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March 16, 2011

X Factor US May Soon Confirm LA Reid As Judge – Update: FOX Confirms Reid

Simon Cowell has been promising us the names of his X Factor US judges since back in February but we still haven’t heard anything official. THR is now claiming that LA Reid will be sitting next to Simon Cowell as one of the four judges:

It was long rumored and now looks like it’s come true: Island Def Jam chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid will be a judge on Fox’s The X Factor.

Sources tells The Hollywood Reporter “it’s a done deal.” Reid, whose contract with Universal Music is up in December, will get an early release so that he can take part in Simon Cowell’s show, which awards a Sony Music recording contract worth $5 million to the winner. Auditions for The X Factor begin March 27 in Los Angeles.

An announcement regarding Reid is to be made this week, according to an insider.

Sometime this week? We’re running out of time so either it’s in the next two days, or it’s another news tease from Simon as the pressure builds up for X Factor’s premiere in 2011 fall.

Update: FOX has confirmed LA Reid as the first official judge, besides Simon, of course.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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March 14, 2011

X Factor US May Delay X Factor UK This Season

I guess you can’t always have your cake and eat it too. ITV, the UK host of Simon Cowell’s X Factor television show, is considering options to delay their winter season of the competition now that Simon is taking his show on the road. Cowell’s plan for a fall 2011 premiere of X Factor US would make it practically impossible for the master of reality TV to be in two places at once and his bosses are finally starting to realize that.

What makes the situation worse is that Simon is likely planning to drag away his UK co-judge, Cheryl Cole, as we have often reported here on the site. If they lose 2 of their judges would the show press on without them? Possibly. Maybe.

Despite being desperate to hold onto Cowell and Cole for the UK show though – for which auditions kicked off earlier this month- ITV bigwigs fear it will mess up the entire TV schedule.

‘ITV is looking at a range of options to keep Cheryl and Simon. But changing dates would play havoc with ITV’s schedule and the auditions have already begun.

Plans for both the US and UK shows are still up in the air. Despite promising details by the end of February, music mogul Simon is yet to confirm any judges positions – apart from his own – for either show.

I’d say plans for X Factor 2011 in the US is a lot less up in the air then they’re claiming. While the UK flavor might be the original there’s a much more massive audience waiting for Cowell on this side of the Atlantic.

Source: Metro.co.uk

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February 28, 2011

X Factor 2011 Auditions Details Released

Think you’ve got what it takes? Think you’ve got The X Factor? Then don’t miss your chance to audition for Simon Cowell’s new reality television talent show when he heads around the country this spring to see the very best of what America has to offer.

This is your opportunity to get the latest audition information for Simon Cowell’s brand new talent search with a prize of a $5 million recording contract. The complete Eligibility Requirements will be posted soon but at a minimum you must be at least 12 years of age by March 1, 2011, a legal US citizen or eligible to work full time, and without a current music recording contract.

X Factor 2011 Auditions:

  • March 27, 2011 – Los Angeles, California: L.A. Sports Arena
  • April 7, 2011 – Miami, Florida: Bank United Center
  • April 14, 2011 – Newark, New Jersey: Prudential Center
  • April 20, 2011 – Seattle, Washington: Key Arena
  • April 27, 2011 – Chicago, Illinois: Sears Centre Arena
  • May 26, 2011 – Dallas, Texas: Dallas Convention Center

Important note: wristbands must be picked up the day before auditions!

Right now you can go to FOX’s X Factor site and register to audition. First, you’ll have to select one of the locations listed above. Second, you have to identify if you’re a solo act or part of a group. Last, you have to submit your personal information which I assume is so they can contact you regarding your audition, though it might just you on a mailing list!

Check out Simon Cowell’s preview video for X Factor as he discusses just what the show is about and how it will work when it premieres here in September 2011.

Considering there will be four groups (young guys, young girls, older singers, and group performers) with each being mentored by a judge I’m guessing then that we’ll have four judges, not three. There have been so many rumors about X Factor judges that I can’t wait to have that confirmed soon.

Source: FOX X Factor

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February 23, 2011

Simon Cowell Planning X Factor Voting On Facebook

Simon Cowell is looking to correct an issue that has long frustrated Idol viewers: online voting for X Factor when it premieres this Fall. Even better, it’ll be online voting via Facebook, according to the rumors:

According to plans currently being negotiated, voting via Facebook would be reserved for the final rounds of the show, scheduled to launch in the U.S. on Fox this fall, and it would happen alongside a traditional phone voting system.

Details and security issues are still being worked out, and an insider cautions that a deal could fall apart or the system might not be worked out in time for the show’s first season. But the plan is for viewers to be able to vote for contestants via their own Facebook page or an X-Factor application.

How awesome is that? It’s been a long time coming and should add a lot to the show. Of course you can expect American Idol to quickly try and catch up if Simon beats them to the punch.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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February 14, 2011

FOX Will Not Hire Lindsay Lohan As X Factor Judge

Sorry, Lindsay, but FOX doesn’t want you either. The rumor mill was spinning the possibility of the troubled, former movie star joining Simon Cowell at the judges table for the fall premiere of X Factor, but FOX says that is not going to happen.

Ann-Marie Thomson [X Factor spokeswoman] said Saturday that producers have not talked to Lohan (LOH’-un) about joining the show, despite online speculation that the troubled actress was being courted as a judge.

With so many rumors going around about who might be judging the talent on X Factor it’s not really surprising that it eventually pulled in Lohan’s name. I do find it funny though that out of all the rumors FOX say it fit to squash this one. They don’t even want people to consider X Factor being tied to that name!

Source: AP

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