The X Factor is coming to Fox this Fall. It’s getting tons of press because Simon Cowell is the man behind this show. Plus it has a huge prize for the winner, a $5 million record contract. Can you imagine winning that prize? America Idol who?
There has been tons of speculation on who will be joining Simon as a Judge on the new show. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mariah Carey[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jessica Simpson[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] have all been rumored to be judges, but today we finally know who really made the cut.
About a month ago, Simon announced LA Reid as the first official Judge for the upcoming show. LA is known in the record industry and has signed many big named talent. But who else will be sitting along side Simon and LA?
Today Simon officially made the announcement-Paula Abdul is coming to The X factor!!! This was pretty much a no brainer decision. People loved her on Idol and Simon was a big fan of hers. And luckily Paula’s dance reality TV show on CBS bombed and she was available.
Here’s what Simon had to say about picking the new Judges:
“First of all, it’s like casting a dinner party. You’ve got to have people on the panel you get on well with. I never think about it as an American or British audience. I genuinely don’t. I think that’s what’s happened on a lot of these shows now is it’s almost like you’ve got to hire well-known celebrities to be a judge. And with Cheryl, when I hired her initially, I’d only met her literally once when I offered her the job on [British] X Factor. I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about, ambitious. And you meet someone special a few times in your life.. And this girl is special. She’s just got a great ability to communicate. Shes a great judge. She’s smart. It’s just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her. Mike Darnell and Peter Rice will tell you they wanted her all the time, I showed a tape to Mike Darnell two years ago of a clip I’d shot in England of Cheryl and he said there and then, ‘I’d hire her now for Idol.’ They absolutely fell in love with her. In a way, the deal, it was almost conditional on Cheryl having the gig. They were desperate for her. [pullquote quote=”I’ve always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I’ve been consistent about this. I don’t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her.” credit=”According to Simon Cowell”] You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right. I’ve never found anyone better than her. I think there’s a good chance it will be her. We’ve agreed that we would meet as many people as possible, and now we’re reaching the deadline we’ve got to make the decision soon. But I think she’s got a really good shot.”
With all of the anticipation and promotion going for this show I am definitely planning on watching it. Plus as I said before who doesn’t love Paula’s crazy antics?