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Get ready for second season of X Factor

Posted by elegant On May - 16 - 2012

On Monday, May 14, 2012, the Fox Network Group announced at the New York’s Beacon Theater that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will be joining returning X Factor Judges, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid this fall when the X Factor begins.

Even before Simon Cowell’s announcement of Britney Spears joining the X Factor, critics including The Hollywood Reporter were betting on her success at the famed show indicating it will be a total disaster due to her inability to string a sentence and her competence especially in front of a live audience and a live show. Also, various published materials indicate that the creator of The American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe, expressed concerns over the selection of two new judges.

Britney and Demi replace last season judges, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. The last season host, Steve Jones has also been replaced. At this writing no one has been named to host the season two. But some speculators indicate former teen idol Miley Cyrus is being considered for the job. Another that has been mentioned in news media is pop star Gwen Stefani.

The X Factor faces heavy competition from the shows like The Voice in a plentiful of music shows.

American Idol is nearing finale

Posted by elegant On May - 16 - 2012

Simon Fuller’s creation of the reality TV singing sensation of The Season 11 American Idol is down to final three and one of them will be eliminated this week paving the way for a battle between the two remaining finalists in a two part televised show on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, 2012.

The final three include sixteen year old Jessica Sanchez of Chula Vista, California; twenty one year old Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Georgia; and nineteen year old Joshua Ledet of Westlake, Louisiana. The final three singers will perform three songs including a song chosen by each, a judge’s choice and a choice from advisor Jimmy Iovine on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 airing on Fox. On Thursday, May 17, 2012 will be the results show including the final three’s visit to their home town and performances by Lisa Marie Presley and former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.

Buzz about the final three social media is creating lot of interest. All three final contestants are unique in their own styles. The Hollywood Reporter make a case for Jessica Sanchez to win the competition based on her powerful voice, crazy range and personality. It will be an interesting finale to watch.

The Muppets

Posted by elegant On May - 16 - 2012

Who could forget the puppet characters of Kermit, Rowlf, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear? Many of us grew up with Muppets characters. Newcomer to the gang is named Walter. Muppets have been entertaining kids all over the world in radio, television, movie theaters and cartoon books since 1955.

Jim Henson who died in 1990 created the Muppets in 1955 in Washington DC in a live TV show known as Sam and Friends. In 1960, the Muppets appeared on nationally televised the Today Show. From 1966 to 1971, the Muppets made a regular appearance in the Ed Sullivan Show. Muppets weekly appearance on Saturday Night Live started in 1975. The Muppets started its first season as the Muppets Show in 1976. The Muppets celebrated their 30th anniversary in a TV special in 1985 called The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years.

The Muppets had an illustrious career in movies too. The Muppet Movie premiered in 1979. The Muppets from Space released in theaters in 1999 and in 2011, The Muppets movie was released as the last big-screen movie. In this movie, the Muppets travel to Los Angeles to save the old Muppets Theater.

Since the death of creator Jim Hanson in 1990, Walt Disney Company has purchased the Muppets in 2004.