US Fans of former American Idol judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, who wanted to see the sharp-witted duo back on the jury desk, have got their wish now as the two have now officially signed up to appear on the US version of the reality show The X Factor.
The news ended weeks of speculation and uncertainty, which was causing a major disruption to the show’s operations. This means that the jury has been finalized, with Paula joining Cowell, British singer Cheryl Cole and former music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid on the judging panel.
In The X Factor’s official statement, Cowell said that judging the show without Abdul would have been an incomplete experience and showed his delight that she is on board.
Paula said that she is extremely excited to be a part of the eagerly anticipated contest. She added that she loves to nurture talent and thanked Cowell for his efforts in securing her signature.
Abdul was in attendance on the first day of the auditions, which according to Entertainment Weekly, featured a lot of sub par singers. Judge Reid also took a shot at American Idol panelist Randy Jackson. According to media reports, he said, “To be clear, I’m not the Randy of the panel … I don’t say ‘dawg,’ but I do judge talent honestly … I may not even agree with what you guys think … I’ve had more success at it than you.”
He also had a minor conflict with the audience, who lashed at Reid with loud boos when he voted no to a 35 year old rapper, who had done enough to impress the public but not Reid. The public power eventually held supreme and she was given a second chance (against Reid’s wishes).
More auditions will be conducted in Dallas on May 26.The X Factor’s opening auditions are different than the ones of other reality singing shows, as the contestants are required to sing in front of large crowds from the very first day.
Earlier, Cowell had told the spectators that they would be the fifth judge of the show. It appeared that they took Cowell’s words very literally and started lambasting those who failed to impress them with loud boos. The intensity of the crowd disapproval elevated so much that the show producers had to interact with the crowd to calm them down.
The show will be hosted by former Pussycat Dolls vocalist Nicole Scherzinger, who was well liked as UK X Factor’s judge guest, and experienced British TV host Steve Jones.
When asked about the two hosts, Cowell said, “These two are going to be great together. I have always wanted Steve to work with us; I think he is a real star. Nicole is fantastic. I loved working with her on the U.K. ‘X Factor’ last year. She is gorgeous and super-talented.”
In return, Scherzinger thanked Cowell for asking her to host the show. She said that her previous experience with him was a very pleasant one and therefore, she is very excited to join the incredible talented team and her co-host Jones.American Idol, Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, X Factor