The comparisons will be unavoidable: is The X Factor as good as American Idol? Or possibly more important, can it be better? With Simon Cowell at the helm of this new singing competition show the audience will be looking to rekindle what he took with him when he left American Idol more than a year ago.

So what makes X Factor USA different from American Idol? Why can it be as good as the dominating force he formally supported? Well it doesn’t seem to be too easy to put in to words, even more Simon himself:

“I think you’ve just got to discover it for yourself, because it’s very difficult for me to put into words why it is different,” Cowell says. “The audiences will work out for themselves why.

“In a broader sense, it is what I think is true reality. It’s very raw. You’re going to see stuff you haven’t normally been allowed to see before.”

Yikes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m pretty excited for this new series. There’s a lot of hype riding on its back. But when you know the comparisons are inbound, seems like you’d be ready to tell us how it stands apart.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see when X Factor 2011 premieres this Wednesday for back-to-back nights this coming week.

Source: USA Today via Reality Blurred

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