When “The X Factor” premieres on Fox next Wednesday night, you’ll meet Steve Jones. Although not yet a household name in America (which will soon change — trust us!), he’s well known in the UK, where he’s been a presenter on several high-profile TV shows.
“The X Factor,” however, is unlike anything he’s ever faced, and he recently sat down with Fox All Access to talk about the unique challenges he’s faced on the show so far.
“The X Factor” premieres next Wednesday, September 21, at 8/7c on Fox.
Like the other judges on “The X Factor,” Nicole Scherzinger knows firsthand how much work it takes to make it in the music business. In the last few years alone, she’s toured the world as frontwoman for the Pussycat Dolls, competed and won on “Dancing With The Stars,” and recorded her first solo album. And that all happened before she joined Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid at the “X Factor” judges’ table! So it’s fair to say Nicole is not just talking the talk, but walking it too.
With the premiere of “The X Factor” less than three weeks away, we asked Nicole to describe exactly the kind of work ethic that goes into becoming a successful artist, and what it’s going to take for a contestant to pass her scrutiny.
How many contestants do you think will pass her “work ethic test” and have “The X Factor”? Will her “sleep when you’re dead” attitude help her groom the winning contestant? We’ll find out soon: “The X Factor” premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 8/7 Central on FOX.
Don’t want to wait until Sept. 21 to see the premiere of “The X Factor” on Fox? Will you be in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sept. 14? Then click here for an opportunity to get into a very special, exclusive screening!
For the first time ever, FOX All Access has created a one-hour radio special to coincide with this fall’s most highly-anticipated new series, THE X FACTOR, which makes its explosive debut with a two-night series premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. “The X Factor: The Judges’ Ultimate Picks” features Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger. Hosted by our own Fox All Access host Chris Leary, “The X Factor: The Judges’ Ultimate Picks” gives listeners a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the current and iconic artists and music who inspire the quartet of judges. Listeners will hear firsthand which recording artists the judges think have “The X Factor,” as well as the songs they think best represent those artists.
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For the past several years, Nicole Scherzinger has had a successful musical career performing with her group, the Pussycat Dolls, and also having a great solo career. Scherzinger is ready to take another giant step in her career by being a judge on what is one of the most anticipated new shows of the Fall, Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, which will make its series premiere Wednesday, September 21st on FOX.
Scherzinger, who has herself been judged as a performer, is now in the position of judging aspiring singers. We spoke to Scherzinger, who told us that sharing the judging panel with television’s most beloved judge, Simon Cowell, has made it comfortable for her to judge. She also takes her role as a judge very seriously.
For Nicole Scherzinger, getting the chance to be a judge on “The X Factor” really is a case of her life coming full circle. See, when she was a young girl trying to figure out. (Click on the audio player to hear Nicole Scherzinger)
So then, what was it like when she learned she’d be working beside Paula? (Click on the audio player to hear Nicole Scherzinger)
Nicole and Paula join L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell at the judges’ table on “The X Factor”… help them choose the next global music superstar. It all starts Wednesday, September 21st on Fox.
It’s been nearly a decade since Simon Cowell became an instant celebrity here in America, thanks to a little show called “American Idol.” Since then, he’s blossomed into one of television’s most influential personalities and producers, and he’s also done quite well on the music side of the business. He’s had similar success in the UK, especially with his show “The X Factor,” which, of course, he’s bringing to America on Fox this fall.
This isn’t exactly the kind of life Cowell had envisioned for himself when he was a kid. He struggled in school and entered the music industry at the lowest rungs on its ladder. So how did he ascend to the top? He told us about the revelation that would change his life forever (Click on the audio player to hear Simon Cowell)
As you likely heard, Paula Abdul wasn’t announced as a judge on “The X Factor” until literally hours before the first live auditions filmed in Los Angeles. According to Simon Cowell, that was in no way an indication that Abdul was his last choice. As a matter of fact, he told us she was his first choice, but before he could put her on the panel, he had to put her to the test. Obviously, she passed, and she’ll join Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger as a judge/mentor on “The X Factor” when it premieres on Fox this fall.
Hot off the wire… The X Factor and Pepsi have announced a partnership with youtube. Starting today, singers and vocal groups can submit videos online at www.youtube.com/thexfactorusa
In an effort to leave no stone unturned in the quest to find a global superstar, THE X FACTOR is taking auditions online. Executive Producer & Judge Simon Cowell said he’s happy that they are launching the auditions through YouTube. “There is a lot of great talent online now, and especially young kids today are using YouTube to get themselves seen and heard. It’s very easy, and it is $5 million after all! I’m very excited to see the auditions that might come through this.”
Entrants can demonstrate their singing ability by performing a song a cappella. Videos are limited to two (2) minutes in length, and should include a 30-second introduction that explains who they are and why they have THE X FACTOR. Audition videos, which will be judged in a similar fashion to the live audition cities, will remain private and be viewable only by THE X FACTOR team. Auditioners selected to move forward in the competition will be offered the opportunity to continue their audition in front of the judges.
Visit www.youtube.com/theXfactorusa for more information and complete rules and regulations, as well as the full terms and conditions of the video submission process.