans claim he was “forced to do it”. They also urged a boycott of the track.
POSTED: 01/11/08

X Factor beaten to TV Award
The X Factor has lost out to Strictly Come Dancing in the most popular talent show category at the National Television Awards. Simon Cowell said “It’s bad enough losing but losing to that lot is a nightmare.”
POSTED: 31/10/08

Third live show, in review
The theme of the third live show was Big Band night where the contestants all sang accompanied by a huge live band. Dermot complained to the judges that they were giving him nothing to work with because their comments to everyone were good. This was nearly true although Daniel Evans was once again compared to a hotel singer. The public vote polled Scott Bruton and Daniel Evans in the bottom two. Daniel dedicated his final showdown song to his late wife. The song was very emotional and saw Daniel break-down at the end. The judges were touched too as they all chose to save Daniel, except Simon who tried to save his act Scott. Louis in particular was on the verge of crying as he said he would save Daniel. Scott meanwhile could hardly speak after being knocked out and looked distraught.
POSTED: 26/10/08

Simon calls Peter Kay’s song pathetic
Simon Cowell has claimed that Peter Kay’s X Factor spoof single is “pathetic”. ‘The Winner’s Song’, performed by Kay’s fictional talent show winner Geraldine McQueen, finished ahead of Leon Jackson’s comeback track ‘Don’t Call This Love’ in the charts last weekend. Kay has already made preparations for a Christmas single featuring Geraldine, who was first seen in the comedian’s reality show spoof Britain’s Got The Pop Factor. “I thought the show was clever, but the record was stupid. The single is a pathetic waste of time,” Simon told The Mirror. “He is going to bring out a Christmas single? I mean, come on. I don’t feel threatened by him in the slightest,” Cowell continued. “I’ve got something in mind for our Christmas single and I know which one I would put my money on.”
POSTED: 25/10/08 – Source: Digital Spy

X Factor increase security
Security has been increased on The X Factor amid claims by militant Omar Bakri that the show is anti-Muslim. The preacher voiced his opinions after learning that this year’s contestants are recording a charity single called ‘Hero’ to help British soldiers injured in conflict, according to The Sun. Bakri, who reportedly warned Sir Paul McCartney that the “sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him” should he play a concert in Israel, told Muslims not to wear Help For Heroes wristbands or to buy or sell the show’s charity single. The 50-year-old, exiled to Lebanon in 2005, claimed on a website that the show is drumming up hatred and warned of the “dangerous implications” should his words be ignored. “Some people may find excuses for those people, ignorance and so on. If after three days, if they continue, you are barred from these people and their deeds. Even watching the show – those people are committing a form, a type, of muadaat (hatred). And that action is a form of kufr (non-belief),” he said. A show source said the issue was being taken “very seriously” and that CID and anti-terrorism officers had been called in. “We are in the process of discussing extra security measures for Saturday night’s live show,” the source added.
POSTED: 22/10/08

Second live show, in review
The second live show took place this weekend and this week’s theme was Michael Jackson songs. Scott got a much better review from the judges this week while Austin, Diana, Alexandra and JLS also impressed the panel. Girlband and Daniel didn’t impress the judges so much however although Daniel did make it through to next week. Unfortunately for Girlband they were in the bottom two for the second week, together with Ruth who was very unwell during this week’s rehearsals. After the sing-off Louis chose to keep his act Girlband, Danni chose to save her act Ruth, Cheryl chose to save Ruth and Simon had the deciding vote and chose to save Girlband. So for a second week the decision went to deadlock, where the public vote decides who leaves the competition. Girlband received the least amount of votes and therefore have left the show leaving Louis with just one act left.
POSTED: 18/10/08

Want to know who this year’s winner will be?
If you want to know who this year’s X Factor will be then just ask Wayne Rooney. The England footballer’s wife, Coleen has said he loves the show and successfully predicted that Leona Lewis and Leon Jackson would win the show.
POSTED: 17/10/08

Noel Gallagher slams the X Factor
Noel Gallagher has slammed reality TV shows for “having absolutely nothing to do with music and everything to do with television”. The Oasis star also singled out X Factor’s Dannii Minogue for criticism in a magazine interview. He said: “If somebody is dangling this carrot of ‘fame and fortune’ in front of a check-out girl who can sing like Britney Spears then they’re going to go for it, right?” Gallagher was speaking to Radio Times. He added: “You’re going in at the top, with a number one that sells 750,000 or whatever and you’ve got someone like Dannii Minogue telling you you’re really talented – and if there’s one person in the room who wouldn’t know talent if it kicked them in the a*** it’s Dannii Minogue.”
POSTED: 17/10/08 – Source: BBC News Online

First live show, in review
The X Factor went live this weekend. The two hour show saw a very nervous 12 acts perform for the voting public. The judges slammed Simon’s song choice for Scott Bruton and Simon himself agreed and promised to pick a better song for him next week if he makes it through. Daniel Evans and Rachel Hylton also didn’t get great comments from the judges while Austin Drage, Eoghan Quigg, JLS, Alexandra Burke and Laura White all got great reviews from the judges. Two of Louis’ bands were both in the bottom two of the public vote, they were Bad Lashes and Girlband. This year the bottom two sing different songs in the sing-off rather than repeating their earlier performance. Simon chose to send home Bad Lashes, Cheryl chose to send home Girlband, Danni chose to send home Girlband and Louis was reluctant to send home either of his acts. Louis purposely chose to send home Bad Lashes to tie the judges votes. When the votes are tied it goes back to the public vote and that lead to Bad Lashes being the first to leave the competition.
POSTED: 11/10/08

12 finalists revealed
The X Factor goes live from this weekend and the final 12 have finally been revealed. Each category has three finalists who will battle it out each week for the public vote. Simon Cowell, who is mentoring the ‘Boys’ category, has chosen Scott Bruton, a 19-year-old Pontins bluecoat who gave up his job for the show, Eoghan Quigg, a 15 year old from Ireland and 21 year old Austin Drage. Simon chose not to take through Alan Turner, Mali-Michael McCalla and Liam Payne. Cheryl Cole, who is mentoring the ‘Girls’ picked 17 year old Diana Vickers, Laura White, 20, and Alexandra Burke, also 20, who lost out at the Boot Camp stage in 2005. Cheryl sent home Hannah Bradbeer, Anastacia Baker and Amy Connelly. Louis Walsh, who is mentoring the ‘Groups’ category, chose Bad Lashes, GirlBand and JLS as his acts. Desire, 4 Instinct and Priority failed to get through. Dannii Minogue who is mentoring the ‘Over 25’s’ picked single mum Rachel Hylton, 26, Spanish-born 25 year old Ruth Lorenzo and Danny Evans, 38. Not making it through were Suzie Furlong, James Williams and Louise Heatly. The first live show will take place this weekend and will feature last years winner, Leon Jackson, performing his brand new single.
POSTED: 06/10/08

Finalists to release charity single together
The 12 X Factor finalists will release a single together on 27th October. The single will raise money for The Sun newspaper’s Help For Heroes campaign and will be a cover of the Mariah Carey classic called ‘Hero’.
POSTED: 05/10/08

Judges find out their categories
We now know which categories the judges will be mentoring now the boot-camp phase has finished. Simon Cowell will mentor the Boys while Cheryl Cole will mentor the Girls. Louis Walsh will mentor the Groups while Danni Minogue appears to have drawn the short straw and will look after the Over 25’s. Next weekend will see the judges whittle down their categories to three acts before the live shows start the following weekend.
POSTED: 29/09/08

Danni to quit X Factor?
Dannii Minogue has threatened to quit The X Factor because she is unhappy over her lack of screen time, a report claims. The Aussie judge is believed to have voiced her dissatisfaction in a discussion with show boss Simon Cowell, claiming that she has hardly been seen on the ITV1 talent series while new judge Cheryl Cole has featured heavily.The latest report follows claims that Minogue and Cole have been struggling to get along as they work together on the programme.”Simon somehow wants to keep the peace between Cheryl and Dannii and avoid the feud turning into a full-blown crisis,” a source told the Sunday Mirror. “He wants Dannii to stay and is desperate for the show and the judges to remain as they are. “He’s been absolutely thrilled with the impact that Cheryl has had though. It’s been nothing short of sensational. She has the perfect face for TV and is loved by the camera, the viewers and the contestants.”
POSTED: 28/09/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Cowel “fuming” with Dermot
Dermot O’Leary has reportedly landed himself in hot water with X Factor bosses after commenting on the use of “sob stories” on the programme.The show’s host is said to have stunned a live studio audience as he made his remarks on ITV2 show Celebrity Juice earlier this week.Speaking about the benefits of being on the post-watershed quiz, O’Leary joked: “It’s past 9 o’clock, I can say what I f***ing want. So, I don’t care what your dream is. I don’t care what you want to sing. And I don’t care about your dead relative.”One audience member told The People: “Everyone knew he was talking about X Factor guests who burst into tears and tell terrible life stories before they sing. To make any comment about dead relatives, even in a lighthearted way, is plain stupid.”The newspaper claims that X Factor chief Simon Cowell was “fuming” when he learned about O’Leary’s comments.An insider added: “Producers are really sensitive about claims they are exploiting contestants’ bad experiences.” However, an X Factor spokeswoman insisted: “Dermot was making fun of himself. It absolutely wasn’t aimed at anyone else and no offence was intended.”
POSTED: 28/09/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Danni & Cheryl heading for “war”.
Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole are heading for “all-out war” on The X Factor, a report claims. Aussie star Minogue is said to feel abandoned by show boss Simon Cowell, who stood by her as she faced criticism from fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh last year. Instead, Cowell is now believed to be focusing all of his attention on new judge Cheryl. “Although Dannii and Cheryl seemed to hit it off okay at first, it is becoming an all-out war now,” an insider told the Daily Star Sunday. “Because Sharon and Louis were so close, Simon took Dannii under his wing to protect her against all the bitching and backstabbing. But now Sharon is gone Simon doesn’t feel Dannii needs looking after any more, leaving Dannii out in the cold.
POSTED: 21/09/08 – Source: Digital Spy

Leon talks about new single.
X Factor winner Leon Jackson has predicted that his new single will hit the right note with the record-buying public.The track, titled ‘Don’t Call This Love’, will be available for download at midnight on October 11 before hitting shops two days later. His debut album Right Now will follow on October 20.”It’s my favourite song on the album and is an original with a really individual sound,” Jackson explained. “The song is one I think people will really be able to relate to.”It’s about someone who’s been hurt. They don’t want to be deceived any more and they’re saying to their partner ‘Don’t you dare call this love’. It’s a really charismatic song.”
POSTED: 07/09/08 – Source: Digital Spy

X Factor fans want more Danni footage .
X Factor fans have complained that Dannii Minogue is being overlooked by the show’s producers.The first three audition episodes have heavily featured show boss Simon Cowell and new judge Cheryl Cole, who replaced Sharon Osbourne in June. However, Minogue has been seen far less frequently.
POSTED: 02/09/08 – Source: Digital Spy

First show draws record audience.
The X Factor returned to the screens on Saturday with a huge audience. The first show drew an audience of 12.1 million which is a record for the opening show. The X-Tra Factor, with new host Holly Willoughby, also drew a record audience of 1.5 million viewers. Simon Cowell said “We’re back bigger and better. It really is the best series we’ve done”.
POSTED: 18/08/08

Cheryl Cole admits a weak voice.
The new X Factor judge, Cheryl Cole has admitted that she is a weak singer. The Girls Aloud star has said that she would never risk tackling the tricky ballads that some contestants choose for their auditions.
POSTED: 17/08/08

Sunday night shows scrapped .
The idea for a Sunday night results show has been scrapped. Simon wanted the Sunday show to be live but this would have cost an extra £500,000 a week plus the judges were demanding more money if they had to work on Sunday nights as well as the Saturday. The only other option would be to pre-record the Sunday show on Saturday night but Simon Cowell insisted that the Sunday show was live so now the results will be screened live on Saturday night as in the previous series.
POSTED: 30/07/08

Danni is not missing Sharon.
Danni Minogue has said that filming this year’s X Factor has been “a dream” without her rival Sharon Osbourne
POSTED: 29/06/08

New X Factor judge has been revealed.
Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole has been named as the new judge on The X Factor. She will become a judge alongside Simon, Louis and Danni after Sharon Osbourne announced last week she was quitting the show. Cheryl said “The rest of the girls have said they’re right behind me, which is really important for me as it will be weird to be on the other side of the fence this time”.
POSTED: 15/06/08

New Xtra Factor host.
As the weeks tick down towards the next series of The X Factor we are pleased to announce that a new member has joined the team.The lovely Holly Willoughby will be the new presenter of the fabulous ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor, taking over from her good buddy Fearne Cotton.Holly said of the new project: “I have always been a big fan of the show and am looking forward to going on the road with the team meeting some of the UK’s most colourful characters!”
POSTED: 12/06/08 – Source: Official X Factor Website

Sharons speaks about her X Factor exit.
Sharon Osbourne has revealed she did not leave The X Factor because of her pay. Speaking on The Chris Molyes Show, on Radio 1, She said “we were negotiating and they offered me an obscene amount of money. It didn’t change anything. I had to walk away when I did.”. She also said the X Factor was “the best four years of my life but I’ve got to do something else right now.” Filming of this year’s auditions start on Thursday and Sharon has tipped Cheryl Cole, from Girls Aloud, to replace her as a judge on the show.
POSTED: 10/06/08

Sharon quits the X Factor.
Sharon Osbourne has apparently quit being a judge on this year’s X Factor after her demand for an extra £500,000, for the series, was declined. She was due to appear alongside Simon Cowell, Loius Walsh and Danni Minogue when filming of the auditions start in London on Thursday.
POSTED: 08/06/08

Simon wants live Sunday show.
Simon Cowell has locked horns with ITV bosses. This year, the X Factor results will be revealed on Sunday nights. Simon wants the show to go out live but ITV are hoping to save money by recording the results show on Saturday night.
POSTED: 08/06/08

Sharon wants an X-tra big pay packet.
The entire X Factor judges have signed their contracts for the 2008 series except Sharon Osbourne. She apparently wants her pay increased by £500,000 to £2 million per series before she signs on the dotted line.
POSTED: 18/05/08

Audtions begin, in the cold.
This year’s X Factor auditions have begun in Manchester recently and after a long wait some contestants had to be treated for hypothermia
POSTED: 27/04/08


Alexandra Burke’s X Factor Journey


Left to right: Simon, Cheryl, Dannii and Louis


Dermot O’Leary – X Factor
Holly Willoughby – Xtra Factor