X Factor UK Headlines for 10/22/17

Niall Horan’s solo debut album is out! Five Directions: How One Direction’s Solo Careers Have Successfully Flexed Their Individual Talents. Sharon and Louis sign up for SEASON 15.

Niall Horan, Flicker, review: homespun MOR from One Direction’s dark horse
Now that all the members of One Direction have released solo music, we can start to judge how their post-boyband careers are shaping up. Who among the quintet is destined for Robbie Williams-style superstardom and who will be eating bugs on reality TV in a few years’ time?

Zayn Malik, the first to jump ship, has carved an interesting space in ultra-modern, sexed-up R’n’B. Harry Styles is making matinee idol waves with surprisingly scruffy pop-rock. Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have ploughed a straighter pop furrow: big beats, catchy choruses and grinning guest stars.
Read more: The Telegraph

FIRST LISTEN There’s not a Flicker of doubt that former One Direction star Niall Horan has nailed his debut album
Irish musician Niall Horan has naturally moved away from dance music and created a record that is a mature listen with lovely instrumentation and super-smooth vocals.
NIALL HORAN was always the guitar-strumming singer- songwriter of ONE DIRECTION.

So as the boys try to establish themselves after the split – with mixed results musically – Niall has naturally moved as far away from the dance-dominated charts as possible.

While HARRY STYLES went down the sophisticated Bowie-esque rock ’n’ roll route, Irishman Niall, is unashamedly soft rock – think JOHN MAYER crossed with ED SHEERAN.
Read more: The Sun

Niall Horan Reveals This Icon of His Helped Compile Solo Album ‘Flicker’
Niall Horan’s debut solo album Flicker has arrived. The One Direction alum stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Friday, October 20, to celebrate the drop and shared that while working on the album, he consulted with none other than Eagles idol Don Henley.

The Irish hunk explained that he worked on Flicker for about a year, but that he didn’t initially plan on curating a solo album.

“To be honest, there was no real plan for me to do anything,” Niall shared. “I was looking forward to doing nothing. But me being me, I got bored … and ended up starting to just write.”
Read more: On Air With Ryan Seacrest

ON HIS OWN Niall Horan on love and life after One Direction and how he’s finally getting back to basics
As he launches his solo career, the Irish singer reveals why he’s pleased to have left the boyband pressure cooker and what fans can expect from his new album Flicker
Knowing at the age of 24 that there’s a good chance your career has already peaked would be enough to make most people question the point of carrying on.

But not Niall Horan.

In fact, his assertion that nothing can ever come close to what he achieved with One Direction is actually a monumental relief – a licence to get on with the rest of his life and launch a solo career free from the burden of pressure.

“It’s really liberating. We all know that nothing I do will ever be as big as One Direction. But that means there’s no expectation and it’s quite nice to be able to just spread the wings.
Read more: The Sun

FLICKER OF PASSION Niall Horan reveals a secret lover he had in 1D inspired his best songs — and his emotional debut album Flicker
Niall Horan takes over Dan Wootton’s Bizarre Column for the day
FOR his five years in ONE DIRECTION – and the nearly two years since they went on hiatus – NIALL HORAN has been linked to a string of beautiful women.

But while his bandmates HARRY STYLES, LIAM PAYNE, LOUIS TOMLINSON and ZAYN MALIK have had plenty of girlfriends since shooting to fame, Niall always insisted he was single?.?.?.?until now.

In his first Bizarre guest-edit since going solo, Niall revealed his incredible debut album Flicker, out today, was inspired by a secret relationship.
Read more: The Sun

Niall Horan Says One Direction Has ‘Unfinished Business’
“We all know that.”

60 Minutes Australia will air an interview with One Directioner-turned-solo-crooner Niall Horan this Sunday and if the preview is any indication, it seems like no question is off limits for the Irish heartthrob.

In a preview shared Thursday (Oct. 19) on Twitter, Horan speaks with Australian news reporter Allison Langdon, answering answers questions about his love life and new music. While the two head backstage of Horan’s live show and also play a friendly game of golf, there’s one question Langdon poses in particular that is especially striking: “So if 1D came calling tomorrow, you’d drop everything and go back?”

A hesitant-looking Horan replies, “There is obviously unfinished business; we all know that.”
Read more: Billboard

‘Yep, 100 per cent’: Niall Horan reveals he’s open to return to One Direction as singer confirms the group will reunite at some point
He’s the former boy band member who’s enjoying a successful solo career.
But Niall Horan revealed he would be happy to return to One Direction one day, during an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday.
The 24-year-old said he wants to keep his connection to the band that made him famous, and he wouldn’t second guess returning if an opportunity presented itself.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘Cardiac arrest nearly happened!’ Niall Horan gets a fright when Harry Styles lookalike surprises him on Ellen
They have remained friends even after their boy band One Direction went on hiatus.
But the sight of Harry Styles can still get a shout of panic out of Niall Horan.
Niall, 24, swung by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and let out a yell when a screaming Harry lookalike suddenly popped out of a hollow table near him.
Read more: Daily Mail

Harry Styles Reveals He Thought of the Name One Direction and ‘It Kind of Stuck’
It may have been Harry Styles’ mom’s idea for him to audition for the U.K.’s X Factor, but it was his idea to call the group he was paired up with One Direction.

“I know they’re not here to defend anything else, but it was me,” Styles told CBS Sunday Morning’s Tony Dokoupil in a recent interview, referring to his bandmates Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

“I thought it sounded good. We threw around names for a little bit, and I honestly don’t know. I suggested it and everyone was like ‘Yeah we like that’ and then it kind of stuck, and that was what it was,” he explained.
Read more: Billboard

Fans are outraged as Harry Styles has his crotch grabbed by an eager concert-goer during CBS Radio’s charity concert in LA
He has garnered a legion of followers over the years, following his success in boy band One Direction.
But Harry Styles endured an awkward encounter with a fan on Saturday, as his crotch was grabbed during his performance at CBS Radio’s We Can Survive 2017 charity gig in LA.
In a clip shared to Twitter, the 23-year-old is seen immediately pushing a particularly eager fan’s hand away, as they attempted to cop a feel during his performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘I’m getting Cheryl vibes!’: Liam Payne fans convinced his new single Bedroom Floor is about singer trying to DUMP him over the phone
Their romance has gone from strength to strength since they began dating in February 2016, welcoming baby boy Bear in March.
But fans are convinced that Liam Payne’s latest single Bedroom Floor is about a less than idyllic moment in his relationship with Cheryl, the secret moment that she tried to dump him over the phone.
The One Direction star, 24, has previously revealed the former Girls Aloud singer, 34, had tried to end their relationship early on in the romance, and that he written about it on his solo album.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘We’ve been through stuff’: Liam Payne gushes over ‘fantastic’ girlfriend Cheryl as he reveals they’ll watch her X Factor comeback ‘together’… while pal Rita Ora hilariously recreates his picture perfect family
He is smitten with his other half Cheryl and has used every opportunity to gush over her since they started dating in February 2016.
And once again, Liam Payne, 24, could resist complimenting the former Girls Aloud songstress, 34, as he appeared on the red carpet for the Radio 1 Teen Award on Sunday – admitting he couldn’t wait to see her X Factor comeback.
Later on in the evening, singer Rita Ora showed just how happy the former One Direction star was as she hilariously recreated his picture perfect family – which consisted of Cheryl and their son Bear, seven months.
Read more: Daily Mail

LIAM BEARS ALL Liam Payne reveals Simon Cowell is desperate to get Cheryl back on The X Factor as a judge – and opens up about family life with Cheryl and Bear
The former One Direction star opens up about how becoming a father has shifted his priorities from the charts to family life
HE’S the most commercially successful member of ONE DIRECTION as a solo artist – but it’s not sky-high chart positions that turned LIAM PAYNE’s life around.

Spending time with girlfriend CHERYL and becoming dad to seven-month-old baby Bear has totally changed him from the stressed-out lad who became an international heart-throb.

Yesterday Cheryl gave her first interview with me, revealing she is the happiest she’s ever been after becoming a mum and finding love with such a “wonderful man”.

And in his first stint as Bizarre guest editor, Liam reveals his “missus” is now in talks to return to The X Factor as a full-time judge next year.

Ahead of her Judges’ Houses appearance alongside SIMON COWELL, Liam says: “Cheryl and Simon spoke about her going back next year. Obviously Simon is desperate to get her back.”
Read more: The Sun

‘He looks SO much like his dad!’ Fans go wild over Louis Tomlinson’s similarity to his son Freddie as ex Briana Jungworth shares a rare snap of their sweet baby
He previously gushed that he found fatherhood ‘super-cool’ and relished the small moments, like seeing baby son Freddie Reign take his first steps.
And Louis Tomlinson is no doubt bursting with pride over the similarity between him and his 22-month-old, which fans spotted in a rare photo his ex Briana Jungwirth shared of their tot on Sunday.
Excited followers declared that Freddie was the ‘spitting image’ of his 25-year-old popstar father, with some claiming he is ‘literally a little Louis’.
Read more: Daily Mail

Five Directions: How One Direction’s Solo Careers Have Successfully Flexed Their Individual Talents
At the end of 2015, One Direction fans around the world were feeling sad and uncertain. It was the beginning of One Direction’s hiatus, and while the guys claimed it would only be an 18-month break, Directioners had a sinking feeling that there wasn’t actually a plan for the guys to come back together in the foreseeable future.

Shortly after that, Zayn Malik (who left the group on March 25, 2015) delivered the first of many One Direction solo projects with the sultry and (scandalous) “Pillowtalk” on Jan. 26, 2016. Although he was already not part of the group, it was the first time fans heard a 1Der do his own thing — and it was just the beginning.

A year and a half later, all five One Direction guys (Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne) have released solo material, with Horan becoming the third to release a full-length album, Flicker, this Friday (Oct. 20) — also the same day that Payne released his second official single, “Bedroom Floor.”
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‘Now was the time to go down different paths’: Fleur East parts ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco label… three years after reaching The X Factor final
The promise of a hugely successful career beckoned following her appearance on long-running talent show The X Factor.
But three-years after finishing the eleventh series as runner-up to eventual winner Ben Haenow, singer Fleur East has ‘parted ways’ with Simon Cowell’s Syco record label.
The 29-year old joined Cowell’s illustrious stable of artists in 2014 following an impressive run of performances on The X Factor, amongst them a memorable cover of Mark Ronson hit Uptown Funk.
Read more: Daily Mail

Matt Terry enjoys a jaunt along the LA shores as he hits Miami Beach while shooting new music video… after admitting music comes before dating
He’s been filming his latest music video for his new track Sucker For You.
So riding off the waves of his X Factor success, 24-year-old Matt Terry made the most of his time away in America when he hit Miami Beach on Wednesday.
Shooting scenes for the forthcoming preview, the X Factor 2016 winner covered up his frame in a navy T-shirt as he enjoyed the high life Stateside.
Read more: Daily Mail

JED STRAIGHT Jedward address rumours about sexuality by saying they date girls
The pair, John and Edward Grimes, say they have had previous relationships with girls but like to keep their love life private
X FACTOR duo Jedward have spoken out on rumours surrounding their sexuality and insist they date girls.

The pair, John and Edward Grimes, 26, told the Sun’s Bizarre column they have had previous relationships with girls but like to keep their love life private.

Edward admitted there might be questions raised due to their on-stage persona.

He said: “We meet girls all the time. Our fans have always know who we are. But others knows a different type of Jedward on from the different shows.

“I think because on stage we wear sequins people go ‘oh they must be a bit out there’.
Read more: The Sun

‘I was depressed’: Olly Murs reveals turmoil over X Factor criticism… as he admits to turning into a ‘work-obsessed zombie needing booze to perform’ after first stint on the show
He’s one of The X Factor’s most successful exports, going on to sell 17million records, with four number one singles and just as many albums.
But Olly Murs revealed that he relied on alcohol to help him in the early stages of his career, after finishing runner-up to Joe McElderry in 2009.
The 33-year-old told The Sunday People that he became a ‘work-obsessed zombie’ in the early stages of his career, before discussing the ‘depressing’ criticism he received when he became an X Factor presenter two years ago.
Read more: Daily Mail

The X Factor: Singing hopeful Spencer Sutherland is secretly dating stunning Hollywood actress Madison Iseman
He triumphed in Louis Walsh’s Six Chair Challenge on Sunday night’s episode of the X Factor, making it through to Judges Houses.
And Spencer Sutherland, 25, is just as successful in love as it was revealed he is secretly dating Hollywood actress Madison Iseman, 20.
The Ohio-born aspiring singer has been in a relationship with the blonde beauty since 2015, with Madison regularly sharing loved-up shots of the pair kissing, sitting in pumpkin patches and going on dates – but there is no trace of her on Spencer’s social media accounts.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor hopeful Tracy Leanne Jefford suffers unfortunate wardrobe malfunction as she reveals a little too much beneath ill-fitting bodycon dress
She’s wowed the crowds for the past few rounds of The X Factor with her Amy Winehouse-esque vocals.
And Tracy Leanne Jefford, 36, was turning heads again on Friday as she made an appearance at ITV ahead of this weekend’s Judges’ Houses round of the competition.
Slipping her frame into a nude figure hugging bodycon dress, Tracy Leanne’s outfit left little to the imagination – and seemed to show off her underwear beneath.
Read more: Daily Mail

‘You only get an allowance of £30 a week on the X Factor… but I then made £50k in three months’: Singer Mary Byrne on how her fortunes were transformed
Mary Byrne, the Irish singer, was given just £30 a week to live on when she wowed X Factor judges as a finalist singing the Tom Jones hit I Who Have Nothing, seven years ago.
She says she would not have been able to pay her rent if her employer at the time had not carried on paying her wages for the five months she was on the show.
Mary, who still rents the Dublin council house she has lived in for the past 20 years, reveals she spent almost half the money she earned at the height of her fame on a luxury holiday to America with 15 members of her family.
Read more: Daily Mail

HOUSE WARNING Former X Factor contestant Kayleigh Marie Morgan reveals what REALLY happens at judges’ houses – and contestants aren’t even allowed to use their phones
Welsh singer Kayleigh gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process
A FORMER X Factor contestant has lifted the lid about what REALLY happens at the judges’ houses on the popular ITV talent show.

From banning contact with the outside world, to tension among contestants, the process can be a gruelling one.

Kayleigh Marie Morgan was just 19-years-old when she made it through to the competitive round in 2016.

The Welsh singer pulled off a stunning performance of Jessie J’s Who You Are, reducing guest judge Mel B to tears.

In spite of her obvious talent, Kayleigh was sent home by Simon before the live shows.

As this year’s X Factor stars gear up to battle through judges’ houses this Saturday, the former contestant speaks exclusively to The Sun Online about what they have in store…
Read more: The Sun

The X Factor: Simon Cowell leaves Cheryl in stitches with cheeky joke about her love life… as they play funny party game in new teaser for her Judges Houses comeback
They recently patched up their friendship, after she was dropped from the US version of the show in 2011.
But Cheryl and Simon Cowell prove they are on better terms than ever on Sunday’s episode of The X Factor, after he makes a cheeky joke about her ex Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
In a new trailer for Cheryl’s return to the series, the pair are seen playing a party game – and are left in hysterics when the music mogul, 58, pokes fun at her second husband’s name, as well as her terrible impressions.
Read more: Daily Mail

The X Factor: Louis Walsh CONFIRMS he has joined Sharon Osbourne in signing up for next year’s series… but sensationally hints Nicole Scherzinger may NOT return
This year’s series of X Factor is nowhere near over, but Louis Walsh has revealed that he and judge Sharon Osbourne will be sticking around.
The 65-year-old Irish music mogul revealed that he and the rock manager have already signed for next year’s competition, but also hinted that fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger may not be returning.
Speaking to The Mirror, Louis revealed who he would like to see return to the panel, ahead of Saturday evening’s long-awaited Judges’ Houses stage.
Read more: Daily Mail

The Official Charts
1 Post Malone – Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)
2 Camila Cabello – Havana (feat. Young Thug)
5 CNCO & Little Mix – Reggaeton Lento (Remix)
6 ZAYN – Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia)
36 Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask
53 Rudimental – Sun Comes Up (feat. James Arthur)
66 Niall Horan – Slow Hands
70 Little Mix – Power (feat. Stormzy)
75 Louis Tomlinson – Back To You (feat. Bebe Rexha & DFA)
79 Enrique Iglesias – Subeme La Radio (feat. Sean Paul & Matt Terry)
83 Matt Terry – Sucker For You
86 Liam Payne – Strip That Down (feat. Quavo)
99 Louis Tomlinson – Just Like You

1 Pink – Beautiful Trauma
13 Little Mix – Glory Days
74 Harry Styles – Harry Styles

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I recently graduated from 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. I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.