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Astro, 'X Factor' Rapper, Pushes Back Against Criticism That He's Arrogant (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 7th 2011 2:15PM
Astro emerged as an undeniably talented MC on 'The X Factor', but also took criticism from viewers and judges alike for being immature and arrogant. On Wednesday, he stopped by 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) where pushed back against the perception that he's too cocky to make it in the music business.

"Basically, where I'm from, Brooklyn New York, every day is a battle," he explained. "Sometimes I display myself wrong to people at home, to the world, and I could have handled situations better, but I don't consider myself arrogant or nothing."

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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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Drew and Astro Reflect on Their 'X Factor' Eliminations (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 2nd 2011 5:30PM
Astro and Drew were eliminated from 'The X Factor' on Thursday night, but before heading home, they stopped by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox). Drew, who Simon coached to sit in a chair and deliver a slow version of 'Billy Jean' for Michael Jackson Week, blamed the chair for her elimination, but not her coach. "I think that overall I should have ... said exactly what I wanted if I wanted Simon to understand me," she explained.

As for Astro, he said things will be better for him now that he's off the show. "I had fun," he said, "but now, you know I get to go home and release music, mix tapes daily like I actually want to." When Dorothy Lucy mentioned that he had already had his chance to be upset, Atro replied, "I had my tantrum; I didn't want to do it again."

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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 7 Revealed - Who Was Double-Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 23rd 2011 9:15PM
X FactorWhat better way to cap off a week of giving thanks than with a double elimination?

'The X Factor'
found an excellent way to make the hour of filler pass more speedily this week, fitting in performances from Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars as well as two "save me" songs and two remarkably drama-free exits.

Without further adieu, the two acts eliminated this week were ...

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 9 Perform Songs That Give Thanks (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 23rd 2011 12:45AM
Josh KrajcikIt seemed as though the 'X Factor' mentors had a far better grasp of this week's nebulous theme of "songs that give thanks" than they did of "rock" or "songs from movies," but were you thankful for the performances?

Paula spent two hours in a perpetual state of teary-eyed incoherence (no change there), Astro was ... vaguely repentant over last week's "incident," and were it not for Paula and Nicole, I think Simon and L.A. would've started a slap-fight over Drew's performance. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Hit the jump for our verdict on this week's especially tearful thankful installment, and weigh in on your favorite performances.

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Astro Suspects an 'X Factor' Conspiracy Put Him in the Bottom Two (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:45PM
Last week, the 15-year-old 'X Factor' rapping phenom Astro found himself in the Bottom Two of Simon Cowell's talent competition. When the judges announced he'd have to go head-to-head with Stacy Francis to save his spot on the show, he threw a mini temper-tantrum, refused to perform another song and shed a few tears.

As it turns out, the emotional incident has helped Astro grow his online fanbase. He told 'Good Day L.A.' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) that after the rebellious episode, he picked up 20,000 fans on his Facebook page. And while he's apologized for the episode and is trying to put it behind him, he's still skeptical that he deserved to be in the Bottom Two. "Something went on behind the scenes in the show ... I don't see how you can have the most followers out of all the contestants, the most views on YouTube and get voted into the Bottom Two."

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Astro Apologizes for Controversial 'X Factor' Attitude

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 9:40AM
Astro - The X FactorPrecocious teen rapper Brian "Astro" Bradley has been making waves in the 'X Factor' pond ever since he first appeared on our screens, partly because audiences seemed dubious that a hip-hop artist could be judged alongside traditional singers, and partly because of his brusque attitude on stage.

Last week, Astro hit headlines for almost refusing to sing a "save me" song when he was placed in the bottom two, insisting, "I don't want to perform for people who don't want me here." Simon Cowell was not amused by the sulking, chiding the 15-year-old for disrespecting his mother and the audience with his behavior. (Later, both Cowell and Paula Abdul pointed out that the experience had probably taught the teen a valuable lesson.)

Now, Astro has chosen to address the embarrassing on-stage incident himself, admitting, "I'm 15 and I think I know everything, but the truth is, I don't, and I handled the situation wrong!"

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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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So how accurate was The Jetsons?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2009 12:03PM
The Jetsons

I got the Flintstones complete series DVD set for Christmas, and I've been thinking about getting the complete set for The Jetsons too. The two shows are compatible. Not only were they made by the same people (Hanna-Barbera), but The Jetsons always seemed like a space age version of The Flintstones. The Jetsons had video telephones, The Flintstones had washing machines run by elephants.

FailOften.net has a fun piece about the technology of The Jetsons and how it predicted (or in some cases didn't) predict the world of 2009. One thing they got right was that video phone/video chat. The above pic shows a screen which is probably bigger than the computer screen you have in your home, but it's basically accurate. I particularly like that the animators remembered to include a camera on top of the screen. That could have easily been a bit of detail that could have been overlooked.

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