Simon Cowell is Coming Back - With the X-FACTOR!


By Craig Thornton

By the way--our own Jeff Shannon - promotions mangaer will be in LA at the end of the month and will met Simon in person. I'm jealous and bitter about this.

Why is Jeff Shannon going instead of me? I am the Arts and Entertainment editor after all.  I am the one who writes the American Idol Blog.  Also, I used to live in LA, and know people there.  To add insult to injury he is staying at the Ritz Carleton - Marina Del Rey!!!  Oh yeah - and I will be where, shoveling snow in Watertown, NY.  Curses!

I am wallowing in my coffee, hoping Jeff comes down with a cold so I can go instead! Was that mean?

Anyway-FOX is hyping the heck out of the X-FACTOR - we are airing great promos - that Golden Boy Jeff Shannon prepared.. Jeff this, Jeff that, we are going to have expand our office to fit his ego.

Below is the press release and transcript from an interview, with Simon.

Here is a quick video promo hit for the show:,AAAAAFwZDSA~,QCyT69E3fdeG18Bm3zRKbhHx5ZfJ5qOf&bctid=777631029001

Simon Cowell, Sony Music, FremantleMedia North America and FOX announced today that the highly anticipated singing competition series THE X FACTOR will award the show’s winner with a record-breaking $5 million record deal – the largest guaranteed prize in television history – with Syco, a joint venture between Sony Music and Cowell.
The X-FACTOR - she has it:

Sign Up Now for Audition Information at

THE X FACTOR is looking for talent young and old alike – with no upper age limit – to audition for a shot at becoming the next global music sensation. Auditions for the inaugural season of THE X FACTOR begin on Sunday, March 27 in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena. Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York/New Jersey and Seattle will also host auditions. Specific dates and venues to be announced.
“I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group,” said Cowell. “I’ve never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract. I’m doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar.”
“I have always been proud of the achievements of THE X FACTOR worldwide, and am looking forward to its American launch,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation. “I have no doubt THE X FACTOR will find winners worthy of international acclaim and career longevity, and believe with Sony’s worldwide effort, the winners’ potential can be unlimited.”
“THE X FACTOR has become a worldwide phenomenon and is unlike anything we’ve seen in America,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “The British version is wildly entertaining, but also has a penchant for stirring up controversy. You never know what Simon has up his sleeve, and since he will be working both behind and in front of the camera, the country should brace itself to expect the unexpected.”
“Since its U.K. debut in 2004, THE X FACTOR has proven itself a global success story in numerous territories worldwide,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “Now, as we bring this widely popular format to U.S. audiences, I look forward to building a new franchise for a new decade with the return of the inimitable Simon Cowell.”
THE X FACTOR judges will travel the nation 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 make their dreams come true. In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time a contestant auditions for the judges, he/she will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to become a global superstar and win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
In the coming weeks, THE X FACTOR host and judges panel will be unveiled and announcements will be made about audition opportunities that will give everyone 12 or over in America – no matter where they live – the chance to show that they’ve got it. There also will be reveals of unprecedented initiatives that will make THE X FACTOR unlike anything else on television.
Solo singers and vocal groups who believe they have what it takes to compete on THE X FACTOR should sign up now for audition information at Additional details, including eligibility requirements, are also available on the site. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information and complete audition rules and registration forms.
As previously announced, Pepsi will serve as an official sponsor of THE X FACTOR. The comprehensive sponsorship includes an extensive, multi-platform off-air marketing partnership; weekly in-show integrations and placements; and an immersive content experience online.
The X-FACTOR - she has it:
THE X FACTOR is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.
Another great promo for the show:
The X Factor EPK Log/Transcript - Simon Cowell Interview
“The show is basically it's a singing competition, just to be clear, but it's a singing competition with a twist.  The show is open to anyone who can sing from 12 years old up to -- there's no upper limit.  So solo artists can enter of any age and groups can enter, but vocal groups.  So, a Destiny's Child, The Jacksons, ‘N Sync, Spice Girls, Justin Bieber, Diana Ross, they're all in the same competition.”
“Essentially it’s young guys, young girls, older singers and vocal groups, all competing in one competition.”
“We called the show THE X FACTOR because it was an expression we used a lot, which was you don't have to necessarily have the best voice.  You may not be the best-looking person, but you have something which defines you as a star, like Lady Gaga.  She's got THE X FACTOR.  And you never know until he walks in the room.”
“I'm going to put my money where my mouth is.  It's a 5 million dollar recording contract.  That means the winner walks away with 5 million dollars guaranteed if they win.”
“On this show, the contestants are going to have to do the auditions in front of 3,000 or 4,000 people.  This way we bring the audience into the audition process as well.  They effectively become like the fifth judge.  And if they hate somebody, which they will, they'll know about it, and when they like somebody, you get a different kind of reaction.”
The X-FACTOR - she has it:
“I love having the audience there because everyone's suddenly a judge - everyone's an expert.  But actually, on this show, you get that chance, because you make your presence felt.  I mean if you love somebody, you show the support.  If you hate them, you can make your presence felt.  And if you think we're wrong, - rare - you can also change our minds occasionally.  But if you've ever wondered what an audition process is like, you get to come along to one of these and you become a judge for a day.”
If you want to audition, we're going to be going to the following cities
·         Miami
·         New York
·         Seattle
·         Los Angeles
·         Dallas
·         Chicago
“Anyone can audition.  That's the whole point.  You know for years when I was in America the one thing I used to get told to me more than anything else was, "Why is there an upper age limit?"  You know people in their 30s and 40s would come up to me and go you know, "I want a chance of winning a competition like this," and that was part of the reason why we brought THE X FACTOR to America”.
“I'm not looking for something we've seen before.  The reason we do these shows in America is, is that the best singers in the world are American and I still believe that there is an undiscovered artist out there.  Now it could be somebody who's in their teens.  It could be someone in their 30s, 40s, or it could be a group.  I mean the great thing about this show is, is that I think there's a gap in the market now for another Spice Girls, another Destiny's Child, another ‘N Sync.”
“Why I'm back is that I believe America has the best talent in the world.  I believe that with all my heart, and if I didn't believe that, I wouldn't do the show.  I'm not looking for somebody who's just going to be a hit in America; I'm looking to find a global star.”
“Four judges and what happens on this show is that each judge has a category you look after.  So you could be looking after the young guys, you could be looking after the young girls, the older category, or the groups.  And if you have a category, you mentor your contestants.  So you get three or four contestants into the final each, and then you make all the decisions - what they sing, what they wear, what dances you use, what choreography, everything.  So if you get it wrong it's your responsibility.”
“There’s more than a little competition.  I mean, basically, you are in the competition as well.  So if your contestants leave you're out of the competition.  If one of your contestants wins, you win - and I like winning.”
“We work with choreographers.  We work with the best choreographers in the world.  You work with dancers.  Basically, you've got to put on a show every single night.  You can't just stand and sing the song.  You've got to entertain.  And the competition is about who is the best performer, because that's the real world.  You know the real world now is the biggest artists in the world, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, this whole new generation of recording artists, they put on a show every single night, and that's what we've got to do on this show.  We've got to compete in the real world.”
“Well I can't tell you what the show is going to be like because I haven't shot it yet.  What I can tell you, it's going to look like nothing you've ever seen before.  And I'm going to put the whole weight of Sony music behind the winner of this show.  They're committed to it.  We have a lot of money to spend and I want to find a star.  And whoever wins this show is going to get complete, total support from me, from Sony Music worldwide, because I don't want somebody who's just going to be a star in America.  I want somebody who's going to be a star all over the world.  That's what you want at the end of this.  You want a global super star, and the first person who wins this show I guarantee that will happen.  I've just got a feeling.”
“We want someone who's going to become a global super star and they're out there in America.  There's somebody in a group.  There's somebody who's 12 years old.  There's somebody who's 50 years old now saying, "You know I missed my chance."  That's why you've got to enter this show to prove that it doesn't matter about age.  If you're 40, if you're 50, you can still be a star.  If you've got THE X FACTOR, you think you can take everyone on, bring it on.  And you win this competition I guarantee it will change your life forever.  And for people who haven't seen this show, it's like nothing you've ever seen before.”
“I'd love to find somebody different.  I'd love to find somebody who can become a star all over the world, and I'd love to say we found this person on this show.  You know it's not just about selling a few records.  It's just about selling records in America.  You want to give somebody a career; you want to give them a platform and you want the whole world to know about them.  That's why I make these shows.  You don't want to think small.”
Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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