X Factor 2012 Has New Hosts and Real Issues

Mario Lopez is signed onto X Factor (USA) as co-host for the 2012 live shows.

Khloe Kardashian also signed as co-host for X Factor (USA) 2012 season.

 

Simon Cowell’s X Factor USA has been riding a bumpy road in its second season.  What can go wrong, seemingly does.

Auditions were fraught with small but, significant issues like horrendous storms that saw already nerve-wracked contestants having to perform over claps of thunder, roof leaks and judges who concentrated more on the dripping roof water on their heads and desks than what the contestants were doing on-stage, Cowell needing to eat, eat and eat some more, co-judge, Britney Spears having anxiety attacks and allegedly having to leave to regroup, cameras trained onto Spears as though the entire show rested on her nervous shoulders, LA Reid seemingly ignored by cameras for the first couple of aired shows, a week’s worth of shows being delayed, half-aired or screwed up because of Baseball’s World Series with rain delays and still no Live Show Hosts being known to the viewers.

In spite of the seemingly incredible talent in this year’s line-up, the show has put far too much focus on the judges and their issues, squabbles and insecurities thus far.

In the wings and behind the scenes, is a potential threatening menace.  Britney Spears’ parents are in court, dealing with a lawsuit, brought against them by Spears’ former manager, Osama (Sam) Lufti.  Lufti is suing the Spears  for alleged defamation of character in a book they wrote about their famous daughter’s meltdown and suing Britney Spears for breach of contract due to heavy drug usage.  Lufti is also suing Britney’s sister, Jamie Spears for assault and battery, alleged to have taken place in 2008 when he states that Jamie hit him.

Reportedly, Spears had been popping up to 30 pills over a 36 hour period, mainly amphetamines just prior to her breakdown, locked herself in a bathroom for hours and shaved her head in an attempt to beat drug testings.  Included in that list of drugs was Crystal Meth, which dogs had sniffed out and Spears later admitted were hers.

Reportedly, Spears break-up with ex, Justin Timberlake was the beginning of the decline down a steep slope for the star’s mental health.  Meanwhile, the Spears Camp, while agreeing that the break-up was a factor in Spears’ breakdown, are also pointing fingers at Lufti, who they claim, was “selfish” and controlling even Spears’ personal life.

Meanwhile, back at the X Factor Ranch, it appears that some semblance of regrouping is taking place as the new hosts have been signed on and are reportedly ready to go on air.

Mario Lopez of “Save The Bell” fame and Khloe Kardashian have been given contracts to act as co-hosts on stage for the live shows.

This will bring on even further potential issues and problems as Kardashian has openly admitted that she’s afraid of being fired from her co-host spot since she’s never been a host.  Kardashian has admitted that she will be standing nervously beside Lopez who has had some hosting gigs in the past, hoping to not to screw up.

LA Reid clearly demonstrated his dissatisfaction in the show’s producer’s choice of him mentoring the “Over 25 Group”.  Reid made it plain by both actions and words, on camera, that he did not want or like the choice handed to him. He openly told the group of 6 contestants, sent to his home (rented properties for the show and not really the judge’s true homes) to be weeded down to the 4 he will be working with for live shows, that he did not want them and wasn’t happy.  He let them know that he “wanted a winner” in his group and that they were already “the underdogs”.   Those statements must have boosted the moral of that group, who were already nervous.  It was akin to telling them that they were “has-beens” at their ages and didn’t stand much of a chance of winning.  Reid instantly became a pin that burst bubbles and certainly disgusted a lot of viewers.

The show will go on but, the question remains as to how long, before one or several of these stars, explode, implode or break down?

If I were a betting woman, I’d bet that we don’t get through the season without a number of meltdowns, mistakes, fights and plain out-and-out, ridiculous antics by the panel of judges and hosts this season.  We may see Spears and Khardashian have some interesting shows and moments with both of their insecurities, Reid go hard on his group of contestants and, show anger/displeasure towards fellow judges’ criticisms of his group and contestant melt-downs.

One thing is for sure.  If Cowell was looking for a controversial judging panel and hosts, he’s certainly got them.  Cowell is also not exactly the most stable of people, himself with his own breakdown just prior to auditions earlier this summer.

Frankly, it’s looking more and more like X Factor has become properly titled…though not because of the contestants but because we just don’t know which of these judges and hosts will have more meltdowns or emotional issues.  It’s quite the line-up that sadly threatens to overshadow the contestant’s lime-light.  Mind you, Simon Cowell thrives on controversy, the drama and attention so, it’s right up his alley and likely designed to go that route.

X Factor (USA) 2012 has real issues and two new hosts that may be added to the “troubled list”.

 

 

 

 

An Electrical Nightmare Solved By Wilson & Wilson Electric Ltd.

I’m not one to promote a business…unless they have exemplary workmanship or services.  I will say that there is reason why I am promoting this particular company.

Wilson & Wilson Electric Ltd.
Electrical Contractors

What started off as what might seem like a simple electrical receptacle issue turned out to be a total and complete nightmare recently.

I had hired an electrical contractor to install some much-needed electrical receptacles in my store and some extra lighting, a few more odds and ends that any electrician should have been able to do…or, so I thought.

The electrical company I hired, came in and proceeded knocking holes in the walls that I do not own, leaving a mess of plaster and wire all over the place and taking my deposit on the work.

Days went by and they still hadn’t returned.  My shelving, racks and inventory were displaced and even though I’d cleaned up the broken plaster and dusted, customers commented on the difficulty of getting in to look at my merchandise.  To top that off, display lighting that did work, was no longer working, overhead lighting couldn’t be used in certain areas and somehow, my alarm system couldn’t be armed.

After placing many angry calls and leaving messages with the electrician, the inbox on their voicemail was now full and I couldn’t leave any further messages.  It’s little wonder and I was sure at this point that I wasn’t the only one who’d been left high and dry.

A fellow store owner along the strip, heard of my plight and suggested that I give his electrician a call.

Hesitantly, I placed a call to Wilson & Wilson Electric Ltd., fearful of a huge bill that I could scarcely afford and even more mess or worse, a reincarnation of the company that had put me in this jam in the first place.

Much to my surprise, Matt Wilson, the company owner and a Master Electrician, reassured me that he’d either send someone out or come himself that afternoon.

Mr. Wilson showed up that day, took a look at what had been done by the previous company, asked what I had wanted and needed done, gave me a written estimate and generally put my mind at ease that he’d take care of it personally…not to worry.

The very next day, Matt Wilson, himself, showed up, tools, wires etc. and began working.  By the end of that day, Mr. Wilson had not only completed all of tasks needed to be done but, had corrected the faults of the previous company and picked up a safety hazard in the wiring that had been done by others.

He even helped me move a couple of large shelving units as well as some larger racks the other contractors had moved out, back into place and cleaned up after his work, leaving me with nothing but satisfaction and ending up costing me less than the original contractors were to have charged.

I am so pleased by this company’s work that I felt it only fair to blog about it.

If you’re in Southern Ontario and need any type of electrical work done, don’t hesitate to call them.  I guarantee you that you’ll be happy with their services.

They’re currently wiring a new cafe-restaurant for a friend of mine and he couldn’t be happier with their services.

Take a look at their website:

WILSON & WILSON ELECTRIC LTD.