Tonight saw the two-hour series premiere of one of the season’s most eagerly awaited new talent competitions. The X-Factor, dubbed “The Idol Killer” by some is the latest brainchild of world-renowned music producer, talent scout and “Idol grouch” Simon Cowell. After Cowell’s highly-publicized departure from American Idol, many tuned in to The X-Factor just to see what he had up his sleeve.
The X-Factor’s premise, while similar to Idol’s, differs in several key ways. The show accepts a wider age range, allowing younger hopefuls like eighth grader and fan favorite Rachel Crow (age 13) to audition.
Contestants’ fates are determined by four judges, producer L.A. Reid, british recording artist Cheryl Cole (who will be replaced later in the season by Nicole Scherzinger), pop sensation and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul and the show’s creator Simon Cowell.
Unlike Idol, where auditions are held behind closed doors for the judges’ ears only, X-Factor contestants sing for an entire stadium, adding to the drama and overall emotion.
Tonight’s episode featured highlights from the Los Angeles auditions which took place in May. Upcoming episodes will feature auditions from Chicago, Newark, Miami, Dallas and Seattle.
The winner of The X-Factor will receive a $5 million recording contract and the unique chance at fame that only Simon Cowell can provide.
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