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By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: If you think Simon Cowell’s new singing competition, “The X Factor” sounds similar to “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol”, you’re not alone. The highly publicized new show sometimes seems indistinguishable from Cowell’s earlier mega-hits. But “The X Factor” has a few twists not previously seen in the former two shows. Here is what they are:

Different Age Limits: While “American Idol” hopefuls must be between the ages of 15 and 30, and “America’s Got Talent” had both toddler and senior contestants, “The X Factor” range is slightly different—contestants must be at least 12 years old.

Singers Only: Like “American Idol”, “The X Factor” is a singing competition, whereas “America’s Got Talent” allowed acts of any kind.

Four Distinct Categories of Competition: Unlike the other two, “The X Factor” is looking for four specific categories of singer: young guys, young girls, »

- Kim Palacios

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