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'Kimmel': Are the Other 'X Factor' Judges Ganging Up on Simon Cowell? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2011 3:00AM
'The X Factor' judges, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'In the past two weeks, Simon Cowell has gone from three to one act on 'The X Factor.' In both instances, it came down to the women on the panel to decide. The first week, they eliminated Drew. This week, Nicole Scherzinger threw it to the public vote and Rachel Crow was out.

"Do you guys feel like you ganged up on Simon's contestants specifically because you wanted to win this competition?" Jimmy Kimmel asked the other three judges on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). All of them, of course, vehemently denied it.

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Astro Puts 'X Factor' in the Past, Says He Won't Be Writing Raps About Simon (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 6th 2011 1:00PM
Astro may have been eliminated from 'The X Factor' last week, but the 14-year-old rap phenom isn't exactly bummed about it. Tuesday on 'Good Day New York,' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) Astro insisted that he's put the talent competition in his rear-view mirror, and is now focused on writing his own new music. "I'm just ready to work on some music honestly ... my mind was focused on writing as soon as I was eliminated," he said.

He declined to reflect on his temper-tantrum that went viral after he refused to perform after being put in the Bottom Two. "That's the past ... I'm not even on the show anymore, I don't even find a reason to talk about it. Not to seem like a jerk or anything, but that's the past ... I'm good. I'm on 'Good Day New York' right now because of what happened," he said.

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Simon Cowell Talks Howard Stern and 'America's Got Talent'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 9:00AM
Ever since Piers Morgan quit the 'America's Got Talent' judging panel rumors have swirled about his possible replacement, and one name that keeps coming up is shock jock Howard Stern. He recently addressed the rumors and reiterated that he's a huge fan of the show, but wouldn't comment on whether he was involved in ongoing negotiations with NBC.

This week the 'New York Post' published a report alleging that Stern's agreed to join the show if certain conditions are met. Such as paying him a whopping $20 million and moving the show from Los Angeles to New York. The 'Post' quotes a source close to the show as saying that 'AGT' boss Simon Cowell is "hellbent" in landing Stern, and that "The talk on the production is that it's practically a done deal."

For his part, Cowell told 'Access Hollywood' that he's a fan of Stern but that nothing's been signed: "I like him. There's a lot of people who make decisions on this stuff. Money's got to work, schedules [have] got to work. There might be a few twists and turns still."

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Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul Reflect on Astro's 'X Factor' Temper Tantrum (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 18th 2011 4:30PM
When Astro and Stacy Francis landed in the bottom two of Thursday night's 'The X-Factor,' they were expected to sing for survival in a final showdown. But Astro came out he said he didn't think he needed to perform, which had Simon Cowell visibly upset.

After the show,'Good Day LA''s (weekdays 9amPT on Fox) Terri Seymour asked Simon what was going on between him and Astro's mentor, L.A. Reid during the break. "He said to me that he's not going to sing. I said, "Well, he's got to,'" Cowell reported. Terri then asked Paula if she was shocked by Astro's attitude, and she put the incident into perspective, saying, "We have to remember that he is a boy still and I mean, he's a genius at what he does, but you saw the boy in him when a tear rolled down his cheek."

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Lakoda Rayne Reflect on Simon Cowell's Harsh 'X Factor' Criticism (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 17th 2011 7:00PM
Simon Cowell was not impressed with Lakoda Rayne's recent rock performance on 'The X Factor.' The group did a mash-up of the Outfields 'Your Love' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way,' and Cowell told them, "I thought tonight, overall was a complete mess, if you want my honest opinion."

'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) caught up with the girls afterward to ask them about the harsh criticism. "Simon being mean is not rare form, Simon being nice is" Paige Ogle said. Cowell seemed to hate everything about the performance, from the set design to the choreography, which he called "gimmicky." But Dani Knights defended their choices by saying, "It was Rock Week, you know, like there had to be dancers. It had to be a banging performance."

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Piers Morgan Quits 'America's Got Talent,' Offers to Host the Oscars

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 10th 2011 5:55AM
Piers Morgan, 'AGT'Piers Morgan has announced that he's quitting 'America's Got Talent' in order to concentrate on his CNN show. Morgan -- who's one of the original judges on the NBC show -- Tweeted "I'm leaving America's Got Talent after 6 wonderful years. Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN." He then confirmed the news on 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' joking that he's also now available to host the Oscars.

He went on, "Big thanks to NBC, Fremantle, and of course, my friend Simon Cowell, for giving me such a great opportunity. It's been a blast." He also congratulated his colleagues on the show -- Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon: "You don't have to put up with me any more!"

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Judges Choose The Top 12 (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 26th 2011 3:00AM
X FactorThere were some controversial choices made during the judges' houses round of 'The X Factor,' but our mentors had the chance to right many wrongs with this week's live elimination show, as each category had to narrow their finalists down to three in order to proceed to America's vote next week.

Up until tonight, the groups seemed like the weakest category by a mile, but smart song choices and confident choreography helped Paula up the ante and raise her category to the standard of the soloists -- though I doubt even the smooth moves of the Stereo Hogzz can compete with the likes of Drew, Josh or Stacy.

Join us after the jump to find out who made it into the top 12 to compete for your votes next week.

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'The X Factor' to Cut Five Acts on Tonight's First Live Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 25th 2011 7:25AM
'The X Factor' judgesHaving faced accusations of being boring and of spinning out meager action for far too long, 'The X Factor' producers have decided to ramp up the action for tonight's first live show. Their anti-boredom solution? A mass cull. Of contestants, that is. (Superfluous-seeming host Brian Dunkleman Steve Jones is not, contrary to rumors, being fired: "Our Welshie is staying for the long haul.")

A message on the show's official Twitter page reads: "Breaking news! 5 of the 17 acts will be eliminated by the judges on 10/25." As tonight's live show will clock in at a mammoth two and a half hours long, that's roughly one elimination per pulse-quickening 30 minutes.

The surviving 12 acts will perform for the public vote on another live show, airing Wednesday November 2. That will be followed by a live results show on Thursday November 3.

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Simon Cowell Marvels at the Size of Wendy Williams' Boobs (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 13th 2011 7:00PM
Simon Cowell is known for being blunt, and he lived up to his reputation on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) when he began his interview by marveling at the size of Wendy's boobs.

"TV doesn't quite tell the real story about your body either ... Seriously, all that I'm thinking is ... your t--- are huge," he said. Wendy laughed it off, taking it as a compliment, as Cowell sat back and took a sip of his tea.

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Simon Cowell Explains 'The X Factor' Tutor Phase (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 12th 2011 6:15PM
Now that 'The X Factor' has moved past its 'Idol'-inspired laugh-at-the-weird people stage, it's beginning its 'The Voice'-inspired mentor phase, where the contenders will be split into 4 groups, each to be tutored by one of the show's judges. On 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 7AM PT on FOX) Cowell explained what the show is looking for in its champion.

"You've got to find somebody and you've gotta show how you can turn them into a real winner in the real world. Not within a competition, 'cuz someone's always going to win a show, somebody you can say ... we helped make this person into a star," he explained.

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Did Stacy Francis Make it Through 'X Factor' Boot Camp? (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 7th 2011 7:15AM
Stacy FrancisIt's been a series of ups and downs for 'X Factor' contestant Stacy Francis. First, thanks to the lack of an age limit for contestants, the 42-year old was allowed to compete despite an almost crippling lack of self-esteem.

Then, the standing ovation for her knock-out audition was followed by judge Simon Cowell telling her to tone it down after her next performance. To cap it off, the day Francis arrived at boot camp she had received the devastating news that her father had died.

Last night she revealed that she'd missed her dad's funeral in order to stay in the competition. Was her sacrifice worth it?

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Judges Find Out Which Category They'll Mentor on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2011 12:15AM
Nicole Scherzinger, 'The X Factor'It was the final rounds of Boot Camp this week on 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX). In two hours, we burned through the last of the group performances, watched their final chances to impress, witnessed the contestants finding out which 32 made it to Judges' Houses, and saw as the judges found out which groups they would be mentoring.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

It was a packed night of television for sure, and yet there was still time for some great vocal performances. For sure, this season features some true vocal powerhouses. And when it came time to make their final decisions, the judges had a couple more surprises up their sleeves.

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The Astronomical Kid Says 'X Factor' Fight With Simon Cowell Was Scripted (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 6th 2011 5:35PM
Brian Bradley, aka The Astronomical Kid, the 14-year-old 'X-Factor' contestant who got into a confrontation with Simon Cowell after performing his song 'Stop Looking at My Mom!,' dropped by 'Good Day NY' (weekdays, 9 AM ET on Fox) to squash the beef.

Actually, Bradley said the whole thing was a scripted set-up. As Simon was judging him after his performance, The Astronomical Kid cut him off, saying "Yo, what is your problem, man? Are you serious?" He told Cowell he was lucky they weren't in the streets "because if we was in the streets, this is what I'd say to you. Soundman, drop that," and then transitioned into his next song.

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'X Factor' Contestant Stacy Francis Battles on After the Death of Her Father

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 7:15AM
Stacy FrancisSingle mother Stacy Francis blew 'The X Factor' judges away with her audition last month.

Proving that it's never too late to make your dreams come true the 42-year old Francis seemed on her way to the top. Her stunning performance of Carole King's 'Natural Woman' won her a standing ovation and saw her safely through to the "bootcamp" round of the competition.

However, just two weeks ago, the Brooklyn native received the devastating news that her father had died. TMZ reports that Francis strongly considered quitting the show to be with her family but ultimately decided to stay because that's what her father would have wanted.

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Tiah Tolliver Tries to Win Over the Female Judges on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 12:15AM
Tiah Tolliver, 'The X Factor'Moving onto the Boot Camp phase of 'The X Factor' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX), Tiah Tolliver had something to prove to the women on the panel. Neither Paula Abdul nor Nicole Scherzinger initially voted to even allow her past that initial audition, citing her inability to stay in key.

But Simon Cowell just saw something in her, and he was vindicated in the group rounds of Boot Camp. Tolliver was perfectly in key with her portion of 'Feeling Good' and even got Scherzinger to crack a smile.

Afterward, they were asked if they were glad that she was allowed to go through, and they both had to admit that they were. Sometimes, you do get second chances in life, and Tolliver certainly made the most of hers.

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