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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 11 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Simon Cowell ...  Self - Judge 80 episodes, 2011-2013
Demi Lovato ...  Self - Judge / ... 54 episodes, 2012-2013
L.A. Reid ...  Self - Judge 54 episodes, 2011-2012
Mario Lopez ...  Self - Host 42 episodes, 2012-2013


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 »


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Boycott This Terribly Produced Show ASAP!
18 October 2011 | by stevieawareSee all my reviews

The United States version of X Factor is unwatchable. Mr. Simon Cowell is nothing more than an egomaniac Svengali with absolutely no eye or ear for true talent. The show's graphics look as if they were thrown together by college freshman at the Art Institute. The host is a train wreck with no entertainment value, charisma or repoire with the contestants. He makes Nick Lachey look like the Ryan Seacrest of reality/talent show hosts. The editing is forced melodrama at warp speed where a judge is speaking to one contestant and tells them that they "didn't make it through" but then, wait for it... they were actually talking to the other contestant! Fooled ya! It is hard to understand the producer's unquenchable penchant for sophomoric television techniques and overblown sob stories. Newsflash: Horatio Alger is not an X Factor contestant, nor are any of the current crop of contestants anything more than individuals that the producers feel will elicit an empathetic response with the viewers and provide drama that overshadows any diminutive factor of marginal talent they may possess.

Mr. Cowell is a lucky little man who found himself in the right place at the right time and his time needs to be up. Not a single act that he has "discovered" or "created" will have any of their songs remembered in twenty years. Genius never made a song for money or fame and those are the only things that motivate this man and his weak minded minions. There is not a single grain of true "X"/it factor in any of them, as evidenced by the fact that he chose to put through an inferior singer named Tiah Tolliver in tonight's episode instead of one of the greatest voices since Aretha Franklin in Melanie Amaro. He knew that Ms. Amaro was the "hit me over the head with a frying pan" obvious threat to his little protégé Tiah Tolliver and chose to get rid of her as his first instinct in order to prove that he is a "hitmaker." Even the staged realization that he had made a mistake in sending Ms. Amaro home was a blatant attempt to recover some of the shine he knows he lost by dismissing Jennifer Hudson on "American Idol" in 2004. Mr. Cowell has no greater ability to discern talent that you or I. He was simply born in the right country at the right time and fell into the right circle of influencers. Caesar from Planet of the Apes would have a better nose for talent and the "it" factor than Mr. Cowell.

I personally challenge Simon to produce his little breast fetish pet Tiah Tolliver and allow me to produce Melanie Amaro in a head to head, nationwide, single release with a televised performance and see which woman truly possesses the "X Factor." The only way Simon will reclaim any of his lost soul is to face the failure of this show due to the weight of his ego. HELP SAVE SIMON COWELL NOW AND BOYCOTT "X FACTOR"!

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