'X Factor': The good, the bad and the weird
September 29th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

'X Factor': The good, the bad and the weird

I really didn't think that Fox's "X Factor" could find more interesting people than it did the first week, but then I watched Wednesday's episode. It definitely gets better with time.

It's the second week of auditions, this time in Chicago and Seattle. The best WTH moment took place when a middle-aged lady took the stage and said that she wasn't there to sing. Rather she wanted to audition to be a judge!! The actual judges put up with her for a couple of seconds before they told her "no" and kept the show moving. I do give her credit for finding a unique way to get on stage in front of millions of people when singing was not an option for her.

I'm not quite sure if this show had more qualified singers than last week, but I'm certain it had more diverse singers. Here's who I'm betting will be most likely to succeed:

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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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Tyler Perry highest-paid man in showbiz
September 13th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Tyler Perry highest-paid man in showbiz

Knowing the success of his "Madea" franchise alone, it's not too surprising that Tyler Perry tops Forbes’ “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men” list this year. According to Forbes, Perry pulled in $130 million in 12 months, beginning in May 2010.

TV shows “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” are huge moneymakers, as are Perry’s wildly popular movies. The actor/producer/director/screenwriter will star in the upcoming film adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective novels.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer earned his spot at No. 2 with some help from the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which raked in $1 billion globally. This pushed Bruckheimer’s yearly haul to $113 million.

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Simon Cowell: I've thought about hooking up with Paula
August 24th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Simon Cowell: I've thought about hooking up with Paula

Wheaties claims to be the breakfast of champions, but for Simon Cowell, a winning day starts like this: papaya juice with lime, tea, oatmeal, and three different smoothies (spinach, a seven fruit blend and one filled with antioxidants).

Every day of the week, for the past five years, this is what he has....while watching "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons," he tells GQ in an interview that tries to take a look at the man behind the "Idol" and "X Factor" personas.

Cowell's routine is so strict, that he won't even interrupt his regular intravenous drip of B-12, magnesium, vitamin C, and a little something for his liver. If he's working, he gets hooked up for the half-hour treatment anyway.

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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

Simon Cowell contacts police over 'Britain's Got Talent'
June 13th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Simon Cowell contacts police over 'Britain's Got Talent'

Simon Cowell is serious about claims regarding the hit "Britain's Got Talent."

The Guardian reports that attorneys for Cowell's company, Syco, contacted police after a second post appeared from an anonymous blogger who'd claimed the show was rigged so 12-year-old singer Ronan Parke would win. (Parke came in second on the show.)

The second blog item was an apology from the blogger, the Guardian says, who has also claimed to be a music executive.

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