Making headlines in pop this week…
UK X Factor announces their final 12 – but not without some boos and hisses. Several of our show favourites have failed to make it past the Judges House and there are questions as to whether some of the acts put through are ready for the live shows.
Here’s a peek at who made it and who should’ve.
Cher Lloyd – I know heads would’ve rolled if ya’ll don’t see young Cher turning her swag on every week but one has to wonder if this competition is taking its toll on her already.
Katie Waissal – this fame-hungry receptionist was written off as a “more style over substance” in her first audition but can Katie back it all up with a decent vocal performance?
Rebecca Ferguson – file this under: “One To Blossom”. Rebecca, the classy belle who’s always dressed to the nines in the competition, will probably take us on her journey of self-confidence discovery and wow us along the way.
1 Direction – the pubescent boyband Simon, Louis and Nicole Scherzingerburger pieced together from this year’s solo male reject list.
Belle Amie – are they for real? I take it that neither Simon or nor Louis have heard of the gay porn troupe Bel Ami? [Editor’s note: thanks Limmy for not linking out this time] Poor lasses.
FYD – in a post-JLS market, can the world handle another X Factor group with an acronym?
Aiden Grimshaw – this lad will probably rip my heart out and wring it dry every week with his emotive David Gray/James Blunt-style vocals.
Nicolo Festa – the Italian diva-in-training. He brings a refreshing attitude in a competition so often waged on a contestant’s likeability. He has this air about him that says, “you don’t have to like me… but chu will respect me. Why? Cause I’m da boss!” *Cues Kelis in what seems like the most bizarre X Factor segue this blog has ever done*
Matt Cardle – I really fancy this guy. I do. Very likeable. Mamii Dannii‘s got another solid year of male vocalists here.
Louis’ over 28s:
Storm Lee – the American rockstar who earned the ire of Simon Cowell has reinvented himself with a hot pink ‘do. He’s already rocking the stage like a world class entertainer. Fellow finalists, he’s the one to beat.
John Adeleye – I have a soft spot for aged-care workers. I’d be curious to see what songs Louis picks for him.
Mary Byrne – the very likeable Tesco checkout memaw with a huge voice. It wouldn’t have been right to go into the live shows without chu.
Who should’ve made it:
Gamu – what the fuck happened here? Forums and the Twittosphere have been blowing up in protest. Any chance of a wild card?
The Reason – my delicious tradie manband! NOOOOO.
Annastacia Baker – unlike Alexandra Burke, it wasn’t the case of second time lucky for this soulful singer. Having said that, she should be proud for singlehandedly escalating Adele‘s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ sales.
Paije – Dannii, your top three could’ve done with a bit of variety. You ushered away (brilliant pun intended, thank you) a promising soul/jazz act here.
Take That – yes, the complete set including your Superstar Robbie doll – will drop their new album Progress here on 26 November. The lead single ‘The Flood’ – produced by Stuart Price (see: Kylie and Madonna) – will be serviced to Aussie radios sometime this month with the video already shot along the River Thames. This is the complete Take That reunion album we thought hell would freeze over first before we’d see in our lifetime. Perhaps this’ll be the boyband’s big return to the Aussie charts, seeing as the last time we cared about a Take That single was four years ago when ‘Patience’ peaked at #26. Take That’s biggest hit here is the 1995 #1 classic ‘Back For Good’ – which was recently covered by Boyz II Men and – if you’re privy to the scrapped duet demo – Nadine Coyle.
Enrique Iglesias is making one hell of a promo trip Down Under in four weeks. The Spanish heart throb will be hawking his new single ‘Heartbeat’ on X Factor (see Monday night elimination 1 November) and will also be mingling at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It’s been a bloody good year for Enrique so far – his single ‘I Like It’ has surpassed double platinum sales figures and the album Euphoria is his biggest chart record here since 2001’s Escape.
David Guetta is in talks to nab Christina Aguilera for a huge vocal track. The ubiquitous French DJ/producer told Record magazine that he’s already completed nine tracks for his next LP – due sometime mid-2011 – and is crazy keen for an Aguilera collabo. There are whispers that an Usher and a Will.i.Am cut have already made the album shortlist but we’ll have to wait and see.
Nicki Minaj has swept up three BET Hip Hop awards even before her first album drops. Young Nicki picked up awards for ‘Rookie of The Year’, ‘People’s Champ’ and the ‘Made You Look’ award in recognition of her outrageous style. The fierce femme-cee just keeps raking in the chips as hype surrounding her LP escalates to fever-pitch demands.
Girls Aloud darling Kimberley Walsh has filmed a duet with Ne-Yo for his ITV2 special: Ne Yo Tonight. The pair performs ‘Hate That I Love You’ which the R&B superstar originally recorded with Rihanna. Fascination Records tweeted this pic of Kimba and Ne-Yo in rehearsals three days ago. The show is said to air in December in the UK. WAOW. Go get ’em gurl.
Nelly Furtado will drop a two-disc greatest hits compilation here on 19 November. The Best of Nelly Furtado will squeeze all the hit singles from her four studio albums on CD one and pack in a bonus disc of Nelly‘s collaborations, including three new tracks. The new single ‘Night Is Young’ has been serviced to Aussie radios this week. Universal Music has said that Nelly‘s expected to strike back with a new album early next year.
Pink – one who’s arguably more deserving of a best-of comp – is releasing her The Greatest Hits So Far pack on 12 November. The new single ‘Raise Your Glass’ hits Aussie radios tomorrow and if banter in the blogosphere’s to be believed, Pink had shot the video and completed the greatest hits photo shoot last month. Expect the video to be uploaded soon. The Greatest Hits So Far will fittingly be a CD/DVD affair.
Shontelle has premiered the video for her sensational Darkchild-produced single: ‘Perfect Nightmare’. Talk about a huge opportunity wasted for laser strobes and snap-second editing in the “no way, no way, no way…” part. Sigh.