So now that Simon Cowell is done with “American Idol” (sob!), he’s already planning his next big move which, in a way, has him returning to his roots. In 2004, Cowell, along with Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, was a judge on the first series of the British talent show “The X-Factor”. The show was created through his own company, Syco, and was a massive success. He’s now bringing the show to the U.S, and the first season is scheduled to air later on in 2011 on FOX. And he’s pulling out all the stops putting together a judges panel. He’s going to be on it as well… a li’l healthy competition with his old American Idol gig!
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are rumored to be in the running for the judges panel The X has marked a spot for Paula Abdul too! But in order to make it happen with Cowell a second time around, she’s demanding some serious cash, claims a source, “Paula really wants to reunite with Simon on his new show next year. But she thinks he needs to either put up – or shut up!” And he need to put up a $ 3 million advance, or no cigar. The source went on to say that “the two have discussed reteaming, but Paula feels Simon needs to commit financially.”
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Has it really been seven months since we crowned Kris Allen the king of American Idol? It may not seem like it, since we’ve been so thoroughly entertained by Adam Lambert who has superseded Allen as the one we love to watch in that time. Will any of this season’s crop of contestants manage to reach the polarizing levels of fame that Lambert has? That’s what we want to know, and there was no better place to kick off the search than in Boston. Our first instinct was to write this recap phonetically to truly capture the Massachusetts dialect, which is near and dear to us, as we grew up outside Boston. We’ll spare you, but don’t be surprised if we drop our “R”s here and there. Now, allow us to indulge in our top five favorite moments of the premiere and please realize that if we could, we’d give Victoria Beckham‘s lace head-wrap it’s own blog post, but we have more pressing things to discuss.
We sure wouldn’t give up a $45 million salary, but it looks like Simon Cowell might be willing to. The American Idol judge has been toying with the idea of leaving the country’s favorite show in order to bring his other series, The X-Factor, to the U.S. The plan is to give Cowell a smaller role on the upcoming season than we’re used to. “Expect to see less and less of Simon this season,” a source tells PopEater. “The focus is going to be back on the contestants and less on Simon’s harsh criticisms of them. They also will be spending more time focusing on Ellen [DeGeneres]once she gets through her first few weeks live from Hollywood.”
First Paula Abdul leaves, now Simon is backing away from the show, too? This show is going to be a shell of its former self, especially if it means we have to endure more Kara DioGuardi. Maybe we can petition Ellen to wear low-cut, tight cotton v-necks so that it will make the transition less harsh. [Photo: GettyImages]