3 items from 2011
North London teenager George Gerasimou causes chaos on the first X Factor auditions show with a foul-mouthed tirade at judge Tulisa Contostavlos. Gerasimou, who previously auditioned on the show with group Triple Trouble, fails to control his temper after the judges dismiss his rendition of Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything'. Gary Barlow jokes about his routine: "You've matured like a bad curry, mate." However, the 19-year-old is unwilling to take criticism from N-Dubz star Contostavlos, warning the panel: "Now it's time for my opinion." Despite being told to stand on his spot and wait for the judges' verdict by Barlow, he launches into a tirade at the youngest (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Preview screening of 2011 series opener features usual ambitious wannabes and no-hopers
Simon Cowell may no longer be a judge but the recipe for ITV1's The X Factor remains resolutely familiar – ordinary looking singers with extraordinary voices and ambitious wannabes who turn out to have no talent at all.
ITV looked to fill the Cowell-shaped hole at the heart of its most popular and important programme with as much vajazzle as it could muster at the launch of the new series on Wednesday.
Some of it worked – Cowell's replacement Gary Barlow looked a natural in his role as the show's "Mr Nasty" alongside fellow new judges, Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland and N-Dubz's Tulisa Contostavlos. Cheryl? Dannii who?
But other aspects of the launch at London's O2 Arena, in front of the press and around 600 fans complete with a "red carpet" arrival by the judges, did not go entirely to plan. »
- John Plunkett
HBO Comedy "Bored to Death" returns for Season 3 on Oct. 10, and though the network is holding onto new footage from the 8-episode run, there is this summery teaser of the trio walking down the Coney Island boardwalk.
Stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis appear silent and sunglasses-clad while Beastie Boys' "Triple Trouble" plays in the background. (It's Season 3 and there are three of them... Get it?)
The new run picks up where the last left off, with the three still collaborating on Jonathan's (Jason) freelance detective work and George embarking on a new life after leaving his editor gig at "Edition." Also on tap this season are guest appearances from Casey Wilson, Danson's wife Mary Steenburgen and a slew of others.
Suffice it to say, we're much more psyched for another round of "Bored to Death" than Danson's somewhat baffling addition to "CSI."
3 items from 2011
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