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  • Simon Cowell to Cheryl Cole: Sorry About 'X Factor'

    Posted Jun 7th 2011 at 07:34 AM by AOL TV Editors

    After weeks of speculation it was confirmed yesterday that Nicole Scherzinger is replacing Cheryl Cole on 'The X Factor' in the U.S. Now, head honcho Simon Cowell has apologized to Cole for the chaos surrounding the judging lineup on his new talent show, but insists that she wasn't fired. According to The Sun, Cowell takes full responsibility for the decision to replace Cole with Scherzinger...

  • 'X Factor' Allows Online Auditions

    Posted Jun 2nd 2011 at 01:15 PM by AOL TV Editors

    Simon Cowell is spicing it up, adding the option to audition online for his new reality singing competition, 'The X Factor.' Fox announced earlier today week-long YouTube auditions for those who may have missed out on the opportunity to tryout live. Today through June 9, solo artists and vocal groups -- you must be at least 12 years old -- can submit an audition video on YouTube at

  • Cheryl Cole Out, Kelly Rowland In at UK 'X Factor'

    Posted May 31st 2011 at 06:00 AM by Kelly Fisher

    It's safe to say that Cheryl Cole hasn't had the best week. First she was replaced as a judge for the American version of 'The X Factor,' and now she's reportedly lost her job at the U.K. version of the talent show as well. According to The Daily Mail, Cole was offered "an olive branch" from the producers of the British 'X Factor' to return as a judge after news broke that she booted from the A...

  • 'X Factor' Shake-Up: Is Nicole Scherzinger Replacing Cheryl Cole?

    Posted May 25th 2011 at 07:30 PM by AOL TV Editors

    Simon Cowell's new show 'X Factor' doesn't premiere for another four months, but there's already trouble in his post-'Idol' ploy for TV domination. TMZ is reporting that one of the previously announced judges, British pop singer Cheryl Cole, is out. Replacing her? Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was set to co-host the show with Brit Steve Jones. Why the switch? No one knows for ...

  • Report: Nicole Scherzinger Tapped as 'X Factor' Host?

    Posted May 3rd 2011 at 06:47 AM by Kelly Fisher

    The guessing game for 'The X Factor' continues to pick up speed and now it's the question as to who will host Simon Cowell's talent competition. While nothing is official, sources close to the show reveal it's likely that former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger will be 'The X Factor' host. According to PEOPLE, Scherzinger will join judges Antonio "L.A." Reid and Cowell himself on t...

  • Simon Cowell Reveals 'X Factor' Judges Short List

    Posted Apr 26th 2011 at 12:30 AM by AOL TV Editors

    If Simon Cowell gets his way, the judging panel for Fox's 'X Factor' will look like this: Cowell, L.A. Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul. Yep, Simon wants Paula back. In an interview with Deadline, Cowell revealed his panel hopes but was sure to point out that negotiations with Abdul, his former 'American Idol' panelist, have yet to begin. "I've always wanted Paula," Cowell told Nikki Finke....

  • Simon Cowell: Mariah Carey to Take Part in 'X Factor'

    Posted Apr 19th 2011 at 06:00 AM by Kelly Fisher

    Simon Cowell confirmed that Mariah Carey will take part in the American version of 'X Factor' this fall -- but won't be sitting at the judge's table. reports that Cowell dished on his new, already-buzzed-about show in a Spokane, Wash., radio interview on 92.9ZZU. "I think Mariah will have a role on the live shows," Cowell told radio host Jackie Brown. "I met her recently and s...

  • Simon Cowell Ditches British 'X Factor' for FOX Show

    Posted Apr 18th 2011 at 10:23 AM by Zach Dionne

    Amidst nonstop buzz about the upcoming American incarnation of 'The X Factor,' Simon Cowell is leaving the weekly judging spot on the British show he created. ITV tells the BBC Cowell will divide his time between the American and British versions of the show, and that the network is "completely comfortable" with the decision and "talking about ways in which he can have an on-screen presence lat...

  • Simon Cowell's Mom Fears He Will Work Himself to Death

    Posted Apr 11th 2011 at 05:50 AM by Christo Varghese

    Simon Cowell's mother is afraid that he will give himself a heart attack due to his constant smoking and grueling work schedule. Cowell's mom Julie, 84, has been calling him and pleading with him to ease up and lighten his work load or he'll risk suffering a heart attack like his father. Cowell's father Eric died of a heart attack in 1999 at the age of 81. Julie's concern comes after she lea...

  • Simon Cowell Confirms Fergie in Talks for 'X Factor'

    Posted Apr 8th 2011 at 07:35 AM by AOL TV Editors

    In a press conference call this afternoon, 'X Factor' mastermind Simon Cowell confirmed that Fergie's name was "put forward" in the ongoing saga of settling on a panel of judges for the fall show. Cowell also revealed that Gloria Estefan showed up at the Miami auditions this morning and was "great." But did she "do that conga"? Simon, who's in London at the moment, was not aware that Estefan...

  • L.A. Reid Announces Cheryl Cole as New 'X Factor' Judge

    Posted Apr 4th 2011 at 10:30 AM by Sarah Crow

    Cheryl Cole has the X factor -- so much so that she has signed on as the newest judge of the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's hit reality competition show. According to 'X Factor' judge L.A. Reid, former Girls Aloud singer Cole will join him and Cowell to weed out hopefuls in search of America's most talented performers. "We're gonna compete against 'American Idol' just fine," says Reid. "I'm ...

  • Nicki Minaj Is 'Absolutely in Love' With Simon Cowell

    Posted Mar 31st 2011 at 09:30 PM by Boombox Editors

    Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj has finally addressed rumors that she has met with Simon Cowell regarding the U.S. version of his TV show 'The X Factor.' Speaking as her English alter ego Martha, Minaj told MTV that she is unable to discuss her rumored appearance as a panelist on the new show, but did reveal that she is "absolutely in love" with the former 'American Idol' judge, and that her lif...

  • Jessica Simpson: I've Been Approached to Judge 'The X Factor'

    Posted Mar 28th 2011 at 10:35 PM by AOL TV Editors

    Jessica Simpson, 'X Factor' judge? Could be.The singer and reality star told Women's Wear Daily she has been approached to do Simon Cowell's new singing competition. "They have definitely talked to me about 'X Factor,'" Simpson said. "I think it would be a lot of fun. It's definitely my life. To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley. I would have loved to have a mentor. I l...

  • Record Crowds Come to Audition for 'The X Factor'

    Posted Mar 28th 2011 at 04:00 AM by Christo Varghese

    Simon Cowell seems to have another hit show on his hands based on the record crowds that turned up to audition for 'The X Factor.' The first 'X Factor' auditions took place on Sunday in Los Angeles, and the Daily Mail is reporting than an estimated 18,000-plus hopefuls turned out to the LA Memorial Sports Arena. Freeways were jammed around the arena, and hundreds of contestants even camped o...

  • Simon Cowell Tells 'X Factor' Hopefuls to Stay Away From Jason Mraz, Remains Coy on Other Hosts

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011 at 02:16 PM by Dave Steinfeld

    Even if you've been making a concerted effort to avoid pop culture, you know who Simon Cowell is. Such is the level of Cowell's fame and influence in the entertainment industry. A native of the UK and veteran of the music business, Cowell first became familiar to American audiences in the summer of 2002 when the reality TV series 'American Idol' premiered. A spin-off of England's similar seri...

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