The nights are starting to draw in, the winter TV scheduling has already begun. Downton Abbey & Strictly are on our screens again and we love nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa vicariously living the dream! This week sees the end of the audition process for X Factor and the next stage is to choose the finalists for the live shows. Yes, it’s time for the Judges Houses 2013 and, on a cold autumnal evening, what could be better than a glimpse into celebrity lifestyle.
Nicole Scherzinger gets into a carnival spirit on the Caribbean island of Antigua before getting down to business choosing her three finalists. Antigua is a beautiful, tranquil island full of colour from the fragrant flowers to the unbelievably blue sea! You too could be relaxing in a royal suite, sipping cocktails, enjoying the pristine white sand beaches and sparkling sea views of this paradise island. St James Club with its 100 beautiful acres of gently swaying palms, is a popular resort with excellent facilities including complimentary water-sports. The heat may have been a problem for the X Factor contestants, but with two sandy beaches close by, you will keep your cool!
Gary Barlow thinks that New York is the perfect base for his groups which are all urban acts and the tough, lively city vibe will inspire their creativity! Gary will be joined by 2009 X Factor runner up Olly Murs and the bands will perform on a rooftop overlooking the spectacular Manhatten skyline.
Ink 48 is a chic, urban hotel offering luxury loft style accommodation, open-air roof gardens and panoramic views of the New York Skyline. Located Midtown Manhattan in Hells Kitchen, the hotel occupies a former printing house. This funky urban retreat in this up and coming preservation area is close to New York’s finest restaurants and trendiest night spots where you will be sure to rub shoulders with the rich & famous, actors and celebrities!
Louis Walsh gets to judge his hopefuls in St Tropez on the French Riviera, but is beset with problems which threaten to halt filming. From noisy gardeners in the former French president’s garden next door, to having to ask his contestants to refrain from singing Oasis songs for fear of offending his guest judge Nicole Appleton, who has recently split from Liam Gallagher – Loius has a far from relaxing time!
Known as the millionaire’s playground The Cote d’Azur attracts the world’s rich & famous to its beautiful beaches and is the place to see and be seen, rent a villa here with sweeping views over terraced gardens to the bay of St Tropez it is a truly dazzling and glamorous place!
Sharon Osbourne is the only judge to take the show title literally and has invited her contestants into her own house! But failing getting a personal invitation to the Osbourne residence, why not take a California Coast road trip taking in glittering Los Angeles, the City of Angels, home to Universal Studios as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, San Francisco and San Diego? For a touch of retail therapy head to Santa Monica, no trip to LA would be complete without some glamorous shopping and people watching.