Category Archives: Idol

Joe McElderry’s Got the X-Factor

Last year, Alexandra Burke made headlines when she became that year’s X-Factor winner singing “Hallejuah.” For some mysterious reason, this talent show does not produce any new songs and this year’s superior talent Joe McElderry has chosen to cover “The Climb.” Only this March, Miley Cyrus made it to No.4 with the original version – included in her movie Hannah Montana. It is bound to be a UK No.1 hit and was rush-released as a digital download on Dec.14.

Here’s the Original

This is the original version of “What About Now,” released by the American rock band Daughtry in July, 2008. The song was actually written by two former members of Evanescence and reached No.18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The singer, Chris Daughtry, was a 2005 Idol finalist. He makes an appearance on Timbaland’s latest album Shock Value II, on the track “Long Way Down.”

A Decade of Hits

As we’re approaching the end of the decade, there’s no better time than to sum up what happened in the 00’s. In the UK, the decade started off with Westlife’s  ABBA rendition of “I Have a Dream.”  So please just watch out, this blog will be dedicated to a decade of hits. The group actually made their breakthrough in 1999, becoming one of the few acts who continuously delivered hits throughout the decade. They were signed by Simon Cowell (the inventor of Idol and X-Factor) and their debut hit “Swear It Again” was actually only issued in Asia at first.

It became the act’s first UK No.1 hit back in April 1999, and was the start of a hugely successful career. To date, the act’s achieved 14 UK No.1’s – but they haven’t reached the top spot since 2006 with Bette Midler’s “The Rose.”  But to be fair, the lads are still going strong as “What About Now” did reach the runner-up spot this October.