'The X Factor': 3 ways it won't be like 'American Idol'


The inaugural season of "The X Factor" in the United States got rolling Sunday (May 8) in Los Angeles. It was the first time judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole worked together as a group, and it marked the start of a long and presumably hype-filled road to the show's debut on FOX in September.A lot of that hype will probably have to do with the ways that "The X Factor" differs from Cowell's (and Abdul's) previous FOX talent competition, "American Idol." Zap2it was in attendance at the first taping Sunday. Based on what we saw, we think viewers won't have much problem telling the difference once "The X Factor" is on the air.Because it was the first taping, what we saw Sunday was a little unpolished at times. There wasn't a lot of back-and-forth among the judges, for instance, but presumably as they get to know each other better that...



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