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...
The shocking eliminations continued this week on Fox's The X Factor. Rachel Crow, 13, was sent packing after the judges forced the decision into a deadlock and it was revealed that she had the lowest number of viewer votes.
Our top moments of the week:
15. Worst Christmas Surprise: Andy is only asking for trouble on The Office when he invites his new girlfriend to the Christmas party at Dunder Mifflin where, in case you forgot, his ex-girlfriend still works. And you know what he gets in his stocking? Trouble. On the advice of an equally broken-hearted Robert California, Erin gets wasted at the party and winds up in a close hug (and maybe more?) with Robert, much to Andy's chagrin. What exactly were you expecting, Nard Dog?
14. Worst Break-Taking Moment: After not sleeping with anyone other than her boyfriend Spencer in more than six years, Jess is understandably worried that she won't be adventurous enough in the sack for her new guy, Paul (the equally adorkable....
Drew Ryniewicz, Simon Cowell
Thursday's double elimination show was a dramatic night for Fox's X Factor, and that drama continued after the cameras stopped rolling.
Nicole Scherzinger, Kelly Rowland
Is a trans-Atlantic X Factor switch in the works?
According to the U.K.'s Now Magazine, Simon Cowell is considering swapping U.S. judge Nicole Scherzinger for U.K. judge Kelly Rowland next season.
"Simon thinks [Rowland] will be ...
Astro, Steve Jones, Stacy Francis
Getting eliminated from any reality show is hard, but it was especially bitter for The X Factor's Stacy Francis. The 42-year-old mom from Los Angeles was ousted Thursday after an odd face-off with Astro, one of her competitors. The 15-year-old rapper refused to sing for his life, talked back to Simon Cowell and yet was still saved by the ...
If 13-year-old X Factor contestant Rachel Crow has her way, she won't be doing another peppy pop song next week.
Asked after Wednesday's show if she wanted to stick to mentor Simon Cowell's youthful, upbeat music strategy should she survive ...