Category — The X Factor
The X Factor Australia has made sweeping changes to the judging panel with Chris Isaak and James Blunt joining the panel, as well as Guy Sebastian returning to the role he held previously.
Danni Minogue is the only judge to remain from the previous two seasons. Natalie Bassingthwaite said she quit because she wanted to concentrate on the New Zealand franchise of the show. Like we believe that….. Redfoo and Ronan Keating won’t be returning either.
Chris Isaak is a great addition to the show. Anyone who watched his guest roles on Australian Idol will know how fabulous and witty he will be. Also James Blunt is quite compelling as well.
What do you think of the new judges?
The X Factor Australia will be viewed later this year on SEVEN.
May 3, 2015 11 Comments
It was not the most surprising news Redfoo has been not been asked back to be a judge on The X Factor Australia this year.
It was confirmed in the Daily Telegraph that he won’t be back but also one of the other judges won’t be back.
Redfoo last year attracted international criticism with his single “Literally I Can’t” which was deemed to be offensive and sexist. And it was. He was the obvious choice to be the first to go after the show did not rate like it had in other years.
The show wants two new superstar judges, which must be code for two new overseas judges. It is not known if it is either Natalie Bassingthwaite, Danni Minogue or Ronan Keating who won’t be back. Ronan has said each year that he is not going to be back because of the distance from his family.
It will be interesting to see who the replacements will be.
April 7, 2015 4 Comments
New Zealand reality TV finally made international headlines with the news that two of their judges were sacked from The X Factor for their bullying and humiliating behaviour.
Earlier this week Natalia Kills and Will Moon were fired from the show after they were extremely nasty to contestant Joe Irvine.
Natalia accused Joe of copying the style of her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon. Calling it “cheesy” and “disgusting” and she “is sickened sitting here in your presence”. Which is quite interesting that a doppelgänger of her husband should make her feel that way maybe it is time to get a new husband.
Willy then joined in saying to him “It’s like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing. I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and kill everybody in the audience.”
An online petition was signed by 70,000 people and Mediaworks CEO, Mark Weldon said they were no longer suitable for the show and they have been fired. A new judge will be put in to mentor their team.
It is interesting that people reacted so angrily to Natalia and Willy’s tirade, considering when the reality TV genre became big in the form of American Idol and the other shows that humiliation and bully was the trademark. Remember Simon Cowell in his hey day. In fact Dicko and Kyle Sandilands were not shy in holding back in what they thought either. Once Gordon Ramsay hears of this he would be rolling his eyes I expect…
Maybe it is good that reality TV has moved on from those times and the viewer can show their distain at unnecessarily nasty behaviour like what these judges dished out.
However what I would like to know is whether there was a producer who was whispering into the ear piece to go hard at the contestant and if so they should be disciplined as well.
And yes if you watch the video that is Australian Idol winner Stan Walker on the judging panel.
Source: Stuff NZ
March 17, 2015 26 Comments
Less then two months after Dean Ray’s time on The X Factor and he appears to want to shed his reality TV past. One person not happy about it was his girlfriend Bonnie Anderson who got her career start on Australia’s Got Talent when she was 12.
Dean Ray was runner-up on the 2014 series.
According to the Daily Telegraph Bonnie Ray was “offended and hurt” by his bucketing of the genre. Dean’s comments which the Telegraph said was from an online interview (Ed’s note: I tried to find it to attribute but could not).
He said in the interview that shows like X Factor, Australian Idol, The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent were bad for the industry in that “all the artists are exactly the same”.
He also claimed X Factor producers “lost control of editing” and couldn’t “edit him up to look like an asshole anymore” which helped him through to the grand final that saw 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan crowned winner. And he criticised his album of covers from the show.
Dean Ray went on the show already with a manager and was clearly on the show to raise his profile. Maybe he needs to realise that he would still be busking if it were not for reality TV.
January 5, 2015 13 Comments
There has been much justified handwringing about Redfoo’s new single, Play-N-Skilz and how bad it is. I am still trying to work out what is worse, the repetitive lyrics and the repetitive simple beat or the sexist lyrics that are really really derogatory towards women.
The song which he sings with Lil Jon has lyrics like:
“You got a big ol’ butt. I can tell by the way you walkin’. But, you annoying me, because you’re talking,” “shut the fuck up” and “Girl I’m sipping on this drink, trying to see what you got, not hear what you think.”
And of course there are lots of girls gyrating against him in the film clip.
It has created such a controversy that a petition has been created on Change.org it is to Channel 7 asking them to hire him as a judge on next years The X Factor.
Redfoo is not happy about the criticism his latest single is attracting and thinks he is being victimised as an artist!
November 12, 2014 25 Comments