Simon Cowell: The X Factor USA Has a “No-Rules Policy”

On Wednesday night, the cast of The X Factor appeared -- looking super glam -- at the show’s fancy-schmancy Hollywood premiere event. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger chatted with reporters on the red carpet and gave us an idea what to expect from the show. Well, for the sake of accuracy: Simon gave us an idea what to expect. Paula and Nicole sort of just rambled about feelings and inspiration and self-actualization or whatever, but hey, they looked terrific.“You’re...

'The X Factor': Paula Abdul on 'connection' and her reunion with Simon Cowell

Like pretty much everyone in the Cinerama Dome theater in Hollywood Wednesday night (Sept. 14), Paula Abdul hadn't seen the edited, ready-for-TV version of "The X Factor" yet.But even though she was at the auditions FOX showed the audience, she still found herself getting caught up in what was on the screen."The thing that happens when you see it for the first time is you don't pay attention to anyone else's experience because you're experiencing it," Abdul tells Zap2it. "But what amazes me always is the story. The show really sums up all the right elements to be connected. To be emotionally connected is really key -- you have to care about the people you see on stage. I was really there in the moment, and I was tearing up with everyone else, and laughing, and cheering. It was exciting.""The X Factor" knows how to pull at heartstrings. FOX screened a mashup of the first...

Simon Cowell Previews 'X-Factor,' Reveals Guest Judge (VIDEO)

Less than a week before 'X-Factor' makes its season debut on Fox, entertainment reporter Julie Chang of 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) caught up with Simon Cowell at the show's red carpet premiere event. Cowell compared the experience of starting on a new show to his beginnings with 'American Idol' and revealed a celebrity judge. Chang said Cowell looked "like a new man," and asked him if he had more invested in the new show, since its one he had created. "Well, it's like starting all over again," he said. "When I came here ten years ago, it was a similar feeling. I had no idea what was going to happen. But I did like the show. And this is kind of the same feeling. It's a different show. I've enjoyed it. I don't know what's going to happen. So it's exciting."

My God, It's Huge! And 9 Other Things We Learned at the Premiere of The X Factor

Has Fox already forsaken American Idol ? Simon Cowell got a rock star's welcome Wednesday at the world premiere of his upcoming singing competition The X Factor — and to hear Fox sell it, Randy , Steven and J.Lo should be nervous indeed. Network executives spared no superlative in touting its shiny new program as The Biggest Show Ever, right before screening ...

Nicole Scherzinger & Paula Abdul Are Sexy & Sparkly At 'The X Factor' Premiere

Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul attended FOX's "The X Factor" world premiere screening at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood on Wednesday.

The X Factor USA Sneak Peek: Vocal Groups Vs. Solo Singers

Paula and Nicole dish on the differences between solo singers and group performances. One thing holds true for each: Leave everything you've got out there on that stage. | The X Factor premieres Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8/7c

Paula Abdul reveals secret to acing 'The X Factor'

Sure you need talent and stage presence to win "The X Factor," butPaula Abdul tells Zap2it the sure-fire to succeed on the FOX show."If you want to do really well on 'X Factor,' kiss Simon's a**," Abdul says with a huge grin. "His ego loves that. And the worst thing you can do is kiss Simon's a** because it annoys me seeing him gloat!"Abdul judges the show with her former "American Idol" sparring partner Simon Cowell, record executive L.A. Reid and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. The show, which will award the largest prize in TV history -- a $5 million recording contract -- varies from the many other talent shows in hopefuls are auditioned and coached.Singers will audition in front of a huge audience, and from the 70,000 who lined up to take their shot, 32 final acts will be chosen. People will be divided into four groups: males 12 to 30, females same...

Video: Simon Cowell Looks Forward to Kicking Some X Factor Judge Butt This Fall

What is it that Simon Cowell loves so much about his baby The X Factor? Why, the chance to compete with the other judges, of course. Sure the mentoring portion of X is meant to help the contestants (and is one of the things that separates it from American Idol), but there's no harm in a little friendly competition. Friendly, Simon.

Simon Cowell's X Factor Will Have Drunks in the Audience! Plus: Scherzinger Changes Accents

U.S. audiences are more vocal — and more drunk! — says Simon Cowell. At least, that's been his experience filming the American version of his British hit The X Factor . In his new singing competition, the auditions were all shot before a live studio audience. "When they like someone, they let you know. And they certainly let you know when they disagree with you," Cowell said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters. In fact, rowdy crowds saved more than one contestant from elimination. "We had to — otherwise I may have gotten seriously injured...

Simon Cowell Sounds Off on X Factor and Paula Abdul

Prime-time television needs another talent competition as much as it needs another rule-breaking cop, unconventional lawyer or wacky neighbor. Yet Fox is launching a U.S. version of the U.K. hit The X Factor , in which unknown singers compete for the chance to win a $5 million recording contract. "What makes this different from all those other shows? Simon Cowell ," says Nicole Scherzinger , one of the show's judges, along with Cowell, Paula Abdul and Grammy Award-winning producer Antonio "L.A." Reid . "He's like the Elvis of talent reality shows. And this will be like American Idol on steroids." Cowell, who will earn $75 million per season, is not just a judge. He's also the show's executive producer and head cheerleader and spent much of the past year traveling around America trying to drum up interest in The X Factor . He explains why he likes this show more than American Idol and how he's learned to love former nemesis Abdul...