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Not loving Alex & Sierra’s debut single “Scarecrow?” Truthfully, it’s alright, but since I adore the X Factor act so much, I’ve supported it.

Little Did You Know,” on the other hand is simply sensational. The stripped-down ballad is pure money and absolutely everything you loved about the duo on the FOX show. It reminds me a lot of their “Say Something” performance. Sierra’s vocals are heavenly while Alex’s sexy rasp perfectly contrast and complement his love’s voice.

I can see why Columbia Records chose “Scarecrow” as the act’s debut single. It’s uptempo and has that pop-folk thing that’s really hot these days. Sadly, the lead cut isn’t doing much damage on the charts or on radio.

Hopefully, “Little Did You Know” gets an official release complete with an accompanying video. Right now, it appears it might be just a buzz single. If you pre-order their forthcoming album, It’s About Us out October 7, “Little Did I Know” will download instantly. Give it a listen below and weigh in afterward.

listen to the track after the jump

Mel B. Returns To The X Factor Family

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Series 11 of The X Factor UK is about to get a lot scarier. Scary Spice that is.

Mel B. has officially been confirmed as the fourth judge, sitting alongside Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. The 39-year-old has previously judged the Australian version for two seasons and appeared during the UK’s ninth season during one of the audition stops. This marks her debut as a full-time judge on the British version.

“I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year,” she said. “Whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong.” – Mel B.

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I didn’t really pay attention to the tenth season of The X Factor UK, but I probably should have. First, cutie Sam Callahan showed his “sex factor” in a sizzling photo shoot for Gay Times magazine and now it’s the act that placed eighth to take their clothes off.

Boy band Kingsland Road posed for photographer Joe McCormick in underwear and out for the publication’s sex issue. The band was formed by college pals Joe ‘Connor’ Conaboy and Josh Zare. They found the remaining three members, JJ Thompson, Jay Scott and Matt Cahill, on YouTube. Little did they know months later they’d be putting their hands on each others bare butts.

Just how close are these guys? They revealed in the accompanying interview, they’d be able to recognize each other in a penis parade. YOWZA!!! One Direction has nothing on these guys. Check out a couple slightly NSFW pics from their editorial below.

check out the slightly NSWF pics after the jump

Alex & Sierra Tease New Material On Instagram

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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Well, this is a pleasant surprise. With FOX and Simon Cowell putting The X Factor to rest and Restless Road losing a member (Colton Pack), I was worried that Alex & Sierra would fade away into the sunset as well. It appears, the lovable duo are forging ahead with their debut album. Oh happy day!!!

They teased a new track they’re working on via Instagram. Based on the brief sampler, I’m loving the direction they’re going. It’s a bit different sound from what they showed on the FOX show but still very much Alex & Sierra. Check it out below.

check out a preview of their new material after the jump

Simon Cowell Returns To The X Factor UK

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For the first time in four years, Simon Cowell will sit on the judging panel of The X Factor UK. Both Cowell and ITV confirmed the news in a press release. With the last season garnering the lowest in years, all parties involved definitely want to reverse the downward ratings trend. Hopefully, Simon’s return can do exactly that.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again. The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years – including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, JLS and Little Mix. Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see….” – Simon Cowell

find out about the US edition after the jump

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With exception to a couple of performances I caught online, I skipped Series 10 of The X Factor UK. Based on the latest cover of Gay Times magazine, I probably should’ve paid attention. Sam Callahan is one cute little twink. From what I read he wasn’t the best singer, but that could’ve easily been remedied with the mute button ;)

Even though the Essex-born singer is 100% straight (so he claims), he’s very open to showing off his assets for his gay fans. In the issue, he even reveals a couple of man crushes which include Olly Murs and Tom Hardy. He also states he’d marry Robbie Williams. I wonder who’d top on their wedding night. Check out Sam flaunting what his momma gave him below.

see the full cover and other NSFW-ish pics after the jump

The X Factor Season 3 Winner Is…

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Is it me or did this season feel especially long? Even with lackluster ratings and questionable judging, I hope FOX renews the show for another season. My advice is to keep Kelly Rowland. She was my favorite judge this year. Even her “greatest hits” judging clip on the finale was the best. Perhaps, it’s because it featured all the cute guys she hit on during the audition process.

Speaking of the judges’ clip, departing judge Demi Lovato wasn’t impressed with her “annoying juice” segment. You can see her mouth “that’s f**ked up” to Kelly and Paulina Rubio in the bottom corner while it played out. Personally, I think she overreacted. No one believed for one second that she was actually drinking alcohol.

Since I have plans immediately after the finale, I’m going to make this recap short and sweet. Find out the winner below along with some of the performances. Sadly, there was no number as epic as Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera’s surprise duet on The Voice, but still a few standouts.

check out all the performances after the jump

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Apologies for the late publish of my recap. With only a week before the big day, I finally started my Christmas shopping tonight. Sufficed to say, I needed time to decompress and relax after braving the malls. In other words, I fell asleep ;)

Before we get to the performances, reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that Demi Lovato was leaving the judging panel after two seasons. During the red carpet preceding the show, Simon Cowell confirmed the “Skyscraper” singer was indeed exiting stage right. No wonder, the acerbic judge recently began talking about his dream judging panel which included Miley Cyrus. Keeping wishing Simon. I don’t think that’s going to happen for Season 4.

To convince America they deserve the title, each act took to the stage three times. First a brand new original song, then a duet with a superstar performer and lastly, a reprisal of their song of the series. Surprisingly, Alex & Sierra didn’t walk away with it tonight. Maybe the nerves got to them because they weren’t at the top of their game. On the flip side, Jeff Gutt gave it his all and then some. It’s going to be closer than I previously thought.

check out all the performances after the jump

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