News Briefs: The X Factor Admits to Lip-Synching

NEWS ROUNDUP

... Fox has admitted to using lip-synching in the singing competition reality show The X Factor, which is totally shocking in the most non-shocking way! Contestant Leroy Bell was totally busted when he was late in bringing his microphone up to his mouth during a group performance. In response to the allegations, Fox pretty much said, "Yeah? So what?" The network insists that lip-synching is used only in its ensemble medleys–and says that what all the singing shows do–but that the individual performances are au natural. At least I still have Santa Claus to believe in. [Reuters]

... Treme creator David Simon says the HBO show should end after four seasons, as he's planned out the series-long arcs and they fit well into that timeframe. Earlier reports stated that meant the show would end at four seasons, but Simon clarified that was his wish, not HBO's. According to Simon, the ultimate decision is HBO's. Personally I'd like to see it end soon so Simon can get working on The Wire 2, with Dookie and McNulty sharing a downtown Baltimore two-bedroom. [Hitfix]

... Stoners, listen up: you love Harold & Kumar and you love cartoons. What if you could have... BOTH!? Boom! Fractal kaleidoscope explosion in your brain! Lionsgate TV is shopping around a pitch that would bring the two potheads to the animated realm, with Comedy Central and MTV expressing interest. Now if there was only a way to make it Nacho Cheese flavored... Sorry I took the easy stoner route, but it's Friday and I want to get out of here so I can get blaz--I mean read a book. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING RUNDOWN

... Megan Mullally has joined Fox's twice-saved Breaking In, which returns sometime next year. Mullally will join the cast as a regular, playing the new boss of the security firm Contra Security that Christian Slater's character once called his own. The old new female boss plot! Don't worry, the deal allows Mullally to still kick-ass on Children's Hospital. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jenna Elfman is suddenly all over the place. The former Dharma & Greg star will make a guest appearance in the second-season finale of Showtime's Shameless as "a woman with a dangerous past and an awkward present." [AOL TV]

... Gary Busey is guest starring on Two and a Half Men as himself, so it should be no surprise that he's playing a mental patient. [THR]


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Nov 06, 2011
I wonder if American Idol does lip-synching as well...
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Nov 05, 2011
How can anyone take a show like XFactor and ALL the others that are like this seriously? Cone one! And I mean ALL THE SAME TYPE SHOWS!

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Nov 05, 2011
The X Factor was caught lip-synching in the UK too - but i think it was Britney when she had a guest spot that gave the game away (aparently she was terrible), after that they found out that a few of the acts (including solo's) were at it.



The Jenna Elfman news was good only because it means that Shameless (US) will be back on again soon. The UK version is rubbish now.
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Nov 05, 2011
Yeah, I quite liked Slater in Breaking In... I hope this is just a plot device by making Oz second-in-command or something, and not him leaving the show. Whatever -- I guess beggars cant be choosers or something, considering the show was cancelled then revived.
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Nov 06, 2011
Breaking In without Slater? I hope not because then I won't be watching. He was the only reason I saw the show. He was an awesome boss :-)
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Nov 05, 2011
I agree with you and Staind47, the show wouldn't be the same without Slater. Glad it's back though!
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Nov 05, 2011
Uhm yeah, is Christian Slater out now or what? Cause he was kind of a big part in the show. Mullally is great though but why not keep Slater?
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Nov 05, 2011
That Nicole chick on X Factor is worthless, if she wants to entertain us and show us her mad skills she should spend her judge commenting time dancing in her bra and panties on the desk. She adds nothing to the show but whining and vendetta against Simon. Bring back the Cheryl chick, she was hotter anyway.

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Nov 05, 2011
well at least they let the contestants do it. In the UK the contestants got ripped to shreds for missing one note by Cheryl Cole who then mimed her performance on the show.
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Nov 05, 2011
You are right, Chers replacement, Beyonce`s friend, shouldnt be there...



Another mistake for simon was to think that Cheryl Cole was big enough in the USA to be judge. She`s talented, just not well known in the US, not her fault...



She should have stayed in the UK version, Beyonce`s friend missed a show because she`s ill, with a flu, OMG, can u believe it??? she has a flu...



I believe i saw Cheryl cole in the past ill and she didn`t miss the show, even Louis Walsh worked completly ill with a flu several times. Guess americans are different...



Tulisa, i didn`t know her, but she pulled it off... UK has talent people
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Nov 05, 2011
Are you STILL bitching about Cheryl Cole? The woman isn't even on the show anymore. Drop it already.



Besides, I have seen Cheryl lip-synch. Her performance on XF was not lip-synched.



Also the XFUK contestants lip synch during the group performances too.
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Nov 05, 2011
Yeah, group performances are lip synched...and still they were disgusting in the US version...



Poor guys, they don`t have time to work 2 songs in a week AUAHHAHAHAHA



They are really talented people...Maybe they miss people to help them...
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Nov 05, 2011
Whoa wait, does this news mean that Christian Slater is no longer on Breaking In? Because Oz was seriously half the show, and I'll be extremely disappointed if its true.
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Nov 05, 2011
I think I liked it better when Christian Slater was his own boss... Oz is so kick ass.
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Nov 05, 2011
I "read a book" every day ;)
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Nov 05, 2011
I'm reading a book right now!
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Nov 05, 2011
Lip-Synching, sound enhancements, voice enhancements, stupid histerical screams 3 or 4 times in every song even if the performance is bad...



and, so what?? what do you think u have in MTV awards or similar music performances in award show, or even a concert...



ANyway, Simon still far away from the quality of UK X-Factor in every aspect, from sound editing, to the contestants, passing by the storylines, and the presenters, and the judges of course



Everything is better in the UK version...
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Nov 05, 2011
What do you mean so what? This is a singing COMPETITION! You don't lip synch in a competition. I wouldn't agree to be a judge on this show if lip synching was allowed. In fact, after finding out, I won't bother tuning in anymore. I'm done. Hope they cancel the show.
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Nov 05, 2011
after watched it back again, well, that 13 performance at the begining was a mess all around, passing by the kid forgetting his lyrics and ending in the pretty visible lip synching...



As far as i know, it was only used in the 13 performance, in the individual performances i don`t think so, i watched it back and i didn`t see any clue of lip synching. If they used it in the individual performances they are relly good in disguising it.



That said, i think u won`t lose anything by not tuning in this X-factor US mess version...



I wasn`t expecting it to be better than the UK version, but at least i was expecting simon to criticise more the NOOB show he created...He didn`t and that`s because he wants to save the show.



In UK he`s more real, because the show is there to stay and it even has an extra show, The Xtra Factor that air right after the main show...



I think, in america, American Idol is hard to replace or even to stole from them some fans...



Simon didn`t have that problem in UK cause he found Leona lewis there... but in the US version, i don`t see any superstar coming out of those 12...When i watch the UK version, in every performance my opinion is similar to the judges, in this US version, seems like the judges are just silly...



Nicole please, stop being "not yourself", LA please go work with rianna, because u won`t find a better star in your life...



Simon go back to UK...and Paula OMG OMG OMG, just retire...





American Idol is miles better tha US X-Factor...Simon lost...5 millions and Pepsi will have a hard time saying no to whoever wins OMG OMG



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Nov 05, 2011
I agree. That really is disappointing!
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Nov 08, 2011
who really cares?????
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Nov 05, 2011
Just got renewed. Soz
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