Music executive LA Reid signed up for the first season of The X Factor USA after being persuaded by Simon Cowell that he was the right man for the job. LA brings to the X Factor a wealth of experience in the music industry achieved over several decades working with some of the biggest names in music on the planet.
Given his world wide reputation and wealth, it was therefore no surprise to find out that LA has a small pad in the Hamptons, New York located a stone’s throw from the beach in the sought after town of Sagaponack, where he will be putting his contestants through there paces a ahead of the X Factor live shows.
This year, LA was awarded the boys category by the X Factor produces to mentor on the show. Like all the other judges he must select the best four singers from the group of eight to compete live. To do this, he has enlisted the help of non other than global R&B superstar Rihanna.
Rihanna was born on the Caribbean island of Barbados. She exploded onto the American music scene in 2005 after signing with Def Jam records at age 16 and released her first album, which went on to sell more than 2 million copies worldwide. Since then Rihanna has released more albums and hit songs, including “Unfaithful,” “Disturbia,” and “Umbrella.” Rihanna has also won multiple awards including Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, and Billboard awards.
The eight contestants that LA and Rihanna must decide on in the X Factor competition this year are:
The fortunate four contestants that are selected will go through to the X Factor live shows and will be mentored by LA Reid in the hope that one of them will become the winner of the first series of the X Factor USA 2011, and in turn LA will become the winning judge.