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Monday, 18 April, 2011

Simon Cowell Quits Judges Job

Filed under: Judges,Simon Cowell

It’s been speculated for a while now that Simon Cowell would leave the UK X Factor in order to concentrate on the US version of the show – and now it’s official.

ITV has confirmed that Simon won’t be appearing as a judge on the next series, although he would continue to be involved with the program. Cheryl Cole also looks set to leave the judging panel, and there is speculation that Lilly Allen and Spice Girl Mel B will join Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh to replace Cheryl and Simon.

Monday, 6 December, 2010

Matt Cardle: The Next Steve Brookstein?

Does anyone remember Steve Brookstein, winner of the first series of the X Factor? Initially highly popular, Brookstein quickly fell out of favour in the media for being something of a misery, forever complaining about the show and the team that had brought him into the public eye in the first place.

Steve Brookstein was also the first Xmas X Factor number 1 with his single Against All Odds, but he very quickly became disillusioned with the X Factor, telling the Daily Mail just six months later “The X Factor damages your credibility – or perhaps I should say Simon Cowell does. The X Factor is all one big theatre. It’s about killing music to make light entertainment.”. Since then, Brookstein has frequently spoken out against the X Factor and Cowell in particular.

Matt Cardle already seems to be heading the same way, after whining and complaining his way through the finals. So far this series, he’s criticised Simon Cowell for keeping Katie Waissel in the competition, saying Aiden should have stayed, and that “In terms of the television show, Aiden was expendable.” – a quote that could have come from the mouth of Brookstein himself. Cardle is clearly not too worried about consistency, because only a week before he had been busy moaning about Wagner, saying “I would prefer Katie to stay next week to Wagner, definitely. At least she’s a good singer, and she looks good”.
Cardle has also laid into all of the younger X Factor contestants in general, saying “Some people say, ‘I’ve wanted it all my life’. You’re 16 years old. You’ve wanted it for a couple of years since you figured you could sing.”. He also blasted all of the previous X Factor winners, saying they were “plastic and naff”.

Many of the bookies currently have Cardle in the lead for winner of the X Factor, so we may well have to put up with his complaints for a while yet.

Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Nicole Scherzinger: Katie Waissel should have gone

Pussy-cat doll and girlfriend of Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton Nicole Scherzinger has slammed Simon Cowell’s decision to keep Katie Waissel in the competition despite her frequent appearances in the bottom two.

“I was shocked at Simon. He is normally so in tune with the public.” Scherzinger was quoted as saying in Reveal magazine.

Nicole is widely tipped to be a judge on the American version of the X Factor, due to start next year.

Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Simon Cowell Signs 3 Year X Factor deal

We know many of you were concerned over stories there might be no X Factor next year – you can all breathe a sigh of relief, because it’s been confirmed there will be!

X Factor will be returning in 2011 in its usual autumn to Christmas slot, despite plans to launch X Factor USA. It is thought that Simon may remain as a judge, although it has not been announced exactly how he will juggle this with his work on the American version of the show.

Confirming X Factor until the end of 2013, ITV boss Peter Fincham said “I’m delighted that our viewers can continue to enjoy them on ITV over the next three years”.