It's unlikely 'X Factor' judge Simon Cowell has ever auditioned someone with as much sass as 27-year-old Xander Alexander. The New York born singer was argumentative before he walked onstage, trashing idols like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey before declaring his live show would be "Britney Spears meets Lady Gaga on crack."
Dexter Haygood's act/persona was instantly obvious. He is a self-styled rock 'n' roll soul man -- Mick Jagger and James Brown all rolled into one, mixed into a single package, complete with his vintage disco dude heels. He had to show the judges the "Dex" factor, though, rather than portray himself as a copycat act, on 'X Factor.'
At first it seemed like 'X Factor' judges may have found their Scotty McCreery. A humble young country boy turned up at the Dallas, Texas audition during Thursday night's episode, and seemed to be saying all the right things. The story was building to one of those classic emotional moments where a small town singer takes the first step toward realizing his dream.
Nick Voss can't keep a job. His boss told him if he took off to audition for 'X Factor,' he'd be on the unemployment line. "My boss said, 'If you go, you're fired. I said, 'So fire me,'" he revealed before his performance. Then, while onstage, he told the judges that he had a job at the airport but got fired for dancing instead of directing traffic.
'X Factor' debuted on Wednesday night with much fanfare and plenty of product placement. Anyone else notice those strategically placed Big Gulp-sized cups of Pepsi, from which Simon Cowell and his band of merry judges sipped? It was probably diet soda. Nevertheless, the show looked amazing, with a big stage and beautiful judges.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 'X Factor' judge Simon Cowell visited the set of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' in order to promote his newest singing competition reality series. Cowell took the time to greet some of his fans outside, and TMZ caught the British music mogul poking fun at the most recent 'American Idol' winner, country singer Scotty McCreery.
Has the hatchet between 'X Factor' host Simon Cowell and his estranged colleague/British singer Cheryl Cole finally been buried? Cowell and Cole enjoyed success together on the British version of the reality talent competition series, which Cowell had hoped to replicate by inviting Cole to be a judge on the newly-launching American version. She was abruptly dismissed from the American edition earlier this summer and was said to be bitter at Cowell over it. As a result, their friendship cooled considerably.