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Ella Henderson lost the Series 9 crown of The X Factor UK to eventual winner James Arthur. But like many also-rans, she’s having the last laugh. The 18-year-old songbird has already scored two Top 10 UK hits off her debut album including the chart-topper “Ghost.” The infectious track won me over the second I heard it.

Like One Direction, Olly Murs and Cher Lloyd, she’s making inroads in North America thanks to some well-received live performances on the talk show circuit. “Ghost” which was penned by Ryan Tedder is climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and is about to invade the clubs thanks to a killer dance remix by Dave Aude.

The prolific DJ transforms the powerful track into a club-ready offering which will no doubt become a gay dance anthem. Give it a listen below.

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Alex & Sierra first premiered “Little Did You Know” back in July as a promotional single for pre-ordering their debut album, It’s About Us. I immediately became obsessed with it. The heartwarming ballad is exactly why I fell in love with the adorable duo on The X Factor in the first place. With their album released this week, Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton debuted the video for the song. It appears they’ve promoted the song as an official single. Wise move.

The clip follows the real life couple on one very long night in separate locations. Eventually, they meet up for a touching adorable moment. These two are just too cute for words. I really hope Simon Cowell does all he can to help them out. The album is understated but phenomenal.

On the US iTunes, it’s so far peaked at No. 13. In other territories it’s faring better, topping the charts in Brazil and South Africa and breaking the Top 10 in New Zealand, Singapore and Peru to name a few.

Check out the Jay Martin-directed “Little Did You Know” video below. They also uploaded several tracks off their debut LP on Vevo. Be sure to sample it out.

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X Factor Alum CeCe Frey Releases Killer Debut Single

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Remember CeCe Frey? She was the hot mess on the second season of The X Factor US who sported that tacky cheetah print makeup? Rings a bell, right? If you recall, she stayed in the competition longer than she should have. Truthfully, she wasn’t that bad before Demi Lovato got her hands on her. The “Neon Lights” singer’s mentorship did her no favors.

Fast forward two years later and Frey is back with her debut single titled “Dead 2 Me.” Dare I say, it’s actually not bad. The catchy pop track something you could easily hear on radio today and sounds like a mashup of several of the artists CeCe covered on the FOX talent show including Kesha and Katy Perry. “Dead 2 Me” has the potential to become the newest breakup anthem tween girls across the land to obsess over. Give it a listen below.

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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.

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Mel B. Returns To The X Factor Family

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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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.

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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.

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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

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