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Joe Makes It To Number One
It’s a happy ending for Joe McElderry this week as he makes it to number one with The Climb. He has beaten his rivals Rage Against The Machine, who are number two with Killing In The Name, after they prevented him getting the Christmas number one last weekend.
Next Year’s Final To Be Brought Forward
The X Factor final may be staged a week early next year to avoid another battle for the Christmas number one, according to reports. Show producers are reportedly considering an earlier final to allow the winner’s song a better chance of making it to the top of the charts. This year’s winner Joe McElderry reached number two with his single ‘The Climb’, losing out to Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’, which was the subject of a Facebook campaign to stop the X Factor winner getting to the top. “If a show that gets 19 million viewers can’t muster enough support to beat an online campaign of music snobs, then maybe there is no point aiming for a Christmas number one next year,” a source told The Sun. Meanwhile, judge Simon Cowell is reportedly determined to make next year’s X Factor “bigger and better” and is said to be eager to recruit Robbie Williams as a fifth judge.
POSTED: 22/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Joe Misses Out On Christmas Number One
Joe McElderry has missed out on the Christmas Number One as Rage Against The Machine sold 50,000 more copies of Killing In The Name, after a Facebook campaign. The track has the largest first week digital sales ever and is the first ever download only Christmas Number One. This year is the first non-X Factor Christmas Number One for five years. Simon Cowell has said he is gutted and Joe didn’t turn up to Radio 1, as expected, to hear the result live.
Joe V’s “hate mob”
Joe McElderry has not had it easy with his first release. He has been locked in a battle for the Christmas Number One with Rage Against The Machine, after a Facebook group urged X Factor haters to download the 1992 song ‘Killing In The Name’ to stop Joe from getting the top spot. Simon Cowell was furious saying the actions of the Facebook campaign was bullying calling the perpetrators a “hate mob”.
Joe Adjusts To Fame
Joe McElderry has been adjusting to a life of fame this week after winning the X Factor last weekend. He has been everywhere this week promoting his new single and giving interviews. He has been on radio, TV and doing performances around the country. He did have time to return to his home town of South Shields to a heroes welcome. The Geordie 18 year-old also gave a very personal interview to The Sun newspaper where he answered questions on his love life. He revealed that he was straight, after speculation about his sexuality. He also revealed he has not slept with anyone and said he does not fancy Cheryl Cole saying “she’s a friend”.
Simon To Sign Olly Murs To His Label
Simon Cowell will sign Olly Murs to his record label, it has been claimed. According to The Sun, Murs’s mentor was “blown away” by his duet with Robbie Williams on ‘Angels’ during last weekend’s X Factor final. A show source said: “Olly really impressed Simon because he is an all-round entertainer. Simon thinks he’s just like Robbie Williams. Women love him.” It has been claimed that Murs will release a single next spring, with its performance dictating whether or not an album will be released. Any full-length record would reportedly be delayed until the end of the year so as not to clash with winner Joe McElderry’s debut LP that autumn.
POSTED: 16/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Joe To Sign £5 Million US Deal
Joe McElderry is poised to sign a £5 million deal in the US, it has been claimed. According to The Sun, X Factor boss Simon Cowell will fly winner McElderry to the US in the New Year to negotiate a contract. A source said: “Simon has already set the wheels in motion for Joe’s Stateside success. He has been bombarded with offers from TV and film studios and is in the enviable position of having several incredible offers.
POSTED: 14/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Joe’s Win Watched By Nearly 20 Million
Last night’s X Factor finale peaked with 19.7m for ITV1, early viewing figures show. The two-hour show, which saw Joe McElderry triumph over rival Olly Murs, averaged 15.62m (53.2%) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, peaking with an impressive 19.7m (63.2%) when the result was announced at 9.18pm. Last year, Alexandra Burke’s victory had 13.46m (54.4%), hitting a high of 14.59m (61.4%) at 10.40pm.
POSTED: 14/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Public Vote Results Revealed
The voting percentages for this series of The X Factor have been released. The statistics show that Joe McElderry won the show with 61.3% of the public votes, compared to Olly Murs’s 38.7%. McElderry also received the most public votes in week seven, eight, nine and in the first part of the final, which took place yesterday. Danyl Johnson topped the vote in the first week with 27.1%, but only received 6.5% in the second week and 7.6% in week three, when he was in the bottom two with Miss Frank. However, he went on to receive the most votes in week four and week five. The statistics also reveal that John & Edward would have stayed in the competition over Murs if the judges had decided to take the result to deadlock. While the twins had received 10.7% of the vote, Murs had just 9.8%. The other contestants who received the most votes were Stacey Solomon, who won the public vote in the second and sixth weeks, and Rachel Adedeji, who won in the third week.
POSTED: 14/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
JOE WINS THE X FACTOR 2009
Joe McElderry has won the X Factor 2009. It was revealed during a glittering final with lots of surprises. The final twelve contestants were reunited for one final performance as they sang Take That’s ‘Never Forget’. They also joined Paul McCartney on stage when he performed ‘Drive My Car’. They then left the stage as Paul sang ‘Live & Let Die’. Last year’s winner Alexandra Burke performed with last year’s runners-up JLS. George Michael also took to the stage again to sing his new release ‘December Song’ and Leona Lewis sang ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’. Joe and Olly also performed several songs. They performed their favourite tracks of the series and also performed the winner’s song ‘The Climb’. Then it was finally time to reveal the winner after more than 10 million votes were cast by the public. The winner was 18 year old Joe, from South Shields, and although Olly, 25 from Essex, looked upset to lose he was a very graceful loser as he praised Joe’s singing. The result also means that Cheryl Cole is the winning mentor for a second year running.
The Final In Review
In part one of The X Factor final we saw how the acts got on when they returned to their home towns, earlier in the week. It is fair to say they all had a very warm welcome from the locals. The first song the acts sang was their audition songs, which they sang at their first auditions. Their next song was a duet. Stacey was joined on stage by Michael Buble, Olly performed Angels with Robbie Williams and a very star struck Joe performed with George Michael. For their third songs they repeated their judge’s favourite performance of the series. Then the phone lines opened and the act with the least votes by the end of the show had to go home, that act was Stacey. So it’s Olly and Joe in the grand final on Sunday night.
Finalists Shocked By Saturday Night Twist
One of the three remaining X Factor contestants will reportedly be voted off the show on Saturday night. According to The Sun, Joe McElderry, Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon have been told that only two of them will make it to Sunday’s final episode. The singers are expected to perform celebrity duets and Christmas songs in Saturday’s instalment before the person with the fewest public votes is eliminated. The two surviving acts will apparently then continue to battle it out the following night. A source said: “This shocked the finalists.”
POSTED: 11/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
No 2010 X Factor Contract With ITV
Simon Cowell has confirmed that there is no contract yet in place with ITV for next year’s X Factor. Speaking at the press conference for this year’s final, the show boss brushed aside reports that decisions had already been made regarding format and judging changes. Cowell said: “Where we stand next year, we have no deal in place for The X Factor. Until that’s concluded I can’t really tell you about changes at the moment, because we’ve got to get that sorted first of all. “That’s the conversation we’ll be having next year with ITV. Genuinely, we make these decisions when we’ve had a break from the show, we’re a bit too immersed in it at the moment.”
POSTED: 11/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Duets Confirmed For The Final
Simon Cowell has revealed the three duets for this weekend’s X Factor final. Speaking at the final press conference, the show boss confirmed earlier reports about the special guests appearing with Olly Murs, Joe McElderry and Stacey Solomon. Cowell said: “We’ve got a lot planned. I’m not going to reveal everything, but what I can tell you today is who’s singing with who. “Olly will be duetting with Robbie Williams, Joe will be duetting with George Michael and Stacey will be duetting with Michael Bublé.” He added: “That is a big deal for these contestants and I think the duet will be a very significant part of the competition.
POSTED: 11/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Cowell Hits Out At Facebook Campaign
Simon Cowell has hit out at a Facebook-led campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 single ‘Killing In The Name’ to No.1 this Christmas. He said: “Everyone has this slightly distorted image of Christmas No.1s being incredible. There was that ghastly Cliff Richard thing a few years ago [and] Bob The Builder. We haven’t exactly taken away anything special. “I think the campaign is aimed directly at me – it’s stupid. Me having a No.1 record at Christmastime is not going to change my life particularly.” He added: “I think it’s quite a cynical campaign geared at me that is actually going to spoil the party for these three [finalists]. “I also think it’s incredibly dismissive of the people who watch and enjoy the show when they treat our audience as if they’re stupid. I don’t like that.”
POSTED: 11/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Finalists Visit Home Towns
The three X Factor finalists have filmed return trips to their respective hometowns. Stacey Solomon, Joe McElderry and Olly Murs will all be seen visiting their family and friends on Saturday’s final. Solomon is heading to Dagenham, Essex today with her mentor Dannii Minogue and is rumoured to be playing a secret gig in the town. McElderry was stopped by hundreds of fans when he returned to South Shields for a tour of the North-East yesterday. His mentor Cheryl Cole accompanied him as he met old friends at Harton Technology College. Murs is also expected to spend time this week in Witham, Essex, where he used to work as an energy advisor in a call centre.
POSTED: 08/12/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Danyl Exits The Show
The semi-final results show saw performances from Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson. The results have never been more important because whoever left tonight loses out on a place in the final. The act who polled the least votes this week was Danyl. He took the news graciously and sang for one final time. So the final three acts are Olly, Joe and Stacey. For the first time, next weeks final is spread over two nights on the Saturday and Sunday.
Semi-Final In Review
In tonight’s semi-final the contestants had to sing two songs each. Their first song was a Michael Jackson track and there was no theme to the second song, which was chosen by their mentors. Olly had great comments again and a massive response from the audience although Cheryl said the second song didn’t show the best of his vocal ability. Joe had another great night with outstanding comments from all of the judges. Louis called Joe the most consistent performer of the competition and Simon said he genuinely hopes he is in the final. Stacey didn’t get such good comments from Louis and Simon after her first song which seemed to make Dannii angry but she did very well with her second song. Cheryl said she gave her goose-bumps and Simon said she is back in the competition. Danyl got good comments and Louis said he deserves to be in the final. Louis and Dannii did criticise the background graphics on Danyl’s first song. The screens showed images of the effects of climate change. Sunday’s results show will feature performances from Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga and we will find out who has made it to the final.
Louis Signs Jedward
X Factor judge Louis Walsh has signed a deal with former contestants John and Edward, it has been announced. Walsh, who mentored the twins during the ITV show, will manage their careers and is currently looking into record deals and TV possibilities. He is “delighted” to work with them again but said it is “too early” to give any exact details on his plans. “Despite all the doubters, John and Edward proved themselves on The X Factor and I’ve always been convinced that they have a great career ahead of them,” Walsh said. “I’m delighted that I’ll be able to continue to work with the pair. We’re looking into music as well as TV deals but at this stage it is too early to give any exact details,” Walsh added.
POSTED: 03/12/09 – Source: BBC News Online
13.5m Watch Lloyd Leave The Show
An average of 13.47m (45.9%) tuned in to see Lloyd Daniels voted off The X Factor last night, according to early figures. The latest results show, which also featured performances from Alicia Keys and Rihanna, was roughly on par with the ratings for Jedward’s elimination, seen by 13.82m (46.5%) last week.
POSTED: 30/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Simon Wants Joe To Win
Simon Cowell has reportedly decided that he wants Joe McElderry to win The X Factor this year. According to The Sun, the music mogul urged his fellow judges to influence voters by giving McElderry extra praise in Saturday’s show. However, Cowell’s decision to back the 18-year-old singer has allegedly angered his own remaining acts Danyl Johnson and Olly Murs.
POSTED: 30/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Lloyd Exits The Show
The results show tonight featured performances from Alicia Keys and Rihanna. From this week only the public vote counts and the judges have no say in it. The act with the least votes had to go home and that act was Lloyd. He took it very well and then had to perform for one last time. Ironically he gave one of his best performances of the series and was also supported on stage by the final four finalists. Next week is the semi-final.
Eighth Live Show In Review
The theme of the eighth live show was Take That and Elton John songs. This week the contestants had to sing two songs each, one from Take That and one from Elton John. Danyl had an active dance routine for his first song and got great comments from the judges. Cheryl told him that we are seeing “the Danyl we first fell in love with”. Louis told Lloyd that people seem “to like you more than I do”. After Lloyd sang ‘I’m Still Standing’ Louis said “just about standing” to which Cheryl said to him “you haven’t got anyone still standing”. Olly had a great night although Dannii told him he had lost his sparkle in his eyes, but after his second song she said the sparkle was back. Joe had a great night, Louis told him he had it all, Cheryl said he was “flawless” and Simon was so pleased with his performance he said he was “gob-smacked”. Stacey did well but received a few negative comments. Cheryl said she looked “uncomfortable” and Simon compared her to a “wedding singer”. From this week, it is the public vote alone that will decide who goes and who is through to next week’s semi-final.
Winners First Release Rumours
Simon Cowell has reportedly picked Journey’s 1981 hit ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ as this year’s X Factor winner’s song. According to The Sun, if “legal issues” are resolved the track performed by Joe McElderry in the fourth week of the live finals is Cowell’s first preference. The show boss’s second choice is said to be ‘The Climb’ from Hannah Montana: The Movie, which is reportedly favoured should Stacey Solomon be in line to win the competition.
POSTED: 26/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Lloyd Threatens To Quit
Lloyd Daniels has reportedly threatened to quit The X Factor. According to the Daily Mail, the Welsh singer was upset by comments from judge Louis Walsh when he escaped the bottom two at the weekend. Walsh said: “I can’t believe Lloyd is still here.” He later added on The Xtra Factor: “‘I thought it would have been Lloyd in the bottom two because he’s been there, like, three times. Olly [Murs] did not deserve to be in the bottom two.” Daniels is said to have broken down in tears after the programme and told producers: “I’m going, I can’t carry on.” A show insider claimed: “Lloyd was in a terrible state after the show. It has got a bit too much for him. Being told that you belong in the bottom two is devastating for any of the contestants and Lloyd is really young.
POSTED: 24/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
13m Tune In For Saturday Night Show
The X Factor had its highest ratings for a Saturday evening performance show on Saturday, averaging just over 13m. George Michael week pulled in 13.04m (48.6%) between 8pm and 9.20pm. Straight after the main show on ITV2, Holly Willoughby’s Xtra Factor interested 690k (3%).
Dermot To Host In 2010
It has already been confirmed that Dermot will continue to host The X Factor next year. Simon is so pleased with him that he has told him to sort out a new deal with ITV now. Usually new negotiations wait until the end of the current series.
John & Edward Exit The Show
This week’s results show featured performances from Susan Boyle and Mariah Carey. This weekend was the last chance the judges got to save their acts because from next week it is down to the public vote only. The last bottom two were Olly and John & Edward. The last sing-off saw a great performance from Olly and a very shaky performance from Jedward. Simon chose to save his act Olly and Louis chose to save John & Edward. Louis also said he was stunned that Olly was in the bottom two while Lloyd went through, this sent the audience boo’ing. Cheryl chose to save Olly so Dannii had the deciding vote for a second week running. She rambled on for some time asking if it was a singing contest but didn’t say who she was asking. Eventually, after Dermot hurried her, she chose to send home Jedward. So Olly will be back next week and the twins left the show. From next week, the acts have to sing two songs each.
Seventh Live Show In Review
This week the contestants had to sing Wham or George Michael songs. George didn’t mentor the acts but did call the show to wish them all the best. This week Lloyd had to start the show and did a good job of it, he also had a new hair style. Louis told him he had everything except a good voice. Cheryl’s other act Joe got a standing ovation from all the judges. Louis told Joe it was the best performance of the night but he broke the rules because Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me was an Elton John song. After, Louis’ act, John & Edward took to the stage Simon told them they were more like Andrew & Andrew than George & Andrew (from Wham). Stacey was told by Simon she wasn’t as good as last week but he is still confident she will be back next week. Olly was told by Dannii that there was tuning problems at the start of his song and Cheryl told him he had a broad appeal. Cheryl told Danyl she thought he was flat but Simon said he was respecting the song without any gimmicks. The results show will see performances from Mariah Carey and Susan Boyle and it will be the final time the judges get to save acts because from next week it is totally down to the public vote.
Calvin Harris Wants Jedward To Win
Calvin Harris has said that he wants John & Edward to win The X Factor, but branded the show “a joke”.The singer told Radio 1 that he hoped to inspire disdain for the contest when he went on stage during the twins’ rendition of ‘Under Pressure’/’Ice Ice Baby’.Harris said of John & Edward: “I want them to win, I love them. Where can they go from there? Where can X Factor go from there? It’s not a music competition. “If you look at music, it’s a frightening stranglehold that Simon Cowell has got over the entire music chart in the UK at the moment.” Harris has denied that his antics were an attempt to gain publicity for himself.
POSTED: 16/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Sting Turns Down Simon’s Offer
Sting has reportedly declined Simon Cowell’s invitation to appear on a future episode of The X Factor.In Saturday night’s episode, the music mogul challenged the rocker live on air to help out the show’s contestants and “impart his knowledge”. He later promised to create a Sting Week in celebration of the occasion. Cowell’s comments came after the 58-year-old branded The X Factor an “appalling” programme which is nothing more than “televised karaoke”. Sting’s spokeswoman Regine Moylett has now told the Daily Star that the singer does not want anything to do with the ITV1 talent show. She confirmed: “I reckon that Sting has probably said everything he wants to say about The X Factor.”
POSTED: 16/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Jamie Exits The Show
The X Factor results show tonight included a performance from Shakira. The finalists sang Bohemian Rhapsody and were joined on stage by Bryan May and Roger Taylor. The final twelve acts were also reunited to sing their charity single for Great Ormond Street Hospital, it is a cover of Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone. The acts with the least votes this week were Lloyd and Jamie. After the sing-off, Simon chose to save his act Jamie and Cheryl saved her act Lloyd. Louis chose to save Lloyd and so Dannii had the deciding vote. She chose to save Jamie so once again it went to deadlock. The act with the least votes this week was Jamie and so he left the competition.
Sixth Live Show In Review
The theme of tonight’s show was Queen and contestants had to sing Queen songs. This week Bryan May and Roger Taylor, from Queen, mentored the acts. Olly and Danyl did well and got good comments from all judges. Jamie also did well although Louis told him he had a “little voice with big hair”. Stacey had a great night and sang very well, she was loved by the audience and judges. Lloyd had a much better night and better comments although Simon said he was “like a puppy in the grand national”. Joe sang well, and had to hit a very high note, although Louis’ rule book came out again and he said he thought the choir helped Joe too much. Simon said he was more nervous than Louis hoping that John & Edward would do well, after he effectively saved them last week. Jedward did have a good night and even the audience seemed to like them much better. They also did well to keep their composure when, during their performance, Calvin Harris from the audience ran on stage holding a pineapple on his head to mimic their hairstyles. Sunday’s results show will feature Queen, Shakira and the final twelve acts will be reunited to sing their charity single for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Ofcom Not Investgating Saturday’s Result
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom says it is not investigating some 3,000 complaints to ITV about X Factor hopefuls John and Edward Grimes staying in the contest. ITV, whose message boards was deluged after Sunday’s result, said the show “can divide opinion and provoke comment from our viewers”. Cowell has been criticised for not casting his vote for a second week. An Ofcom spokesman said that it launches formal investigations into complaints including the treatment of TV show contestants and flaws in voting processes, but not the outcome of programmes. But the watchdog added that it reviews every complaint that it receives.
POSTED: 10/11/09 – Source: BBC News Online
Lucie Exits The Show
The results show took place tonight and featured performances from The Black Eyed Peas and former X Factor winner Leona Lewis. In the bottom two this week were Lucie and John & Edward. After the sing-off Louis chose to save his act John & Edward and Dannii chose to save her act Lucie. Cheryl chose to save Lucie but Simon was once again undecided saying neither can win and he would rather see another performance from John & Edward instead of Lucie. Once again he purposely put it to the public vote by saving John & Edward. The act with the least public votes this week was Lucie so she went home. Dannii lost an act for a second week running and seemed angry as she said I wish all the singers luck in this singing competition.
Fifth Live Show In Review
The theme of the fifth live show was movie week where the acts had to sing songs from movies. It is fair to say that Olly had the biggest response from the audience, the judges could not be heard over the cheering crowd. Danyl gave a more confident performance this week and Louis cried cheat again, for a third week, to Simon as the film that Jamie’s song was from was not well known. Lucie did well and got good comments although Stacey was told she could be vulnerable this week. The crowd boo’ed as John & Edward sang Ghostbusters. Lloyd had a better week although was told by Louis and Simon that he is out of his depth and Dannii pointed out that he was out of tune at one point. Joe closed the show and Louis said he was more musical theatre and when Dermot tried to stick up for him Louis said “you’re not a judge, you’re a presenter”. The results show will see performances from The Black Eyed Peas and Leona Lewis.
Jamie Threatens To Quit
Jamie Archer has reportedly been considering his future on The X Factor due to his worsening relationship with Simon Cowell. Archer, 34, threatened to quit after he was banned from going on tour with Bon Jovi because he is contracted to the ITV show, reports The Sun. A friend of the contestant claimed that he is also fed up with how he is being treated by his mentor Cowell. “Their relationship is not great. There were already serious cracks but now it’s more like the Grand Canyon. Jon Bon Jovi came up to him after the Sunday show, told him he liked him and offered him a support act role on the tour. “Jamie was thrilled but his contract means he is tied to X Factor and wouldn’t be able to do it. He was absolutely gutted and it made for a tense week between him and Simon.”
POSTED: 07/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
New Audience High
The X Factor hit a new series high last night, according to the latest viewing figures. The 8pm results show, in which JLS and Bon Jovi performed and Rachel Adedeji was voted off, pulled in a massive 13.87m (47.8%). Miss Frank’s exit on last Sunday’s show was the previous high for the series, drawing 13.38m (47.9%).
POSTED: 02/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Dannii Upset By Panel Move
Dannii Minogue is upset after being ordered to change seats on The X Factor, a report has claimed. The Australian singer swapped positions with Louis Walsh for Saturday night’s show, which separated her from Cheryl Cole and put her as far away from Simon Cowell as possible. The new arrangement remained in place for last night’s episode. According to the Daily Mail, Minogue was told about the revamp five minutes before the show went on air on Saturday night. A source said: “The producers like the banter between Simon and Louis and wanted to move Louis up the panel. We are constantly trying to make the show fresh and new and trying out new ideas, but it was very upsetting for Dannii. After the show, she left the studios very quickly.”
POSTED: 02/11/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Rachel Exits The Show
The results show took place tonight and saw guest performances from Bon Jovi and last year’s runners-up JLS. Then to the results and Lloyd was in the bottom two with Rachel who was in the bottom two for a third time. The sing-off took place and Rachel was the better singer, maybe because Lloyd could hardly talk, let alone sing, due to a sore throat. It was over to the judges for them to send someone home. Dannii chose to save her act and sent Lloyd home and Louis also chose to send Lloyd home. Cheryl chose to save her act and send Rachel home. Then it was over to Simon to decide which he said he couldn’t so he sent it to Deadlock. So it was back to the public vote and the act with the fewest votes this week was Rachel and she went home.
Fourth Live Show In Review
The theme of this weeks show was Rock week. Louis once again called cheat saying that Lloyd’s song was a pop song and not a rock song. Louis was very harsh on Jamie too saying that there is nothing original about him. Danyl was criticised for being too subdued after he was in the bottom two last week. Dannii also pointed out to him that he was out of tune at the start of the song. Olly, Joe, Lucie and Stacey got good comments and Simon was impressed because Stacey walked while singing when she usually stands still. Rachel didn’t do bad but went back to a ballad this week. John & Edward were all over the place lyrically but as usual put on a high-energy routine to drown out the booing audience. Bon Jovi and JLS are set to perform on Sunday’s results show.
Twins Told To Rest
The X Factor twins have reportedly been ordered to rest ahead of tonight’s performance due to throat concerns. John and Edward Grimes visited a Harley Street clinic after falling unwell earlier this week, reports The Mirror. An insider said: “The boys have been struck down by the curse of X Factor. There are lots of sniffles around at the moment and coupled with the pressure their voices are under, it’s no surprise they have got sore throats. “They have been told to take it easy so that is what they are doing. The boys will be desperate to perform and everyone is hopeful they will be well enough to do so.” Judge Simon Cowell earlier joked that it would be a “complete disaster” if the 18-year-old Dubliners won the show. “The fact is, it’s a singing competition, and they can’t sing,” he said.
POSTED: 31/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Contestants’ House Faces Closure
X Factor bosses have met with police over complaints from Golder’s Green locals about the contestants’ house. According to The Sun, the £6 million property may be shut down because of the lewd behaviour of female fans who are visiting the building. Teenagers have apparently been flashing their breasts at twin brothers John & Edward when they have appeared at the windows. Local Alexander Netsler, who contacted police on Sunday, said: “I saw a girl who must have been only about 14 lifting up her top to flash at the twins. I had to look away. With all these young girls about it is attracting dirty old men to come and stare at them. Police are now patrolling the grounds, but neighbours are apparently threatening to stage their own protest. An X Factor spokesperson commented: “The X Factor has ongoing liaisons with the police to ensure that all security measures are in place. Safety is of paramount importance to us.”
POSTED: 28/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Miss Frank Exit The Show
The third results show took place tonight. The show had guest performances from Westlife and Michael Buble and then came the results. The acts that polled the lowest public votes this week were Miss Frank and Danyl. After they sang for survival it was over to the judges to choose who they are sending home. Louis chose to save his act Miss Frank and Simon chose to save his act Danyl after saying he has never been so surprised in all his life. Dannii sent home Miss Frank and so Cheryl had the final decision. Cheryl said she was confused by the public vote and for that reason I am going to take it back to their vote so I am sending home Danyl. So it was deadlock where the act with the least public votes goes home and that act was Miss Frank.
Third Live Show In Review
The third live show took place tonight and the theme was the popular Big Band week. This week the contestants were mentored by Michael Buble. Olly opened the show and received great comments from the judges. Simon’s other act Danyl also did well but Louis was cross that Jamie sang a U2 track as it did not fit in to the theme of the show. Louis’ act Miss Frank had better comments and his other act John & Edward were once again told they are entertaining but can’t sing. Dannii told them she liked them but wouldn’t want to lose a place in the competition for one of her girls for them. Dannii’s act Rachel seemed totally confident this week and got great comments from the judges although Stacey and Lucie were told they hadn’t been as good as on previous weeks. Cheryl’s act Joe sang well although his dancing was criticised. Lloyd had better comments than last week but was told he isn’t the strongest singer on the show.
X Factor Beats Strictly’s Ratings Again
The X Factor kept a strong lead over Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings on Saturday night, pulling in 3m viewers more than its rival. The second week of live shows, which had a ‘diva’ theme, averaged an impressive 10.86m (42.1%) for ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm. Strictly, meanwhile, drew 7.84m (30.6%) between 7.35pm and 9.45pm.
POSTED: 19/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Louis Would Have Saved Rachel
Louis Walsh has claimed that he would have saved Rachel Adedeji if he had appeared on The X Factor this week .Walsh decided not to appear on the show this weekend because of Stephen Gately’s funeral, but spoke to the contestants on the telephone on The Xtra Factor. “I never want to watch the show at home again,” he joked. “I’ve been shouting at the TV all night.” Walsh added that he agreed with the result and would have saved Rachel Adedeji, who survived the sing-off for the second week in a row.
POSTED: 19/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Rikki Loney Exits The Show
The second results show took place tonight and after much criticism the show producers did a u-turn and Cheryl did sing live instead of pre-recording her performance as originally planned. She also didn’t mime, except for possibly a few parts of the song where the dance routine was most energetic. Simon spoke of the performance and said to Cheryl “that was incredible, I would take you in my category any day”. Then came Whitney Houston’s first live UK performance for more than ten years which went OK except for a slight wardrobe malfunction. Then Dermot O’Leary conducted what can only be described as an awkward interview with Whitney. She seemed distant and struggled to answer his questions leaving long pauses.
Then back to the competition where the two lowest polling contestants were revealed to be Rikki Loney and Rachel Adedeji. After the sing-off it was time for the judges to make their decisions. Louis’ vote was not counted this week as he was not there. Dannii chose to save her act Rachel and Cheryl chose to save her act Rikki which left the contestants fate in Simon’s hands. He chose to save Rachel so Rikki left the competition. Speaking of his departure Cheryl had the audience gasping as she ranted “I can’t believe John & Edward are still here and he (Rikki) is going home”.
Second Live Show In Review
The theme of the second live show was Diva’s night in a week that saw the contestants getting mentored by Whitney Houston and music mogul Clive Davis who was also present in the audience for the show. Louis Walsh was not present as he had attended Stephen Gateley’s funeral earlier in the day. Diva’s week was always going to be a tough week for the boys and Cheryl’s acts suffered as a result. Except Joe who got great comments from all the judges but Simon told him he needs to perform more but his singing was note-perfect. Not so for Cheryl’s other acts. Rikki and Lloyd both tackled songs that were “too big” for them. Cheryl choked back tears after Lloyd’s performance because he struggled with the song, Bleeding Love, which she had chosen for him. She apologised in tears but he didn’t mind and went up to the judge’s desk to comfort her. Simon’s acts are still looking strong and Stacey and Lucie are still looking strong for Dannii. The weakest looking group is sadly Louis’ and Miss Frank and John & Edward didn’t get great comments from the judges although Simon said he is warming to the twins as people. Whitney Houston and Cheryl Cole will be performing on Sunday’s results show.
Louis To Miss This Weekends Show
Louis Walsh will miss this weekends X Factor as he will be in Dublin attending Stephen Gately’s funeral. He missed last Sunday’s results show after Stephen had passed away. He will miss both Saturday and Sunday’s show. A Talkback Thames spokesperson said in a statement: “Due to recent tragic events, Louis Walsh will not be appearing on either the Saturday or Sunday live The X Factor shows this weekend as he is attending Stephen Gately’s funeral. “Louis has been in close contact with his acts throughout the week, although his opinions will not be represented in the show this weekend.”
Cheryl To Record Her X Factor Performance
X Factor producers have announced that Cheryl Cole will pre-record her performance on the show this weekend. The Girls Aloud star will be seen singing her debut solo single ‘Fight For This Love’ on Sunday’s results episode. A show spokeswoman told the Daily Star: “Cheryl will be recording her music performance earlier in the day with a live studio audience to ensure she can fully continue with her judging commitments on The X Factor later that evening.” In August it was rumoured that she wanted to scrap her planned solo spot because she was too nervous about going it alone.
POSTED: 13/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Kandy Rain Exit The Show
The first Sunday results show took place tonight and Louis Walsh was not present due to the sudden passing of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately. The results show saw the comeback performance from Robbie Williams who performed his new single and last years winner Alexandra Burke also performed her new single. Dannii made a public apology to contestant Danyl Johnson after making a comment, on Saturdays show, about press speculation about his sexuality. The two acts with the least public votes were Kandy Rain and Rachel Adedeji so it was over to the judges to chose who stays. In his absence Louis’ vote went to his act Kandy Rain, Danni chose to save her act Rachel, Cheryl chose to save Rachel so it was down to Simon to seal the fete of one act. He chose to save Kandy Rain which sent the result to deadlock. In a deadlock situation the act who polled the least votes in the public vote goes home and that act was Kandy Rain.
First Live Show In Review
The first live show took place on Saturday night boasting a new-look studio. Simon Cowell did make it after earlier speculation he wouldn’t because of flu. Robbie Williams mentored the contestants this week and the theme was Music Heroes. Rachel Adedeji had the unenviable task of being the first performer on the first live show. Cheryl and Simon seemed to be at each others throats all evening, they could even be seen bickering while the other judges were talking. They were particularly divided over, Cheryl’s act Rikki Loney. Dannii’s act Stacey seems to have won over the judges and audience with her ditsy personality but gave a great performance also. Olly Murs had good comments from all judges and even Robbie Williams said he wanted to be friends with him. Danyl Johnson was told he was too cocky by two judges which infuriated Simon. They also argued over Kandy Rain who didn’t get great comments from the female judges. Simon fiercely defended them. Louis’ act John & Edward had the worst reaction of the night, they were even boo’ed by the studio audience. Cheryl told them they can’t sing and it’s not your fault your in the final twelve. The results will be revealed on the new Sunday night results show.
Cowell To Miss First Live Show?
Tabloid reports have claimed that Simon Cowell may miss the first X Factor live show due to illness. According to the Daily Star, the judge is currently “laid up at home” and has only been able to keep in contact with his Over-25s group by phone. Cowell is mentoring Jamie Archer, Olly Murs and Danyl Johnson. If he misses the show, it will be the first time he has been absent from the series in the programme’s history. The 50-year-old reportedly came down with flu after holding large birthday celebrations last weekend. However, according to Cowell’s spokesperson and ITV1, he is still expected to take part this weekend. “We are expecting all four judges here on Saturday,” said a show source.
POSTED: 09/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Sunday Show Draws Huge Audience
The X Factor grew to its highest audience of the series to date last night (Sunday) as the identities of the final 12 contestants were revealed. The culmination of the judges’ houses phase of the competition was seen by 12.38m (44.9%) in the 8pm hour. The figure represents an increase of over 2m night-on-night and is up almost 3m on the equivalent episode from last year’s run. Last night the audience peaked with 13.86m (47.7%) at 8.50pm.
POSTED: 05/10/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Final Twelve Revealed
At the weekend the judge’s houses section of the X Factor was screened. Cheryl took the boys to Marrakesh, in Morocco, where she had the help of Will Young. Dannii Minogue took the girls to a posh hotel in Dubai where her sister Kylie helped her choose her finalists. Louis broke from tradition and didn’t take his contestants to Ireland instead he took the groups to Lake Combo in Italy. Louis brought in Ronan Keating to help him with the auditions. Meanwhile Simon took the over 25s to his home in Los Angeles where he once again had the help from Sinitta. The final 24 were halved and the final 12 going through to the live shows are… The Boys: Joe McElderry, Lloyd Daniels and Rikki Loney. The Girls: Stacey Soloman, Lucie Jones and Rachel Adedeji. The Groups: Kandy Rain, John & Edward Grimes and Miss Frank. The Over 25s: Olly Murs, Danyl Johnson and Jamie Archer.
Group ‘Tru Colourz’ Forced Out Of The Show
X Factor group Tru Colourz have been forced out of the talent show for lying about their age. The trio, who had been selected for the Final 24 judges’ houses round, were axed after producers discovered that one of the girls was under the show’s age limit of 16. Mentor Louis Walsh informs Christina, Rachel and Ivette of the news on next Saturday’s show. “They’re devastated. Louis has the agonising task of telling the girls they can’t continue this year but he softens the blow by suggesting they can try again next year when they are old enough,” a show source told The Mirror. Harmony Hood replace the girls at Walsh’s house in Italy’s Lake Como.
POSTED: 28/09/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Final 24 And Judges Categories Revealed
The judge’s categories have been revealed. Simon will mentor the Over 25’s who are Jamie Archer, Daniel Pearce, Olly Murs, Nicole Lawrence, Treyc Cohen and Danyl Johnson. Cheryl is to mentor the Boys who are Lloyd Daniels, Ethan Boroian, Rikki Loney, Daniel Fox, Joseph McElderry and Duane Lamonte. Dannii will mentor the Girls who consist of Stacey McClean, Despina Pilavakis, Nicole Jackson, Stacey Solomon, Rachel Adedeji and Lucie Jones. Louis will once again mentor the Groups category which contains Miss Frank, Kandy Rain, Trucolorz, Project A, De-Tour and twin brothers John and Edward.
Contestants complain about new bootcamp method
Contestants on The X Factor have complained about the format of bootcamp. The Sun reports that the 200 hopefuls had to perform with two other acts when they auditioned to get into the top 50. As groups are counted as one act, the rules meant that up to 12 contestants could be on stage at one time. Some hopefuls reportedly described the move as “psychological torture”, while others decided to leave the show. “People couldn’t always choose the song they wanted to perform,” auditionee Katrina Lee said. “Some groups struggled working together, got stressed, and forgot the words.” Meanwhile, Nyima Small, who also auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals, explained: “It felt like they had planned to make it more dramatic. “I ended up singing Diana Ross’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, which is a song I can’t bear.” “You could have as many as 12 people on stage at one time,” Dwayne Lemonte added. “You had to make your line the one moment to shine. “It really knocked me off my feet compared to last year. Some people made a real fool of themselves.”
POSTED: 26/09/09 – Source: Digital Spy
X Factor Wins The Ratings War
The X Factor has come out on top against Strictly Come Dancing with up to two million more viewers than its rival, according to overnight figures. ITV’s X Factor had an audience of 10 million while 7.7 million watched the BBC’s dance show as it drew to a close. The two hit shows were up against each other for an hour on Saturday night, with Strictly’s audience slipping as The X Factor came on air at 2000 BST. Strictly failed to beat The X Factor at any point during their direct clash, peaking at 8.1 million just before the ITV programme came on.
POSTED: 20/09/09 – Source: BBC News Online
Cowell Calls BBC Clash Crazy
Simon Cowell has said the prime time TV clash between The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing is “crazy” and he hopes to persuade ITV to move The X Factor. Writing in the Sun, Cowell said it was unfair to force licence fee payers to choose between the two popular shows. The X Factor judge criticised the BBC for “creating a ratings battle” and said he would try to persuade ITV to move his show to a different time. The BBC said its timings were made necessary by a new series of Merlin. Cowell, who admitted he likes Strictly, said: “I don’t think there are any other shows people are passionate about right now – and it’s crazy that they’re up against each other.” Lots of viewers would be “frustrated” that they could not watch both shows on Saturday nights, he added.
POSTED: 19/09/09 – Source: BBC News Online
BBC Dig Their Heals In
BBC bosses have refused to back down in the row over Strictly Come Dancing’s schedule clash with The X Factor, according to a report. Yesterday, it emerged that the ballroom show will go head-to-head with ITV1’s talent series on Saturday nights from September 19. Strictly has traditionally been broadcast in an early evening slot but moves to 7.25pm later this month, creating a 65-minute overlap with The X Factor. The Mirror claims that the BBC and ITV held emergency talks over the issue yesterday but failed to reach a solution acceptable to both parties. A source said: “Executives were talking but neither side was prepared to back down and all hell broke loose. Each side was furious with the other.” The BBC has claimed that its schedule revamp is necessary because drama series Merlin will have Strictly’s old slot this year.
POSTED: 11/09/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Alexandra Claims New Format Is More Difficult
Alexandra Burke has said that it is more difficult for X Factor auditionees to perform in front of a live audience. The winner of last year’s series told The Mirror that she thought it was easier to sing only for the celebrity judges. Burke said: “I would never have won with the new format. God, it’s scary performing in front of Simon [Cowell] full stop. “But to perform in front of thousands of people who will judge you – because sometimes they boo, or they laugh, or even cry – is so scary.”
POSTED: 11/09/09 – Source: Digital Spy
X Factor Couple Split Again
X Factor contestants Kirsty Weightman and Jack Stuckey ended their relationship two hours after Simon Cowell convinced the ex-lovers to get back together. According to the Sunday Mirror, the pair started fighting as soon as they got home and Weightman discovered that Stuckey was seeing another woman. Weightman said: “When we went home together to have a chat about things we were back to our old ways and started arguing almost straight away.
POSTED: 08/09/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Dec Not A Fan Of New Format
TV presenter Dec Donnelly has reportedly revealed that he isn’t a fan of The X Factor’s new live format. Unlike previous series, where hopefuls would audition just in front of the four judges, contestants must now perform with backing music to a live audience of thousands. According to Angry Ape, Donnelly said in a recent interview: “I personally thought it was better in the audition rooms and one-on-one with the judges. “To do the auditions in a small room before going to boot camp and then on to the big live studio shows to me was a more logical journey. “It’s a very big audience to be auditioning in front of.”
POSTED: 31/08/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Alexandra’s Birthday Gifts
The judges have been treating last year’s winner on her 21st birthday. Cheryl Cole apparently treated Alexandra Burke to a luxury trip to the Constance Lémuria resort in the Seychelles. Meanwhile she got three handbags, Simon Cowell bought her one by Chanel, Dannii got her a Tabitha bag but Alexandra also bought one for herself by Louis Vuitton.
Kylie To Help Dannii On The Show
Kylie Minogue has agreed to make a guest appearance on The X Factor to help out her sister Dannii, a report claims. According to the Daily Star, the pop princess will assist Dannii as she whittles her final six acts down to three on the ITV1 talent show. The scenes are expected to be filmed in Dubai over the next few days as part of the judges’ homes stage, which sees the hopefuls trying to secure places on the live shows. An insider told the newspaper: “It’s nerve-racking enough having to face Dannii but having Kylie as well really piles on the pressure.”
POSTED: 30/08/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Opening Show Draws 9.9 Million Viewers
The new series of The X Factor launched to 9.9 million viewers last night, according to early figures. The opening episode of series six, which saw the introduction of a Britain’s Got Talent-style public audition format, averaged 9.91m (47.9%) for ITV1 between 7pm and 8.30pm. The audience is down slightly on the opener for series five, which averaged 10.19m (48.2%) on August 16 last year. Last night the ratings peaked with a hefty 11.64m (52.2%) at 8.20pm. ITV2 spinoff show The Xtra Factor also performed well, averaging 1.15m (6.2%) over an hour from 8.30pm. A further 190k (1.1%) watched on timeshift.
POSTED: 23/08/09 – Source: Digital Spy
X Factor Accused Of Exploiting Contestants
TV talent shows such as The X Factor are guilty of “cheap exploitation” because they do not pay contestants, performers union Equity has claimed. It is calling for all contestants who reach the final round this year to be paid and have legal status as workers. The union is to table a motion at the TUC conference next month calling on TV companies to pay talent show hopefuls. But X Factor producer Talkback Thames has refuted the union’s claims, saying Equity rates “do not apply”. The independent production company, which also makes Britain’s Got Talent for ITV1, said its shows were talent competitions and were therefore “not employment in their own right”. “Contestants choose to enter to compete for a substantial prize,” its spokeswoman continued. “The shows also give ordinary people an opportunity to showcase their talents and potentially transform their lives.”
POSTED: 21/08/09 – Source: BBC News Online
Walsh Backs Asperger’s Decision
Louis Walsh has defended the decision to allow a man with Asperger’s Syndrome to audition for the talent show. Scott James, 21, told judges he did not leave home for seven years because of his condition. “Is he under too much pressure? I think it has to be his choice,” Walsh told the Radio Times. People with Asperger’s, a form of autism, struggle with communication and social relationships. James, from Stockton-on-Tees, will be seen on TV screens shortly in the new series of the talent competition. He impressed judges with his rendition of the song, You Raise Me Up. Walsh was asked by the Radio Times if someone like James would be able to deal with the strain of appearing on the ITV1 show. “I don’t think they can, if I’m honest. People don’t realise the pressure that these acts are under, especially when they’re competing with everybody else backstage. Asked if it was fair on James to allow him to appear, Walsh said: “Nobody forces anybody to go to an audition. I think it’s a real-life story. Is he under too much pressure? I think it has to be his choice.” He conceded that James probably did not know what he was letting himself in for at the beginning. “Initially, no… I think it’s a massive reality check for some people.”
POSTED: 18/08/09 – Source: BBC News Online
Judge’s Categories Leaked
Simon Cowell’s X Factor category has become the latest to be leaked to the media. According to various tabloid reports today, the music mogul will be mentoring the over 25s on the forthcoming sixth series. If true, it will be the first time he has had the category since guiding Steve Brookstein to victory in 2004. Yesterday, it emerged that Louis Walsh will be coaching the groups for the fourth time in six years. A source has now told The Sun: “Louis was stunned to get the groups again.” Meanwhile, it remains unclear which categories have been handed to popstars Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole this year. While The Mirror and the Daily Star claim that Minogue will be looking after the girls and Cole is to mentor the boys, The Sun suggests that the females have been assigned to Cheryl and the boys to Dannii. The four judges recently filmed the boot camp stage of the competition and will soon choose three acts each for the live shows.
POSTED: 13/08/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Madonna & Robbie To Appear
Simon Cowell has finalised plans for Madonna and Robbie Williams to appear on The X Factor this year, a report claims. The music mogul was first said to be wooing the stars last month in an attempt to top the 2008 final, which saw Beyonc é performing with show winner Alexandra Burke. According to The Sun, the programme’s choreographer Brian Friedman has now “blabbed” to friends that Cowell has finally convinced the pair to take part. A source explained: “Brian is really excited about this year’s show because there are some great artists involved. “He is proud to be part of it and admires Simon’s ability to attract A-listers.” It is believed that Madonna and Williams will offer masterclasses to the contestants once the live shows start. Whitney Houston, Rihanna and Shakira have also been tipped to appear.
POSTED: 13/08/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Stars Asked To Appear In New Series
It has been rumoured in the press that Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna have all been approached by Simon Cowell to star in the next series of The X Factor. He apparently also wants Robbie Williams to perform. Producers also want Beyonce to return to the show after singing in the final last year.
Louis And Cheryl To Judge American X Factor
Simon Cowell has asked Louis Walsh to appear on the planned US version of The X Factor, according to a report. The music mogul hopes that Walsh will agree to join the judging panel alongside Cheryl Cole when the show goes ahead next year, The Sun claims. News of Cowell’s US plans first hit the headlines yesterday with rumours that he had approached Girls Aloud star Cole for the series. An insider revealed: “Simon is really keen on bringing The X Factor to America as it has been such a hit in the UK. And he is convinced that the Yanks will love Cheryl and Louis.
POSTED: 04/07/09 – Source: Digital Spy
Hopefuls To Repeat Auditions
X Factor hopefuls may have to sing for a second time in front of judges, because of the new format of auditions. Simon Cowell said he wants participants to perform in front of a live audience, just as they do on his other show Britain’s Got Talent. However, auditions have already been held in Glasgow, so the show will have to return to Scotland to reshoot. An X Factor spokeswoman said the new format was all part of making the programme “bigger and better than ever”. She added: “We are still fine tuning our plans, but we aim to be back up in Scotland at the end of the month. “We are working out how we are going to do it, but it does look like everyone who auditioned will come and audition again.”
POSTED: 22/06/09 – Source: BBC News Online
Simon Reveals New Audition Process
This year’s X Factor auditions will be done in the style of Britain’s Got Talent with a live audience. Previously, Simon Cowell and the panel of judges have picked candidates to go through to the Boot Camp round at private, filmed auditions. Fans can apply for tickets to watch the redesigned audition process in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow on ApplauseStore.com. A message on the site reads: “Simon Cowell opens the doors to the Scottish auditions and exclusively invites YOU to join him and all the judges to help them find out who really does have the X Factor 2009.” The first live audition is on Monday, June 22 in London at 1pm. X Factor will return to ITV1 in August.
POSTED: 16/06/09 – Source: Digital Spy
X Factor Star Wages Revealed
It has been revealed that Cheryl Cole will earn the biggest wage of all the judges, except Simon, on this year’s X Factor. She will earn £1.2 million for judging on this year’s X Factor series while fellow judges Danni will be paid £450,000 and Louis will earn £600,000. It was also revealed that the presenter Dermot O’Leary will bank more than £1 million to host the show. Speaking about Cheryl’s wage a source at the talent show said “times are tough but Cheryl’s worth every penny.”
Danni Will Return
Danni Minogue will return, as a judge, on The X Factor again this year. It was reported that Simon Cowell was looking to replace her but she is expected to sign a contract for the 2009 series this week after Simon failed to find a suitable replacement.
Ruth signs a record contract
2008 X Factor runner-up, Ruth Lorenzo has turned her back on her mentor Simon Cowell and signed a £1 million record contract with rival record company EMI/Virgin. She signed the deal this week and will be recording soon.
Holly will return to Xtra
Holly Willoughby will return to present The Xtra Factor on this year’s series. She was expected to pull out to look after her baby who is due in May. This week it was revealed that she will take her mum on the road, while filming the audition shows, so she can look after Holly’s new born. Filming starts in June, just weeks after she is due to give birth.
Alexandra and Ruth scrap
X Factor best friends Alexandra Burke and Ruth Lorenzo have fallen out. They apparently had to be pulled apart after an argument about a male dancer they both fancied on the X Factor tour. Until now the pair were very close and have even been living together.
Cheryl defends Danni
Cheryl Cole has come to the defence of, fellow X Factor judge, Danni Minogue. She has apparently said that if Simon Cowell gives Danni the boot for the next series then she will quit too. It is thought she is nervous at having to work with a judge she doesn’t get on with. Lily Allen and Charlotte Church have both been rumoured to take Danni’s job.
Holly may quit being Xtra host
Holly Willoughby has revealed that she is ready to quit as host on spin-off show The Xtra Factor. The 27 year old is expecting to give birth just weeks before filming starts. She says “I don’t know if I want to rush. I need to decide soon”.
Louis demands a pay rise
Louis Walsh has demanded a huge pay rise to be a judge again on this year’s X Factor. The Irish music mogul is holding out for a £1.3 million contract. It would make Louis seven times better paid than the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Alexandra signs a U.S record deal
X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke has signed a £3 million American record deal. She has signed with the Epic record label. Alexandra has said that she would love to crack the states like Coldplay.
Holly to break from XTra Factor?
Holly Willoughby may have to take a break from presenting X Factor spin-off show The XTra Factor this year because it will clash with her giving birth. Producers say that no decision has been made yet.
Danni is facing the axe
It has been rumoured that Danni Minogue will be axed from the X Factor this year but only if they can find a suitable replacement to take her place on the judging panel. Apparently the favourite to take over from Danni is Charlotte Church.
X Factor losers sign record deals
The runners up of the recent series of X Factor have been offered record contracts but surprisingly not from Simon Cowell. JLS have signed a deal with Epic Records and Eoghan Quigg has signed with the RCA label.
Sharon attacks Danni
Sharon Osbourne has launched a vicious verbal attack on her former X Factor judge Danni Minogue. In an ITV interview she called Danni’s plastic surgery “appalling” and claimed that Danni only went on the X Factor because she “wanted to f**k Simon Cowell“.
Cheryl is a girls’ best friend
Girls Aloud singer, Cheryl Cole is the celebrity that woman would most like as their best friend it has been revealed in a poll. Jennifer Aniston came second with Davina McCall in third place.