Britney Spears has been offered $10 million to be a judge on the popular TV show The X-Factor, according to Deadline Hollywood. Rumors that the 30-year-old pop star was interested in being a member on the reality singing show came into view last month after reports that the first-season judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were leaving the show. READ MORE
X Factor Season 2 open call audition dates have been announced. If you are a singer over 12 years old, then you qualify. This year the auditions are also open to those have representation. The winner will take $5 million. Click here to see the dates.
Simon Cowell has fired the X Factor judges Nicole Schezniger, Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones. This just leaves LA Reid and Simon himself as the judges. While the firing of Steve Jones and Nicole Schezinger was expected, fans are shocked to hear that Paula Abdul was also fired. [READ MORE]
X Factor creator and co producer Simon Cowell has confirmed the worst kept secret in music circles. It is that the two finalists Josh Krajick and Chris Rene along with Astro will be get record deals. This is probably especially good news for fans of Astro who believed he got the wrong end of the stick during the live voting rounds. The artists will likely sign with Syco music, Simon Cowell’s music label that is co owned by Sony Music. The agreement with Sony is that Syco will partner with a larger Sony Music label that will provide the marketing etc. and is likely to partner with Syco for “X Factor” U.S. artists are Epic Records, Columbia Records and RCA Records.
This week Weds on X Factor the contestants will be doing 2 songs each and on Thursday there will be 2 superstar acts performing. Lenny Kravitz, a music legend who started his career in 1989, will be performing a song from his new album called “Rock Star City Life” and will then do his hit song “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”
Mary J. Blige, who started her career in 1991 and has sold over 50 million records, will also perform. Mary’s latest album “My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1)” was released on November 21. She will be performing a new song from her album called “Need Someone.”
Its the top seven performing tonight. Last week we saw Lakoda Rayne and Leroy Bell go home. So far I have not missed a single one of the acts eliminated. However we are closing in on the top talent pool now and to challenge them even further they have upped the ante with this weeks theme. The contestants will be singing songs from the Michael Jackson catalog. Which means they have access to his music and that of the Jackson 5. And to add to the pressure, in the audience are three of his brothers, Marlon, Randy, Jackie, his mother and his three children, Prince, Blanket and Paris.
Last night the top nine performed, and there were definitely some great performances. Its going to be really hard to see another contestant leave the show. What makes it worse is that tonight is a double elimination. Two acts have to go home, one who has the lowest votes out of the nine and the next two will battle it out for the judges votes.
This week the top nine performed, singing a song to someone special. While this leaves a lot of room in terms of song choice, we can expect to hear a lot of personal dedications. Last week was a shock bottom two of Stacey Francis and Astro. Astro was saved and Stacey went home, leaving this weeks top nine. The nine contestants left are: Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow and Drew, Astro, Marcus Canty, Chris Rene, LeRoy Bell, Josh Krajcik, Lakota Rayne.
Thursdays results show opened with a group performance of We will Rock You, to tie in with this weeks theme. To recap, in yesterdays show, the top 10 performed Rock tracks. While some of the judges and fans didn’t think many of the songs fitted the Rock moniker, some of the contestants shone outside their comfort zone. Today we find out who the bottom two were, and who gets voted out by the judges. Will Paula lose her last group and be out of the competition? or will it be a solo performer?
This week the top 10 performed and we are expecting greater and greater things from our top 10. The initial plan was for this to be Madonna and Lady Gaga week, but Simon changed his mind and it was changed to “Rock”. It will be interesting to see how some of the contestants adapt their style or the song to this weeks theme. As is now the norm, one contestant will be voted out based on today’s performance along with the announcement tomorrow.