Tonight is that long awaited night when The X Factor makes its debut in theUSA. Having been a hugely successful show in the UK for many years, creator Simon Cowell is hoping he can repeat his success inAmericaand make The X Factor the biggest TV show of all time. It certainly has the biggest ever prize.
Cowell intends to blow American Idol out of the water in terms of ratings success but does he stand a chance? Even though I’m a huge American Idol fan, I think he maybe could do it. I’ll tell you why, along with some SPOILERS for tonight’s X Factor premiere.
First, Simon Cowell has put everything in to making X FactorUSAwork. He quit his jobs on theUKversion of The X Factor andBritain’s Got Talent in order to concentrate solely on this new venture. Legendary music executive L.A. Reid left his comfortable number at Island Def Jam to join the team.
Second, Cowell and Paula Abdul will be reunited on screen. They were last seen together when she roasted him in his Aericn Idol sendoff. But we all know they love each other really and should just get it on or get over it. Expect more bickering between the two who have been likened to an old married couple without the sex.
Simon admits that he has met his match in L.A. Reid. He knew they would clash and they do. Oh boy, do they clash!
Cheryl Cole will be seen on the judging panel for the first hour of tonight’s X Factor premiere. She gets a lot of air time in theL.A.segments. There appeared to be no problems with her accent, either.
Of course, there will be drama. And here’s where the real SPOILERS start, so you have been warned.
Look out for Xander Alexander. Inspired by “Whitney Houston before she lost it,” you’ll love this total drama queen. As soon as he gets on stage he starts giving Simon Cowell attitude and then cries. I love how Paula Abdul then accuses him of faking the tears, because hers are all real, of course. Anyway, Xander Alexander doesn’t get any further but his audition is well worth watching.
You will probably have heard that there was a flasher in the X Factor USA auditions. Just in case you were thinking he must have been cut out, he pops up tonight (I know, appalling pun!). Gio Godley gives the audience a full frontal flash while stumbling his way through perhaps the most inappropriate song choice ever: I’m a Stud. I’m with Paula Abdul, dry heaving in the hallway over this one!
So there you have it in a nutshell: the X Factor premiere. Plenty to look forward to tonight.