Well it’s officially official, officially. Simon Cowell will not return to ITV’s X Factor UK in the same capacity as prior years so he can come on over here to America to focus on X Factor USA. MTV UK confirmed the news:
ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham confirmed that Cowell would have a reduced role so he could concentrate on The X Factor USA.
“We have been in constant negotiations with Simon about ways in which we can move things forward and help The X Factor evolve. We have been aware that his on-screen involvement in this series will not be as great as previous years for months now,” he admitted.
It’s been the rumor for awhile, but at least we know for sure. This should be a big boost for the US version as we know we’ll have Simon’s full attention.
Also of note from the MTV article is that Cheryl Cole could get replaced by Mel B. on the UK version. Initially that sounds like she’d need replacing because she’s coming over here, but instead she is going back to “Blighty.” I had no idea what that meant, but Google says it’s slang for Britain. If Cheryl is planning to spend more time in Britain then that certainly wouldn’t put her out in Los Angeles to be a judge. Hmm…
Source: MTV UK
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Another day, another X Factor rumor. It’d be nice if Simon would go ahead and just make a decision about anything instead of dragging us around like this!
The latest X Factor USA story places Marisa Miller in the hosting seat over long running expectations that Pussycat Doll’s Nicole Scherzinger would fill that role. Another possibility is that Marisa could end up as co-host with Scherzinger, but considering Simon recently told reporters that he wants a co-ed hosting couple that would make this more of an either-or situation.
I never followed the Pussycat Dolls, so Nicole would be new to me, but who doesn’t recognize Miller from her work in Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition or probably more popular, her work for Victoria’s Secret. Sorry, Nicole, but I’d be voting for Miller to take the role.
Meanwhile, we’ve still got rumors coming in from the UK that Cheryl Cole is still uncertain for her judging position. With Simon about the drop X Factor UK it’d make sense that the show doesn’t want to lose two of its judges at the same time.
Simon Cowell promised US X Factor fans a confirmation on all the judges and hosts by the end of February. Last February, of course. That obviously didn’t happen so it’s anyone’s guess as to when we’ll actually get the final word, but when it happens we’ll have it here for you.
It’s been long questioned just how Simon Cowell would be able to balance both his existing X Factor show in the UK and a new version, X Factor USA, when the seasons overlapped later in 2011. That conflict may have just been answered, according to Entertainment Weekly:
Simon Cowell is planning to leave the U.K. version of The X Factor to focus on the launch of the American version of the show, but his spokesperson cautions that no decision has been made yet. The Daily Mail quoted an insider at ITV, which airs the show in Britain, as saying that balancing both shows “is just not feasible.”
Cowell’s camp intimated that a final decision is not expected soon.
While I’m not surprised by this outcome, I’m sure it must be a difficult choice for Cowell to make. But if the USA version takes off like it did when he came over for American Idol, then it’s the right choice.
Oh, Simon Cowell, when will you ever decide? Now we’re hearing that even Fergie is being considered as a judge for the X Factor USA installment:
In a press conference call this afternoon, ‘X Factor’ mastermind Simon Cowell confirmed that Fergie’s name was “put forward” in the ongoing saga of settling on a panel of judges for the fall show.
“We’re still having nightly arguments (over the judges’ selection),” said Cowell. It seems ‘The X Factor’ creator is willing to wait it out to find the right fit, rather it’s the show’s audition process he’s more concerned with.
I’m not a big fan of Fergie’s so I’m hoping this is all just rumor mill or distraction news from the X Factor camp. There are a lot better options out there than Fergie. Like this mug here on my desk or my dog. Her English isn’t great, but she’s eager to please. See, those were two quick, easy alternatives.