Plus, Tulisa’s swanky new motor, and Amanda Holden’s Superstar dressing room is more like a creepy shrine!
Last year’s series of The X Factor was repeatedly slated by fans and critics alike for being boring and not glamorous enough…
So this year, boss Simon Cowell is determined he’s going to return the show to its former glory, and to that end, as well as ordering a radical shake-up of the show, he’s also reportedly bringing choreographer Brian Friedman back, and is replacing the show’s current make-up artists with his personal team. Yes, team.
The Mirror reports that Simon has told everyone involved in the show, “I’ve had enough – things have got to change.”
An insider said, “Simon has made it clear that things have got to change and The X Factor must be the number one show on TV without question.
“Last year it was embarrassing being beaten in the ratings some weeks by Strictly Come Dancing, with all the buzz being about the BBC show instead of his.
“Simon won’t allow that to happen again and he wants Brian back on board to help the show look outrageous and unbelievable.”
Last year, Brian worked on the US version of the show and Simon has apparently “sent out an SOS” to get him back to the UK.
Simon has also ordered that there should be no “novelty” acts allowed through to live shows this year, and has told the judges to be far more critical during the Boot Camp stage…
In other news, but sticking with X Factor, judge Tulisa has splashed out on a pressie to herself – a purple Audi R8.
The paper adds, “The star used the new transport to get home from a London studio on Wednesday afternoon.”
Our final snippet of reality TV news is that BGT judge turned Superstar presenter Amanda Holden is decking out her new dressing room with crucifixes, candles and all sorts of religious imagery in order to continue the “theme” of the show backstage.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said, “I have worked for Simon Cowell, who thinks he is God, and now I’m working for The Lord. Not many people can say that.
“Every show I do I deck my dressing room out in a theme.
“I’ve been on eBay buying all these crosses, although after a while I did think it was getting a bit like The Omen with all the crucifixes everywhere.
“I was then worried it might bring bad luck.”
Well, it might do Amanda, but at least there’s a good chance you’ll survive if there’s a vampire invasion. Every cloud eh?
More reality TV news soon!