Simon Cowell has been hacking away at his ‘X Factor‘ empire, and now he’s changing the rules to let singers with management audition. Ryan Seacrest is still in the mix and poor Kelly Rowland seems to be the only to now know she’s been fired from ‘X Factor UK’.
In a move that’s not so shocking, but seems to be shocking the industry, Simon Cowell is allowing singers who have prior management to audition and compete on the ‘X Factor’. I’d been hearing this for months now, but I do wonder how things will turn out if one of the singers with management is looking to win. I can only imagine what the signing contract will look like for those people. The ‘X Factor’ has been through some rough times last year, but these changes may bring in some good talent.
In my opinion, ‘The Voice‘ is the one show that seems to garner the best talent, and I love the process so much more. Having the judges compete as they do for the talent itself definitely makes the audience feel more in on the whole thing. Plus, who doesn’t love those revolving chairs…unlike the figurative ones on the ‘X Factor USA’.
Here’s what Cowell had to say about this new development. “We wanted to change a few things this year, so starting with the auditions, we’ve torn up the rulebook again. Even if you have management you can still enter, and we are making it easier by extending the online auditions and taking the MyStudio booths to even more cities. You can enter as many times as you want and come to any of the cities, too. We’re here to discover stars from all music styles including groups. I really believe a group can win this show!”
Of course, the sole remaining judge with Cowell,LA Reid had to have his say too. “In the music industry, when you’re looking for new talent you can discover it anywhere. THE X FACTOR is opening this up to go further than anyone has before, and that’s what it takes, so I can’t wait to see what amazing talent we might find. I urge people to go out and audition, this is the real deal.”
Now on to the more interesting stuff. By now, Cowell is enjoying all the massive press he’s getting and all the rumors of Beyonce getting a half billion payout are just feeding his fires. We’re still hearing that Mariah Carey is looking pretty for one of the judges seats, and Ryan Seacrest is inching closer to a gig on the show reuniting the ‘American Idol‘ friends. Our FOX sources that have always been accurate had this to say. “Simon’s been letting all the crazy press stories stay active, but anytime there’s a call about Ryan coming over, he’s kills that immediately not wanting to mess things up. They’ve been talking for months now, and it’s looking closer to a deal, especially with auditions starting next month.”
‘X Factor UK’ judge Kelly Rowland seems to be the only one to not realize she’s getting canned. I’m surprised Simon hasn’t done it already, but the focus right now is getting ‘X Factor USA’ in order, but we’re hearing that Dannii Minogue or Cheryl Cole will be filling her spot pretty quickly. Rowland did her press rounds last month hoping Cowell would let her come over the judge ‘X Factor USA’, but she didn’t do herself any favors with the diva complaints that plagued her tenure over there. I like Rowland, but she just seemed so out of place on that show. Remember when she was on that horrible Project Runway ripoff on Bravo with Isaac Mizrahi? It was even worse than that for her on ‘X Factor UK’.
Now for all you singer wannabes, here’s what you want to know.
· Online auditions open March 1 at www.TheXFactorUSA.com;
· MyStudio HD Recording Studios across America open March 1 (see below for details)
· Open Calls begin March 14 in Kansas City and continue in Austin, TX (March 22); San Francisco (April 20); Greensboro, NC (May 1); and an additional city to be announced
THE X FACTOR reopens its invitation to ALL of America, ages 12 and over with no upper age limit, to audition for Season Two (subject to full eligibility requirements).