In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".
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In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".

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Simon thinks he's in charge. He'd better think again. See more »


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The judges make their decision before the contestant starts performing because many sing or dance unusually just so they can on national television. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.119 (2012) See more »

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A look from the beginning

Season 1 – Auditions #1 and Auditions #2 The highly anticipated U.S. version of the popular UK show from American Idol's ex-judge Simon Cowell had its premiere this week on FOX and it seems that it may give Idol a run for its money. Though the ratings this week weren't anywhere near Idol's, much potential however, it strongly sensed. The entire dynamic of the show is altogether more compelling and moving than most reality-competition shows on television. What stands for beyond Idol is the judges' panel. Consisting of Cowell, old Idol judge Paula Abdul, Pussycat Dolls' lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger, and record producer and executive, L.A. Reid all have a foot and hold on the music industry and offer quality criticisms. Abdul and Scherzinger are not as strong for the criticisms, often offering pillow talk commentary to otherwise terrible singers but they hold their own. The breath of fresh air is the diverse range of contestants set to perform this season. The contestants can perform as soloists or groups, boys or girls, at least 12 years of age to as old as Jesus himself. This gives the show a true opportunity to find the next Backstreet Boys or Lady Gaga or Susan Boyle. The sky's the limit. There have already been many standouts from the Audition episodes #1 and #2: Dexter Haygood – formally of the 80's band Xavion and originally sang James Brown's "Sex Machine" in platform heals and parading on stage like a drunk wedding singer. After the judges were unimpressed, Simon gave him one more chance to sing one song, a capella, 15 seconds. The pressure was on. Haygood busted out a beautiful, soulful, a capella version of "This is a Man's World" and blew the judges already. At 49 years old, this is Dexter's last chance at the music business. Can he live up to it? Cailtlin Koch – A female rugby coach and player, Koch's beautiful exterior doesn't match the occupation by a long shot. She delivers a slowed down version of "Stop in the Name of Love" and distinguishes herself as an early frontrunner with killer looks and killer pipes. Looking forward to more of her. Melanie Amaro – 18-year-old college student explodes the stage with her version of Beyonce's "Listen" from the musical Dreamgirls. What can Melanie bring to R&B that Beyonce and Rihanna aren't already bringing? We'll see. Chris Rene – A trash collector that is 70 days sober delivers an original song titled, "Young Homie." It was the highlight of episode 1 and I can only hope a talented guy like him can stay sober enough to share his music with the world. Simon said it he loved it and he met a star. Couldn't have said it better myself Simon. Rachel Crow – The spunky 13 year old that lives in a 2 bedroom with her family sings "Mercy" by Duffy and presents herself as the next Jordin Sparks. Can she deliver or will her inexperience be her downfall? There are many more of auditions worth noting, Stacy Francis, Marcus Canty, and the boy group, the Anser were all notable watches during the episodes. X Factor shows massive promise and hopefully the LIVE shows will offer just as much for entertainment, substance, and music.

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