Watch the World Premiere Preview of ‘The X Factor’ [VIDEO]
‘American Idol’ alum Simon Cowell returns to this fall in his much-anticipated new talent competition, ‘The X Factor. Rumor has it he’s turning over a new leaf with kind words, applause for those who don’t deserve it, and making nice with fellow judge and frequent sparring partner Paula Abdul. Yeah right!
‘Idol’ and ‘X Factor’ do have some similarities – they’re both singing contests and they both offer worldwide exposure for contestants. But while the winner of ‘Idol’ receives a $1 million recording contract, the ‘X Factor’ champ gets $5 million in contracts and cash. In addition, ‘Idol’ hopefuls must be between the ages of 15-28 to audition. ‘X Factor’ accepts singers as young as 12 and has no upper age-limit cutoff.
So it’s possible the final two could be someone who doesn’t even have a driver’s license yet vying against a Social Security recipient. Only time will tell.
From the preview it looks like ‘American Idol’ meets ‘America’s Got Talent’. The judging panel even looks similar when Kara Diguardi was on.
‘The X Factor’ premieres Wednesday, September 21 on Fox.