X Factor UK Headlines for 06/15/14

Ella Henderson becomes the lowest placing X Factor finalist (6th) to get a #1 single in the UK.

One Direction are now working with McBusted!

Mel B becomes X Factor UK judge, Sarah-Jane Crawford is replacing Caroline Flack as Xtra Factor host.

Spicing up the panel! Mel B is CONFIRMED as fourth and final X Factor judge… after signing ‘£1million contract’
Mel B has been confirmed as the fourth and final judge on this year’s X Factor.

The 39-year-old former Spice Girl, real name Melanie Brown, has will join fellow panellists Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh for the new series of the ITV talent show after she penned a reported £1million deal.

The star, who was a guest judge on the programme in 2012, admitted she cannot wait to get started on the show.
Read more: Daily Mail

Mel B joins The X Factor: it’s the strongest judging lineup in years
The former Spice Girl’s past turn as a judge was a true revelation of splenetic anger. Provided she doesn’t keel over in a rage-induced seizure, there’s a good chance she could prove the salvation of this ailing show
Usually at this time of year, with a new series of X Factor looming on the horizon, it’s normal to feel a surge of unstoppable dread. Dread at having to watch Gary Barlow slow-puncture all the fun out of the room again. Dread at having to see Nicole Scherzinger crane her neck around like an attention-starved toddler whenever she says the word “balls”. Dread at watching a past-its-peak show sink further and further into the abyss.

But today things are different. Thanks to the news that Mel B has joined X Factor as a judge, you might even feel a glimmer of hope. Because, on paper, this is the best judging lineup that X Factor has ever had.
Read more: The Guardian

‘It’s time to pass the baton': Caroline Flack quits as presenter on The Xtra Factor after three series
Caroline Flack has announced she has quit The Xtra Factor.

The 34-year-old presenter has decided not to return to host ITV2 spin-off of ‘The X Factor’ for a fourth series, but insisted she would always be a fan of the show.

Confirming the news on her Twitter and Instagram profiles tonight (11.06.14), she wrote: ‘I have a lil announcement (sic).’
Read more: Daily Mail

Sarah-Jane Crawford confirms she is replacing Caroline Flack as new host of The Xtra Factor
Sarah-Jane Crawford has confirmed she is replacing Caroline Flack on The Xtra Factor.

The Radio 1Xtra DJ took to her Twitter account to reveal she will be hosting the X Factor spin-off show for the upcoming series, and she cannot wait to get started.

She wrote: ‘Morning! Really thrilled to say that I’ll be the new host of #XtraFactor this year!!!! Thanks to the X team for seeing something in me!’
Read more: Daily Mail

The X Factor stars filming this year’s auditions on Monday in Manchester.

Exclusive: Leona Lewis on leaving Cowell label: ‘It wasn’t a difficult decision
Leona Lewis has admitted that it wasn’t a difficult decision to leave Simon Cowell’s record label.

The singer recently moved from Sony imprint Syco – with whom she signed to following her win on The X Factor back in 2006 – to Universal label Island Records.

“No, [it was] not difficult, really,” Lewis told Digital Spy. “I’ve been with Sony for eight years. They’ve given me my launch pad and now it’s time for me to make my own tracks in my own way.
Read more: Digital Spy

Leona Lewis is Walking on Sunshine with new record label and first film role
The X Factor winner has left Syco, the Simon Cowell owned record label, and will star in the upcoming movie Walking On Sunshine
Singer Leona Lewis is known for a big voice and quiet personality but even she cannot hide her delight at landing a first movie role and signing for a new record label.

“The film was just something different,” she says. “Sometimes it is good to throw a spanner in the works and experience something different.”

Walking on Sunshine, which the makers hope will be a British version of Mamma Mia, is a summer love story set in Italy.
Read more: Daily Mirror

‘It felt like a dream!’ Alexandra Burke wows as soul superstar Rachel Marron at press night for musical hit The Bodyguard
Her new stage role in a theatrical adaptation of Hollywood blockbuster The Bodyguard has won encouraging reviews – and Alexandra Burke admits stepping into shoes previously worn by the late Whitney Houston is ‘a dream.’

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, 25, has put her vocal talents to good use in the production having taken the part of fiction soul superstar Rachel Marron from previous incumbent Beverley Knight.

The role, made famous by Houston in the 1992 film, sees her star alongside Tristan Gemmil, who plays love interest Frank Farmer – originally played by Kevin Costner.
Read more: Daily Mail

Boyband bonanza! One Direction secretly team up with McBusted to write and record new tracks
One Direction’s Niall Horan has confirmed that he and his bandmates have teamed up with the supergroup McBusted to collaborate on new music.

According to The Sun on Sunday, the members of 1D were recently locked in secret writing and recording sessions with the group, formed from the merger of McFly and Busted.

The sessions reportedly took place prior to One Direction jetting out of the UK for the European leg of their Where We Are stadium tour.
Read more: Daily Mail

Robbie Williams offers lads Direction: Robster counsels 1D after drugs shame video
ROBBIE Williams has given One Direction his 25 years of pop wisdom over their drugs shame video.
And it’s: Next time don’t get caught!

The Robster is no stranger to the odd drink and drugs controversy after having two spells in rehab to battle with his own addictions.

But despite the odd booze-induced hiccup Robbie has now settled down, got married and become a dad.

He’s also managed to keep hold of his pop crown for over 20 years, so you’d think he’d be the perfect mentor for 1D and under-fire US pop star Justin Bieber.

But apparently the Rock DJ’s profound advice stretches to: “I think they should stop getting caught.

“I managed to not get caught until I was at least 23.

“Drop a shoulder, sell them a dummy, but whatever you do don’t get caught on video.”

Robster then quickly added: “I love them all dearly, they are all my showbiz brothers even though I haven’t met Justin Bieber.”
Read more: Daily Star

When dreams come true: One Direction meet lucky fans as ambassadors for the Rays of Sunshine Charity…ahead of performing at Wembley
They are Britain’s best-loved boy band.

And One Direction helped make the dreams of 60 lucky fans come true as ambassadors for the Rays Of Sunshine charity.

The charity helps grant the wishes of seriously ill children, with the band – Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles – meeting the youngsters prior to performing at Wembley stadium on Sunday.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘It’s not too late… I’ll be waiting for you in Borehamwood': Harry Styles tells 1D fan and bride-to-be ‘you don’t have to go through with wedding’ in fun clip
Harry Styles made one bride’s wedding day even more special when he asked her a question that the majority of One Direction fans can only dream of.

The heartthrob made a surprise video for Tash Gershfield, pleading with her to leave her husband-to-be James, in a short clip shown to her on her big day.

The 20-year-old is heard saying: ‘Tash, you don’t have go through with this. It’s not too late’, while smirking at the camera.
Read more: Daily Mail

Rebecca Ferguson: ‘I want to work with Kanye West’
Rebecca Ferguson has revealed that she would love to work with Kanye West in the future.

The ‘I Hope’ singer told Digital Spy that she considers the US rapper “fascinating”, and suggested that he would be an ideal producer for her third studio album.

She said: “I’m recording my next album in August. I’d like to work with Kanye as a producer, because his mind fascinates me.

“I know he gets a lot of stick, but I think musically he’s future-thinking. I’m getting a bit bored at the minute [with other music]… I’m just craving something different.”

Speaking about whether she would be interested in making a more pop-inspired album, she said: “I’m playing with music and working on different types of music. But I’ve realised that I can’t really stray from what is my marker.

“So there’s certain people that do pop well. Beyoncé’s one of them, Rihanna, Rita Ora, I could go on and on. You’ve got to recognise what your talent and niche is.

“You’ve got to be the best you can be. I do love dance music, but at the same time I’m not looking to put out a big pop album.”
Read more: Digital Spy

‘I have to move on and do something different': X Factor winner James Arthur confirms he has parted ways from Simon Cowell’s record label
James Arthur has revealed he is no longer working with Simon Cowell’s Syco record label.

The 26-year-old singer was automatically signed to the label after winning The X Factor in 2012, and released his self-titled debut album in 2013.

However, after becoming embroiled in a series of controversies, James has now confirmed via his Twitter account he has left Syco.
Read more: Daily Mail

As James Arthur departs record label, the star’s downfall and where it all went wrong
Fame has not been kind to James Arthur – here’s a look at his rap sheet. It doesn’t make comfortable reading
As James Arthur confirms he’s left record label Syco after months of speculation, we take a look at the star’s journey from fame to shame.

The X Factor winner has made several promises he is still part of Simon Cowell’s label over the last few months, but it seems it’s all at an end now.

He announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Just to clear things up – I am no longer with Syco.”

The controversial singer continued: “I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me.

“I now have to move on and do something different – the future is bright! #LOVE”

After scooping the X Factor crown in 2012 – James Arthur must have thought he was swapping his miserable Middlesbrough bedsit for a life of fame, fortune and glamorous ladies.

He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Here we take a look at the rollercoaster ride of James’ journey from fame to shame.

Buckle up – as it gets messy.
Read more: Daily Mirror

Cheeky! Cheryl Cole twerks up a storm in raunchy dance-fuelled video for Crazy Stupid Love
She managed to turn up the heat when she performed her new single – Crazy Stupid Love – for the first time during the Britain’s Got Talent final on Saturday evening.

But it seems Cheryl Cole’s stage show was just a warm up for her scorching video which she unveiled on Tuesday morning.

The 30-year-old is sexier than ever as she gyrates, twerks and generally dances up a storm while wearing a daring crop top.
Read more: Daily Mail


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Irish Charts
Singles
1 Ella Henderson – Ghost
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12 Little Mix – Salute
39 One Direction – You & I
48 Little Mix – Move
63 One Direction – Story of My Life
77 One Direction – Best Song Ever

Albums
1 Coldplay – Ghost Stories
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9 One Direction – Midnight Memories
40 One Direction – Up All Night
43 Little Mix – Salute
47 One Direction – Take Me Home

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The Official Charts
Singles
1 Ella Henderson – Ghost (132K+)
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6 Little Mix – Salute
52 One Direction – You & I

Albums
1 Kasabian – 48:13
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32 Little Mix – Salute
35 One Direction – Midnight Memories

Ella Henderson’s Ghost debuts at Number 1 with spooktacular sales
X Factor star Ella Henderson claims one of the fastest selling singles of 2014 so far with Ghost.

Congratulations to Ella Henderson who has gone straight in at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart today with her debut release, Ghost.

According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, more than 132,000 copies of Ghost were purchased in the UK over the last seven days, earning the 18-year-old from Tetney, Lincolnshire the fourth fastest selling single of 2014 so far.

“It feels incredible,” Ella tells OfficialCharts.com. “I just can’t believe it! I’ve taken my time away, writing, and coming back into it with all this support is amazing.”

Ghost was co-written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who has also penned tracks for the likes of Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding, Beyonce and Adele.

“When you think about the people Ryan works with, it was definitely overwhelming being in the same room as him,” admits Ella. “He gets to pick and choose who he works with, and to say I got to write my first single with him is insane!”

Ella Henderson first shot to fame two years ago after appearing in the 2012 series of the X Factor. Despite being hotly tipped to win the show, Ella was eliminated in seventh week of the live rounds after going head-to-head with James Arthur. X Factor host Dermot O’Leary described her exit as “one of the biggest shocks we’ve ever had on the results show.”
Read more: The Official Charts Company

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  • I LOVE Britney

    So happy for Ella! She was unfairly eliminated in X-Factor, yet she debuts stronger than anyone who placed higher than her! Go Ella!

  • Lovesyesha

    Yay Ella!!!! By far the best vocalist in her season, too bad her mentor Tulisa was awful that year and kept voting for Rylan to stay in. So glad Ella has come back strong. It’s a great song and I hope it’s released here in the states!

  • Maya

    So glad for Ella. Unpopular opinion: With the exception of Mel B I prefer last years judging panel. I prefer Gary and Nicole to Simon and Cheryl.

  • Jason Gorny

    idk, i thought tulisa was a good mentor to ella. it’s funny that asa mentor, she has produced two successful acts from the show. Little Mix and now Ella!

  • Lovesyesha

    In general I thought she was an okay mentor, but I remember a couple of times when she had the opportunity to eliminate Rylan (who couldn’t really sing) over a couple of other genuinely talented acts who deserved to stay and chose not to. It ended up coming back to bite her in the ass when Ella and James Arthur were both in the bottom two and Rylan was safe.