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  • Simon Cowell Talks "X Factor", Working with L.A. Reid, and "American Idol"

    Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:26:27

    Simon Cowell Talks "X Factor", Working with L.A. Reid, and "American Idol" - Simon Cowell talks "X Factor" and so much more with ARTISTdirect.com news editor Amy Sciarretto in this exclusive interview...

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    • Simon Cowell - LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman attend the press launch for the new series of 'The X Factor' at Ham Yard Hotel on August 27, 2014 in London, England.
    • Simon Cowell - LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Simon Cowell attends the press launch for the new series of 'The X Factor' at Ham Yard Hotel on August 27, 2014 in London, England.
    • Simon Cowell - LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman attend the press launch for the new series of 'The X Factor' at Ham Yard Hotel on August 27, 2014 in London, England.

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    Simon Cowell built his reputation as the honest, critical judge on American Idol (TV Series), which lead to him being brandished as "mean" and a dasher of dreams. In reality, Cowell was calling it like he saw it and while he has left the Idol building, he remains with FOX and in the star-making business, as he will launch his own show, X Factor, which is already a hit overseas. The show differs from Idol in that it is open to groups as well as solo artists and to kids as young as 12! Hey, if Willow Smith can whip her hair at the age of 10, imagine what Cowell-discovered pre-teens can do! Bring it on, Simon!

    Cowell said that he loves the show's "unpredictability. I never know if whomever is auditioning in one moment could be the one. You never know if a star just walked in and you found someone special. That's what I wish for every one of these shows that I am involved in." He will start the search for the next great artist this weekend in LA, as X Factor auditions are scheduled to begin Sunday, March 27th in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena. The search for the next global superstar will continue in Miami, FL, on Thursday, April 7th; in Newark, NJ, on Thursday, April 14th; in Seattle, WA, on Wednesday, April 20th; Chicago, IL, on Wednesday, April 27th; and Dallas, TX, on Thursday, May 26th.

    The show is searching for undiscovered talent 12-years-old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at here or call toll-free 855-345-5678. It's that damn easy.

    How are things progressing as you begin auditioning talent? Things are hectic, I'd bet!

    I love chaos, provided we find someone good. It's a concerted effort to get the message out and we want the people understand what it is that they should do and to understand what they should not do. We want to get people aware of what the prize is and why they should audition for this show and not other shows!

    Which brings me to my next question. What makes X Factor the show to audition for, as opposed to, your former employer, American Idol?

    They will perform in front of 3 to 4 thousand people and that is not what they will be used to. Through this system, we will find talented people who will become stars all over the world. I am doing everything I can to make sure the process happens.

    You are currently putting together the judges panel, with producer and now-former IDJ head L.A. Reid coming aboard last week. The search for the judges and hosts is almost as exciting as the talent search!

    That's a nice problem to have, since people are interested in being on the show or part of the show. I was lucky to introduce L.A. Reid last week, and that is an indication of where we are going, in terms of credibility with who we have on. We are trying to keep everyone happy.

    Are you watching Idol this season?

    When I was in America, I did watch the show. The show is different now. I haven't really watched it since. You tell me - how is it?

    I think the judges are often super positive about performances that don't deserve super positive reactions! Overall, how do you feel about moving from Idol to this new show?

    I am positive and I am happy with it, and I am so focused on this and excited about it. It's something new for a change.

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.23.11


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