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‘The X Factor’ sneak preview during the MLB All Star Game July 12

This starts as a spoof. Then reality sets in. And I do miss Simon!

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[...] American Idol [...]

Seth T

July 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

The first part of this video kinda reminds me of America’s Got Talent There’s a lot of junk, bunk and skunk the judges put into the top 48 and took-up show time for their casting ideas and pure foolishness. No doubt this is another example of a show about the judges, with the talent as props for them to use.

While there is some real, true talent, hard to believe they went through this whole process to come-up with a number of acts that would barely, if at all, get a shot at their own County Fairs or nearby Performance Hall or Community Venues.

I wonder if the X-Factor will be a true talent show, or another casting folly for the celebrity judges entertainment.

JTesla

July 12th, 2011
10:48 pm

I agree Seth… all about the judges. I’ll give it a shot, it has enough to get me to watch, but now it is more curiosity than anything else.

Deirdre

July 13th, 2011
7:16 am

Morning!

Thanks for the clip, Rodney. I will watch X-Factor but not because of this clip. It was obviously mocking Idol. When they try to make Paula look tough…..well, let’s just say I’ll believe it when I see it.

I want Simon’s bedroom(without Simon in it, thank you)

Nana ™

July 13th, 2011
8:09 am

Good Morning!!!!!!

I personally can’t wait for the XF. Really looking forward to it. I noticed in the vid that Simon and Paula are sitting side by side again. Hopefully, he can keep his hands off her. No matter how much I may enjoy the show, it will NEVER take this place of my AI. I will always be a huge fan of idol and will have to say that after 10 full seasons of it, I have only missed three shows. Not a bad record, so I guess I could be considered an AI freak.

Nana ™

July 13th, 2011
8:26 am

In responding to the heat on the previous thread, the only thing about summer that I hate are the dadgum snakes!!!!! The only good thing about the winter is that I can curl up with a good book on the sofa and put a throw blanket over me with Memory and Molly and enjoy the crackling fire. Boy, that is relaxing!!!

Rodney Ho

July 13th, 2011
8:27 am

Disconcerting to see the Pepsi cup on the judges’ table after Idol has inured us to Coke all these years! :)

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
8:28 am

Morning, everyone. I’m actually looking forward to TXF – and the return to US television of Simon. Her Queeness can have Simon’s bedroom…. I want his car! :-)

Deirdre

July 13th, 2011
8:34 am

Rodney, I didn’t even notice the Pepsi cup. I wonder if someone will throw Pepsi in Simon’s face, too.

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
8:34 am

How embarrassing is it to sing badly enough to be asked to take part in the first half of that commercial?

Sam-A

July 13th, 2011
8:35 am

Have to say, it was actually nice to see Paula and Simon sitting together again. Never thought I’d miss the combo so much, but I do (get rid of JL and ST please, Nigel)

Harriett

July 13th, 2011
8:54 am

Good morning!

And, D, I want Simon’s bedroom, too–maybe the whole apartment. Did you notice that view?

Thanks for the clip, Rodney. I enjoyed Simon and Paula together again, too. I really liked the way they did the clip, too.

G

July 13th, 2011
9:05 am

This season in particular is wide open for other shows outside of AI to make their mark. This past season of AI has to be one of the most disappointing. I miss the “Simon factor” of AI. AI has the worse judges on television. I’ll pretty much compare TXF to The Voice and AGT. Just having Simon on the pannel makes TXF surpass AI. Even AGT judges are better than AI.

Woodpappy

July 13th, 2011
9:16 am

Nah…disagree with you G on your comments. This past season was a “breath of fresh air” for AI. A good combination of judges (only lacking in the true criticism catagory), but much better than the last seasons with Simon / Paula.

Sam-A

July 13th, 2011
9:20 am

Woodpappy: you been sniffin too much wood glue? It wasn’t just “lacking in criticism” – there was NO criticism. When Randy tried, JL jumped in and shut him down. He finally gave up.

I admit I liked the “preseason” and thougth the two newbies would be good, but I was sorely disappointed, as I think most of us were.

Deirdre

July 13th, 2011
9:46 am

AI: Disappointed in the judges after the prelims, thought the talent was very good, liked theme choices. liked the elimination of the crap, i.e. the mosh pit, still needs to work on the sound mixing. I fear that Idol will try to compete with the other singing competition shows when they really don’t need to compete. AGT is still mostly circus acts, Idol is amateur hour with a few ringers thrown in(and the ringers almost never win) and The Voice is unheralded professionals(at least it was this last season, mostly, I think, because they wanted to come across as having better singers than Idol. Whether that continues or not remains to be seen)

Harriett

July 13th, 2011
9:51 am

I think the sophomore season might be better for the new judges on AI. I am sure they’ve heard all the criticism of their lack of criticism. Huh?

Mercedes S.

July 13th, 2011
10:18 am

Of course we’ll all check out the X no matter how many creepy kid talents they throw at us…
Good eye, RoHo, on the Pepsi commercial.
As for Nutmeg’s comment on previous thread that she can only remove so much clothing in the current heatwave, my earlier comment about poor clothes for inclement weather was aimed at Harriett’s bemoaning winter!

Todaym with heat index, the temp in Atlanta will be 108 degrees.

Harriett

July 13th, 2011
10:25 am

Heat index here yesterday was 113 degrees with more of the same expected today. I am on my way to Flat Rock, NC for a few days. Leaving after lunch. They say it is hot there, too.

I, personally, have missed Simon and missed Paula, too.

Woodpappy

July 13th, 2011
10:28 am

Sam-A, I did like ST much more in the prelims becuase he told it like it was…but he definately changed (for the worse) as the season wore on. I do like the smell of wood glue from time to time tho…;-)

Harriett

July 13th, 2011
11:04 am

Woodpappy, I think he and JLo both got closely acquainted with the contestants and lost their ability to say anything remotely critical to them. Gotta keep some critical distance.

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
11:10 am

“Arrogant. Obnoxious.” Was Simon talking about himself? :-)

Woodpappy

July 13th, 2011
11:30 am

I agree Harriett. I think that’s exactly what happened. You can still be critical and be nice and supportive.

Sam-A

July 13th, 2011
11:32 am

WoodP: please give us your website again – would like to look at your beautiful handiwork again.

Mercedes: Passed on your assessment of HPII – lots of excited friends, and we’ve all bought advance tix. A guy I works with’s 17 year old daughter is going to the midnite movie tomorrow night and had to call 5 theaters to find one with tix available.

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
11:52 am

I’m just looking forward to taking our daughter & granndaughter to the new Winnie the Pooh movie!! :-)

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
11:53 am

or granddaughter, even! 8-O

Sam-A

July 13th, 2011
12:24 pm

Rick: Man, better you than me. I’d as soon be tied to a chair and forced to hear a duet betw Barry Manilow and Elvis than sit thru Winnie! And that’s saying a whole lot!

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
1:34 pm

I have ulterior motives, Sam-A:

1. It’s indoors where it’s cool
2. It’s a great chance to be the “best daddy in the whole world” for my little girl
3. It’s a great chance to spend some time with our granddaughter.

Plus, I do a great Eyore impression! :-)

Harriett

July 13th, 2011
1:39 pm

Bye everyone! I am headed up to the mts for a long weekend. Will peek in to see if anything is going on. Take care, and I hope you all get some cooler weather to enjoy soon. It is supposed to be on the way. Just because I don’t mind the heat, that does not mean I do not feel for my buddies who are suffering with it. :)

G

July 13th, 2011
2:16 pm

All I ask from the judges is they be objective and honest about each performance. I don’t care how it comes off (abbrasive, soft / negative or positive). I can always respect someone keeping it 100% with their criticisms whether I agree or not. That’s what made Simon such a popular judge. I may have agreed with Simon 8 out 10 times, but I would always respect his opinion. It holds more weight that way.

Woodpappy

July 13th, 2011
2:26 pm

Sam-A…you can find my site at Woodpappy.com

JTesla

July 13th, 2011
2:26 pm

USA! USA! USA! USA!

Deirdre

July 13th, 2011
3:15 pm

What JT is trying to say is USA! USA! USA! The women’s soccer team defeated France this afternoon to go to the finals of the Women’s World Cup!

Mercedes S.

July 13th, 2011
3:28 pm

And who will they meet, D, in the finals?

Sam-A

July 13th, 2011
4:02 pm

Either Japan or Sweden (bet the swedish coach is hoping for Japan)

Sam-A

July 13th, 2011
4:02 pm

The US’s Swedish coach, that is

Mercedes S.

July 13th, 2011
4:10 pm

Either way, the Swedish me will be happy!

Deirdre

July 13th, 2011
4:35 pm

Nigel told the ladies of The Talk today that the judges did provide constructive criticism to the contestants last season, they just did it backstage instead of on camera.

okkkkkkkkkk. Maybe somebody needs to tell him that “on camera” would have made the show way more interesting.

Rickster

July 13th, 2011
5:10 pm

They showed more of Skeletor giving advice backstage than they did the judges! :-)

Have a good evening, everyone!

Seth T

July 13th, 2011
5:29 pm

Personally, I came to appreciate Steven Tylers approach of giving encouragement this season, rather than criticism.

Sometimes J. Lo was reaching for ways to comment because she knew she was supposed to say something – and usually it was not very relevant anyway. She was, however, right-on in telling the contestants that a performance has to be more than just singing, as the song has to be delivered in visual way as well. But, there’s a thin line between energy/dynamics and just looking overdone and corny.

Randy can’t hear very well anymore, so everything was “pitchy”. The judges have made the comment that it sounded different when they heard it back on dvd, than it sounded with their position and noise in the performance hall.

Too bad there isn’t at least one new judge, that could maybe bring something different to the table next year. The Idol formula seems to work well however, but it could sure be improved.

JTesla

July 13th, 2011
6:29 pm

“they just did it backstage instead of on camera”

I’m not buying that.

Deirdre

July 14th, 2011
7:46 am

Morning!

I’m with you, JT. The fact that Nigel feels that he needs to defend his judges tells me that our complaints about them are getting through loud and clear.

Rickster

July 14th, 2011
8:53 am

Morning, everyone.

Forgot to ask JT how your trip went?

Deirdre

July 14th, 2011
8:58 am

And your time off as well, Rickster…hope it was pleasant.

There’s not even much news coming out about Idols’ summer tour at the moment. Very slow summer, indeed. Rodney, how about an Archie thread? ;-)

Woodpappy

July 14th, 2011
9:03 am

Noooooo Deirdre, Not Archie !!!

Sam-A

July 14th, 2011
9:17 am

Since over the years there have been numerous mentions that, when watching the show back, the performers sounded different than when they were be judged, and Simon even apologised to one contestant (K&CF, do you remember who?) for giving a bad review to a good performance, perhaps the judges should be wearing earphones to drown out the audience, so they actually hear what’s being sung!

Sam-A

July 14th, 2011
9:17 am

“being judged”

JTesla

July 14th, 2011
9:18 am

Archie vs Clay!

It was awesome Rickster. Yosemite is a awe inspiring.

Deirdre

July 14th, 2011
9:52 am

I remember he apologized to Kat after he heard the replayed the show…and rightly so, imo. Her Whitney song was well done and Simon was way off-base with his biting remarks.

Sam-A

July 14th, 2011
10:28 am

If anyone is still interested, the US is playing Japan in the World Cup Soccer championship game

Nutmeg

July 14th, 2011
12:02 pm

Please, Voice–keep giving us those “unheralded professionals.” They can actually sing! I like that. I can’t wait for its next season.

Will watch TXF. Reserving judgment. Do appreciate that the judges are gender-balanced, but I wish there was a female producer (or songwriter, ahem) instead of just female performers and male producers.

I remember Simon telling David Cook the night of the finale after watching the last competition night back that he was too harsh on him the night before.