Sources say that Simon Cowell is looking for chemistry in the two new additions with he and Demi Lovato on The X Factor panel – not big names, a mistake he and American Idol made this year.
At a hastily called meeting recently, Cowell, 53, gave “X Factor” producers and executives this warning: “Think again.”
“Simon delivered a simple message: Forget the big names in favor of chemistry,” said one insider. “He said all these shows have become distracted by signing celebrities rather than judges who really have something to say. We have all seen that big names don’t translate into big ratings. Chemistry is top of the list of demands for next season.”
Cowell has reupped reigning pop queen Demi Lovato for “X Factor” thanks to their onscreen bond last season. “They were the best thing about the panel,” said one executive.
Indeed, when “Idol” redefined the TV talent show, Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were hardly superstars — but, the source added, “their chemistry was unbeatable — and the viewers related to that.”
“That’s what Simon wants (on ‘X Factor’),” the insider added, promising producers would “finalize the deals in the next few weeks.”
Hmmmm. We’ll see how this works out. Who should be on the new panel?