Last night it was announced that The Stereo Hoggz were eliminated from The X Factor competition and headed home. Thier mentor Paula Abdul was absolutely crushed. The first words out of her mouth when both of her groups, including Lakoda Rayne, were up for elimination were, “I’m not going to do this. I can’t do this and I’m too close to both acts and I love them both very much and they’ve worked very hard, I’m sorry.” It’s obvious it’s not only getting tougher for the contestants themselves but for the judges too. With each week that goes by, they are building a stronger rapport and bond with their groups and can’t help to get emotional when the time comes to say goodbye. Last night was quite dramatic and it will only keep getting more so. As we get closer to choosing a winner, you can only imagine what might be going through the heads of these contestants. Actually, you don’t have to imagine, because we asked Nicole Scherzinger’s group of over 30s to tell us what their final thoughts are before they go go to sleep each night.
It would be difficult to ask the members of Lakoda Rayne what they’re thinking of before they get to sleep — after being left in the Bottom Two last night, they probably didn’t get any sleep at all. And while they’re still in the running for the $5 million grand prize, they now know they’ve got a lot of work to do if they’re going to earn enough votes to stay in the competition. What does that mean for these four young ladies? They’ll be battling more stress, doubt, and anxiety than ever before. So we asked Lakoda Rayne how they’re able to deal with the pressure.
Make sure to check out The X Factor Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX at 8pm ET/PT!
Katy is saying “Thanks” to everyone with a FREE, yep we said, FREE concert! The “Katy Perry Gives Thanks” concert will go down in Los Angeles on November 23rd at the Staples Center.
The FREE concert will wrap up the global superstar’s sold-out 122-date California Dreams World Tour. If you’re interested in joining Katy and thousands of others for a fun and festive music experience, visit www.facebook.com/katyperry between now and November 14th. BTW, the show will be filmed so everyone is encouraged to recreate their favorite Katy Perry look as they may be featured on camera.
Katy announced the special event on the The Ellen Degeneres show today, along with premiering her new video for “The One That Got Away”.
The X Factor competition continues to heat up and last night proved it! LeRoy Bell felt more at home on stage then he had ever felt before, Lakoda Rayne was a little nervous but still managed to have a “whole lotta fun,” Josh Krajcik was excited to be surrounded by beautiful ladies as he sang his heart out, Melanie Amaro was proud of herself and felt she made Michael Jackson just as proud, Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley thought it was pretty cool, Drew Ryniewicz never wants to chance being unforgettable, Stacy Francis doesn’t know if she made the right song choice, Chris Rene loved it, Rachel Crow felt she did her best, The Stereo Hoggz really felt they proved their talent and it was emotional for Marcus Canty. No one can relate more to Marcus Canty’s emotional side than the beautiful Nicole Scherzinger. She shared how she was feeling last night as she watched her group of over 30′s perform. (Click on audio player to hear Nicole)
Nicole also told us what she’s recently noticed about herself on TV that she wishes she could change, but we find endearing. (Click on audio player to hear Nicole)
It’s Thursday and we all know what that means. The results are in! We’ll find out which contestants make it to the Top 10 during the results show, tonight November 10, at 8/7 central on FOX.
Wednesday night’s X Factor show included a little bit of everthing… There were some great songs (Josh, Rachel and LeRoy), great style (Lakoda Rayne and Stereo Hogzz), serious poetics (we’re talking you Astro and Chris), health issues (Melanie & Marcus), and topics for the judges to dispute (Stacy’s song selection and Drew’s dress design). With so much going on we decided to go straight to the source backstage and ask each of the Top 11 X Factor contestants how they felt about their performance and the evening.
What did you think? Who was your favorite? Do you think they’ll make the cut to next week? The results are in the hands of America now. We’ll find out which contestants make it to the Top 10 during the results show on Thursday November 10 at 8/7 central on FOX.
Some might think that being the “older” contestants in a singing competition might also mean being the “least willing to change” contestants, but that’s not the case when it comes The X Factor’s LeRoy Bell and Josh Krajcik. In fact, we found out that for these “old dogs” learning some new tricks is not just a challenge to be met, but is appreciated.
Case in point, LeRoy has been performing music for years. He shares what it means to be on this show, and how he’s liking the challenge that comes with performing without his guitar.
Josh Krajcik confides that when it comes to rehearsal time with Nicole, he’s more interested in learning how to master the performance than his vocals. He also shares how expanding his horizons has meant losing his tool. Check it out to see what we mean.
So will the new tricks help these guys continue to move forward in the competition? Are you enjoying the “older” contestants take the stage? Watch The X Factor Wednesday/Thursdays at 8/7central on FOX and then make sure to vote for your favorites!
The country group Lady Antebellum is one of the most successful bands in the world. Their new hit single, Just A Kiss, is quickly climbing the pop music charts and they are currently touring the USA. We spoke to the band, who told us that if you see them in concert, they want you to walk away with something special. (Click on the audio player to hear Lady Antebellum)
Our BFFs here at FOX have created a special feature called the FOX Lounge that we just love and we wanted to share. This week’s lounge lizards include GLEE’s Jayma Mays and Dot-Marie Jones! And while we’re on the topic of GLEE… This coming week’s episode “The First Time” is AMAZING!!!! Like seriously AMAZING!!! I just finished watching it and I STILL have goosebumps. I won’t share spoilers except to say that the storyline between Blaine and Kurt is exceptional and the music is beautifully interwoven with the storylines. I think it’s going to be on many Glee Fans’ favorite episodes of all time list. Now, back to our lounge lizards….
Hope you’ve enjoyed! We’ll bring you more in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, remember the amazing episode of Glee airs this Tuesday at 8/7central on FOX.
One of the best parts of last night’s show was seeing how much Simon Cowell truly adores his girls and how supportive he is of them, smiling up there on stage like a proud father. The genuine hugs he gave them as each one was told they had made the Top 11 almost brought a tear to our eyes. How he walked off stage with Melanie hand in hand was sweet. We’re seeing a different side of Simon, an emotional side, and we like it. Well…Simon Cowell’s girls are up next! Drew Ryniewicz, Melanie Amaro and Rachel Crow take their turn to share their likes, loves and obsessions! Make sure to check out The X Factor Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX at 8pm ET/PT!
The X Factor is heating up as the Top 12 gets whittled down to 11! Last night it was InTENsity’s time to go. Their exit saddened their mentor, Paula Abdul, but she’s staying the course and her focus now is all about Lakoda Rayne and Stereo Hoggz. You’re getting to know these contestants each and every week. You see them on stage performing with emotion, excitement and perseverance. But there’s another side to each and every one of them. We caught up with L.A. Reid’s boys — Brian “Astro” Bradley, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene, and asked them to tell us about their likes, loves and guilty pleasures! Make sure to check out The X Factor Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX at 8pm ET/PT!
Anyone following twitter, entertainment websites, and “The X Factor” are well aware of the controversy that’s been brewing around some of ”The X Factor” contestants’ prior ”music career.” The controversy started when it was revealed that LeRoy Bell and Stacy Francis both had had some prior experience in the music industry. The controversy hit an all time high however when Perez Hilton took to twitter (and his four million followers) end of last week and started accusing Stacy Francis of outright lying to the public and fans about her past. While it’s a bit humorous that someone who has made a name for himself by spreading rumors and gossip is all of a sudden carrying the torch for truth, honesty, and full disclosure (we are talking about entertainment afterall), the serious side is that real people are being dragged through the dirt for what ”The X Factor” Judges think is really kind of a non-issue. In fact, when the judges were asked their thoughts on the whole matter at a press conference post show Thursday night, Simon weighed in, and summed it up by saying “I couldn’t care less”.
Check out what the judges said for yourself…
So our question to you… Is this a big deal? Are you over it? Is this whole matter swaying your vote, or are you just ready to see what the remaining 11 contestants have in store next week? Let us know!
The remaining Top 11 will take to the stage next Wednesday for the next super star showdown on The X Factor – so ink your appointment for the TV next Wednesday at 8PM ET/PT on FOX, then hit up twitter, your phone line, Facebook or Verizon to vote!!