Hot off the heals of the annoucement that Cheryl Cole will be one of the hosts of the American X Factor, comes word that Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, and British TV host Steve Jones will front the new series debuting this fall on FOX.

Nicole started her career on a talent competition show called Popstars (the WB) where she rose to fame as the leader of Eden’s Crush an all-girl group formed on the show. She then went on to become a member of the Pussycat Dolls and was a judge on NBC’s The Sing Off.

Steve Jones is a televison host from across the pond who has fronted several well known British productions. Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, As Seen on TV and When Women Rule the World are just some of his TV credits.

They join Cheryl Cole, LA Reid and of course Simon Cowell to round out the on-air talent for the show which is to debut in September 2011.

The Voice is here and it’s giving juggernaut American Idol a run for it’s money.

The show kicked off with a bang on Tuesday night (NBC/CTV) and it didn’t shy away from telling the audience how much it’s NOT Idol. We’ve all seen the promo’s so it wasn’t a complete surprise how “nice” all the judges were. There was no awful singers, no open calls, basically everything Idol is not.

Right off the bat pre-determined (non-filmed) contestants were brought on stage and began singing. The judges (Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguleira, Cee Lo Green) have their backs facing the artist. If they like what they hear they push a button and are turned around to face the artists (I got dizzy a couple of times). If more then one “coach” likes the artist then they must decide who they want to be teamed up with.

It was very interesting to see the reactions of the coaches when they saw the person that was singing. I would have appreciated it more if there was more genuine reactions but something tells me they were told to not make a big deal about it or were doing it out of respect.

Regardless.. it kept me entertained through the entire 2 hour show. If you haven’t guessed I am not the biggest American Idol fan. And this show will only take a couple of months from start to finish. Not like Idol where it’s a 4 month process.

And the viewing public agreed making it the number one show for the night and the best debut for a new series on any network since Undcover Boss (CBS) last year.

The one down fall? Carson Daly. He has never been my cup of tea and this did nothing to help that.

Did you watch? Will it take down Idol? Only time will tell.


Former executive at Island Def Jam records, LA Reid has been officially tapped as the first judge on the highly anticipated American version of X-Factor.

Reid is well established in the music world backing such talent as P!nk, Justin Beiber, TLC and Mariah Carey. We also hear that he may join another record company which will also be the official record company of the show.

Simon has been very tight lipped on who he wants on the show but rumors are flying that the likes of Enrique Iglesias could host and Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl, the Pretty Reckless) could judge.

What do you think of these names? Let us know!

The new season of American Idol is just around the corner and with a new judge line up the big question is, will you watch?

Changes are in store across the board for the new season which is set to premiere Wednesday, January 19 on FOX and CTV. For the first time during Hollywood week over 300 traveled to the city of Angels for their chance at fame. This was up from almost 180 last year. In addition those who survive some of Hollywood week are taking a road trip to Las Vegas where they take place in a Beatles themed performance to secure their place in the finals. Word is there was bidding war for which stage show would take on American Idol, and the Mirage’s LOVE show won that chance.

Expect a host of changes this season to keep the eyeballs coming back to America’s once most loved show. With executive producer Nigel Lythgoe back on board anything is possible.

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