Thursday, February 12, 2009

006 Cowell Factor

Idol finally made it to Hollywood in an effort to find 12 people who could actually sing! Ryan Seacrest says there's an unbelievable amount of talent this year. Where has he been the past month?

Simon’s been working hard to spice up the X Factor judging panel with Victoria Beckham. Her credentials…even less talent that Danny Minouge.

My Fame Games artist picks this week include female artist, Naomi Striemer for her well structured power pop song “Images.” R&B talent Bobby Tinsley out of Tampa, FL has a song “What About Bob” that’s quirky, and original. Both these artists have real talent, please don’t stop!

It’s not without saying that I get a lot of emails knocking talent shows like American Idol. Is American Idol irrelevant this year though? When times are tough and people are losing their homes and jobs, how are people gonna feel sorry for a kid who loses it because he can’t play his guitar in an audition?

But no matter how bad the economy is or how low you feel, people will always need music simply because it is the only escape from real life. Your song can become someone’s symbol of hope.

To you, the artist, struggling to make your music heard, I say this – your song always has the power to change people’s lives!

One email I got in this week said, “We don’t need to get rid of big record labels, they will get rid of themselves.”

But the question I propose is, do we actually need big record labels? Now that we have the internet do you think we still need them? And with that…will A&R die? Tune in to this podcast and find out!

The Cowell Factor

If you've only got ONE shot at FAME you might as well get it right!!

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Since joining Fame Games, I’ve been taking time to check out all the artists online and once again I’m drawn to the quality of songwriting. What shows like American Idol get wrong is that they don’t allow contestants to sing original songs so we don’t know if the contestants can actually write their own material!

I asked Simon about the creative process, and he said that if someone can write one GREAT song, then chances are they can write another one.

The Idol controversy this year is Joanna Pacitti which is similar to the electrifying Carly Smithson of last season’s Idol. But have you heard Joanna’s songs? They’re hot, and that’s why she’ll get my vote! Who cares if she’s been on a label?

Since Carly left Idol, she hasn’t exactly set the charts on fire but she’s hungry for success and she’ll keep trying. And that’s what YOU have to do – NEVER give up!

Here’s my challenge to you Fame Games, some of you already proved you can write a great song, but can you write another one…and another? Can Stars Go Dim write another song as good as “Get Over It?” Can Will Champlin write a better song than “Time Bomb?” What about you Midori, can you beat “Swim in My Ocean?”

Make my day, prove you can do it!

If you want success, you’re gonna have to build a massive portfolio of your own songs. Your songs are your ultimate power, you future, and even your pension…it’s your major weapon!

The Cowell Factor

If you've only got ONE shot at FAME you might as well get it right!!

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It’s a hello and goodbye to Kelly Brooke who joined the judging panel of Britian’s Got Talent…and then got fired 6 days later! My advice to her, why not write a book called “How to make a million out of TV without ever actually appearing!”

Now to Idol, are there signs that Simon and Cara may not be getting along too well? Is Simon putting her in her place?

The highlight of the Idol auditions last week for me? Joanna Pacitti, and I trust that she will make the final!

Has the BBC sunk to new lows with its show EuroVision? And who even cares about EuroVision anymore? If you haven’t seen the show, please don’t bother – It’s an insult to real talent!

And the Idol scoop? Find out if it’s true that the final 12 will live under the same roof and be videotaped 24/7! Will this be Idol meets Big Brother?

I find that this year, Idol will be drawing more from ex-Idol winners, including David Cook. I believe that it’s his songwriting that makes him stand out from previous winners. This brings me to my piece of advice this week – If you can’t write songs, don’t even bother trying to make it big in this business.

I’ve been listening to enough brilliant songs on Fame Games to convince me that some of you guys actually know what you are doing! Congrats again to all Fame Games artists who have been sending me emails in regards to the 2008 Effigys; I was just so glad I could have a part in it. Special thanks go out to Sunset Slim and Sunbox for their messages.

I’ve been talking with two major record labels this week and they all say the same thing – they are cutting back on their artist rosters. But what I did learn, and there is a positive side, that labels are turning their attention to new independent artists! Tune in to this podcast and find out WHY!

The Cowell Factor

If you've only got ONE shot at FAME you might as well get it right!!

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Has American Idol finally found a mean judge at last? Move over Paula! And speaking of judges, could former Spice Girl, Mel B be a contender for the new X Factor judge to replace Danny Minouge? Would Mel B work on the panel?

Is Idol a singing competition this year or a showcase of who can wear the least amount of clothes? I do have four people though that I think will make the Top 12, and I think I’m right!

I’m really excited about being part of the backstage at Idol and sifting through the Top 12 looking for that potential winner!

A big thanks goes out the Fame Games artists who were nominated in the 2008 Effigy Awards this year, I was so excited to be part of it. You all deserve success; please, keep writing and keep singing because don’t ever forget that this IS showbiz!

Listen to this podcast and hear who I’ll putting my money on for American Idol and I’ll see you next week!

The Cowell Factor

If you've only got ONE shot at FAME you might as well get it right!!

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Happy New Year!! Congrats to the new X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke but bad news for Canadian Idol as it has been cancelled!

Could you believe all the tears though during the X-Factor, and the only dry and slightly pinched face was that from judge Danny Minogue but no worries for her because she is expected to replace Sharon Osbourne on American’s Got Talent.

But who will replace Danny Minougue?

The highlight on the X-Factor was Beyonnce’s performance as she is back at her best. Too bad about JLS though. I loved when they first auditioned but by the end, they were just another boyband! I so wish Louis Walsh would retire!

American Idol starts soon and the rumours are everywhere, particularly about Paula leaving the show (again)! But first, let’s just see how good the new judge Cara really is. But Simon says, “Trust me, Paula is here to stay…for this season anyway.”

In Hollywood, expect to see both Britney and Beyounce as guest artists during the LIVE shows and maybe, just maybe one of the remaining Beatles. I’m not sure which one, but I’m sure it’s not Ringo!

But what does Simon think about new Idol judge Cara? Is Simon complaining already?

I’m very excited about taking part in this year’s Fame Games Effigy awards. Who would I put my money on for Fame Games Artist of the Year? Who would I help get onto the music scene?

You’ll have to listen to the podcast and find out!!

And some final advice, since I’ve feeling a bit spiritual: when FAME comes knocking, don’t ever sell out! Always do what you do best! Until next week...

The Cowell Factor

If you've only got ONE shot at FAME you might as well get it right!!