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Singer/actress Demi Lovato has signed on as the new spokesmodel for footwear brand Skechers.
The Skyscraper hitmaker, 21, will follow in the footsteps of fellow former Disney stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears by fronting the company's new marketing and social media campaigns until 2016.
Celebrating the deal, Lovato says, "My generation grew up with Skechers, and now with all of their cool styles and fun colours, I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand's campaign with my Lovatics (fans)!"
Newlywed pop star Cher Lloyd is already planning to start a family with her husband Craig Monk. The British singer, 20, married hair stylist Monk in a secret ceremony in November (13), less than three years after they first met in the salon where he worked.
The Want U Back hitmaker has now revealed she is loving life as a doting wife and is already planning to have children.
She tells British magazine Fabulous, "I love being married. I love being a wife. People think I'm young because I'm just 20, but where I come from it's normal to get married at 16... I'm actually very old-fashioned. Craig had to ask my dad permission to marry me. Every day I have his tea (dinner) on the table and I want kids very soon."
British pop star Cher Lloyd has taken aim at the reality TV show that launched her career, insisting bosses on The X Factor made her feel "hurt and angry" by trying to change her image. The Want U Back hitmaker shot to fame when she appeared on the 2010 season of the talent contest in the U.K. aged just 16, and she has since enjoyed chart success on both sides of the Atlantic. However, the singer has now hit out at The X Factor producers, accusing them of keeping her in the dark about their plans for her career, and she is adamant she would never let a child of hers take part in the show. Lloyd tells British magazine Fabulous, "I felt like people thought there was something wrong with who I was. I'd go into a room and they'd talk about how they needed to change the way I dressed and did my make-up. No one explained anything to me and it made me feel really hurt and very angry. "I behaved badly because that was the only way I could deal with it. If I had a 16-year-old daughter, I wouldn't let her do a show like that. I wasn't ready and it just messed with my head." However, Lloyd is adamant she is delighted to still be working with show creator Simon Cowell and his Syco record label, adding, "I'm still part of the Syco family. We had our differences in terms of my direction, but Simon likes the way I stand up for what I believe in."
Pop star Demi Lovato recruited her celebrity friends including rumoured boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama to star in the gay pride-themed music video for her new single Really Don't Care.
The Skyscraper hitmaker premiered the promo on Thursday (26Jun14), and it features her singing on a float during the Gay Pride Parade in California earlier this month (Jun14). Lovato and her fans along the parade route are seen singing along to the track for the cameras, while other shots show the star and her friends in a studio belting out the words.
One of the cameos is by the singer's long-time rumoured boyfriend, Valderrama, who is shown face-to-face with Lovato shortly before the two snap their heads towards the camera to belt out the chorus.
Other celebrities in the video are The Vampire Diaries' Kat Graham, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, and British pop star Cher Lloyd, who is featured on the track.
When Carly Rose Sonenclar appeared on the second season of The X Factor in 2012, judges and viewers were in awe of her singing ability. We all wondered how a 13-year-old could possess such a powerful voice, and it seemed from the very beginning that Sonenclar would be the frontrunner to win the competition.
To the surprise of many viewers, Sonenclar wound up losing to Tate Stevens. However, considering that other X Factor alums like One Direction and Cher Lloyd didn’t win and still became superstars, it’s only logical to assume that Sonenclar would do the same. But this hasn’t happened and I’m wondering if anyone can tell me why.
I have a few ideas about this topic. For one, a fantastic voice unfortunately doesn’t guarantee success in the contemporary music industry. One Direction has the heartthrob factor, Cher Lloyd has the cool factor, and recent winners Alex & Sierra have the OMG-I-want-their-relationship factor. In the age of catchy pop tunes and calculated star images (Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry, oh my!), Sonenclar’s old-fashioned vocal talent isn’t going to cut it for most consumers.
This calls attention to the biggest problem X Factor contestants face. It’s a problem that similarly plagues many back-up singers as demonstrated by the recent Academy Award winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. How does one stand out in a sea of talent? The stagnant career of Sonenclar thus far suggests that reality competition programs require more than talent from their contestants, and if an individual is to truly succeed after the show, he or she needs to grab the audience’s attention with some kind of shtick.
Sonenclar doesn't have this, so she hasn't become as famous as she deserves to be. Could it be that talent no longer rules the day? Is Sonenclar's lack of success since The X Factor indicative of a culture that rewards headline-making gimmicks over the ability to hit a high note and play an instrument? Cast your vote below, and don't forget to watch Sonenclar's performance of "Over the Rainbow" during her tenure on The X Factor.
Simon Cowell is returning to the British TV talent show he launched a decade ago. The music mogul has announced he will be back among the judges for the 11th season of The X Factor later this year (14).
He says, "It's been three years since I last judged the competition and I'm excited to find a global superstar.
"The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years - including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, JLS and Little Mix."
Cowell quit the U.K. show to concentrate on launching the talent search in the U.S.
It has not yet been revealed who will be joining Cowell.
Singer/actress Demi Lovato is set to step down as a judge on hit reality show The X Factor next year (14) to focus on her music, according to a U.S. report. The Skyscraper singer will wrap up her second season on the talent competition's judging panel, alongside Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, following its two-part finale this week (18&19Dec13) - and she won't be back.
A source tells People.com, "She plans to spend next year completely focused on her music. She had a great run and a good time."
Lovato will embark on her first arena tour in February (14), and will be joined by The X Factor alums Cher Lloyd, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony for the trek.
Show creator Cowell has announced The X Factor will return to TV screens for its fourth season in 2014, although it is not yet known whether he, Rowland or Rubio will be heading back as judges.
Famous faces including Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood and Fall Out Boy took time away from their turkey feasts to take part in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City on Thursday (28Nov13). The stars were all on hand to help the masses celebrate the holiday as the parade's floats made their way through the Big Apple, with huge inflatables of Spider-Man, Snoopy, Sonic the Hedgehog and SpongeBob Squarepants drifting in the sky.
As well as Grande, Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth and Fall Out Boy, TV host Jimmy Fallon was also on a float with the characters from Sesame Street, while Kellie Pickler donned a red gown on an autumn-themed platform.
Even the Brits got involved - U.K. pop star Cher Lloyd was seen waving at the crowds from another truck.
Meanwhile, Selena Gomez returned home to Texas for her Thanksgiving Day and performed during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime show.
She sang Walk Like A Champion and Come and Get It before shouting, "Happy Thanksgiving!"