Simon Cowell leaves Idol to bring X Factor to the US - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 11th 2010 3:37PM
Peter Rice and Simon Cowell at the Winter 2010 TCAsAt the FOX exec session, Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice brought an end to the speculation about what's going on with Simon Cowell by bringing him on stage.

The plan: Cowell will leave American Idol after this season, and The X Factor will be coming to the US starting in 2011. He even signed his agreement on stage (see picture on the right).

Some quotes from Simon and the Fox execs after the jump:

# Paula question: "I adore Paula. I miss her. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. You're just going to have to watch this space." Interesting...
# Simon: "Right now America needs a second show, and I'll put my heart and soul in this."
# Simon likes the contestants this year. Doesn't he like them every year. "Maybe not three years ago, the Taylor (Hicks) year."
# Rice: "American Idol is an incredible television show and we want to make sure it remains so."
# Someone asks who's on the shortlist to replace Simon. The execs laugh because Simon just signed. They want to give themselves time.
# Simon calls Lady GaGa the "most influential artist in the world," and he'd like to find someone like that.
# "When somebody connects with an audience, it just happens. I can't describe it."
# "Susan Boyle is the best example of why I like doing shows with an upper age range."
# "I want to leave Idol this year bigger and better than ever before. I hope it'll be higher (rated ) than it was last year.' "
# "Everyone thought I was negotiating (when I said I'd leave). I wanted to do something different."
# "I want to find a star at the end of (The X Factor). I really do."
# "I've had the best 8 or 9 years doing this job. The most imp. thing is to get someone who knows what they're talking about."
# Cowell suggests Ryan Seacrest replaces him "so he can have another job." "A lot of people want to do the job now. it's a great gig."
# Reilly: Scenario is that SYTYCD will likely be pushed to summer.
# The judge is judged as well as the singer in whatever category He/she is mentoring.
# Age range can be 14 - whatever. The most important part is that the judges mentor a selection of contestants.
# Differences: The auditions will be done differently. Purpose-built done live in auditoriums. Sung to backing track.
# "This is like when I first came over to do Idol. I didn't know whether we'd work six months or six days. Anything can happen."
# Simon: "I wouldn't have put X Factor on if I didn't think it would exist separately (from Idol)."
# Simon: "Idol, even though it is not my show, is still close to me... I genuinely believe this show can last for 10, 20 years."

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