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X Factor All Stars has been binned for yet another spin-off idea

It’s… probably for the best



Well, any dreams of seeing Honey G compete with Dinah Jane off Fifth Harmony have been dashed – as X Factor: All Stars is no longer happening.

Instead, a new show called X Factor The Band will launch, doing a very Popstars: The Rivals ~thing of launching new boy and girlbands.

It’s apparently due to air early next year, meaning Little Mix’s BBC show The Search could be its direct competition – and it seems like it could be a British equivalent of Cowell’s own La Banda.

“K-Pop is ruling the world,” Simon Cowell told The Sun. “This is a show to find a band to launch UK-Pop. It’s more than winning a record contract, it’s starting a new music wave.” Ya-huh.

He went on to say that “there’s a lot of confidence back in the format” after X Factor Celebrity, which is – and I cannot stress this enough – an absolute mess. Not even an entertaining, can’t-look-away mess, like the good old days were. Just a mess.

Genuinely, Louis Walsh said that this performance “hit all the notes”. Reader, it very much didn’t.

“There is every possibility next year there could be three X Factor shows – Celebrity, All Stars and another group show,” Cowell added. “The important thing about why ITV is supporting us is that it’s the young people watching us. The 16 to 34 viewership on X Factor Celebrity is enormous, even bigger than Love Island.”

3.5 million people watched the first live show; the lowest number ever for a live episode of the brand.

Well, I’ve gotta say, as a big (former???) X Factor stan, I was super excited for All Stars; but given how many people had – understandably! – ruled themselves out, and given how bad the Celebrity version is, this is probably for the best.


Revenge is being rebooted. REVENGE IS BEING REBOOTED!!

It’ll be back with a new character in the lead



Revenge – the show with one of the best first-seasons of the decade – is being rebooted at ABC, per Deadline. I GASPED.

The Emily VanCamp-starring supersoap comes from the original’s creator Mike Kelley and writer-producer Joe Fazzio, and will reportedly have a Latinx immigrant lead character trying to get payback over the death of her mother.

Apparently she will be guided on her quest for vengeance by a character from the original series, though that character has not yet been identified (it’s gonna be bloody Nolan, isn’t it).

US ratings for Revenge were actually pretty steady for the first three seasons (8.72m season one, 8.87m season two, 8.44m season three) but interest had fallen off a cliff by the end (the final episode had 4.8m viewers) and perhaps it would have been better suited to the current TV era where 8-10-episode seasons are far more popular than the full 20+.

Of the original cast, Emily VanCamp is now starring in The Resident, a medical drama with The Good Wife’s Matt Czuchry; and she’ll also be in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, reprising her role as Sharon Carter in the MCU.

Madeleine Stowe (Victoria Grayson) will be in the upcoming musical drama Soundtrack, due on Netflix next month. Nick Wechsler (Jack Porter) has been on This Is Us and Dynasty; Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson) was the villain in the Rosa Parks ep of Doctor Who; and Henry Czerny (Conrad Grayson) was in the horror movie Ready Or Not earlier this year.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has 6.5m views; season two confirmed

Now make Alexandra Burke a guest judge!!!



RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is definitely returning in 2020 – because the first season has had gargantuan ratings.

The iPlayer-only show has had a total of 6.5 million views across its five episodes to date – not too shabby at all considering it doesn’t have a traditional broadcaster.

“I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK,” Ru said in a statement, put out at midnight.

“This season’s queens proved that Britain’s Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more!

“Here’s to another season of love, laughter and light!”

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, added: “I’m delighted that BBC Three will be the home for series two of Drag Race UK.

“Every single queen for series one has brought something different to the table and I’ve loved watching and getting to know them.

“The show is a huge hit for us and we’re very much looking forward to unleashing another series for our audience to tuck into!”

This first season has been the most exciting run of Drag Race for years, and I hope next year the team are trusted with more offbeat choices for lip sync songs, guest judges and Snatch Game characters. A more diverse line-up of queens also feels essential.

Oh, and Kathy Burke was offered a guest spot on season one but couldn’t make it due to scheduling. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

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Break Up Bye Bye is actually heading for the UK charts

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is about to produce a hit



Here’s something that perfectly combines my love for Drag Race and for The Charts: Break Up Bye Bye from last week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK could very well appear in the UK Top 40 at the end of this week.

The song – which is available in two versions: one from the Frock Destroyers (Blu Hydrangea, Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo), one from Filth Harmony (The Vivienne, Cheryl Hole, Crystal) – is at No24 in the midweeks; outperforming newish music from Camila Cabello, Coldplay and Niall Horan at this moment in time.

Most of its success is down to the Frock Destroyers’ version: they made it as high as No2 on iTunes over the weekend (they’re still at No4 this morning) and, as things stand on Spotify, have racked up over five times more streams than Filth Harmony.

It’s worth noting though that Break Up Bye Bye’s momentum is going in the wrong way: it was in the Top 20 in the first update over the weekend and had slipped to 24 by yesterday, so whether it’ll still be in the Top 40 when this week’s final official chart is published on Friday will be a close one.

But in any case……… what a time to be alive.

Dua Lipa, meanwhile, is challenging for No1.

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