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Simon Cowell Talks American Idol, U.S. X Factor



As millions keep asking why Simon Cowell decided to hit the eject button on American Idol, the famously curmudgeon British judge and producer has begun the recruiting process for his new State-side version of his hit U.K. show The X Factor.

Cowell is reportedly in discussions with former American Idol judge and pal Paula Abdul along with current X Factor U.K. judge, 26-year-old Cheryl Cole. Hiring both Abdul and Cole would easily make the judging relationship on the new X Factor a smash since all three know each rather intimately. Enlisting Abdul, who quit Idol during a highly publicized contract dispute last year, would add to the mix and would usher in almost the original American Idol team.

One celeb who will not take a judges seat in the U.S. version of X Factor? Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice. In a recent interview with OK! magazine, Cowell said that Posh being on the new X Factor “will not happen.”

“Not because I don’t like her,” says Cowell. “It’s just not going to happen”

He adds: “In the UK we have 250,000 applicants every year and because there’s no upper-age limit and groups are allowed to enter, you get a lot of applications. So we gave ourselves time to set the show up in 2011, which also gives us some time to work out who the judging panel is going to be.

“I don’t want to make any commitments yet.”

Cowell also said that American Idol will be just fine without him. “It’s like having a good player in a good football team. The two have to work together and when the player retires, the football team will continue to be successful,” said Cowell. “We made sure that when we did this, American Idol was going to be protected.”

Would you like to know what makes X-Factor so different from American Idol and why Simon Cowell has been so hell-bent on bringing it to us Yanks? The judges play more of a role in the progress of the singers. Each judge mentors a group of singers and, in effect, becomes part of the competition.

America’s X Factor arrives on Fox in 2011.

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