X Factor is set to clash in the schedule with Strictly Come Dancing again – with ITV running Simon Cowell’s talent show THREE nights a week.
During the Boot Camp and Judges House stages of The X Factor later this month, ITV will screen shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A source at ITV explained that the decision was made when their Sunday night schedule was too full to have a long enough X Factor show in primetime.
They have a Sunday Night At The Palladium 7-8pm and Downton Abbey on at 9pm.
The ITV source added: “The plan to strip Boot Camp and Judges Houses across three nights has been in place for some time and before we saw the Strictly launch night plans. Boot Camp and Judges Houses are always longer shows, and this year we don’t have the space to accommodate a long show on Sundays for these stages, so we have decided instead to strip the shows across three nights.”
A final decision on 26 September schedule will be made tomorrow, Wednesday 10 September, after more negotiation between BBC and ITV.
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Source: The Mirror
X Factor Review by Dean Maynard of Midas Talent PR
Wow, Saturday night was filled with top UK (and US) talent in the shape of Paul Akister and Maria Ellinas and the world was introduced to two more Team Midas acts, Lola Saunders and Ben Haenow.
Shoe sales assistant Kerrianne Covell kicks us off admitting that she may now be out of a job as her boss wouldn’t allow her the time off to attend the audition…but here she is. Thankfully she can sing like an angel and sailed into the next round. Simon said her singing was “effortless” and Chery called her “gorgeous”. After her audition Simon called Kerrianne’s boss and left a message saying: “Hello, it’s Simon Cowell. I’m phoning to apologise actually for Kerrianne not being at work today. “She has got through to the next round but would like her job back in the short term. “But if she makes it through, she’ll probably never talk to you again. I hope that’s ok. Call me, bye. Priceless
Team Midas’ Geoff Mull is up next and if anyone deserves their time in the spotlight, it’s him. He gigs nearly every night, whilst still working full time. Following rejection last year, Simon tells him that this is his last chance to shine and Geoff takes it with both hands. He sings his original track ‘Better Man’ and knocks it out of the park. The judges all love him, Simon even calls him a ‘nice guy’. Well done mate.
Lauren ‘all the judges are animals’ Lovejoy and Steve Tennet were both ok but they didn’t wow me. I wish them all the luck in the world though.
Starlight brought gifts, but for the girls only. ‘Nothing for us?’ Simon asked. ‘No. Just for the girls. I’m a female person.’ Starlight replied…Let’s hope she can sing?? Well, being honest, she couldn’t sing a note but she was hilarious, she even turned round and waved her bum in Simon’s direction and shouted ‘up yours’.
Up next was Dr King, real name Adam and not really a Dr…or singer. Next.
I love acts that are hungry and who never give up but Raign came across as not at all likeable. Her first audition split the judges, Louis and Mel B said yes but Simon and Cheryl said no, which meant bye bye but Raign demanded another performance and sang her original song ‘Don’t let me go’. Simon changed his mind. I didn’t. Still, she is Number 17 in Russia.
Janet Grogan and Emily Middlemas were both brilliant, just wish we had seen more of them. Can’t wait to see them again at the arena.
Robert Pattinson’s (yes, that one) older sister Lizzy did a tremendous version of ‘Feels Like Home’. I think she could be one to watch, there is something about her, sadly all my Team Midas places are filled.
Fish shop worker Michael Rice (and chips) looked nervous but as soon as he started singing, the judges were mesmerized and so was I. This is why these shows work, to give genuine talent a shot.
Yorkshire lass Kayleigh Manners was doing it for herself and Mel B. She immediately got me onside by singing Cher Lloyd’s ‘Want U Back’. Great vocal, likeable and memorable. A perfect combination.
The last room audition slot was filled by 2012 contestant Jake Quickenden. His first song just wasn’t doing it, the judges just weren’t feeling it. After some advice by the judges, Jake sang ‘Say Something’ and everything changed. Louis summed it all up “That second song was so emotional. I can see you doing really well.” I think Jake will be a serious contender.
Right, I’m off to Wembley Arena…see you next week.
Dean Maynard from Midas Talent PR blogs our X Factor Review
The opening X Factor shows last weekend were by far the most entertaining for years. Saturday night TV (and Sunday of course) back to it’s very best. The return of our favourite judges, Simon and Cheryl, brought sparkle and bit of fun back to the proceedings. The talent was pretty amazing too. Step forward my favourites, Lauren Platt, Andrea Faustini…and Team Midas’ Only The Young.
People of Britain, order your takeaway, get the beers in (soft drinks can be just as refreshing) pull up a chair and get ready to face the music. It’s time for X Factor, week two.
First up was Ten, (yes that really is her name) who admitted openly that she has come straight to the audition after a night out partying. In Team Midas land, that would be a big no no. Vocally she was ok, but the judges agreed with me. Simon said she had ‘almost thrown her talent away’ and concluded that she needs to ‘get her act together’. Ten must have nine lives because she still managed to squeeze through…and Ten, watch out for the lights.
Maria attempts to sing ‘Street Life’ to the judges when Simon interrupts her performance and says: “Can I say something, it’s Street life, not Shtreet, there’s no H” Not that Simon’s correction stopped Maria….
Lola who works in a fishmongers might have just lost her job…
Review by Dean Maynard
Saturday we saw our judges smashing guitars, enjoying chinese buffets and of course passing their expert judgement on some great singers. Ready for more…well here we go.
The groups got their chance to shine and first up was a four piece mixed band (two boys, two girls) called Only The Young. Now, In the words of Cheryl “That’s how you do an audition” They are absolutely amazing. The last time I got a buzz like this from a band was a certain One Direction and we know what happened there. Only The Young. I have a very good feeling about you.
More groups followed….Five piece boy band Concept followed and they were also very good. Great vocals and it was effortless. Three piece girl bandArize were vocally fantastic and smashed their audition out of the ball park. Boy band Overload have great potential and I can’t wait to see them at their arena audition.Kitten And The Hip, aka husband and wife Ashley and Scarlett proved sometimes one voice is better than two but Louis Walsh’s opening comment shocked us “I thought you were father and daughter” A bit awkward but Scarlett made the right choice to go it alone. She could be one to watch.
Oceane Guyot, Jimmy Cheung and Jan Chichorz all had their chance to shine but they were so bad both of my cats left the room in disgust. Please make it stoooppppp.
Pug loving Italian Andrea Faustini brought back some normality with what can only be described as one of the best vocals I have ever heard. Wow. What a voice. He has to make it to live shows. Blooming awesome. Mel B was in agreement “You took it to church and back brother. My favourite of the auditions so far.”
We finished tonight’s with the overs fighting for their lives and potentially their last chances. Of Michelle Lawson, Chloe Thwala, Helen Fulthorpe, the one that stood out was Helen. I think she could do very well.
Ex girl band member Linzi Martin was very nervous and it showed, not being harsh, I did totally agree with Simon when he said “I’m gonna be honest with you Linzi. This is not gonna work out for you. Your voice just isn’t good enough sweetheart,”. For the record, I was totally with Simon.
Right, I’m off to ring Stevi’s call centre…see you next week
Dean Maynard from Midas Talent PR reviews the X Factor launch show for us.
Look out for Dean’s weekly reviews for Just Simon Cowell.
The World cup is a distant memory, the nights are starting to draw in and for most, (sorry Scotland) the return to school is imminent. This can only mean one thing, the return of the one, the only, The X Factor.
It is also the return of the King of Talent Spotting, the return of the King of Reality TV and the return of the all round nice bloke. No, not me, Mr Simon Cowell. We also welcome back the brilliant Cheryl, a new judge, you might have heard of called Mel B and of course our old favourite, Louis Walsh.
The new series opened with a trailer that rivalled a blockbuster Hollywood film. If I wasn’t excited about X Factor returning, I am now….that reminds me, when is the new Batman film out?
I hope we don’t get too many annoying novelty acts this year….so who’s up first?
Blonde Electric are sisters, Jazzy and Ruby. As soon as I set eyes on them, they reminded me of a female Jedward. Surprise surprise, Louis loved them too. Vocally it wasn’t bad and their personalities will make them memorable. But will it be for the right reasons? Either way, they are the first act through.
The next segment was a load of guitars (literally) and Simon had enough, taking pleasure in smashing one of them to pieces. Let’s hope the next act doesn’t have a guitar.
Up next, is guitar playing (calm down Simon) Reece Bibby. You just couldn’t write this script! He is however amazing. Great voice and excellent guitar playing. However, I somehow don’t think we will see his guitar again though. Charlie Jones followed, again very good, but like I said about a certain Liam Payne in 2010. I think these Reece and Charlie would look better in a band.
Here we love singers with outstanding talent but include hunger and passion into the mix and you have a star. Chloe O’Gorman had it all in abundance. You could see she was in the zone and I loved her audition.
When Lauren Platt appeared I immediately sat up. Her tone was fantastic and it was note and pitch perfect. Simon said a star had been found. I totally agree.
The next group of contestants ignored poor Mel B and focused on their love for Cheryl. One such charmer, Ben Quinlan who said and I quote “I love animals and I love Cheryl Cole”. Did he mean it to come out in such a way? He sang “That’s my Goal”…well it’s my goal to never replay him singing it. For the record Mel B, you were my favourite Spice Girl.
What is Cheryl doing auditioning? Oh hold on, it’s someone else. Loved Simon’s, “The vocals were spot on” quote. The King is well and truly back.
Anyway, after Simon told Louis his two fans had gone home. We got back to the talent.
It must have been really hard for Amy Connolly to come back to the X Factor after losing out at judges houses in 2008 but when you have an angelic voice like hers, you should never give up. Never. A very emotional, note perfect audition. Fantastic.
Simon was left alone with the persistent Shayden Willis after Mel, Cheryl and Louis walked off. I just wish he had been given more time…
The weird and wonderful followed including a buffet being provided by one of the contestants mum’s. Forget the singing. I’m starving now.
If posh, beauty and faultless singing is your bag then you would have loved Chloe Jasmine. She gave tonight’s show a real breath of fresh air, with her uniqueness. She is definitely one to watch.
After Simon wound up Cheryl, the last act up tonight was Jay James. The ex soldier gave it everything, I agreed with Simon, it started slowly, then built in to a crescendo that left the judges wanting more.
What an amazing first show, having Simon and Cheryl back made the show feel fresh and fun again. Mel B looks like a great acquisition and Louis is, well Louis. Excellent production by Mark Sidaway, Leo Holden and the team. 10/10
Right, I’m off to smash up some guitars…see you tomorrow