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(VIDEO) 9/21/11: X-FACTOR USA VS. AMERICAN IDOL; WHICH IS BETTER?

CHRIS RENE ROCKS X-FACTOR -VIDEO GOES VIRAL!

9/22/11: X-FACTOR RATINGS JUST IN!

Simon Cowell’s new singing competition X-FACTOR premiered tonight.  It will definitely be compared to the hit show American Idol, in the days to come.  But is it better than Idol?  Well, let’s break it down.

X-Factor has singers…ditto.  X-Factor has judges…ditto.  X-Factor has singers who suck…Ditto.  X-Factor has singers with incredible voices…ditto.  X-Factor has a broad age group…not!  X-Factor has Simon and Paula…not!  All-in-all they are extremely similar shows with a few exceptions; a live studio audience, opportunities for wider age ranges and the return of the magical duo. 

Although X-Factor is similar to Idol it has a major difference. The show allows people over the age of forty another chance in life.  Just like stand-out singer Stacy Francis who was the highlight of the evening.  After telling her story about a “broken spirit” she rose to the occasion.  She is a single-mom with an infant and a three-year-old, and this truly may have been her last chance to follow her dreams.  It was amazing to see her belt out an Aretha Franklin song with feeling and emotion completely on key.  She gave an incredible audition and deserved to move on. Glad she did. 

There were also others who clearly needed a break, like the 13-year-old girl who opened the show with brilliant singing abilities, or the 20-year-old with his last chance to break into singing before starting another career. It was especially powerful to see the contestant, Chris Rene, battling addiction.  His story was heartbreaking, and his original song blew me away.  It was an instant hit and someone is sure to sign him immediately…A STAR IS BORN.  These are all the people you root for in this situation. Many people miss their chance in life to excel, due to fear or missed opportunities and before you know it, time runs out and they are considered too old.

While X-Factor is similar to Idol, it was a bit more interesting to watch because the stories of overcoming impossible odds gave it more meaning and made it more than just a singing competition.  In the end, don’t we all just want to see a happy ending…it keeps our hopes alive.

Welcome back Simon and Paula…you were missed.  And L.A. Reid and Nicole were great additions.  It is certain to be a hit!   But is X-Factor better than American Idol?  Well, you be the judge.  Post your comments…would love to hear your thoughts.

STACY FRANCIS SINGS HER HEART OUT

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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(VIDEO) 9/21/11: X-FACTOR U.S.A. BEGINS TONIGHT…EXCITING NEWS!

The very anticipated X -FACTOR U.S.A begins tonight on Fox and to tell the truth, I’m excited!  Simon Cowell has a lot to prove (but surely does not need the money), since he has boasted this will be “better than American Idol.”

With networks filled with reality shows and singing competitions you would think there is not enough room for more.  But it looks like he may have another hit on his hands according to the trailers.  Let’s just hope the dream team of judges; Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, and master mind Simon Cowell do not disappoint! 

Well, with a 5 million dollar prize that should guarantee high ratings.   Everyone will definitely want to see who wins this competition, because they will have to have an incredible voice to walk away with that much cash.

Make sure to check back in and post your feedback…it would be great to see if you believe it’s a hit!  I just LOVE Simon Cowell.  Good luck!  We are rooting for you…

9/21/11: X-FACTOR REVIEWS

 
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(VIDEO) 9/21/11 MEXICO CITY: DRUG TRAFFICKERS DUMP TRUCKS FILLED WITH 35 DEAD BODIES ON STREET

WATCH VIDEO NEWS RELEASE - REUTERS/HUFFINGTON POST

The violence in Mexico is out of control when it comes to drugs.  Today it was reported that several suspected drug traffickers headed to a main street during rush hour and did the unthinkable.  They allegedly dumped two trucks filled with 35 dead bodies onto the main avenue in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz.  

It occurred during the height of rush hour at a busy intersection and very close to where the nation’s top prosecutors were about to start a convention.  Stunned passengers watched in horror as gunmen stood guard and pointed their weapons at onlookers while releasing tortured and bound semi-nude men and women from two massive trucks.  This must be more frightening than the violence felt in Chicago right now.

If they cannot control the drug wars and violence soon, Mexico may turn into a country run by drug lords.  What a scary thought.  How do you even end this type of chaos when they kill the Chief of Police, policemen, and head officials?  If the fear is so powerful, who will want to step up to the plate.

What needs to happen there to end this violence?  Where to you even begin?  Is the U.S. military going to end up helping them too?  What a sick world we live in.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE IN USA TODAY
RELATED ARTICLES: MEXICO DRUG WARS – HORROR STORIES
 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) 9/21/11: FEDS APPROVE $400 BILLION STIMULUS PLAN TO LOWER INTEREST RATES

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Reports that the Federal Reserve has approved a stimulus plan today to lower interest rates are heating up the internet. This new policy would help all areas of loans including mortgages and business loans, offering an added incentive for consumers and companies to borrow and spend more money.

This new policy would involve the sale of $400 billion in short-term Treasuries, in exchange for an equal amount of longer term bonds. According to a statement by the Federal Reserve, “This program should put downward pressure on long-term interest rates and help make broader financial conditions more accommodative.”

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS, REAL ESTATE

 

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IRAN HIKERS PAY ONE MILLION DOLLAR BAIL AND RELEASED TODAY

The hiker’s accused of spying in Iran have been released on $1 million dollar bail.  Reports that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal left Tehran, Iran earlier today and are expected to arrive on U.S. soil shortly, are lighting up on Twitter. 

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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