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It seems like everyday a new singing competition show is crowding our already packed TV schedule…

I mean really, how many of these shows are we supposed to digest, much less actually enjoy? Well here’s a simple breakdown of this Fall’s vocal competition line-up… and what might get us hooked!

The X Factor

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The X-Factor

Premieres Wed., September 21st & Thurs., September 22nd on FOX

Besides the obvious draw of seeing Simon Cowell bring his beloved U.K. hit The X Factor to America for the first time, we also get to see a reunion between Simon and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paula Abdul[/lastfm].

Judging by the promos, Paula looks MEAN! Will that be the twist that draws us in? A mean little Paula barking at contestants and audience members alike? Simon also snagged the legendary record mogul L.A. Reid to tell contestants whether they have the mojo or not. To round things out, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicole Scherzinger[/lastfm] from the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pussycat Dolls[/lastfm] will join the judges panel after leaving as a judge on The Sing Off.

Hosted by Steve Jones (Who? Lol. For more on this unknown U.K. hottie click here!) the X Factor competition is open to soloists and groups with no upper age limit. Each judge is in charge of one of the following catagories: Young guys, Young girls, Older Singers, and Groups. Producers will surprise the judges by assigning the groups to them, no one can choose.

Surprise Twists: The judges will mentor contestants in their category while judging the other catagories. The contestants will visit the judges homes and the ultimate winner will receive a 5 million dollar recording contract with Simon Cowell’s label, Syco Music.

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Majors and Minors

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Majors and Minors

Premieres Friday, September 23rd on the Hub Network
(Part of Discovery Network)

This show is aimed at a young audience with the contest open to contestants aged 8-16 years old. No one gets voted off… but they are each mentored by a slew of celeb recording artists: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leona Lewis[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ryan Tedder[/lastfm] ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]OneRepublic[/lastfm]), [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sean Kingston[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brandy[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Avril Lavigne[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adam Lambert[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jordan Sparks[/lastfm], with more artists to be announced.

Contestants are mentored and viewers follow their journey as they try to reach stardom.

One lucky winner will walk away with a recording deal with Sony’s RCA/JIVE Label Group, a music publishing deal, and the chance to become a featured star in a cross-country tour with the entire cast.

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The Sing-Off

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The Sing Off

Premieres Monday, Sept 19th on NBC

Hosted by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nick Lachey[/lastfm], what makes this competition different is the contestants are a capella singing GROUPS from across the country performing songs we know and love, like we’ve never heard them before.

The show begins it’s third season this fall with judges Ben Folds (of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben Folds Five[/lastfm]), Shawn Stockman ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Boyz II Men[/lastfm]) and new judge [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sara Bareilles[/lastfm].

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicole Scherzinger[/lastfm] from the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pussycat Dolls[/lastfm] WAS a judge for the last two seasons, until Simon Cowell came knocking and she high-tailed it to The X Factor.

They sing for America’s vote and the winner gets a $100,000 recording contract from Sony Music.



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