X Factor UK Headlines for 08/25/13

Agony of the One Direction mothers, Rebecca Ferguson announces new album ‘Freedom’, ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ are here to stay, says ITV boss.

Agony of the One Direction mothers forced to buy cardboard cutouts of their sons they never get to see
There’s a heartbreaking moment in the new film charting the rise of boy band One Direction.

The mother of group member Liam Payne, a 19-year-old Wolverhampton lad who is unashamed of admitting that his favourite movie is still Toy Story, is seen breaking down in the merchandise tent at Madison Square Garden in New York where the band is playing.

Karen Payne sobs inconsolably as she is filmed buying a £34.99 cardboard cut-out of her son. She says: ‘We miss him. He left home my little boy and became the boy in a magazine. If I have this I can still see him every day. When I see him on stage I absolutely burst with pride, but we do miss him so much.’
Read more: Daily Mail

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One Direction Can’t Dance: Watch Exclusive ‘This Is Us’ Clip For Proof!
From the puppet strings in *NSync’s “Bye Bye Bye” to the Backstreet Boys’ synchronous pelvic thrusts, a boy band wasn’t a boy band without killer choreography. But in their upcoming 3-D documentary, “This Is Us,” One Direction are cutting the strings off that tradition and letting loose.

The fivesome just released a brand new clip for the film, which finally hits theaters August 30, just five days after they make an appearance at the 2013 Video Music Awards, where they are up for the coveted Moonman for Best Song of the Summer for “Best Song Ever.”
Read more: MTV

Zayn Malik’s understated response as he confirms his engagement to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards
Zayn Malik has spoken about his engagement to fiance Perrie Edwards of Little Mix fame confirming the news that the couple are to be married.

The ‘mysterious’ member of the world’s biggest boy band’s response – after being put on the spot by a reporter – was a very understated: ‘It’s cool, it’s really cool, we’re really happy.’
Read more: Daily Mail

‘At least she’s a great songwriter!’ Harry Styles hopes ex Taylor Swift will use him for inspiration… as she shows him what he’s missing during outing in LA
They only dated for a few months last year, before calling it quits in January.

But Harry Styles has given his blessing to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift to write songs about him and their time together.

Clearly not nervous following her previous releases such as Dear John – which was penned about her ill-fated and short-lived romance with much older John Mayer – the One Direction bandmember jokes, ‘At least she’s a great songwriter!’
Read more: Daily Mail

The joys of having a famous mom! Harry Styles poses with Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia as he drops into visit
It’s clear there are some advantages to having a famous mother.

While her school friends have to settle for collecting One Direction posters and idolising the boys from afar, Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber got a personal visit from her hero.

Harry Styles posed up with the tween on a visit to Cindy’s house in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Read more: Daily Mail

The envy of all Directioners: Harry Styles kisses mystery brunette in the 1D photo booth at This Is Us Premiere
Let’s hope the brunette who kissed Harry Styles in the 1D photo booth was a fan.

For if she wasn’t, there is no person alive who could spare her from the jealous wrath of Directioners across the world, all wishing they were the floppy-haired heartthrob’s one true love.

It doesn’t help matters that hearts have already been broken over Zayn’s engagement to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards and Liam Payne’s blooming romance with schoolmate, Sophia Smith.
Read more: Daily Mail

One Direction’s fans go ‘crazy crazy crazy’ for the world’s biggest boy band in the Big Apple… as 18,000 fans watch them perform
After one of the biggest premiere’s London’s Leicester Square has ever seen, One Direction had just a couple days respite before the screaming started again.

The world’s most popular boy band performed on the Today show Friday morning and their ‘Directioners’ were as usual out in full force.
Read more: Daily Mail

18,000-plus One Direction fans mob TODAY’s plaza
The TODAY plaza is the one place to be this morning.

One Direction has drawn an estimated 18,000 Directioners to Rockefeller Center, NYPD estimated, all packing into about two New York City blocks outside a temporarily renamed Studio 1D.

“It seems to me this is the biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” Al Roker said.

Between song sets, which featured their hits “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Kiss You” and their newest track, “Best Song Ever,” Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik also gave details on their upcoming movie and Zayn’s recently revealed engagement.
Read more: Today

One Direction members talk movie, engagement and … pregnancy?!
They’re baaack! After making their American television debut on TODAY in March of 2012, and visiting again in November of the same year, One Direction returned to the plaza Friday morning to deliver a concert for over 18,000 eager fans.

But that’s not the only thing they did. Between song sets, which featured their hits “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Kiss You” and their newest track, “Best Song Ever,” Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik also gave details on their upcoming movie and Zayn’s recently revealed engagement.
Read more: Today

Getting comfortable! One Direction get VERY close during This Is Us press conference in New York
They are in the middle of promoting their new film This Is Us.

And it seems that One Direction have been getting very comfortable spending time with one another.

On Saturday the band held a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York for the movie, and at one point appeared to be sitting on each others laps.
Read more: Daily Mail

Has Harry been snapped up? One Direction heart-throb Styles has ‘mystery’ girlfriend and is so smitten he’s flown her out to New York
He is arguably the biggest heart-throb of his generation so no doubt legions of fans will be left reeling from reports that Harry Styles has a new girlfriend.

The in-demand 19-year-old is believed to have flown a mystery new girl out to New York to see him after a whirlwind romance.

A source told the The Sun: ‘Harry has a new girlfriend. It’s someone he’s known for a while.’
Read more: Daily Mail

Showing off her BIG accessory: Perrie Edwards dances around with her engagement ring as Little Mix headline festival
It’s only been a few days since she publicly revealed she’s engaged to pop star boyfriend Zayn Malik.

But now Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards has had to come back down to earth, let it all settle in and get back to work.

Although that wasn’t going to stop her showing off her new accessory as she happily danced around on stage on Saturday as the girls performed at the Liverpool International Music Festival.
Read more: Daily Mail

Rebecca Ferguson announces new album ‘Freedom’
Rebecca Ferguson has formally announced the release of her new album.

The singer will release Freedom on December 2 as her second studio album.

“It’s official my new album “FREEDOM” will be released on the 2nd of December,” Ferguson tweeted. “You can pre order a signed copy, link to follow soooo excited can’t wait.”
Read more: Digital Spy

News: Lucy Spraggan announces album title Join The Club
New single will be Last Night (Beer Fear)

Lucy Spraggan has announced that the title of her debut album will be Join The Club, set for release on 7 October,

The singer-songwriter will also be releasing Last Night, the track which bought her huge fame on The X Factor.

Meanwhile, Lucy has released a video for album track Mountains, an inspiring song with an even more inspiring video.
Read more: 4 Music

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They’re naturals! Rochelle and Marvin Humes are a hit with viewers as they make their TV presenting debut on This Morning
They’ve both conquered the pop charts with JLS and The Saturdays but on Friday Marvin and Rochelle Humes faced a very different challenge.

The married couple made their debut as TV presenters as they hosted ITV’s This Morning.

Despite Rochelle sharing her first day nerves on Twitter, the pair seemed to be a big hit with viewers.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor acts domestically sold 30 million singles and 18 million albums
The X Factor launches its 10th UK series next weekend as Music Week reveals its acts have domestically sold a staggering 30 million singles and 18 million albums.

The huge totals mean that since the programme first aired in 2004, combined X Factor discoveries have sold more records in the UK than any corporate record group outside the majors, based on Official Charts Company data.

Our exclusive analysis shows acts uncovered during the first nine series have sold around 29.6 million singles in the UK – equivalent to 2.7% of singles sales since first winner Steve Brookstein’s debut hit was issued. They have also shifted 18.3 million albums; a 2.2% share of the artist LP market between the release of Brookstein’s introductory album and now.
Read more: Music Week, for details check out Music Week Magazine, pages 3 and 14-17

‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ are here to stay, says ITV boss
ITV boss Peter Fincham has hinted that Simon Cowell’s talent shows will remain on the channel for years to come.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival today (August 23), ITV’s director of television stated that The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

“Huge brands like The X Factor and BGT are absolutely central to our schedule,” he told the panel.

“I think they’re going to be around for a long time to come.”
Read more: Digital Spy

Dermot O’Leary: ‘I thought I’d be a father before Simon Cowell’
Stars are always getting sacked from the X Factor, but Dermot O’Leary is pretty sure he’s secure. That’s not to say he doesn’t have his eye on Question Time
It is quite something to sit backstage at The X Factor and witness the entire machinery of the entertainment industrial complex come into action. I can report that Sharon Osbourne looks as flame-proof in real life as she does on TV, her skin unmelted by time or any other natural process, and that when the music starts up, the thrillingly bombastic the-judges-are-about-to-descend-from-the-heavens-above throbbing crescendo played on speakers the size of small terraced houses, I actually feel my bones vibrate. An off-stage voice intones: “This IS London. And this IS The X Factor”, frenzied hysteria erupts from the vast Wembley arena and not for the first time do I think of the Nuremberg Rallies.
Read more: The Guardian

‘From my heart it’s an absolute yes!’ Nicole Scherzinger wrestles with her emotions in a sneak peek from the forthcoming tenth series of The X Factor
It’s helped turned the likes of Leona Lewis, JLS, and One Direction into household names.

Indeed, the pandemonium that greeted the 1D boys in Leicester Square when they attended the world premiere of their new film on Tueday is testament to The X Factor’s ability to turn regular kids into global stars.

But while the band go from strength to strength following their appearance on the show in 2011, a new crop of contestants will be vying for this year’s crown when the new series kicks off on August 31.

The new series will see the usual tears and tantrums as hopefuls go through their make or break auditions – as well as a significant change to the judging panel.
Read more: Daily Mail

Heart Talks To The X Factor Judges
Watch Heart’s very own Kevin Hughes meet Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

The tenth season of the X Factor audtions are underway – and Sharon Osbourne is back as a judge.
Read more: Heart

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Irish Charts
1 Katy Perry – Roar
6 One Direction – Best Song Ever
36 Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
42 100 Matt Cardle – Loving You (feat. Melanie C)
63 One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
91 Lucy Spraggan – Lighthouse
92 Olly Murs – Right Place, Right Time

1 Nathan Carter – Where I Wanna Be
6 One Direction – Up All Night
10 One Direction – Take Me Home
38 Olly Murs – Right Place, Right Time
76 Little Mix – DNA
84 Jahmene Douglas – Love Never Fails

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The Official Charts
1 Ellie Goulding – Burn
12 One Direction – Best Song Ever
14 Matt Cardle – Loving You (feat. Melanie C)
31 Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
61 Olly Murs – Right Place, Right Time
97 One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

1 Richard & Adam – The Impossible Dream
17 Olly Murs – Right Place, Right Time
20 One Direction – Take Me Home
28 Jahmene Douglas – Love Never Fails
31 One Direction – Up All Night
81 Olly Murs – In Case You Didn’t Know

Mateja Praznik

I study law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In my free time I like to read books, watch TV and listen to music. I'm also a huge cat lover and I own 5 cats and a dog.
I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.

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  • LongKissGoodnight

    I loved Rebecca’s first album, can’t wait to hear what she got for us next.

  • Wfish88

    Havnt listened to her album but I watched youtube vids of her on the XF, and I don’t get why she was so hyped up? Her tone was not that appealing or strong..

  • LongKissGoodnight

    I don’t watch XF UK and have checked Rebecca’s album on the whim.
    I loved it so much that I went back and listened to her recordings on XF, but did not find them enjoyable at all.
    If I was basing my opinion of her on those covers I probably would not have checked out the album.
    Which would my loss, ‘cause it’s a great collection.

  • Face

    her albums is soooo much better than anything she did on XF… to me she’s got the potential to be a Sade type act…

  • Face

    blimey… Richard & Adam are still #1… they’ve now gone gold (100k copies sold)!

  • Face

    Shame that Misha B hasn’t had more success… maybe she’d be better going to the US and trying to break thru there instead?

  • springboard2

    I didn’t like her on XF but really enjoyed her album.