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Simon Cowell Confirms He Will Judge 'The X Factor'

by Hilary Rothing, posted Feb 7th 2011 6:15PM
With buzz building for 'The X Factor' after a couple Super Bowl promos, executive producer Simon Cowell took to the phone to talk to reporters about the highly-anticipated new Fox reality series debuting in September.

Cowell confirmed he will serve as a judge on the American 'X Factor,' just as he had on the British show,which rivals the Parliament as a British national institution.

But Cowell did not reveal who might sit next to him on the judges' panel, instead teasing he'd make an announcement "in three or four weeks."

One name that could be in the mix: former 'American Idol' colleague Paula Abdul.

"I'm a massive fan of Paula's," he said. "When you work with somebody as long as I did with Paula ... we were friends 80 percent of the time and interestingly, we've been in contact (after 'Idol'). I'm not going to say on this call who we are going to confirm or not confirm, but we're talking to a number of people."

As the 'X FActor' judges not only critique the contestants but also mentor them, Cowell explained he's looking for true music industry titans who have the credibility and skills to do both.

"I wanted to make a show where I, along with my fellow judges, help competitors on a regular basis," said Cowell, whose music industry experience is mostly on the record label end. "It's more interesting to me because I have a lot more to do with that. When you lose an artist, part of you has lost as well. You win when they win."

Cowell also emphasized the level of commitment the judges will need to make to the contestants, not just to the show. Once the live show is underway, the panelists will need to be available five to six days a week to work with the contestants. And by being so involved, the judges will be just as competitive as their charges.

"It makes it amusing to judge other judges' contestants," acknowledged Cowell.

Asked about the unprecedented $5 million prize the winner receives, along with a recording contract with Sony, Cowell admitted to being just a little bit nervous about the seven-figure stakes, but believes he can find a deserving star. "The money rightly puts an enormous amount of pressure on people," he said.

The winner will receive a $1 million check once a year for five years, from which recording and marketing expenses will not be deducted. "This is not a dressed-up $5 million," Cowell noted.

And those concerned that an inexperienced nobody thrust into the limelight might blow the money on hookers and drugs, need not worry. The winner will receive financial advice on how best to manage their winnings. Whew!

A few other interesting 'X Factoids' from the call:

• The judges won't be the only ones critiquing the auditions. Contestants will audition in front of 4,000 to 5,000 fans, which Simon likened to a concert performance.

• Contestants older than 12 may compete, but there's no age limit on 'X Factor' contestants unlike 'American Idol,' which cuts off at 28. After discovering Susan Boyle on 'Britain's Got Talent,' Cowell believes a star can be found at any age. So, we can look forward to seasoned 40-year-olds duking it out with 12-year-olds.

• Like on the British 'X Factor,' groups will compete alongside individuals.

• No specific Sony label has been secured yet. The winner will be assigned to the in-house label that best fits their style

The X Factor premieres this fall on Fox.

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another show that is against anyone over 28 so it is discrimitory and I do not watch shows that are this way so I personally hope it fails.

February 09 2011 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carole Ann

And for the record, Button - Simon couldn't care less what you think and he is what brings good talent to us. He's talented, smart and rich. Jealous much? Don't watch his show in Sept. I, for one, look forward to it.

February 09 2011 at 2:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Carole Ann

This is for Button - where do you think the English language came from? How dare you insult the way they talk just because we bastardized their language. What about all the different accents right here in America? Southern?? New York?? Boston?? on and on..... not to forget to mention all the accents from immigrants learning our language. How many languages do you speak, Button? Probably one and probably not well.

February 09 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i found a feedback link. but when i click on it, i get a page that says website not found.

February 09 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i guess ur not checking the comments. there were 2 sex sites, 1 spam & a few nasty curses. the new commenting system is not so great & u dont have a feedback link.

February 09 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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February 09 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Willis & Juleen

I'm hopeing that my 11-years-old singer, will be able to go on X-Factor' any age for that matter, just group them.

February 09 2011 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares?

February 09 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The british version of the X Factor was a huge success . And I expect it to be huge here also . I can't wait .

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