Simon Cowell has some seriously high expectations for The X Factor, the British singing competition he's bringing stateside tonight at 8 p.m. ET. He's said that if the Fox show doesn't draw 20 million viewers, he'll consider it a bust. Well, we know we're tuning in. Here's why:
1. We're finally going to get a definitive answer to the question: How is this different from American Idol? "They are very, very, very, very different shows," Cowell told Piers Morgan on Tuesday. Yeah, yeah. We've been hearing that a lot. Now let's see the goods!
2. The Paula Abdul-Simon Cowell reunion! It's been three years since we've watched these two go at it -- and that spicy dynamic was a key element in Idol's success for eight seasons. Also, we can't wait to find out whether Abdul's comments to Ann Curry on Today are true: "He has warmed up a little bit," she said. "I've seen him soften up. And I sometimes have to take a double look. And he goes, 'I know, I know. I'm crossing over to your side, a little bit.' He's in his element, and it's rather charming."
3. There will be two crazy, kooky ladies sitting at the judging table. There's Paula, of course. And then there's Nicole Scherzinger, who's already built up a reputation as an emotional and talkative live wire. Plus, Cowell says she's been known to change her accents randomly.
Let the showdown begin!