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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...  //www.tvguide.com/News/Simon-Cowell-Sounds-1037242.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Paula Abdul, Steve Jones Discuss Nicole Scherzinger's 'X Factor' Judging Style (Video)

With the U.S. debut of  Simon Cowell 's  The X Factor  just over a week away, viewers are anxious and excited to see what the new crew has in store for American fans. Rounding out the panel of judges are Cowell,  L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger  and former  American Idol  cohort, Paula Abdul .  The Hollywood Reporter  spoke with host Steve Jones  as well as Abdul to get the dirt on what's to come in the premiere season. "I think all of us stand in our area of what we believe is authentic," Abdul told  THR  of her co-judges. "It's a real good group, to be honest with you. It's a solid group." Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/ES7rzTB9rrM/paula-abdul-steve-jones-discuss-234443

X Factor Extended Sneak Peek! The Good, The Bad, The Pants-less

In the land of reality talent competitions, there's bad...and there's really friggin bad. Sprinkled in: the contestants whose stories and singing make you go through a whole box of tissues. And we can expect X Factor to unleash them all (and Simon) on us come September 21 (8/7c) when the show premieres in the states. Here's a taste! //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/HtdWRP6MxnE/the-x-factor-extended-sneak-peek-the-good-the-bad-the-pantsless

'X Factor': Rihanna to Guest Judge (Report)

The latest  X Factor  rumor is that chart-topper  Rihanna  will guest judge on the show’s inaugural U.S. season.  According to T MZ , the singer enjoyed her U.K.  X Factor  finale performance so much, that she -- and series creator/star  Simon Cowell  -- wants seconds. It helps that Rihanna is also signed to Island Def Jam, the Universal Music Group label that  X Factor  judge L.A. Reid ran from 2004 until March of this year.  Rihanna’s reps won’t confirm a booking, but in speaking with  The Hollywood Reporter  for an August cover story, Cowell emphasized that Reid is "expected to bring in stars." Looking at the executive’s stable of past successes, IDJ artists Mariah Carey  and  Justin Bieber  would likely be on the short list, as would Reid’s Arista signings  Usher ,  Pink  and Avril Lavigne . Reid is currently chairman and CEO of Sony-owned Epic Label Group, which counts  Shakira  and  Sara Bareilles  among its artists. Says Cowell: "L.A. is the most powerful music executive in the world right now. He brings star power with him." Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/5afo0yitCLs/x-factor-rihanna-guest-judge-234122

Anxiety Attack! Simon Cowell’s X Factor Nerves Has Team “Scared For Our Lives”

Uh-oh. Someone hook Simon Cowell up to the Vitamin IV.  As The X Factor's USA premiere draws near  (Sept. 21) it seems that the executive producer-slash-judge is getting a little fussy.He's "very anxious, and he has been short with people," a source close to production tells US Weekly. "This is his baby, and he wants it to be massive." Understandable, considering the series has the most expensive production budget of any reality show ever. (We're talking a $5 million prize, and multi-million... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/UH_ZGYtEgxA/anxiety-attack-simon-cowells-x-factor-nerves-has-team-scared-for-our-lives

The X Factor Promo: Prepare to Meet Your Judges!

We're as overwhelmingly excited about the premiere of X Factor as anyone... but seriously. Could this new promo be any more epic? In all seriousness, though: It's giving us all sorts chills.
Get your hankies ready. The season premiere airs Wednesday, September 21 at 8/7c!

Simon Cowell Says Past Threesome 'Was A Lot Of Fun'

Music mogul Simon Cowell revealed on Howard Stern's show that he had a threesome romp. //www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/09/08/simon_cowell_says_past_threesome_was_a

More 'The X Factor' Promos: Auditions and Nightmares for the Season Premiere

We've seen a lot from the previous previews of FOX's The X Factor , and apparently there's also a lot more we haven't glimpsed. The network has released several other clips to prepare us for the explosive premiere, highlighting some of the best and worst moments of the show. The X Factor has the contestants performing in front of the judges and a huge crowd that will either cheer or boo with each act. That sounds just like the recipe for on-stage breakdowns, doesn't it?  //www.buddytv.com/articles/the-x-factor/more-the-x-factor-promos-audit-41743.aspx

Simon Cowell on Paula Abdul: “She’s Got a Great Heart”

Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul’s weird love/hate relationship made for some great television back when they were both judges on American Idol. Now, Simon and Paula are getting the bickering band back together as judges on The X-Factor. Simon told PEOPLE: "From the minute I met Paula, I was fascinated by her." And Paula knew it – she once told David Letterman "[Simon] is obsessed with me."This isn’t a case of unrequited love, however. Paula tweeted her excitement... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/YtVRez0pD9I/simon-cowell-on-paula-abdul-shes-got-a-great-heart

'The X Factor' Videos: From Boy Bands to Single Moms, Meet Your Stars-to-Be

The contestants on  The X Factor  are from all walks of life, and it's not just their talent that makes them stand out; it's their stories. FOX has released several previews of the people we'll meet on the show, and they're a varied bunch of captivating individuals who we'd definitely like to see more of. On  The X Factor , talent comes in all shapes and sizes, ages and backgrounds. There are construction workers, hairdressers and even your local fast food server. All of them have dreams, and they're willing to face a panel of judges to make those dreams happen. Read More... //www.buddytv.com/articles/the-x-factor/the-x-factor-videos-from-boy-b-41702.aspx