Recently, I "discovered" Cheryl Cole (more will come on my newly found obsession with her in a upcoming post). Cheryl Cole is one of the judges on UK's X Factor which started it's 7th series a few weeks ago. X Factor is kinda-sorta like American Idol, only the age range is much wider and can include groups/bands. I decided it would be worth watching the show even if it was just to see Cheryl. I downloaded and watched all the previous episodes to be caught up for the most recent one. Unfortunately, since I'm here in the good ol' US of A, I can't watch X Factor when it airs in the UK. I have to download it after it airs and watch it on my computer. The good thing is, because of the time difference between US and UK, when the show airs at 7:45 or 7:05 (weird starting times, huh?) in the UK, it's only 2ish here, so I don't have to wait all night to watch it!
Anyway, about the show... it's a real interesting setup. Everyone tries out, and eventually they separate the contestants into categories -- girls (16-27), boys (16-27), over-28s, and groups(bands). Then they narrow it down to 8 people (or groups) in each category. After that, each judge is assigned a category to mentor. It is then the judges responsibility to narrow it down to 3. The 12 remaining people/bands officially make it to the live shows where the audience votes on who to keep. Tonight's episode was when each judge announced who they were taking to the live show. It was intense. I had favorites in each category, and luckily for me, all of my favorites made it!
The ones that I'm really digging are (in no particular order):
Matt Cardle (boys category): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSph1cRiG4M
Cher Lloyd (girls category): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JglWZ-wC3Vk
Katie Waissel (girls category): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtXK9HW4yLw
Belle Amie (group category): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr392S10GZs
1 Direction (group category): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UQD61Tg3E
Mary Byrne (over-28s category): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hoDWyWsxFc
PS. How weird is it that no matter what accent people have while they are talking, when they sing, they are virtually accent-less. Music is universal!