Recap: 'The X Factor' Premiere Live-Blog

OK, kids... It's time for "The X Factor." There's been so much darned hype for this one that a premiere live-blog seemed appropriate...

So let's go!

8:00 p.m. ET Even the pre-credit sequence to this sucker is bombastic. 

8:01 p.m. Cheryl Cole! That's sure to be a good sign.

8:03 p.m. Host Steve Jones is introduced to us in a truck on a cross-country journey. This reminds me that my "Wages of Fear" reality show is gonna be killer.

8:04 p.m. The competition is open to folks ages 12 and upwards, Jones reminds us. And the contestants have low-level aspirations: One wants to be another Elvis. Several want to be the next Jackson Five. This is, as we all know, all about dreams.

8:05 p.m. Time to meet our judges. Who is this "Simon Cowell" you speak of, Steve? Ah, L.A. Reid. I interviewed him last week. I wanted to call him "La." I was told this wouldn't be a good idea.

8:06 p.m. I'm glad we're not pretending the whole Cheryl Cole thing never happened. In fact, for now, we're pretending that Nicole Scherzinger isn't going to eventually be a judge. There's too much suspension of disbelief on this show already.

8:07 p.m. They're auditioning at USC's Gallen Center, which frequently draws dozens for Trojans basketball games. This is definitely the rowdiest crowd ever in that arena. Read More...


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