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Simple answer, a resounding “YES“. It was heaps better than last year’s clunky premiere. That said, there were a few moments in the middle that I snoozed off and got a little bored. A few more amazing auditions would’ve been nice, but overall it was a good combination of emotional backstories, trainwrecks and delusional fools. A good start to X Factor Season 2.

What I noticed immediately was how Simon Cowell was no longer front and center. It was definitely the Britney Spears and Demi Lovato show, with the “Toxic” singer dominating the first hour and the “Skyscraper” one shining in the second half. While Brit received all the top billing and the majority of pre-show hype, I have to say Demi was the surprise of the night. She was adorable, engaging and her chemistry with Cowell is phenomenal. The way they playfully bicker (in a non creepy way) is entertaining. Almost like a big brother, little sister type of relationship. How he constantly teases her or warns her to stay away from Niall who’s a member of his money-making machine, One Direction- it was all working. My only criticism for Spears and Lovato is their makeup. Britney needs better foundation, while her younger colleague needs to not cake so much on her face.

As much as I love the new additions to the panel, my favorite change for Season 2 has to be all the backstage footage. Without Steve Jones to awkwardly interview contestants, we receive a more candid look at what goes on behind the scenes. Without a host asking them questions to their face, contestants have to be careful what they say. You never know who’s watching or taping your conversation. Perfect example, that heinous snooty beyotch Kaci Newton. She probably had no idea all her eye rolling was going to give her the bitch edit. LOL. Check out all of last night’s auditions and montages with my commentary below.

check out a few auditions after the jump

On Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the infamous X-Factor judges Simon Cowell and Britney Spears stopped by to promote the show.

In the following clip, Ellen asks Britney about how she had tweeted about wanting to learn the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance. Ellen then surprised Britney and said she had someone here that was going to teach her. Who you ask? None other than Psy himself! Britney was completely shocked but then was totally game to learn the dance with Psy and Ellen. “Dress classy and dance cheesy,” said Psy about the dance. Britney looked hot, but while dancing she reminded me of a fembot from back when she was in Austin Powers. Luckily, her head didn’t explode this time.

Love Britney. Love Psy. Love Ellen. What a combination! Check out the awesome clip below and be sure to tune in on Tuesday (today) to watch the whole segment!

Watch the clip after the jump…

X Factor Fashion Battle: Britney vs Demi

In: Donovan, Fashion, TV Shows

The X Factor’s highly-anticipated Season 2 premiere finally airs this week. Feels like forever since Simon Cowell announced Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were joining the show. Even though NBC is trying to thwart its success by airing a third episode of The Voice at the same time as X Factor’s premiere, I’m definitely checking out Brit’s debut and watching Christina Aguilera and company spin around in their swivel chairs later in the evening. It’s Britney versus Christina all over again.

Truth be told, I think three days of The Voice is too much. NBC is silly for airing another edition of the show so soon after the Spring edition and three nights in a row for the premiere week is overkill. Too much of a good thing, if you ask me. Remember the over-saturation of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on ABC back in 2000. I digress.

Since X Factor is finally here, I decided to pit the two new female judges in the fashion boxing ring against each other. Let’s face it, women are held under a magnifying glass with regards to their outfit choices. I’ve gone through Spears and Lovato’s wardrobe during the audition cities and posted them below, sharing my thoughts on who won the fashion crown in each city and gave an overall winner. See if you agree with my choices. If not, I’d love to hear where I went wrong ;)

vote on each fashion battle below

My Top 10 Favorite MTV VMA Performances

In: Matt, Music, Videos

Every year at the end of summer, MTV hosts the Video Music Awards, all an out spectacle celebrating the best music videos of the past year. Each year the VMAs turn out some of the most exciting and theatrical performances.

With this year’s awards show airing tonight, I decided to compile a list of my personal favorite VMA performances. Keep in mind I have a thing for female artists, drama, powerful voices, and train wrecks.

My top 10 list after the jump…

Listen To Songs From Glee’s First Two Episodes

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Up until now we’ve only seen promo posters, episode pics and extended scenes from the first couple of episodes of Glee‘s fourth season. At long last, we finally have tracks from “The New Rachel” and “Britney 2.0“. Halleloo!!! Gleeks were treated to five songs thanks to a listening party via Facebook.

On the season premiere, Darren Criss takes on Imagine Dragons‘ “It’s Time”, while New Directions tackles the Summer Song of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ubiquitous hit, “Call Me Maybe“. In her Glee debut, Kate Hudson performs a mashup of Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again” with Lady Gaga’s “Americano“. I hear her dancing is beyond amazing during the performance.

For the second Britney Spears-themed episode in the show’s history, Brittany (Heather Morris) covers the pop princess’ stripper anthem, “Gimme More“. Meanwhile, Blaine (Darren Criss) and Artie (Kevin McHale) take on a Justin Bieber/Britney mashup of “Boyfriend” and “Boys” respectively. Also in the episode is Rachel (Lea Michele) performing “Oops!… I Did It Again” and Brittany covering “Everytime“. Unfortunately, the audio for the latter two weren’t released yet, but everything else mentioned is embedded below. Enjoy.

listen to both tracks after the jump

In the late 90s, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears battled it out on the Billboard charts. This Fall, the two pop divas will face off against each other on television with competing reality singing shows. Before we get the Nielsen ratings for their Fall premieres, the blonds go head-to-head on newsstands everywhere. Earlier today, Patrick shared Britney Spears’ Elle October 2012 issue, and now I bring you Christina’s Lucky magazine cover.

The 31-year-old Voice judge dons denim shirts, jean vests and lace tops for her photo spread snapped by Robert Erdmann. Apparently it’s the 1980s all over again ;) Inside the issue, X-Tina discusses her new album, achieving success at an early age and her body issues. Check out her photos below, along with a few quotes. Don’t forget to vote on which former Mickey Mouse Club alum has the better October 2012 cover in our poll.

On Fame At A Young Age

“When you’re young, it’s so easy to get bull-dozed. There were these two ladies who worked at the record label who always wanted to come to fittings and dress me up like a Barbie doll. It was disgusting.”

On Stripped’s Success

“I was 21 and fearless. It was a really great turning point for me to be the artist I’d always wanted to be.”

check out more pics and vote on poll after the jump

With ‘The X Factor‘ starting in a matter of days, we’re all going to the Britney Spears fix we’ve been waiting for in her new role as a judge on the singing show. As part of the promo, expect to see her elsewhere as well, including the cover of the October issue of Elle Magazine.

In the magazine, she and Jason Trawick discuss their relationship as well. “It was kind of one of those things where she moved, like, turned around, so we were face-to-face and then…, ” says Trawick “Okay, that’s enough information, sweetie. It was sweet, just say that.” Haha.

Britney also discusses her life in the spotlight and her feelings about fashion. “I guess I’ve been under the microscope so long that I don’t even pay attention to the nonsense anymore,” she says. “I gave up getting upset about things people make up about me a long time ago.” In terms of fashion Brit says, “I love my jeans and my sweats – I’m really just a tomboy at heart. So it’s really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian and be makeup and hair ready every time I go out of my house,” she says. “I’m not a believer in that, you know?” That being said, when she sees photos of herself, she does have occasional regrets: “When you do wear those sweats, you’re like ‘Oh God, I should step it up a notch”. Check out some photos from the upcoming issue below.

More pics after the jump…

‘Glee’ Britney 2.0 Pictures Released

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Given that the first Britney Spears-themed episode titled “Britney/Brittany” is still one of the show’s highest-rated episodes ever, it only makes sense Ryan Murphy and company film another episode centered around the “Toxic” singer’s discography. Plus, she’s now a judge on X Factor which airs just before Glee on Thursday nights, allowing FOX to promote the shizz out of it as a night dedicated to the 30-year-old singer.

Scheduled for the second episode of the fourth season, “Britney 2.0” will once again feature Brittany S. Pearce prominently. The Cheerios cheerleader is feeling depressed and will turn to her idol, Brit, for inspiration. Rumor has it, Brittany will tackle Spear’s “Everytime“. Meanwhile in New York City, Rachel gets some much needed help in her dance class. Thankfully for us viewers, that help comes in the form of hunky new stud, Brody (Dean Geyer). Miss Berry is reportedly performing a big production number of “Oops!… I Did It Again“. Check out stills from this episode below.

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