It seems that every year with the X Factor, we as an audience grow more and more obsessed with the judges, rather than the contestants themselves. Whether it’s their clothes, their outrageous opinions or their feuds with each other, they have enough drama to fill an entire show themselves!
We’re into the third season of the X Factor USA and the tenth of X Factor UK, and this year has an excellent panel of judges. With the female-dominated US team this year made up of Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato, Cowell’s hoping to avoid some of the tension of last year, when Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj refused to get along.
A brand new addition to the judge line-up is Mexican singer and actress (among other things) Paulina, who will be taking on the Boys category. Already having been criticised for her poor grasp of the English language, questionable choices and ridiculous comments, Paulina has also faced public scandal this year, firstly when her ex-husband accused her of being unstable, and then when it was found that she had broken up a marriage between the Latin American singer Gerardo Bazua and his wife.
Of course, this is almost exactly what Cowell has been up to lately. Earlier this year, Andrew Silverman filed for divorce from his wife Lauren, naming Cowell as responsible; only two weeks after this announcement it was found that Lauren and Cowell were expecting a baby. He has spent the beginning of this year talking about potential changes to the X Factor USA show in order to compete with The Voice and American Idol, but if the show isn’t renewed for another year expectations are that he’ll return to the UK for its eleventh year.
This child actress and singer from the Disney Channel has manage to stay below the radar so far on her return to the show. Most news and gossip about her has surrounded her style, most recently in dying her hair blue and painting her nails for the Halloween week’s show. She is in the running, however, to replace Louis Walsh in the next year of X Factor UK – Robbie Williams has the best odds right now with 6/1 but by the time we get to the X Factor final bets we may well see that change in favor of a more experienced judge like Demi.
After appearing on the judge’s panel of the UK show in 2011, the ex-Destiny Child pop star has finally made it the US version, and she couldn’t be happier; if only because, according to her, American contestants are way more crazy than the British ones! Kelly isn’t worried about drama with the other ladies though, as she thinks that Simon is the biggest diva on the show.
Mario Lopez returns as the solo host of the show after Khloe Kardashian’s contract wasn’t renewed, and will be trying to keep civility among the ladies of the judges panel. Whether it’s their love lives or dramas or even what their fingernails look like right now, there’s no denying that the X Factor is just as much about the judges as the contestants, and with a selection of panelists across ages and musical styles, there should be a lot to talk about!