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August 8, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fox had better be using a wide-angle lens for its forthcoming talent competition, The X Factor . The judging panel already contains Simon Cowell , Paula Abdul , Nicole Scherzinger , and L.A. Reid . Now Cowell says the show will have to make room for another outsize personality, Mariah Carey . Telling People Magazine that the pop diva has been lobbying to participate for months, Cowell said, "You can't say no to Mariah....
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2012 | Choose one .
It's official! Fox on Monday announced what we've all known for weeks: Britney Spears will be a judge on season two of The X Factor. The network made a big to-do about it, trotting out (like so much overpaid cattle) Brit, 30, and a second hire, multitalented youngster Demi Lovato, 19. They will join show czar Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid this fall at the judges' table. The gals uttered words such as excited and thrilled. (Brit better be happy: She reportedly will pocket $15 mil just for one season!
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears said Friday that she has made the "difficult decision" to leave Fox's "The X Factor" after one season. In a statement, the pop singer said that she had an incredible time working on the singing contest but that it was time to get back into the studio to record. It was widely reported Thursday that Spears and "X Factor" were parting ways after a season in which the show's ratings fell and Spears received lackluster reviews as a panelist. Fellow panelist Antonio "L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Khloe Kardashian has been kashiered, kanned, kicked to the kurb. The producers of Fox's The X Factor announced Monday that they had pink-slipped Khloe as kohost, confirming a rumor that had been noised about for the last two months. "We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors," the official statement bleated politely. No warning about watching out for the screen door. Khloe's cohost Mario Lopez survived to host another day and will be back to welcome viewers to the show's third season in the fall.
SPORTS
January 15, 2003 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
No longer ranked; no longer struggling. David West scored 18 points and had 15 rebounds as Xavier pulled away to an 80-47 victory over La Salle last night in an Atlantic 10 game. Xavier, which fell out of the Top 25 this week, improved to 11-4, 2-1 in the A-10. Xavier played like an elite team once again against La Salle (7-6, 1-2), which hadn't lost by such a big margin since Feb. 9, 2000, 82-48, at UMass. "Xavier is by far the best team we've played this year, bar none," La Salle coach Billy Hahn said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Read his blog "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/eyeofthestorm . With Steven Spielberg's epic time travel series Terra Nova , the delightful New Girl sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel, and Simon Cowell's blockbusting The X Factor , Fox this fall may have an invincible new-programming juggernaut....
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2011 | By Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press
LONDON - In northeastern England they say she's a canny lass - and maybe that's the problem. British sweetheart Cheryl Cole has reportedly been dumped from U.S. television, and tabloid media say she lost her big break in part over fears American audiences wouldn't understand her regional accent or the phrases unique to her corner of Britain. Cole, whose rags-to-riches showbiz story captivated Britain, had been expected to appear as a judge on Simon Cowell's The X Factor , due to premiere in the United States this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2011 | By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - At auditions filmed Thursday before a live audience for "The X Factor," Simon Cowell seemed to want people to move on from the shake-up on the show's judges panel replacing British pop singer Cheryl Cole with American counterpart Nicole Scherzinger. "It wasn't really such a big deal as everybody thought. . . . Truth is you've got to move on. It's about the contestants. They've got no interest in us bickering," Cowell said at the auditions in New Jersey. Earlier in the week, Fox and producers announced Cole was out and Scherzinger, who originally was signed on to co-host the show, would slide over to the judges table alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2012 | David Hiltbrand
The fun never stops, folks. During the broadcast of American Idol's season finale, Ryan Seacrest announced the cities and dates for next season's auditions. And the very next morning, Fox's other singing competition, The X Factor, began taping its second season in Austin, Texas, with new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. As you no doubt heard, Simon Cowell, X Factor's de facto dictator, conducted a purge when the first season fared poorly in the ratings, firing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as judges.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
I'm beginning to think I just don't recognize the X factor when I see it. Time after time this week, at the same moment the judges were gushing to some singer a variation on "You're the reason I got into this business," I was thinking, "You're the reason God invented the mute button. " There seems to be some disconnect between what The X Factor panel is hearing and what is coming through the TV speakers. In four hours of auditions, there's been only one singer I thought was worth a second listen: 18-year-old Melanie Amaro.
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April 23, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS LONG after the whistle, but Michael Carter-Williams still blocked the shot and smacked Jerami Grant upside the head. No referee intervened. Grant winced . . . and smiled. The moment was a metaphor for what Grant's career will most likely be. He will take all sorts of abuse. He often will be ignored. He'll have to grin and bear it. If the Sixers are lucky, there will be plenty of reason to grin. With the 39th pick in the draft last summer, they might have stolen a finishing piece in their reconstruction.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU THINK Simon Cowell was tough on contestants and Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are tough on each other, meet husband and wife New Zealand "X Factor" judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon . The pair was removed from the show yesterday after their comments on a contestant's appearance were seen as bullying. Kills said she was "disgusted" at how much singer Joe Irvine had copied her husband in the clean-cut style of his hair and dark suit. She called him a "laughingstock" and said she was embarrassed to sit in his presence.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Seven months after coverage began for people who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, more are now insured and most of the nearly 10 million people who have signed up say they are satisfied with their plans. Yet now a new set of challenges looms. Will the plans be affordable, and will users know how to use tiered networks and other innovations without incurring huge bills? "The law has pretty much met the early benchmarks, but if it stopped here, I don't think anyone would declare it a success," says Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is tracking the law. The law offers new insurance options for the individual market.
SPORTS
October 15, 2013 | BY RICH HOFMANN, Daily News Sports Columnist hofmanr@phillynews.com
TAMPA - Riley Cooper, the invisible wideout, was found yesterday by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. He was found four times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe not. Just know that the team's offense can only be as good as it hopes if Cooper continues to provide meaningful production. "He's the X-factor," running back LeSean McCoy said. "I think nobody pays any attention to Riley and the thing is, the guys in the locker room know how good he really is. I think he surprised a lot of guys in the league today, but he didn't surprise us. " In the first five games of the season, all started by quarterback Michael Vick, Cooper had only eight catches for 93 yards.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
In this, our civilization's winter of discontent, art has become nothing but commerce and commerce the highest form of art. So it is. Just ask Beyoncé . The diva's PR machine has so hyped her upcoming album that fans are desperate for any crumbs of music. She has obliged by releasing a snippet of the new song "Standing on the Sun" in a 90-second video. Mind you, it's not a music video, but a TV ad for H&M. (Fact, it's a double advert: for the retail clothing company, and of course, for B's LP.)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Khloe Kardashian has been kashiered, kanned, kicked to the kurb. The producers of Fox's The X Factor announced Monday that they had pink-slipped Khloe as kohost, confirming a rumor that had been noised about for the last two months. "We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors," the official statement bleated politely. No warning about watching out for the screen door. Khloe's cohost Mario Lopez survived to host another day and will be back to welcome viewers to the show's third season in the fall.
SPORTS
February 3, 2013
I don't know what the limit is. To me, an athlete trying to do a backflip while driving a 450-pound snowmobile is insane. But for Caleb Moore and other freestyle snowmobilers, it's just another trick. Moore performed his failed stunt during the Winter X Games on Jan. 24 and died a week later. The stunt was difficult but apparently doable. He had done it many times before. So what do we make of this? By definition, "extreme" sports are difficult or dangerous, performed in a hazardous environment.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Britney Spears is leaving The X Factor . The freshman judge on Thursday out-foxed her Fox boss Simon Cowell by resigning before he could fire her. (She's like a Roman Legionnaire, falling on her sword rather than risk capture by the Goths.) Pyrrhic victory, anyone? Several Unnamed Sources tell London's Daily Mail and MTV News that reality TV's very own Darth Vader planned to cut Brit, who was hired to bring some much-needed spark (flare, glow, glitter)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
FOX TV ANNOUNCED Monday that it will be bringing back "The X Factor" for a third season. Darn it, they're going to keep trying until they get it right. As regular readers know, Tattle believes the U.S. version of the show was cursed when Simon Cowell turned his back on U.K. judge Cheryl Cole , because she spoke with a Scottish accent. So did "Braveheart," and Americans seemed to figure him out. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are this year's female judges as the show tries to skew toward younger fans and Auto-Tuned singers.
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