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Simon Cowell Determined To Make The X Factor Bigger And Better Than American Idol

August 08, 2011 08:45 AM by Lisa Princ


As we anxiously await the premiere of FOX‘s X Factor, Simon Cowell recently spoke to the press about the new series. And Simon Cowell isn’t just certain, but he is also determined to make the X Factor bigger and better than American Idol. Read on to hear what else Simon Cowell had to say!

Bigger and better than American Idol? Could the X Factor finally be the series to outshine our favorite singing competition? Simon Cowell is certain that it will – and determined to ensure it does. In a recent press conference, Simon stated: “You don’t enter something for the silver medal. We’re going to throw everything at this to try and make it the best show on TV,” and “I wouldn’t have made the show unless I thought it would’ve been different. We see this as a game changer” when asked if he thought the X Factor would bring better ratings than Idol.

Fox, who announced that the X Factor would be airing two and a half hour episodes for their live shows, which is a rarity for the network, also thinks that the X Factor will help their normally inconsistent fall ratings. Can both shows coexist peacefully though? According to Simon Cowell, they can as he added: “I see it the same way as movies. In one year you can have 10 great movies. The idea that there was only ever going to be one singing competition in America is crazy. Sure enough, [NBC's] The Voice came along and did a good job.”

Simon also told reporters that he was thrilled to be back together (working) with Paula Abdul, and that he originally wanted Mariah Carey on the judging panel, but Mariah made the “selfish decision” to get pregnant. When asked about dealing with contestants in their early teens, Simon Cowell revealed that they are much tougher and talk back more often, claiming that he was “traumatized” at the auditions by some of them! That certainly should make for interesting television!

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