Sorry, but I ran across these paparazzi photos of Simon Cowell frolicking on the beach yesterday, and since I’ve had to look at them, I figured it was only fair if I forced you to look at them, too. So there he is, gamboling on the beach in Barbados in all his hairy-chested glory. Enjoy (but not too much). [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
December has not been kind to Britney Spears, what with the rumors of relationship trouble and claims her ex-hubby’s brother actually fathered her kid. Now, Us Weekly reports that the singer’s first season as an “X Factor” judge will be her last. “Britney will get the boot,” according to a source; another says bigwigs are sour that they paid her $15 million ”for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps.” And a third source says co-creator Simon Cowell hasn’t been wowed either: “He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.” Read more…
Last night, Britney Spears made her “X-Factor” debut, and it was priceless. Britney is back, and she is, well, super weird, making strange facial expressions and seeming kind of blank. But whatever, I could watch Britney Spears simulate real human emotion forever. And you know, she’s not the easy judge everybody thought she’d be. She actually has a lot of not very nice things to say, in the way that someone who is not very bright but is trying to seem witty might.
Oh, but that’s not the only thing that happened to Ms. Spears Wednesday night. She also had a very “Maury Povich” visitor from her past!
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Maybe you’ve heard of this British pop band One Direction? Perhaps you have a tweenage sister that’s begging you to take her to their concert? As far as we can tell, they’re just latest boy band iteration, this time masterminded by “X-Factor” and “American Idol” svengali Simon Cowell. As such, we’re not particularly interested in listening to their music, which my friend Julieanne refers to as “My Chemical Newsies.” But the hair? Oh geez, we could talk about that travesty all day.
“It’s like owning a dog and the dog will only sit next to its master. If she’s away from me, she pines. She’s unhappy. She has to sit next to me … I like loopy. I can be a bit loopy at times, and I can hang out with her socially because she gets on with my friends. We have a similar sense of humor and I tell her there are no rules on this show, so don’t worry about how you want to behave.”
—Simon Cowell talks to People about his relationship with Paula Abdul, who will be joining him on the show “The X Factor.” Wait, did he really just make an analogy in which he is the master and she is the puppy? Ick. [People] Keep reading »
Back in the fall, rumors circulated that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were being tapped as the new judges for “American Idol.” The choices seemed random and people denied, denied, denied the reports. And then it turned out that the two new judges were … Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. So we’re paying a little more attention to the rumors surrounding who will be joining Simon Cowell on the judging panel for his new show—technically a British import—”The X Factor.” The latest name to enter the race? Nicki Minaj. Sources say that she is in talks to join the series and that producers hope she will bring a youthful vibe to the show. [Huffington Post]
So will Nicki be sitting next to Simon on the panel? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. After the jump, more folks who may or may not become “X Factor” judges. Keep reading »
Those Canadian YouTube discoveries keep getting younger and younger. Ten-year-old Heather Russell is the latest youngster to be discovered online, Bieber-style. Simon Cowell saw videos of her performing her songs (which she wrote herself) and signed her to his record label immediately. If you don’t look, you might think you’re listening to an adult until she gets to the lyrics about getting ice cream. A little screechy for my taste. Maybe that will change when she hits puberty. Thoughts about Heather Russell? [Heatworld] Keep reading »
We all have dreams, goals and aspirations: For some, it’s to one day have a family. For others, it’s to run a successful business. For Yorkshire’s Chloe Victoria, her dream is to make it big as a singer on “X-Factor,” Britain’s version of “American Idol.”
There’s nothing particularly surprising about that, except that Chloe Victoria’s day job is as a prostitute. The 19-year-old mother of a 2-year-old has been arrested 140 times in the last two years for violations related to prostitution. Up until a few days before the competition, she was posting ads for a “100 percent English Yorkshire dirty slut” online. Remarkably, despite just an “okay” audition, judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger voted her through and she’s on to the next round. Keep reading »
“It took me about 12 days to take my jaw off the ground and put it back up. But Mezghan is a lovely girl and I’ve known her for a long time. They make a great couple and I’m happy for them. … It would be an alter ego of Simon to gush about her. That is not part of his DNA. However, I know that he’s in a happy place so that makes me happy. … I know Simon so well and honest to God, I think he’s at that stage in his life where he’s a grown-up Simon now, making him a great and loving husband. But he still has that little bad boy in him.”
—Paula Abdul on hearing that Simon Cowell was engaged to Mezghan Hussainy [People] Keep reading »
In case it slipped your mind because you were too busy obsessing over “Lost,” tonight is the highly anticipated “American Idol” finale. I’m sticking with my prediction that Lee DeWyze will take the title. But really, the question on everyone’s mind is: who is going to take over the title of most obnoxious judge? Even though we’ve been loving to hate Simon Cowell for the last nine seasons, watching him leave is kind of … well … depressing. How can “Idol” possibly be the same without flat top-rocking, v-neck t-wearing, honest-to-a-fault Simon? When Paula left, she took the crazy with her, which we miss for entertainment value, but it didn’t ruin the show. (A little birdie told me Paula will be making a guest appearance on tonight’s episode. I wonder what she’ll wear?) But when Simon leaves, will he take all of the show’s credibility with him? I guess that depends on his replacement. The rumor is that Howard Stern is the frontrunner for the job. Please let that not be true. The only thing Howard Stern is qualified to judge is a wet t-shirt contest. After the jump, our 10 picks for who should attempt to replace Mr. Cowell. Keep reading »