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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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'The X Factor': Top 5 Memorable Performances from Chicago and Seattle

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 29th 2011 5:00AM
The X Factor judgesThe first of this week's 'X Factor' episodes was a little lacking in actual talent, but it's reassuring to know that we only have to suffer through one more audition round before we can get to the good stuff.

(I wonder if all of the true stars are being left on the cutting room floor so that they can shine during Hollywood Week bootcamp instead?)

Though not every contestant can be like Chris Rene, there were still a few memorable performances this Wednesday night, so we waded through the filler to dig up the Top Five most memorable acts -- good and bad -- for our video highlights.

Hit the jump for more!

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Simon Cowell is Still Engaged, Planning an 'X Factor' Musical

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 19th 2011 3:30PM
Simon Cowell, Mezhgan HussainyRumors that Simon Cowell's relationship with fiance Mezhgan Hussainy is on the rocks are totally false, a rep for the 'X Factor' impresario confirmed recently.

According to our pals at AOL Music, Cowell's spokesperson Max Clifford said the pair is "as close as ever," and that the brunette woman he was allegedly spotted on a date with is a total mystery.

"This British brunette is such a mystery, even Simon doesn't know who she is," Clifford said on the British TV show 'This Morning.' "I'm afraid there is no truth in it. It's nonsense. I have spoken to Simon today about this tale and there is no mystery woman. Simon and Mezhgan are as close as ever."

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'The X Factor' Interviews: Simon, Paula, Nicole and Steve Talk Mentoring, Fights & 'The Voice'

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 16th 2011 10:30AM
Next week, Simon Cowell will attempt to take over America using three little words: 'The X Factor' (premieres Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET on Fox).

Already a smash hit in the UK (where episodes have been known to capture over 60 percent of the country's audience in a single airing) and across the world, Cowell's answer to 'Idol' is certainly competing with its predecessor in terms of buzz right out of the gate, thanks in no small part to the promised reunion of Cowell and his former 'AI' sparring partner, Paula Abdul.

Following a preview of the first two episodes, AOL TV caught up with the two 'Idol' alums, plus fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and charming 'X Factor' host Steve Jones, to get their take on auditioning in front of a live audience, the rivalries already forming between the judges and whether or not 'The Voice' stole their thunder.

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Simon Cowell Previews 'The X-Factor,' Reveals Guest Judge (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 15th 2011 11:00PM
Less than a week before 'X-Factor' makes its season debut on Fox, entertainment reporter Julie Chang of 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) caught up with Simon Cowell at the show's red carpet premiere event. Cowell compared the experience of starting on a new show to his beginnings with 'American Idol' and revealed a celebrity judge.

Chang said Cowell looked "like a new man," and asked him if he had more invested in the new show, since its one he had created. "Well, it's like starting all over again," he said. "When I came here ten years ago, it was a similar feeling. I had no idea what was going to happen. But I did like the show. And this is kind of the same feeling. It's a different show. I've enjoyed it. I don't know what's going to happen. So it's exciting."

Chang also overhead other interviews in which Cowell said Rihanna will be a guest judge, which Cowell confirmed. It was supposed to be Mariah Carey, but circumstances conspired against her. "She couldn't judge because of the hurricane, but I found someone bigger," he said. Hopefully he wasn't planning on asking Carey back.

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'The X Factor' First Look: Simon Cowell & Paula Abdul Together Again (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 13th 2011 10:20AM
It's hard to forget all the drama that's surrounded 'The X Factor' for the past ... many months. Now, the time is finally (almost) here to see what all the hype is about -- 'X Factor' hits the air in September.

However, you don't have to wait that long to see Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid in action -- just watch the video below.

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The first half is effectively a car commercial. You know it's a dream because Simon isn't wearing a trademark deep v-neck T-shirt. The real juicy bits happen just a little after a minute and half when 'X Factor' host Steve Jones says, "This is 'The X Factor!'" There's bright costumes, terrible singers, good voices, Simon and Paula canoodling, Paula throwing her Pepsi and L.A. Reid saying he wants to slit his wrists. Plus, Nicole Scherzinger steps on Paula's toes and gets teary while calling a contestant an inspiration.

Watch it after the jump.

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Cheryl Cole's 'X Factor' Drama Continues, Singer Asked to Apply for Visa

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 3rd 2011 11:20AM
Cheryl ColeFirst Cheryl Cole was booted from the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor,' then the UK version -- but now the singer and reality judge is rumored to be applying for a U.S. visa as her employment drama continues.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the British pop star is currently in a "chess match" with 'X Factor' producer Fremantle.

The report says Fremantle is trying to avoid paying Cole for her four days of work as an 'X Factor' judge, but they don't want to breach her contract.

"They don't want to pay her," a source told THR. "It's a chess match."

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Who is 'X Factor' Judge Cheryl Cole?

by Jean Bentley, posted May 5th 2011 12:00PM
Cheryl ColeThroughout the long, drawn-out search for judges to join Simon Cowell on the American version of his singing talent competition, 'The X Factor,' one name has been brought up more often than any other: Cheryl Cole.

Today, Cowell and Fox confirmed Cole's place on the judging panel for his new show, alongside record mogul L.A. Reid and a yet-to-be-named fourth person (most likely Cowell's former 'Idol' compatriot Paula Abdul). So, who exactly is Cole anyway?

The 27-year-old British singer is a reality talent competition veteran herself, having been selected as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud via the TV show 'Popstars The Rivals' in 2002. The band has released five albums and sold more than 10 million records and has had 20 top 10 singles.

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Nicole Scherzinger, Corbin Bleu in Talks for 'The X Factor' Hosting Gig

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 29th 2011 10:15AM
Corbin Bleu, Nicole ScherzingerMeet your (likely) 'The X Factor' hosts: Corbin Bleu and Nicole Scherzinger.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'High School Musical' star Bleu is close to signing a deal to co-host the series along with Pussycat Doll and 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Scherzinger.

The duo need to sign soon, as 'X Factor' auditions in front of the judges and cameras begin May 8.

Scherzinger has served on the judging panel of the UK 'X Factor' and was rumored to be contention for a judge spot in the Fox version. She's also a judge on NBC's 'The Sing Off.'

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Simon Cowell Confirms Fergie in Talks for 'X Factor,' Gloria Estefan Shows Up at Miami Auditions

by Hilary Rothing, posted Apr 7th 2011 5:30PM
In a press conference call this afternoon, 'X Factor' mastermind Simon Cowell confirmed that Fergie's name was "put forward" in the ongoing saga of settling on a panel of judges for the fall show.

Cowell also revealed that Gloria Estefan showed up at the Miami auditions this morning and was "great." But did she "do that conga?!"

Simon, who's in London at the moment, was not aware that Estefan was planning to crash the auditions but seemed open to considering her for the ever-growing pool of prospective judges. "I had no idea she was going to be there but apparently, she was fantastic," said Cowell.

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Cheryl Cole to Join U.S. 'X Factor,' Says L.A. Reid

by PopEater Staff, posted Apr 4th 2011 12:30PM
L.A. Reid Announces Cheryl Cole as New 'X Factor' JudgeCheryl Cole is in! Yes, the former Girls Aloud singer will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as a judge on 'The X Factor,' Fox's new reality competition.

According to 'The X Factor' judge Reid, Cole will join him and Cowell to weed out hopefuls in search of America's most talented performers.

"We're gonna compete against 'American Idol' just fine," says Reid. "I'm very confident. But along with Simon Cowell and Cheryl, I don't know who the other judge is."

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Jessica Simpson Confirms She's Been Approached to Judge 'The X Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 28th 2011 2:30PM
Jessica SimpsonJessica Simpson, 'X Factor' judge? Could be.

The singer and reality star told Women's Wear Daily she has been approached to do Simon Cowell's new singing competition.

"They have definitely talked to me about 'X Factor,'" Simpson said. "I think it would be a lot of fun. It's definitely my life. To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley. I would have loved to have a mentor. I love watching people's dreams come true."

Earlier this March rumors about Simpson's involvement began to take flight.

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Thousands Turn Out for 'The X Factor' Auditions

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 28th 2011 7:50AM
Simon CowellNot even the rainy weather could dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of hopefuls who showed up for 'The X Factor' auditions over the weekend.

The first auditions for Simon Cowell's new show took place on Sunday in Los Angeles, and the Daily Mail reports that an estimated 18,000+ hopefuls turned out to the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

It is reported that freeways were jammed around the arena and hundreds of contestants even camped overnight in order to get a good spot.

A show insider is quoted saying, "The scenes down here are crazy. There are around 18,000 people here and the numbers are growing by the second. There's gridlock on the freeways into the venue, its absolute chaos. These auditions are going to be going on well into the night -- there are a lot of people to get through."

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Jessica Simpson Rumored for 'X Factor'

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 3rd 2011 3:00PM
Jessica SimpsonNBC might have nabbed Christina Aguilera for its 'American Idol' competitor, 'The Voice,' but Simon Cowell is reportedly talking to another blond pop star for his upcoming American version of 'The X Factor,' and she's no stranger to reality TV.

According to People magazine, Jessica Simpson is a "front-runner" to sit alongside Cowell as a judge on the upcoming singing competition. But don't get too worked up just yet -- no decisions have been made either way.

"There [are] loads of conversations happening at the moment," a source told People. "No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some frontrunners and it's fair to say Jessica is one of them. She's very keen."

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'X Factor' Registration Open, 'Teen Mom' No Contact Order Lifted and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 7:30PM
The X FactorDream of becoming the next big pop sensation?

Good news, then: Registration is officially open for the very first season of Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor.' Though the complete rules aren't posted yet, Fox's site is officially open for wannabe pop stars to register to audition.

Soloists and groups are welcome, and there is no age cutoff. The only requirements are that contestants are at least 12 years old by March 1, 2011, they're U.S. citizens, and they don't have a current record deal.

In other TV news ...

Norm Macdonald is heading back to television. The former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member will host a sports/comedy show on Comedy Central. [Deadline]

NBC's 'REM' pilot, from 'Lone Star' creator Kyle Killen, is coming together. 'Eclipse' director David Slade is reportedly being courted to direct, and '24' showrunner Howard Gordan might come on board. The show is described as an 'Inception'-like drama. [Variety, Vulture]

'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood is now allowed to have contact with her baby daddy, Gary Shirley. A court order still bars them from having their daughter around when they are together, but a judge lifted the previous no-contact order. [E! Online]

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