TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 1 – “Auditions No. 3”

Ashley Sansone performs on THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "Auditions No. 3" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: Sept. 28, 2011 A quick recap of what you know about THE X FACTOR: Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell returned together, a pompous British dude with a Barney-colored Polo is the host, they kicked off Cheryl Cole as a judge despite the fact that she’s a better judge than Nicole Scherzinger, it has just as many freaks, losers and bad singers as AMERICAN IDOL and, yes, it is just another copy of all the other singing/talent shows we’ve grown to […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – SEASON 1 – “Auditions No. 1” – Series Premiere

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

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: Sept. 21, 2011 I’ve got a funny feeling going here … Simon Cowell (and his too-tight shirts and new eyeliner) and Paul Abdul (and her crying and weird clapping) doing a music competition/reality show. A bunch of talented singers and a bunch of crazies and losers. Similar audition stories and a pompous host that is more annoying than anything else. But wait … it’s still hot outside? So yeah there are a little too many familiarities to THE X FACTOR […]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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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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