X Factor UK Headlines for 04/01/12

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More 1D news, last year’s BGT winner dropped by Sony. Tulisa’s sex tape saga continues.

‘She’s a very classy woman’: One Direction on Michelle Obama after spotting the First Lady bopping away to their tunes
They’ve taken off in a big way on both sides of the Atlantic since being thrust into the limelight on the X Factor 2010.

But at this evening’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, One Direction were able to truly see just how popular they are worldwide at they took to the star-studded event in Los Angeles.

Despite stars such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry being in attendance Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were lucky enough to lap up the attention as they were picked as one of the acts to entertain the audience with their catchy music.
Read more: The Daily Mail

No wonder they needed protection! One Direction give first performance since hitting No1 on US charts to hordes of female fans
They were only scheduled to play four songs during their first performance since hitting No1 on the US Billboard charts.

But there’s no doubt that One Direction left their audience satisfied at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Dallas yesterday.

The (mainly female) crowd went wild for Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson as they took to the stage.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Beatlemania takes a whole new Direction! Thousands gather in Montreal to catch a glimpse of the band
There may be 50 years between them – but the scenes are almost identical.

Back in 1964 when Beatlemania took hold of North America they doubted the hysteria over a boy band would ever be repeated.

Now, 48 years after the Fab Four melted the hearts of a generation of teenage women new group One Direction are having the same effect on their daughters, maybe even their granddaughters.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘They love that he looks like the perfect all-American boy’: Harry Styles suffers knock to ego as fans go crazy for Niall Horan
There’s said to be fierce rivalry in the One Direction camp, as the American girls go crazy for Niall Horan.

As the boys tour the U.S., the 19-year-old is apparently being mobbed by fans, while Harry Styles, who is arguably the biggest star back here, is left in the wings.

And Zayn Malik is apparently not far behind.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Louis Tomlinson: Simon Cowell can’t sleep because he’s too excited about One Direction’s US success
One Direction’s mentor Simon Cowell is thrilled that they’ve had such a great reaction in America.

Simon, 52, told band member Louis Tomlinson, 20, that he’s struggling to drop off at night because he can’t get thoughts of the lads’ success out of his head.

‘He’s really, really excited by the reaction we’ve had out here and has said he’s not sleeping properly ‘cos he keeps thinking about us and how it’s going,’ says Louis.

‘He’s far too excited to sleep. Which is quite cool.’
Read more: Now Magazine

One Direction & The Wanted: The Billboard Cover Story
When Melissa Lonner, senior entertainment producer for NBC’s “Today,” booked Brit pop quintet One Direction in January, she scheduled the group for a routine in-studio performance. But once news broke that the boyish fivesome would be at 30 Rock, a deluge of fan emails flooded the show’s inbox, forcing NBC to relocate the appearance to Rockefeller Plaza. That was when the New York Police Department got involved. Spurred by reports of swelling public appearances by the band in other markets like Toronto and Boston — the latter of which attracting some 5,000 screaming fans to Natick Mall — the NYPD contacted NBC security to ensure measures would be taken to maintain order.
Read more: Billboard

One Direction promo for Nickelodeon’s ‘iCarly’ – watch
One Direction feature in a new promo for an upcoming iCarly episode.

The group will guest star on the episode as themselves opposite Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Noah Munck and Jerry Trainor.

The plot revolves around the quintet performing their hit single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ on Carly’s live webcam show, when things go awry.
Read more: Digital Spy

The photo that will break a million hearts: One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson strolls arm-in-arm with his pretty model girlfriend
He’s loved by girls on both sides of the Atlantic now, so chances are Louis Tomlinson made the wrong move by stepping out with his girlfriend yesterday.

The 20-year-old singer was spotted out and about with Eleanor Calder in Los Angeles yesterday and certainly looked loved up.

And to add further salt to the wound, the young pair were holding hands as they strolled down the street.
Read more: The Daily Mail

That’s another one off the market! Days after Louis Tomlinson steps out with girlfriend, One Direction bandmate Liam Payne’s dancer girl tweets picture of couple
His bandmate Louis Tomlinson broke a few hearts when he stepped out with his pretty model girlfriend in Los Angeles just days earlier.

And as One Direction’s fame continues to rise, Liam Payne’s squeeze Danielle Peazer obviously also thought it would be a good time to mark her territory.

The dancer for bands including The Saturdays, JLS, LMFAO and singer Jessie J, tweeted an adorable picture of her and the 18-year-old while he continues to tour the U.S.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Songwriter and vocal producer Savan Kotecha speaks to Pressparty
4) For the 5 tracks you helped write on the lads’ debut album, ‘Up All Night’, had you met with them in person before hand? Did you have a sense of what the record was going to be like? How was the songwriting process for the One Direction project? What kind of input and creative control did you have?

I was their vocal producer on the X Factor, so I was there from the beginning for the group, and I helped see them through the whole X Factor process so we know each other very well. Being a part of their journey from the start makes their success extra special. And it obviously helps that they are great guys! Regarding the creative stuff, when I met them and heard them sing, I pretty much knew it needed to sound like the modern day Backstreet Boys – guitar pop with Swedish melodies. That was always where their voices shined when we were rehearsing songs during the X Factor. I’m also an A&R for Syco, so luckily Simon Cowell and the rest of the team (including Tyler Brown who was the point A&R for the album) shared the vision and just let me do my thing!
Read more: Pressparty

Simon Cowell – irreverent, seductive, brilliant. And he loves dogs
The man music journalists love to hate helped One Direction break US chart history. He’s not just any old megabastard
Read more: The Guardian

All I have are broken dreams and a house on Fail Avenue: Lament of last Year’s BGT winner, who’s just been dumped by his record label after album flopped
As he stood victorious on the Britain’s Got Talent stage, Jai McDowall thought he was on the road to stardom.

But just nine months after millions of viewers saw him win Simon Cowell’s ITV talent show, the singer has been dumped by his record label.

Now all he has to show for his brief moment in the spotlight is the three-bedroom home his prize money paid for – on a street called, rather unfortunately, Fail Avenue.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Spinning around! Cher Lloyd channels Kylie Minogue in a TINY pair of hotpants on opening night of Sticks + Stones tour
Ever since she shot into the spotlight, Cher Lloyd has garnered attention for her outspoken ways and daring fashion sense.

So it was no wonder she made an impression on the opening night of her UK tour last night.

The singer ensured all eyes were on her as she showed off plenty of skin on stage in a tiny pair of hot pants and a cropped top.
Read more: The Daily Mail

There’s hardly a list of wild night tour bus tales yet! Little Mix to publish their autobiography before release of debut album
A celebrity autobiography usually conjures up images of wild orgies, champagne binges and flirting with a certain kind of powder.

Yet Little Mix are the latest group to release a tell-all tale of their story.

The girls only just graduated from The X Factor three months ago, but their new book will document their journey ‘so far’ – insinuating there will be another one to come later down the line.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Growing into her favourite diva! Amelia Lily is a dead ringer for Christina Aguilera at X Factor salon launch
With her tumbling platinum blonde hair and powerful vocals, Amelia Lily was compared to pop diva Christina Aguleira more than once during her X Factor tenure.

And judging by snaps of the 17-year-old this evening, she’s growing more and more similar to the star.

The singer looked ready to burst into a rendition of Dirrty as she arrived at stylist Jamie Stevens’ salon launch party in London tonight.
Read more: The Daily Mail

‘It was all her idea’: Tulisa’s ex-lover denies leaking sex tape and tells court hearing singer persuaded HIM to star in explicit film
Tulisa’s former lover turned the tables on the singer today, claiming it was her idea to make a sex tape, even implying it was filmed on her mobile phone.

Justin Edwards, whose stage name is MC Ultra, came out of hiding and broke his silence in a packed courtroom over accusations he leaked the explicit footage.

In extraordinary scenes at London’s High Court the 28-year-old denied he released the footage, saying it would have been ‘ungentlemanly’ and he had been ‘brought up better than that’.
Read more: The Daily Mail

Sex tape on sale! The video Tulisa hoped would be buried forever beats her new single to the shops
The video which has haunted Tulisa Contostavlos over the past few weeks has gone on sale in Soho shops.

It is being advertised with fluorescent signs reading ‘Tulisa sex tape sold here’ on boards outside shops in the area.

The film shows the star engaged in an intimate act with her ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards.

Tulisa has previously said of the incident: ‘When you share an intimate moment with someone that you love and trust you never imagine for one minute that footage may at any point be shared with the rest of the UK.’
Read more: The Daily Mail

Louis Walsh confirms ‘X Factor’ return: ‘I’m busy now until Christmas’
Louis Walsh has said that he will return to The X Factor for its ninth series.

Walsh is the only judge to have appeared on all series of the show so far since its launch in 2004. Confirming he has signed a contract, he also told The Mirror that he is unsure whether Kelly Rowland will return but hopes that she will commit to the panel for another run.
Read more: Digital Spy

Chart Update

I have some serious problems with my computer right now, so I’m just going to post links.
Irish Charts
The Official Charts (UK)

 
  • Mateja Praznik

    Okay, I have some major problems with my computer right now. I think my graphics card and driver need to be replaced.

    My computer’s screen simply freezes and then I have to shut the computer down by turning the electricity off (not the recommended way).

    I hope I get the problem fixed by next weekend, if not, well … I return when I get my computer back.

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    I’m happy Louis Walsh is back. I wish they’d bring Dannii back also. And Cheryl to the US version.