TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 2 premiere – “Auditions No. 1” (Austin and San Francisco)

Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid are the judges of THE X FACTOR - Season 2 | ©2012 Fox/Nino Munoz

Stars: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: September 12, 2012 Well, here’s a big surprise – THE X FACTOR Season 2 is actually pretty damn good. In fact, it’s the show THE X FACTOR should have been in Season 1. Yes, there are many tropes of the genre still hanging around that prove to be annoying (like purposely bad singers allowed on stage), but with a refreshed judging panel and a different approach in showcasing talent, THE X FACTOR is starting to feel more like an original show called THE …Read On »

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TCA 2012: Britney Spears is “feisty” on THE X FACTOR says Fox Entertainment President

Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid are the judges of THE X FACTOR - Season 2 | ©2012 Fox/Nino Munoz

While speaking to the press at the Fox Summer TCA Press Tour, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have added a unique mix to the table of THE X FACTOR Season 2 which also includes returning judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. “I’m surprised at how feisty [Britney] is – she’s not afraid to lay it on the line,” says Reilly. “She’s been around and she’s rough. Plus we have a real spitfire with Demi. Literally on Day 1 she took on Simon.” THE X FACTOR Season 2 debuts this fall. Related: Jennifer …Read On »

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TCA 2011: Will Mariah Carey join Fox’s THE X FACTOR? The answer is yes!

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At today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association press session for Fox’s new reality singing competition THE X FACTOR, host and producer Simon Cowell let slip that Mariah Carey may be involved in some capacity in the upcoming season. “I don’t want to give too much away, but we do have well-known people helping us on the show,” says Cowell. “There’s a section on the show that Mariah will get involved with. She’s been enthusiastic from Day 1 and she selfishly got pregnant, which is why she didn’t end up as a judge.” We’re pretty much sure he was being cheeky …Read On »

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TCA 2011: Paula Abdul talks about reuniting with Simon Cowell on THE X FACTOR

Paula Abdul from THE X FACTOR - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Nino Munoz

While promoting THE X FACTOR during the Summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour, judge Paula Abdul talks about reuniting with her former AMERICAN IDOL sparring partner Simon Cowell on this Fox network reality singing competition. “It’s nice to be back in a demented relationship,” says Abdul. “It’s like the EXORCIST 2,” adds Cowell dead-pan (and via satellite). Meanwhile, X FACTOR host Steve Jones couldn’t help but chime in and mediate. “It’s like mommy and daddy had a trial separation, but they still argue all the time,” says Jones.” As for how different THE X FACTOR will be different from …Read On »

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TCA 2011: Cheryl Cole’s exit from THE X FACTOR addressed by Simon Cowell

Host Steve Jones and judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger from THE X FACTOR - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/

Although Simon Cowell didn’t add much to the news of the recent ouster of judge Cheryl Cole from THE X FACTOR, his new U.S. reality singing competition airing on Fox this fall, he did clarify that it had nothing to do with not getting along with fellow judge Paula Abdul. “If it was a question of getting along with Paula, I wouldn’t be on the show,” says Cowell with a grin while speaking via satellite at today’s Television Critics Association panel for THE X FACTOR. Cowell notes that the idea was to get Cole back on the U.K. version when …Read On »

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TCA 2011: Simon Cowell is convinced his new THE X FACTOR show can beat AMERICAN IDOL

Simon Cowell judges THE X FACTOR | ©2011 Fox

Even though Simon Cowell’s new singing competition series THE X FACTOR airs on Fox in the fall while AMERICAN IDOL (which he used to be on) airs in the Spring, he admitted today at a Summer 2011 Television Critics Association session that he still has the desire to beat IDOL. “You don’t enter something going for the silver medal,” says Cowell who managed to beat POP IDOL in the U.K. with THE X FACTOR previously. “You do it because you want to be number one. We’re going to throw everything at this to make it the best show on TV.” …Read On »

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Breaking News: Fox predicts the new Simon Cowell show THE X FACTOR will be huge

Simon Cowell judges THE X FACTOR | ©2011 Fox

There were many doubts with AMERICAN IDOL going into Season 10 that it wouldn’t thrive and survive without iconic judge Simon Cowell at the helm. Yet, with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining Randy Jackson, the show has been an even bigger player than last year. That said, Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice says the plan was never to replace him and his personality on IDOL, but rather save his iconic personality for his own singing reality competition series THE X FACTOR which will be airing in the Fall and featuring new judges Cheryl Cole, L.A. Reid and …Read On »

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