The X Factor

Reports are suggesting chart-topper Rihanna will serve as a guest judge on the all-new X Factor set to launch on September 21.

The singer is rumoured to be joining the series as a guest judge to help judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger cull the hopefuls down to the best few for the future stages of the competition.

Rihanna recently signed a deal with Island Def Jam, the Universal Music Group label that X Factor judge L.A. Reid ran before he agreed to join the show.

Simon Cowell said in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter that Reid will help bring a lot of big-name talent to the series.

“L.A. is the most powerful music executive in the world right now. He brings star power with him.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

The Fox network in the US has confirmed that The X Factor database, containing information on over 250,000 applicants, has been hacked.

The network said that information such as names, birth dates, genders, zip codes, phone numbers and email address had been acquired in the breach.

The breach is currently under investigation by the FBI.

Fox emailed those affected with this information: 

We are taking this matter very seriously and are working with federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this illegal action.

The X Factor will never ask you to email personal information such as financial data, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers or the user name or passwords you use to access other websites.

If you receive an email that appears to be from Fox.com or The X Factor asking for personal information, please delete it, as it did not come from us.

This is really bad luck for those contestants who are also PlayStation Network subscribers, who were the victims of a security breach recently as well.

Source: crushable.com

Nicole Scherzinger has confirmed that she is in talks regarding the judging job on the US version of X Factor. 

The Pussycat Dolls singer told the hosts of UK morning show Loose Women today that she is under consideration for the gig and that should she land it she would put her all into it.

“I don’t know [if I have the job]. I’ve spoken to Simon [Cowell] a few times, but the offer hasn’t been made official,” she said. “We’ll have to wait and see,” she said.

 “I don’t think I’d be too upset if I didn’t get the job. I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. I know that it is a huge commitment, but I’m a game-player and if they chose me I’d put my all into it.”

Source: Digital Spy

Here are a series of interesting questions for you to ponder.

Were the producers of Canadian Idol recently in London?

If so, did they meet with a certain production company that owns the rights to a certain show that is about to launch in the States?

If so, wouldn’t that mean Canada is about to get a new singing based reality tv show?

We anxiously await an announcement…

Simon Cowell talks The X Factor and explains the drive behind the series and what we can expect later this year.

Simon Cowell, Sony Music, FremantleMedia North America and FOX announced today that the highly anticipated singing competition series THE X FACTOR will award the show’s winner with a record-breaking $5 million record deal – the largest guaranteed prize in television history – with Syco, a joint venture between Sony Music and Cowell.

THE X FACTOR is looking for talent young and old alike – with no upper age limit – to audition for a shot at becoming the next global music sensation. Auditions for the inaugural season of THE X FACTOR begin on Sunday, March 27 in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena. Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York/New Jersey and Seattle will also host auditions. Specific dates and venues to be announced.

“I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group,” said Cowell. “I’ve never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract. I’m doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar.”

“I have always been proud of the achievements of THE X FACTOR worldwide, and am looking forward to its American launch,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation. “I have no doubt THE X FACTOR will find winners worthy of international acclaim and career longevity, and believe with Sony’s worldwide effort, the winners’ potential can be unlimited.”

“THE X FACTOR has become a worldwide phenomenon and is unlike anything we’ve seen in America,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “The British version is wildly entertaining, but also has a penchant for stirring up controversy. You never know what Simon has up his sleeve, and since he will be working both behind and in front of the camera, the country should brace itself to expect the unexpected.”

“Since its U.K. debut in 2004, THE X FACTOR has proven itself a global success story in numerous territories worldwide,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “Now, as we bring this widely popular format to U.S. audiences, I look forward to building a new franchise for a new decade with the return of the inimitable Simon Cowell.”

THE X FACTOR judges will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to make their dreams come true. In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time a contestant auditions for the judges, he/she will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to become a global superstar and win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

In the coming weeks, THE X FACTOR host and judges panel will be unveiled and announcements will be made about audition opportunities that will give everyone 12 or over in America – no matter where they live – the chance to show that they’ve got it. There also will be reveals of unprecedented initiatives that will make THE X FACTOR unlike anything else on television.

Solo singers and vocal groups who believe they have what it takes to compete on THE X FACTOR should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor. Additional details, including eligibility requirements, are also available on the site. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information and complete audition rules and registration forms.

As previously announced, Pepsi will serve as an official sponsor of THE X FACTOR. The comprehensive sponsorship includes an extensive, multi-platform off-air marketing partnership; weekly in-show integrations and placements; and an immersive content experience online.

THE X FACTOR will air on CTV in 2011.

American network NBC is attempting to take some of the sting out of Fox’s new seasons of American Idol and The X Factor by launching its own singing competition this spring.

NBC is teaming with Mark Burnett and John de Mol on the format called The Voice of America and is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling.

The show will beat The X Factor to the screen, which is set to premiere for Fox in the fall, and will potentially go head to head against American Idol on the same night.

“It’s a bold move, it shows our confidence,” said NBC’s alternative chief Paul Telegedy. “But we’ve been busy fermenting a move into this genre for quite a few months. We’ve been at a state of DefCon 2.”

The format is based on the Dutch show The Voice of Holland, which is the leading reality talent format in the country, beating fellow talent shows The X Factor and Idol.

The X Factor will launch here in Canada on CTV next year.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Fox teases the upcoming launch of new reality talent show The X Factor in the US.

The series will play here in Canada on CTV beginning in Fall 2011.

Nicole Scherzinger’s appearance on upcoming audition episodes of The X factor in the UK is being seen as an audition for the singer herself for a spot on the US judging panel of The X Factor.

The Pussycat Doll front-woman will guest judge on several audition episodes in the north of the UK in Manchester, standing in for absent regular Dannii Minogue.

Simon Cowell has reportedly said he is interested in the singer for the US X Factor spot.

It is believed the Dancing with the Stars champion will have an “inside track” in the race for the US judging spot due to the experience she will get in Manchester this week.

The US version of X Factor will launch next year.

Source: Digital Spy

CTV has acquired the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to the U.S. version of THE X FACTOR, premiering in North America on FOX and CTV in Fall, 2011, it was announced today by Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc..

Simon Cowell, who created and launched THE X FACTOR in the U.K. in 2004, will serve as both executive producer and judge on the series, which will be produced by Cowell’s Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America.

Multi BAFTA-award winning THE X FACTOR searches the country to find the next singing individual artist or group superstar.

Sold to 18 countries worldwide with a global audience of over 500 million, it is one of the top television formats in Europe, featuring guest performers such Beyonce, Lady Ga Ga and Paul McCartney, while discovering and launching the recording careers of singing artists such as Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.  Attracting more and more viewers, THE X FACTOR has increased its Season 1 audience in the UK by 80% over the past six years.

THE X FACTOR format is owned by Syco, a global music, television and film production joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.  CTV acquired the show from its global distributor, FremantleMedia Enterprises.

“Simon Cowell is The X Factor,” said Boyce. “He’s a #1 brand and a natural fit for our network. THE X FACTOR is one of the most successful series in the world right now and we’re excited to bring it to Canadians on CTV.”