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The US Factor January 12, 2010

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After a lot of behind the scenes deliberation and hmmming and hawing, the American version of UK (and international) television talent show The X Factor has finally been confirmed for launch in 2011.

Less certain, however, is the future of American Idol, which currently airs on FOX, the same network that The X Factor is slated for. At the moment everyone’s claiming the shows will co-exist but frankly, I don’t see this happening without one seriously detracting from the other. And let’s be honest, American Idol is still using the same tired old format that Pop Idol used way back when. Where are the battling judges? Where are the groups? And where, god damn it, are the Over 25s?

The good news for us over on this side of the pond is obviously that we’ll pretty much have year-round X Factor, with the UK edition running nicely into the US.

For one thing, Simon Cowell will definitely not be on board next season on American Idol, instead focusing his attentions on judging both the UK and US editions of The X Factor.

The obvious question on everyone’s lips is who will be joining Cowell at the judges’ table when the show debuts next year. He’s already said that he wants to work with Paula Abdul again because he “misses her”, and it was speculated that he’d possibly bring some of his UK judges over with him, the most likely candidate there being Cheryl Cole. Oh please let it be Cheryl Cole. Once it’s not Randy Jackson, that’s fine with me.

And who will be left to take the reins on American Idol next year? If it’s Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson and Kara Whatsherface then you can count me out.

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Are you full of Glee? January 12, 2010

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There’s lots of exciting news today for fans of FOX’s Glee, first and foremost that the show will be definitely returning for a much-anticipated second season (although that was really a no-brainer at this stage).

More surprisingly is the fact that the show’s producers are starting a nationwide search for stars to fill three new roles in the forthcoming sophomore year of the musical drama.

From FOX’s press release:

Building upon the show’s incredibly supportive community of GLEEks and with the hope of bringing fans even closer to the series, auditions will be open to amateur individuals as well as professionals between the ages of 16-26, and all hopefuls will be able to submit auditions online. Additional details to be announced soon, please check www.fox.com/glee for updates.

And if that wasn’t good enough, the casting search will be documented in a “multi-part special” which will air before the second season premiere, when the new stars will be revealed. Oh Glee, how we love you.

Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator and executive producer had this to say:

“GLEE has always been about finding new fresh exciting voices. Our second season search for young talent will be in the vein of our first season. We launched a nationwide search for talent for our first season with great unexpected results, and Season Two expands that search in an even bigger way. Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs. No matter who you are – a Broadway talent or a struggling singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest – you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true by posting your talent video and showing us what you can do. ALL the roles will be chosen from the video audition process, which is exciting and unprecedented. We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television, and the search is ON.”

So eh…can Irish people apply?

Glee is currently airing on TV3 on Wednesday at 8pm, and on E4 on Mondays at 9pm. New episodes return Stateside on 13th April 2010.

Image ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

Your resentment is delicious October 20, 2009

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Three songs from this week’s episode of Glee, “Mash-Up”, have surfaced. There’s no ensemble songs though, which is sad, but maybe they’re hiding those ones from us.

Football player Puck (Mark Salling) finally gets a solo song, Sweet Caroline. I’m certainly not a Neil Diamond fan, but Puck makes it sound a bit less country bumpkin. Plus, he plays guitar. Plus, he’s gorgeous.

Sweet Caroline – Glee Episode 8 (download)

Mr Schuester (Matthew Morrison) has not one but two songs in this episode. Can’t say I’m delighted. All he seems to do is rap these days, and when he raps he looks like a parent trying to get down with it. And Thong Song? Really? Come on Fox, he’s meant to be a teacher, not a pimp…

Thong Song – Glee Episode 8 (download)

Bust A Move – Glee Episode 8 (download)

Image: ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Carin Baer/FOX