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Simon Cowell has created the biggest 'X Factor' band ever by putting together eight solo acts. The music mogul is hoping to achieve similar success as he has with One Direction - who were formed on the ITV talent show in 2010 - by forming a new all-male group after all eight impressed on their own but failed to make it through as solo artists. A source said: ''The boys were the strongest category by far at boot camp and it really hurt the judges to say goodbye to so much talent. In the end they decided to make the extra »
Off the top of my head, I’d like to throw out a few important new guidelines for Season 2 of Rising Star — while acknowledging that the months old, unchecked Powerball ticket in my wallet is as likely to make all my dreams come true as ABC’s woeful reality-singing competition is to return in 2015:
1. If the show’s “experts” are going to pretend to be “mentors,” then they should never ever allow a wide-eyed 16-year-old girl to sing lyrics about being a “for-a-good-time-call” party girl. #RIPManeepatMolloy
2. Ke$ha must agree to a four-hour nap and five Red Bulls prior to any live telecast. »
Demi Lovato's in the hot seat!The "Skyscrapers" singer stopped by Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Thursday, where host Andy Cohen grilled her about her fall out with Selena Gomez in a game of "Plead the Fifth." See what she said about their relationship above! We love how the former Disney star said she would kill Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas and Simon Cowell in the game "Marry, F--k, Kill," but later changed her mind and said she'd keep the Jonas Brother singer around. Photos: Demi Lovato Shares Sexy Bikini Selfie, Shows Off Flawless Face Without Makeup! It also seems like Lovato didn't want to spill too much about Selena, but she did admit that the two are no longer close pals. The 21-year-old also opened up about working with Britney Spears on "X Factor," and shared one of her favorite memories about her time with the pop icon. »
- tooFab Staff
In a few short hours, one of six housemates will go down in the Big Brother history books as the 15th winner of the show (alright, so it's not like they'll be studied in schools or anything, but it's something, right?). But where will they fit in the record? Will they be a worthy winner, or a disappointment? Will they be looked back on with glee or with grimaces?
That remains to be seen, but in the meantime we have 14 winners to rank. Who is the best? Who is the worst? We're not going to claim this is definitive - we switched our own minds around about 27 times just while compiling our running order - but take to the comments to give us your views. And so, in order from worst to best, here we go...
14. Nadia Almada
Oh dear. Well, someone had to be at the bottom of the list, »
Britney Spears rolled back the years in a girly black and white polka dot peplum boob tube and black shorts as she shopped in Westlake Village, California. More music news and notes - Mel B is hoping to make a pop comeback with one of Britney Spears musical producers. The former Spice Girl is recording new songs in a bid to rule the charts once again following her appointment as a judge on British reality TV show, 'The X Factor'. Mel, 39, is working with producer Anthony Preston - who produced much of Britney Spears' last album 'Britney Jean' including hit song 'Work Bitch' - and hopes he will help her develop a bold new sound. A source told The Sun newspaper: "She's spent the past few weeks in the studio working on tracks and wants to make a big impact with a killer pop record for when »
Simon Cowell's one proud papa! The "X Factor" judge shared the cutest snapshot with his adorable baby boy Eric Cowell. In the pic, the father and son duo are rocking matching Ray Ban aviator shades. "Taking after daddy," he captioned the cute candid. Video: Simon Cowell Says Britney Spears Was "Uncomfortable" on "X Factor"Little Eric's definitely starting to resemble the 54-year-old, too. Don't they have the same nose and smile?! Simon and baby mama Lauren Silverman welcomed Eric back in February -- and it definitely seems like they're enjoying parenthood ... even though their relationship got off to a rocky start. News broke that the two were expecting a baby together while Lauren was still married to Andrew Silverman, a real estate mogul who was also friends with Cowell at the time. News: Simon Cowell Shares First Photos of Adorable Baby Boy. What do you think about Simon's new pic? »
- tooFab Staff
Another classic character is getting her turn on the silver screen. Betty Boop, the Depression-era cartoon siren, is going to be the subject of her own feature film — with a little help from Simon Cowell, of all people. The American Idol and X Factor producer is teaming with Lego Movie animators Animal Logic for […]
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- Angie Han
ITV has announced a week of X Factor specials in the lead up to the new series's launch.
Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford will host five special programmes on ITV2, which will look back at previous series and forward to this year's competition.
When is X Factor back? All we know about the 2014 series so far
On Monday, August 25, Simon Cowell will reveal what he has in store for the show's 11th series in The Boss Is Back. The special will chronicle Cowell's return to the UK series after three years in the Us.
On Tuesday, August 26, the focus will turn to returning judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. Cheryl Looks Back will feature the singer discussing her return to The X Factor, as well as reminiscing on previous series.
On Thursday »
A Betty Boop movie is in development at Simon Cowell's Syco studio.
The feature-length movie is described as a "music-driven hybrid animated comedy".
"Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world – I'm thrilled to be working with her," said X Factor judge Cowell. "Betty, I've worked with some serious divas but I think you could be the biggest of them all!"
Betty Boop's last movie appearance was in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
More recently, the character has appeared in campaigns for Lancôme, Coca-Cola, Nascar and Chupa Chups.
While the Betty Boop movie is currently without a release date, »
"When people meet me, they always say, you are the poshest girl I've ever met in my life. I would describe myself as a very interesting character."
Let us introduce you to Chloe-Jasmine Whichello. You'll be hearing a lot more about her over the coming months, as she looks likely to become this year's X Factor 'character', filling a Rylan/Kitty/Waissel/Wagner-shaped void in the singing competition.
The modelling reality series, fronted by Naomi Campbell, failed to ignite a huge amount of interest from viewers. However, "fabulous Sloane" Chloe-Jasmine stood out from the crowd.
Waltzing onto the show in a Harrods wig, she made an immediate impression with her stunning looks and stupendous poshness. She's so posh, she makes the cast of Made 'n Chelsea look like Jeremy Kyle guests. »
As we hurtle towards the end of August, one TV show is looming large in the not-so-distant horizon. The X Factor.
Here is everything we know about the show's 11th series so far...
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
1. When is it back?
Very, very soon. The X Factor has traditionally started in August (ever since series two) and it looks likely that it will return on Saturday, August 30 this year. That is one day earlier than series ten, which kicked off with ratings of 8.78 million.
2. The Judges
Simon is back. Nobody mention X Factor USA.
He's managed to persuade Cheryl back. »
Just as the Microsoft press conference was getting rolling, horror fans’ ears quickly perked up as Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, promised “giant monsters.” Everyone watching knew this meant one thing... Evolve!
Fans had just received news that the monster-based multiplayer shooter was delayed until February, but today Microsoft announced an Evolve beta set for January, exclusive to Xbox One. On top of that, Xbox One users will get access to Evolve‘s Dlc first.
This is an interesting counter-punch from Microsoft. At E3 Sony established PS4 as the best place to play Destiny, and Xbox has struck back by taking control of Evolve, the other online shooter shown at E3.
Developers, with the help of “shout casters”, showed off one of the maps available in the Beta. Four players took on the Kraken in the Distillery map, which featured some impressive verticality as the monster climbed cliffs and flew across the sky, »
- Scott Dell
With each passing week (and really each passing day, considering the numbers), Richard Linklater’s incredibly well received film Boyhood is becoming a bigger and bigger indie box office success. Ever since it debuted to an almost religious response at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, we’ve known that the movie would be a critical favorite. The question was always if the flick would be seen by anyone outside of the niche independent audience that goes to art houses and pays attention to reviews. Well, I’m here to say that Boyhood is being seen by way more folks than that, which is only helping it become a more and more viable Oscar player. It’s made $10.5 million and there’s plenty more to come. The movie was never going to be an easy sell. A nearly three hour coming of age story that rewards patience and noticing subtle changes? »
- Joey Magidson
A Digital Spy reporter present at the filming confirmed that the audience strongly disagreed with some of the singer's decisions during the six chair challenge at Wembley.
The 31-year-old responded to the negative reaction by saying: "oh boo you", while blowing raspberries into her microphone and giving the audiences a thumbs down.
"That's my decision," she hit back.
The former Girls Aloud star, who is mentor to the girls for the upcoming series, told the audience that she has to have a personal connection with the acts she chooses to put through.
The singer also made another shock decision during filming, on top of her already poorly received actions.
Talk about some sexy stunners! Megan Fox looked like a brunette bombshell at the red carpet for the premiere of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on Sunday. The gorgeous actress stunned in a strapless white satin Marc Jacobs dress and black strappy heels. Fox finished her look with a Roger Vivier clutch, Kwiat jewelry and styled her luscious locks in tousled curls. News: Megan Fox Reveals Best Film Kiss -- And It Might Surprise You!Maria Menounos looked summer ready as she posed for pictures at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on Tuesday. The television host wore an adorable Giambattista Valli orange mini dress complete with a matching bow and flaunted her toned gams in Carolinna Espinosa pumps. The brunette beauty kept her makeup simple, while sporting a voluminous up-do.Photos: Maria Menounos Sizzles In Steamy Bikini Shoot! Cheryl Cole looked like a »
- tooFab Staff
X Factor bosses are ''hopeful'' that Madonna will perform on this year's live shows. The 55-year-old singer is currently considering an offer by the talent show that would see her appear on one of the final shows to promote her new album. An X Factor source told 'The Sun' newspaper: ''It's looking very hopeful Madonna will perform, possibly in November on one of the live shows. ''There are a lot of big names releasing music at that time, but she's absolutely the number one name we are trying to secure. ''She needs her next album to be a success in the UK and a »
The show averaged 7.18 million last night (August 6) and peaked with 7.45 million, a 35% audience share at 8pm.
It was a considerable increase on the series four launch, which was watched by 5.6 million on BBC Two.
The fourth series finale last year reached 8.8 million, a figure higher than some episodes of X Factor.
The National Grid also reported a 650Mw surge in demand between 8:58pm and 9:05pm - up on the 400Mw surge during the series four finale.
Last night's episode one had a Cake Week theme, with the contestants challenged to make Swiss rolls, cherry cakes and 36 mini-cakes in the Showstopper round. »
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini got ''distracted'' by an 'X Factor' hopeful's raunchy moves. Spanish Farella, 27, performed George Michael's hit song 'Faith' at Wembley Arena in a bid to get through to the next stage of the competition, but was told by the judging panel to stop ''touching his crotch'' so much. Cheryl said: ''I was a little bit distracted. You were touching your crotch a lot. ''You sang well. If you can keep your hands to yourself I will say yes.'' Simon Cowell added: ''Could you do the song without touching your crotch. You were doing it a lot.'' He then jokingly turned to Louis Walsh »
Emblem3 is still going strong after Drew Chadwick left the band to pursue a solo career.toofab's Rachel Hoffman caught up with Wesley and Keaton Stromberg -- who are getting ready for the Pop Tarts Crazy Good Summer concert in Chicago -- to get details on the new dynamic of the group and how their fans have reacted to the big change."We're the dynamic duo now, and it’s actually been amazing," Wesley said. "We’re on the Fireside Story Sessions tour right now, and it’s been the best tour yet."Now that the trio has dropped to two, 20-year-old Wes has taken over rapping, which used to be Drew's area of expertise."I’ve always rapped and tossed it back and forth with Drew," he explained. "He always rapped on our records because that was his role, while I was singing a lot. But now that he’s gone, »
- tooFab Staff
Fans of the quirky, bunting-filled BBC Two smash were understandably horrified at the prospect of the show getting an X Factor-style makeover, replacing soggy bottoms and sponge cakes with sob stories and Simon Cowell-esque melodrama.
Great British Bake Off: Did the right baker go home?
Thankfully, judging from the opening episode of the show's fifth series, the change of channels is purely logistical. An audience of 9 million plus viewers on BBC Two is too big to be ignored and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood earned the Wednesday night upgrade.
Sensibly the producers have remained firm with their recipe for success and haven't attempted to adapt the show for a more mainstream crowd - there are no 'sexy bakers' or barking mad fame whores, and Mel and Sue haven't been replaced by some dashing »
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