The X Factor New Zealand

X Factor NZ duo Mae Valley have released their debut single called Brightside. It was written by American songwriter and musician Marti Frederiksen, Canadian singer-songwriter Victoria Banks, and Lindsey Lee. The single reached number 10 on the NZ music singles charts last week.

Check out ‘Brightside’ by Mae Valley here:

Bow down to your judgemental overlords New Zealand! The X Factor has returned after a one year sabbatical from our screens. For a year we seemingly had nothing musical that warranted being judged, how ever did we cope? The X Factor 2015 seems to be all about changing things up. While the ever charming Stan Walker remains on the judging panel along with Mel ‘cool aunty’ Blatt, this season we have sadly lost previous judges ‘pink hair’ and ‘tartan pants’. If this change left you worried that the judging panel had been drained of its ‘colour’- never fear- Morticia and Gomez from a young, hip, MTV reboot of the Addam’s Family have replaced them, or as they are more commonly known: Willy Moon and Natalia Kills.

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MediaWorks TV have released their new season lineup for 2015 online tonight, with some new shows coming that you’re bound to be looking forward to.

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BennyTipene_BricksPhotoBenny Tipene of The X Factor NZ fame, released his debut album yesterday, titled Bricks.

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bennytipeneHe might as well have won the first season of The X Factor NZ as Palmerston North’s Benny Tipene has today released his fourth single.

Tipene, who placed third on the show, has now released more music than the winner Jackie Thomas who has only the winner’s single It’s Worth It to her name.

Tipene’s single, Step On Up, is available on iTunes.

New_Zealands_Got_Talent_logoX Factor New Zealand reject come New Zealand’s Got Talent winner Renee Maurice is engaged to be married after the usual flurry of new Facebook friend requests and other social media interactions post her 15 minutes of fame.

After the show finale in December, Maurice received a Facebook message from Joe Taylor, an old school friend from Queen Charlotte College, in Picton. A month later the pair met up and “hit it off”. Continue reading »

X Factor New Zealand judge and Australian Idol winner, Stan Walker, performed at the opening of Destiny Church’s new facility on Friday.

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X Factor New Zealand second runner up, Benny Tipene, has his single “Make You Mine” featuring in the promo for the new season of Winners and Losers in Australia.

New_Zealands_Got_Talent_logoLast nights win by Renee Maurice on New Zealand’s Got Talent was a bit anticlimactic.  After failing to make the finals on TV3’s The X Factor New Zealand earlier in the year, for obvious reasons, Maurice then tried out for the show that was more suited to her.  She then went on to win the public vote and walk away with the $100,000 prize and car.

It’s not the first time a contestant has appeared on two shows.  Most recently has been Taylor Henderson in Australia who was the runner up on Australia’s Got Talent in 2010 and then this year, came runner up on The X Factor Australia.  The only difference is that Henderson didn’t enjoy $3.2 million in public funding for his exposure. Continue reading »

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While his fellow X Factor NZ judge, Stan Walker, and some of the contestants he mentored will perform to hundreds of thousands of people attending Christmas in the Park in Christchurch and Auckland, Daniel Bedingfield will be taking to the stage in the Hawkes Bay’s regional version.

For all those people who had tickets to Bedingfield’s cancelled concert in Wellington, the event at Anderson Park in Napier on December 14 is free.