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“Harry comes across very cool. Liam ’s all about getting the crowd going, doing a bit of dancing … and then there’s me,” Tomlinson tells The Guardian’s Tom Lamont after noting that Zayn Malik had the “fantastic voice” and Niall Horan was “fearless” and “lovely.”
Tomlinson shot to fame in 2010 when he and four other British teens tried out for stardom on The X Factor and formed »
- Harriet Sokmensuer
“Look who I found,” Payne teases in selfie mode before twisting his phone to reveal Horan, who also had his phone at the ready. “What’s up?” he asks his smiling bandmate in the post.
“And we’re here with the horse show, as well, »
- Katherine Richter
In the 2010-11 season of The X Factor on ITV in UK, the judges didn't select Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson as solo competitors. Instead, they put them together as a group, which would go on to become the worldwide pop sensation, One Direction. Now, ABC has launched an entire show around that concept. Can they bottle lightning and draw big ratings? Will the Boy Band TV show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. An ABC competitive reality TV series, Boy Band features still undiscovered singers facing off to become part of the next music phenomenon. British singer-songwriter Rita Ora hosts the show, with Tim Mosley (a.k.a. Timbaland), Nick Carter, and Emma Bunton serving as architects, and Alan Blackstone as musical director. Just 30 contestants are selected to compete for one of 18 spots »
A British baker took to social media to blast “The X Factor” for allegedly asking her to bake a cake free of charge. Laura Worthington of Laura’s Little Bakery, a cake shop in Liverpool, England, posted an email to Instagram that she allegedly received from someone involved with the ITV series, who requested a cake that would be featured on the show. The request refers to the cake as a “donation” and states that Worthington would receive compensation in the form of tickets to watch a taping of “The X Factor,” along with exposure from the cake appearing on »
- Ryan Gajewski
Harry Styles' stepfather has passed away after battling cancer. Robin Twist died earlier this week from cancer, according to Harry's reps. He married Harry's mother, Anne Cox, in 2013 where Harry served as best man. Robin helped raise Harry and his sister, Gemma, through their teenage years, including through Harry's time on "The X Factor" ... which launched his and the rest of One Direction's career. Robin leaves behind Harry's family as well as 2 other kids from another marriage. »
- TMZ Staff
Fancy watching streams of children have their dreams publicly obliterated? Then try the most brutal reality show yet
There are too many singing competitions on TV; this much we can confidently state as fact. The X Factor lumbers on like a rabid old dog whose barbiturates haven’t kicked in yet. The Voice’s zombified stint on ITV is still a thing. The BBC, having concluded its inaugural “Find Gary Barlow a backing singer” contest Let it Shine, is about to launch something called Pitch Battle, which seems specifically designed for Pitch Perfect fans who long for nothing more than to experience a sustained ocular migraine.
The last thing anybody needs is another televised singing contest, but the absolute last thing anyone needs is The Voice Kids. Which is a shame, because it starts on Saturday.
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- Stuart Heritage
Simon Cowell has already said he won't be joining ABC's upcoming American Idol reboot, but what about in the future? Cowell recently spoke to Deadline about the possibility of ever appearing on the TV series again.Cowell was one of the singing competition show's original judges, alongside Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. He left the Fox series after season nine in 2010 to work on the American version of The X Factor.Read More… »
The last time Normani Kordei competed on a reality show, it was as part of a group.
“We’re with each other 24/7,” Kordei tells People of traveling the world with her groupmates. “We see each other in our most vulnerable moments.”
But breaking from the group to compete on Dancing with the Stars solo raised eyebrows and had some fans speculating Kordei could be indicating she wants to go solo like her former groupmate Camila Cabello did late last year. »
- Patrick Gomez
Liam Payne is officially on the solo-music scene.
The former One Direction member debuted his first single “Strip That Down” Friday morning, chatting to BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show about his new musical ventures and life at home.
Payne, 23, and his girlfriend Cheryl welcomed their first child, son Bear Grey, in March. And up until now, the singer hasn’t spoken too heavily about the couple’s relationship — or their 10-year age difference — when asked.
But when Grimshaw jokes that the singer is “still, like, 12” while talking about how much career potential Payne still has ahead of him, »
- Jen Juneau
Will Liam Payne tie the knot with Cheryl Cole, who recently gave birth to their first child? Not anytime soon. "I see marriage as more of a religious thing and I'm not really a religious person, so I know it's not really on the cards for me at the moment," Payne said on The Sun reporter Dan Wootton's Bizarre Life podcast Thursday. "So no not yet." Payne, 23, and Cole, 33, first met in 2008, when he was 14 and she co-judged his audition on The X Factor, two years before he auditioned again and joined One Direction on the show. The two singers started dating last year. Cole gave birth to their baby boy Bear in March. "We have »
ABC’s upcoming summer singing competition “Boy Band” is bringing back some ’90s favorites.
The announcements will be made Tuesday at ABC’s upfront presentation, which is also when executives will tout to advertisers the other singing competition coming to the network: “American Idol.”
“Boy Band” will air this summer with 10 episodes, as first reported by Variety. The show will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation. Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members.
The judges will be called “architects” and will serve as mentors. Carter and Bunton, who are authentic voices for “Boy Band,” having »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Camila Cabello, formerly of girl group Fifth Harmony, announced her first solo single is on the way off her forthcoming album, The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving, on her Twitter Sunday, providing fans a candid explanation for the music’s inspiration.
After revealing the single’s May 19 release date, the 20-year-old wrote, “’The hurting the healing the loving’ is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when i was lost to a time when i found myself again. The story behind the album starts with the second song that you’ll hear called ‘I have »
- Katherine Richter
Katy Perry is in talks to become a judge on ABC’s upcoming revival of “American Idol,” according to a report from TMZ that also says the singer is “very interested” in taking a spot on the show. Perry served as a guest judge during the reality competition’s ninth season on Fox in 2010, as well as on the U.K. version of “The X Factor.” She was later offered a permanent spot at the “Idol” judges’ table in 2012, but declined the offer. The report comes following announcements this past week that “Idol” alums Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson had signed. »
- Jeremy Fuster
This weekend, a strange European phenomenon will arrive on American television for only the second time in its 61-year history. Logo TV will be airing the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, a cross between “The X Factor” and the Miss Universe pageant that offers Yanks a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a culture that doesn’t have jazz and blues as the foundation of its pop music. For those who’ve never seen — or even heard of Eurovision — before, here’s a quick primer to get you caught up. Also Read: Taylor Swift on 'Taylor Swift Award' Win: 'I'm Really Super Relieved'. »
- Jeremy Fuster
“American Idol” may officially be coming back on ABC, but it’s looking increasingly likely that none of the original Fox judging panel will be taking part. That’s because Simon Cowell further confirmed this week he will not be involved in next season’s reboot.
In an interview with Extra on Thursday, the former judge revealed that the network had in fact reached out to him. “I was asked to do it, and the answer is no,” Cowell admitted. “I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest], and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.”
Cowell even claimed to not have watched “American Idol” in its later years after he exited the reality TV show in 2010 in favor of “The X Factor.” “Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name,” Cowell conceded. “I left for a reason and I never »
- JD Knapp
Harry Styles is attempting a rare feat — transitioning from being a member of a massively successful band to launching an equally monumental solo career.
It’s too early to make the call yet, but if the hype surrounding the release of his debut album, Harry Styles, is any indication, he’s about to R-o-c-k us again. With the new project comes a slightly more polished and mature, though still thoroughly Harry, image. However, thinking about the singer’s early career still makes our hearts skip a beat or two.
In honor of the gift that is Harry Styles (and, you know, »
- Maggie Malach
Cross one original American Idol judge off the list for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition. Simon Cowell told Extra tonight that he “was asked to do it, and the answer is no." The once-polarizing Cowell left Idol in 2010 and these days is making and shattering dreams as a judge for America’s Got Talent on NBC, where he is under a deal. He’s also on Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor in the UK. "I have no interest [in Idol],” he told Extra. “My memories are when… »
Music has always had pride of place in the heart of Ally Brooke who started performing on local stages at the age of 9. Drawing from legends, such as the late Tejana superstar Selena Quintanilla, and harnessing her natural talent, the 23-year-old San Antonio native found herself auditioning solo for TV’s The X Factor in 2012.
It was there that her life changed forever when she landed a spot on the girl group, Fifth Harmony. Although they ultimately didn’t win the reality singing competition, 5H became a major success, topping charts and showing the industry that girl groups weren’t history. »
- Thatiana Diaz
Deliveroo rival to launch ‘Chef Factor’ hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its clips
Just Eat has struck a £10m-a-year deal to be the new sponsor of The X Factor and intends to launch a nationwide “Chef Factor” hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its branded clips.
Just Eat’s multiyear deal, one of the largest for a weekly show on British television, includes sponsorship of The X Factor TV show, app and the annual live tour.
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- Mark Sweney
After a complicated past few years, British singer-songwriter James Arthur is ready to make his comeback.
“I am terrified, but it’s a milestone in my career,” Arthur, who’s a “super fan” of the show, told People ahead of his performance. “It’s one of the biggest things anyone can do in their career.”
He adds: “I feel like I’ve been working for years and years building up to this moment, getting my chance »
- Mariah Haas
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