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Panda Ross For President!!!” That’s what Nic and Matt, who came over for an impromptu X Factor viewing party, and myself kept chanting during Panda Ross’ audition. The 42-year-old barista instantly won us over with her sparkling personality. From the second she came on stage and declared her love to Simon Cowell by showing off her “single” necklace, we knew we were in for an audition we wouldn’t forget.

Panda had us in stitches when she explained how her name came to be. Apparently, her mom was in prison with a white cellmate and had the brilliant idea to name her after the black and white animal. You can’t make this sh*t up. Ross sealed the deal and solidified our adoration with her surprisingly powerful voice. She killed Sam Cooke’s “Bring it On Home“. She’s definitely the show’s black Susan Boyle.

When her audition ended, Ross still had more surprises in store for us. She began collecting mucous and required medical attention. As she was being wheeled out on a stretcher, Ross kept on entertaining with her comments. If she doesn’t win X Factor, some network should give this woman her own reality show. She’s television gold. Check out her unforgettable package below, along with other memorable moments from the episode after that.

check out Panda Ross’ audition and other memorable auditions after the jump

Just when you thought all of The X Factor casting was over, you may have forgotten about the host(s). This season there are two hosts and the cat seems to be finally out of the bag as to who they are. That’s right, there are two. Up until this point, there has been plenty of speculation, just as was the case when they were casting the judges. Now, Perez Hilton has revealed exclusively who the two hosts are.

I actually think the two that have apparently been chosen will make a great team and great hosts. They both have experience in hosting capacities and they’re both recognizable faces and liked by many. One of them is a little more controversial than the other, but I think this person will prove skeptics wrong and they’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Find out who the hosts are after the jump…

It’s one of the biggest head-to-head battles people have been looking forward to this season. Would Simon Cowell’s newly-revamped X Factor lineup beat out The Voice and their red swivel chairs? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. While NBC’s talent show won in total viewers (10.6 million versus 8.5), the FOX reality show beat its rival in the coveted 18-34 demographic and won the night in the adults 18-49. Still, Simon was rightfully worried that The Voice’s third night would steal some viewers away.

The second season premiere of X Factor garnered 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year. Here’s the silver lining, the show grew by 6 percent in the key demos and grew in its second hour. Given that it was up against NBC’s one-two punch of The Voice and finals of America’s Got Talent, it did well. I only expect those numbers to go up tonight when the show faces no competition. Plus I think the universal love and praise, fans and critics have bestowed on last night’s premiere will bring in more viewers. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. I firmly believe X Factor will win come December.

In other singing-related news. Katie Couric revealed (spoiled) some very interesting American Idol news. Curious? Keep reading to find out.

check out Katie Couric’s reveal after the jump

I’ve said in the past that I was done with all of the singing shows because there were too many for me to keep up with, but like many bandwagon jumpers, I watched The X Factor last night and absolutely loved it. I laughed, I cried, and I can’t wait until the next episode (to check out the performances from last night, check out Donovan‘s recap here) Britney Spears was amazing as a judge and I actually loved Demi Lovato as well – she was very witty and I quite enjoyed her. Also, the backstage drama with that self-absorbed blondie judging everyone around her was also quite entertaining. She was introduced to Karma once she stepped on stage.

Anyway, last night, Simon Cowell and Britney Spears stopped by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live‘ for quite a lengthy interview talking all things X Factor. Jimmy Kimmel didn’t hold back on anything, even bringing up the fact that Khloe Kardashian is rumored to be the host and how he thinks she’d be a trainwreck. Cowell disagreed, and actually revealed that there will be two hosts. If that’s the case, it is even more likely that Khloe is one of them.

Before their time was up on the show, Britney and Simon played The Newly X-Game (a play on The Newlywed Game) where they were quizzed on how much they know about each other. Watch all of the Britney goodness below!

Watch the segment after the jump…

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

2012 Fall TV: Our Favorite Returning Shows

In: Donovan, Matt, Patrick, TV Shows, Tyrell

Even though a few shows have premiered already, the official start to the 2012-2013 television season doesn’t start for a couple of weeks. I love this time of year. It’s the perfect time to relax and unwind after a hectic summer partying schedule. What better way to do so then to sit on your couch and check out all the network’s new and returning shows. That’s what we plan on doing. Check out Patrick, Tyrell, our newest writer Matt and my Top 5 list of favorite returning shows this Fall.

Donovan’s 5 Returning Show Picks

When I asked the other three writers for their respective lists, I had no idea there would be so much crossover. To mix things up, I decided to take on a different approach for my picks. Continue reading to discover the criteria I used for my selection process.

check out each of our Top 5 picks after the jump

Although she’s not officially hired or anything as of now, Simon Cowell has revealed who he thinks would be a great host for the upcoming season of The X Factor and he says that she is definitely up there in the running for the job.

Cowell obviously has a lot of pull and influence in who the network will end up selecting. Some of the rumored names that have been floating around have included Chrissy Teigen, Kevin McHale and Miley Cyrus, but one other name is buzzing around a lot more and it seems likely that she could very well be it. Yes, she… There’s your first hint.

Simon has also stressed the importance of having a connection with the others involved (ie. the judges) and this person does have a connection to Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, and Simon apparently loved her spunk as well. Find out who the rumored host is below.

Find out who his supposed top pick is 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

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