Last night, while much of the world lay sleeping, Simon Cowell went all Henry VIII on The X Factor USA
, leaving three vacant spots where, just months ago, three vacant people once stood.
First to go was host Steve Jones, whose bumbling Welshness Simon deemed too competitive with his own overpowering Britishness. A sad but not unexpected loss, as Jones had trouble both speaking and reading -- two rather important elements of hosting. I'll miss his handsomeness most of all.
Then FOX announced that Nicole Scherzinger had "voluntarily" left her judging spot to focus on her music career. X Factor
took a lot more of her time than she expected, reports said
. Yes, brainstorming so many different ways to make every judging comment about herself must have been very
And then, the most tragic loss of all: Paula Abdul, America's Incoherent Pop Idol Princess, got the axe. After all she and Simon have been through! After all her ups and downs and sideways on American Idol
with him, and now this
? It's not her fault that he gave her the hopeless GROUPS to deal with!
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Shielded by his piles of money, only L.A. Reid was spared by Simon, and the rest have officially been Dunkleman'd. It's very sad. But now it's time to move on and think ahead: Who should replace them on The X Factor USA
I've got some ideas! And some of them are even real. Here's the first one:Host:
Rachel CrowFemale Judge #1:
Mariah CareyFemale Judge #2:
Rachel might be a little too young for such a big job, but damn if she wouldn't be the cutest thing. And it would be the ultimate Sherzinger revenge
! Meanwhile, Mariah could occupy the essential "legendary loon" spot next to Simon, while Pink would be badass enough to stand up to Simon, but commercial enough to shill that Pepsi. It's a delicate balance.
Or how about:Host:
Courtney StoddenFemale Judge #1:
Celine DionFemale Judge #2:
This is what we call a "dream casting." And The X Factor
taught me to always go for my dream. PLEASE, SIMON? Give me this one!
Or this could be fun:Host:
SanjayaFemale Judge #1:
Jennifer HudsonFemale Judge #2:
IT'S NOT AMERICAN IDOL
! It's THE X FACTOR
! Why don't people get that? Is it Simon's fault if he just wants to be surrounded by all his old pals?
One last brainstorm! The more you think about it, the more this one sounds perfect:Host: NONONONO Cat
Female Judge #1:
Female Judge #2:
So much flavor! Could America even handle it
Those are my ideas. We'll have to wait and see which one Simon chooses. (I hope it's the second or the last one.) Until then: Who do you think should be the new host and lady judges on The X Factor
?(Image courtesy of FOX)