‘The X Factor’ USA notes: Tate Stevens, Fifth Harmony, and … Snooki?

Tate StevensTypically, we like to start our “X Factor” notes articles by focusing on the show’s past and present contestants, but in this case one of the stories that we have to share is so out of left field, we would feel strange if we didn’t lead off with it.

According to RumorFix, former “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is seriously considering taking a hosting gig on the American singing show this fall, where she would replace Khloe Kardashian. From one standpoint, it makes some sense: Snooki is a well-documented fan of the show, and tweets about it even without getting paid for it. She also could really benefit from the show even more from Khloe, since she does not have a family around her with an empire of TV products.

However, do we really think this is going to happen? Not so much. If the biggest problem with Khloe (who has not been officially fired yet) is that she was not experienced enough to be effective in a live TV environment, how is Snooki? The show should either just go with one host to save money, or find a no-name person who has hosting experience and could become synonymous with the show. Two great examples of that? Cat Deeley and Ryan Seacrest. While Tom Bergeron was not an unknown when he joined “Dancing with the Stars,” he was not used by the show for star power.

Preview Tate Stevens’ album – Tate’s self-titled debut is coming out on April 22, and in preparation of this very thing, Amazon now has some 30-second clips of some of his tracks.

So how do the songs sounds? If you are a diehard country music fan, you’re probably going to lap this up like nobody’s business. This is straight-laced country music that is as American as a deep-fried butter at the State Fair. If you hate the genre, you’re probably going to want to steer clear. It’s basically Garth Brooks missed with Jason Aldean on almost every track.

A new look at Fifth Harmony – How serious is Simon Cowell and Sony taking Fifth Harmony as a group? Let’s just say that the ladies are getting set up with quite an impressive new photo shoot. You can check out a sample photo here, and it’s a pretty sleek and modern look at something that you even be in the sleeve for their debut album.

Want to know what the future of “The X Factor” could be? There are some changes coming to the British version of the show, and you can check out some of what they are just by visiting the story at the link here.

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