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X Factor: Cher Lloyd Enlists Astro For New Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

Ever wonder what would result if the UK and US versions of “The X Factor” collided? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to L.A. Reid that is now a reality. The X Factor judge recently signed Cher Lloyd to an US Epic record deal and prepping the UK singer for her US debut. Lloyd who finished fourth on the UK X Factor’s seventh series has done well post-Factor. Her debut album, “Sticks + Stones“, already has two hit singles under its belt. Now, with her third official release she’s looking to score a UK hat trick and perhaps her first international hit.

I have to admit, I haven’t loved Cher Lloyd’s previous singles like my fellow writer Nic. She’s often been criticized for her musical style and become the poster child for what is wrong with the music industry today. Some have even called her the love child of LMFAO and Ke$ha. Just in case you were wondering, that was meant to be a compliment. That being said, I really like her newest single “Want U Back“.

Produced by Britney hitmaker Shellback and penned by Savan Kotecha, “Want U Back” is the perfect vehicle to launch Lloyd to mainstream US radio. It’s fun urban bubblegum pop. Giving it even more swagger is the addition of Brian Bradley aka Astro. The teenage rapper who placed 7th on the US X Factor adds his lyrical touch to the track. Check out the music video below.

check out the music video after the jump

First off, let’s make this official: this isn’t Tommy’s “I loves me a diva” or Donovan’s “I can appreciate a classic” version of X Factor US, this is mine. I’m fellow writer Adam and for the most part people either hate or hate my reviews so let’s just get that straight right away cause I will be pulling no punches this evening for my (succinct I promise) recap of yesterday and today’s finale of X Factor US. Dono is away at his handsome hubby’s family Xmas thing and Tommy is glued to her eBay screen hoping Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery somehow ends up back on sale so for now, you’re stuck with me ;)

I’m writing this article as the show occurs and hope to have it up and ready to be pummelled by unfortunate Chris Rene fans by the time the glitter falls on our winner ;) Tonight we were “lucky” to be graced by the famed likes of Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Pitbull and (are you kidding me, “I hate gays”) 50 Cent. But, what you came here for is the RESULTS!! Also, me bitching super quickly about the missteps of last night so without further adieu…

Click through to read about tonight’s show and find out who won X FACTOR US SEASON 1!

The X Factor US The Finals: Who’s Going To Win?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

We’re finally here! Either Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene or Melanie Amaro will be the very first winner of the “X Factor“. To be honest with you, I’d be okay with any of the three winning. I know, sacrilegious right? But it’s true. Each excels in a style so different, it’s like comparing apples to oranges to plums. In other words, impossible. With most of the “X Factor” headlines this week focusing on behind-the-scenes drama, it was nice to get back to the talent. Whether or not Steve Jones or Nicole Scherzinger return next season, it’s all pointless until we take care of this season. So, let’s get to it.

For the final performance night of the season, the three finalists sing two songs apiece. On the latest series of the UK version, the finalists sang a duet with their respective mentor. Since LA Reid and Simon Cowell aren’t recording artists, the US version couldn’t follow in the footsteps of the Brits. Instead, they corralled three musical superstars to duet with Josh, Chris and Melanie. Canadians Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne belted their tunes with them, along with R. Kelly on his track. Have any ideas on who was paired with whom?

While, I normally balk at the idea of doing repeat performances, I loved that the producers made the contestants sing their initial audition songs for the last round of competition. Way to bring it back full circle. Cue Elton John’s “Lion King” soundtrack. Check out all the performances below.

check out this week’s performances after the jump

The X Factor US: Semifinal Results (Discuss)

In: Donovan, TV Shows

We’re one week away from crowning the “X Factor’s” first ever winner and I for one, cannot wait. I just want this season to be over with so that Simon Cowell and company can go back to the drawing board and find ways to improve it for Season 2. If the “X Factor” wants to surpass both “The Voice” and “American Idol” it has to do it with superb talent and not gimmicks, over-the-top production and judging politics. That being said, this season’s “shocking” results from Stacy Francis, Drew and Rachel Crow have been amazing for generating headlines. Will tonight be another shocker?

Like so many results show, tonight was one big drawn out process. Sooooo much filler. The Final 4 kicked off the show with a group performance of “No Diggity” and “Shout” by Blackstreet and Tears for Fear respectively. How embarrassing was that for Chris Rene to mess up his cue? He started the second verse a few bars ahead. With Dexter Haygood and Rene’s bloopers, so many of the group performances on this show have been error proned. Do the producers not give the contestants enough time to practice? You don’t see this happening too often on Idol. Side note. The group performance reminded me how much I loved Tiah Tolliver’s “No Diggity” performance at the judges’ home. God, I miss her.

find out who got eliminated after the jump

If you thought the “X Factor” was done milking last week’s shocking Rachel elimination, you were dead wrong. As if the incident wasn’t dramatic enough, the recap at the beginning of the show was beyond over-the-top. Definitely fitting considering the show’s propensity to inundate us with excess lights, smoke, dance numbers, etc… the list goes on.

The show’s unwillingness to forget last week’s headline making results show doesn’t do Nicole Scherzinger any favors. There still some residual booing from the audience for Nicole’s decision, rather lack of decision-making skills. The Scherz tries to pretend it doesn’t bother her, but we know better. The backlash is definitely killing her. Girl just want’s to be love more than a grown adult with child abandonment issues.

British Seacrest informs viewers that this week it’s all about the votes. No “Save Me” songs, no judge voting. It’s all in America’s hands. Let’s hope they don’t eff it up like last week and send home either Josh Krajcik or Melanie Amaro. Those two were clearly in their own league tonight. It was like watching an entirely different show when Marcus Canty and Chris Rene performed. Check out the videos and you’ll agree with me.

check out this week’s performances after the jump

The X Factor UK Series 8 Winner Is…

In: Donovan, Music

The adorably awesome Little Mix beat all the odds and became the first girl group to win the singing competition. For that matter, they’re the first group ever to win the title. Heading into the competition, Little Mix members Jade Thirwell, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson entered as solo artists. After boot camp, the four ladies were put together by mentor Tulisa Contostavlos. Much like what Paula Abdul did with Lakoda Rayne on the US version of “The X Factor”.

Even though we haven’t covered Series 8 of the UK version, I wanted to quickly chat about the winners, Little Mix. They definitely deserve the mention. Mark my words, these girls are going to kill it and crossover to the US market. They remind me of a modern day TLC meets En Vogue girl group. The music landscape is definitely missing something like these girls in the market. I love the fact that they’re a girl group without being overly-sexualized. Definitely no Pussycat Dolls here. Given their collective petite stature, the girls are so cute you just want to pinch them. I wish them the best and no doubt they’re going to achieve success beyond their dreams.

I really hope the US version of “The X Factor” really grows into their own. The talent on the UK version is beyond amazing. Even their “joke act” of the year, Goldie Cheung, was more entertaining than Dexter Haywood tenfold. The way the almost-fifty something Chinese singer flirted with judge Gary Barlow cracked me up. Don’t even get me started with her vomit and fan choreography antics. That woman was television gold.

check out my favorite performance from Little Mix after the jump

The X Factor US: Top 5 Results (Discuss)

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Before we get to tonight’s results, can we just praise the awesomeness that is Lenny Kravitz. The 47-year-old rocker opened the show and performed a couple of his songs including my personal favorite, “Are You Gonna Go My Way“. The former Mr. Lisa Bonet definitely still has it.

The other performer of the night was Mary J. Blige. She looked stunning in a white dress. That being said, didn’t she look like she was in some sort of illuminated jail cell when white lights surrounded her? For a split second, she could’ve been cellmates with General Zod in “Superman II“. Side note, how bling’d out was that microphone. I can’t sing worth a lick but Papa likes it and wants one.

find out who got eliminated after the jump

This week’s recap is going to be quick and dirty. I just got home after an early screening of “New Year’s Eve” and have to power through a few posts before going night night. Plus there’s “Revenge“, “ANTM“, and “Modern Family” to watch still.

The show began with recapping last week’s shocking results. They sure are milking it aren’t they. Simon, who’s still bitter, promises the other judges “game on” this week. He was all talk in the end. He never really threw anyone under the bus. That said, he gave a couple of great zingers at Nicole Scherzinger’s expense. I wonder if it’s all for show, or if he really can’t stand the former PCD.

Tonight, the remaining five finalists sang two songs each. The first being a dance track and the second was supposed to be the Pepsi Challenge. Due to some technical difficulties, which we were never privy to, the viewer voted songs will be postponed til next week. Instead, the contestants have to sing their “save me” songs. With less than a day to prepare, the mentors and singers scramble to get the job done. See how they all fared below.

check out this week’s performances after the jump

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