As The Voice flails and The X Factor approaches its make-or-break tenth series, now is the time for a new TV music format to make its mark. I think these international shows could be the next big thing as they each have a celebrity element and are different enough to The X Factor and The… Continue reading The Next Big Music TV Format
I wrote yesterday about the new US series of The Voice, but the talent show I’m enjoying the most right now is X Factor USA. The first live show took place last night and it was a total contrast to the current UK series as I was watching to decide who would be my favourite,… Continue reading X Factor USA 2012: The first live show reviewed
Here’s some juicy X Factor-themed gossip I’ve picked up on my recent travels around Planet Pop… It turns out that Union J isn’t the first band George Shelley has been a member of. He was in a mixed sex pop group before he made the X Factor finals and ditched them. To be fair, who… Continue reading The Gossip: X Factor special
What seems like years ago, I began reading the ridiculously long biography of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower. I’ve had to put up with some very boring Sinitta stories, but I’ve also discovered some amazing gossip. I wrote up some of my favourite bits from Simon’s pop A&R years a few weeks ago, and now… Continue reading More gossip from Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell
This year’s X Factor starts next Saturday, and already there’s been more speculation than ever about the contestants. That’s because the rules have changed to allow artists with management to enter, so a number of singers and bands who already have a fanbase and a reputation in the industry are taking part. Here are a… Continue reading X Factor 2012: Ones to Watch
This week I went to watch the X Factor auditions being filmed and it was a fascinating experience. Here’s what happened… How it works: Although the auditions were being held at The O2, two thirds of it were curtained off so it was actually no bigger than the usual venues they use. The auditions each… Continue reading What really goes on at the X Factor auditions?