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: Could Jennifer Lopez not be back next season for AMERICAN IDOL?

Jennifer Lopez judges AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox

With AMERICAN IDOL enjoying a renewed success this year in Season 10 without its iconic judge Simon Cowell, the one thing that has been forgotten is that new judge Jennifer Lopez only signed on for the show for one year. Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice spoke to the press today about this fall’s Fox schedule and talked about the current judging situation at AMERICAN IDOL which also includes Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. “Everyone has multiple year contracts and Jennifer has a single year contract,” explains Rice. “We haven’t talked to her about the show, but we’re hoping she’ll return. […]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: Fox announces Fall 2011 Schedule

Landon Liboiron, Shelley Conn, Jason O'Mara, Alana Mansour and Naomi Scott in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

It’s that time of year again, as the network’s begin their upfront presentations of what to expect for their fall schedules. The Fox network kicked things off today in New York as they announced their aggressive Fall and Midseason plans, placing the anticipated Steven Spielberg produced TERRA NOVA series on Monday nights in the fall while Midseason Monday nights will debut the new J.J. Abrams genre series ALCATRAZ. Comedy is playing a huge part of the schedule too, as the network will debut NEW GIRL on Tuesday nights in between GLEE and RAISING HOPE, while in the Spring, when GLEE […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The scoop on what makes THE VOICE different than AMERICAN IDOL

Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

While speaking to the press at today’s NBC Summer Press Day 2011 in Pasadena, CA, THE VOICE executive producer Mark Burnett spoke about what makes this singing competition show different than AMERICAN IDOL and other shows of its ilk. The coaches, which include Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), are a start. “We have four superstar music performers that are at the top of their game and that was really important to me,” says Burnett. “We wanted people who are at the top of their game currently, worldwide. I think it makes a […]Read On »

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Breaking News: THE VOICE coach Cee Lo Green said “Forget You” to THE X FACTOR

Cee Lo Green in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

Cee Lo Green said “Forget You” to THE X FACTOR and instead chose to be a “Coach” (aka Judge) on NBC’s new reality singing competition THE VOICE premiering April 26. At today’s NBC Summer Press Day 2011 in Pasadena, CA, Green revealed exactly why. “I said ‘no’ to X FACTOR because quite honestly I was unfamiliar with the concept of X FACTOR,” says Green. “I knew the name. I knew the partners involved as an enterprise. I felt too that AMERICAN IDOL and these other entities had run their course. This was a course prior to the new casting [on […]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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