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post #61 of 940
Confirmed by audience members at the taping, and "X Factor" host Steve Jones:
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...an August interview with host Steve Jones, who told The Sun, I was interviewing one guy before he went on and he had a glint in his eye. Then he goes out there on the stage and whips his trousers off to reveal a tiny little tie-dye G-string" (which matched his tie-dye shirt).

http://www.realityblurred.com/realit...dley-not-naked
post #62 of 940
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If the US show holds to the form the UK show has, the finalists will be comprised of some quality singers, a couple idiotic decisions that will stick around far too long because of people voting purposely for the worst contestants (yes, this even happens in the UK), and at some point during bootcamp Simon and his producers will take some of the boys or girls that don't have a shot to win alone and group them up to form "bands".
post #63 of 940
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If the US show holds to the form the UK show has, the finalists will be comprised of some quality singers, a couple idiotic decisions that will stick around far too long because of people voting purposely for the worst contestants (yes, this even happens in the UK), and at some point during bootcamp Simon and his producers will take some of the boys or girls that don't have a shot to win alone and group them up to form "bands".

For anyone who has been following popular music recently-are these "band" type groups still charting? I was under the impression that those types peaked about ten years ago.
post #64 of 940
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For anyone who has been following popular music recently-are these "band" type groups still charting? I was under the impression that those types peaked about ten years ago.

In Europe, yes. There's a damn boy band big in England where the guys are in their 40s. It's a stupid holdover from the UK show that's unnecessary here but it's a massive moneymaker for Simon if he can make it work.
post #65 of 940
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Except the nosedive it took when Cheryl was kicked off and replaced with the queen of narcissism.

I'm speaking of actual tangible numbers not in a minority of viewers personal opinions of the show. Ratings were up in hour 2 vs hour 1.
post #66 of 940
A standing ovation for someone singing `Natural Woman' flatter than my plasma?!?! FOR REAL?!?! YES, she was flat flat flat flat!

The rehab rapper and the blonde rugby player are hands down the best so far...I have given up on Idol and am only giving this show about 10 minutes of my time thanks to my dvr!
post #67 of 940
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The more I watch it, the more I like LA Reid and the more I despise Nicole. What a lifeless lump of **** of a judge. What purpose does she serve?
post #68 of 940
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A standing ovation for someone singing `Natural Woman' flatter than my plasma?!?! FOR REAL?!?! YES, she was flat flat flat flat!

The rehab rapper and the blonde rugby player are hands down the best so far...I have given up on Idol and am only giving this show about 10 minutes of my time thanks to my dvr!

You thought they were better than the girl that sang Beyonce in Miami? That girl was awesome.
post #69 of 940
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You thought they were better than the girl that sang Beyonce in Miami? That girl was awesome.

The first girl? She was good and will get the `cute kid' votes or whatever the `pick the winner' setup is.

I'm burnt out on these shows and the ridiculous weekly reactions towards singers who obviously are offkey over the years has cost these shows credibility with me.
post #70 of 940
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The first girl? She was good and will get the `cute kid' votes or whatever the `pick the winner' setup is.

I'm burnt out on these shows and the ridiculous weekly reactions towards singers who obviously are offkey over the years has cost these shows credibility with me.

No not the first girl. The one that sang a Beyonce song and all judges and audience gave here a standing ovation. I thought she was outstanding and the clear front runner so far
post #71 of 940
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For anyone who has been following popular music recently-are these "band" type groups still charting? I was under the impression that those types peaked about ten years ago.

Yep... In the UK definitely.

One Direction (a constructed boy band made up of separate entrants), who didn't win the UK X Factor (but who were Simon's last act in the final) are currently at number one in the UK charts with their debut single.

And "Take That", 90s boyband who reformed a few years ago (initially without Robbie Williams, though he has now re-joined) are currently one of the biggest UK acts around, if not the biggest.

Historically, UK X Factor female winners (Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke) have done a lot better commercially than male winners (Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leon Jackson, Joe McElderry) and a group has yet to win.
post #72 of 940
How are people finding Steve Jones as a presenter?

He presented a few shows in the UK - but certainly wasn't as big a name as the UK X Factor presenter (Dermot O'Leary) or the Britain's Got Talent pair (Ant and Dec)
post #73 of 940
I feel like many others,burnt out with all these singing shows...They all need like a two year hiatus and come back fresh.

Just to much overexposure...
post #74 of 940
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How are people finding Steve Jones as a presenter?

He presented a few shows in the UK - but certainly wasn't as big a name as the UK X Factor presenter (Dermot O'Leary) or the Britain's Got Talent pair (Ant and Dec)

I hate his accent. Dermot would have been a better choice, imo. As of now, though, he hasn't really had much to do on the show, but I'm sure that will change. Just the way he says Simon's last name bothers me though. He's a notch above Nick Cannon, and a few notches below Carson Daly. Not good company to be sandwiched between.
post #75 of 940
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The first girl? She was good and will get the `cute kid' votes or whatever the `pick the winner' setup is.

I'm burnt out on these shows and the ridiculous weekly reactions towards singers who obviously are offkey over the years has cost these shows credibility with me.

This is who he's talking about. She was phenomenal and the best so far, IMO.

post #76 of 940
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I hate his accent. Dermot would have been a better choice, imo. As of now, though, he hasn't really had much to do on the show, but I'm sure that will change. Just the way he says Simon's last name bothers me though. He's a notch above Nick Cannon, and a few notches below Carson Daly. Not good company to be sandwiched between.

Yep - I suspect he won't feature that much until the live studio shows start, the auditions are always a bit presenter-lite.

He had quite a strong Welsh accent when he was on UK TV, wonder if he's toned it down a bit? Cat Deeley didn't - but she had a reasonably mild Midlands-English accent - so probably didn't need to.

(He presented "Lets Dance For Comic Relief" and "101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow" in the UK, along with the weekend morning T4 youth TV strand on Channel Four. So - some experience of prime time - but not a stand out star)
post #77 of 940
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This is who he's talking about. She was phenomenal and the best so far, IMO.

That is what I call a channeling performance. She may not be able to recreate it (with another song) but it was very powerful... the song sang her.
post #78 of 940
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I'm not sure why a girl that can sing like that needs to be on a singing competition. But hey, 5 million is 5 million. I look forward to seeing whatever she does next.
post #79 of 940
Watched 10 minutes and decided that this was the product of an illicit sexual liaison between American Idol and America's Got Talent. Some old Simon, same shop worn formula. Another show for me to completely avoid.
post #80 of 940
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Yep - I suspect he won't feature that much until the live studio shows start, the auditions are always a bit presenter-lite.

He had quite a strong Welsh accent when he was on UK TV, wonder if he's toned it down a bit? Cat Deeley didn't - but she had a reasonably mild Midlands-English accent - so probably didn't need to.

(He presented "Lets Dance For Comic Relief" and "101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow" in the UK, along with the weekend morning T4 youth TV strand on Channel Four. So - some experience of prime time - but not a stand out star)

Dermot and Cat both pronounce words as we do here, but with an accent. Steve's pronunciation of some words adds actual syllables to them, which is off-putting.
post #81 of 940
Surprising lack of participation (aka "viewership", apparently) on this thread by forum members. This last week of Auditions 3/4 was quite remarkable in some of the singers. The guy who "slings Mexican food" but who sang Etta James' "At Last" brilliantly was amazing, just to name one who I felt really stood out. I also enjoyed the Boyz2Men impersonators.

I have found this to be terrifically enjoyable so far, mostly because of the seemingly much more talented entrants into the competition (than AI, which isn't saying too much really) as well as the energy and excitement conveyed by the 3500 audience members who are remarkably well-behaved and "adult" in their appreciation. I also like the families backstage watching on the monitors and totally thrilled with what their kids are doing... lends an air of true sincerity to the whole thing. I really get emotionally involved (as does everyone there, obviously) when someone who looks like a "DOA" ends up singing like a pro.

Also, there's no screaming "sway-bots" packed around the stage, and the judges are truly saying something. LA Reid is genuinely professional, as are the other three... in stark contrast to the mindless blather coming out of AI's judging group.

All in all, I have already deleted my AI series recording (in advance of next year's season), since I'm obviously talent-show'ed-out (even SYTYCD was a bit unenjoyable this past season). I just gave AGT one full season but for the second year in a row America seems to have picked the wrong winner, so I don't have the time to waste on it (and Nick Cannon) again. I've never wasted any more than two weeks on DWTS. I watched The Voice once but will not again.

But this "X Factor"... I really like it so far. Very very very good singers, and the whole show presentations. Simon's done good.
post #82 of 940
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I have found this to be terrifically enjoyable so far,

It's good to know that at least one person finds it enjoyable ..
post #83 of 940
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There seemed to be a lot less nonsense in the last two audition episodes. I really liked the girl who sang the Mary J Blige song. Agreed about LA Reid, but I won't agree with anything positive said about Nicole, unless it's about her body. She's lifeless, dumb, and dull. Looking forward to seeing Simon's version of Hollywood week, which comes with the choreographer he used on the British version for years - Brian. One thing X Factor UK has had that American Idol hasn't, is a good stage show, and that's Brian's doing.
post #84 of 940
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There seemed to be a lot less nonsense in the last two audition episodes. I really liked the girl who sang the Mary J Blige song.

Agreed wholeheartedly. She almost seemed so shy and nervous and unable to communicate that I thought they were setting up her screentime to be a "failure" rather than a success.

Well, what a surprise! She was Mary J Blige, but at age 16! An innocent!! Remarkable. In fact the number of true children who had amazing voices was astonishing, given that AI opened up the low-end of its age range this past season and we ended up with two young country crooners. In contrast, the XF children were fabulous and also quite varied in music styles.

And of course, I was glad to see that there were the requisite number of "lookers" who thankfully also sang like winners and were sent on through. Gotta have them too, to keep the viewer's interest.

The songs which were cleared for performance were also great... being very familiar, and pop. Very very little off the mainstream. I thought that self-written song by the Nashville pretty-boy was terrific, as was his voice (although he does seem a bit taken with himself, which is somewhat off-putting). You'd think he'd be a bit more humble, given that he still hasn't "made it" yet and he was what, 26 I think?
post #85 of 940
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That dude is going to lose if he doesn't adjust the attitude. America likes to vote those kinds of people off early and often.
post #86 of 940
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I enjoyed X Factor's version of Hollywood week much more than Idol's. Rather than concentrate on the stupid drama between contestants, they focused on the actual talent. Some damn good singers in the group, and a few that arent, which is scary because Simon keeps commenting on how compelling the people that can't sing well are. On the UK version they seem to keep around 1 or 2 people that suck, but who end up getting lots of votes from the Vote For The Worst crowd. I assume in Simon's brain(and the producers') people tune in to see the bad as much as they do the best.

X Factor also integrates its little army of talent preppers much better than Idol does. With Brian around, we'll get interesting stage shows (dancers, lights etc) that we never see on Idol.

I must have missed the episode (I dont think I missed much of any ep) where Chris Renne's sister also auditioned and made it through. That was a nice bit of drama last night. Most of my favorites from auditions seemed to do well. Wouldn't mind seeing the mini-Spike Lee rapper go home. He clearly can't sing and doesn't really have the right attitude for this kind of show.
post #87 of 940
Although I've been half-watching this, it has reminded me how the AI cheerleading judges last season were a joke and that's why I stopped watching it. I wouldn't even call them judges. They were more like on-camera personalities.

These judges are serious about their jobs and know what they're talking about.
post #88 of 940
I still don't love the show like I wanted to but it is getting better.
post #89 of 940
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I enjoyed the smug look on Simon's face when the girl he fought for sang well. The problem I'm seeing though is that there don't appear to be any good groups. If there were some good ones, they'd have focused more air time on them, but they didn't. It's a pretty awful category, which Simon sort of hinted at in an interview recently, but said they had a plan for it, which I took to mean they're going to take a bunch of individuals that don't make it and group them up. They've done this in the past on the UK version.
post #90 of 940
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I enjoyed the smug look on Simon's face when the girl he fought for sang well.

But Not-Paula was 100% correct when she said that the woman couldn't sing in one key and needed a backing track (which would also help a lot of AI auditioneers too). She had no trouble staying on key with the music.
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