The X Factor

"X Factor" wobbles, while Fox booms


On Wednesday, "American Idol" starts a new and cheerier season. At the same time, however, Fox is still pondering the fate of its other music show, "The X Factor." Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


Well, at least she's an older teen-ager


My first impressions of Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, in their new "X Factor" world? Lovato could be a sharp, zesty force. Spears, I'm not so sure about. And Lovato really needs to get back to her jet-black hair, instead of those silly dye jobs.

All of that is, however, beside the point. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Fox this fall -- more comedies, no "Cops" and (perhaps) some Britney


TV's comedy comeback will continue this
fall – even if viewers haven't really joined in.

Fox's new schedule stacks four
situation comedies on Tuesdays, moving its semi-comedy (“Glee”)
to a comfortable spot after “The X Factor” or “American Idol”
on Thursdays.

X Factor has its double search


For "The X Factor," a double search is starting.

On one hand, new contestants can start lining up for the second season. Auditions start March 1 online and March 14 in person. (See www.thexfactorusa.com.)

On the other, there's the search for two more judges.Today (Wednesday), Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid said:

-- Both judges will be female; that's "100 percent sure," Cowell said.

The X Factor: Haven't we been here before?


What did I think of the "X Factor" debut? I sort of  liked it; of course, I also liked it when it was called "American Idol."

If there were anti-cloning laws in Hollywood, this show would face capital punishment. It's mostly "Idol" with a few "America's Got Talent" touches added for, well, originality.

The X Factor: Haven't we been here before?


What did I think of the "X Factor" debut? I sort of  liked it; of course, I also liked it when it was called "American Idol."

If there were anti-cloning laws in Hollywood, this show would face capital punishment. It's mostly "Idol" with a few "America's Got Talent" touches added for, well, originality.

On Paula, "SNL" and Jacob Lusk


A few random TV thoughts:

Simon's new show -- five million real dollars


I have to step out in a minute to start taking singing lessons. Also, charisma lessons. Also ...

Anyway, today Simon Cowell announced that he'll give a $5 million prize to the winner of "The X Factor," a show he'll produce and star in this fall. Cowell talked with reporters this afternoon; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES