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In The X Factor's pre-Thanksgiving episode Wednesday night, it was clear the female judges would have preferred that Simon Cowell sit at the children's table. The most heated exchange took place following Lillie McCloud's soaring performance of "Summertime," which earned a standing ovation from all the judges except Cowell, who said it "wasn't raw enough." "I just wish I had been mentoring you," he said. "I would have done so much better." "Simon, shut up!" (a newly engaged?) and outraged Kelly Rowland snapped. When host Mario Lopez asked Rowland how she felt about Simon's remarks, she icily replied, "I don't. »

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