It’s ‘Diva Week’ on the X Factor. Tune in to The X Factor tonight for the 2 hour performances at 8/7c to see the top 12 perform.
Definitely some Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston covers to be heard, I’m sure!
Also, Taylor Swift will be taking the X Factor stage on the results show on Thursday night to sing her newest single off her album RED called “State of Grace.”
According to the X Factor here is what the contestants have in store for us tonight:
Arin Ray decides less is more: “It’s most definitely different this week. I did two upbeat songs [last two weeks], so to go slower is good. I don’t have too many dancers onstage. You just get the real me. I’m going to try not to do so much because when you do so much that can actually take away from your performance a bit. Less is more. I wanted to do something real special.”
Beatrice Miller shares her “oh crap” moment: “I’m not really into the modern divas, I guess. Of course, I respect them all, but like Beyonce and Madonna, I don’t really listen to their music. I listen to older stuff, so I was a little nervous. I was like, ‘Oh crap. They have such big ranges and I really don’t.’ I don’t sing in that style. So, I got a diva that isn’t really known for being a diva, but she is more of an oldies singer, which is cool. The song is slow, which is good for me.”
Carly Rose Sonenclar stays in her lane: “It’s definitely still my style and I love the song, which is important to me.”
CeCe Frey’s strips it down: “I don’t consider myself a diva, but I consider my alter-ego a diva. My real name is Cecelia and that’s me offstage, but onstage CeCe comes out, the Miss X to the O, and she’s the diva. This performance is completely different because obviously the past two weeks my performances have not been working, so this week I might have to take some of Simon’s advice, as much as I don’t want to admit it. He might be right about a couple of things. He thinks I’ve been heading in a direction I should not be going and I’m starting to maybe agree with him a little bit. For this week, we stripped it back and got back to who I am as an artist, as a performer, and as a person.”
Diamond White adds some movement: “This is a song I would sing in every day life and it’s a song that I really love. I like that this performance is more extravagant and I get to move a bit more. No dancers, just me by myself. The feeling is different than anything I’ve done so far. It’s an uplifting song and it affects me in a good way. It gets me in the moment.”
Emblem3 took seven hours to decide: “At first, it was hard to find a song. We spent like seven hours going through tons and tons and tons of songs to figure it out. It was the hardest week yet in picking one. But we found a song that is respectful and we’re excited,” says Wes Stromberg.
Fifth Harmony goes for the powerhouse ballad gold: “The second I heard the theme, it was like, ballad week. Powerhouse song! We’re really excited to go out there and show our vocal ability. That’s something that we’ve all been wanting to do and this is the week we get to really, really do that,” says Lauren Jauregui.
Jennel Garcia transforms from rock chick to diva: “I definitely feel more of a diva this week. This is more upbeat and fun and I wanted to get people singing and dancing along with me. The best advice Demi has given me is that it’s not about performing for yourself, it’s about performing for the audience this week because they are the voters and they control if you stay or not and you should show them a good time. That’s what I hope to do this week.”
Lyric145 adds their own lyrics: “When we first got the theme, we were like, Diva Week? They don’t care about us, whatever, but once we came up with the genius idea we did, we know it’s gonna be crazy. It’s unexpected. We did write our own lyrics this week,” says Lyric Da Queen.
Paige Thomas shows off her fun side: “I was really excited when I first heard of Divas Week. I feel like this time I can actually have fun with my performance and get a little bit funky and just really be sassy but fun at the same time. I haven’t had a performance yet where I’ve really been able to just smile. Everything I’ve done has been really passionate and intense. You see more of my fun side on this. I’m ready to include the crowd with me this time and enjoy with them.”
Tate Stevens feels the pressure: “It was amazing to be voted No. 1 last week and that’s a testament to the country music fans out there. But this week, everyone’s back to zero. Divas week is tough for me. It’s a challenge. I think I picked a great song, though. I like it because it’s a very emotional song. I set the bar high for myself last week and now I have to get back there. But I do feel the pressure for being No. 1 last week. This week, No. 12 can be No. 1 and No. 1 can be No. 12. You just have to bring it each week.”
Vino Alan gets even more romantic: “I love this week’s song. I’m a music fan and I love love songs. It’s done by one of the biggest divas of all time and written and originally recorded by a man, which is cool. It’s a very romantic song, but it’ll get your blood pumping more. To me, it’s more romantic than last week.
Who is YOUR favorite contestant?
Check out this hot new track off Christina Aguilera’s anticipated album ‘Lotus’ that hit stores November 6!
The pop powerhouse definitely is coming back strong -with a smash! This song is by far a stand-out track on the new album!
The 2 Voice coaches joined forces to produce what is promising to be a hit and has even charted on iTunes without any promo of the song yet. Impressive!
Who would have thought this collaboration would even happen? I guess we can thank The Voice for this one!
Have a listen to The Voice coaches song “Just A Fool”
Hit or miss? What do YOU think of the track?
BONUS: Check out Christina’s other collaboration with fellow Voice coach Cee Lo Green titled “Make the World Move”:
Which track are YOU liking better?
Backstreet is back!
For the first time in six years, all five Backstreet Boys – Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson – reunited, for Friday's Good Morning America Summer Concert series in New York's Central Park.
Band member Richardson, 40, who recently rejoined the group three months ago after quitting in 2006, told the legions of cheering fans, "I'm a person that follows my heart and gut, and my heart said this is the time."
The band is currently working on a new album to be released next spring.
Do YOU think the Backstreet Boys still have it?
Check out a performance of "Larger Than Life from GMA this morning:
Another performance of "I Want it That Way":
Tennis legend Andy Roddick has just announced his retirement from professional tennis.
He plans to retire after the current U.S. Open.
“I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year. I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye. I hope I’m sticking around.”
Roddick just turned 30 and will be playing a 19-year-old Australian, Bernard Tomic, at the U.S. Open.
He won the U.S. Open in 2003 and ended the season ranked number one, all at the age of 21, which made him the youngest American player to ever do so.
Taylor Swift shot her new music video, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with five different costumes — but without edits. She and her band rehearsed the video four times on a LA soundstage before they attempted to shoot it without stopping.
“This was a one-camera, one-shot, no-editing-involved video,” Swift told CMT.com. “So literally the minute we wrapped the final take, we watched it back — and we knew what the video looked like! It was surreal.”
The song is the first single from her upcoming album, Red, set to hit stores on Oct. 22. She says the track doesn’t give away all the musical surprises of the upcoming album.
“I think this song stands alone. That’s what I love about this record — every single song on it stands alone,” Swift said. “Picking the single was so interesting because whichever song we picked would have completely conveyed a different message for the album. This one is such a bold statement, and it’s a bold-sounding song. I think that’s why I ended up picking it. It’s a very bold record, in a lot of ways — but not the same way that ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ is. Every song has its own boldness.”
The video will be released to YouTube tomorrow, but you can exclusively watch the video here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/taylor-swift/826859/we-are-never-ever-getting-back-together.jhtml
TMZ has learned Randy Jackson is officially leaving his judge’s seat, but will still remain a part of the show as a mentor to the contestants.
Mariah Carey officially signed on to judge the show. But, who will join her? Rumors are pointing towards rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban to join Mariah as judges.
Other names have been thrown around as potential judges, including: Nick Jonas (who we learned will be joining the X Factor as a celebrity mentor with judge Demi Lovato), P. Diddy, & Kanye West.
A fourth judge is said to be in talks. Only time will tell!
American Idol alum Jordin Sparks and her boyfriend, singer Jason Derulo, attended the UND football game in Grand Forks last night to watch Jordin Sparks’ brother, P.J. Sparks’ first Division 1 football game vs. South Dakota Mines at the Alerus Center.
UND defeated South Dakota Mines by a score of 66-0 with help from P.J. Sparks scoring his first career touchdown.
Sparks took to Twitter to congratulate her brother:
I have a feeling she will be at a lot of games. She seems to be her brothers # 1 fan!
Maybe she will even sing the National Anthem at one of the games!
Follow P.J. Sparks on Twitter @TheRealPJSparks.
MTV has decided to pull the plug on the hit tv show Jersey Shore after the sixth season.
See what the cast had to say about the breaking news:
“Yes, sadly it’s true. This upcoming season of Jersey Shore will be our last. But it was fricken INSANE. I will always love my roomies!”
“All Good Things Must Come To An End, But #TeamDJPaulyD Lives On And It’s Just Getting Started !!! Tweet I AM #TeamDJPaulyD If You With Me”
“It’s been one hell of a ride but this is just the beginning! Thank you all for your love & support throughout the seasons!! These memories will never be forgotten!!”
“I can always go work for Danny at the Shore Store! LOL”
“Aright, so I guess I’ll run for president now #Vinny2012”
Will YOU miss Jersey Shore?
Michael Jackson has been gone for more than three years, but his legend remains.
The late King of Pop would have turned 54 today, and, without a doubt, those who loved and appreciated him are keeping him in their hearts on his birthday.
From the trial that left former doctor Conrad Murray guilty of manslaughter to the issues concerning his estate and the recent custody grab for his three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, things haven’t been too easy for the Jackson clan lately.
Through it all, however, their common goal has been to honor Michael’s life and his unforgetable music. Paris, for one, makes it clear that her dad is always in her thoughts.
She wrote, “thru my joy & my sorrow, in the promise of another 2morro, i’ll never let u apart for ur always in my heart… happy birthday i love u daddy.”
“Find a moment today to share peace, love, and serenity with the world, the Jacksons tweeted this morning.
Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! You will live on forever through the memories and music!
Britney Spears posted a special promo video to her Viddy account today in anticipation for her judging debut on the 2nd season of the X Factor.
Spears surprised fans on Twitter, saying:
Check out the promo here:
Tune in September 12 and 13 for a special 2 night premiere!
I don't know about you but I can't wait!
Are YOU excited?