Fantasia BarrinoThis Tuesday, "American Idol" Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino gave birth to her second child, a boy, 16 days before her December 29th due date. The father of baby is reportedly her boyfriend Antwaun Cook, who is still legally married. According to RadarOnline, Antwaun was present at the Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the birth took place.Read More »from Fantasia Gives Birth to a Baby Boy
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Dec 13, 2011 2:29 PM EST
Last Thursday, judge Nicole Scherzinger displaced Astro as "The X Factor's" enemy number one when she controversially let the results-show verdict go to deadlock, with dire and unexpected consequences. Not wanting to be the bad guy and send home the sweet Marcus Canty (clearly the lesser performer in that night's sing-off, and presumably the lower vote-getter of the week), she let the week's elimination decision be decided by public vote...and was shocked when America's sweetheart, Rachel Crow, actually went home as a result. Nicole's tactic backfired big-time, and she ironically became "the bad guy" after all. Within minutes of the shocking result, her Twitter and Facebook pages were besieged by hateful comments and even death threats.
But now TMZ is claiming that Nicole was not the only "bad guy" on the panel that night, and that Nicole was only following the advice of fellow judge Paula Abdul, who supposedly told her to "let it go to deadlock" in the first place. Evidence of this fateful exchange is allegedly provided by a new sweetened-audio clip of the judges' deliberations that night.Read More »from Was Rachel Crow’s ‘X Factor’ Elimination Really Paula Abdul’s Fault?
It's the most crucial week of the "X Factor" season yet, as the final four square off for spots in next week's big finale. Four singers will compete, but only three will make it through. And as evidenced by last week's controversial results, anything could happen this week, and votes matter more than ever before.
This week I caught up with all four singers on the set of "The X Factor," where they are hard at work rehearsing their make-or-break songs. While it's still a little unclear whether or not the judges will have any say in this week's results (Chris said he had a sing-off song prepared, while Marcus and Josh claimed it would all come down to America's votes this week), there was one thing they all seemed to agree on: They're all going to bring it on Wednesday night.Read More »from Go Backstage with the ‘X Factor’ Final Four!
Little Mix win "X Factor U.K"As poor Paula Abdul would tell you with a sigh, groups usually don't fare well on "The X Factor." Paula's InTENsity, Stereo Hoggz, and Lakoda Rayne all got voted off the show in quick succession, and until very recently, the only group to ever win any international series of "The X Factor" was Vocal Tempo, from Season 2 of Spanish version of the show. But now a girl group called Little Mix, despite having a name that sort of sounds like a flavor of Kitten Chow, has broken the groups' curse by becoming the first group to win on "The X Factor U.K.," with 48.3 percent of the vote.Read More »from A Group Finally Wins ‘The X Factor’…In The U.K.
Last night, in what was far and away the most controversial and emotional "X Factor" results show yet, little Rachel Crow was sent home. She did NOT take the news well, and, judging by the infuriated comments on various message boards, blogs, and responsible judge Nicole Scherzinger's "fan" page on Facebook, neither did much of America.Read More »from X Factor, The Day After: Top 5 Results Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Dec 8, 2011 9:36 PM EST
The bottom twoThis Thursday's "X Factor" results show should have been the least suspenseful one yet. Looking at frontrunners Melanie Amaro and Rachel Crow standing next to Marcus Canty, it was beyond obvious that Melanie would be the final contestant called to safety (along with Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene). And it was equally obvious that when Rachel and Marcus battled for survival in the evening's sing-off, Marcus, who'd been up for elimination the past two weeks ("Bottom two AGAIN???" he semi-chuckled), would get cut over America's sweetheart, Rachel. Right?Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Top 5 Results: Can We Please Bring Back Cheryl Cole?
It's down to the wire on "The X Factor," with only five contestants left, and tonight's elimination will be tough to call. Everyone in the top five was once a "frontrunner," and pretty much any of them--except Chris Rene, whose original song last night, "Where Do We Go From Here," actually might've guaranteed him a spot in the finale--could go home tonight.Read More »from X Factor, The Day After: Top 5 Show Dish
Marc Martel Officially Selected to Fill Freddie Mercury’s Platform Boots Via ‘Queen Extravaganza’ Talent SearchBy Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Dec 8, 2011 4:12 PM EST
Oh, if only this had been an actual reality show and not just an online competition. I would have tuned in every week.
Marc Martel's first auditionEarlier this year, the members of Queen got fed up with the glut of unauthorized Queen cover bands out there sullying Freddie Mercury's legacy. And so they decided to host a talent search to create a sanctioned cover band for the 2012 "Queen Extravaganza Tour," a Cirque de Soleil-style royal road show, overseen by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, celebrating the music of one of the best stadium rock bands EVER. This week, Queen's nearly three-month talent search culminated at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 in Los Angeles, and now Queen have finally announced the winning lineup. Unsuprisingly, the official Queen Extravaganza band will be fronted by YouTube sensation Marc Martel, who also lends his mind-blowingly Mercury-like vocals to the Canadian band Downhere.Read More »from Marc Martel Officially Selected to Fill Freddie Mercury’s Platform Boots Via ‘Queen Extravaganza’ Talent Search
Last week's "X Factor" shocking results show was all about drama, drama, DRA-MA, as the judges bitterly fought over the eliminations and poor Drew Ryniewicz got caught in the crossfire. This Wednesday, there was more drama, of course: "If they want a war, they're going to get a war," Simon Cowell snarled at the episode's start, and host Steve Jones even urged viewers to chime in on Twitter with the hashtag #glovesareoff. But other than Simon's threat to poke pins in a Nicole Scherzinger voodoo doll (hey, are those available for sale on the "X Factor" website?), most of this week's drama centered on a last-minute song switchup that quite possibly altered the entire course of this season. (Spoiler alert: Conspiracy theories ahead!)Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Top 5 Recap: There Was An Error
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 8:34 PM EST
[photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.]Perhaps no one on "The X Factor" other than Astro has garnered as much scorn as host Steve Jones, whose abrupt manner has irked judges, contestants, and viewers alike. Steve's crude and clumsy attempts to keep the show moving along at a brisk pace and not preempt "Bones" have caused L.A. Reid to flash him multiple death stares, Simon Cowell to tell him to "shut it for a second," and even sweetie Paula Abdul to snarl, "It's not going to be that quick!" when Steve tried to rush her hemming and hawing during one results-night deliberation. Steve's callous handling of some of the young contestants on several results nights--cutting off Paula when she was trying to console castoff teen duo the Brewer Boys, blatantly ignoring the sobbing of eliminated underage group InTENsity, rudely telling Lakoda Rayne "the dream is over" (a comment that spurred one of the Lakodas to actually yank the mic out of his hand and tell him off)--has not won him many fans either. As a result, some viewers are already rallying to have Steve sacked, and rumors have run rampant that he will be replaced in Season 2 or shipped back to England (where his seemingly cold demeanor may play better) to host the U.K. version of the show.Read More »from Hey! ‘X Factor’ Host Steve Jones is a Nice Guy After All
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