The X Factor USA

x_factor_kelly_rowlandSimon Cowell will sit alongside three women on the judging panel for The X Factor USA next season.

It was confirmed today that former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and Latin singer Paulina Rubio will replace LA Reid and Britney Spears on the show.

Rowland is fresh from her stint on the panel of The X Factor in the UK while Rubio has experience as a coach on the Mexican version of The Voice, La Voz… Mexico.

XFactorUSA2012Mario Lopez will return as co-host of The X Factor USA this season without Khloe Kardashian.

Kardashian will not be invited back to the series after her performance last season went down with fans and critics about as well as Steve Jones’s did in season one.

Judge Simon Cowell said in a statement: “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi [Lovato] – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”

Lopez tweeted: “I’m excited to officially announce I’m returning to the @TheXFactorUSA team! We’re coming back stronger & better than ever… Can’t wait.”

THE X FACTOR: Pink logo.Just hours after auditioning for The X Factor USA, a contestant stole a car and led the police on a high speed chase.

20-year-old Orrion Wilson attended the New Orleans auditions for the series before stealing a car that was left running at a gas station.

The subsequent chase ended with a forced spin-out.

And Wilson’s reason for stealing the car? He had run out of money and needed a car to drive to New York for the round two audition. Continue reading »

Ne-YoNe-Yo could be bound for The X Factor USA this season.

The singer confirmed to Ryan Seacrest that he is in talks to take one of the vacant judging spots left by LA Reid and Britney Spears.

“It’s conversation. Nothing is set in stone right yet. It’s talks,” he told Seacrest on the Grammys red carpet.

He said in January: “There’s been a few lunches and dinners, but that’s all I can say right now.” Continue reading »

One season may have been enough for Britney Spears on The X Factor USA.

The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the singer is one the way out and will not be back for the third season of the show.

Her supposed exit can be put down to dropping ratings, with the show losing a significant portion of its audience to rival shows.

The show’s network, Fox, is yet to comment on whether she will be back.

 

8:00pm – Wednesday, November 14 on CTV

The remaining finalists perform live for their chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. After the performances, it’s up to America to vote to keep their favourite acts safe in the competition.

8:00pm – Wednesday, November 7 on CTV

The Top 12 finalists perform live for their chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. After the performances, it’s up to America to vote to keep their favourite acts safe in the competition.

Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ

Influences:
Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Jessie J, Rascal Flatts, Billie Holliday

First Performance:
Age, 7 beauty pageant

Hometown:
Rochester, MA

Influences:
Pat Benatar, Lady Gaga, Hayley Williams, Joan Jett

First Performance:
Age 7, school talent show

Hometown:
Decatur, IL

Influences:
Whitney Houston

First Performance:
Age 5, Kindergarten talent show