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LeAnn Rimes Steps Closer to X Factor Job

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Rumors,

LeAnn RimesLeAnn Rimes has stepped closer to a job on The X Factor judging panel.

The "Can't Fight The Moonlight" hitmaker - who is believed to be filling one of the spots left vacant by axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger - reportedly spent all day Wednesday locked in a secret meeting with show chief Nigel Lythgoe.

While fellow X Factor boss Simon Cowell was not present, it was said to be a "great meeting," X17online.com reports.

In addition to her 18 years in the music business, LeAnn brings with her the accolade of being the younger Grammy winner in history at the age of just 14.

While the 29-year-old singer will find out whether she has landed the lucrative gig in the next three weeks, it is also thought troubled star Britney Spears is being lined up to join the panel: "Britney has had a tough few years but this would put her back at the very top. She would be great for the show and it could be great for her. In terms of excitement and intrigue Britney would top them all," an insider said.


Simon Cowell Thanks Axed US X Factor Trio

Simon CowellX Factor boss Simon Cowell has thanked judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones after they were axed from the show.

The show boss paid tribute to the trio after they were dropped from the series and wished them success in their careers - but he also announced plans to work with Paula on another project in the ''near future'.'

''I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars. 'You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future. 'I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year," Cowell said in a statement.

Following Simon's statement, Nicole took to her Twitter account to confirm she will not be returning to the US version of the show and she now plans to create ''great music'' in 2012: ''I wanted to let you know directly from me that it's true I won't be returning to The X Factor. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead and making great music and more! I'm grateful for the love you always give me.''

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Jessica Simpson to Join Simon Cowell’s X Factor?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Gossip, Rumors,

Jessica SimpsonWho’s going to join Simon Cowell on The X Factor’s juding panel? Speculation has been running rampant, but sources are currently citing Jessica Simpson as a front-runner. In the past, Cowell has worked well with somewhat ditzy chicks, so we think this could be seriously great.

Rumors have surrounded the show for months. Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and many other famous names have been tossed out there, and right now it’s anybody’s guess who Simon Cowell will pick.

The X Factor will appear on FOX in the fall, where it won’t interfere with the 100-pound reality gorilla American Idol.

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X Factor to Offer Multi-Million Dollar Prize

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX,

Simon Cowell The X Factor

The X Factor has found yet another way to trump American Idol. The reality show already has Simon Cowell, and now it’s got the much better deal for would-be singers. The show will reward the winner of its singing competition with a $5 million recording contract through Sony. The staggering amount will be the largest sum ever rewarded through TV.

The US version of The X Factor is scheduled to premiere in September, and Simon Cowell will definitely be on the panel when auditions begin in New York. Unlike Idol, The X Factor accepts group performers and recognizes practically no age limitations.

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Mariah Carey to Become US X Factor Judge?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Gossip, Video,

“Mariah Carey would be an amazing addition to the US show,” Simon Cowell told reporters recently when discussing his tateside version of The X Factor. “And she’s exactly the right caliber of star that we want for the show.”

Which means, American audiences know who she is. Cowell has been hoping to bring Cheryl Cole, a judge on the British version of the show, to his new X Factor … but US viewers probably won’t recognize her. “I’ve said I’d love Cheryl [Cole] out there, but whether it will happen, who knows?” Cowell told reporters.

If Carey were to join the show, she would be judging alongside Simon Cowell and Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.

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TV Talk: Justin Bieber Eyes X Factor, Atlanta Housewives Make a Move

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, Bravo, Cable, CBS, FOX,

Justin Bieber-Could we see Simon Cowell working alongside Justin Bieber? According to The X Factor creator, the teen pop star has already expressed interest in guest judging a few of the episodes.

-Starting Nov. 7, Bravo TV will spread ithe programming wealth to Sundays. The Real Housewives of Atlanta -- currently airing on Mondays -- will make its move to weekends starting that evening.

-Former Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz has pleaded no contest in the death of his wife. The "Calorie Commando" -- who was accused of hiring two homeless men to kill Jennifer Campbell -- will be sentenced on December 13.

-CBS has ordered a pilot based on life swapping. The Same Name would see stars temporarily trading lives with non-celebs who happen to share -- you guessed it -- the same name.

Nicole Scherzinger Dancing Her Way to X Factor

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Gossip, Rumors,

We’re hearing that Nicole Scherzinger, who won last year’s Dancing With the Stars, is on the brink of inking a deal to join Simon Cowell on his American version of The X Factor.

Rumors broke a few weeks ago that the Pussycat Doll was to join the judging panel.

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Katy Perry to Join US X-Factor?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, Gossip, Rumors,

Katy PerryAccording to MTV, Katy Perry has been approached to become a judge on the US version of , the show for which Simon Cowell left American Idol. Reports say that Perry has been offered $340,000 a week to do the gig.

A source says that has very specific ideas about who he wants on the panel: “At least one massive American star, someone who is known globally, plus one Brit and at least one authoritative male.”

Rumor has it that and Cheryl Cole are also on the short list of possible X Factor judges.

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American Idol Denies Use of Auto-Tune Technology

American Idol with Andrew Lloyd Webber

“We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning during the American Idol competition.”

That statement from Idol producers was prompted by the unfolding , which is taking on gargantuan proportions in the British press.

Auto-Tune is a pitch-altering technology used to make singers sound perfectly in tune. Auto-Tune has been used by many famous performers during live concerts and recording sessions, and it has also been used by British reality singing competition . Producers of the show admitted as much in recent statements, though they have denied using the technology during live events.

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Auto-Tune Scandal Unfolds on The X Factor

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Reality, Gossip, Video,

The seventh season of Britain’s premiered as recently as August 21, and already it’s the most controversial the series has ever known. The flagship program for its parent network ITV, X Factor has been a reality TV mainstay in the UK - much in the same way that American Idol is a mainstay for the US.

That isn’t the only thing X Factor has in common with the popular US reality series. Like Idol, X Factor is a singing competition where one winner is crowned at the end of the season. Like Idol, X Factor is known for its harshest critic, . But in light of recent events, American reality fans are hoping that’s all that X Factor has in common with Idol.

Singers on the newest season of X Factor have very clearly had their voices altered with Auto-Tune, an audio processor which corrects pitch and helps singers sound perfectly in tune. may also be used to the opposite effect, making singers sound very much out of tune when it is applied incorrectly. Cher made the sound of Auto-Tune famous when she used on her “Believe” single. Other well-known singers to apply the technology include Janet Jackson, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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