July 15, 2011

Simon Cowell On The US X Factor: “This better bloody work or I am in huge trouble”

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The Wall Street Journal has a great new article up about Simon Cowell and the X Factor. It’s quoted that each episode of the new US X Factor is going to cost him $3.5 million. Simon has recently said, “This [show] better bloody work or I am in huge trouble.'” The take below writes about how it’s time for Simon to be judged and how the X Factor is his baby. The stakes are definitely high and he’s putting everything into it. Be sure to read the link for the full story which outlines more on Simon’s career and how he has made it this far. The link has some cool pictures to view too.

“This is exactly what would’ve happened on ‘Idol,’ ” Mr. Cowell said just before shooting the promo. “I’ll get killed for saying this, but so many shows on TV all look the same. ‘Voices need to be heard,’ blah, blah, blah.”

Mr. Cowell’s vision is brash, campy and conflict-driven, featuring lavish, concert-style live auditions across the country. As usual, he will not sugarcoat his appraisals of contestants. Last month, in front of a live audience of more than 4,000 people, he told a group of 12-year-old girls that their voices sounded like cats being run over on the freeway.

Now, it is Mr. Cowell’s turn to be judged. He didn’t own “American Idol” and had only limited creative control. “The X Factor” is his baby, and it closely tracks his personality— equal parts charm, drive and unapologetic nastiness. A $5 million recording contract with Sony Music is the grand prize. Other major sponsors include Pepsi and Chevrolet, whose rivals (Coke and Ford) enjoy a similar relationship with “Idol.”

The stakes are high for all concerned: The series, premiering on Wednesdays and Thursdays in September, is shaping up to be the most expensive reality show ever, at just under $3.5 million per episode, according to Mr. Cowell’s reckoning. (Other estimates put the budget closer to $2.5 million.)

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