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Here is our definitive ranking of the 15 most ludicrous acts to ever grace Saturday nights on ITV.
Rylan was already a regular on the reality TV circuit before The X Factor (he was a runner-up in the Sky Living monstrosity Signed By Katie Price), and he was a little bit more knowing and calculated than genuinely bonkers.
However, even if those floods of tears at Nicole Scherzinger's Judges' Houses were staged, they were staged brilliantly. The perfect I'm-mad-me contestant after a decade of near misses.
14. 2 Shoes
Charley Bird and Lucy Texeira were harmless and fairly innocuous as a pop duo. They spoke only in Essex slang ("Roll!") and insisted on calling each other "shoe", but the most ludicrous »
Simon Cowell thinks Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B are too self-obsessed to be 'X Factor' judges. The music mogul - who returned to the show's panel this year alongside Cheryl, Mel B and Louis Walsh - believes the singers won't win the competition as they are too preoccupied with their own careers. According to The Sun newspaper, Simon told a Us TV show: ''Singers don't want to find stars. It's not in their DNA. They only think about themselves. That is the nature of being a solo artist. ''I own a record label. So the only thing I'm interested in is »
Though her solo career has yielded no major success in the U.S. yet, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger keeps knocking at the door waiting for her solo breakthrough. Her latest attempt, “On The Rocks,” is a mid-to-uptempo number about a break-up served “on the rocks.” The production is slightly dated, which may hamper its chances at radio in the U.S. However, in the U.K., the former "X Factor" judge is coming off a No. 6 hit with “Your Love” earlier this summer. No word on when her Epic Records release will come out in the state. »
- Melinda Newman
Ready to dazzle us again this autumn, series 12 of Strictly Come Dancing is on the horizon.
15 more celebrities are preparing to strap on some sequins and slap on the fake tan, all in the name of Saturday night entertainment.
Here's everything we know so far about the biggest British TV show's return:
1. When is it back?
The BBC are always particularly coy and prickly about confirming the start dates of TV shows, but a simple look at the official site for audience tickets reveals that the first two shows of the series will air on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27.
The Launch Show will air, as usual, three weeks earlier. Due to some funny little show called Tumble, it looks like the Launch Show will air on a Sunday this year, on September 7.
That is the show where the celebrities meet the partners for the first time, and it's also »
Fernandez-Versini took her husband Jean-Bernard's surname after the couple married in July, but Cowell told the Radio Times that he can't remember her new moniker "to save my life".
Meanwhile, Fernandez-Versini appeared to have resigned herself to the fact that Cowell will never be able to get her surname right.
"He'll never remember my new second name," she said. "He just can't be bothered. I told him just Cheryl will do."
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The music mogul told the Radio Times that falling out with Fernandez-Versini was a "nightmare", adding that he "wasn't myself" and was "uptight" when he took The X Factor to the States.
"When I saw her I didn't recognise her. Literally," Cowell said. "The hair and outfit were crazy. Just totally crazy. I asked her manager, 'What's she wearing, what's happened to her hair?' He was defensive about it. I haven't a clue why she turned up like that."
Cowell continued: "We then did the first day of auditions, and she was nervous, shy, not in her comfort zone. She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads. That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence. »
Speaking ahead of this week's X Factor return, the music mogul said that he will be looking for something different this year.
"You want somebody who's different from anyone else in the charts at the moment," he explained.
"I don't want to sound biased, but I think Ella Henderson is a really good example of how an artist and a show can work really well together, because we could have released her music in six months. We waited for two years, and she came sixth on the show.
"She represents everything that's great about this country, about the show, and how the label can help someone become a big, big star. I'm really proud of what she's achieved, and she's a great ambassador for the show."
Cowell also said that »
The singer spoke about the attention paid to what she wears on the show, saying that it shouldn't be what people focus on.
Ahead of the show's return to ITV this weekend, Fernandez-Versini said: "When I first started X Factor it was never focused on what the judges wore, it was about the contestants. I try and remember that's what it's all about.
"It's not about what clothes I'm wearing. Obviously I like to feel nice and wear nice clothes, I'm a girly girl, so when it comes to the live shows I like to wear the sparkly dresses.
"But mainly it's about the contestants for me and if people enjoy my dress that's nice," she added.
Asked whether she and Louis Walsh have made their peace since her return, she simply replied: "Louis is Louis. »
“Mr. Groban, tear down this wall!”
Trust me, I’m as surprised as anybody that I’ve managed to rework a famous quote from President Ronald Reagan into an intro for a reality TV recap. But just as the Berlin Wall fueled The Gipper’s ire, so too has ABC’s Rising Star — with its cumbersome “interactive wall” setup, questionable casting and tiresome “experts” — threatened the sanctity of my love for singing competitions.
Related 2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Best, Worst & Booty-Droppingest Moments
It’s a shame, really. The idea of using a smartphone app to vote — and getting real-time results »
Welcome, friends, to HitFix's MTV Video Music Awards 2014 live-blog. Earlier today I was watching Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon and it was the "Homerpalooza" episode, which begins with Homer lamenting that he's no longer hip to the contemporary music scene. Marge tells him not to worry. "Record stores have always seemed crazy to me," she declares. "Music is none of my business." Well, music is none of my business. Artists who aren't "American Idol" veterans or who haven't appeared on "American Idol" are none of my business. Actually, I take that back. I also know people who were on "X Factor," which is why I know who Fifth Harmony and Demi Lovato are. But with HitFix's actual qualified music staffers doing breakout stories and reviews of performances, I get to do a live-blog even though I know who none of these people are. Follow along and make fun of my musical ignorance. »
- Daniel Fienberg
A first-look trailer for the new series of The Xtra Factor has debuted online.
"I'll be asking the judges questions we have all wanted to ask," she promises, as she is seen quizzing Cowell about the new-look panel and having the Syco boss follow her on Twitter.
Crawford will front a week of shows for ITV2 in the run-up to the launch of the 11th series next weekend.
The X Factor returns to ITV at 8pm next »
Speaking to Weekend magazine, he said: "It's the talent that really defines the show. Last year, it was Ok, but it wasn't my favourite year.
"I think it was very predictable right from the get-go who was going to win and once the live shows started Sam Bailey was in a different league to everybody else."
Speaking about the coming season, Cowell said that Mel B and »
ITV controller Peter Fincham has said that the channel does take risks with it's programming.
Speaking during his 'Meet the Controller' session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Fincham said that hit drama Downton Abbey had been considered a "bloody great risk" when it was commissioned.
"There's an idea that risk naturally exists only on BBC Two and Channel 4 but it's different in mainstream," he explained. "Viewers don't sit there on a Saturday and think, 'Has the controller taken a risk?', they're just thinking, 'Is it entertaining?'."
After highlighting Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway as his "channel-defining" programme, he continued: "There is nothing to be embarrassed about a channel-defining programme being Ant & Dec, there's a snobbery around risk.
"We rested the show for a couple of years which is risk.
"We're bringing back Sunday Night at the Palladium, which is a risk because people may not want it back. »
Fox has debuted the pilot of its new dramedy “Red Band Society” online ahead of its official broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The first episode will be available online until Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. Et via Hulu, Fox.com, Fox On Demand and the Fox Now app.
The pilot was unlocked via the efforts of fans — who also donated $100,000 to charity — by sharing “Red Band Society” content on social media. The money will be distributed to five charitable organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Teen Cancer America and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The series stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable and a cast of young actors including Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, “X Factor” alum Astro, “Big Time Rush” star Ciara Bravo, Charlie Rowe and Zoe Levin. The show is a coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who »
- Laura Prudom
Walsh is believed to be currently shooting the Judges' Houses stage of the competition in the Somers Isles, and Contostavlos was seen sporting a white bikini while being instructed by a film crew.
Walsh recently said that he would welcome Tulisa back to the show, saying: "She's rough around the edges but she's a good girl. I like her. I definitely would have her at Judges' Houses. She'll bounce back."
Contostavlos has been in court twice this year, firstly after she was accused of brokering a deal to supply Class »
Is all well on the good ship X Factor? In what the Sun calls a low blow to Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell has said that you need a band portfolio to qualify as a proper judge. If you are sitting on these shows and you are not having hit records or hit artists in your real life, I think you look a bit of an idiot. All I care about is if I can sit one of these shows and justify why I am there because in my day job I am creating hit artists. Otherwise you are just a judge for hire.
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The X Factor will return on Saturday, August 30, ITV has confirmed.
The news means that it will clash for 15 minutes with the second episode of Doctor Who, which will air at 7.30pm on that day.
The X Factor will take over ITV's weekend, with the second episode airing at 8pm on Sunday, August 31.
When is X Factor back? All we know about the 2014 series so far
Once again, hopeful contestants will face the panel in room auditions before taking to the stage in wider arena auditions.
The show was widely expected to return on August 30, particularly after ITV2 confirmed a week of countdown shows hosted by new Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford.
Watch the X Factor judges speaking to Digital Spy below: »
Fifth Harmony and Charli Xcx pumped up the crowd on the red carpet before the MTV Video Music Awards kicked off inside the Forum on Sunday night. First, the X Factor-created girl group — composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello and Dinah Jane Hansen, dressed in black-and-white outfits — stomped all over the outdoor stage, red carpet and fan bleachers for "Bo$$," their Michelle Obama- and Oprah Winfrey-hailing single off their Reflection album. Then, the hook master of Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" got fans in rhythm
- Ashley Lee
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. »
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