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Gonzales Weekly Citizen - Gonzales, LA
  • The Farr Side: Is Simon Cowell losing his X-factor?

  • Simon Cowell may have lost what gave him that X-factor. I never thought the day would come. At one time, no star would have turned down the chance to work with him. Now, big names tell him “no” on a daily basis.

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  • Simon Cowell may have lost what gave him that X-factor. I never thought the day would come.
    At one time, no star would have turned down the chance to work with him. Now, big names tell him “no” on a daily basis.
    “X-Factor” became a hit last fall, despite not achieving the success Cowell anticipated. He touted it would score more than 20 million viewers, when in fact it got about 12 million.
    I enjoyed “X-Factor,” but not because of Cowell. I’m over him. I liked the format of the show and that people over age 30 still had a chance at success for a show like this. It was fun to watch, too.
    For me, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were great as judges.Their work outdid the mentoring of Cowell and L.A. Reid. I believe they came through as creditable judges when most were ready to put them out to pasture.
    Cowell’s decision to let them go was a mistake. Because the show’s ratings weren’t as high as he expected, they were dismissed.
    Did it ever occur to Simon that maybe his show wasn’t as widely received because of him?
    Now Cowell’s on the make to replace Abdul and Scherzinger before the audition phase of Season 2. So far, it’s been a bust for him.
    Stars like Mariah Carey, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Beyonce all have been considered. Cowell said he had even considered?Whitney Houston, before her death.
    What makes him think he can have whoever he wants? This isn’t “Simon Says ...” and people do what he tells them.
    Carey turned him down. Pink declined. Jackson was a “no.” Beyonce’s father has said his daughter will not be doing such a show, either. Now it’s Brit’s turn to say nope.
    Reports are circulating that Fox offered Spears $10 million. Funny — that’s just what Christina Aguilera got to return to “The Voice” for Season 3.
    Spears has said she will not be a judge on “X-Factor,” not even for $10 million. Apparently, the network is prepared to go as high as $20 million to get her. Is that enough to change her mind? Spears’ career is on an upswing. She doesn’t need this — it’s a step down for her right now.
    Abdul was a perfect fit. Simon had her, but let her slip away.
    He’s getting down to crunch time, which means money will be the ultimate factor if “X-Factor” is going to succeed. The pressure just got a little higher: “The Voice” and a new music reality show, “Duets,” featuring Kelly Clarkson and Lionel Richie, will go head-to-head with “X-Factor” in the fall.
    Page 2 of 2 - David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.
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