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It’s Official: Kelly Rowland Named New ‘X Factor USA’ Judge

No need for any more speculation, because it’s official: Kelly Rowland has joined the judging panel of ‘The X Factor USA’.

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Report: ‘X Factor USA’ Courting Kelly Rowland?

Kelly Rowland‘s run on the X Factor UK had several highs, yet a number of lows — the latter of which saw the Destiny’s Child diva leave the show in 2011.

However, if new reports are to be believed, the ‘Kisses Down Low’ singer may be set to return to the talent-search – this time on home soil.

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Weigh In: Have Singing Competition Shows Run Their Course?

American Idol, X Factor, The Voice, Sunday’s Best, Duets, Making the Band, Sing-Off, and Major & Minors are just a few of the recognizable titles of singing competitions that have graced (or disgraced) television over the past decade or so.

With its modern-day format pioneered by the FOX-aired ‘Idol’ to once record ratings (though ‘Live at the Apollo’ is the true grandfather of the genre), the last few years have seen a steadily declining interest in the singing competition themed reality show – despite reigniting interest in some of music’s top stars (see: Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, etc).

Until…NBC’s ‘The Voice’.  But, even with its winning ratings, it has yet to produce a quality star in three seasons:

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New Video: Gamu – ‘Shake The Room’

Many will remember Brit singer Gamu for her controversial stint on The X Factor UK‘s 2010 series.

Indeed, who could forget the outrage generated by her sensational axing or the death threats levelled at judge Cheryl Cole for actioning it?! Three years later, we’re sure Gamu will be hoping the answer is “not many”. For, now 21, the Zimbabwe born singer has debuted her first single ‘Shake The Room’ and its accompanying video.

Lifted from her debut album ‘A Love Like This’, the song and parent LP is described as blending the best of the 1960’s Soul with the contemporary kick of today.

Peep the video below and let us know what you think, because we’re still trying to “process” what we just watched. See what we mean below…

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Weigh In: Britney Spears Confirms ‘X Factor’ Exit; Who Should Replace Her?

With an announcement that comes as a shock to absolutely no one many, ‘Baby One More Time’ hitmaker Britney Spearsconfirms that ‘X Factor USA’ will not be seeing her one more time aboard its judging panel.

Indeed, after news surfaced of FOX renewing the Simon Cowell-created talent show for a 3rd season, it lost faithful judge/record executive L.A. Reid.

Now, today saw Spears confirm, after weeks of swirling rumors, her departure from the show – citing the need to focus entirely on her next album (the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Femme Fatale’)…

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Britney In Line For ‘X Factor’ Axe / That Grape Juice Weigh-In

Britney Spears may be all smile in the shot above, but if new reports are to be believed she won’t have much to smile about regarding her involvement (or lackthereof) in the next season of The X Factor USA.

Famously signed up this season for a whopping $15 million, the ‘My Prerogative’ singer failed to rocket the ratings for the Fox show – which continues to trail behind more successful competitors American Idol and The Voice – the latter of which has, up until recently, starred Spears’ longtime rival Christina Aguilera.

According to US Weekly, the show’s producers were banking (quite literally) on getting “bonkers Britney”. What they received instead was a vapid shell of the singer’s former self, boasting all the personality of a boiled egg. Something we feel is amply deserved. For, anyone with a legit ear and eye to the trainwreck that continues to be Britney’s latter day career would have known she hasn’t been “herself” for almost 7 years. As such, joining in on the clear exploitation of an act who clearly needs to not be in the spotlight at present ultimately blew up in many a corporate face. So much so that they supposedly are ready to bin Britney for the show’s upcoming 3rd season.

Of course, it’s imperative to point out that the 31 year old was only ever signed to a one-year deal; a fact which ignites debate as to whether she’d actually be getting “fired” or simply “moving on”. However, in keeping it all the way 100, if her stint was the raving success intended, both parties would be doing bad business by dissolving it. Indeed, the show would continue to benefit from a A-star name, while Britney could reap the reward of weekly exposure without having to embarrass herself with the rigours of doing what most artists have to do – perform. The fact the opposite is seemingly happening speaks volumes.

However this plays out, it serves as yet more proof that ratings aren’t generated by simply throwing money at a format – or in this case, a “lacking” entity.

With budget cuts highly likely for the show, here’s hoping this forces the producers to actually produce a compelling product rather than relying on a barely there judge to do it for them. There are many creative ways to spend $15 million, and as time has shown, Britney Spears isn’t one of them.

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Tate Stevens Named ‘X Factor’ Season 2 Winner

37-year-old country crooner Tate Stevens has been named the winner of The X Factor USA‘s second season.

Triumphing over runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar in tonight’s live grand final, Stevens walked away with the coveted $5 million prize and a spot on Epic Records roster.

Congratulations are certainly in order for the Missourian.  As he prepares his debut album, fans can expect to see his ‘X Factor’ predecessor, pop newcomer Melanie Amaro, hit the promo trail in support of her inaugural album ‘Truly’.

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L.A Reid Announces ‘X Factor USA’ Departure

The X Factor USA will once again see its judging panel re-jigged next year. For, L.A Reid has today announced that he will not be returning for the show’s third season.

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Watch: James Arthur Wins ‘The X Factor UK’ 2012

After a gruelling journey to the top, tonight saw James Arthur beat Jahmene Douglas to be crowned the winner of ‘The X Factor UK’ 2012.

Securing a recording contract with Simon Cowell’s ‘SYCO‘ group and the unstoppable Modest Management, fans can now watch the hours that led up to the star’s win below…

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X Factor Final: Jahmene Douglas Soars With ‘Move On Up’ / Duets With Nicole Scherzinger

One day separates one of the three X Factor UK finalists from winning the competition, so tonight- in a bid to secure as many votes as possible- Jahmene Douglas rocked the stage with his take on the Pop classic ‘Move On Up‘.

Check out his motivational set and his duet with mentor Nicole Scherzinger below…

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X Factor UK Final: James Arthur Performs ‘Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’

This evening marked the first serving of X Factor UK‘s live final, and minutes ago- marking one of his strongest performances to date- Pop hopeful James Arthur took to the stage to perform the Nina Simone classic, ‘Feeling Good’.

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Watch: Tulisa Performs ‘Sight Of You’ Live On ‘The X Factor UK’

Though armed with the benefit of ‘The X Factor UK’, Brit belle Tulisa has oft struggled to prove her worth as a ‘high end’ act since joining the series last year.

Indeed, though she stands as a far better vocalist than one time judge Cheryl Cole, the ‘Young‘ singer’s undeniably ‘basic’ demeanour has seen her fall short of winning the  support afforded to Cole by both the press and the general public during her time on the show.

Now watch her perform her latest single ‘Sight Of You’ on tonight’s episode and let us know what you thought of it below…

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