Of the decision Cowell released this statement, “It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!),” Cowell said in his statement. “Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different.”
Although co-host Mario Lopez has signed on for season 3, the Kardashian reality starlet will not be back.
Fox made the official announcement, Monday afternoon, with this brief statement, “We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Show creator and judge, Simon Cowell, also added, “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges…in line is not an easy job.. . . Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.” There was no mention of Khloe’s return or exit, however.
According to a number of sources, Britney Spears has decided to leave The X Factor USA. Although the news hasn’t been officially confirmed Spears is believed to want out before being fired. We previously reported producers, including Simon Cowell, were disappointed by Spears’ performance on the show after shelling out $15 million and were planning on relieving her of her judging duties.
Spears was believed to bring in ratings and help add more excitement to the show but was rather dull. To add insult to the injury the show’s competition, The Voice, was able to beat the show in ratings for a second season.
As for Britney, she’d like to take time to refocus and revamp her music career.
We’ll keep you posted.
*Update:* Spears has officially quit the X-Factor! She released this statement, via her rep this afternoon _______READMORE
Britney Spears may be getting her pink slip from Simon Cowell.
Rumor has it, the music mogul wants to fire the singer as the newest X-Factor judge. It seems Britney failed to live up to expectation and brought nothing original to the judging panel. Nearly 15 years of music industry experience behind her and, well, Britney seems to think everyone’s “amazing”, her words not mine. According to sources, Cowell feels Spears didn’t bring in the ratings and was quite boring. In fact, he and producers feel she didn’t earn the $15 million she was paid upfront. Ouch!
Although L.A. Reid recently announced the second season of X-
Factor U.S. will be his last Simon will possibly have to fill three seats in the up and coming third season. That’s right, it looks like new comer Demi Lovato will be getting the boot as well. _______READMORE
Well, this is an unfortunate surprise. X-Factor judge and music executive L.A. Reid has decided to step aside from his judging duties. Reid has decided he will not be returning for season 3 of the singing competition show.
In an official statement released this morning he says,
“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year. I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected. It saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit. I love Simon. We have a great relationship. We have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we’re friends.”
Reid will, however, continue his day job as CEO of Epic Records.
Are you sad to see L.A. go?
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We reported yesterday that Khloe Kardashian will be the new X-Factor host and we have official word from Khloe herself. And, like we also mentioned, Extra TV host Mario Lopez will be joining her! She tweeted earlier today, “The rumors are true… I will be hosting @TheXFactorUSA this season!!! http://bit.ly/RzxKxD SO excited!”
On her official website Khloe also writes,
“I’m sure you’ve been hearing the rumors and I’m SO excited that I can finally confirm the news — I am joining The X Factor as co-host with Mario Lopez!!!! I’m a huge fan of the show so I literally fell over in my chair when I heard that I was being considered for the role. The show already has such an incredible panel of judges and it is truly an honor to have been given this opportunity to work with them.”
Khloe Kardashian has been named the newest X-Factor host!
But Khloe won’t be hosting solo. XF is rumored to have Extra TV host, Mario Lopez, join Khloe in her hosting duties. Although not yet confirmed, it’s believed Lopez is the likely candidate to get the job.
Do you think Khloe would make a great X-Factor host?
Britney Spears may not have fully recovered from her breakdown a few years back. The singer and current X-Factor judge is already stirring up drama on the set during taping of the show’s upcoming season.
Rumor has it, Spears has walked out on two occasions following the auditions of a few contestants. Apparently, Spears didn’t like the way they had performed a few of her own songs. Or perhaps, it’s difficult to watch someone try to be you.
Spears was also, reportedly, very demanding in garnering the 15 million she’ll earn this season.
Well, it’s official! Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are the newest ‘X-Factor’ judges, replacing Paula Abdul and Nicole Schrezenger.
The ladies made their first public appearance along with creator Simon Cowell and fellow judge and music executive L.A. Reid yesterday at the Fox 2012 Programming Presentation Post-Show Party in NYC’s Central Park, Tuesday afternoon.
How much will Spears pocket from this venture? $15 million! Not sure how much Lovato will make however.
Better yet, does Demi Lovato have enough music industry experience to have been casted as a judge? I’m not so sure about this one. Can’t wait to see Britney though! She’s recovered quite nicely since her famous meltdown a few years ago. I’m sure people will tune in to see Brit if not for the talent. Good for her.
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Simon Cowel predicted it, and he was right! Melanie Amaro is the first to win the American version of the UK’s ‘X-Factor’.
The contestant was a fan favorite, almost from the beginning, when she belted out Beyonce’s “Listen” during her audition and received a standing ovation. It was also the same song she chose to sing after her win Thursday night. On her performance she says, “I couldn’t remember any of the words…I was so overwhelmed. It was such a surprise to me.”
Melanie and another fan favorite, Josh Krajcik, were the last two standing Thursday night in the final fight for the throne. After her win, Josh only had kind words to say about his fellow contestant, of course. he tells PEOPLE, “It was a relief when it was over…I felt pride for Melanie and pride for myself. She deserved to win; America decided, and she’s got an amazing voice.”
What does Melanie plan on doing with $5 million winnings from the competition? She wants to buy her mother a new house.
Well, what do you know. Simon Cowell has enlisted former co-host and judge, of ‘American Idol’ , Paula Abdul on new show ‘X Factor’. As many of you may recall, Abdul departed from Idol after producers failed to meet her commands for a higher salary. Not long after, the show’s creator Simon Cowell left as well to pursue other ventures including bringing ‘X Factor’ to America. Cowell has stated in the past that the show is less restricted than it’s American counterpart and there will be no age limit.
A little tid bit: ‘ X Factor’ is actually the original and UK version of ‘American Idol’.
I know Randy and Ryan are a bit pissed right now, I know I would be. Cowell and Abdul will surely bring the ratings. The duo always seem to bud heads at the judging table.
I still wonder what Paula use to sip on in that cup of hers. Slurring all her words and everything. Didn’t always know what she said but it was entertaining to watch to say the least.