X Factor

‘X-Factor’ Emblem3 Take to the Road on Winter Tour

‘X-Factor’ Emblem3 Take to the Road on Winter Tour

“X Factor” trio Emblem3 made a return to their mother show last Thursday to perform “Just For One Day” and have since revealed plans to venture out on a headlining tour.

Despite falling short of the finals last year, the band have been signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, and have since captured the hearts of a million (*cough* teenage *cough*) fans worldwide.

Afterwards, the band announced that they were planning on embarking on their first headlining tour next year.

The 24 city #Bandlife tour will kick off on February 10th at the House of Blues in Dallas, and will see the trio make stops in Toronto, Atlanta, Nashville and San Jose, among other places, and ends with a hometown show at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia on March 15th. Duo MKTO will open the shows.

We’re going to spend the next couple of months developing the show and set,” Drew Chadwick told Cambio. “We’re just going to do a bunch of fan interaction. It’s going to be the most entertaining thing ever.”

Explaining the ‘hashtag’ element of the tour name, Drew added “The hashtag bandlife is based on a separate project that’s going hand-in-hand with the tour, but we’re not really releasing any information on it right now. If you go…,” he said, but stopped speaking abruptly because his publicist would be angry, adding, “I don’t even want to say anything else.”

After scoring their latest hit with “Chloe”, Wesley Stromberg explained that the track drew some inspiration from a certain Kardashian. (Khloe – Khloe Kardashian is the Kardashian I’m talking about.)

“To be honest, it was inspired by that whole situation. We hung out with them at their Kardashian Christmas party literally the day before we recorded the song.” The had already finished the whole song but needed a name to fill in the blank.

“We needed a name. I sang her name in that spot and it worked.”

Britney Spears Getting Kicked Off ‘X-Factor’

Britney Spears Getting Kicked Off ‘X-Factor’

It looks like Britney Spears may be following the lead of L.A. Reid and leaving “The X Factor.”

“Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn’t working,” a source told U.S. Weekly of Spears position as a judge on the show. This is her first season on the show, and another source says a major point of contention is the $15 million contract, and that producers “paid all that money for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer hand-claps.”

Yet another source told the magazine that Simon Cowell wants Spears off the show, and that “He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.”

But it wasn’t long ago that Cowell was defending Spears place on the show during a conference call in October, saying that she had been “a lot better than everybody thought… She’s very engaged… She has been, I think, a very, very good judge.”

Shortly after that statement by Cowell, Spears herself said that she would be returning for season three of the show, saying, “Yes, I definitely will.”

The second season of the show ended only a few weeks ago, but the judges seats have been highly volatile. Paula Abdul, Nichole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole all left (or were forced to leave) the show after the first season, and Spears’ fellow judge, producer L.A. Reid announced earlier this month that he would leave the show.

A spokesperson for Fox told the Huffington Post that nothing has been confirmed for season three of “The X Factor.”

“No one has discussed next year’s judging panel yet – any reports otherwise are complete speculation,” said the spokesperson.

As if that weren’t enough, the magazine also is reporting that Spears may be splitting up with her fiance Jason Trawick. Another unnamed source said that the two have been fighting recently.

“They are pulling away from each other,” says the source. “Unless things change, they will split for good.”



Tate Stevens Takes Season Two of the ‘X-Factor’

After a two-hour season finale that featured performances by One Direction and Pitbull, we finally have a winner for this year’s version of “The X Factor”: Tate Stevens.

The 37-year-old country singer from Missouri was named to the top spot, beating out the other two finalists, 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar and girl group Fifth Harmony.

“It’s amazing. It feels great. I’m still trying to take it in,” Stevens said after the show, according to USA Today. “It was so intense the last few minutes of the show, I wanted to throw up. It was terrible. They called my name and it was huge. It’s very cool. I’m very blessed. God is great.”

As winner, Stevens will receive $5 million and a record contract, and says that he will begin working on a new album after the new year rolls around. When asked, he said he’ll be sticking with country music.

“I’m going to dance with the one that got me here,” he said of the forthcoming album. “It’s going to be country. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to put some very fun tracks on there. I’m sure I’ll do some old, tug-at-your-heart country ballads. I’m excited.”

Stevens also said that he will record the album in Nashville, and that he plans on communing back and fourth between Music City and Missouri while his son finishes high school. After that, he said, “we’re definitely moving” to Nashville. Seems very unlikely that he will ever return to the construction job he held before appearing on “The X Factor.”

Producer L.A. Reid, Stevens’ mentor who recently announced that he won’t be back on the show next season, commented on Stevens’ win.

“First of all, he presented himself well and he sings really well,” Reid said. “But (he’s) also a real lovable human being. It was the whole him supporting the family, the family supporting him. It was like the American Dream.”

Britney Spears Offered $10 Million Payday for X-Factor Judge Duty

Britney Spears Offered $10 Million Payday for X-Factor Judge Duty

Speculation has been running rampant recently as to who will replace ousted “X Factor” judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, and earlier this week it was reported that show creator Simon Cowell was looking to put Britney Spears in a judge’s chair. And to top it off, he apparently offered her $10 million for her trouble.

But while that may seem like a large number, it is now being reported that it wasn’t quite large enough, and that Spears requested $20 million to do the show.

TheWrap.com reports that “a knowledgeable individual in Spears’ camp” said that the singer rejected the $10 million offer three weeks ago, and is instead considering an offer to undertake a residency at a Las Vegas hotel this fall. The same source reported that Spears asked for $20 million. No official word on these offers has been issued by the Fox Network, Spears or Simon Cowell.

Though the “X Factor” is currently holding auditions for its next season, it won’t require judges until May.

The article on The Wrap reports that ex-judge Paula Abdul was paid around $2.5 million for her duties last season. Additionally, it reports that NBC will pay pop singer Christina Aguilera around $10 million for her work on its hit show “The Voice,” which will compete with the “X Factor” this fall.

It was announced earlier this year that Abdul and Scherzinger would not being returning to the show this season, and host Steve Jones was also ousted. Cowell will return to the show as a judge, along with record executive L.A. Reid. There also has been no word yet on who will replace Jones as the host of the show.

The inaugural season of the U.S. version of the “X Factor” ran from September to December of last year. In the end, singer Melanie Amaro was named the winner of the show. For the honor, she received a recording contract and a $5 million prize.

Janet Jackson to Take Paula Abdul’s Seat on X-Factor?

Janet Jackson to Take Paula Abdul’s Seat on X-Factor?

It appears that Janet Jackson could be the newest judge on the “The X Factor,” occupying a seat vacated by Paula Abdul.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late last week that the Jackson may be in consideration for the position, though she has neither confirmed nor denied the rumor. However, the pop singer spoke briefly about the subject in an interview with Anderson Cooper last Thursday.

“No, I’m not a judge on ‘The X Factor,’” Jackson told Cooper, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.“ Cooper followed up this awkward exchange by asking, more directly, “You’re not currently a judge on ‘The X Factor?’”

“No, I am not,” responded Jackson, “but that’s all I really think I should say.”

About a week ago, The Hollywood Reporter also reported that Whitney Houston was being considered to fill one of the judges positions before her untimely death on February 11. Sources tell the Hollywood reporter that another name being considered right now is Pink, whose real name is Alicia Moore, because of her Grammy awards and sass, as well as her ability to “take on Simon.”

Katy Perry’s name has also been mentioned as a possibility by Simon Cowell himself. Cowell told Extra that “I worked with Katy once. I think she would be fun because she is hard – in a good way – and she’s feisty… She would be great, in terms of experience, success… brilliant.

At the end of last month, it was announced that judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones would not return for the second season of “The X Factor” when it begins later this year. Soon after, it was announced that Abdul would be leaving the show, as well.

Until new announcements are officially made, only Cowell and record producer L.A. Reid remain on the show as judges.

Melanie Amaro Takes Crown on ‘X-Factor’

Melanie Amaro Takes Crown on ‘X-Factor’

Last night, Melanie Amaro was crowned the very first winner of the U.S. version of “X Factor.” The 19-year-old singer from Sunrise, Fla. was elected the winner by voting from television viewers across the country. The finale of the “X Factor’s” first season was spread over two nights, in which the final three contests sang for the final viewer vote.

Though votes were actually tallied before the final night of the show, the contestants still performed songs, and were joined by surprise guests Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, all of whom serenaded the contestants with classic Christmas tunes. Amaro sang a duet of David Bowie’s “Heroes” with Josh Krajcik, the contestant that finished second in the competition. Chris Rene was voted into third place on the show.

Perhaps Amaro summed her feelings on her win best with her repeated refrain of “Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God” after she was announced the winner. And it was a comeback story win, as Amaro had originally been sent home earlier in the season, but was brought back when judge Simon Cowell realized he had made a “mistake.”

Each contestant has one judge assigned to them as a “mentee,” and this judge coaches the contestant throughout the entire time they are on the show. Cowell was Amaro’s mentee, and told E! News after the show that he was extremely happy with the outcome.

“I know her really well, I like her,” he told the news channel. “I thought she was the most talented. It means a lot that she won.”

He went on in the same interview to reference his former show “American Idol” when he said that he felt closer to the contestants in this show, that it didn’t have the “distance” of the “other show.”

Amaro will receive a major label recording contract as part of her winning package, which also includes an additional $5 million prize that will be paid out over five years.

Accent Issues Cause X Factor to Drop Cheryl Cole for Nicole Scherzinger

Accent Issues Cause X Factor to Drop Cheryl Cole for Nicole Scherzinger

The British pop star, Cheryl Cole is out as one of the judges for “The X Factor” an American version of the singing competition from Simon Cowell. According to US Weekly and TMZ reports, Cole is being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, Pussycat Dolls singer, as judge when the show makes its debut this fall on Fox. Scherzinger originally had been tapped as one of the show’s co-hosts.

Sources from TMZ claim one of the main reasons that Cole was being dropped is because the producers of the show were worried that American audiences wouldn’t be able to understand Cole’s Northern English accent. Cole, who is one of the judges of the British “X Factor,” is mocked regularly by the U.K. media as well as Cowell, for her heavy “Geordie” accent.

So far there has been no official announcement from anyone involved directly with the show about Cole departing or the shift of Scherzinger to judge status.