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"The X-Factor: early news/rumors discussion."

Posted by Estee on 02-08-11 at 09:13 AM
Brits: tell us what you know.

Stateside: tell us what you suspect.



Graphic novel readers: please refrain from turning this into a discussion on Jamie Madrox.

Unless his musician namesake goes out for the panel, in which case, go right ahead.

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"The X-Factor auditions"
Posted by cahaya on 04-15-11 at 11:16 PM
An interesting article comparing X-factor auditions with AI auditions, with a few comments by folks who tried out.

But what distinguished the atmosphere from auditions for Cowell’s previous show, “American Idol,” was that the gag contestants that show up at “Idol” auditions – and get rewarded with TV time – were largely missing.

Hey, Webby, how about a dedicated Active Forum for this upcoming show?

"RE: The X-Factor: early news/rumors discussion."
Posted by kingfish on 04-16-11 at 08:20 PM
LAST EDITED ON 04-17-11 AT 01:12 PM (EST)

Can I comment? I can stand on my porch in Dover and see Calais. And I say Cherio! a lot.

Pip Pip my good (wo)man!

"RE: The X-Factor: early news/rumors discussion."
Posted by Starshine on 04-27-11 at 06:06 AM

tonkety tonk

"RE: The X-Factor: early news/rumors discussion."
Posted by samboohoo on 04-18-11 at 12:35 PM
One of my FB friends tried out and made it to Round 2, but then cut. He is an awesome singer. He indicated they were looking for something particular that he didn't have.

Samboobree, brought to life by Arkie

"RE: The X-Factor: early news/rumors discussion."
Posted by kingfish on 04-24-11 at 02:26 PM
That FishFactor?

"Judge #3: Cheryl Cole."
Posted by Estee on 05-06-11 at 07:38 AM
Quoting smarterthanpickler from VFTW:

"In The worst decision since New Coke, Simon Cowell has forced Fox to name Cheryl Cole as one of the judges on the upcoming American version of X Factor. Simon has become so delusional that he believes America will go for someone who is completely unknown outside of England and speaks with an accent so hideous and unintelligible even British people can't understand her. Next to Cheryl, Paula Abdul is going to seem like a University Professor. And if that doesn't endear her to America, Cheryl has an extremely ugly racist incident in her past.

On the plus side, she's hot and is one of the best lip syncers I've ever seen."

The accent:


The incident:


As certain people keep proving every day, being a racist does nothing but endear you to America... or at least the part of it which likes to be in charge. But making Paula look intelligent? That's a level of challenge no one away from a news commentary camera has been willing to take on, and it's hardly an easy win. Why, she'd have to heap relentless praise on people no matter how much they actually svck! And Steven filed a copyright on that!

Wait and see.

"RE: Judge #3: Cheryl Cole."
Posted by Starshine on 05-06-11 at 08:39 AM

We have unloaded Cheryl Cole and Piers "Morgan" Moron to the USA, the country is getting better every day

Now if you could just take Tony Bliar and give us Hugh Laurie back things would be perfect!

"RE: Judge #3: Cheryl Cole."
Posted by Snidget on 05-06-11 at 09:05 AM
Not giving Hugh Laurie back, no way no how!!!

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

"RE: Judge #3: Cheryl Cole."
Posted by Estee on 05-07-11 at 06:14 AM
Dear Starshine,

Enclosed please find Randy Quaid and spouse.

P.S. No refunds or exchanges.

You're making it sound as if we haven't heard the worst of her yet. The Worsters are basically claiming Ms. Tweedy married a star soccer player in order to get more fame, then kept the last name in the divorce. And she's a reality show veteran on the contestant side, but there weren't many show details -- some kind of attempt to assemble a girl group?

"RE: Judge #3: Cheryl Cole."
Posted by Starshine on 05-07-11 at 08:27 AM
Married star footballer to improve image Check

Footballer screws over his club for money and becomes unpopular

Divorce and keeps name Check

Reality show veteran Check

Probably more autotuned than Rebecca Black Check

Unintelligible Check

"RE: Judge #3: Cheryl Cole."
Posted by cahaya on 05-06-11 at 06:15 PM
I thought powder room maids were meant to be seen punched on and not heard.

"Judge #4: Paula Abdul."
Posted by Estee on 05-08-11 at 01:53 PM
LAST EDITED ON 05-08-11 AT 01:58 PM (EST)

I gave serious thought to stretching the announcement out and doing a slow build up to ultimate horror -- but there are some things where you just rip the bandage off, scream at what's underneath, and then try to get on with whatever's left of your existence. This seemed to be one of them.


Also, I finally finished screaming about six minutes ago.

"First show: casting spoilers."
Posted by Estee on 05-10-11 at 06:33 PM
This is a VFTW link, so while the information is accurate, the language used in providing it goes beyond PG-13. Approach at your own risk.


Note that the plants & retreads are already surfacing. (And if the shooting schedule allowed it, we'd be guaranteed a third dose of Frenchie.)

"RE: First show: casting spoilers."
Posted by Tummy on 05-11-11 at 10:04 AM
You say that like a third dose of Frenchie would be a bad thing. It was a shame she was kicked off Idol in the first place. I'm glad she's getting a second chance.

Floating my cares away with Agman - 2011

"RE: First show: casting spoilers."
Posted by Estee on 05-11-11 at 12:18 PM
Did you know she was in Rent?

"RE: The X-Factor: early news/rumors discussion."
Posted by cahaya on 05-26-11 at 01:24 AM
Judge's dissention?

Posted by Starshine on 05-26-11 at 04:51 AM
British pop star Cheryl Cole has been dropped from the judging panel of the US version of The X Factor

Just because I cannot understand a word she says doesn't mean that you won't be able to.

All this and Hugh Laurie releases an album!

Still at least they haven't thrown Piers "Morgan" Moron back at us yet.

"RE: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
Posted by Estee on 05-26-11 at 08:30 AM
Nyah. Nyah. Nyah. Serves you right for making the rest of the world put up with that stoopid wedding. But it's not as if we're getting the best of this deal -- the Worsters have Nicole SureRinger as the replacement.

*shakes head* Whatever happened to good old-fashioned racism boosting your national stock? Must have had something to do with Cheryl's birth certificate...

"RE: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
Posted by Snidget on 05-26-11 at 10:52 AM
I'm not normally for deporting people who take American jobs home, but in this one case, I think I'll make an exception.

Sorry you have to deal with her back in her homeland.

"RE: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
Posted by cahaya on 05-26-11 at 02:33 PM
*points up at the post above yours*

But I can't scream as loud as you do.

"RE: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
Posted by Starshine on 05-26-11 at 04:23 PM
Aah there's lovely


"RE: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"
Posted by kidflash212 on 07-10-16 at 11:31 AM

"Cheryl officially out: Nicole in."
Posted by Estee on 06-07-11 at 02:31 PM
Pretty much as said above, except that the show has now verified the change. Issues apparently include bad chemistry with the rest of the U.S.-new panel and a lack of subtitle budget. Nicole leaves the hosting area to go for talking head status. In response, America promptly fell asleep.

Meanwhile, FOX is gearing up the promotion machinery for the all-out trample: we got multiple commercials last night plus Gordon telling one of his amateur chefs that she was in the wrong audition area. For the network, anything that keeps the show in the headlines is good news -- but there's only so much natural upset they can count on. (The manufactured number can try for infinity.)

"She's getting worse."
Posted by Estee on 06-14-11 at 07:31 AM
With the current stage of auditions being performed in front of studio audiences, lots of spoilers are emerging -- along with this disturbing image: Paula has moved beyond her Idol level of soaked. There are long periods of time when she can't manage complete sentences. She keeps asking contestants if they have puppies. She contributes nothing, occupies a seat, and gets paid. (So at least that much hasn't changed.)

There also seems to be a large number of frau in the audience, which likely serves as a preview for the voting demographics. Pick your favorite WGWG now, because that'll be the winner.