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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. I’ve gotta say I’m so excited to come home. Beyond the fact that I’ve missed NZ a lot, I cant wait to work with the team of talented people that we’ve put together. As anyone could probably guess, I'm really passionate about this show and working here in the States has put me in some pretty amazing environments. I can't wait to make the X Factor in NZ,to help celebrate our incredible talent and tell our great stories. I know everyone working on it genuinely believes we can find a superstar.

The thing that’s kind of blown me away is that Simon and his team over here are so hands on when its comes to this show worldwide. He has been so supportive of all of us and really helped to get the show green lit. I think people will be blown away when they find out what we have in store for the winner.

What I love about the X Factor is there are no rules. No age limit and most importantly because it's live. Live TV of this kind is so fun to be apart of and it’s been a long while since we’ve done it in New Zealand. You really don’t know what to expect and it’s those surprises that make it so watchable. It’s a fluid show, we plan as best we can, then let the journey unfold and the things you don’t see coming, that’s what the audiences embrace, that’s what keeps them watching.

Lots of people have asked for my advice on auditioning and I would say, it’s about self-belief. You have to believe you have the goods. It’s a tough show. You get one chance to impress, then add the pressures of performing live, the scrutiny from the public / media and of course the fact you’ll be up against a lot of other hungry performers - it's about who really wants it the most!

So yeah, I feel really lucky to come back to this wonderful opportunity, although now we have the tough part, who will I be sparring with on that judges table? There are so many strong facets to the New Zealand music industry, whether its Urban, Pop, Rock, all need to be represented and I’m sure there will be some serious clashing over what’s relevant and their definition of what’s good!

Whatever happens, we are in good hands. Here are some crazy facts about the show that’s about to hit our shores - its watched by 500 million people worldwide, the X Factor artists have globally sold over 100 million records, achieving 250 number ones, 270 Top 10, and 501 Top 50 hit records and Sony worldwide are right behind us to discover the next Kiwi recording artist. Cant Wait!

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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.

sweet suspense

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?

Dominic's Blog

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.

four chair challenge

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.