Entries in The X-Factor (2)


'X Factor' and 'American Idol' Become Facebook Friends

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Both American Idol and former judge Simon Cowell's upcoming reality competition The X Factor are both looking to Facebook to connect with fans' votes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan is to have X Factor viewers be able to vote both via phone, and through their own Facebook pages, or through a dedicated X Factor Facebook page.  X Factor's producers are trying to iron out the particulars, but caution the deal might not be set when the show debuts this fall.

Not to be outdone, American Idol's creator Simon Fuller tells Entertainment Weekly the show will be launching a dedicated Facebook voting page. The show will accept its usual phone and text votes, but will allow Facebook fans to vote up to 50 times during each episode beginning during the performance show on Tuesday, March 1st.

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Simon Cowell's 'X-Factor' To Set Record with $5 Million Prize

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Simon Cowell's new high-profile reality competition, The X-Factor, will award the winner a $5 million record deal -- that's the most guaranteed prize money ever handed out in TV history.

And, in a major departure from American Idol, The X-Factor will pit singers of all ages against each other: the minimum age is 12, but there is no limit to how old a contestant can be.   In addition, groups -- not just individual singers -- will be able to compete.

Cowell said, "I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group.  I've never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract.  I'm doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar."

Another difference in The X-Factor compared with American Idol is that each judge -- and there are four of them -- will personally mentor groups of contestants.  For example, one judge will work with the vocal groups, one will work with the younger girls, one will work with the younger guys, and one will work with the older singers.  The judges are very much responsible for what "their" contestants do on the show -- they'll even choose the songs, the clothing, the choreography and so on.  That way, if the contestant bombs out, the judge bears some responsibility, which never happened on Idol.

Auditions for The X-Factor kick off March 27 in Los Angeles, with future dates to be announced later.  The auditions will actually take place in front of thousands of people, and the judges will take their reactions to each potential contestant into account.

The show is expected to premiere this fall on Fox.

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