Filipa wins RyanSeacrest.com cover contest

FilipaLast week I told you about 18-year-old Filipa, the young star from South Africa who caught the eye of Ryan Seacrest’s team when she covered One Direction’s, Story of My Life. The competition saw hundreds of hopefuls vying for the title of best cover. Round by round the numbers were narrowed down and last week, Filipa became one of seven competing for the title. Well here’s a development for you…. SHE WON THE WHOLE DAMN THING!!!!

She beat out X-Factor UK’s twins Jedward (who placed second) and X-Factor US finalist Josh Levi (who placed third), among others to take top honours. The news was announced yesterday and here’s what the young starlet had to say:

“Winning this competition has been the highlight of my career so far and to have the support from the media and public both in South Africa and overseas has been mind blowing,” said Filipa.

What’s next for her? Well winning a competition like this, which was set up by an entertainment mogul like Ryan Seacrest one thing’s for sure… the stars are the limit for Filipa. I can’t wait to see more!

Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody – The Last Time

Superstar, Taylor Swift and Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody are making sweet music together. The song is off Taylor’s Red album, which she dropped last year and now the two are ready to get the song out there. The two debuted the song, The Last Time on X Factor UK on Sunday evening during the live show. Check it out below:

Do you like the song?

Watch will.i.am and Britney’s new video

WOW! How rad is this new track from will.i.am and Britney Spears? The club banger in the making  video made its debut on The X Factor a couple of hours ago.

All the cool kids are going electro. This song should be a hit in SA this December. I like it… I want to Scream and Shout and let it all out. Nice one!

LeAnne Dlamini on the brink of something BIG

One of South Africa’s loveliest and talented singers, Leanne Dlamini might just be ready to tackle the global market. The SAMA winner made an appearance on The X-Factor UK this week. She sang her rendition of the Alicia Keys smash hit, If I Ain’t Got You and naturally she nailed it. See what Gary Barlow and the other judges had to say about LeAnne’s performance below:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lg1xwAo9TzE

Onward to bootcamp… Good luck to LeAnne, I really hope she cracks the big time, she deserves it!

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!