You're probably thinking of the article I posted here at FORT. My husband is British, so he found it. Cheryl Cole is from Newcastle, a major city in the north of England. They are notorious for having accents so thick that even other British people can't understand them, according to hubby. After hearing Cheryl, I can see what he was talking about. Anyway, a few months back, TPTB at this show suddenly dumped Cheryl in favor ofI liked the first judge better, too, the Scottish one? I can't remember her name now. I know I read a few months ago that they thought she didn't mesh well or that the accent was too strong for American TV. I disagree! But we'll see how Nicole does. We didn't hear much from her except that it was her birthday.
KittyNicole. Rumors were rampant in Britain that it was due to her accent, that she American viewers wouldn't understand her. This didn't sit well with the Brits, where Cole is a judge on the original British version of The Factor, and where she is hugely popular. People booed Simon (the executive producer) at a taping of Britain's Got Talent because of the controversy.
I have mixed feelings about it all. Yeah, her accent was harder to understand. But, as other people have said, she seemed nicer than Nicole. Back when I posted my original article, somebody posted that she had attended a live audition taping, and that Nicole came across as a a real ditz. I wonder if this lady attended last night's show? Because I wasn't terribly impressed with Nicole, either. I prefer Cheryl.
I agree!The first girl (little mixed race cutie who sang Mercy), the 42-year-old black woman with the rough past (Natural Woman was her song), the Usher-like guy who sang Stevie Wonder and overwhelmed himself on stage, and the last guy (white boy hip-hopper who tore it up with his own song about a little homey!!!!) are definitely the stand outs from this episode. I honestly thing the Little Homey rap could be a single right now. It was that good.
I, too, worry about Homey (sorry, I can't remember his name). I volunteer with my church's recovery ministry, and it's true that many addicts relapse at least once. With him being clean for a relatively short time, and now under immense pressure to be successful, that might be too much to handle. I really hope not, though.
I lived in England when The X-Faxtor debuted there several years ago. Back then, it was basically an AI clone--the auditions were held in a closed room, there were only three judges, the minimum age was 18, and Sharon Obborne was the female judge, so there was no ditzyness in sight. It was actually quite an enjoyable show. In fact, I loved it much better than AI. I was so excited when I heard it was coming to America.
Now, though, I don't know. Like somebody said, it's now a clone of America's Got Talent--and I hate that show. So now I don't know. I'll hang in there for a while to see if it gets any better. I hope so, because otherwise I'll be very disappointed.