Football fans across the nation rejoiced as an eight-minute extended preview of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor (premiering Sept. 21 on Fox) aired right after tonight’s NFL doubleheader. It’s got everything: Blank stares from L.A. Reid, ‘O’ faces from Nicole Scherzinger, an absolutely absurd backstage hairstyle on Paula Abdul, some dude with his pants pulled down, and — get this — two females who can really sing. (One’s 13. I can’t call her a woman. I just can’t do it.) Watch it here: READ FULL STORY
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In an interview with GQ, Simon Cowell talks about his total disinterest in his last few seasons of American Idol and how a lawsuit citing similarities between Idol and The X Factor forced him to delay plans to bring his show to the U.S. for five years. It’s a great read whether you dig the guy or not, but the thing that will stick with me most is that Simon Cowell has a multi-person team to make sure his “breakfast appears” every day. Breakfast is seven courses, six of them liquid. GQ provides footnoted recipes of his breakfast smoothies, with each fruit serving measured out to the millimeter.
It’s all very scientific. At this point, his entire life is so immaculately curated that Simon Cowell just doesn’t have to deal. With anything. Ever. He wakes up late, watches The Jetsons, absorbs nutrients, and avoids people. He’s my hero. And here’s something very unfortunate for a person who is not a multimillionaire media mogul: Simon Cowell has brainwashed me into believing I should be on an orgasm-inducing IV at all times. (I should, right?) READ FULL STORY
Now that American Idol’s on vacation, the lane’s wide open for music mogul Simon Cowell to pitch his new show to America. And what better time and place to do that than at the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Fox? His singing reality competition, The X Factor, is getting a “world premiere preview” on July 12 just before the game at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The show that wooed onetime Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid from his post has been teasing the preview during ads for the game, though Fox reps have yet to confirm anything outside of what’s seen in the clips.
The X Factor doesn’t officially premiere until Sept. 21, so what are you expecting from Cowell’s sneak preview?
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And for a moment, the world is as it should be: Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are together again now that auditions for Fox’s X Factor have begun. EW’s Dave Karger was on the scene of the first taping Sunday, and in addition to describing how the audience protested one contestant’s dismissal with a “Bring her back!” chant until producers did, he also notes that during one break, Simon “lovingly petted” Paula’s hair. Ah. Speaking to Cowell before the taping, HollywoodJunket.com found out Abdul owes her reunion with Cowell to the media. It was while chatting with the press that Cowell realized, “Overwhelmingly, they wanted her on the show.” The reason he and Abdul get along so well is simple, according to Cowell: “When I’m bored, Paula’s like one of those toys, you know, you just wind up, and then I’ll just throw it on the floor for a minute and just play with it, and then I’m happy.” Watch the interview below. READ FULL STORY
Even though British pop star Cheryl Cole had been rumored as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor for weeks, now that she’s been officially hired, the overwhelming response to today’s news is still likely to be: “Cheryl who?” For the uninformed, she’s a past reality-show contestant herself (she’s part of Girls Aloud, an all-female quintet formed in 2002 on the British show Popstars: The Rivals) who became a solo sensation in 2009 with the release of her single “Fight For This Love,” which is still in heavy rotation on my iPod two years after it came out. Check out the video, in which Cole looks like a cross between Eva Longoria and Shania Twain: READ FULL STORY
It’s O.K., L.A. Accidents happen. Come give me a hug. While the music producer and confirmed X Factor judge might be in the doghouse with Simon Cowell after revealing that Cheryl Cole will likely join him for the American iteration of The X Factor, we can’t help but thank the record exec for moving this process along. The selection of Cole isn’t too much of a surprise; the former member of British pop group Girls Aloud has been a judge on Cowell’s original version of X Factor in the U.K., and it was largely speculated she’d be joining him for the U.S. version. But who should be the show’s final judge? READ FULL STORY
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