‘The X Factor’ notes: Alex & Sierra – Simon Cowell chatter; UK show rule changes

Alex & Sierra -We’ve got a touch of America and the United Kingdom in the latest edition of “X Factor” notes, but we’ll start this one off with a pretty funny line from the final winners of the U.S. series in Alex & Sierra, who are hard at work trying to prepare their debut album for launch.

In a post on Twitter, the duo shot a comment off that was both funny and informative about Simon Cowell … both when it comes to his involvement with his acts and also his social-media habits:

“had a lovely chat with @SimonCowell today. planned to hang. meet the babe. and he STILL doesn’t follow us on here! #oneday ;)”

Some people may not make a big deal out of this, but we still contend that it is both so important and also nice that Simon is continuing to support one of his acts from the show, even if the U.S. version is over and he is more firmly situated now in Britain.

Also, the pair posted the following message earlier Saturday, which is already being taken by some as a lyric for an upcoming song:

“it’s you who keeps on showing me that home is who you’re with”

Given that there are no other exact matches to this around the internet, we understand the reason for said speculation! Time will tell…

UK rule changes – Here’s an important update for those of you considering trying out for the show in Britain this year: You can now try to get a spot on the series even if you are only 14! This is according to reports from The Sun, and to be honest, we hate the idea. There were multiple times on the U.S. show where watching a singer this age be eliminated or buckle under the pressure was simply uncomfortable. The exit of Rachel Crow almost made us want to turn off the TV, it was so depressing. Are there 14-year olds capable of the pressure? Sure, but it’s rare, and younger contestants also means more stage moms, more kids feeling like they have to support their families, and more kids being eaten up by major labels. At least at 16, they have at least gotten through some of the awkward teenage years.

Also, take a look at the full list of audition cities for this year below; obviously, the first date in London has already passed:

  1. Dublin Convention Centre – Saturday 5 April
  2. Plymouth Holiday Inn – Tuesday 8 April
  3. Cardiff Mecure Holland House – Thursday 10 April
  4. London Emirates Football Ground – Sunday 13 April
  5. Birmingham City Football Ground – Wednesday 23 April
  6. Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium – Sunday 27 April
  7. Newcastle The Sage – Wednesday 30 April
  8. Manchester venue to be announced – Saturday 3 May
  9. Liverpool Convention Centre – Monday 5 May

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