Before last night's live production of The Sound of Music on NBC, Emma Brockes summed up everything that was certainly going to be wrong with it in the Guardian : The original, beloved though it may be, "is basically terrible: too long, too pious, too labored in its point-making." But Julie Andrews managed to find "a little quietness and subtlety in the score," whereas "Underwood, judging by the teasers, will go at it with the pop-eyed mania of someone performing for Simon Cowell," Brockes writes. "There are certain things one doesn't look to winners of American Idol to deliver and guilelessness »
- Evann Gastaldo
Simon Cowell will poke fun at Dermot O'Leary in 'The X Factor' musical. The show boss will mock the host in 'I Can't Sing', which is written by Harry Hill and co-produced by Simon, by depicting him as needy loser Liam O'Deary, who is obsessed with hugging strangers. A show source said: ''Liam O'Deary is the very affectionate host of the show who is prone to long hugs with people he doesn't know and not afraid to demand an embrace if one is not forthcoming. ''Obviously any similarities with Dermot are, er, completely coincidental. ''We'll let people draw their own conclusions. And if »
Thursday night's results show brought another double elimination on The X Factor and cut the top six contestants down to the final four. Simon Cowell dedicated the show to the late Nelson Mandela, who died earlier in the day and set a somber tone for a night that would crush two hopefuls' dreams. Ellona Santiago was the first girl to get the boot despite her strong showing on Wednesday night. Her take on Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" failed to earn her enough votes from home viewers to stick around another week. Photos:
- Cortney Wills
No matter how "The X Factor" turns out, Alex and Sierra are bonafide stars -- at least that's what their mentor Simon Cowell thinks. The duo's rendition of "Say Something" hit No. 1 on iTunes (and is still there more than a day after the Top 6 performance show), and according to Cowell, this is their star-making moment.
"We were watching all last night. People were texting me saying this record was flying up the charts and then as soon as I woke up this morning I got the news they were No. 1," Cowell tells Zap2it after the Top 6 results show. "Mind you, the original is like No. 3 or something. It's incredible. I've always said this about these shows: It's not about winning a silly trophy; it's about launching an artist. It's about a career outside of it and that's what I'm most proud of. It does launch proper artists."
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14. Worst Name-Dropping: Country diva Juliette exerts her power over reality star Layla by switching sets and stealing her duet with boyfriend Will on Nashville. In return, Layla anonymously calls TMZ and reveals that it was Juliette who broke up the marriage of one of the country's most well-known couples. At least this will make good material for a song?
13. Worst Missed Connection: Yes, everyone knows that Simon Cowell loves to be mean. But the acerbic judge accidentally takes it too...
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- Joyce Eng and Kate Stanhope
X Factor USA is live tonight (Dec. 5, 2013) with a double elimination, two contestants will be sent home from season 3 of the reality TV competition. The theme for last night's performances by the remaining six contestants was "Divas" and "Unplugged" and the song choices by all of the contestants to pay homage to divas and their acoustic choice for songs are below. Who will go home tonight? Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland along with Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell are the four judges and Mario Lopez is the host of the X Factor USA for 2013. Here are the song selections from last night's show. Round 1 – Divas Restless Road (Groups) – “Red” by Taylor Swift Rion Paige (Girls) – “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood Jeff Gutt (Over 25s) – “Without You” by Mariah Carey Ellona Santiago (Girls) – “Applause” by Lady Gaga Watch the video below. Alex & Sierra (Groups) – “Say My Name” by Destiny’s »
It's time for another "X Factor" double elimination episode. Tonight's results had better be darned exciting, because at least so far, Fox has only teased performances from Emblem3 and Little Mix, which may not be enough to hold my attention through the pregnant pauses and awkward in-show commercials. Click through to follow the fun... 8:00 p.m. Et. Oh. Little Mix is from "X Factor UK." If you say so. 8:01 p.m. Simon Cowell begins the show by paying tribute to the passing of Nelson Mandela. The crowd claps, because that's apparently appropriate. Or because they clap for everything, usually out-of-synch. 8:03 »
- Daniel Fienberg
Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are back for season three of The X Factor but this time around they're joined by Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland. Will this change on the judges' panel help the ratings, hurt them, or make no difference whatsoever? Stay tuned.
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Simon Cowell is calling out Russell Brand and his call for revolution. In the latest celeb feud news, the outspoken X Factor judge is sounding off on Brand's recent claims that the current political systems in the U.K., U.S. and other western democracies are failing people and need to be revolutionized. In an interview with Shortlist, Cowell said of Brand, "A revolution? He's getting $10m a movie. I mean, come on!" Cowell went on to suggest that the 38-year-old funnyman should use some of his own success to help make the change he so fervently complained about just several weeks ago. "Well, give your money back then, Russell," Cowell said. "I always say that about »
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Rion Paige sang her emotional rendition of Carrie Underwood’s ‘Till I See You Again’ during the Dec. 4 installment of ‘The X Factor.’ The ballad about loss hit home for the young singer, whose father died right when the song came out. Find out what Rion told HollywoodLife exclusively about her performance — as well as those comparisons to Carrie herself — below!
Rion Paige, 13, is already an X Factor darling thanks to her gorgeous voice and endlessly sunny disposition. But the emerging starlet showed her raw, emotional side when she sang Carrie Underwood‘s “Till I See You Again” to honor her late father. It was a solid choice, being that Simon Cowell was so blown away by Rion that he once compared her to Carrie herself — and he should know, right? Find out Rion’s Exclusive response below!
- HL Intern
After contestant Jeff Gutt performed Mariah Carey's "Without You," Paulina Rubio praised the performance, but said she wanted the rocker to "show me blood" the next time. Cowell, in turn, asked: "You mean you want him to cut himself?"
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- Liz Raftery
Anyone have a hat? Because you may as well put all the names of the remaining X Factor contestants in one and pick a winner at random. That's how hard it's becoming to predict who will stay and who will go – mainly because everyone left is embarrassingly bad. Well, except for Alex and Sierra, who easily pulled ahead of the pack on Wednesday night. Can't the show just hand them the win and call it a season?
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The tears were flowing from the contestants and judges on Wednesday night's emotional The X Factor as the final six singers fought to make it into next week's semifinals. For the first time this season, contestants performed two songs, one from a diva and one "unplugged," which is when the raw emotions began to surface. The waterworks started after Simon Cowell's group Restless Road performed "Wake Me Up!" by Avicii. The trio began crying when Kelly Rowland told them "each one of you left your hearts" on the stage. "You need to cry," Paulina Rubio said to the boy band, »
- Wade Rouse
Joining all the other things to make one's spirits sink at this time of year – dark mornings, low temperatures, Susan Boyle's inevitable Christmas album – is Thursday night's live NBC production of the Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood. In Times Square, there's a huge poster of her in Austrian drag, teeth blazing like strip lighting, a look on her face that seems to say, "Hey! Come join me in the casual destruction of a staple of the American songbook!" As if that corner of New York couldn't get more depressing.
Well, kind of. As we know in our hearts – come on, dig deep – the Sound of Music is basically terrible: too long, too pious, too laboured in its point-making. Julie Andrews rescued the movie with a sort »
- Emma Brockes
London – Fox may have seen weaker ratings at The X Factor this season, but the show last year boosted the financials of the TV production business of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture of Simon Cowell and Sony that produces The X Factor and Got Talent formats. Pre-tax earnings for its latest fiscal year ended in March rose thanks to higher U.S. contributions. Photos: From Gwyneth Paltrow to Simon Cowell: How 8 Stars Are Trying to Halt the Aging Process The profit for the year rose 15 percent to $60.6 million (£37 million) thanks to a profit
- Georg Szalai
The top six contestants on the ‘X Factor’ each performed two songs — and which tune made Demi break down in tears? Keep reading for all the details!
The X Factor‘s final six contestants each sang a song by a favorite diva and a stripped down song on the Dec. 4 episode, truly getting a chance to show off their vocals. Read on for HollywoodLife.com‘s take on the evening, including our favorite acts!
‘The X Factor’: Top Six Perform Two Songs Each
Restless Road started the night off by singing a low-key version of “Red” that could have used a little more energy. For their other song, they sang “Wake Me Up” with much tighter harmonies that Simon Cowell praised.
- Ivy Jacobson
With one week to go before the semifinals, the top six took on two songs on The X Factor’s diva themed performance show. While the first half featured songs by divas including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Carrie Underwood, the second half dialed down the theatrics in favor of stripped down, “unplugged,” musical fare. The evening also focused on the hometowns of the remaining contestants, Paulina Rubio finally name checking her final remaining contestant’s name correctly, and a weird exchange between Simon Cowell and Rubio concerning blood and whether or not Jeff Gutt should stab himself on stage next
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
It’s easy to make fun of The X Factor, what with Demi Lovato’s crocodile tears (and atrocious, “more prouder” grammar), Simon Cowell’s bloated sense of self-importance and especially future Emmy nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Paulina Rubio’s patented brand of “does this chica have a concussion?” English. (Tonight’s “oily nose”/”you are you!” critique of Carlito Olivero was beautifully absurd, but still couldn’t top last week’s inability to tell her hot Latino contestant apart from wide-eyed 15-year-old Josh Levi.)
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- Michael Slezak
Simon Cowell can legally put a ring on it. The X Factor judge's girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, finalized her divorce from Andrew Silverman in New York Civil Court on Wednesday, People confirms. Lauren reached an an amicable divorce settlement with her ex-husband in August, one month after news broke that she was expecting a child with Cowell. She also has a 7-year-old son with her ex. "I am committed to sorting things out with Andrew as amicably as possible to ensure the well-being of our son," she said at the time of her settlement. Cowell has purchased an engagement ring and »
- Carlos Greer
Lauren Silverman is officially single. Simon Cowell's baby mama finalized her divorce proceedings with Andrew Silverman in a New York Civil Court on Wednesday. And considering that there's been plenty of buzz about whether the brunette beauty is going to tie the knot with the Brit, this should serve as great news. A divorce settlement was reached between the two parties in August and it was reported at the time that the expectant mother received a little over $2 million dollars. The two also reportedly agreed to joint custody over their 7-year-old son, who will primarily live in New York City. Despite the drama, the Simon's leading lady attempted to remain respectful »
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