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

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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

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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

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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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Breaking News: Simon Cowell says what he feels about new AMERICAN IDOL

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking to the press about his new reality singing competition series THE X FACTOR today (which is set to debut in the fall on Fox), producer and judge Simon Cowell talked about how he feels his previous show AMERICAN IDOL is doing in his absence with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez serving as new judges alongside Randy Jackson. “I think they’ve done a good job,” he says. “I haven’t see a full episode, but I saw a three minute recap. From what I’ve seen, from what I heard, it all seems to be going well. I thought that would […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Simon Cowell reveals $5 million dollar THE X FACTOR plans

Simon Cowell judges THE X FACTOR | ©2011 Fox

Wondering how different Fox’s THE X FACTOR TV reality singing competition will compare with it’s own AMERICAN IDOL? Well, today producer and judge Simon Cowell spoke about the new series which will debut in the fall and is an adaptation of a successful format he created in Britain. “I think we’re going to do something different,” says Cowell. “The stakes are high and I have no idea what it’s going to look like until we start shooting.” The big news is the winner will receive a recording contract with Sony Records and a whopping $5 million dollar cash prize. “The […]Read On »

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Fresh Clip: Watch THE X FACTOR Super Bowl commercial featuring Simon Cowell

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The studios spent tons of money on their big movie commercials during the Super Bowl, and Fox also dropped some serious dough on a new commercial promoting his fall reality singing competition THE X FACTOR. Now that AMERICAN IDOL has stabilized without him, we now get a taste of what his next venture is going to be. Cool CGI effects too. Check out the trailer below. CLICK HERE for more reviews of this year’s SUPER BOWL movie commercials

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – SEASON 10 – New Jersey Auditions – Season Premiere

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - New York/New Jersey Auditions | &copy 2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Was it as odd for you as it was for me watching Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez judge a bunch of normal (and lame) every day people on a reality show last night during the opening episode of AMERICAN IDOL? Both have had good and long careers in the music field in the case of Tyler, and movies and music in the case of J.Lo. So seeing them reduced to doing AI just didn’t seem right. And, yes, I used the word reduced. Make no mistake about it. You can sugar coat it, you can talk about how great of […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: How different is THE X-FACTOR vs. AMERICAN IDOL? Fox explains

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With Simon Cowell bringing THE X-FACTOR to America this Fall on Fox, the inevitable question about how different it will be from AMERICAN IDOL was bound to come up at today’s Winter TCA 2011 Fox session in Pasadena, CA. According to Fox Entertainment Chairman, he doesn’t feel the two shows will cannibalize each other and that he doesn’t feel that the proliferation of talent shows on other networks will diminish the impact of either. “We have the sort of the biggest and largest in AMERICAN IDOL and X-FACTOR has Simon Cowell and they’re going to run at different times of […]Read On »

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