Watch Cheryl Cole’s Debut on X Factor

  • You can watch the entire first episode of X Factor, Simon Cowell‘s UK answer to American Idol, on YouTube. Be sure to check out Rachel Hylton, who’s already looking like a favorite after her soulful rendition of Amy Winehouse‘s “You Know I’m No Good.” (If only Ms. Winehouse was so poised live.)
  • That was fast: Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole are already at odds on X Factor.(Daily Mail)
  • 12.1 million viewers tuned in to see Cheryl Cole’s debut as a judge. Which would be something like 60 million here in the States, considering the UK has one-fifth of our population.(The Sun)
  • Katy Perry hangs on to No. 1 for a second week with her totally rodonk single. And no, it doesn’t look like anyone’s challenging her anytime soon. Norwegian hip-hop duo Madcon is the week’s new entry.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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