Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones, Paula Abdul
Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger are leaving The X Factor after one season, and Paula Abdul may not be far behind them.
Jones, 34, tweeted Monday afternoon that he would not be returning to the show. Hours later, Fox confirmed to TVGuide.com that Scherzinger would also be exiting. And still later that night, Deadline reported that Abdul had also been cut. Fox did not respond to an e-mail asking about Abdul's status.
Deadline cited series insiders who said that...
It turns out that the $5 million recording contract that Melanie Amaro received is a relative pittance compared to the $42 million Simon Cowell is getting for The X Factor and other enterprises.
The Guardian in London, citing corporate papers filed last week, reports that Cowell, the show's creator and alpha judge, made that amount in a deal with Sony that set up a joint venture for his entertainment businesses, which include the Fox network amateur-singing competition.
Amidst speculation that The X Factor judge/mentor Nicole Scherzinger may not return to the reality show next year, she admitted on Wednesday that the first season ...
Parks and Recreation
'Tis the season for holiday miracles, so why can't we hope the same for television? Santa, please give Cougar Town a premiere date. Hanukkah Harry, all we ask is that Steve Carell get awards recognition for his Office role. Harvest gods of Kwanzaa, let Castle and Beckett finally get together. And please, Winter Solstice Fairy, stop all the incest on TV!
Jeers to The X Factor for giving Nicole Scherzinger her moment in the blinding spotlight.
Simon Cowell, The X Factor
The X Factor burst onto TV hoping to be the brighter, bolder brother of American Idol. But ratings haven't been as big — The X Factor has averaged 12.7 million viewers this fall compared to American Idol's 25 million last season. Still, exec producer Simon Cowell says...
Ozzy Lusth, Edna Ma
Some thoughts about what's on tonight, starting with the reality contests. Was CBS' Survivor just teasing us with that trailer that showed Edna the Meek possibly upsetting Ozzy the Cocky in the next Redemption Island challenge? We'll believe it when we see it, but it would be nice for something unexpected to happen. The final Upolu 5 have stayed boringly, rigidly loyal to their game plan the last few weeks, but now that it's down to the next-to-last episode (8/7c) — the finale airs as the usual multi-hour extravaganza on Sunday — all bets presumably are off. Could anything keep Coach from making the finals? And if Ozzy somehow is bounced as well, that would make the climactic tribal council more interesting — which isn't the same as memorable.
Josh Krajcik, The X Factor
It's two days before The X Factor's final five contestants take the live stage and Simon Cowell isn't happy. Sitting in on contestant Melanie Amaro's rehearsal, Cowell and the vocal coaches are debating the tempo for a dance version of Adele's "Someone Like You." "It needs to be bigger!" emphasizes Cowell, who — along with mentors L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul — is gearing up for the Fox talent competition's December 22 finale. We caught up with the final four acts to dissect their keys to success — and their...
Nicole Scherzinger, X Factor
The X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger really is heartbroken over Rachel Crow's ouster.
After Crow's shocking elimination on Thursday night, where she broke down on stage, Scherzinger was booed by the audience. "My heart comes from the right place so I...