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“X Factor” hits wrong note

October 4, 2010

Cheryl1Britain's "The X Factor" has struck a bum chord, even before the main knock-out phase of the hugely popular TV show begins. Judge Cheryl Cole has incensed thousands of viewers with her selection of three finalists from a shortlist of eight contestants. Hopeful Gamu Nhengu, 18, was rejected by Cole, despite impressing with her audition and being among the early favourites to win the show.

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UK’s X Factor gets off to rocky start

August 25, 2010

cowell3The X Factor, one of Britain's most-watched television programmes, has got off to a rocky start this year with its integrity called into question after it came to light that some contestants' performances had been enhanced using computer software. A spokesman for the show, a pillar of ITV1's annual scheduling, admitted that post-production work was sometimes necessary due to the number of microphones used during filming. But he also told British media that judges make their decisions during the audition stages based on what they hear live, and that later shows are all genuinely live.

Raging against the X Factor machine

December 16, 2009

Simon Cowell says the Internet campaign to keep X factor winner Joe McElderry from the coveted Christmas No. I  spot is aimed at him rather than the type of music the show produces.

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Simon Cowell FiXing it for X Factor’s Joe?

November 30, 2009

Yes, that word "fix" has come back to haunt the X Factor in Britain, where Lloyd Daniels, the teenager who appeared to struggle with the basic skill of singing in tune, got booted off at the weekend.

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With Jedward gone, has X Factor lost its X factor?

November 23, 2009

BRITAIN/So, the “terrible twins” from Ireland, John and Edward Grimes, have been booted off the X Factor, ending their skin-of-the-teeth, tip-of-the-fingernail existence on the show.

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It’s X Factor “Deadlock” … again

November 16, 2009

cowell2Another week, another contestant down, another ratings triumph for ITV ... oh, and another Deadlock.

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Sting calls X Factor “appalling”

November 11, 2009

stingBritish singer Sting has waded into the X Factor debate. In a week where the show's most famous judge Simon Cowell came in for some fierce criticism for what British viewers saw as a cynical ploy to fix the results, Sting has called the popular television show "preposterous" and "appalling".

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The X Factor or “The Fix Factor”?

November 9, 2009

cowell1X Factor judge Simon Cowell faced accusations of rigging the result of last night's X Factor vote as the tabloid newspapers, so often the champions of the hugely popular show, began to turn on the man they like to call "Mr. Nasty".

Speaker election gets X-Factor makeover

June 15, 2009

The winds of change are sweeping through a dusty Houses of Parliament as the race to succeed the Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin hots up.

Are the kids too hung up on fame?

March 14, 2008

Once, kids had to work hard to become famous.

Whatever their chosen route, it would usually involve endless hours of practice — be it in the gym, on the pitch, at the keyboard or on the stage.