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"The X Factor," "American Idol," And "The Voice" Welcome Fresh Faces

Ali Blair |
March 24, 2011 | 3:54 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

via The X Factor
via The X Factor
TV is heating up with new seasons of our favorite singing competitions. Fans are ecstatic for new contestants and new talent, but the talk of the town is the show’s judges.

The X Factor’s casting starts this Sunday, March 27th in Los Angeles and continues through the U.S., ending in Dallas on May 26th. Simon Cowell, former American Idol judge, created The X Factor first in the UK and after a much success, has brought the show to the U.S. on Fox.

Simon’s harsh critique has continually brought success to reality singing shows, like Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol and the U.K.’s The X Factor, it’s not a question whether or not he'll be dealing out his fair share of sass on the new show.

But what everyone is wondering is who will fill the seats next to him? Producer of Hitco Music Publishing, L.A. Reid, is a confirmed judge for the new series while rumors of singer Nicki Minaj’s role on the show were shut down. Rumors of Taylor Momsen, Gossip Girl actress and The Pretty Reckless singer, have circulated but nothing has been confirmed or denied. After the first casting on Sunday, the judges will be known and the mystery will be solved. The show will air later this Fall

Along with The X Factor, Fox’s American Idol brought on board two new judges for its tenth season to replace Simon and Paula Abdul. As the show has progressed, the ratings have been all over the charts, but with new judges bringing fresh insight, we may see a change in the show's popularity. Randy Jackson remains on the show, but was joined by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, Aerosmith front man, bringing fresh ideas and thoughts to the popular show. Tonight, the show will send home its third finalist, bringing the 10 remaining hopefuls one step closer to the title of "American Idol." The show tonight will include a special performance from former American Idol, Jennifer Hudson.

The newest singing show on TV is NBC’s The Voice, which will premiere on April 26th. The show’s success will likely be contributed to its all-star cast of coaches. Country artist, Black Shelton, joins an impressive cast of Grammy Award winning artists, including Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Their purpose on the show will differ from that of the judges on The X Factor and American Idol. Instead of judging the contestants, the cast will coach the contestants throughout the season and intend to, as NBC states, “shape America’s next top singing star.” Tune in at the end of April and watch the new show develop.

These new seasons will not only bring fresh faces to the TV networks, but will hopefully bring new talent to light.

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