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Simon Cowell Can't Stop Laughing During 'Other Voices' on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 5:45AM
Simon Cowell, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'On 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Jimmy Fallon welcomed Simon Cowell onto his show-within-the-show, 'Other Voices.' On this "show," you have to try and move your mouth to the words other people are saying.

Unfortunately, Cowell is not a seasoned comedy veteran like Fallon, so when the people providing the 'Other Voices' got a little crazy with what they were saying, he absolutely could not stay in character. If he wasn't laughing uncontrollably at them talking about his "dimpled balls," he was sitting there stoically trying not to laugh ... but forgetting to mouth along with the words.

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'The X Factor' Audition Rounds Wrap With 16-Year Old Jazzlyn Little (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 12:15AM
'The X Factor'After eight hours, four episodes and only two weeks, the audition rounds of 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) came to an end this week. Next up, it's Boot Camp. But first we had to get through Newark and San Francisco.

There was the usual slew of terrible voices, though thankfully everyone kept their clothes on. And there were a few surprises along the way, including a little 14-year old rapper who was just obnoxious enough for Simon to appreciate.

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'The X Factor' Judges Fight Over Contestant Tiah Tolliver

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 29th 2011 6:15AM
'The X Factor'As his fellow Brits would say, it was "handbags" time on 'The X Factor' last night as Simon Cowell lost his temper with his fellow judges.

Teenage singer Tiah Tolliver split the judging panel straight down the middle, with Cowell -- "I'm saying 'yes' a hundred percent" -- and L.A. Reid voting to put her through to the next round, and the female judges voting to send her home.

When Nicole Scherzinger said "I'll have to pass," the crowd started booing, and an irritated Cowell exclaimed "Oh, for god's sake!"

Paula Abdul's decision to say no was greeted with Cowell hurling a piece of paper to the floor and turning away in disgust.

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Rugby Coach Puts a New Spin on a Classic Song on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 1:00AM
Caitlin Koch, 'The X Factor'While Simon Cowell is surely disappointed with 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) not coming out and dominating the ratings the way 'American Idol' does every year, the premiere was still a solid premiere for the network, and there's always room to grow.

He's going to do that by showing us amazing singers and amazing stories, like rugby coach and player Caitlin Koch in this second episode. She put a new twist on 'Stop! In the Name of Love' and captures the spirit of what the show could be.

But it spent so long early in the episode getting us to those types of performances that give us goosebumps, that Cowell's going to lose what audience he did muster up for the premiere. He needs to sprinkle brilliance throughout these early episodes, or we're going to wonder if they just didn't find that much talent on the road.

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'The X Factor' Series Premiere: What Do the Critics Think?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 22nd 2011 8:15AM
'The X Factor'Simon Cowell's much-hyped latest show 'The X Factor' finally launched stateside last night. It's sure to have done well in the ratings, but was it any good?

Following the same format as its British predecessor, 'The X Factor' showcased the tried and tested mix of producers' auditions and live performances in front of the judges and a live audience.

There were some inspirational tales, some great singers and some well, pretty bad performances.

Critics have praised the slick production values, but many feel we've been here before. 'New York' magazine described it as "'American Idol' meets a more lucrative contract for Simon Cowell."

The judges -- especially Nicole Scherzinger -- have been criticized for their contributions (or lack thereof). And some critics have questioned the possible exploitation of poor contestants.

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Stacy Francis Proves It's Never Too Late for Dreams on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:00AM
Stacy Francis, 'The X Factor'Already an international sensation, Simon Cowell finally managed to bring 'The X Factor' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) stateside, and while it's expected to get massive ratings for this premiere, featuring the returns of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul together, along with L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and ever-so-briefly Cheryl Cole.

But as much as Cowell might wish it weren't so, it's about the contestants they manage to find. And while Chris Rene, who was 70 days sober and trying to turn his life around, blew everyone away with a heartfelt original performance, it was another contestant who perhaps best personified what makes 'The X Factor' different.

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Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Expectations and What the Show Is Searching For (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 21st 2011 6:30PM
On the eve of Wednesday night's 'The X Factor' premiere, Matt Lauer traveled to Simon Cowell's L.A. mansion for a fireside 'Today' (7AM ET on NBC) chat. The two talked about Cowell's expectations for the new show, critics who are rooting for Cowell to fail, and what defines that elusive x-factor the show is looking to find.

"You'll see the most ginarmous fireworks display in Los Angeles if this show bombed," Cowell said, pointing out at the city. But Cowell may be his own harshest critic: he told Lauer that if the show doesn't draw in 20 million viewers, a number that would put it on par with 'Idol,' he'd consider it a flop.

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Simon Cowell Talks About Axing Cheryl Cole as 'The X Factor' Judge

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 21st 2011 10:15AM
Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, 'Piers Morgan Tonight'The excitement surrounding Simon Cowell's new reality talent show 'The X Factor' is reaching fever pitch ahead of tonight's premiere.

Over the summer there was much drama off-screen as judge Cheryl Cole was booted from the panel after auditions had got underway and was replaced by the show's original co-host, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Cowell and Scherzinger were guests on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' and he talked candidly about the reasons for Cole's departure: "I was talking to someone about this at the screening the other night and they put it very well -- she looked a bit bewildered."

Cowell -- who says he feels bad about the very public way in which Cole was fired -- added that "I took the view, along with a few other people, that she would have been more comfortable back in the UK."

He also opened up about his hopes for 'The X Factor' and whether it will take down 'American Idol.'

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Simon Cowell Compares Paula Abdul to a Lost Dog in the Pound (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 3:45AM
Simon Cowell, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'With Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul reunited on 'The X Factor' this fall, it must have been time to dust off the old rumors connecting the pair romantically, because that's exactly what Jay Leno did on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Cowell answered as he did the last time this came up, reiterating that the pair only kissed that one time for a silly video shoot during one of the early seasons of 'American Idol.' He did, however, make sure to mention that she wanted to do multiple retakes.

He is constantly giving her grief, after all. Cowell then went on to compare Abdul to a family's lost dog in the pound, equating the dog's excitement at seeing its family again to how Abdul reacted upon seeing him for this new venture. It's as if they never left our television screens.

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

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 5:25PM
Simon Cowell talks 'X-Factor' on 'Good Day New York' 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."

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Jennifer Lopez Close to Renewing Her 'American Idol' Contract

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 25th 2011 6:45AM
Jennifer LopezIt seems as though the game of cat and mouse that Jennifer Lopez has been playing with 'American Idol' execs all summer may soon be at an end.

According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' Lopez is close to signing a deal that will bring her back to the 'American Idol' judging panel for at least one more season.

When Lopez's original one-year contract -- estimated at $12 million -- expired back in May she said she was "on the fence" about committing to the series for another season, and she's been pitching her own TV talent show to networks.

'Idol' execs, in return, then let it be known that they were lining up possible replacements should they be unable to lure her back.

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'American Idol' Creator Sues Over 'The X Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:00PM
Simon Cowell, Simon FullerFirst a booted judge and now a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The drama with 'The X Factor' has reached new heights -- before the show even premieres. Simon Fuller, creator of 'American Idol,' is suing Fox and Fremantle North America -- producer of both shows -- for a stake in 'The X Factor.'

"Today Simon Fuller filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantle in the State of California over their refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on the 'X Factor' television program in the US. Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action," Fuller's publicist said in a statement to Deadline.

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'The X Factor' First Look: Simon Cowell & Paula Abdul Together Again (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 13th 2011 10:20AM
It's hard to forget all the drama that's surrounded 'The X Factor' for the past ... many months. Now, the time is finally (almost) here to see what all the hype is about -- 'X Factor' hits the air in September.

However, you don't have to wait that long to see Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid in action -- just watch the video below.

X Factor Judges

The first half is effectively a car commercial. You know it's a dream because Simon isn't wearing a trademark deep v-neck T-shirt. The real juicy bits happen just a little after a minute and half when 'X Factor' host Steve Jones says, "This is 'The X Factor!'" There's bright costumes, terrible singers, good voices, Simon and Paula canoodling, Paula throwing her Pepsi and L.A. Reid saying he wants to slit his wrists. Plus, Nicole Scherzinger steps on Paula's toes and gets teary while calling a contestant an inspiration.

Watch it after the jump.

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Are 'American Idol' Producers Lining Up Replacements for Jennifer Lopez?

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:30AM

Jennifer Lopez recently told the BBC that she's "on the fence" about returning to 'American Idol' next season. Although many insiders have dismissed it as just a ploy to get a pay hike, 'Idol' execs are already discussing possible replacements should they not be able to entice J.Lo to return.

"Right now the star of 'American Idol' is Steven Tyler," an insider source tells Popeater. "Everyone thought after Simon announced he was leaving that [Lopez] would fill the void. How wrong were they? It's all about Steven, who's already signed on for Season 11."

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L.A. Reid on Being an 'X Factor' Judge: I'm 'Looking for Crazy'

by The Boombox Staff, posted Apr 15th 2011 11:40AM

LA Reid, The X FactorLast month, L.A. Reid surprised his staff and the industry as a whole when he announced his departure as chairman of Island Def Jam Records to secure a judging gig for the U.S. edition of Simon Cowell's reality singing competition 'The X Factor,' which is scheduled to premiere in September.

While he won't be working on forthcoming albums from Rihanna and Kanye West any longer, Reid will take his knack for handpicking luminaries and showcase it in front of millions on network television. Contestants on the show will surely demonstrate resolve and vigor in an effort to win him over, but he's looking for "crazy" as well.

As he prepares to take a seat at the judges' table, Reid spoke with TV Squad sister site The Boombox about the Nicki Minaj 'X Factor' rumors, which types artists he favors and the one thing a contestant should never do.

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