Former X Factor Finalist Tim Olstad released a new song called “Hold Me Up”.
The X Factor USA
The X Factor has officially been canceled by Fox.
Simon Cowell is set to return to the U.K. version of the reality singing competition after Fox decided not to renew its U.S. counterpart for a fourth season, the network announced on Friday, along with Syco and FremantleMedia North America.
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!),” Cowell, who served as a judge and producer, said in a statement. “Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
“To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time–he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years,” Fox boss Kevin Reilly said. “Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”
The X Factor‘s cancellation shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given its lackluster ratings throughout its three-season run on Fox, as well as its constant judging shakeups.Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul left the judges’ table after season one, with Britney Spears and Demi Lovato taking their seats. After season two, L.A. Reid exited the series, with Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio filling the void. Lovato announced her exit from the series prior to the season three finale.
At the 20114 Winter TCA Press Tour, Reilly talked about the series’ uncertain future,admitting that The X Factor was “underperforming this year, Simon I think would admit that…the ratings were not what we hoped.”
Trish Kinane, president and executive producer of FremantleMedia North America, also issued a statement on The X Factor‘s U.S. run coming to an end. “The U.S. version of The X Factor has had a great run dominating the social media charts and discovering internationally successful artists, but Simon’s return to the U.K. X Factor has been long anticipated,” she said. “We have long-running partnerships both with FOX and Syco Entertainment and very much look forward to what the future holds for our ongoing relationships with them.”
The X Factor‘s season three finale, which saw Alex & Sierra taking home the grand prize, attracted just 6.2 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demo, which was down over 35 percent from the season two closer.
So last week the X Factor returned and with it came some amazing amounts of talent and tonight the auditions continued for season 3…
Tonight the first auditions brought us to the great city of Los Angeles California, talk about a search for stardom where most of it is located!
Judges Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland are present but unfortunately Paulina Rubio couldn’t make it, she was at her concert.
First Up, 2 sisters Cynthia and Shirley singing Jackson 5, I want you back. Simon replied to their performance by saying “Well we don’t want you back” and it was like a competition of who could sing the worst! Kelly suggested Cynthia come back BUT without her sister…talk about awkward! No from the judges.
Not such a great start so far, but things are looking up. Josh Levi, 14 years old from Houston Texas is up next singing Selena Gomez, Come and Get it. Demi says it was amazing and adorable. She was really impressed with the way he sang the song. Kelly said he’s going to be a star and there’s no one like him! Simon believed he sang a song he shouldn’t have sung but did very good and is looking like a future star. Yeses all around for Josh!
Time for a commercial break but expect a whole lot more…
We’re back and this time with a group of 3 brothers. Their called AKNU standing for A Kind Never Understood. They will be singing Valerie by Amy Winehouse. The guys came out with some sassy dance moves along with great voices receiving numerous cheers from the crowd. Kelly thought they were so refreshing and made people wanna dance! Demi got chills saying they have something special. Simon thought it was like watching Motown, which he hates, but he believed everything worked incredibly well. Looks like we got all yeses!
Time for another commercial break…
Now we have moved over to Charleston and Paulina is back for this. We got a country lover up next, Brandie Love, 21 and she’s singing Up to the Mountain by Kelly Clarkson. Paulina said “you’ve got the X factor!”
Simon commented saying she took them to church and he loved it and predicts great things. Kelly thought watching her get lost in the song was amazing. Demi’s favorite thing was how she brought country music and put soul. Yes yes yes yes from all 4 judges!
Millie Thrasher is up and she really thrashed the judges with her talent. She got all 4 yeses! Along with Timmy Thames age 13 and Yellow High Canyon who are 2 best friends.
Commercial but still to come, Simon’s brutal criticism that we can’t help but enjoy…
Over to Long Island we go! Starting with Vincent, who seems extremely confident. He is singing How Could I Live Without You by LeAnn Rimes. Too many shocked looks everywhere. Simon said it was one of the worst he ever heard and thinks Vincent needs new friends. No no no no new friends for Vincent, HAHA!
Now we’re back again to Charleston with the sweet Carlos Guevara who battles with tourette syndrome. A great group of friends and family are there to support him and cheer him on. He’s singing Gravity by John Mayer and not going to lie this performance brought me to tears! Paulina said she was so proud and that he has an amazing voice! Demi could tell he has a beautiful soul! Kelly felt grateful to witness his performance! Simon likes that he isn’t a victim, that nothings stopped him and he has a great voice! And I’m happy to say he got all YESES, including from me!
Commercial break but there’s some crazy moments still to come…
Up on stage are 2 best friends who are hairdressers. We have Chloe J and CJ who will be singing River Deep Mountain High by Tina Turner. Simon was left speechless for a moment along with the other judges but he came back saying they are both horrible! Continuous no from the judges. WOAH…something weird just happened! It looked like Chloe couldn’t resist herself, she walked over to Simon and starting kissing him all over! WHAT! Words can’t explain how uncomfortable and scared Simon looked!
Very funny to watch and good thing we can recover with a commercial break…
We’re back. Malie Delgado from Alaska sang Because of You and got all yeses! Next is a cutie from West Virginia, Colton Pack 18, who pretty much brought his entire town with him talk about pressure! He wants to be a country music star and is going to sing Hick Town by Jason Alden. Paulina likes him and his presence. Demi said it was pitchy at times but he was interesting to watch with a natural stage presence. Kelly said he has a unique voice and is talented. Simon really really likes him. 4 big fat yeses!
Back on to LA. Simon’s a little late but the show must go on. Danie Geimer 15, is up singing The House On The Raising Sun by Animals. This performance left me speechless it was so incredible! Kelly said she is it! Demi was impressed. Paulina said she’s so special with incredible vocals and a beautiful smile. And the ladies say yes!
And we have a familiar face, Jeff Gutt from last season! Simon whispers to Kelly that he should of been in the finals. Demi thinks he looks refreshed. He will be singing Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith. Uh oh! Things don’t look good. Simon looks very disappointed. Demi whispers to the girls “he has a very good rocker voice, this song isn’t for him.” But looks like Simon is giving him another shot! He sings Creep by Radiohead. Paulina admires him for coming back. Simon believes Jeff picked up bad habits but that’s the only part he didn’t like and the rest was sensational. Kelly is so happy he’s backs and thinks he’s incredible. Demi says he has talent and now he is supposed to be here now. And Jeff’s back! 4 yeses from the judges. Jeff’s son came onstage and brought the crowd to cheers!
Well that concludes this episode. Talk about some crazy moments coming in this season of the X Factor so be sure to watch every Wednesday and Thursday at 8!
After over a decade of criticizing singers for a living, Simon Cowell has revealed what his own singing voice sounds like.
On Thursday’s “X Factor,” he sang a line of what was supposed of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
The impromptu song was brought on by a joke from fellow judge Demi Lovato. Following a less than impressive audition from one hopeful, Demi remarked that she had a feeling the contestant’s voice is what Simon’s would sound like.
The 54-year-old father-to-be refused to take the mic, until new judge Kelly Rowland jumped onto the stage to fetch the contestant’s microphone for him. Kelly then held him down to his seat and with the microphone in his face, leaving him no choice but to please the crowd. After singing, Simon said, “Thank you. That will never be aired.”
Auditions continue on season three of “X Factor” next Wednesday on Fox.
Simon Cowell has revealed that appointing his latest X Factor USA judges was an “easy decision”.
Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland will join Cowell and returning judge Demi Lovato for the upcoming third season of The X Factor on Fox, replacing outgoing judges LA Reid and Britney Spears.
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‘X Factor’ USA judges at a press conference
“I’ve wanted to work with Paulina [Rubio] for years and Kelly [Rowland] did the UK show for me and did a brilliant job,” he told The Wrap at a press conference at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.
He added: “It was a very easy decision to put these three together and you hope it’s going to work and they’re going to get on well. And luckily they did.”
Lovato was also full of praise for the new judges, saying: “The whole cast this year, there’s something really special about it.
“And when we come together I feel it’s actually a family, which is actually so rare and I feel like it never happens, especially on these shows.”
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‘X Factor’ USA season 3 judges
Cowell also stated that he hopes the latest season will stand out from its rivals, saying: “I just thought that all these shows were beginning to blur into the same show.
“That’s really the legacy of the show. It’s got to be that when you watch a show, you really believe that you’re watching a star being found and developed.”
The X Factor USA will launch its latest season on Wednesday, September 11. The second part of its premiere will air the following night.
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According to reports, Mario Lopez will be the sole host of The X Factor USA seas 3, after the show experimented with 2 host last season. Fox News Latino is reporting that they are asking just Lopez to return to the show..hmmmm, I wonder why?
There has been talk from the Huffington Post saying that NBC’s reality competition The Voice actually paid Khloe Kardashian off to not return to X Factor, but who believe HuffPost to begin with?
I am looking forward to seeing Mario Lopez host the show on his own!
So, Demi Lovato is in the news for a few things. One because she has some extremely sexy photos out, nothing trashy, just sexy. And because she announced her next single “Heart Attack”. So much for giving your heart a break.
Girl band Fifth Harmony has apparently signed with Simon Cowell’s label, SyCo! This means that the girl band is on the same route as UK Pop Sensations, One Direction in potentially taking over the world of music.
Fifth Harmony ended their run on the X Factor on fire, singing a massive number with Judge on the show, Demi Lovato. I won’t be surprised if this group becomes as powerful as the Spice Girls were.
“I knew from the girls’ first performance at the judges’ homes that we’d done the right thing,” Cowell announced to People. “The chemistry between the girls both on stage and off is fantastic, and they are incredibly talented.”
So tell me in the comments below, are you glad that Fifth Harmony signed a deal?