X Factor backtracks as they axe room auditions only two years after they reintroduced them

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The X Factor will return this autumn without its intimate room auditions episodes at the top of the series.

It’s the latest shakeup from producers as they battle to regain the popularity the show enjoyed in its glory years, following 2017’s ratings which were the lowest yet.

Now, new singing talents will audition in an arena full of thousands – like they used to – as the… Read the full story

Matt Cardle ‘strangely thankful’ he hit rock bottom



Matt Cardle has experienced some serious high and desperate lows since first shooting to fame on The X Factor back in 2010.

However, his first period as an artist in the music industry affected him – like it does many – in a negative way, and he found himself checking into rehab at the end of 2013 with addiction issues relating to alcohol and prescription drugs.

Just after he ended his stay at The Priory he revealed he’d been weeks away from death,… Read the full story

Forget Cheryl! Is this X Factor winner replacing Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel?

This former champ could make making her comeback…

Following huge speculation that Cheryl Tweedy could replace current X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, another name has been thrown into the mix.

Former champ Alexandra Burke – who Cheryl mentored in 2008 – is reportedly being considered to take a seat next to Simon Cowell after enjoying success on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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Bookies are taking bets on 29-year-old Alexandra, whose duet with Beyoncé is still one of the show’s most iconic moments, joining the panel, after Cheryl, 34, confirmed she’s signed on for the BBC’s latest offering The Greatest Dancer.

Alexandra will release her third album The Truth Is next month and it’s also been confirmed she’s returning to the West End alongside Michael Ball in Chess, four years after making her stage debut in The Bodyguard.

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So it’s safe to say that, even without adding talent show judge to that, Alexandra is set to be very busy this year…

And it seems former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole, 39, is keen to get back to making music, as she said previously: ‘If I don’t come back it’s not because I don’t love it.’ She added to the Mirror that she’s a ‘singer first’ and judge second.

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh has already confirmed he and Sharon Osbourne will be back on the panel when The X Factor returns later this year.

He said in 2017: ‘I love it, it’s not like work. This is not work, it’s great fun. I’m getting paid to do something I love. I’m signed on for next year already, so is Sharon.’

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X Factor’s Matt Terry denies dating Love Island’s Montana Brown: ‘We’re just really good friends’

The X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry has denied he’s dating Montana Brown. 

Appearing on Loose Women on Thursday to discuss his new music, the 24-year-old singer addressed reports that he is dating the Love Island contestant.

He told the panel on the lunchtime show that he is just ‘really good friends’ with Montana.

The pair were rumoured to be secretly dating since last November.

X Factor's Matt Terry denies dating Love Island's Montana Brown: 'We're just good friends'
Matt Terry and Montana Brown? Just friends (Picture: Instagram)

While they aren’t often seen out together, they were apparently getting very ‘cosy’ when Matt filmed his music video for new single Try.

But Matt has put to bed to those rumours when he explained the nature of their relationship.

‘We met at an event, we hit it off and got to know each other and we just became really good friends I suppose,’ he said.

Montana Brown Matt Terry
The pair apparently got ‘cosy’ when Matt filmed his music video for new single Try (Picture: Instagram)

He added: ‘We are both really busy people and that’s what it is.’

Matt also admitted that he hand-picked Montana for his latest music video.

Matt released his winner’s single, When Christmas Comes Around, after winning the ITV singing competition in 2016 – a track written by Ed Sheeran. It peaked at number three in the UK charts.

Montana Brown Matt Terry
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He was signed by RCA Records after his win and released debut album Trouble, along with single Sucker For You. His album peaked at number 29 in the UK album charts.

The X Factor isn’t the only reality show he’s been a part of – he also appeared on Celebrity First Dates, which is Channel 4’s Stand Up For Cancer special.

Matt’s personal life hit headlines in 2016 after the sensational claim he snogged male X Factor reject Freddy Parker during the final.

But Matt wasted no time in clearing this up soon after, telling The Mirror: ‘I am a heterosexual man… I will totally keep fans up to date with my personal life and who I am dating. They will be the first to know.

‘Fame is overwhelming but it is part of my job and I want to embrace it. I’m going to have fun and meet people.’

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.

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What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?

What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?
Jedward attend the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’m John and I’m Edward and together we are… Jedward!’

Fans of the X-Factor will know about the cheeky twins, who rose to fame when they first appeared in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009.

They were one of the show’s most famous novelty acts of all time, with their big hair and entertaining (or annoying) performances.

They finished in sixth place and were mentored by Louis Walsh, who was their mentor during The X Factor and later become their by manager.

Jedward have released three albums: Planet Jedward, Victory, and Young Love.

The first two went double platinum in Ireland.

They have released nine singles, including Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby), a mash-up of Under Pressure by Queen/David Bowie.

The duo also represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 performing Lipstick; and Waterline at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?
Jedward appeared on the Celebrity Big Brother house twice (Picture: Instagram.com/jepicpics)

What is Jedward’s net worth?

According to Spear’s, the twins’ net worth is said to be £6.5 million.

They have amassed their fortune from their music careers and also appearances on television where they have presented on various shows.

What is the net worth of former X Factor contestants Jedward?
Jedward recently underwent a makeover (Picture: Channel 5)

They have presented on children’s series Jedward’s Big Adventure and OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory.

Jedward have also appeared twice on Celebrity Big Brother and have appeared on several advertising campaigns.

These include: Irish fast food chain Abrakebabra; East Midlands Trains, Rowntree’s Randoms; Disney Universe; Three mobile network; and a Travel Supermarket commercial with comedian Omid Djalili.

Jedward have performed in an annual pantomime over the Christmas and New Year period based at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, the pantomimes also star Linda Martin. John and Edward play themselves and the shows feature Jedward songs.

Jedward followed in the footsteps of Honey G by getting a dramatic makeover on Celebrity 100% Hotter, but not everyone was entirely convinced.

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The X Factor’s Sharon Osbourne vs Nicole Scherzinger: Who wore it best?

It’s battle of the wardrobes for these two leading ladies…

There’s reportedly been ‘conflict’ between leading ladies Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger, ever since Nic won the Overs category on The X Factor this year.

But while neither finished with the winning act, which judge stole the show with their head turning gowns?

Viva Latino week 4

Nicole’s enthusiasm didn’t go down well with fans that week, as they accused her of ‘putting on’ a Spanish accent. But, The X Factor judge certainly raised the temperature in this floor-length, mesh ensemble.

Teamed with a red lip and shoulder-length bob, the 39-year-old oozed glamour. And it didn’t go unnoticed, with one fan Tweeting, ‘Great body – she looks amazing!’

However, the same couldn’t be said for Sharon, who opted for an emerald green velvet gown. The 65-year-old found herself on the receiving end of trolls, as they compared her to Shrek character, Princess Fiona.

‘Sharon’s looking like Princess Fiona from Shrek with that green velvet dress and red hair,’ wrote one viewer. Awks!

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Semi-Final

She’s not afraid to take risks when it comes to dressing up. And, Nicole did just that for the Semi-Finals, as wearing a one-sleeve, asymmetric gown, with origami detailing.

But, viewers weren’t impressed with her bold outfit choice, with one harshly writing, ‘That dress had to be for a bet – it looks like an explosion in a bog roll factory!’

So it’s safe to safe, Sharon stole the title for the ‘Best Outfit’ that week.

Redeeming herself, after her previous fashion fails, the mum-of- three rocked a plush, velvet gown, as she took to the stage with her contestant, runner-up Grace Davies.

And it looks like the talent judge may have learnt from her mishap in Latin week, as she went for a burgundy coloured dress this time round.

The Final

If being compared to a cartoon ogre wasn’t bad enough, Sharon’s outfit for The Final – a black gown covered in red hearts – was mistaken for a dress suitable for Disney’s evil protagonist, Cruella De Vil, and home furnishings.

‘Sharon looks like Cruella in Transylvania,’ wrote one fan, as another added, ‘Sharon is wearing her duvet cover!’

On the other hand, Sherzy demanded attention, as she supported her act, Kevin Davy White.

Sashaying onto the stage in a glitzy, flapper-style gown, the singer earned approval from fans, with one Tweeting: ‘Nicole looks stunning!’

EXCLUSIVE Louis Walsh: ‘I’d NEVER spend Christmas with Simon’

X Factor’s longest-standing judge Louis Walsh reveals who will be getting gifts this year, what he played in his school Nativity and his plans for panto… (ohhh yes he is!)

You know Christmas is close when The X Factor is over, but we’re not the only ones who use the end of this series as a special reminder that there’s shopping to be done, halls to be decked and a turkey dinner to prepare.

Louis Walsh, who admits he’s never cooked a meal in his whole life, may come across as a bah humbug as he repeatedly tells us, ‘This is not me,’ when we tried to prise Christmas plans out of him. But we discovered in the time it would take us to cook three batches of sprouts (15 minutes, FYI), that deep down he’s a Christmas person at heart – even if he was a bit ‘hangry’ when we called him…

Hey Louis, have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Yes, I do some shopping in London and some in Dublin. I write a list because I only buy things I know people are going to use – I don’t buy silly things. I like to buy diaries with people’s names on, key holders or other practical things.

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Do you shop online or prefer to go to a store?

Nothing online ever – I’m old fashioned. I like to go to the shops, see it and buy it. I don’t care if I’m recognised. You just put your head down!

How good are you at wrapping?

I get wrapping done in the shop. I order everything, go for a coffee and get it wrapped.

Have you ever used a voucher to buy a gift?

Not really, no. I just buy things I know people are going to use. Nothing over the top – just nice things.

Who do you buy gifts for?

Just people I like. On the show and other people I’ve worked with and whoever I think is going to give me something. Beautiful Tiffany pens are lovely or wallets are always nice to have on hand, in case someone buys you an unexpected gift.

Have you ever bought The X Factor judges a present?

All of them. Every year. I just get them normal things – I always buy Simon Cowell a really good book about music or a box set I know he’s going to watch. He likes biographies and stuff but he’s very hard to buy for because he’s got everything.

What have they bought you?

All the usual stuff, diaries or pens. I’m not giving any information on what Sharon Osbourne buys, she always buys me nice things but I don’t really want to talk about it.

Do you have a pre-Christmas dinner, before you go off?

We go out [for dinner] every week in London when we’ve done the show, but we usually exchange Christmas gifts in the studio.

Tell us about your earliest Christmas memory?

Just waking up in Mayo in the west of Ireland with Christmas trees, music, toys and all that. There’s nine in our family – I’m from an ordinary family.

What did you play in your school Nativity?

I was the baby Jesus in the crib when I was aged two or three and this year I’m doing a cameo in Nativity! The Musical. It’s something I never thought I’d do but it will be fun. I only have to play myself.

Do you usually go to see a pantomime at Christmas?

In Dublin there’s usually one on at the Olympia Theatre – it’s always a good panto with local stars, it’s always fun. I would only do panto with Sharon – if she said she would do it then I would. We often talked about it.

Do you have a real or an artificial tree?

Oh, always a real one. In Dublin you get some lovely trees. I get it from one of the local shops – as soon as The X Factor is over the Christmas tree goes up. I dress it myself and I put whatever I find on the top of the tree.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

I like the The Pogues [& Kirsty McColl] Fairytale Of New York, it never seems to date. I hate Slade [I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day], I hate that one. I like Mariah [Carey] singing Holy Night, I like Last Christmas but Christmas hangs around too long now.

Do you send Christmas cards?

Sometimes I’ll send cards with gifts. I’m obviously on Christmas card lists somewhere and I send to everybody. I get loads from people I don’t really know very well. I’m not telling you who…

Tell us about your Christmas Eve plans…

I’m always in Dublin. Dublin is fun. It’s always the best place and everybody’s out. I go out during the day and then I go home to the west of Ireland, always the same routine – home to my mother’s house to see everybody on Christmas Day. I’d never go to Barbados [for Christmas] with Simon, I want to get away from him and he wants to get away from me. He’s going to be with Lauren and Eric, who is just an adorable child. He’s so unspoilt and nice, unlike his daddy. I’ll get him something for Christmas. He likes little cars.

How about your plans for Christmas Day?

I get up late – at least noon. It’s always late nights and late mornings with me, I’m always like that. I have a cup of tea and eat in the afternoon with everybody, and we watch TV, all the usual stuff.

Do you spend the whole day in your pyjamas?

Oh God I just can’t do this…I swear to God this is so not me. We have a traditional Christmas – it’s Ireland so it’s different to England, it’s more real, it’s more family orientated. It’s very normal, my life is very normal. I can’t do the bulls**t questions!

Do you cook yourself?

No, I’ve never cooked in my life. I always go out to restaurants, so my sister Evelyn will cook Christmas dinner. I like to eat turkey and ham, chocolates, cream and all the usual Christmas stuff. I’ll have one or two puddings, I don’t pig out and because I don’t cook, I don’t have to worry about eating leftovers the next day. I don’t drink much, believe it or not, for an Irish person.

Be honest – do you work on Christmas Day?

Not really. I’m on the phone, I do talk to people. I’m always getting texts and I always reply. I don’t FaceTime people on Christmas Day though – I leave people alone to watch their own TV and to be with their own families. I always put my phone on silent, it’s usually the day after [that I will get in touch].

What Christmas films do you like to watch with the family?

I don’t really like to go back on old movies. I like to watch American box sets and Netflix. I’m watching Narcos at the moment and I’m loving it.

What do you want for Christmas?

Just more fun. I don’t really need material things, I have enough. I get a lot of alcohol and I don’t usually drink so I give it away to other people.

Tell us about your voiceover for Merry Woofmas…

It was different. I’m doing things that I never thought I would do this year. I’m just so lucky to even be asked to do anything so I don’t take it for granted. I’d like to do more.

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2018?

Just to have more fun and be happy. I like to go out for New Year’s Eve. I’m always in Miami and I love it there, it’s always a big deal with fireworks and it’s just crazy. Sometimes it’s nice to just walk along the beach. Anyway is that it? I want to go out and eat – I’m starving here, I’m waiting to go out!’