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What Happened On Saturday’s X Factor – Check Out Our Guest Review

fantastically-nuts 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.

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Watch Maria and Lola’s audition Clip From This Saturday’s X Factor

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…

What Went Down On Sunday Night? Read Our X Factor Review For Show 2

s1-12-judges-mReview 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 return of Simon and Cheryl, alongside new arrival Mel B and regular Louis, saw a first show audience of around 10 million. Not bad at all.
GCB kicked us off and it wasn’t good. In fact the storms clouds gathered and the heavens opened. Next.
After a few more ‘boring’ auditions, we met likeable Essex call centre worker Stevi “kind eyes” Richie. To be frank, it was fun and entertaining, but vocally, it wasn’t good. Saying that, our judges liked it and  I’m glad he got through. Good things happen to nice people.
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

X Factor Review Of The Launch Show By Our Guest Blogger


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.

**Embargoed until 00.01 GMT Saturday 30th August** First episode of The X Factor Series 11 - Saturday 30Up 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.

**Embargoed until 00.01 GMT Saturday 30th August** First episode of The X Factor Series 11 - Saturday 30What 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.

**Embargoed until 00.01 GMT Saturday 30th August** First episode of The X Factor Series 11 - Saturday 30If 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

X Factor 2014 Backstage Gossip On Simon Cowell And The Judges

This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up unMirror correspondent Jeff Brazier went backstage at the auditions to catch up with the judges secrets.

Jeff spills the beans telling us, Simon will be wearing trousers that don’t fit him too well, Cheryl will love anyone from Newcastle, Mel will start dancing if anyone sings a Spice Girls anthem, and Louis will say: “you made that song your own!”

Even when the judges aren’t being filmed for the show there are at least 20 cameras on each of them.

The Judges area is covered in fruit platters for the judges to snack on. They are EVERYWHERE.

There’s always loads and loads of blueberries on them for Cheryl

But music mogul Simon has the greatest demands. He has a whole cupboard of sweets under the judges’ table to snack on during the auditions. #diva

He has someone buy a big tin of Celebrations and pick out all the Malteasers because he doesn’t like them. He likes the Snickers best.

When we were filming he was so late. Everyone was hanging around waiting for him for three hours.

But he can do that, he’s the boss. New Xtra Factor host Sarah Jane Crawford calls him the Cowellator.

The other judges just poke fun at him.

SOURCE: The Mirror

Simon Cowell Reveals His Biggest Fear On Returning To X Factor Is ‘Not Being Relevant’

SimonSimon Cowell revealed his big fear was “no longer being relevant” as he prepared to return as an X Factor judge on ITV next weekend.

Simon said: “Whether I’m liked is immaterial. The only thing that bothers me is whether or not I am ­relevant any longer.”

“If you’re on these shows and not having hit records or hit artists in your real life, you look a bit of an idiot.”

“You’re just a judge for hire. I couldn’t do that.”

But Simon showed his softer side when asked if partner Lauren Silverman asked him if she looked good in an outfit. He told US station AXS: “I just say yes.”

The Boss Is Back! Simon Cowell To Head X Factor Special Shows

judgesITV has announced a week of X Factor specials in the lead up to the new series’s launch.

Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford will host five special programmes on ITV2, which will look back at previous series and forward to this year’s competition.

On Monday, August 25, Simon Cowell will reveal what he has in store for the show’s 11th series in The Boss Is Back. The special will chronicle Cowell’s return to the UK series after three years in the US.

On Tuesday, August 26, the focus will turn to returning judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. Cheryl Looks Back will feature the singer discussing her return to The X Factor, as well as reminiscing on previous series.

Louis Walsh will reflect on his ten years on The X Factor‘s panel in Louis Looks Back on Wednesday, August 26.

On Thursday (August 28), ITV2 will air The Wonderful World of The X Factor, which will feature contributions from Dermot O’Leary.

The X Factor: Your Top Ten will round off the week’s programming on Friday, August 29, as Crawford counts down the public’s favourite moments from the last ten series.

All shows will air at 8pm on ITV2.