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Cher Lloyd Signed By Jay-Z
Cher Lloyd has been signed to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation, it has been claimed – right under the nose of her biggest fan will.i.am. It had been widely assumed Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am would snap up the teenager, after being left impressed by her unique talent during her time on The X Factor. However, Cher’s blend of singing and rapping also attracted the interest of other musical stars, including Jay-Z, who eventually won the battle to sign the teen.
POSTED: 30/12/10 – Source: Daily Mail

Final Was The Most Watched TV Show Of 2010
The X Factor final was the UK’s most watched show of 2010, viewing figures have suggested. According to overnight numbers provided by ratings research board Barb, 17.7 million tuned in to see Matt Cardle named the winner on ITV1 and ITV1 HD. Consolidated figures, which take into account people watching shows they have recorded, are yet to be released.
POSTED: 22/12/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Matt Secures Christmas Number One
Matt Cardle has scored this year’s Christmas number one with his debut single, When We Collide. He sold 439,000 copies to see off competition from a number of Facebook-led campaigns, Rihanna Ft Drake, and the original version of his own single. Facebook contenders The Trashmen and Cage Against the Machine were at number 3 and 21. What’s My Name by Rihanna Ft Drake was number two.
POSTED: 19/12/10 – Source: BBC News Online

ITV ‘won’t delay X Factor for Cowell’
ITV have reportedly warned Simon Cowell that The X Factor must go ahead next year – with or without him. Cowell reportedly wants the broadcaster to delay the next series until later next year or early 2012 due to the launch of the US version of the show. However, the Daily Star reports that bosses at the network want the show to follow its normal schedule after raking in £150million for the current series which finished last week.
POSTED: 15/12/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Complaints To Ofcom Reach 1,000 Mark
Complaints to Ofcom about the raunchy performances of Rihanna and Christina Aguilera on Saturday’s X Factor final have reached the 1,000 mark. Both performances featured the scantily-clad artists and female dancers gyrating on stage. ITV has also received around the same number of complaints. “We are confident that the performances given by our guest artistes on Saturday were appropriate for the show,” an ITV1 spokeswoman said.
POSTED: 14/12/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Matt Set For Christmas Number One
Matt Cardle’s victory in The X Factor at the weekend looks set to land the former Essex painter and decorator with the Christmas number one as it takes a strong lead in early midweek sales flashes. The 27 year-olds’ cover of Biffy Clyro’s Many Of Horror’s is currently more than 70,000 units ahead of its closest competitor, Rihanna Feat. Drake’s What’s My Name.
POSTED: 14/12/10 – Source: MusicWeek.com

Cher Swears At Louis
The X Factor may have crowned its winner over the weekend, but self-confessed brat Cher Lloyd, reportedly threw the mother of all strops at the wrap party, launching a four-letter tirade at judge Louis Walsh. The 17-year old, who has reportedly been snapped up by rapper Will.I.Am after finishing fourth on Saturday evening, is said to have argued with Louis, telling him to “f*** off.”
POSTED: 14/12/10 – Source: MTV.co.uk

Series Public Votes Revealed
Matt Cardle was the clear winner in every weekly vote on this year’s X Factor apart from the first round, it has been revealed. The 2010 champion soared to victory every Sunday, after displacing Mary Byrne from the top spot in week two. ITV has published full voting stats for the whole series, which pulled in 15,448,019 votes across the whole run. The detailed figures fail to quash conspiracy theories about alleged fixing from the producers of the show. Mary Byrne did finish higher than Cher Lloyd in the semi-final vote when many people were surprised by the addition of a sing-off to the elimination procedure. Meanwhile, Katie Waissel finished beneath Treyc Cohen in week five, when Cheryl Cole controversially abstained and was not allowed to take it to ‘Deadlock’ as she wished. Waissel also finished in the bottom two in week one, but was saved by the judges instead of boyband FYD. Simon Cowell and the judges have maintained throughout the show that they have no access to the voting figures.
POSTED: 13/12/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Over 17 Million Watch Matt’s Victory
More than 17 million viewers tuned in to see Matt Cardle win this year’s X Factor, early overnight figures show. An average 17.2m people saw the former painter and decorator from Colchester, Essex come first on the ITV1 show. At its peak at 2045 GMT, it was watched by 18.8m – almost 60% of the total viewing audience across all networks.
POSTED: 13/12/10 – Source: BBC News Online

The Grand Final – In Review – MATT WINS !
Tonight’s final started with the three finalists performing Never Forget with Take That. Next the finalists each sang a song as the judges gave their thoughts of them throughout the series. Halfway through the show the act with the fewest public votes had to leave and that was One Direction. The disappointment was written all over their faces, and that of their mentor Simon Cowell. Next Rebecca and Matt performed what will be their debut single if they win. Finally we came to the result and Dermot revealed that the winner of The X Factor 2010 is Matt. Matt has won a million pound contract and his debut single ‘When We Collide’ is available for download now with the physical release out on Wednesday.
POSTED: 12/12/10

The Final – In Review
Tonight saw part one of this weekend’s X Factor final. The show started with the finalists reunited for one final time to sing What A Feeling. Then each of the final four acts sang a track as the judges gave their final comments, all complimentary tonight of course. Then each act did a duet. Rebecca sang with Christina Aguilera, Matt sang with Rihanna, One Direction sang with Robbie Williams and Cher rapped with Will.I.Am from The Black Eyed Peas. Then it was time for the results and this week it was down to the public vote alone. Rebecca found out that she was through first and then One Direction were told they were safe. The last act through was Matt so Cher left the competition. The winner we be announced on Sunday night.
POSTED: 11/12/10

Winners’ Singles Revealed
The four potential X Factor winners’ singles for this year’s finalists have been revealed, according to sources. For the first time in the show’s history, Simon Cowell is allowing all the acts to sing their own tracks. The Syco boss made the decision following Joe McElderry’s failure to land the Christmas number one spot last year with his version of Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb. It is believed that Matt Cardle’s track is Biffy Clyro’s ‘Many Of Horror’, while Cher Lloyd is apparently lined up to cover Shontelle’s ‘Impossible’. Rebecca Ferguson has reportedly recorded a version of Duffy’s ‘Distant Dreamer’, and One Direction are said to be tackling Alphaville’s ‘Forever Young’.
POSTED: 10/12/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Press Conference
This year’s judges and their remaining acts came together for a press conference on Thursday to talk about the impending final this weekend. Watch the press conference below…

POSTED: 10/12/10

Make-Up Girl Claims She Romped With Matt
A make-up girl linked to X Factor singer Matt Cardle has claimed that he was “all over her” just minutes before performing on the show. Lauren Clements is the latest female to be linked to Cardle. The Sun reports that the 27-year-old told Clements: “It’s the first week I’ve been given my own dressing room – let’s make the most of it.”
POSTED: 10/12/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Finalists Confirm Duets
The X Factor finalists have confirmed which stars they will be performing with this weekend. Speaking at today’s press conference, One Direction explained that they will be singing with Robbie Williams and Rebecca Ferguson revealed that she will duet with Christina Aguilera. Cher Lloyd confirmed that she will be paired with will.i.am and Matt Cardle admitted that he is “excited” about performing with Rihanna.
POSTED: 09/12/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Sound Of Silence To Challenge Winners’ Single
An anti-X Factor “supergroup” has recorded its entry in the race for this year’s Christmas number one – the sound of silence. Madness star Suggs and dance acts Orbital and Pendulum were among those who did nothing in a recording studio. They were recreating composer John Cage’s experimental work 4’33” – the sound of musicians not playing. They hope to emulate Rage Against the Machine, who beat X Factor winner Joe McElderry to number one last year.
POSTED: 06/12/10 – Source: BBC News Online

The Semi-Final Results Show – In Review
Tonight’s semi-final results show saw performances from, former X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, The Glee Cast and The Black Eyed Peas. Then it was time for the results. In the bottom two this week was Mary and Cher. After the sing-off it was time for judges to choose who stays. Louis chose to save his act Mary and Cheryl chose to save her act Cher. Dannii and Simon both opted to save Cher so Mary has lost out on a place in next weeks final.
POSTED: 05/12/10

The Semi-Final – In Review
The theme of tonight’s semi-final was club classics and both acts had to sing two songs each. Mary and Matt did very well despite being ill for most of the week although Simon called Matt’s second song his worst song because he played it too safe. Rebecca impressed all the judges and got the best comments of the night. Dannii didn’t seem to think much of Cher and criticised both of her performances. She said Cher’s first song didn’t show off her vocals enough. Cheryl called One Direction’s first song dangerous because it was too current. Simon poo-poo’ed her comments as tactics. Tomorrows results show will feature performances from Alexandra Burke, The Glee Cast and The Black Eyed Peas and one act will leave before next week’s final.
POSTED: 04/12/10

Winners’ Album To Be Rush Released
The winner of this year’s X Factor will release their album as soon as possible, according to reports. The Sun claims that Simon Cowell has pushed the release date forward to avoid the lacklustre sales experienced by last year’s winner Joe McElderry, who failed to reach number one in the UK album chart with Wide Awake. Traditionally, winners such as Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke have spent a year working on their debut LP, before returning to launch it on the show the following year.
POSTED: 04/12/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl Lands American X Factor Deal
Cheryl Cole has landed a £3 million deal to be a judge on the US X Factor. The singer – who has won the past two consecutive seasons of the UK show with her acts Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry – will join Simon Cowell on the Stateside judging panel after impressing show bosses with her “good looks” and natural “chemistry” with the music mogul.
POSTED: 30/11/10 – Source: This Is London

Wagner In Drugs Revelation
According to The Mirror, Wagner Carrilho carried out a drug deal INSIDE The X ­Factor studios just minutes after millions of viewers watched him on the live results show. The odd-ball Brazilian arranged for his dealer to have back-stage access by giving him a friends and family pass to watch him perform. As soon as the cameras stopped rolling, he rushed to the after-show party, ­ushered the supplier into a back room and scored some cannabis. He then spent the rest of the night brazenly introducing the pusher – seen here posing with Katie Waissel – to other contestants, claiming he was an “old friend”. Wagner, 54 – who has previously been pictured smoking a cannabis joint – claims the drug helps singers find inspiration. We can reveal he has been buying a steady supply since he has been on the show.
POSTED: 29/11/10 – Source: The Mirror

Finalist’s Top U.K Chart
Finalists from this year’s X Factor have topped the singles chart with their version of David Bowie’s Heroes. The song has been released in aid of armed forces charity Help For Heroes. It sold 144,000 copies during its first week, which has only been equalled this year by Haiti’s Everybody Hurts charity single and Cheryl Cole’s Promise This
POSTED: 29/11/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Eighth Results Show – In Review
Tonight’s results show saw performances from The Wanted, Justin Bieber and Nicole Scherzinger. Then it was time to reveal the results on this double-elimination night. It was revealed that the bottom three were Katie, Mary & Wagner. The act with the lowest amount of public votes had to leave straight away and that was Katie. Then it was the sing-off between both of Louis’ acts Wagner and Mary. After they sang the judges had to pick who to send home. Louis was first to choose and didn’t seem to struggle with his decision to send home Wagner. Dannii and Cheryl both chose to send home Wagner so Simon didn’t need to make a choice and Wagner went home. Next week it’s the semi-final.
POSTED: 28/11/10

Eighth Live Show – In Review
Tonight was Rock night where the acts sang rock anthems. All acts also had to sing twice this week. Mary had another good week and the audience seemed to love her. One Direction did two good songs although Louis questioned if their second song was a rock song. Katie did well but Simon said her second song was too good a song to be shortened for the programme which meant it didn’t work. Matt had good reviews from the judges despite struggling with a sore throat. Cher had a good week after what Simon called a “disaster” last week. Rebecca was told by Dannii said she would like to see more of a performance from her and Simon seemed to agree calling her performance a bit “stiff”’. Wagner sang Creep and Dannii said it was the best he has ever sang and she thinks that is because he connected to the lyrics. Louis asked her if she is saying he is a creep. Sunday’s results show will see two acts leaving the competition and will feature performances from The Wanted, Justin Bieber and Nicole Scherzinger.
POSTED: 27/11/10

Gamu Visa Ruling Reversed
Former X Factor singer Gamu Nhengu and her family have won the latest round of their legal fight to remain in the UK. The Home Office had turned down a visa renewal application by the teenage singer’s mother, but reversed that decision at a hearing in Glasgow.
POSTED: 27/11/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Waissel’s Gran Offers Services To Cowell
Katie Waissel’s grandmother Sheila Vogel-Coupe has claimed that X Factor boss Simon Cowell can avail of the services she provides whenever he wants. The 81-year-old told The Sun that she has been disowned by her family since it was revealed that she works as a prostitute under the alias Grand Dame Cecilia Bird.
POSTED: 25/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Shayne Ward Denies Mime Jibe
Shayne Ward has denied suggesting that One Direction are miming during their X Factor performances. A report today claimed that the former winner had hit out at the Simon Cowell-mentored group and said that they “shouldn’t mime”. However, writing on Twitter this afternoon Ward dismissed the article – claiming that what he said had been taken out of context.
POSTED: 24/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Dermot In Talks For American X Factor
Dermot O’Leary has been in talks with Fox about joining the US X Factor, it has been claimed. According to Heat, producers of the American version of the show are more keen on show host O’Leary than Cheryl Cole, who is currently a judge on the UK series. A supposed insider told the magazine: “Dermot’s made no secret of the fact he’d love to host the US X Factor.
POSTED: 24/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Seventh Results Show – In Review
On tonight’s results show we saw the return of, last year’s runner-up, Olly Murs who performed his new single. We also saw all 16 of this year’s finalists reunited to perform their new charity single Heroes. All proceeds of the single will go to the Help For Heroes charity. Then is was time for the results and the bottom two this week were Cher and Paije. After the sing-off the judges had to decide who to vote off. One thing was agreed by the judges and that was that Cher and Paije did not deserve to be in the bottom two. Simon chose to send home Paije, Cheryl saved her act and sent home Paije and Danni chose to save her act and sent home Cher. It was over to Louis to send home Paije or send it to deadlock. He chose to send home Paije and he very gracefully left the competition.
POSTED: 21/11/10

Seventh Live Show – In Review
On tonight’s show all of the acts sang Beatles hits. Mary did well and seemed to be more confident this week. One Direction did well again although Dannii said the backing singers in the band didn’t do a good job. Rebecca was told by Simon she looked nervous this week and Dannii said she didn’t think she was at her best. Paije had a good night and Simon said he was a million times better than last week. Cheryl told Wagner to think himself lucky to be on the stage, which seemed to be her reply to him after press reports that he had said she got lucky with her career. He replied “please don’t believe what the press say”. Matt had some negative comments, Louis said there was “something missing” and Simon didn’t like his look. Cher sang a ballad and made a good job of it although Louis called it was a “lazy performance” and Simon criticised the fact that she sang on a staircase which upset Cheryl. Katie sang with a new look and short haircut and got good comments from all but Dannii. Sunday’s results show will feature Olly Murs and all sixteen of this year’s finalists will sing their charity record.
POSTED: 20/11/10

Wagner Moved To Hotel
Wagner Carrilho has reportedly been forced to move out of the X Factor house and into a local hotel. According to reports, show bosses made the decision after receiving complaints about the 54-year-old, following more rows inside the house. Matt Cardle and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson have both publicly criticised Wagner’s continued survival in the competition, leading to another furious bust-up. “Production have been getting lots of complaints about Wagner from singers and staff, and thought, ‘Enough is enough’,” a source told The Mirror.
POSTED: 19/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Voting Leak Denied
An X Factor spokesman has rejected any suggestion that official voting figures were leaked ahead of last night’s results show. Following the announcement of his exit, Dermot O’Leary asked Aiden Grimshaw if he was surprised. Grimshaw said: “My friend texted me earlier and said there was a leak on Twitter that I was third from bottom.” O’Leary responded that such claims were “uncorroborated”. A show spokesman told the Daily Mail: “People make lots of unfounded predictions on the internet about the order of the contestants based on various popularity polls. We do not believe there is a leak.”
POSTED: 15/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Sixth Results Show – In Review
Tonight’s results show saw JLS and Westlife perform. Take That also performed as a five piece for the first time in fifteen years. Then it was time for the results. The two acts in the bottom two this week were Aiden and Katie. After the sing-off it was over to the judges to decide their fate. Simon chose to send Aiden home, Cheryl saved her act Katie and Danni saved her act Aiden. It was then down to Louis to cast the deciding vote. He chose to save Aiden. With two votes each it was deadlock where they refer back to the earlier public vote. The act with the least votes this week was Aiden and so he was sent home.
POSTED: 14/11/10

Sixth Live Show – In Review
The theme of tonight’s show was the hits of Elton John. Louis was like a grumpy old man this week. Dannii seemed very unimpressed by him and Simon threatened to have him removed from the building. The acts that had a good night this week were Aiden, Cher, Matt, Rebecca, One Direction and Mary had a better week and seemed to get over last weeks nerves. Paije was criticised by Louis and Simon for his choice of song and Simon even said you have zero chance of winning with that song. Katie’s song choice was questioned by Louis and Dannii. Wagner’s routine was as camp and strange as ever and he once again told off his mentor for getting his name wrong. Westlife, JLS and Take That will all feature on this week’s results show.
POSTED: 13/11/10

New Fifth Judge To Join The Panel?
X Factor producers are reportedly planning to introduce a fifth member onto the judging panel. The move comes after Simon Cowell invited 20 fans to a brainstorming session in London to discuss how the show could be improved, reports The Sun.
POSTED: 11/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cowell “seething” At Fix Claim
Simon Cowell has reportedly been left “seething” by suggestions that The X Factor is fixed. Over 900 viewers complained to telecoms regulator Ofcom after Cheryl Cole’s refusal to vote on Sunday’s results show. After comments from host Dermot O’Leary, it was later claimed that producers might have engineered the controversial finale by choosing Cole to cast her vote second, rather than last. O’Leary later clarified his remarks. According to Metro, Ofcom has stated that the public vote only decides the acts who will feature in the bottom two. After that point, the broadcaster may decide at its own discretion the manner in which one act is eliminated.
POSTED: 11/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl Takes No Blame For Treyc Exit
Cheryl Cole has claimed that it is not her job to show Treyc Cohen’s personality to X Factor viewers. She insisted that she could not be held responsible for Cohen’s lack of connection with the British public over the course of the series. Cohen returned to the bottom two last night for the second time and was axed by the judges after a sing-off with Katie Waissel. When quizzed on The Xtra Factor by a Cohen fan over the singer’s “lack of connection” with viewers, Cole claimed that she had done all she could for her act.
POSTED: 08/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Elton John Theme Confirmed
Dermot O’Leary has confirmed that next weekend’s X Factor will have an Elton John theme. The theme is surprising after remarks made by Elton in recent weeks. He described TV talent shows as “boring” and “brain crippling” and he questioned the long-term career prospects of the contestants.
POSTED: 07/11/10

Fifth Results Show – In Review
Tonight’s results show saw performances from former X Factor winner Shayne Ward and Kylie Minogue. Then it was the results and Dermot had to ask the audience to be quiet as there were lots of boos when Wagner got through. The bottom two this week were two of Cheryl’s acts, Katie and Treyc. After the sing-off it was over to the judges to decide their fate. Simon chose to save Katie. Cheryl then refused to vote. She told Dermot to “ask these two (judges) then and I’ll take it to deadlock”. Dannii chose to save Treyc. Louis struggled to come to a decision but chose to send home Treyc. So Treyc has left the competition.
POSTED: 07/11/10

Fifth Live Show – In Review
The theme of tonight’s show was American Anthems. The acts that had a good night tonight were Rebecca, Katie, Paije, Aiden, and Cher although Simon said she wasn’t “original” tonight. Wagner was told he was more in tune and Simon described him as “something you like, but shouldn’t like”. Treyc also had a good night again. Mary seemed to go to pieces. She looked very nervous and emotional and the judges commented on that. One Direction did well but Dannii said it wasn’t the performance of the night although Simon said it was their best of the series. Performance of the night had to be Matt. He got very emotional while singing his ballad but still sang it beautifully and the judges and audience both loved him. The results show will feature Kylie Minogue and Shayne Ward.
POSTED: 06/11/10

Cheryl Upsets Her Girls
Cheryl Cole’s decision to fly out of the country this week has upset her female X Factor contestants, reports say. According to The Sun, the singer has come under fire from all her acts for “abandoning” them. “It all got very nasty. The girls were at each other’s throats – and Cheryl’s. She couldn’t believe what was going on. She’d only been gone a few days,” a source claimed. “Cheryl’s been texting Katie a lot as she’s been on the edge this week and Cher is quite needy too. But the other two interpreted this as favouritism and there were some really ugly scenes. At one point Cheryl threw her hands in the air and screamed, ‘Enough!’.”
POSTED: 06/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Double Elimations Return To The Show
The X Factor will hold a double elimination in the next two weekends, it has been claimed. For the last fortnight, only one contestant has been voted off on the Sunday evening.
POSTED: 06/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Jay Kay Calls Cheryl & Dannii Useless
Jay Kay reportedly insulted X Factor judges Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue at the weekend. According to The Sun, the Jamiroquai frontman called the female judges “f**king useless” the day before he performed ‘White Knuckle Ride’ on Sunday’s results show. Kay was quoted as saying: “What are they going to tell me about f**king music? “What the f**k. When have you ever done anything? You’re useless. The pair of you. I mean you look great and I’d like to f**king shag you but that’s all.” He reportedly added: “I just don’t like the w**ky stuff I have to do. F**king X Factor and that. I’m going to have to sing in front of f**king amateurs. Do you know what I mean?”
POSTED: 01/11/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Fourth Results Show – In Review
Tonight’s results show opened with the finalists performing with rock legends Bon Jovi. Jamiroquai made his X Factor debut and Rihanna also sang her new single. Then it was time for the results. The bottom two acts this week were Belle Amie and Katie. Both acts sang for survival and then it was over to the judges. Simon and Cheryl both chose to save their own acts respectively. Dannii chose to send home Belle Amie and Louis chose to send home Katie. This meant the results went to deadlock for the first time this series. This is where they refer back to the public vote. Belle Amie had the least votes this week so had to leave the competition. Simon now only has one act left.
POSTED: 31/10/10

Fourth Live Show – In Review
The theme this week was Halloween. The acts that had largely good comments from the judges were Mary, Rebecca, Paije, Belle Amie, Katie, One Direction and the judges were very impressed with Cher’s performance. Simon described it as the best performance of the season. Treyc had a better night although some of the judges said they can’t see a musical style which Cheryl was not amused with. Aiden was criticised for being too intense with his performances and for not smiling enough. Dannii seemed furious when the other judges said Matt seemed nervous and it was an off-week for him. Wagner was the same as ever and was told he was out of time with the music. Sunday’s results show will see performances from Bon Jovi, Jamiroquai and Rihanna.
POSTED: 30/10/10

Dannii Denies She Will Quit This Weekend
Dannii Minogue has denied suggestions that she is planning to quit The X Factor live on air this weekend. The reality talent show judge responded to questions from her Twitter followers concerning various rumours about the alleged rift on the panel. One asked if reports suggesting that she had been driven to tears by on-set fighting were true. “No,” Minogue responded. Another questioned Minogue about the rumour that she might quit on air, to which the singer replied: “Total %@*#”.
POSTED: 29/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Shayne Ward To Return To The Show
Shayne Ward has confirmed that he will return to The X Factor to perform his new single. The singer won the ITV competition in 2005 and has since released two albums and had four UK top ten hits. The Sun reports that the 26-year-old will perform his new single ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ on the November 7 results show – which will also reportedly feature Kylie Minogue. “It’s such an honour to be invited on,” Ward said. “I’ve been working really hard on my new stuff so I really hope people like it. It will be great to get back on the X Factor stage.”
POSTED: 29/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Buble Brands Mime Critics “Idiots”
Michael Buble has branded critics who claimed he mimed on the X Factor “idiots”. Speaking on the Scott Mills show he says he was “shocked” people thought he wasn’t singing live. He had a direct message for anyone who thought he was miming: “Whoever you are writing on these blogs if you think that I’m miming you’re an idiot.” He says it was obvious that it wasn’t a recording: “Did they not listen to me I was flat and out of breath.” Buble wasn’t well and says he had to change his performance. “I had to go down a key because I was sick and couldn’t hit the notes,” he admitted. “If I was going to lip synch wouldn’t I just do it to my recording.”
POSTED: 27/10/10 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

John Takes Swipe At Simon
X Factor finalist John Adeleye has taken a swipe at Simon Cowell for his remarks on Saturday’s show. Answering questions from the This Morning hub, Adeleye claimed that Cowell’s focus on the backing dancers during his performance of ‘Zoom’ distracted viewers from his vocals.
POSTED: 25/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Finalists “Baffled” By Judges
The X Factor finalists have reportedly been left confused by the constant fighting between the judges. The Sun claims that the remaining singers fear being criticised because of who their mentor is. “Backstage the contestants are baffled,” an insider told the paper. “Saying they don’t know whether they’ve done something wrong or whether their mentor has.”
POSTED: 25/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl’s Performance Was Pre-Recorded
Cheryl Cole pre-recorded her performance of new single ‘Promise This’ on Sunday night’s X Factor results show, it has been reported. According to The Sun, the vocals were pre-recorded apart from a few lines at the end of the song which Cole sang live. The entire performance was also apparently recorded before the rest of the results show was aired.
POSTED: 25/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Third Results Show – In Review
Tonight’s results show featured performances from Michael Buble and the world exclusive performance of judge Cheryl Cole’s new single Promise This. Then came the time to eliminate tonight’s contestant. Simon could not hide his delight when both his acts got through, punching the air and slapping his thigh while a bemused Louis looked on. The bottom two where John and Treyc. After the sing-off it was over to the judges to decide who goes. Louis obviously chose to save his act John, Dannii chose to save Treyc and Cheryl saved her act Treyc. So it was over to Simon who could have sent it to deadlock or send John home. Simon had a dig at Louis and told John “I just don’t think you’ve been looked after properly”. Simon then chose to send John home.
POSTED: 24/10/10

Third Live Show – In Review
The theme of this weeks show was Guilty Pleasures. The stand out performances were from Katie, Rebecca, Paije, Aiden and Matt. Louis upset Simon by claiming that he is putting all his efforts into One Direction and not Belle Amie and said “it’s not right”. Cheryl and Dannii said that Mary was good but Louis should let her try something more modern as her performances are the same. Dannii also criticised One Directions choice of song saying that the Pink track they sang is not a guilty pleasure. Only one act will leave on Sunday’s show which will also see Michael Buble and judge Cheryl Cole perform.
POSTED: 23/10/10

Wagner Leaves The Contestants House?
X Factor contestant Wagner Carrilho has allegedly moved out of the Hertfordshire house where the remaining finalists are living. The Daily Mail reports that Carrilho is now staying at a hotel in North London and cites the other contestants’ personal habits and a “funny smell” as the reasons for his move.
POSTED: 18/10/10

ITV Signs New X Factor Deal
ITV has agreed new three-year deals for The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. The channel has also secured the exclusive broadcast rights to the American version of The X Factor, which will be shown on ITV2 alongside America’s Got Talent. ITV’s deal renews its collaboration with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia following a large amount of speculation about the formats. The future for the UK reality shows was thrown into doubt after Piers Morgan confirmed his exit from Britain’s Got Talent and Simon Cowell announced plans to launch a US X Factor in autumn 2011. However, this latest development means that Cowell will remain with the broadcaster until 2013. It has also been confirmed that Britain’s Got Talent will return in spring 2011 as usual, while the UK X Factor will further be back in its regular slot in autumn 2011.
POSTED: 18/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Second Results Show – In Review
The second results show took place tonight and saw performances from Diana Vickers and Katy Perry. Tonight saw another double elimination. The act with the least public votes had to go home straight away and that was Storm Lee. The other two acts that polled the least votes were two of Simon’s Groups. Diva Fever and Belle Amie were both in the sing-off. The judges then had to decide who they want to send home. Louis, Danni and Cheryl all decided to send home Diva Fever. Dermot then asked Simon to say which of the acts he would have sent home but he replied “that’s not fair – they have left, leave it as that”. Diva Fever said that they have had “the time of our lives”.
POSTED: 17/10/10

Second Live Show – In Review
The second live show took place tonight and the theme this week was music heroes where the acts had to sing songs from their music heroes. Simon had a bit of banter with Cheryl telling her she looked less orange to which she replied and your teeth look whiter. The acts that shone in the judge’s eyes this week were 1 Direction, Diva Fever, Mary Byrne, Matt Cardale and Katie Waissel. After an amazing first week, Aiden Grimshaw didn’t seem to have such a good week. Simon told him he could hear the nerves and Aiden himself seemed closed to tears as he told Dermot his performance was rubbish. Sunday’s results show will see another double elimination and will also include performances from Diana Vickers and Katy Perry.
POSTED: 16/10/10

Finalists Feuding Backstage
The X Factor finalists are constantly arguing backstage, a report has claimed. According to The Sun, fellow competitors are convinced that Katie Waissel and Cher Lloyd are getting special treatment and are now ignoring them. Contestants have also been timing each other’s rehearsals to ensure that they all get an equal amount of time, it is alleged.
POSTED: 16/10/10

Finalists To Release Charity Single
The X Factor finalists are to release a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ in aid of Help For Heroes, it has been revealed. The Sun reports that the finalists will record the single and its video over the next week. ‘Heroes’ is believed to be released on November 7th.
POSTED: 15/10/10

Konnie’s Tour Gaff
Konnie Huq has apologised to the top 16 X Factor acts after making a mistake about the reality show’s UK tour. The new Xtra Factor presenter told the finalists that they would all be going on the 15-date arena tour on Saturday night’s spinoff show. Her news was greeted by screaming and hugging from the Top 12 and four wildcard entrants. However, she was later told off-camera that she had made an error and that it would be the same as in previous years and only the top eight contestants would be touring.
POSTED: 12/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Bleakley Could Be New Presenter
Christine Bleakley has reportedly been told that she will replace Dermot O’Leary if he is chosen to host the US version of The X Factor. According to The Mirror, O’Leary has until February to accept the ‘multimillion-pound’ presenting job. Daybreak host Bleakley was tipped as his replacement in July.
POSTED: 11/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

FYD Claim ‘running order cost us’
X Factor eliminees FYD have claimed that performing first on Saturday’s live show hurt their chances of staying in the competition. The five-piece boyband, made up of Matthew Lawton, Kalvin Lamey, Alex Murdoch, Ryan Lee-Seager and Jordan Gabriel, were left in the bottom three on Sunday’s results show before being eliminated by the judges’ vote.
POSTED: 11/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Show Performances Not Chart Eligible
Performance tracks from this series of X Factor are not eligible for the official UK singles chart, despite being sold via iTunes. For the first time this year, fans are able to buy tracks from the finalists as digital downloads “within hours” of the talent show being broadcast. But producers said the songs would be excluded from the top 40 to “protect integrity”.
POSTED: 11/10/10 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

First Results Show – In Review
The first results show took place tonight and two acts had to leave. The show contained performances from Usher and last year’s winner Joe McElderry. Then it was down to business with the results of the public vote. The act with the least public votes had to leave straight away and that was Nicolo Festa. When asked how he feels he replied “like crap”. The other two acts polling the least votes from the public were FYD and Katie Waissel. The two acts had to sing again and then it was over to the judges for their decision. Simon chose to save his act FYD and Cheryl chose to save her act Katie. Dannii chose to send home FYD which meant Louis could choose to send home FYD or refer it back to the public vote. Louis said he is going to save the act who “deserves to stay the most” and sent home FYD.
POSTED: 10/10/10

First Live Show – In Review
The live shows are back on our screens with the longest ever X Factor show tonight lasting a massive 180 minutes. The theme this week was number ones from around the world. The show started revealing that each judge has brought back a contestant on a wildcard. Simon brought back duo Diva Fever in the Groups category, Louis Walsh offered his wildcard to Wagner Carrilho. Dannii Minogue handed a last chance to Paije Richardson and Cheryl Cole gave the last slot on the live shows to Treyc Cohen. All sixteen acts than sang as the judges made comments. Apart from a few quips about styling and song choices, the judges were, unusually, fairly complimentary to the acts although the squabbling between each other was still evident. At one point Louis told Cheryl “I have an opinion, it’s not all about you” and Simon wasn’t amused when Louis tried to claim that forming the group One Direction was his idea. The phone lines are now open and the two acts polling the least votes will leave the competition in Sunday nights show. Last year’s winner, Joe McElderry will also perform on the results show.
POSTED: 09/10/10

Cher Treated For Nerves
X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd has reportedly been given vitamin injections to help fight her nerves ahead of tonight’s first live show. According to The Sun, the singer’s mentor Cheryl Cole recommended that she visit a Harley Street clinic for a vitamin B12 shot after complaining of exhaustion.
POSTED: 09/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cowell Joins Gamu Deportation Fight
Simon Cowell has thrown his weight behind the campaign to save X Factor singer Gamu Nhengu from being sent back to Zimbabwe. The music mogul’s lawyers have been drafted in to help Gamu in her battle to stay at her Clackmannanshire home. The prospect of being sent back to her homeland has been hanging over the 18-year-old after her mother’s visa application was turned down. Mr Cowell said: “We are helping Gamu and her family as much as possible.”
POSTED: 09/10/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Legal Bid To Overturn Gamu’s Removal
Solicitors for X Factor entrant Gamu Nhengu and her family are to seek a judicial review of the Home Office order expelling them from the UK. Gamu, 18, originally from Zimbabwe and now living in Clackmannanshire, was eliminated from the ITV show on Sunday. Immigration officials confirmed that her mother, Nokuthula Ngazana, had been refused permission to stay in the UK after her visa expired in August. Earlier, more than 100 supporters gathered outside Gamu’s home.The family’s solicitor said it would be seeking a judicial review of the case from the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
POSTED: 06/10/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Cheryl Defends Cher Decision
Cheryl Cole has reportedly revealed that she thinks she was right to have put Cher Lloyd through to The X Factor’s final 12. She told The Mirror: “Cher fell apart but when I go back to when I first saw her I was buzzing. I got a real buzz, a real buzz. “Then when I watched her at Boot Camp she was amazing so I have to remember that actually she was poorly.” The singer added that she considered “everything” before making her decision. She explained: “I’m not making excuses for her, because you have to perform when you’re poorly when you become an artist, but they’re under so much pressure, under themselves, you have to take everything into consideration, so Cher was that for me.”
POSTED: 04/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cher To Have A Counsellor
Cher Lloyd will reportedly have access to a 24/7 counsellor as she competes in the live shows. Last night, viewers saw mentor Cheryl Cole choose the 17-year-old as one of her three finalists. According to The Sun, some mental health experts have questioned the decision to put Lloyd through. Claude Knights, director of under-18s charity Kidscape said: “It sounds like she’s too vulnerable – further exposure seems quite risky and foolhardy.”
POSTED: 04/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Final Twelve Revealed
They’ve sung, they’ve cried, they’ve flounced out. But now, the deliberation is all over. The judges and their assistants have gone through all the acts and from over 200,000 who auditioned we are down to the final 12. The live rounds begin next week, and the following wannabes are one step closer to the pop stardom that they have always dreamed of. Here are the acts who are through to the final stages.

Simon’s groups
F.Y.D: London-based, talented song-and-dance act who Simon didn’t like on their first audition but warmed to them at his house. / 1 Direction: Young (aged between 16 and 18) boyband consisting of solo entrants Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zany Malik and Niall Horan. / Belle Amie: Another group put together at bootcamp, consisting of Rebecca Creighton, Sophia Wardman, Geneva Lane and Esther Campbell.

Louis Walsh’s over 28s
John Adeleye: 29-year-old care worker from London. Favourite to go furthest of the weakest category. / Mary Byrne: 50-year-old supermarket worker from Dublin. Good voice but has she that star quality? / Storm Lee: Emotional Scotsman, who moved to California and changed his name to Storm. Desperate to win.

Dannii Minogue’s boys
Aiden Grimshaw: Good looking 18-year-old from Blackpool. He’s now the bookie’s second favourite behind… / Matt Cardle: Down-to-earth former postman from Essex, who already has a lot of internet fans. / Nicolo Festa: Arrogant half Italian with a great voice but with an attitude that could annoy people.

Cheryl Cole’s girls
Cher Lloyd: A controversial pick, the 17 year-old was put through despite breaking down in her audition and being unable to sing. / Katie Waissel: A 24-year-old fame-hungry Londoner, who is desperate to succeed and already featured in the tabloids in a kiss and tell. / Rebecca Ferguson: The young Liverpudlian with a deep soulful voice who Cheryl reckons will become more confident.
POSTED: 03/10/10 – Source: Yahoo TV

Wildcard Twist Revealed
A 13th “Wildcard” finalist could rejoin The X Factor during next week’s live show, a source has claimed. Show bosses are reportedly planning to have Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole each select a further candidate from their respective categories who they originally rejected at the judge’s houses stage, one of which will then be voted back into the competition. An insider told the Daily Star that Cowell intended for the potential twist to increase competition between the acts and send ratings skyrocketing.
POSTED: 03/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Sex Ban For Contestants’ Mansion
The final 12 acts in The X Factor have been banned from having sex in their £3.5 million house. According to The Sun, show bosses have threatened contestants with expulsion from the contest if they break a series of tight rules while staying in their North London mansion.
POSTED: 03/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Louis Didn’t Want ‘Over 28’s’
Louis Walsh has spoken of his frustration at being handed the Over-28s category in this year’s series. “I didn’t want this category,” he confessed to the Daily Mail. “I’m going to be honest, when I was given this category I was so disappointed.”
POSTED: 03/10/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Final 32 Contestants Revealed
The Groups, mentored by Simon Cowell, include Twem, The Reason, Diva Fever, Princes & Rogues, FYD and Husstle. New girl group Belle Amie – formed from solo vocalists Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell, Geneva Lane and Sophia Wardman – and boyband 1 Direction, comprised of Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zain Malik, make up the category.

Meanwhile, Cher Lloyd, Katie Waissel, Treyc Cohen, Annastasia Baker, Rebecca Ferguson, Keri Arrindell, Raquel Thomas and Gamu Nhengu make up the Girls category, who will be looked after by Cheryl Cole.

Dannii Minogue’s Boys are John Wilding, Nicolo Festa, Matt Cardle, Tom Richards, Paije Richardson, Aiden Grimshaw, Marlon McKenzie and Karl Brown.

Finally, the Over-28s who made it through are Storm Lee, Mary Byrne, John Adeleye, Yuli Minguel, Stephen Hunter, Wagner Carrilho, Justin Vanderhyde and Elesha Moses. They will be mentored by Louis Walsh.
POSTED: 27/09/10

Minogue Rules Out Osbourne Friendship
Dannii Minogue has said that Sharon Osbourne is “welcome” on The X Factor, but has ruled out building a friendship with her. Speaking to The Sun, the reality show judge has said that Osbourne has been a big part of the show, and that she would not want to interfere in her friendship with fellow panellist Louis Walsh. Minogue said: “Sharon is welcome any time – just not in my dressing room.
POSTED: 25/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cowell Bans Contestants Dating
Simon Cowell has reportedly told The X Factor contestants not to become romantically involved with each other. According to The Mirror, the 50-year-old gave strict instructions to the auditionees.
POSTED: 21/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl Furious At Judges’ Houses Chaos
Cheryl Cole was reportedly left furious after her X Factor Judges’ Houses round was plagued by troubles. The judge, who was filming her portion of the round at a country house in Ascot, Berkshire, was apparently shocked to find that the property was surrounded by scaffolding as builders carried out extensive work on the mansion.
POSTED: 20/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Huge Ratings Again
Saturday’s fifth audition show averaged 10.51m viewers (43.7%) on ITV1, and 552k on HD – making a total of 11.07m (46%) between 7.30pm and 8.45pm. The audience peaked at 12.09m (50.1%) at 8.15pm. Meanwhile, at the same time, Merlin mustered 4.99m (20.9%).
POSTED: 18/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl To Quit U.K X Factor For American Version
Cheryl Cole has finalised a multi-million pound deal to join the US version of The X Factor, a report says. According to the Daily Mail she will quit her role on the UK show to move to America. “It’s something that Simon [Cowell] and Cheryl have been discussing for months. It’s a very exciting prospect to have Cheryl on board,” a source claimed.
POSTED: 18/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Simon To Sign New Deal With ITV
Simon Cowell is poised to sign a new deal worth up to £20 million with ITV which will see him stay on The X Factor until 2013. It also means an extra £4 million will be ploughed into the series every year.
POSTED: 13/09/10 – Source: The Sun

Finalists Warned About Behaviour
The finalists of The X Factor have reportedly been told to improve their behaviour or risk being thrown off the show. Bosses are introducing ten new rules to keep the singers in line, following a string of alcohol binges, fights and sex romps, according to the News of the World.
POSTED: 12/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Contestants Dating Rumour
X Factor hopefuls Cher Lloyd and Liam Payne reportedly began romancing at Boot Camp. According to The Sun, the duo enjoyed an “intimate night together” at a Premier Inn in Wembley.
POSTED: 08/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cowell Could Ditch 2011 Show
Simon Cowell has said he could ditch next year’s X Factor. He only has a contract with ITV1 for this year’s series. He is also signed up to make the US version of the show. But that’s all. He said: “There has got to be a mood here for these shows and I have always been very conscious of that. “You can’t force anything. At the moment you are going to see me doing one show, and not in England. There’s speculation in the US that when the American X Factor starts it will get an autumn slot. That would force ITV to switch the dates for the UK version. If that happened, then Cowell’s appearance on Britain’s Got Talent could be in doubt.
POSTED: 07/09/10 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Best Ratings So Far
This weekends X Factor has seen the best ratings so far this series. The ratings peaked at 12.5 million watching which means more than half of all Saturday night viewers tuned into the show.
POSTED: 06/09/10

No Strictly Clash
The Strictly Come Dancing series eight launch show will not clash with The X Factor. Last month, the BBC revealed that the ballroom dance reality TV show would be returning with its first ever red carpet opening episode on September 11th. Unlike last year’s series opener, it is not scheduled to overlap with the X Factor auditions on ITV1.
POSTED: 04/09/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl Furious At Osbourne Return
Cheryl Cole has reportedly been left furious over Louis Walsh’s decision to bring back Sharon Osbourne to The X Factor. According to The Mirror, the ‘Fight For This Love’ singer is unhappy with the prospect of the former judge returning for the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition.
POSTED: 31/08/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Sinitta Wants Louis Axed
Sinitta has called for Louis Walsh to be axed from The X Factor judging panel. The ‘So Macho’ singer, who has been removed as Simon Cowell’s co-mentor on the ITV1 reality show, said that she would be a perfect replacement for the Irish music mogul. “Simon should axe Louis and give me his job. I’ve got more talent in my little finger than Louis has in his whole body,” she told The People.
POSTED: 31/08/10 – Source: Digital Spy

X Factor Announces Auto-Tune Ban
X Factor contestants will no longer have their performances tweaked using sound filters, the ITV series has announced. “There will be no auto-tune in the audition shows or for competitive performances on live shows,” a spokeswoman said.
POSTED: 26/08/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Bosses Admit Changing Vocals
X Factor bosses have admitted using vocal enhancement processes on the ITV talent show. Fans had claimed after the opening show that “autotuning” had been used to improve some contestants’ voices. It is used in recording studios to improve performances by correcting pitch and disguising off-key mistakes. An X Factor spokesman said post-production work was necessary on the show due to the number of microphones used during filming. “The judges make their decisions at the auditions stage based on what they hear on the day, live in the arena,” the spokesman added. “The footage and sound is then edited and dubbed into a finished programme, to deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers. “When it gets to the live shows, it will be all live.”
POSTED: 23/08/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Lily Allen Slams X Factor
Lily Allen has criticised The X Factor for being too scripted. Writing on her Twitter page, the singer also claimed that Simon Cowell is the only person who benefits from the talent show. She wrote: “X factor – FAIL. Too set up/scripted in my humble opinion. “its s**t. FACT ! Its everything that I detest about modern western culture. Cowell is the only one who really benefits. “I don’t know how simon cowell has managed to get away with essentially copywriting the talent contest. Its beyond me, really.”
POSTED: 23/08/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Over 11 million People Watch The First Show
The first episode of this year’s X Factor series was watched by 11.1m people on Saturday night, a significant increase on last year’s figure of 9.9m. At its peak, the ITV1 show was being watched by 12.6m people, nearly 50% of the total Saturday night TV audience.
POSTED: 22/08/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Robbie To Reunite With Take That On The Show
According to The Sun, Robbie Williams’ official reunion with Take That will be staged live on The X Factor in the Autumn. Other rumoured acts to perform in the live shows include Prince, Madonna, Elton John and The Rolling Stones.
POSTED: 21/08/10

Dannii Axed From 2011 Series
Dannii Minogue has reportedly been axed from the next series of The X Factor. The singer, who missed the first stages of this year’s competition while on maternity leave, upset show bosses by refusing to let a guest judge replace her for the whole series, according to The Sun.
POSTED: 21/08/10 – Source: Digital Spy

2011 Series To Start In November
Next year’s X Factor will be starting in November, leaving the winner with no chance of a Christmas no.1. Simon Cowell’s hit show usually begins in August and runs all the way up to the festive period, but in 2011 it will be starting three months later and finishing in March 2012 to avoid a clash with the US version.
POSTED: 20/08/10 – Source: On The Box

2010 Launch Date Confirmed
The launch date of The X Factor series seven has been confirmed. It begins on Saturday, August 21st at 8.30pm on ITV1. The Xtra Factor will follow immediately afterwards on ITV2 with new host Konnie Huq. The first audition shows will feature guest judges including Geri Halliwell, Katy Perry and Natalie Imbruglia, who stood in for Minogue while she was on maternity leave.
POSTED: 09/08/10

Joe McElderry Admits He Is Gay
Last year’s X Factor winner, Joe McElderry has confirmed he is gay. Less than a month ago he denied being gay after his Twitter account was hacked confirming he was. He told The Sun newspaper “I was really angry at first thinking, ‘How dare they hack me’?” “But after a while I looked at the message and thought, ‘Well, they’re not that far from the truth’.
POSTED: 31/07/10

Cowell Plans For Weekly X Factor Downloads
Simon Cowell is reportedly planning to release tracks of the live X Factor performances each week. Cowell wants each contestant’s performance to be available for immediate download after seeing the success and chart domination of Glee, according to the Daily Star Sunday.
POSTED: 31/07/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cowell Changes Over 25’s Group
Simon Cowell has ordered a shake up of this years show because there is too much talent. Stand-in judge Nicole Scherzinger persuaded him to make the over 25’s category over 28’s. This is because there were too many good singers in the over 25’s category.
POSTED: 30/07/10

Police Called On Rowdy X Factor Hopefuls
Police were called to a north London hotel after X Factor contestants who were staying there became rowdy and damaged property on Friday. Staff at Wembley’s Premier Inn called police at about 0130 BST to deal with the group of the talent show hopefuls. Contestants, who had made it through to the boot camp stage of the show, had been celebrating after rehearsals.
POSTED: 25/07/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Cheryl Off X Factor Until October
Cheryl Tweedy (Cole) will not return to The X Factor until the live finals in October. The judge on the show has been suffering from malaria and has been told to rest. It has been reported that former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger will replace Cheryl for the boot camp section of the show.
POSTED: 18/07/10

New Xtra Factor Host Revealed
The Xtra Factor’s brand new host is Konnie Huq. Konnie presented Blue Peter for 11 years. She said “I am delighted to be joining The Xtra Factor team. It’s amazing to be a part of one of the most popular and well-loved shows on television and I can’t wait to get started”
POSTED: 11/07/10

Cheryl Treated For Malaria
Cheryl Cole has been suffering with malaria this week. She collapsed on a photoshoot before she was diagnosed with the potentially killer disease. It is thought she caught the illness on a trip to Tanzania with her friend Derek Hough. After nearly a week of being plagued by headaches and fever Cheryl was moved from intensive care to a private clinic.
POSTED: 11/07/10

Joe’s Twitter Hacked
A message was posted on the singer’s joemcelderry91 page about his sexuality, which quickly circulated online. However, shortly afterwards, McElderry posted a second message confirming that the previous statement was fake. The first post read: “I want you all to know before it comes out, I am gay. It’s been difficult living a lie for so many years but now I feel the time’s right x.” Within ten minutes, McElderry deleted the message, commenting: “Guys my twitter has been hacked!”
POSTED: 11/07/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Jedward Get TV Show
Former X Factor stars John & Edward have landed their own ITV2 reality series. The Dublin-born twins will be seen leaving their family home and living away from their mother in documentary show Jedward: Home Alone, according to The Sun.
POSTED: 11/07/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Steve Jones In The Running For U.S X Factor Job
Steve Jones has reportedly been included on a shortlist of candidates to host the US version of The X Factor. The presenter allegedly impressed producers with his style and has emerged as a favourite for the job. A source told The Sun that Jones was “recognisable” in America because of his romantic involvement with stars like Halle Berry and Hayden Panettiere. However, the source added: “The job is likely to go to an American.”
POSTED: 27/06/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Ugly Audience Row
A row has broken out during the recording of auditions for this year’s X Factor. Audience members have accused show bosses of banning “ugly” people from sitting behind the judges at the auditions in case their faces are caught on camera. The claims are that only good looking and young people are being chosen to sit behind the judging panel. The claims come from fans that booked tickets well in advanced and queued for hours to get the best seats. They say that security staff hand-picked people to take their places. So far the show’s producers have refused to comment. The X Factor will be screened in HD for the first time in the Autumn.
POSTED: 19/06/10

Stand-In Judges Announced
Katy Perry, Pixie Lott and Natalie Imbruglia will appear as guest judges on the next series of the X Factor, ITV1 has announced. The singers are standing in for regular presenter Dannii Minogue, who is currently expecting a baby. Geri Halliwell joined Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole at the first round of auditions in Glasgow earlier this week. More temporary replacements are expected to be announced soon. Minogue, who is due to give birth in July, will return for the judges’ houses stage of the competition later in the year. According to some reports, Halliwell’s appearance in Scotland did not go down well with the live audience.
POSTED: 11/06/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Dannii Signs Contract
Dannii Minogue has reportedly signed a new contract to appear in The X Factor this year. According to The Mirror, the 38-year-old judge will be on a £700,000 salary “comparative to last year” for the live shows. “Last year Dannii completely shone on the show. She is over the moon that she’ll be back and she’ll be bringing Kris and the baby with her,” a source claimed.
POSTED: 22/05/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cheryl Yet To Sign Contract
Cheryl Cole is refusing to sign a new X Factor contract until she is told about plans for guest judges on the new series, a report has claimed. According to the Daily Star, the singer has told producers that she wants to know who will be recruited to replace Dannii Minogue at the auditions while the Australian panellist takes maternity leave.
POSTED: 22/05/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Mel B In Talks With Cowell
According to The Sun, the former Spice Girl Mel B has cancelled Cannes Film Festival commitments because she is busy negotiating a deal with Simon Cowell. A source said: “Mel hasn’t gone to Cannes. Her people hinted that she is too busy negotiating a contract to star in this year’s X Factor.” Insiders suggest that Mel will fill in for Dannii Minogue in the early stages of this year’s contest while the Australian judge takes maternity leave.
POSTED: 19/05/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Dermot Thinks He Won’t Land U.S Job
Dermot O’Leary has claimed that he is unlikely to front the US version of The X Factor. The presenter, who has hosted the UK show for three series, has been rumoured as a likely recruit for the forthcoming programme on a number of occasions over the past few months. However, in an interview with Closer magazine, the 36-year-old admitted that he does not believe Simon Cowell will offer him the job. He revealed: “I would do anything to get on that show – but I think Simon will go with an American presenter. It’s a bummer.”
POSTED: 19/05/10 – Source: Digital Spy

U.K Presenters For American X Factor
Simon Cowell is preparing to sign Dermot O’Leary and Cat Deeley for his US version of The X Factor, according to the Sunday Mirror. O’Leary, 36, will host the main show while Deeley, 31, will front its spin-off The Xtra Factor.
POSTED: 02/05/10

Strictly Clash On The Cards Again
The BBC’s director of vision Jana Bennett has admitted that she cannot rule out scheduling clashes for Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor this year. The corporation’s annual ballroom contest repeatedly went head-to-head with ITV1’s talent show in 2009. Their battles came after the BBC decided to move Strictly from its usual early evening slot to later in the schedule.
POSTED: 25/04/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Kym Marsh Wants X Factor Role
Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh has revealed that she would love to appear as a guest judge on The X Factor this year. The former Hear’Say singer, now best known for playing Weatherfield’s Michelle Connor, discussed her ambition following reports that a variety of stars will be recruited to fill in for pregnant Dannii Minogue at the auditions.
POSTED: 21/04/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Cole To Be Offered Pay Rise
Cheryl Cole will be offered a £700,000 pay rise to stay on as judge on The X Factor, reports claim. Simon Cowell is apparently intent on ensuring that the singer decides to remain a judge. “Signing Cheryl is our absolute priority. She’s a huge part of the show and she doesn’t need to do it now her solo singing career is so successful,” an ITV source told the News of the World.
POSTED: 18/04/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Walsh Denies Pay Rise
Louis Walsh has denied landing a £1.6m deal for the next series of The X Factor. Yesterday, it was reported that Walsh had secured the bumper pay packet following discussions with show boss Simon Cowell. However, in a new interview, the Irish judge insisted that he has yet to finalise any contract details for the contest’s forthcoming return.
POSTED: 16/04/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Minogue To Return To The Show
Dannii Minogue yesterday secured a deal to return to The X Factor in a meeting with the show’s producers, a report has claimed. The Australian star has told friends that she is “so excited” after bosses confirmed that they will offer her a £700,000 contract for the new series, according to The Mirror.
POSTED: 15/04/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Kimberly For Xtra Factor?
Kimberley Walsh is reportedly in talks to present this year’s series of The Xtra Factor. The spinoff has previously been hosted by Holly Willoughby, but reports have suggested that she will leave the show to focus on This Morning. The One Show host Christine Bleakley has been linked to the programme in the past but the Daily Star claims that Walsh is now the frontrunner.
POSTED: 05/04/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Olly Signs Joint Record Deal
Olly Murs has signed a joint deal with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music and Epic Records. In what the pair of labels are calling an industry first, 2009’s X Factor’s runner-up will release his debut album via a collaborative deal between both companies. The 25-year-old from Essex, who is performing on the nationwide X Factor live arena tour, was mentored by Cowell throughout last autumn’s series of the reality TV show.
POSTED: 23/02/10 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

X Factor Tour Jedward Row
John & Edward are said to be at the centre of an X Factor tour row after being given twice as many songs as some of their fellow acts. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the pair will perform three or four songs on the stadium jaunt, while some contestants who made it further in the competition will only sing twice. It is alleged that the brothers are now getting the “cold shoulder” in rehearsals as their co-stars are “frustrated” over the special treatment they are receiving.
POSTED: 05/02/10 – Source: Digital Spy

Dannii To Return To X Factor After Baby
Dannii Minogue has confirmed that she plans to return to The X Factor after she has her baby. The 38-year-old, who announced that she is pregnant with her first child earlier this month, insisted that she wants to continue as a judge on the ITV1 show. “I’ve no plans to stop working and take any time off – apart from the actual birth,” she told The Sun. “I’ve heard I have to be at the birth, right?” The final decision on whether Minogue will continue on the judging panel is expected to be made in April. According to recent reports, X Factor insiders have raised doubt about Minogue’s future on the show. The singer is due to give birth in July.
POSTED: 27/01/10 – Source: Digital Spy

ITV Have No Plans To Move The X Factor
ITV says it has no plans to reschedule this year’s X Factor, despite reports that Simon Cowell is trying to move the show from its autumn slot. An ITV spokesman said the announcement that Cowell was launching a US version of the show was “no surprise”. “We are absolutely planning for the X Factor to return this autumn and next,” ITV said in a statement. Cowell said he would be involved in both shows, sparking speculation that the UK series may be moved. The music mogul, who owns the rights to the X Factor format, said he would be a judge on the new show. It is not clear how Cowell will be able to participate in both. The ITV spokesman said, “we’ve got plans”, but refused to expand further.
POSTED: 13/01/10 – Source: BBC News Online

Cowell Confirms Idol Exit
American Idol judge Simon Cowell has confirmed he will leave the programme at the end of this season as he takes British show The X Factor to Fox TV. Cowell, whose contract ends following the show’s ninth run, said he was offered a lot of money to stay. “But that wasn’t the reason behind it. I wanted to do something different. I wanted a new challenge,” he said. It has been reported that Cowell stands to make more money with the X Factor than if he stays on American Idol.
POSTED: 12/01/10 – Source: BBC News Online


Matt Cardle’s X Factor Journey


Left to right:
Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue & Louis Walsh


X Factor: Dermot O’Leary
Xtra Factor: Konnie Huq