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X Factor Season 3: Episode 2 Auditions

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Poor Simon Cowell. The X Factor’s third season is off to a rocky start with regards to ratings. Without the hype of Britney Spears, the premiere was way down when compared to last year. The show was decreased about 27 percent in viewers and 36 percent in adults 18-49. OUCH. Typically, the show increases as it reaches the live rounds. Hopefully, that trend continues otherwise this could be the singing competition’s swan song.

Even though The X Factor isn’t the ratings powerhouse as The Voice, I enjoy it much more. While neither have produced a huge star yet, Cowell’s show has at least done so with the UK version. One Direction, Leona Lewis anyone?

Just like yesterday’s post, I’m only going to discuss the acts that advanced. There’s really no point in talking about the trainwrecks. At this point, we’ve seen it all through 13 seasons of American Idol. While collectively yesterday’s talent was better, there were still a couple of standouts. Check them all out below.

check out the auditions after the jump

X Factor Season 3: Premiere Auditions

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Premiering with much less fanfare than the previous two seasons, The X Factor began its third season Wednesday night. To say expectations for the third season weren’t high would be a fair assessment. Perhaps, the lowered and realistic expectations will be much better for the show and Simon Cowell.

I wasn’t expecting too much from Paulina Rubio but she definitely surprised me. Sure her fashion choices were from a couple decades ago and a tad tacky, but she was adorable and her sometimes lost in translation critiques were endearing. If you count the words she spoke in coherent English, she already said more in this hour-long episode than Britney Spears did the entire year. Yup, I went there 😉

With regards to Kelly Rowland, I knew she’d do well. She fit right in with Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the panel. Not surprising considering she has a year under her belt judging the UK version. She was direct and blunt when she needed to be and sympathetic when it was called for. No unnecessary coddling.

Overall, I enjoyed the season premiere. The show seems to be making good on its promise to refocus on the contestants. I like the fact the episode jumped from city to city instead of just focusing on the auditions of a particular one. I was even more grateful, that only one “awful” audition was included in the mix. Next time, I’m hoping for none. Check out the auditions that received four “yeses” below.

check out the good auditions after the jump

With September around the corner, the networks have begun promoting their Fall programs. FOX is going full throttle and just released preview clips for all their returning shows including Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl and The X Factor which are the ones I’m looking forward to the most on the network.

Darren Criss takes the helm for his show’s vid. He talks about the show’s upcoming two episode tribute to the Beatles and his possible reunion with Kurt. As you recall, the season ended with a bit of a cliffhanger with Blaine holding a ring box in his hands.

Not surprisingly, Simon Cowell is front and center for The X Factor. With two lackluster seasons under his belt, a lot is riding on this year. If ratings continue to decline, this could very well be the show’s last. Hopefully, the chemistry between his “Angels” gel much better than his previous two judging lineups.

If you want your first look at James Franco on The Mindy Project, be sure to watch the show’s preview. For all you New Girl fans, Zooey Deschanel and crew tease which girl Schmidt picks. Check out all the videos below.

check out the videos after the jump

The Ultimate X Factor UK Video Mashup

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

OMFGGGGG! This is absolutely amazing. To celebrate a decade of the X Factor, the UK show has created a wicked mashup highlighting the biggest acts from the reality singing competition. From it’s first bonafide superstar Leona Lewis to Series 9 winner James Arthur, the clip perfectly showcases the range of talent the show has discovered. Other acts included in the clip are Cher Lloyd, Alexandra Burke, Amelia Lily, JLS, Joe McElderry, Little Mix, Misha B, Olly Murs, Union J and of course One Direction. Hope I didn’t miss anyone out. It really is a sensational video. It’s a definite must watch.

American Idol should really consider doing the same to promote its upcoming thirteenth season. Can you imagine a video mashup with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Phillip Phillips, Daughtry and countless other Idol alums. It would be epic.

watch the wicked mashup after the jump

The first two teaser promos released by FOX featured Simon Cowell and his angels during the auditions getting sassy with each other and contestants. The latest X Factor Season 3 clip is all about the new lineup having fun and to warn us to expect the unexpected. What is this? Big Brother? Julie Chen, someone’s stealing your Chenbot lines 😉 What next, Mario Lopez saying “but first” during the live telecasts?

The new promo shows Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato getting their groove on to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ epic “Can’t Hold Us.” It also includes returning host Mario Lopez and the big boss Cowell mugging for the camera. At the end, all five of them come together and serve their fiercest model pose. Check it out below.

watch the new promo after the jump

FOX Premieres First X Factor Season 3 Promos

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Let the official marketing push begin. During last night’s 2013 MLB All-Star Game, FOX debuted the first two promo vids for the third season of The X Factor. This maybe jumping the gun a bit, but it looks like Simon Cowell finally got it right with regards to the judging panel. It’s about friggin’ time. The chemistry between Cowell and his angels- Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato– looks electrifying and genuine. I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to a female-dominated panel.

With that being said, Season 2 promos teased and promoted a very animated Britney Spears and we all know how that turned out. All we got were a bunch of one-word responses and awkward facial reactions. Seems that Simon is still bitter about his decision to bring her on board last season. The British judge serves a little shade to the “Toxic” singer in one of the promos. Check them both out below. The X Factor’s two-night premiere is Sept. 11 and 12 on FOX.

watch the promos after the jump

Meet The Aussie One Direction… The Collective

In: Donovan, Music

Since The Collective placed third on the Australian edition of The X Factor, naturally comparisons with One Direction will come up since the boy band also came in third during their competition. You might think a rivalry might exist given 1D’s feud with The Wanted. No hatin’ going on here. 1D gave their seal of approval when they popped up during the judges’ home portion of the Aussie reality show. There’s always room for another boy band, right? Especially when one of the members is Zach Russell. He’s the cute 23-year-old on the far left.

The Aussie group dropped their first single “Surrender” back in December which became a Top 10 hit down under. They’re back with a brand new track which I believe might garner them attention outside their native land. DNA, the genius behind Ricky Martin‘s “Come With Me”, has crafted a winner for the quintet. “Another Life” is a slick track with a catchy hook that could easily win over pop lovers around the world. Check out their latest below.

give them a listen after the jump

Just days after coming out on national television in the Philippines, Charice shares another personal detail. The 21-year-old singer revealed she’s been in a relationship for months now with Alyssa Quijano. Charice declared, “She’s like my everything,” to journalists about her girlfriend.

The “Pyramid” singer has a tattoo on her chest which reads, “Let’s start with forever.” All you Twihards out there will no doubt recognize that line Robert Pattinson delivered during his wedding toast in The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part I. On Alyssa’s part, she wears a promise ring Charice gave to her.

Before they became involved, the two were once rivals often competing against each other at local singing competitions during their youth. Years later, they met again when Charice was a judge on The X Factor Philippines where Quijano competed. Alyssa didn’t make it far on the show but rebounded by joining the girl group AKA Jam. Check out Alyssa’s X Factor audition below where she tackles a Burlesque track.

check out their interaction during The X Factor

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