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For all the car fans out there, I thought I should start with this. As if we need another reason to want to spend some time in Simon Cowell's shoes, he turned up to the set last week - here in Los Angeles - in a 1 Million Dollar Bugatti Veyron super car. Doing some research, the sparkling black beauty which has a top speed of nearly 268 miles per hour, there are only 4 in the world! But to think about, not only does the music mogul have X Factor in 80 countries round the world, he manages One Direction in his spare time and is busily putting their feature movie together sure to make him (another) fortune. In fact, the band are on their way to make $100 million this year and last week, 1D topped the single and album charts in the UK and US with their new track Little Things and album Take Me Home. A happy Simon tweeted: "Massive congrats to the one d boys for having the number one single and album. Could not be happier for you." Harry Styles was quick to thank his former mentor for his support tweeting: "cheers boss x". Of course, Simon is looking forward. He's trying his best to recreate the magic of his biggest creation here in the States.

Bookies are picking either Simon or LA to be the winning judge, which is no surprise, and as the LIVE shows heat up, so too does the controversy. This time its Britney Spears who is not happy, she has been accused of diva behavior towards X Factor judge Demi and co-host Khloe. Weekly rag Life & Style here in the States, claims the 'Toxic hit maker "won't talk to either of them", believing that reality star Khloe especially is below her and solely responsible for stealing the media limelight away from the popstar. I love the quotes but supposedly "she's really getting underneath Britney's skin." If that wasn’t enough, it is further claimed today, that Lovato's closeness to the new Kardashian host is winding up poor Brit even further. Spears came out today a few hours ago and said these rumours were "laughable", and that she has absolutely no problem with either of her female co-stars but just gives the audience one more reason to watch and see if they can pick up on any tension between the girls.

Of course, one more reason to watch should be.... yes the singers! It was a shame to see the end of Jennel Garcia, she was clearly given a bad song from Demi and unfortunately, that bad decision ended in her leaving the show and I also never felt Lyric 145 were given the chance to truly show what they were capable of. In fact, maybe the show and/or the audience just wasn’t quite ready for their kind of talent. Last week we lost two more incredible performers with Beatrice Miller and Arin Ray leaving the competition. My heart goes out to Beatrice – who was so passionate about being in the competition for the betterment of her unique family. You also can’t help but feel for Arin who would have had to say goodbye to his crush Normani Hamilton from Cowell’s new girl group Fifth Harmony. With fame and distance, time will tell if anything comes of that ‘friendship’!

As we head into the last month of the show, it will become a lot more apparent, who has sung their best and who still has some growth left to do. With 5 million on the line, it will be interesting to see who that will be. I still like Tate Stevens, think Carly Rose over-hyped but good, perhaps too young at 13 and that Emblem 3 are also a tad over rated and maybe being pushed a tad too much by their mentor, Mr Cowell.

What do you think? Do you agree with Dom?

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Dominic's Blog

No Real Surprises Here

The first act to be sent home saw the whole crowd booing and seemingly quite surprised, but at this stage of the game, seriously is anything really that much of a shocker?

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They're Dropping Like Flies

There was a festive theme last week, as most Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving but there was nothing to celebrate for two acts, as there time on the show came to an end.

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A Shock Double Elimination

It's been an eventful few weeks on the X Factor USA, with Simon Cowell mixing things up with a dizzying amount of changes to his beloved show and then of course the rather embarrassing voting graphics errors this time last week. Could there be anymore drama in store?

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That's Embarrasing!

For the first time in X Factor history thanks to a graphics error (sure someone got in trouble for this one), the wrong numbers were put up after each contestant, so none of the votes from America were counted and the pressure lifted as all the acts had a do-over episode, the following night.

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The Competition Is About to Get Fierce

With the Boot Camp and Judge's Houses stages of the show cut in favor of the Four Chair Challenge, the contestants haven’t had a chance to hang out at and form strong friendships, so expect the competition to be even more fierce!

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Now It's Time To Go LIVE!

We have seen some incredible talent this year but everything changes from this point on, now its time to go LIVE!

Get Ready For The Live Shows

Get Ready For The Live Shows

Well the LIVE shows kick off in just one week on the X Factor USA, the top 16 will go at it head to head and we’ll finally find out what the caliber of talent is really like this year on the show.

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The X Factor Hunger Games

Starting this week the show is going to look very different - No Boot Camp, no Judges Retreat but Say Hello to the “Four Chair Challenge”.

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The Final Week of Auditions!

Well it really has flown by but we’ve arrived at the final week of the X Factor USA auditions and Simon and co has packed it with some pretty memorable characters.

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Week 2 of Auditions

Well it's week 2 of the auditions on the X Factor USA and Simon and co are kicking things off in Los Angeles, a city you’d hope to jam packed with talent.

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Third Time's the Charm

For all those people who’ve suffered from a little bit of X Factor withdrawal,here we go again,(without Bedingfield unfortunately).


Dominic's Blog - Does Cece Deserve To Be There?

Does Cece deserve to be there based on her performances? I don’t think so but as Demi's last chance in the competition, she sure believes in her.


Dominic's Blog - Diva Behaviour!

This time its Britney Spears who is not happy, she has been accused of diva behavior towards X Factor judge Demi and co-host Khloe.

Dominic's Blog - Hanging Out With 1D!

It was Taylor Swifts turn to wow the crowds last week on the show but it was Cowell’s biggest creation, One Direction that has been the real highlight I think so far this season.

Dominic's Blog - Week 6

Well, its certainly been a big week in the world of X Factor NZ. Firstly, thanks to everyone that’s sent through congrats for this job.

Dominic's Blog - Week 5

Well this week on the show we’ve seen the star wattage lifted a peg or two, with Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas, Marc Anthony and Will.I.Am lending their names and talent to the show.

Dominic's Blog - Week 4

Dominic's Blog - Week 4

This week on the show we continued our bootcamp, narrowing 120 contestants through from the auditions down by half.


Dominic's Blog - Week 3

I want to see Bieber, Marc Anthony, Joe Jonas and Will.I.Am’s take on the talent so far. What kind of sway will they have over Simon or Britney and will they have anything interesting to say about the musicians?

Dominic's Blog - Week 2

Dominic's Blog - Week 2

Mr Nasty has traded in his sparring partner from last season, producer L. A. Reid for a younger model, 18 year old Demi Lovato.