The X Factor

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Simon Cowell has tweeted about Louis Walsh’s exit

Zig and Zag mastermind Simon Cowell has appeared to confirm rumours that Louis Walsh will not be returning to The X Factor this year. Reports of Louis’ departure circulated in yesterday’s papers and a few hours ago Cowell tweeted this: Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always […]

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2014 A-Z: W is for WILL THIS DO

They usually talk about Steve Brookstein being the archetypal X Factor ‘failure’, don’t they? Sometimes Leon Jackson too. Sometimes Matt Cardle. Obviously these people aren’t really failures in the proper sense, just artists who highlight the central flaw of The X Factor’s original premise. Because if you have a show that gives an opportunity to people […]

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Which X Factor finalist would have the lowest-selling Christmas Number One?

Following news of its release being pulled forward yesterday evening, we put a bet on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ being this year’s Christmas Number One. It’s already Number One on iTunes (with Fleur’s version at Number Two), but its main competition comes from this year’s X Factor winner, so it’s important […]

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25 name suggestions for The X Factor’s absurd eight-piece boyband

It is claimed that The X Factor’s ludicrous/possibly amazing eight-piece boyband are still looking for a name. They are even running a competition to look for a suitable moniker. Let’s assume for one moment that this is a genuine predicament and not one that has been invented in an attempt to increase […]

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The X Factor UK will now also be shown in the US

‘Season’ (series) 11 (!) of The X Factor UK will be ‘aired’ in America, it’s been announced. The new deal means the entire ‘season’ (series) will be shown on the Ryan Seacrest co-owned AXS TV network, starting on August 31, ie the day after it all kicks off in the […]

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Mel B has been announced as a judge on The X Factor

‘For Once In My Life’ hitmaker Mel B has been announced as the fourth and final judge for this year’s X Factor (the UK one, obviously). According to The Sun (but also covered here) the deal ‘inked’ by the artist briefly known as Melanie G is for £900,000 with an […]

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Paloma Faith’s apparently ‘held talks’ about being a judge on The X Factor

Paloma Faith is apparently ‘in the running’ to be a judge on The X Factor. Mind you, there aren’t many female popstars who aren’t linked to that job at the moment, but let’s just carry on with the story shall we, mainly because we actually think Paloma would be good […]

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Ella Henderson stands a good chance of conquering 2014

Main points: 1. We heard Single One recently and hold onto your hats because it is really rather remarkable. It’s a dramatic, stylish belter called ‘Ghost’. The song is all about Ella going down to the river (!) to “wash all the pain” and exorcise the ghost of a former beau. Ella […]

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Cheryl Cole’s back on The X Factor

Despite having previously being thrown under the X Factor bus with such force and severity that the bus itself was partially destroyed and has been at the garage ever since due to ongoing Cole-caused problems with its chassis, Cheryl Cole’s back on UK X Factor, according to Cheryl Cole. She […]

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Nicole Scherzinger might not be returning to the X Factor this year

AND SO IT CONTINUES: According to one of Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘close friends’ the ‘Puakenikeni’ hitmaker won’t be returning to The X Factor this year. Apparently it’s so she can focus on recording the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Killer Love’, which is probably quite a good idea. The friend, who also knows […]

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Simon Cowell’s coming back to The X Factor in the UK

Former Zig & Zag apologist Simon Cowell is returning as a judge on The X Factor, it’s been announced. The one in the UK, obviously. According to this statement right here, Simon’s thrilled to be returning, and is excited to find a global superstar again. “I’m thrilled to be returning,” […]

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Can we agree to boycott all future series of The X Factor…

…until Syco agree IN WRITING that they will stop trying to make ‘Skyscraper’ work and that the song given to any future winner or winners will be this? Seriously ladies and gentlemen, what a song. It’s a winner’s anthem for the bells alone. Can you think of a single X Factor […]

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Gary Barlow’s already talking about returning to The X Factor, despite not having left yet

Marks & Spencer underwear department of pop Gary Barlow has said that he’d be up for returning to The X Factor once he leaves at the end of the year, but only as a guest judge. “I don’t know [who will be my replacement] but I have said to the […]

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Gary Barlow and Elton John might perform together during The X Factor final

According to The Sun, comfy sweater of pop Gary Barlow will perform a duet with noted X Factor fan Elton John during the final of The X Factor. Rumours are the pair will perform ‘Face To Face’, which is the duet that appears on Barlow’s forthcoming solo opus, ‘Since I […]

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Gary Barlow thinks this new series of The X Factor better reflects the music industry

The WHSmith of pop, Mr Gary Barlow, reckons the tougher conditions for this year’s X Factor are a reflection of the music industry in general. “It does feel tougher this year,” he mused to BBC Newsbeat. “I feel like it’s going almost in line with the music business because it’s […]

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The X Factor has some new voting thing for the live shows

The X Factor have introduced a new, slightly convoluted voting system that they’ll implement on the first live show on Saturday October 12, reports the BBC. Basically, once all the ‘acts’ have performed the phone lines will be opened for ten minutes and some sort of ‘flash vote’ will take […]

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Cher and Ellie Goulding are performing on the first X Factor live shows

Real Cher and Ellie ‘Elena’ Goulding will both sing a song each during the first live results show of this year’s X Factor, it’s been announced. The pair will perform on the Sunday October 13 show, just before the first person gets booted off by the public. Fingers crossed Cher […]

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The full lineup of people helping judge on this week’s X Factor has been announced

Robbie Williams, Mary J Blige, Shane Filan, Sinitta, Nicole Appleton (!) and, as previously announced, Olly Murs, will all be getting a free holiday to help some people judge some people on The X Factor. Robbie will sit next to Sharon Osbourne in Hollywood, while Mary J Blige will help Nicole […]

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Olly Murs will be sitting next to Gary Barlow in a foreign country and judging people

Part-time hat-botherer and occasional pop sorcerer Olly Murs has confirmed that he will indeed be Gary Barlow’s guest judge on this year’s X Factor. The confirmation was made via the medium of using the following words in the specific order you can see below: “Hey all, so there have […]

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Who’s ‘mentoring’ who (or maybe that should be whom) on this year’s X Factor has now been made public

The categories for this year’s X Factor have already been allocated and it’s not good news for Sharon Osbourne. The Daily Mirror are reporting that Osbo will ‘mentor’ the ‘Overs’, Gary Barlow will make the Groups a bit boring, while Nicole gets the Girls and Louis Walsh has his way […]

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Louis Walsh is leaving The X Factor at the end of this year’s series

Little Louis Walsh is leaving The X Factor judging panel after ten years on the show, it’s been announced. “I’m happy this is going to be my last year,” the man responsible for Jedward told TV Times magazine (as quoted here). “I’ve been judging X Factor for 10 years so I’ve […]

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What do we already know about this year’s X Factor?

Here’s a picture Dermot O’Leary tweeted earlier today. It’s a picture of four of this year’s X Factor judges. But we all know that nothing about The X Factor is ever released without having gone through a million layers of scrutiny from the show’s publicists, and that nothing ‘accidental’ really […]

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The X Factor judging lineup has finally been confirmed and there are some ‘format’ changes too

After what’s felt like months and months of ‘fevered’ speculation, the lineup for this year’s X Factor judging panel has finally been confirmed. The four people in charge of finding the next Eton Road, The Conway Sisters or Tabby Callaghan are: Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne. […]

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Emeli Sandé isn’t a big fan of The X Factor if she’s being honest

Underground artist Emeli Sandé isn’t a fan of the whole X Factor business. The ‘Suitcase’ chanteuse spoke to – BRACE YOURSELVES – the Daily Star Playlist about the franchise, noting: “I find it quite depressing. I find it sad that four people are judging these people and really knocking their […]

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Simon Cowell wants to change “every aspect” of The X Factor

The never knowingly underdramatic Simon Cowell has claimed that he plans to change “every aspect” of the forthcoming series of The X Factor – including one of the judges. Talking to the Radio Times (as quoted here), Cowello mused: “The format is 10 years old and any format that has […]

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Ella Henderson thinks The X Factor’s “artistry” is more obvious now

2012’s sixth place X Factor finalist Ella Henderson reckons the show is all about “artistry” and “credibility” now. Having a chat to BBC Newsbeat the ‘Believe’ interpreter highlighted the fact you can walk on stage with a guitar as a sign of how much the show has developed. “A lot […]