The X Factor Australia

XfactorlogoThere are some days I flick through the news and there are stories that just infuriate me. Apparently, readers are stupid and aren’t aware of what is actually going on and can be told all manner of things as if they were true.

This morning, Fairfax published this article: Fighting Talk on X Factor Australia. It’s all fine until you read this sentence:

Picking a winner at this stage is “too hard”, says Keating, who is mentoring the under-25 girls. “It is hard to say because we have so many contestants now and so many good contestants. I’m really feeling with my girls there’s one, maybe two, I can get all the way to the grand final so it’s impossible to tell right now.”

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The X Factor Australia launched last night across the Tasman with a fairly positive response to the level of talent if Twitter was anything to go by.  The series opened with a sensational performance by 14 year old Jai Waetford who left judge LMFAO’s Redfoo with damp eyes.

This is an ad campaign that Mediaworks TV are currently running.  While TVNZ are pimping their upcoming series of New Zealand’s Got Talent to advertisers, Mediaworks is trying to convince them that The X Factor is their ticket to better results.

While The X Factor may be a better format, as we’ve seen time and time again in New Zealand, having a great show doesn’t necessarily mean viewers will change the channel.

Mediaworks will tell us, and the advertisers, that they’re delivering more eyeballs in that coveted 25-54 demographic while the reality is that more Kiwis will watch a dressed up and dancing pooch on TV One.

While they may have the X Factor, after all these years, no one seems to have the talent to oust TV One and TV 2 as the preferred channels for viewing.

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The X Factor Australia winner – Reece Mastin – bought traffic to a standstill this morning in Auckland’s busy suburb of Ponsonby. 

Mastin is in New Zealand on a quick media tour, following TV3’s screening of The X Factor Australia final on Saturday night. 

When he popped in to The Edge studios for an interview with Jay-Jay, Mike and Dom, Mastin was greeted by hundreds of screaming fans, many of who were then invited in to The Edge offices to meet the 17-year old star.

Some listeners had been waiting since 5am for his arrival.  Joanne said “it was an honour” to meet him, while Baylee and Abbey, a couple of the lucky listeners to talk to him, said “he seems so nice and down to earth and he’s so sexy”!

To keep fans happy Mastin will be back in The Edge studio at 8pm tonight to host the Top 20 with Brad and Marty. He has also told The Edge he’ll have “a very special announcement ahead of his tour to New Zealand in April.”  

He is also dropping by the TV3 studios this afternoon for a live appearance on FOUR Live which will be broadcast at 5pm.

Mastin will be bringing his unique rocker style and infectious performances to Wellington’s TSB Arena on April 12 and Auckland’s Vector Arena on April 14.

To see New Zealand’s Reece Mastin ‘pandemonium’ be at The Edge studios, Level 1, Fountain Court, corner St Marys and Jervois Road’s, Ponsonby from 8pm tonight.

7:30pm – Wednesday, December 28 on TV 3

Would be pop-stars from across Australia are lining up in their droves to face the panel of power and the Australian public in the series premiere of the second season of The X Factor Australia, premiering on Wednesday, December 28 th at 7:30pm on 3. The X Factor Australia has been on a whistle-stop tour of Australia auditioning thousands of hopefuls, and this year’s competition promises to be unmissable.

As well as a whole new array of talent, this year also sees The X Factor Australia adding a couple of new faces to the judging panel. Joining Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian will be the beautiful Natalie Bassingthwaighte and former Spice Girl, Mel B.

And the changes don’t stop there. This year The X Factor Australia has lowered the age limit to 14, so viewers should keep their eyes peeled for the Miley Cirus or Justin Bieber of tomorrow.

Ex-Home and Away star, Luke Jacobz returns to host the show, and once again the auditions will take place in front of LIVE crowds in packed out arenas.

Those who make it through the audition phase will then graduate to Bootcamp, where they will be put through their paces and mercilessly whittled down, until 24 acts remain. Each judge will then be assigned a category to mentor and it’s off to the Judges’ Houses stage. Six acts will go to each house, but only three will return.

The LIVE show stage of the competition will see the act with the fewest public votes going home, until three acts will battle it out in the all important series finale.

But before all this, make sure not to miss your first introduction to those hoping top become Australia’s next big thing when The X Factor Australia premieres on Wednesday, December 28 th at 7:30pm.

Former Neighbours actress and singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte has landed the fourth X Factor Australia judging/mentoring spot for this year’s season.

Bassingthwaighte will join former Spice Girl Mel B, Guy Sebastian and Ronan Keating on the new-look judging panel for the show.

“I’m thrilled to be one of the judges on The X Factor,” Bassingthwaighte said today. “I can’t wait to take on the role of mentor and kick some serious butt with the other judges. Game on! “

Bassingthwaighte played Izzy Hoyland on Neighbours from 2003 to 2006 before having a role in the third season of Underbelly.

She is an accomplished singer/songwriter who was a previous member of the Australian group Rogue Traders.

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