Simon Cowell dropped Britney Spears from The X Factor because she wasn't outspoken enough.
The music mogul who is judging this year's singing contest alongside Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland - who was a judge on the UK X Factor in 2011 - and Paulina Rubio, fired Britney as she felt "uncomfortable" in the role.
Simon says the "Ooh La La" singer was unable to give honest, "negative" feedback to the pop hopefuls so he had to replace her. Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he said, "I kind of booked someone who couldn't talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge! She wasn't comfortable being negative, she didn't like it when the contestants spoke back to her, so she was just uncomfortable. I liked her. So we decided to change it this year and I thought I'll work with three girls because I like working with girls."
Britney Spears finds judging on X Factor "electrifying."
The "Hold It Against Me" hitmaker - who joined the show alongside Demi Lovato after Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were sacked after one season - admits she was terrified when she first signed up but eventually got into the rhythm of the talent search. "I was really nervous. You have all these people behind you and you know they're rooting on you. It's a really exciting, electrifying thing to do," she said, speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Speaking about her judging style, Britney says she learns from the show's head judge Simon Cowell and always tries to be honest. "I used constructive criticism. I learned from the best. I prefer to be honest. I think that's the best way to go. I wouldn't want to be told something and then waste seven years of my life. I feel like it's the thing to do," she added.
However, Simon - who judged the UK version of the show before heading up the US adaptation - was shocked at how quick she made her decisions about wannabe pop stars. "I've never heard someone say no to contestants to quickly in my entire life."
Ellen Degeneres received the 2477th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
The chat show host invited her fans to watch the ceremony by posting a message on Twitter and jokingly asking for a ride home afterwards. "I'm getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11am. Come watch me! Also, I'd love a ride home. 6270 Hollywood Blvd (sic)," she wrote.
She later added, "So excited to see fans here at the W Hollywood to see me get my star on the Walk of Fame! Come down if you can!"
Ellen was cheered on by Ryan Seacrest and Jimmy Kimmel and revealed she was thrilled people would now be walking all over her: "It is amazing. I spent my entire career trying to conduct myself in a certain way making sure no one walks all over me only to get to a point where people are going to walk all over me. It means so much to me that everyone showed up."
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Rumors are circulating that one of American Idol’s Top 4 will cover a tune that’s already been a huge hit for FOX in the past: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” We’re hearing that the Wednesday night version of the song will be “mind-blowing.” And, we know who’s singing it. We also know which former Idol is coming back for the finale... to sing a duet with Jack Black. Follow the jump to get all the details...
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Pia Toscano was so overwhelmed by her ninth-place American Idol elimination, she had to be led off stage by a medic. She’s feeling much better now… but, we can’t say the same for the celebs who have been following her on Twitter. Her early exit has sparked outrage from some of the most surprising sources.
“Don’t have an IDOL habit, but how could the USA vote Pia off?” Tom Hanks tweeted. “I may be done for the season! HANX”
“Are you watching Idol? I am shocked and so sad,” said one-season judge Ellen DeGeneres.
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On the heels of the news that Ellen DeGeneres has left American Idol after only one season, the entire reality hemisphere is erupting. Today, TMZ is reporting that Kara DioGuardi, who graced the show for two seasons, has been fired.
Simon Cowell announced his decision to leave the show at the beginning of Season 9, sounding a death knell for the series…or did he? Two new judges with serious singing chops have now signed on to the singing competition, and they will definitely change the entire dynamic of the show.
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Will it be Chris Isaak or Harry Connick Jr. on American Idol next season? Could it be Isaak and Connick? Or how about this: Isaak, Connick and Jessica Simpson?
These all could be very real scenarios as rumors about a total show makeover grow.
Prior to this week, Idol chatter had primarily been focused on Simon Cowell’s replacement. Then former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe came back into the picture. Then Ellen DeGeneres announced her departure.
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If you aren’t familiar with Charice, the teen Filipino singing sensation, you will be soon. The young singer, 15, has landed a role on the FOX hit series Glee - and she’s definitely got the pipes to give even Lea Michele some serious vocal competition.
Check out the video above to see Charice’s stunning performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she wowed audiences with a big rendition of “
And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Later, she performed “I Will Always Love You” with jaw-dropping confidence.
The trip to the talk show was Charice’s first visit to the United States, but we’re pretty sure she’s here to stay. Charice herself broke the news on Monday via Twitter with these words: “It’s official. I’m on Glee next season.”
If you aren’t prepared to be astounded, don’t watch the video.
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In this week’s installment of Extremely Offensive Articles, we have Christian Newswire’s director stating - for all the world to read - that American Idol is struggling with ratings because Ellen DeGeneres is gay.
According to director Gary McCullough: “I am confident that the producers of American Idol will be shocked when their market share has cratered, and will in all honesty find a dozen other reasons for the drop in ratings. After all, what successful television producer could have a clue what wholesomeness is as long as they see promoting homosexuality as a virtue?”
In the article, McCullough writes “[Ellen] DeGeneres’ ‘Yes, I have loved a woman,’ comment from the May 11th show, was the most obvious lesbian-one-liner, but it wasn’t the only one, and it is hurting the show’s ratings.”
Furious yet? Just wait - it actually gets worse!
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Wednesday night was Simon Cowell’s last moment with American Idol, and the night belonged to him much more than the two contenders for the ninth Idol crown. Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox performed ably on Tuesday night, but only the votes would determine which would walk away with the winning title. The show will undoubtedly crash and burn now that Cowell is walking away…but that is talk for another time.
The Top 12 Idols - including Crystal and Lee, of course - danced out on stage to deliver “School’s Out for Summer.” While Orianthi jammed out on the guitar, Casey James suddenly announced a surprise appearance - Alice Cooper. This was an exciting guest star, but honestly, he sounded quite bad. And I’m a fan.
The evening started out with a fairly lackluster vibe…but there was much, much more to come.
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