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The X Factor, you are truly a complicated beast.
One minute, you’re moving us to tears with your interviews of contestants’ families — complete with emotional moms and dads, ovulation-inducing baby pics and tales of overcoming The Obstacles with hard work and genuine talent.
Ten seconds later, you’re like an inappropriate party guest who knocks over the punch bowl, playing an extended montage suggesting Demi Lovato — sober now, after spending time in a rehab facility for physical and emotional issues just a few years back — openly defies Simon Cowell thanks to her penchant for drinking a bubbly green beverage »
- Michael Slezak
Yes, I know that Alex and Sierra are fan-favorites, but come on — who could really create a hit record? Think about the radio for a moment, and it’s Jeff who can be a hit maker!
If there was any contestant who delivered big-time with their X Factor finale performances Dec. 18, it was Jeff Gutt. The Detroit-born 37-year-old with the sexy, raspy voice was a rock star with every note.
While Alex & Sierra are cute and delivered a pretty rendition of “Say Something,” they totally wimped out on both their duet of “Bleeding Love” with Leona Lewis and their delicate rendition of “Give Me Love”.
Hey, I know it’s heartwarming to see them look adoringly into each other’s eyes, but honestly, when was the last time that a sugary, folksy duo ever had a hit record? I’m sorry, »
- Bonnie Fuller
We're in the home stretch: The X Factor crowns a winner tonight. "I think this is going to be one of the closest finals we've ever had, and we've seen a few upsets over the weeks," Simon Cowell said, as if warning viewers that something was amiss.
Rolling Stone's Complete Coverage of 'The X Factor'
And indeed it was: After weeks of stellar performances, presumed frontrunners Alex and Sierra faltered ever so slightly at a time when it's crucial for them to be spot-on. Jeff Gutt had the spotlight on him all night. »
Alex & Sierra hovered above Los Angeles in a helicopter, like contestants on The Bachelor (albeit ones with an actual talent beyond dramatically declaring “He/She isn’t here for the right reasons!”). Jeff Gutt mounted a motorcycle on a mountaintop, put on his helmet and zoomed into the sunset. Carlito Olvrrrrr (Paulina’s pronunciation, not mine) strutted out of a chic hotel and into the back of a limo.
Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro, »
- Michael Slezak
Thanksgiving is nigh, and the forecast calls for excessive gluttony and three-to-four inches of pie on Thursday afternoon. But that didn’t stop Simon Cowell and his X Factor minions from attempting to cram their barely concealed agendas down America’s gullets during Wednesday night’s Top 8 performance telecast.
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Yes indeed, Big Band Night brought out the best in two or three contestants, but bizarrely, they weren’t the ones to receive the most enthusiastic praise from The One Whose Reaction Shots Are Oh So Gif-Worthy, »
- Michael Slezak
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As the result of a graphics error (incorrect voting numbers were displayed onscreen) during the performance recap at the end of Wednesday’s show, each of the Top 13 acts will break out their “Save Me” songs on tonight’s episode (airing at 8/7c on Fox), which will now be a second performance installment instead of a results show. Wednesday night’s vote tallies, meanwhile, will go the way »
- Michael Slezak
Warning: We're about to run down the biggest TV moments from Wednesday night. If you don't want to be spoiled on a particular show, skip to the next! The X Factor: Curveball alert! The Fox reality singing competition pulled a fast one on fans, bringing recently eliminated contestant Josh Levi back as a wild card after Paulina Rubio realized she made a mistake cutting him. (How very Simon Cowell with eventual winner Melanie Amaro in season one!) He sang Jackson 5's "Who Loving You" and the judges were clearly loving Josh, as Simon gushes he went from "zero to hero" and Demi Lovato says bringing Josh back is "the smartest thing Paulina »
The X Factor returned Wednesday night for season 3, with 6.2 million viewers tuning in to see not only a new crop of talent trying out to succeed Melanie Amaro and Tate Stevens, but also the introduction of two new judges to the panel. Joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and Latin pop star Paulina Rubio, who pronounces pitchy as peachy, which is hilarious. I can't wait to see what other things she says that Simon can't understand.
So far, the two newbies have already proven they're better than Britney Spears, though there's still many weeks to go -- the live shows are where you can really tell who has what it takes to be a judge.
X Factor Around the World is planned by FremantleMedia Asia as a one-off celebration rather than a competition. It marks the success of the first season in the country, which finished in May.
Last year's X Factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas, the winner of the Us edition's first season Melanie Amaro and X Factor Australia season four winner Samantha Jade and finalists The Collective will perform on the show.
Syco and FremantleMedia executives will monitor the performance of the X Factor special to see if the concept could translate to other markets.
Indonesian judges Anggun and Ahmed Dahni will offer advice to the guest acts alongside UK judge Walsh, New Zealand judge Bedingfield and former Us judge Abdul.
Bedingfield and Anggun will also take to the stage during »
Sydney – FremantleMedia Asia is putting together a one-off live special, X Factor Around the World, to air in Indonesia, featuring a panel of judges and former X Factor contestants from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Paula Abdul, Louis Walsh, Daniel Bedingfield and Indonesian judges Anggun and Ahmed Dahni will sit at the judging table to offer advice to guest acts including season 1 U.S winner, Melanie Amaro, the runner up of X Factor U.K season 9, Jahmene Douglas, X Factor Australia season 4 winner Samantha Jade and Aussie boy group, The Collective. Judges Bedingfield
- Pip Bulbeck
Things we learned on Night One of The Voice‘s Season 4 Live Playoffs:
Shakira is nothing more than “a little ant in the infinity of the universe.” (Her words, not mine.) Usher has either very dubious taste in music or a very sneaky strategy of saddling his two least-favorite team members with a pair of the most overplayed ditties in the history of reality singing competitions. There may have been something stronger than coffee in Blake Shelton’s Starbucks cup. And Christina Milian never fails to disappoint in a live interview scenario. (Her dingbattery is so reliable at this point »
- Michael Slezak
The Eagles are not fans of singing competition shows, specifically "American Idol" and "The X Factor."
"The nature of these shows is such is that they make everybody want to be big and big for the camera and big for the audience and you know, for myself I would just as soon somebody just stood there and sing the damn song," band member Glenn Frey told The Hollywood Reporter.
Multiple "Idol" contestants have covered the Eagles' songs, including Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini, who performed "Desperado." "The X Factor" Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro also performed "Desperado" during her time on the show.
For more from the Eagles, including their feelings on Frank Ocean, »
- Leigh Weingus
Tate Stevens is no Melanie Amaro. Sure, the 38-year-old country crooner may have followed in Amaro's X Factor USA-winning footsteps, but when it came down to writing and recording his debut album, Stevens wasted no time. "We had to jump on the momentum of the show," the Belton, Mo., native tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I didn't want people forgetting -- you know, 'that's the fat ugly guy who won that show,'" he adds with a chuckle. Photos: 'The X Factor' Finale in Pictures: A Country King, a Teen Diva and a Girl Group Modesty looks good
- Sophie Schillaci
More than 14 months after winning a $5 million recording contract with Epic Records, and as The X Factor prepares for season-three auditions, the show’s inaugural winner, Melanie Amaro, is still album-less. Truly, the 20-year-old singer’s anticipated debut, once was due to be out within months of her December 2011 X Factor win, then was pushed back to late 2012, then March 2013, and now, the label tells The Hollywood Reporter, the album has "no release date scheduled as of yet." Photos: 'X Factor' Season One Finale: The High and Low Notes Meanwhile, season-two
- Sophie Schillaci, Michele Amabile Angermiller
Here's the complete list of winners; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
44th Annual NAACP Image Awards
.Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
.Django Unchained. (The Weinstein Company)
.Flight. (Paramount Pictures)
.Red Tails. (Lucasfilm) . Winner
.Tyler Perry.s Good Deeds. (Lionsgate)
Actor in a Motion Picture
Jamie Foxx . .Django Unchained. (The Weinstein Company)
Suraj Sharma . .Life of Pi. (20th Century Fox)
Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis . .Won.t Back Down. (20th Century Fox) - Winner
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Tate Stevens, the winner of “The X Factor’s” second season, has signed with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville. The country singer, whose musical heroes are George Strait and Garth Brooks, is writing and recording material for his debut album, which will come out this spring. He began working on the album earlier this month. Stevens was a member of L.A. Reid’s Over 25s team. Melanie Amaro, the winner of the first season of “The X Factor,” is also expected to release her debut album, “Truly,” this spring. The is signed to Reid’s label, Epic Records. »
This story first appeared in the Jan. 11, 2013, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Melanie Amaro, X Factor winner Simon Cowell's mentee was his show's inaugural champ. Following her win, Amaro was featured in a Pepsi commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. She's working on her debut album for Epic Records, Truly, slated for a 2013 release. Cassadee Pope, Voice winner "She's destined to be a star," Voice coach Blake Shelton tells THR of the 23-year-old season-three winner, who had the gravitas to perform his wife Miranda Lambert's song "Over You." Next up: her first
- Sharifa Godfrey
17 items from 2013
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