The X-Factor USA Is Cancelled

7 02 2014

SIMON COWELL TO DEPART U.S. VERSION OF “THE X FACTOR”

Entertainment Mogul to Return as Judge on “The X Factor UK”

and Focus on Continued Global Success of International Formats

The award-winning international phenomenon THE X FACTOR has concluded its domestic run after three seasons, it was announced today by Syco, FremantleMedia North America and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX).

“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!),” said Simon Cowell. “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,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “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’ has become a true global hit entertainment format produced locally in 45 countries, and since its launch in 2004, has been watched by more than half a billion people around the world,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming and Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America. “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. 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.”

In 2013, Alex & Sierra won Season Three of THE X FACTOR, and during the live shows, the duo reached No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart twice with six singles also breaking into the iTunes Top 20. Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony became international stars after Season Two of THE X FACTOR. Emblem3’s first album, “Nothing To Lose,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Fifth Harmony’s EP, “Better Together,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard chart and reached Top 10 on iTunes in 41 countries, giving them the biggest debut album from any U.S. television competition series in 2012. Fifth Harmony were listed on MTV’s “Artist to Watch” for 2014 and also were the voices of Barbie’s new anthem, “Anything Is Possible.” They are on tour this spring with Demi Lovato, Little Mix and Cher Lloyd. Emblem3’s debut album, “Nothing To Lose,” reached No. 1 on iTunes in 14 countries.

THE X FACTOR won three TEEN CHOICE 2012 Awards for Reality Competition Show, Breakout Show and Simon Cowell – Male Personality. In 2013, THE X FACTOR won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Competition Show and Demi Lovato won for Favorite Celebrity Judge. It also took home seven TEEN CHOICE 2013 Awards, including Reality Competition Show, Simon Cowell – Male Personality, and Emblem3 – Breakout Group, to name a few.

ABOUT SYCO ENTERTAINMENT

Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the world’s most successful global TV and music franchises. Syco Entertainment is also the world’s most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the record label home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, IL Divo, Emblem3, Fifth Harmony, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and Alex & Sierra. Syco’s television assets include the global franchises “The X Factor” and “Got Talent.”

Local versions of “The X Factor” are commissioned in 45 territories and around the world, “The X Factor” is now watched by more than a half billion people. The show has increased the average demographic for many broadcasters by up to 250%. The single, “Impossible,” from the 2012 U.K. winner James Arthur, became the fastest-selling single of the year, and was the biggest worldwide “X Factor” single ever – selling over 2.5 million copies. Artists discovered by the “X Factor” format have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including 130 No. 1s and 250 Top 10 records.

In 2010, “The X Factor UK” discovered and put together One Direction, who have since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and have won countless awards across the globe. One Direction have made U.S. chart history as the first group to ever have their first three albums debut at No. 1. Little Mix’s – the first group to ever win “The X Factor” – debut album, “DNA,” made history as the highest-charting debut album for a U.K. girl group – even beating the Spice Girls. Leona Lewis has sold over 30 million records and her hit single, “Bleeding Love,” reached No. 1 in over 30 countries and was the fastest-selling debut album of all time in the U.K. Lewis is the first British female solo artist to score eight U.K. Top 5 singles.

(Press Release)





The X-Factor USA S3 Audition 2

23 09 2013

The X-Factor USA S3 Audition 2

We jump back to the Denver auditions. Yosselin Marquez is up first singing “Girl” by Rhianna. This is a horrible start. This is not some night out for karaoke (she was using the phone for the lyrics)–this is an AUDITION! Stop it. Stick with modeling. She got four “no” responses. She does not know SIMON? A person auditioning is expected to do their homework.

Thomas Weiderspoon came out singing country hit “Your Man” by Josh Turner. Baby lock ’em doors and turn the lights down low. He is no Scotty. He is not good. All no’s.

Carrigan Bradley was next. They did not show much of the song, but I doubt there is a talent category in the beauty pageants she enters. Amber Ferrari tried to channel Janis, but got Janis’ untalented twin instead. The Group K&B gave it their best effort, but they were not Living’ La Vida Loca. This is very disappointing. Sean Harris knows he can win. Perhaps Lotto but definitely not singing.

Rylie Brown singing “Clarity” by Zedd. For someone who practiced the song everywhere she went I can’t believe she forgot the lyrics!!!! She is upset and her voice cracks. She is very breathy. She has potential if she works hard with a good vocal coach for a few years. I would not have put her through. But the judges did. She better not forget her lyrics again.

Jeffrey Brinkman is from Longmont–the place in Colorado recently ravaged by flooding. This audition likely occurred before those tragic events, so I hope he and his family and friends are okay. He runs a dog day care. I already like him. “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker. I was not expecting that voice to come out of that man. I got goosebumps despite his odd phrasing choices. Four yeses.

Back to Long Island, Jocelyn Hinton, self-proclaimed diva, singing Katy Perry’s
“Firework.” Absolutely no. This is a terrible audition song to begin with. This is not a career option for her. She should find employment elsewhere. She became annoying and refused to stop singing. Simon walked her off stage.

Young Rachel Potter was up next. It surprised me that she was almost 30. She chose “Somebody to Love” by Queen with a country twist. She has a fantastic voice. I really like her too. I got goosebumps when she got to the bridge. I don’t know why she reminds me of Lea Michelle from Glee who plays Rachel. The ladies gave her a standing ovation.

Jorge Pena, age 22 who sells ice cream and calls a female “woman.” Pig. He is funny., though and then–yep–creeped out again singing a song “Amame” by Kelly Clarkson & Alexandre Pires. He was average. But I hate his attitude. The judges put him through.

Simone Torres, a Port Jefferson Station resident, was up singing “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett. She has a lovely deep voice. Simon looked very surprised. Moshe has a higher speaking voice. I love her. She is a definite yes from me. And she got four yeses from the judges.

Russ Pouliot spent 4 years with a classically trained vocal coach (why do I think this is going to be a disaster?). “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley. I think he needs to get his money back. It was awful. The ladies tried to get Simon to sing and he tries to imitate Russ. That was great!

Back in Denver, three sisters form the group Roxxy Montana. Singing “One Night Only” from Dreamgirls by Jennifer Hudson. They are superstars!!!! I love them too. Temperance has the better voice by far and could have a great solo career. Simon agrees with me. He asks them to sing an a capella song which again shows Temperance to be the best vocalist.

Back to Long Island, Al Calderon who is designated hostess at a restaurant. He chose “Sara Smile” by Hall and Oates. He is a little pitchy but I like what he did with the song. I attribute the off-pitch notes to nerves. I would say yes to see more of him. He received four yes responses.

Denise Weeks, a subway singer. I like her and her story. She picked “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston to highlight her vocal talents. It was not a good audition. Simon gives her a second chance without the track. It sounded so much better. Now I got goosebumps. Four yeses from the judges.





The X-Factor USA S3 Audition 1

23 09 2013

The X-Factor USA S3 Audition 1

There is a new panel of judges and what seems like really good chemistry between the judges this year. Returning are Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell. The new judges are Kelly Rowland (who was part of Destiny’s Child) and Paulina Rubio.

The first audition is from Los Angeles. Our first contestant from Chicago, Illinois is Carlito Olivaro, age 23. He wants to be the Latino Chris Brown. I really get annoyed when people say that. Does that mean you approve or dismiss his domestic violence? He sings, “Stay” by Rihanna. It was just okay and very average, but he was also very nervous. He gets four yeses.  I would have said no.

Over to the auditions from Charleston, South Carolina, first up is Sally Hessnice, a 55-year-old registered nurse who has been married 35 years. She sang, “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston. She should reserve her singing for comatose patients. If I was in a coma, I would endeavor to wake up just to tell her to please stop. All 4 say no. At least they are sane so far.

Valeria. Just Valeria. (Valeria Colombo) She is a karaoke DJ. She tries singing “Without You” by Nilsson. Oh geez! Please do not make these auditions about the train wrecks. I want the focus to be on the good ones. She is a definite no.

K-Nected is a group of mom and 2 teenage girls. They try to sing, “Waterfalls” by TLC. They should stop singing. Period. This led into a montage of horror of unknown singers who Paulina called “peachy” (its pitchy dawg) including the recent graduate from high school John Tanner Davis.

Still in Charleston auditions, Rion Paige was up. I LOVE her mom. Rion is differently-abled with a congenital condition but her bubbly personality bursts through and blinds us to the physical challenges. She sings “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood. She was pitchy in spots but I would put her in the “potentials” category. She may have been nervous because she improved as the song went on. Four yeses.

Over to Long Island, Lillie McCloud who shocked the crowd by telling everyone she is 54. She has three children and seven grandchildren. She chose “Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans. Lillie could win this competition. I got major goosebumps. I don’t know why she is not already professionally singing. I was tingling from head to toe. I have not felt that way for a very long time. All four judges were on their feet.

In New Orleans after a run of horrid groups, duet boyfriend/girlfriend Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton who are madly in love with each other. Alex is funny. Singing “Toxic” by Britney Spears. They almost reminded me of Sonny and Cher on their variety show. I really liked them. They had a unique sound. Who doesn’t melt seeing two people in love singing to each other but bringing the audience in as well? I definitely put them in the final group selection. Four yeses.