Some TV viewers tuning in to the first season premiere of The X Factor last night may have been a bit confused when judge Cheryl Cole suddenly vanished after the first rounds of auditions. With no discussion or explanation, Cole’s seat was abruptly filled by former Sing-Off judge and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
If you have been following the evolution of the American version of The X Factor online, you were probably already aware that Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole didn’t last as an X Factor judge past the first audition round. The question of why she was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, however, still remains somewhat unresolved. There had been some rumor that Cole’s accent was uncomfortable to American viewers, but X Factor judge and boss Simon Cowell said that wasn’t it.
Speaking to Piers Morgan on CNN, Cowell said that someone at The X Factor screening “put it very well” when they remarked that Cheryl Cole “looked a bit bewildered” during the first auditions. Cowell said Cole did not take the adjustment to working in America very well.
“Not everyone’s like you Piers,” CowellÂ told the former Britain’s Got Talent judge. “You come to a country like America, it’s a big deal â€“ it takes a while to adjust and I took the view along with a few other people that she would be more comfortable back in the UK.”
Cowell also said Cheryl Cole had rejected his offer for her to return to the British X Factor and that was a shame. “I think if she had taken the UK gig I think nobody would be feeling bad right now because they’re both big shows â€“ well hopefully this one will be as big as the UK show.”
Nicole Scherzinger, meanwhile, is thrilled to have been selected as the replacement to sit on the X Factor judges panel. “I mean I’m not going to lie, I cried when Simon told me because I felt that no matter where he had me on the show I was going to be of service and do the best that I could.”
Scherzinger may be giddy about her gig, but the critics are not so pleased about her replacing Cheryl Cole. The New York Times called Nicole Scherzinger a “downgrade” from Cheryl ColeÂ and USA Today said Scherzinger” makes Paula Abdul look smart.” Ouch!
“I think she’ll be an incredible mother,” Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland told EOnline.com. “She’s always been motherly. I think that takes after so many traits from her mother [Tina Knowles]. I just think it’s going to be so natural for her. It’s natural for her now. I can’t believe this to this day.”
We just can’t get enough of staring at the new True Blood Rolling Stone cover! The Rolling Stone True Blood cover features stars Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin naked and covered in fake blood. Yum!
Alexander Skarsgard, who plays hot vampire Eric on True Blood, says he is especially comfortable with parading around naked. Skarsgard goes without the standard “sock” coverage when filming a nude scene for the show. “I don’t want a sock around it, that feels ridiculous. If we’re naked in the scene, then I’m naked. I’ve always been that way,” Skarsgard tells Rolling Stone.
True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, on the other hand, keeps his goods under wrap on the set. Not because he has anything to hide, Moyer told Rolling Stone, but because he thinks “it might be embarrassing for the crew.”
Pick up the new issue of Rolling Stone featuring the stars of True Blood on newsstands now.
Last night’s episode of Big Brother 12 was packed with plenty of drama and some very interesting surprise twists! We give you a brief rundown on what happened, plus a few extra spoilers that took place after the show!
On Big Brother last night, we saw the end of the Head of Household competition. When we left the Houseguests in the previous episode, they were struggling to untangle themselves from a giant spider web of rope. The contest wasn’t finished by the end of the live show and left fans waiting to know who would end up the winner.
For those who didn’t watch the rest of the competition on the Big Brother Live Feeds, it wasn’t long before it was obvious who was probably going to take the competition. Brendon got the upper hand and pretty much kept it. Half the other Houseguests didn’t even really seem to be trying. If you’ve been watching the Live Feeds, you already know why – especially in the case of Enzo and Hayden.
BrendonÂ finally wonÂ the Head of Household competition hands down. He alsoÂ received the right to name the three Have-Nots for the week and chose Britney, Ragan and Matt. Ragan and Britney both pretty much ended up in tears over this during the next few hours.
At the Nomination Ceremony later on the show, Brendon put up Ragan and Lane for elimination. Ragan is the Saboteur, so if he goes home, he’ll lose out on that $20,000 he’s been trying to earn by pranking the other Houseguests.
Matt has the Diamond Power of Veto, of course, so he could choose to shake things up – especially with fellow Brigade alliance member Lane on the block.
Then again, you just never know what kind of insanity is going to happen in the Big Brother house! If you’d like more details on last night’s episode, plus BIG spoilers about what has happened since, visit our friends over at BigBrotherAccess.com for more!
Patti Stanger, star of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, has called off her wedding to boyfriend Andy Friedman. Stanger and Friedman had been together for six years, but didn’t become engaged until last year. Not only is the wedding now off, but the Millionaire Matchmaker star has reportedly dumped Friedman for good!
Patti Stanger, 51, has spent her life finding love for others, as featured in her Bravo reality show Millionaire Matchmaker. It seems, however, the Stanger has run into a brick wall in her own love life!
“I just ended my relationship with Andy,” the Millionaire Matchmaker star posted on her Twitter feed Saturday. “It hit me really hard that I want kids in my life,” she said. “You have to agree on the non-negotiables.”
You would have thought the two would have gotten around to figuring out that whole “kids” thing a lot earlier in their relationship! Poor Patti, maybe she can go set up a nice cattle call for herself to scout out a new beau!
Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater has reportedly been offered the chance to host his very own reality show. Slater could be the new host of a show “in which various disgruntled workers quit their jobs in extravagant ways.”
Ex-JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater infamously quit his job after an alleged scuffle with a passenger by ranting about rude customers over the loudspeaker and exiting the plane dramatically via the emergency chute.
Slater has since become something of a folk hero for the working class over the stunt. Questions have been raised, however, about the alleged events leading up to his dramatic walk – or slide – off the job.
Stone & Company Entertainment has now reportedly offered Slater a gig hosting a show all about crazy ways people quit their jobs. We think that would actually be kind of fun to watch. God knows we’ve quit jobs in the past in extremely wacky ways!
If Slater’s version of what happened turns out to be “a big hoax,” as some have accused, he could find himself laid off from this new reality show gig pronto.
Levi JohnstonÂ is apparently on a quest to get fame any way he can, no matter how embarrassing the vehicle. The infamous young man who knocked up Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol has already tried numerous ways to keep his 15 minutes of fame going. Including, of course, that ridiculous Playgirl photo spread and that disgusting pistachio nut commercial.
Now Levi Johnston will reportedly be starring in a new reality show featuring him trying to become mayor of his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office, in production by Stone and Co., will document the unwed father’s attempt to run for political office and pathetic quest to be famous in his own right.
“[Levi Johnston] will give us a real inside look into who he is as a father, a skilled hunter, an avid dirt biker and his journey down the road of small-town politics… right after he gets his high school diploma,” Stone and Co. said about the show.
Of course, Levi Johnston doesn’t even have that high school diploma yet and has absolutely no political experience at all. Apparently, banging the daughter of an almost vice-president is enough of a resume for Johnston.
Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin announced they had gotten back together and were engaged last month. Palin, however, allegedly called the whole thing off after seeing Johnston in a video mocking her family. We just wish Levi would give it up already. Some people are just not meant to be stars, especially people who get famous in the first place just for having unprotected sex.