Have you heard Little Mix’s new single? No, me neither. The release of “DNA” – or as it should read: Do Not Resuscitate – has led to the band sniping at fellow soon-to-be eX Factor contestant Christopher Maloney in a desperate attempt to raise their profile.
Talking to The Sun, Jesy Nelson faked sympathy for Maloney’s mentor Gary Barlow: “Poor Gary, clinging on to ‘Ma-phoney’,” she said, before clarifying: “We’re not fans.
On Saturday’s live show, the Liverpudlian had to deny that he was voting for himself in order to stay in the competition. The denial came after there had been reports earlier in the week that he had been making repeated calls to his own voting line.
After releasing Cannonball, but disappointingly not curvaceous band member Jessica “Jesy” Nelson, Little Mix are hoping to prove that they aren’t just a Damien Rice cover band…so a manufactured pop spat makes total sense.
Louis Walsh is longing for Simon Cowell.
The TV judge believes that the executive producer’s return to the X Factor judging panel would bring much higher ratings for the show.
The X Factor’s ratings have suffered a dip in the last two years, following Cowell’s exit in order to front the USA edition on Fox.
The show was beaten by BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday and was watched by an average of 7.6 million viewers, three million lower than the equivalent episode of 2011. However, it peaked at 10.6 million on Sunday’s results show.
“If Simon did come back, he’d have the number one show,” Walsh told The Sun.
“That’s the thing about Simon — he always wants to be number one.
“We need him in the building, he’s always fun, he keeps everybody on their toes. I wish he’d come back.”
Walsh added that Cowell has asked staff members to work harder on the show, saying: “Simon doesn’t want anybody to be complacent.”
Reformed Geordie convict Cheryl Cole has revealed she hopes to have a large family.
The Girls Aloud singer also refused to rule out remarrying one day.
Cole told Glamour Magazine: “Could I see myself getting married again? Never say never… You can’t assume things. I never thought I’d get a divorce.”
The former X Factor judge also said she would like “a big family” having grown up as one of five siblings on a Newcastle council estate, and revealed that she would like “four or five” children of her own.
“I always say I wanted to have a big family, because I’m from one, so I’d like four or five children, but I don’t know realistically if that’s going to happen.”
OTB reckons that at 29-years-young, Cole has a bit of time on her side, though we couldn’t possibly claim to be fertility experts.
With Union J and Jade Ellis receiving the least public votes this week, Tulisa’s act was sent home after competing in a sing-off, with three judges opting to save Louis’ group.
After Louis Walsh and Tulisa voted to save their own, Union J were saved when both Nicole and Gary chose them over the 25 year old Londoner.
Barlow gave both acts a hope that they might be on the ITV show for one more week with his comments before delivering the decisive vote. He said that he sees potential in the all boy group and although Ellis is a “phenomenal vocalist”, he didn’t think that she had the desire to win.
According to the Daily Mirror, Simon Cowell is doing everything possible to get Chris Maloney out. The pop impresario has been texting and calling Gary’s rival judges to encourage them to criticise the Liverpudlian whenever possible. Cowell is thought to believe that Maloney’s continued presence makes the show “dated and cheesy.”
The row erupted after it emerged that Chris “topped the vote” for the first two weeks of the show’s live performances. The former cruise ship singer has built up a large fanbase with over 60,000 fans on Twitter.
The Daily Mirror source added that Cowell “wants Chris out, and the fact that his mentor is Gary Barlow makes him even more desperate to get him kicked off.”
If Barlow, who has already lost two of his acts, is left with no one half-way through the competition that “would make things even sweeter for Cowell because they are at war” he concluded.
The Simply Red singer approached the BBC a year ago with a plan for finding “the next David Bowie, the next Freddie Mercury, the next Lennon and McCartney,” according to an interview with the Daily Express.
“They rejected it and went for The Voice instead, which to me was another version of the X Factor because it’s not about creative artists.”
Hucknall went on to call for the BBC to “devise a programme to find the next Elton or the next Mick Hucknall.”
Hucknall’s second studio album since leaving Simply Red, American Soul, is out on October 29th.
At the weekend Rock DJ singer Williams tweeted ‘TEAM RYLAN ALL THE WAY VOTE RYLAN’ before taking to his blog to reiterate his thoughts.
Barlow has been vocal about his dislike for the contestant, and revealed his annoyance over Williams’s admission to host Dermot O’Leary on the show.
Barlow (presumably) joked that Williams’s support for Rylan was the final straw in the pair’s two-decade on-off friendship.
“20 years of knowing each other and its all over in five letters” said Barlow.
Take That fans will undoubtedly be on tenterhooks as to whether the duo actually have beef with one another, but OTB won’t be holding its breath.
James Arthur of the X Factor has been accused of copying off an established YouTube star. Arthur performed a cover of LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I Know It’, which Gary Barlow described as “The performance of the series”, but it was extremely reminiscent of a cover by YouTube Act Only1Noah, whose version has already racked up 13.5 million views.
Listen to the two performances below and compare for yourself
This isn’t the first time X Factor’s been caught in a plagiarism storm: last year’s runner up Marcus Collins released a version of Seven Nation Army, which many found a bit too similar to that of the French soul singer Ben L’Oncle Soul.
Again, you can watch the two videos below.
The BBC stalwart attracted 9.91m viewers and a 44.2% audience share between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, with a peak of 11.3m (47.8%) at 8pm with a Hollywood-themed edition.
The Simon Cowell founded show failed to breach the ballroom dancing show’s average audience throughout transmission, with an average of only 8.21m viewers.
However, many will have caught repeat showings on ITV1 and ITV2 of the live performance ahead of Sunday’s results show, which beat Strictly’s last Sunday.
BBC One also got solid ratings for Merlin (5.51m/22.9%) and a reasonable turnout for Casualty (4.1m/17.1%), with their non reality show output.
In total, BBC One beat ITV1 over the whole of Saturday with 28.9% versus 24.9%. Lagging in third place, BBC Two had 4.6%, ahead of Channel 4′s 3.5%, and Channel 5′s 3.4%.
Urban act MK1 were last night eliminated from the X Factor in a sing-off against Kye Sones. The duo chose to sing their version of ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, whilst Sones performed ‘I can’t make you love me’, fitting enough for an act in the bottom two.
For the third week running, the final decision was made by the public as the judges were deadlocked. Barlow and Walsh both chose to save their own acts, Scherzinger picked Sones, and Tulisa, sticking with her “urban roots”, chose the N-Dubz-lite pairing.
When asked on Caroline Flack and Olly Murs’ Xtra Factor show how they felt, MK1’s Sim said: “we kind of were confident it could have been enough.”
Charlie Rundle, the other member of the group, who last week caused a minor tabloid sensation by posing topless in a picture posted on Twitter, described the show as the “best experience.”