Monday, September 19, 2011

'X Factor' Trailer: Likes or Yikes?

'X Factor' Trailer: Likes or Yikes?

If you're wondering how Simon Cowell's new talent competition The X Factor will stack up against American Idol, here's a preview that delivers the goods! Watch below as Simon, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid talk about the show -- and audition some incredible new talents.

The most obvious difference between the X Factor and Idol is that the talent pool is bigger: singers of any age, and even singing groups, are invited to audition. The two amazing singers highlighted in the above trailer -- sassy eighth grade powerhouse Rachel (who wants the prize money because "I need my own bathroom") and earnest 42-year-old single mom Stacey -- are both contestants who wouldn't be eligible for Idol. If X Factor brings out more like them, then we're all in for a treat.

But judging from the trailer, we suspect there's something else that sets this new contender apart from Idol: attitude. It feels like forever since we've seen Simon unleash his wicked barbs, and after all that sweet encouragement from the new Idol and The Voice judges, there's something refreshing about hearing a judge flat-out say, "I am hating this."

Paula also seems to have developed a bit of an edge, and L.A. Reid -- the judge who reveals that he walked away from his high-powered music industry job to do the show -- doesn't seem to be pulling any punches. We expect that Pussycat Doll Scherzinger -- a talent show veteran who was discovered on the WB's Popstars and later won Dancing with the Stars -- will be the encouraging cheerleader this time around, but maybe she'll surprise us, too.

Will audiences tune in for yet another FOX singing competition? As Simon says in the trailer, "The whole thing's a gamble." So, will you be rolling the dice on The X Factor?


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