I hear the grumbles already. Britney Spears, the new X Factor judge? Really, can she string together a sentence?
Simon Cowell approached the popstar to serve as a judge on the next season of X Factor, after Paula Abdul, Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger all got the ax. The deal is expected to be closed sometime next week. The payoff could be as much as $10 million!
I understand the logic behind the move. Spears brings a devout fanbase to the show and the public will probably tune in just to see if she screws it up or makes another comeback. She’s also been a successful recording artist for the past decade, whether you like her or not.
The thing is, will she be a strong judge or mentor? She’s typically not comfortable on camera (we all remember her shaving her head) so how will she interact with the competitors? AND she’s known more for performing rather than for her voice. So if she’s not mentoring a group that doesn’t rely on strong performance, how will she fare?
Anyway, we’ll see next week whether she seals the deal and we’ll find out in the next month who the third judge will be — so far names like Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey have been floating around. It seems like the controversy over judges is getting more attention than the show itself.
Will you be watching?
Jaden and Willow Smith, the superstar children of Will and Jada Pinket Smith, are reportedly mentoring Michael Jackson’s kids Prince, Paris and Blanket.
Jaden, who has appeared in several films including ‘The Karate Kid’ remake, and Willow, best known for her hit single ‘Whip my Hair,’ were seen on a movie set in L.A. yesterday with Jackson’s children.
The whole meeting was allegedly set up by Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, to help nudge her grandchildren in a positive direction.
Sources close to Katherine say she believes the Smith children are prime examples of young success in Hollywood. They are both extremely talented and down-to-earth, and thinks the three children could learn a lot from them.
I’ll give her that – they do seem to have a very good head on their shoulders. And extremely cool to hang out with.
Katherine wants Michael’s kids to enjoy their childhood and is actively encouraging them to become involved in all kinds of activities, including acting or singing.
When you get recognition from John Mayer, you are doing something right. London, Ontario native Ken Yates is a student at Berklee College in Boston where he is studying music, who has received that recognition.
Within his program at Berklee, Yates had the opportunity to spend time with Mayer and get some one on one mentoring, reports OurLondon.ca.
“John Mayer went to Berklee for a year,” Yates explains. “In March he came back again for a day and I was lucky enough to be picked…to do a private Master’s class with John, which was amazing, and we got to play a song for John.”
Since then, John Mayer has promoted the song Yates played for him, “I Don’t Wanna Fall in Love.” He recently posted about the song on his website.
That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment for a guy from small town London, Ontario.
During a recent interview with MTV News, Jackson explained his feelings. “You know, I think he’s gonna be really great because he knows, first and foremost, what they’re going through [as contestants] and what the feelings are and what’s happening and what’s gonna happen,” he explained. “So he’s going to be one of the best mentors, I think, all season.”
Adam will appear on tonight’s episode as a mentor, and on Wednesday night he returns to perform “Whataya Want From Me” from his debut album.
EW.com reports that a spokesperson for 19 Entertainment has confirmed Lambert’s participation next week. On the upcoming episode Adam will be advising season 9’s Top 8 contestants, and then perform his current single “Whattaya Want From Me” on the April 14 results-show telecast.
Lambert’s appearance next week should certainly help “Idol” which has been struggling to find its mojo this season. Bringing a veteran and awesome performer like Lambert will definitely add some spice.
Snoop Dogg and Justin Bieber couldn’t be more different, but apparently Snoop Dogg approves of the young teen sensation. Snoop even thinks that he is “cool,” reports MTVnews.com. The pair doesn’t have much reason to like each other since they are going head-to-head on the Billboard charts. The 16-year-old pop sensation’s album “My World 2.0” dropped this week while Snoop’s album “More Malice” is expected to have success as well.
The 38-year-old rapper feels he can relate to Bieber since he was a teenage in the music industry once too, and wishes him only the best.
“I wish him luck and success, hopefully his record will do what it’s supposed to,” said Snoop.