Mariah Carey. Nicki Minaj. Keith Urban. Shakira. Usher. In recent years, the revolving door at the judges' table on reality singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice has seen a lot of action. And The X Factor has been no exception, cleaning house following the first season by handing pink slips to judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger (who, in turn, replaced Cheryl Cole, who was ousted during the auditions) and hiring on Demi Lovato and Britney Spears in Season 2.
Now Simon Cowell and producers must return to the drawing board to find a replacement for L.A. Reid, who announced last week he will not return for the show's third season. So who should replace him? We asked The X Factor's Reid, Cowell and co-host Mario Lopez that very question backstage after Thursday's finale...
Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole filed a lawsuit against the production company behind the Fox reality singing competition, claiming they owe her at least $2.3 million after being unceremoniously let go during the first season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones, Paula Abdul
Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger are leaving The X Factor after one season, and Paula Abdul may not be far behind them.
Jones, 34, tweeted Monday afternoon that he would not be returning to the show. Hours later, Fox confirmed to TVGuide.com that Scherzinger would also be exiting. And still later that night, Deadline reported that Abdul had also been cut. Fox did not respond to an e-mail asking about Abdul's status.
Deadline cited series insiders who said that...
Nicole Scherzinger, Kelly Rowland
Is a trans-Atlantic X Factor switch in the works?
According to the U.K.'s Now Magazine, Simon Cowell is considering swapping U.S. judge Nicole Scherzinger for U.K. judge Kelly Rowland next season.
"Simon thinks [Rowland] will be ...
Over the past year, you've heard plenty of hype from Simon Cowell about his new singing competition, The X Factor: It's huge! Auditions are held in packed arenas! It's got really young and really old contestants! Groups are allowed! New judge Nicole Scherzinger will out-cry and out-crazy Paula Abdul! L.A. Reid will finally give Simon a worthy opponent! And did he mention it's huge? For all these reasons, we should probably brace ourselves for it to blow American Idol and The Voice right out of prime time's talent show-infested waters, right?
5 ways Simon Cowell plans to crush Idol with The X Factor: Mo' money, crazy Nicole ...
Well, now that you've tuned in to Wednesday's premiere to see the goods firsthand, let's discuss. We want to hear your opinions on the night's standouts, good and bad, starting with:
Does Simon Cowell think his lineup of X Factor judges are deliberately mean to contestants? Well, not deliberately.
During Fox's fall TV preview Friday, American Idol's former acerbic kingpin was asked if the harsh judgments seen in commercials for The X Factor were an intentional contrast with the "cuddly with contestants" vibe of last season's Idol.
"We didn't make an intentional effort to be mean," Cowell told reporters via satellite...
The X Factor won't officially debut until Sept. 21, but eager fans will be able to get their first taste of Fox's newest singing competition this month.
The network will show a "world premiere preview" of The X Factor right before the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The sneak peek is...
It's time to move on from the drama over the sudden shift in judges on The X Factor. So says Simon Cowell of British pop singer Cheryl Cole's sudden replacement by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, originally slated as the show's co-host. "It's about the contestants, they've got no interest in us bickering," Cowell told TV Guide Magazine at the show's auditions in Newark, NJ on June 9...
Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole
Simon Cowell says he tried to keep Cheryl Cole on both versions of The X Factor and that he takes "full responsibility" for the drama surrounding her exits from the shows.
Denying reports that Cole was axed because of her thick Newcastle, England, accent, and that she didn't jibe with Paula Abdul on the judges' panel, Cowell said he thought Cole would be happier back home in England on the original X Factor.
The X Factor: Cheryl Cole out, Nicole Scherzinger in
"She was good on the American show. I personally thought she was missing her family and friends. She just looked a little bit, I wouldn't say uncomfortable, but just not ...