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February 2014

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X Factor Gets Axed — Sayonara Simon!

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X FACTOR SIMON COWELLWhen Simon exited American Idol to launch X Factor, I assumed American Idol was doomed. I based this assumption on empirical evidence from the UK, which saw the demise of Pop Idol immediately after Cowell created X Factor, a move that ultimately resulted in a lawsuit with his former friend, Simon Fuller, who rightfully (in my opinion), claimed that Cowell stole Fuller’s format to launch his competing show. But I spoke toO soon.

When I wrote my original prediction, I had yet to watch X Factor, and from the moment it began I knew it would fail in the United States. First, the format was dated. The cheesy backup dancers barely work for major stars, let alone amateurs. Additionally, Simon Cowell’s personal investment in the show skewed his objectivity, and he traded his signature barbs for sappy critiques that served only to make the show feel fraudulent. He attempted to assuage the show’s format issues with beautiful women as judges, a move that might also work more abroad than domestic. Us American’s know a sideshow when we see it, and if you don’t hire someone with inside experience, all else will fail. To be fair, he did hire L.A. Reid, but unlike Harry Connick Jr., Reid was unable to articulate the intricate issues with each contestant, therefore never fully exposing the extent of his industry experience.

It’s unfortunate that X Factor failed, but with The Voice’s very fresh format and American Idol’s historical brand, it’s impossible to compete. And given Cowell’s recent popularity decline, his personality isn’t enough to save a sinking ship. That being said, I’m sure the guy is crying in a big pile of money. It was fun while it lasted.

Thursday

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December 2013

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Are Alex & Sierra the Next Sonny & Cher? — Watch their Final Four Performance

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Here at The Dishmaster, I pride myself on my ability to pick the next big thing. And if you question my taste, just head over to my interview section and judge for yourself. Having said that, I’d like to take a moment to gloat about The X Factor’s Alex & Sierra, who I smartly singled out as the season’s front-runners on September 12th. Since no one likes a braggart, I’ve posted their most recent performance so that you can judge their future success for yourself. Don’t forget to read my interview with Alex & Sierra.

Friday

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December 2013

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X Factor Winners Alex & Sierra: Full Interview

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Alex & Sierra PhotoWhen I began watching this season of The X Factor, it became immediately clear that Alex & Sierra are the ones to beat. They’re the show’s most authentic performers, avoiding all the standard network pitfalls of cheesy backup dancers and sparkly outfits in favor of stripped down songs. The two semifinalists took some time to answer all my probing questions about their journey in the competition and their future plans. Enjoy!

You have a very unique, indie style to your performances. On such a mainstream show, is it difficult to keep your identity intact?

Thank you. We look at it like this; if we perform the songs the way we want to perform them on the show, whether we get voted off for it or not, we’ll leave the show with supporters who like what we do. We came in with an idea of what we wanted to do on the show and we want to leave with as much of that idea intact as possible. Everyone we work with on the show knows we have extremely strong feelings on how we want things to do and they have been really cooperative in helping us grow, while still staying true to ourselves.

I can’t imagine working beside my significant other. I like to keep my personal and professional life private. How do you successfully manage that overlap?

We are just having a lot of fun, and when things are going so well it’s tough to get upset about things. We aren’t really consciously managing our relationship along with the show, we’re just taking things as they come and trying to enjoy all of it.

X Factor is largely predicated on the mentor aspect of the show. What have you learned from Simon Cowell since the show began?

We’ve learned that we should continue to be who we are. It seems as though people in the business like to work with strong willed people who know what they want. And that’s good for us because we really like fighting for what we believe in! We’re grateful that Simon respects our opinions and always wants to hear what we have to say.

Being on a network show almost fast-forwards your journey as artists. How are you dealing with this immediate attention in such a short period of time?

This whole thing is so much fun. When people come up to us in public it’s really exciting, when we see commercials that were on it’s a surprise. We absolutely love this experience, however I think something that has made it easier to deal with such immediate attention is the people that we are going through this with. We’ve made incredible friends with the other contestants and we’re all able to share this new experience with each other.

How tough are you on yourselves after you receive the judges feedback? Do you watch your performances back to discover things you could have done differently?

Alex: Sierra is a little bit tougher on herself than I am, but we also agreed to come on this show knowing full well that we’d get criticized. It’s a new experience to sing and then be immediately criticized after, but we’re dealing with is as well as we can.

Sierra: It was definitely tough to deal with receiving criticisms on national television, but I think I’ve gotten to the point where I know it’ll happen so as long as I’m happy with our performances I don’t take negative responses as “hate” I use them as motivation.

Both: And we do watch our performances back, we like to hear how our performances sounded on TV and we like to hear what we can improve on.

Lastly, have you thought of what you’d like your record to sound like and where you’ll go from here?

I don’t think we know what a record would sound like. I think we’re both just taking things as they come and if the prospects of a record come along then we’ll start diving into that. But as of right now we just want to get through each week!

Tuesday

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October 2013

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Paula Abdul Visits Israel — See the Pictures!!

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Paula Abdul went to the Holy Land! Welcomed by President Shimon Peres, Abdul flew to Israel via El Al and toured the Israel Museum. I’m told over the next ten days Abdul will “float in the Dead Sea, tour the Galilee, shop in Tel Aviv, and attend the city’s ‘Gindi Fashion Week.” And to think — I didn’t even know she was Jewish! This revelation makes me even more disappointed that she never conceived with Simon Cowell. Their baby would have been 3/4ths Jewish! Take a gander at some very beautiful pictures below.

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Photo by Tiffany Rose

Thursday

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September 2013

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X FACTOR DEBUTS — In a Dying Format?

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Though I think Simon Cowell made all the right decisions with his new panel, I have to admit a general fatigue with this format. There’s something unsettling about gathering a group of ladies who can no longer make money in this tanking industry and paying them large salaries to judge up-and-comers who, no matter how talented, won’t be able to sell records. Everyone knows the only way to make money is on tour, and the amount of performers that can sell-out stadiums is becoming incredibly scarce. That means that the only people who can likely make a dime are the over-the-top pop tarts, and those stories don’t translate as well as the video below, which shows a boyfriend/girlfriend duo that would likely be a huge success if the music industry were in a different place. Until Simon Cowell comes up with an idea to save the music industry, I’ll consider this format — and him — DATED. Watch Alex & Sierra perform Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ below.

Saturday

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September 2013

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Simon Cowell on Britney Spears: “She Couldn’t Talk”

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Britney SpearsWhile I appreciate honestly, I’m not certain this was necessary. When asked by Ellen DeGeneres about Britney Spears, Cowell confessed to nixing her contract, saying, “I didn’t realize that. I kind of booked someone who couldn’t talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge.” He went on to explain that Spears was generally uncomfortable with the entire process, disliking the overall negativity associated with the talent competition. I supposed there’s a lesson to be learned here. Perhaps producers should focus less on stunt casting and more on judging. And since The Voice, X Factor, and American Idol have yet to produce a huge star in years, it’s also possible the format is dying.

Saturday

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August 2013

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Simon Cowell v. LeAnn Rimes — Is Society Sexist?

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LeAnn RimesWhen the news first broke that Simon Cowell knocked up his good friend’s wife, I thought, “There has to be some reasonable explanation.” Then pictures surfaced of Cowell kissing Lauren Silverman, while her husband was presumably close by. To top it off, Cowell took these couples trips with his then fiance, Mezhgan Hussainy. And despite all this damning evidence, I was still convinced of Simon Cowell’s innocence. Then I was hit by a thunderbolt. I suddenly realized that LeAnn Rimes was not afforded this same naive insanity or the benefit of any doubt. She too had an affair with a married parent, and the public trashed her with tramp status and cast flames upon her for eternity. Sure she handled it horribly, but so has Cowell. Just days after Lauren Silverman’s divorce with Andrew Silverman became final, he’s been seen publicly parading his love, holding hands with Silverman and openly kissing her in French restaurants. So what’s the difference here, and why is Cowell getting the get-out-of-jail-free card that LeAnn can’t kill someone for? Well . . . it starts with a P and ends with and S, and it rhymes with Venus. You do the math.

 

 

Saturday

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August 2013

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Tabloid Gossip — Links & Things

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  • Evan Rachel Wood gave birth. MSN
  • Adrienne Bailon has yet to claim her baggage. Bossip
  • Jodie Sweetin’s ex-factor just got more complicated. TMZ
  • Will.I.Am might join American Idol. E! Online
  • Simon Cowell put a baby in a married woman’s belly. NYDN
  • Raven Symone put one foot out of the closet. CNN
  • Jennifer Aniston is a bare-faced beauty. People
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey have some real problems. THG

 

 

Thursday

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October 2012

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Playback Kills It With “Rich Girl” — Will Simon Cowell Win X Factor?

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This group astounded me, and I hate boy bands. You can see Simon Cowell smirking during their performance at all the money he’s about to make while simultaneously patting himself on the back for being a genius. As for Marc Anthony’s disinterest, all I can say is he’s a performer and not an A&R executive — and it shows. Watch their performance below.

Saturday

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August 2012

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Khloe Kardashian to Host X Factor? Is Simon Cowell Desperate?

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I like Khloe Kardashian, so I can’t figure out why the possibility of her hosting X Factor is so bothersome. In short, it feels desperate, and it’s extremely unsettling to associate Simon Cowell with the word “desperate.” It’s as if he sat around and methodically tried to hit his ratings mark in every genre. Young person demographic? Check (Demi Lovato)! Huge pop-star on a career down-slide? Check (Britney Spears)! Reality star that people love to hate? Check (Khloe Kardashian)! There was a time when Simon Cowell felt authentic, when he stood for an unwavering favor of quality, when he acknowledged the public’s desire, but didn’t pander to it. Has the guy gone soft?

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