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X Factor Backstage Report: Emotions Run High

Drew Ryniewicz, Simon Cowell

Thursday's double elimination show was a dramatic night for Fox's X Factor, and that drama continued after the cameras stopped rolling.
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Top Moments: A Grey's Death and the Return of Charlie on Two and a Half Men

Rick Perry

Our top moments of the week:

15. Best Test Run:
 When Teddy starts to lose faith in relationships on 90210, Silver has just the solution: a shotgun wedding! Hitch: There's no marriage license and same-sex marriage isn't legal in Nevada, but Teddy and his new boyfriend exchange vows in front of an Elvis impersonator all the same, and Teddy reaffirms his faith in the power of love. Here's hoping what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas.

14. Most Painful Misunderstanding: When Jimmy learns that he has a ruthless 13-year-old competitor for Sabrina's affections on Raising Hope, he does what any guy would do: He tries to set up the boy with a girl his own age. But when Jimmy tries to approach the young girl... read more

Watercooler: An Open Letter to DWTS and Other Reality-TV Time Eaters

Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli

Dear Reality Shows,

Listen, we need to talk. It's about these two-hour episodes, the twice-a-week commitments, the extended eliminations, the reunions... all of it. Our DVRS are tired, and so are we. In other words, it's not us. It's you.

Used to be that TV shows were once a week, and two-hours long only if they were, like, special episodes or season premieres. Now, it seems that every ...
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Simon Cowell's The X Factor Finally Premieres: Let's Review It Together!

Simon Cowell

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:

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Simon Cowell: I Take "Full Responsibility" for Cheryl Cole's X Factor Exits

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 ...
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Report: Cheryl Cole Offered Chance to Return to U.S. X Factor

Cheryl Cole

Less than two weeks after losing her gig at the U.S. X Factor judges table, Cheryl Cole has received an offer to return, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It is unclear whether Cole, 27, has accepted the offer; if she does, she will likely return to the United States when auditions for the Fox singing competition resume... read more

Is Nicole Scherzinger Replacing Cheryl Cole as an X Factor Judge?

Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger will replace Cheryl Cole as a judge on The X Factor, TMZ.com reports.

Less than three weeks after going into production on Simon Cowell's reality singing competition, Scherzinger is set to relocate to the judges' table alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. The Pussycat Dolls star was originally tapped to co-host with British TV personality Steve Jones. There's no indication whether... read more

Fox Upfronts: The Flinstones Resurrected, The X Factor Throws Down the Gauntlet

Fred Flinstone, Simon Cowell

Yabba Dabba Do! Fox announced Monday that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will launch a new version of The Flinstones in 2013.

Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly made the news official during the network's upfront presentation to advertisers, and though MacFarlane was not present, he explained his take on the animated comedy in a pre-taped clip: read more

Paula Abdul Signs On as X Factor Judge

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul has signed on to join The X Factor judges table, Fox announced Sunday.

The deal reunites the former American Idol judge with Simon Cowell, who will judge and executive-produce X Factor. Abdul, 48, and Cowell, 51, worked together on Idol for eight seasons before Abdul left in 2009. Cowell departed the next year to launch The X Factor in the U.S. after working on the original U.K. version for seven seasons.

Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones named X Factor co-hosts

"This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am... read more

Report: Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger Named X-Factor Co-Hosts

Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones

Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger have reportedly signed on to host Simon Cowell's The X-Factor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cheryl Cole named a judge on X Factor

The official announcement for Scherzinger, the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer who also appeared on... read more

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