'X Factor' contestants head to boot camp
October 6th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

'X Factor' contestants head to boot camp

Fox's "X Factor" is finally getting down to business. Over 100 musicians hit up boot camp for what the show calls "the toughest week of their lives."

One by one, we saw all the singers from the first two weeks of auditions pack up and head to Los Angeles to perform once again for judges L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell.

I thought the judges had their work cut out for them narrowing down the thousands who auditioned, but I truly believe it's going to be very hard for them to pick 32 finalists out of 162 pretty great artists.

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Fox's 'X Factor' lands with talent to spare
September 22nd, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Fox's 'X Factor' lands with talent to spare

After months of hype and a judge switcheroo, Fox's "X Factor" has arrived.

A lot was crammed into this two-hour premiere. It was slick, glossy, fast-paced and at times over-produced. But I LOVED it.  No other singing competition has shown that vast amount of talent in a long time, although NBC's "The Voice" came very close.

But before we get to the contestants, let's talk about the host and the four judges.

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Is the new 'X Factor' promo poking fun at 'Idol?'
July 13th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Is the new 'X Factor' promo poking fun at 'Idol?'

That sound you just heard may be the first shot fired in the "X Factor" vs. "American Idol" war.

In the forthcoming talent show's first promo, featuring all four judges - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio "L.A." Reid and Nicole Scherzinger - "X Factor" appears to be taking a jab at its Fox neighbor and rival.

Cowell, dressed in a pink sweater, is shown along with his fellow judges in a room, which looks suspiciously "Idol"-like, enjoying the mediocre auditions of tepid singers. Known for his acerbic comments and harsh judging on "Idol," the promo shows a kinder, gentler Cowell. FULL POST

Nicole Scherzinger officially replaces Cheryl Cole on 'X Factor'
June 6th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Nicole Scherzinger officially replaces Cheryl Cole on 'X Factor'

Nicole Scherzinger, who was once thought to be a host for producer Simon Cowell's U.S. version of "The X Factor," has now come on board as a judge, Fox confirms.

Scherzinger is - you guessed it - officially replacing former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole. British celeb Steve Jones will now fly solo as host of the show.

A month ago it was announced that Cole would be taking a seat at the judges' table along with  Cowell, Antonio "L.A." Reid and later Paula Abdul, but by the end of May, word spread that Cole had been dropped from the role.

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Cheryl Cole won't be on British 'X Factor,' either
May 31st, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Cheryl Cole won't be on British 'X Factor,' either

After reportedly getting replaced on the U.S. version of "The X Factor," Cheryl Cole seems to have been dumped from the U.K. edition too.

The former Girls Aloud singer, who had been a judge on Britain's "X Factor" since 2008, was not included among the panel members announced by series producer Simon Cowell on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Those who did make the cut: Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, "Take That" singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos of British hip-hop band N-Dubz, and boy-band impresario Louis Walsh.

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Kara DioGuardi: I tripped out on brownies at Paula Abdul's house
May 27th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Kara DioGuardi: I tripped out on brownies at Paula Abdul's house

Beware of the baked goods at Paula Abdul's house. That's the lesson Kara DioGuardi learned several years ago after a simple case of the munchies landed her in the hospital.

During a recent appearance on "Lopez Tonight," DioGuardi said she was house-sitting for a vacationing Abdul and decided to have a snack. "The maid at the time found these brownies in the freezer," she recalled. "She took them out, put them in the refrigerator, and I hadn't really eaten much that night... They were these little nuggets, little, you know? I take six, not a lot."

Six hours later, "I was like, 'Hey, what’s going on?'" remembered the host of Bravo's upcoming "Platinum Hit." "I fell out of bed, on the floor and stumbled down stairs... and the ambulance comes, and this guy is like, 'This b— is high as a kite!"'

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