Simon Cowell may have left American Idol, but it won't be long before he returns to the small screen to star in a competition series that is both new and familiar to U.S. audiences. The X Factor, the show Cowell created and launched in the United Kingdom that aims to search for the next musical marvel, will be taking America by storm beginning this fall.
While The X Factor might as well be tagged as yet another reality talent show from FOX, there are several distinctions worth mentioning. For one thing, solo artists and groups of any age may join as contestants. Initial auditions will also take place in front of a live audience and not just confined to the judges, similar to America's Got Talent. But what really makes this show unique is that aside from pitting contestants against each other, the judges also engage in a showdown as they serve as mentors to the singing hopefuls.
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Other judges for the U.S. version of The X Factor
have yet to be announced, except for Cowell, who is infamous for his blunt criticisms. But for some viewers, Simon Cowell alone may be enough reason to watch.