They’ve fought, flirted, kissed, and shouted abuses at each other—and they are at it again. Ex-American idol judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have reunited for the X factor. “I like people who disagree with me,” he says. “Paula fascinates me because she’s a complex person.”
Uhm, yeah. In another interview, we believe he used the word “loopy.” But hey, whatever rocks his boat (or more accurately, his ratings). Simon may be all praises for Paula now, but we know this is a marketing move to get the American Idol fans to switch over to his show. Not that they need much prodding at this point—the show’s gone to the “dawgs.” Pop quiz: what was the name of the last American Idol winner? Yeah, we don’t remember either. Exactly our point.
The show will premiere on Fox this fall. “This show wouldn’t have been the same without Paula, and I can’t believe I am saying this – I have missed her a lot,” said Simon. (Cue bad karaoke music.)
Paula says, “I’m delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again” (subtext: “I have a career again! I have a career again! I have a career again!”) but adds “You might want to check back on in me in a week or two.”
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 10:06 PM UTC on Feb, 07 2011
Fox wants to make a big splash with Simon Cowell’s U.S version of The X Factor and to make sure that will happen the network has announced a recording contract worth $5 million.
Like Cowell’s American Idol, the new show pits singers against one another with the guidance of “celebrity mentors” while groups are also allowed to compete on the show.
The UK version of The X Factor helped launched the highly successful career of Leona Lewis.
The $5 million record contract, part of a deal with Sony Music/Syco deal has no age restrictions and is the biggest in game show history.
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 2:59 PM UTC on Nov, 30 2010
British singer Cheryl Cole has signed a one season deal worth $4 million. The songstress will judge X Factor America alongside fellow brit Simon Cowell. Cole already judges with Cowell on his hit show UK X Factor.
Fox executives confirmed Cole’s new deal and a source told The Sun:
“The execs love her good looks and the way she wears her heart on her sleeve.”
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 9:54 PM UTC on Oct, 26 2010
If X Factor producers have their way the entire singing cast of Glee will soon be heading over the pond to perform on the British Talent Show, which will soon also be featured with Simon Cowell with a new U.S. version.
X Factor is excited about the idea:
“Getting Glee on board is a real coup and everyone is very excited about it. Fans are going to be in for a real treat.”
Stars from Glee would sing several song and dance numbers during a Sunday night results show according to People Magazine.