Simon Cowell wants to have chemistry on The X Factor panel instead of big names
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?
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Bring back Paula. I'm sick of this show's obsession with winning more teen fans by bringing in supposedly "big" names like Britney and Demi (have either of them done anything since the Bush Administration??). Glad to see Simon and his underlings are finally starting to get it.
they need to hire Brandy!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLGeJ0Ecna0
@elementalman - Who cares? She was a total flop as a judge on X Factor UK. She couldn't even pick the best talent within her category.
@deidah She would be good...and affordable lol
@Mikhail XO Is still true, either way. Lol
@Mikhail XO I was about to post the exact same thing lol
@deidah @elementalman @Trey_ - You've omitted Simon (arguably the "best" judge in the business). Additionally, a panel of 100% performers simply would never work out. Why? Because all of these people are worried about offending the people who stuff their pockets with money. As a result, they simply don't know how to critique. That's why "big name" panels never work.