Chris Brown releases ‘Don’t Judge Me’… watch now

Chris Brown‘s new album, Fortune is brilliant. It has songs for days and if you don’t have yourselves a copy as yet, best you hit up iTunes or head to your local music store. My personal favourite off the album is a song called, Don’t Judge Me. It shows off a softer, raw side and in my opinion is an instant classic. The video for the song is finally out and you can watch it above.
News is out that the star is heading out to South Africa at the end of the year, as part of his Carpe Diem tour. When he sings this song, there will no doubt be a bunch of ladies weak at the the knees. More details on his tour coming up, but I do know that tickets go on sale on Monday.

UPDATE: 15 Dec JNB at the Coca Cola Dome

17 Dec DBN at the Outer Fields, Moses Mabhida Stadium

19-20 CT at the Grand West Casino

Pretty surprised that he is only doing one gig in Jozi and two in Cape Town, when the latter is known to be slower in terms of sales. Jozi sells fast and it sells out! Alas, he’s coming and that is pretty cool.

X-Factor cutting down for season 2

So X-Factor USA might’ve had some of the best TV ratings next to Idol and it had a massive prize for the winner Melanie Amaro. The judges were all full of opinions (and themselves) and sometimes it seemed to be more of a competition about who chose the right song for their respective contestants rather than about the talent who performed them. Nicole Scherzinger became one of the most talked about – and in a not good way– when she decided not so save 13-year-old Rachel Crow from elimination.

The result? She has been cut, but she’s not the only one. Her fellow judge Paula Abdul has also been relieved of her duties according to E Online. On their site they state, “Believe it or not, Fox has informed Simon Cowell‘s longtime friend Paula Abdul she won’t be needed for the series’ next installment”. Awkward for Paula….

If that wasn’t enough, the host of the show Steve Jones has also been given the boot. Adios, ciao… thanks for coming. So now it’s anyone’s guess as to who will take up the hosting duties as well as the empty seats on the judging panel. The rumour mill has dropped Mariah Carey‘s name already, but Kelly Rowland seemed to hit the right spot in the UK, so perhaps she’ll be hopping across the pond back to her home country. Or will it be a Simon vs LA Reid fest? Barring Nicole’s little rants, it pretty much was that… a classic case of “Mine is better than yours”

M-Net has the X FACTOR U.S!

This is great news for all of you who have had Simon Cowell withdrawals. Pay channel, M-Net has secured the rights to showcase reality TV phenomenon X Factor U.S.  The new US version of the show will kick off in early October following the conclusion of Idols season 7. In addition to seeing Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid you’ll also get to see the lovely Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel.

Unlike Idols, this is open to everyone who has (or thinks) they have a singing talent. Groups, solo artists, young, old… anyone can enter. Oy vey,  you know that this is going to be well entertaining. The Americans have some real gems (good and bad) and those gems all make for some hilarious TV. What will the winner of this competition win? A whopping $5 million record deal. How’s that for #winning, wow! Past winners of the hit show include the likes of Leona Lewis, Shayne Ward and Alexandra Burke. While Ward and Burke have enjoyed a significant amount of success internationally, Lewis shot to instant stardom globally after winning this show. Well that together with her massive hit “Bleeding Love”. So you know this show isn’t messing around.

On bringing the X Factor to local audiences, Channel Head Pierre Cloete said: “Following the success of American Idol we can’t wait to see the entertainment X FACTOR U.S. has in store.”

My thoughts? I think this is a big scoop for the channel. I look forward to watching this and it’s going to be interesting to see how the next season of American Idol does alongside the X Factor. I also think a show of this nature will be embraced very well by local audiences, so stay tuned for X Factor SA… I feel. Hey, production peops, if you decide to do a local version, I’ll be happy to audition for the hosting duties!!

The X Factor kicks off on M-Net and M-Net HD on DStv this October.

Cheryl dropped from UK X Factor too

WTF… Cheryl Cole has now been dropped from the UK’s X Factor judging panel too? This follows last week’s news that the  producers of the American version of the hit show had decided to terminate her contract, just four episodes in. Apparently she wasn’t getting on very well with Paula Abdul and the producers were worried her accent was a little too thick for American audiences. When the British version’s judges were announced yesterday, Cole’s name was not included in that lineup. Instead, they’re going with Louis Walsh, Take That’s Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child and Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz. Kelly’s American accent isn’t an issue clearly. CheCo must be well bovvered now.

I smell an exclusive OK magazine deal coming on worth loads of little Pounds and speaking of Pounds, it’s believed Cole will still pocketed a whopping 1.2million Pounds for the four episodes she shot in the US.

It’s interesting that her accent has been described as too thick. I mean when Paula Abdul used to be on Idols and on some ‘liquid diet’ , it was difficult to make out what she was saying half the time. At least Cheryl is extremely easy on the eye and she is relevant at the moment. Will this help her get her big break States side or will she settle for Mudd Island and what it has to offer? I guess only time will tell!

We Are The World 25 For Haiti – Official Video

Awesome!!! That’s all I have to say. Pink is amazing, Adam Levin sounds great… I love the juxtaposition of Janet Jackson and her late brother Michael… Little Justin Bieber has the duties of kicking off the first verse followed by Pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger and the lovely Jennifer Hudson! Celine, Josh, Barbra and Fergie are powerful… man of man, the rest is just fantastic!! Big up

No more Pussycat Doll love for Lewis

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Lead Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton have split up- apparently because they both want to “focus fully” on their careers. According to Bang Showbiz, a statement from their spokesperson said, “They have decided to go their separate ways. They want to focus fully on their careers and will remain close friends.”
The couple met at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2007 and have been dating since. She lives in L.A. and he is based in Switzerland, so that can’t have helped the situation much! I wonder if the break up will inspire and influence Nicole’s solo career even more. Remember that song, Baby Love… that one that was on HIGH ROTATION everywhere! Time will tell I suppose