This past summer, during the St. Louis auditions of “The X Factor,” Simon Cowell bowed out for a few days, reportedly for bronchitis.
Now there’s speculation he was under so much stress, he was having a “mental breakdown.” True? Untrue? Who knows? He was supposedly taking a lot of pills and supplements and his doctor told him to stop. He was also told to stop smoking, which can’t be helpful.
He’s rightfully nervous about how the “X Factor” will play out this fall with “The Voice” breathing down the show’s neck. And who knows how Britney Spears will be, especially on the live shows, and whether she’ll boost ratings beyond an initial, curiosity bump Wednesday when “The X Factor” debuts.
And he’s also peeved, as noted earlier, that “The Voice” is adding an extra night Wednesday to blunt “The X Factor.” (It surely will.)
- <em>Bill Keveny of USA Today quoted me again today about “The X Factor,” “Idol” and “The Voice.” I’m always curious what ends up being quoted and he chose a throwaway line I made about Steven Tyler for me.
- I will review “X Factor” Wednesday just to comment about Britney and Demi but otherwise, I’m not sure how I’m going to recap that show or “The Voice” this fall. I’ll end up playing it by ear.
- Demi Lovato, the new “X Factor” judge, has a No. 1 pop song in “Give Your Heart a Break” on the Billboard chart. Good timing!
- On the radio charts, Phillip Phillip’s “Home” remains at No. 31 on the Mediabase top 40 and gets into the top 10 on the Hot AC chart. Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” gets into the top 10 of the country chart but the top 10 is pretty competitive right now. It’ll be interesting to see how high up it goes.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk