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Simon Cowell still eyeing ‘X Factor’ for the United States

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Many casual observers may assume Simon Cowell has some ownership over “American Idol.” He does not. Sure, he gets paid a ridiculous amount of money to judge the show but he has no direct stake in it – unlike “America’s Got Talent” and a British show he’d like to import here called “X Factor.

To confuse matters, the man who does run 19 Entertainment is also named Simon — Fuller, that is.

“X Factor” has elements of “Idol” in it but involves more mentoring and includes both solo acts and groups. Leona Lewis won a couple of years ago.  The Times in the U.K. reports he will bring the show to Los Angeles in the fall of 2011. His deal with Idol ends next year and he might jump ship to “X Factor,” the story says.

MJ dug up the top trending topics on Twitter. Adam Lambert came in No. 3 behind Michael Jackson and Susan Boyle. American Idol was the top TV show.

- Speaking of Boyle, that woman continues to dominate album sales, with 582K more sold last week in its third week and 1.8 million total. Carrie Underwood’s special helped push sales of her album up 32 percent to 107,000.

39 comments Add your comment

Nana

December 16th, 2009
3:28 pm

I wish he would bring X Factor to the US. I would love to see what that show’s all about.

I just posted my last joke for the day on the previous thread for anyone who cares to read it.

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
4:02 pm

Wow! Without the copy of Susan Boyle’s CD i bought last week for my wife… she’d have only sold 581,999 copies!

If Simon brings ‘X Factor’ to the US… I think this blog could become a wasteland should Rodney create a blog for it.

WiseOne

December 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

Yes, Nana. I read and appreciated your story about the female reindeer. Bet she’s named Olive…as in, Olive, the other reindeer.

JTesla

December 16th, 2009
5:08 pm

I don’t want another show. Fine I’ll try X-Factor, we’ll see how it goes, but I’m trying to get rid of the ones I watch now.

Rickster, another interesting figure that you didn’t realize is that without your purchase the number of Susan Boyle’s CDs that were sold last week to someone under the age of 72 would be 0.

Rickster

December 16th, 2009
5:17 pm

JT… did you spin the “Who am I going to be nasty to this week” wheel and it landed on me ?

Spin it again. Pick on someone else. It’s been a very rough six weeks, and I’ve had enough of your @#%.

JTesla

December 16th, 2009
5:28 pm

Sorry.

I was trying to poke at Susan Boyle, but I understand.

Mercedes S.

December 16th, 2009
6:32 pm

Nana, I always like your jokes, but I absolutely adored the firemen one! Where do you get them all from? I can never remember a joke, no matter how funny or good. Do you keep a little book and write down code words, like “firemen”?

Harm

December 16th, 2009
8:38 pm

I’m trying to watch SYTYCD and the Sing-off at the same time,

Linny, sorry that you can’t blog from work,if I have any worthy news to share I will gladly sent it to you!

Highlander

December 16th, 2009
8:38 pm

I think it’s kinda unfortunate that Simon (Cowell) doesn’t have any “direct stake” in Idol. From some of the things we’ve seen (suffered through?) the past couple seasons, Simon (Fuller) could really use some help in the decision making process!

I’m just sayin’ – lack of face time with the top 12, mentors who actually don’t (mentor), focus on 4 judges commentary, less actual singing time for the final 3 contestants, etc.

linny@home

December 17th, 2009
12:01 am

hey y’all — i haven’t watched the 3rd installment of singoff yet, but i truly think Nota is the group to beat. They’re just more entertaining overall, and their harmonies are sweet, imho. i already said how i feel about the gleeclubs, lol, tho i enjoy listening to them, i just don’t think it’s fair to give a glee club the recording contract — it should go to a group who will actually work in the future… and school groups generally don’t stick around long after classes end (graduation)… we’ll see.

thanks everyone for the encouraging words — to answer (nana i think it was) .. fair review, not even fair raise, seeing as how the last year added a whole new person to my area of responsibility (as in a second boss to go with the partner i already support) but hey… i am NOT complaining — i have a good job at a fairly decent salary (considering the rate of pay in athens is dramatically lower than that in atlanta) it’s close to home, only 10 miles to drive instead of 75, and i have at least one really really good friend amongst the crowd there. can’t ask for much more than that these days.

long as i can pay my bills, i’ll be ok. might worry a bit from time to time but thanking God every day for my family my health and yes, even for my job :-)

i’ll check in at night… try to review the comments — hope you guys don’t miss my pithy comments tooooo much *grin*

linny@home

December 17th, 2009
12:02 am

oh and nana, i LOVE your jokes…. you have a way of making me smile quite often :-) virtual hugs to you and to everyone

Nana

December 17th, 2009
5:55 am

Good Morning Everybody!

Today’s Quote: “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”

Missed the last 10 minutes of SYTYCD and didn’t see who won. I know someone here will tell me. Makes me mad when I miss the last few minutes of any show.

linny – I most always try to put a smile on the face of others. Glad that I can do it. A happy person I am and want others to be the same.

Mercedes – To answer your question about my jokes, I do not have a book, notes or anything on them. My dad will usually tell them to me and I just happen to remember them. If ya’ll don’t mind, I will continue to post the Christmas jokes till next week. I don’t want to bore anyone by telling them.

Highlander

December 17th, 2009
7:34 am

Wow, Linny! When you said you’d have to start posting later in the day, after work, you weren’t kidding, were you?! …12:01and 12:02 am? That’s later alright. :-)

It’s a beyotch, but it will still be good to hear your thoughts, as usual – if just a bit later than usual.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
7:36 am

Morning!

After watching Sing Off last night, I’m surprised that my opinion about the best group has changed. I would have picked Nota to win it all, and they still may do that, but I wasn’t impressed with either of their performances last night. I thought the Jackson 5 songs only served to emphasize their shortcomings. And the Peter Gabriel song was just ok. On the other hand, both The Bubs and the Voices of Lee impressed me. The Who songs were VERY well done and The Bubs have toned down the frenetic stuff and given us a chance to listen to their voices. I thought they were given a terrible song by the judges but managed to turn it into a sweet, deliberately cheesy and beautifully sung piece. Voices of Lee keeps surprising me by their improvement. Every time they sing, it’s a step up from the last time. Maybe they ought to dump the leader they were missing so much and keep the guy who has been leading them for the show.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
7:38 am

linny, I might just restrict my comments to the evening hours. It would help keep me out of trouble. ;-)

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
7:49 am

Nana, Russell won, Jakob was second place.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
8:23 am

Rickster, I hope you are feeling better today. We are all well aware of the strain you’ve been under. I didn’t read JT’s comment as a slam on you. He was poke, poke, poking at Susan Boyle. (JT, do you mind if I use another word instead of “poke”? It reminds me of the word “poke” in Lonesome Dove and I’m pretty sure that’s NOT what you meant.) After all, he comes by the name “Your Royal Snarkness” for good reason.

Nana

December 17th, 2009
8:50 am

Thanks Deirdre. I figured Russell or Kathryn would win. Both were very good.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
9:57 am

Here’s a little something to brighten(or darken, depending on your sensibilities) your day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18F64vFkWJA

JTesla

December 17th, 2009
10:18 am

Thanks Deirdre, I’m kind of disapointed that he didn’t make out with anyone. It reminds me of his time on Idol, one week wild one week tame. I can’t see that song moving albums, kind of blah with a touch of Adam.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
10:24 am

Rumor has it that he was ill during that performance. But I agree about the song. He’s so talented but there really isn’t much of a niche for him in the recording business. I can see him heading back to Broadway.

Since he left Idol he’s really been too focused on defining himself and I think it’s hurt him rather than helped him.

Nana

December 17th, 2009
10:57 am

One Christmas, Joe and Peter built a skating rink in the middle of a field. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side.

‘Look at that, ‘remarked Peter to Joe, ‘That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!’

Highlander

December 17th, 2009
11:06 am

Thanks for the link, D. I like the song okay, although it has kind of an ’80’s retro sound with the keyboard/synthesizer bridge.

But why didn’t someone tell him that he had pterodactyl sh*t on his shoulder before going on stage??!!

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
11:15 am

LOL, Highlander!

Nana…groan! ;-)

Heather MacDonald

December 17th, 2009
11:59 am

Sorry, I think the song is awful. Not just the vocals or the oddly poop-like shoulder decoration, the whole song.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
12:01 pm

The NY Post is reporting that Simon will be leaving Idol after this season.

JTesla

December 17th, 2009
12:12 pm

Remind me, is the NY Post the one that is just one step up from the Huffington Post? Two steps up from the National Enquire?

Maybe it was the graininess of Youtube, but Adam seemed to have laid the eye makeup on a little thick too. It looks like he applied it like spackle… slap a whole bunch on, then spread.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
12:16 pm

The operative word being “up”…that’s the Post.

Yes, Adam’s eye makeup was a little “dramatic”…he even had a little black tear falling.

kelly&carriefan

December 17th, 2009
12:46 pm

Hey y’all!

Pretty quiet day, I see. So, let’s change that! I’m not entirely sure Idol will be around without Simon. As much as I love the show and can’t imagine it not being around…maybe it is time for it to end? I don’t know, I mean, I haven’t been completely invested in who won since Carrie’s season. Sure, I’ve had favorites since them, but I haven’t counted until the day their album came out, etc.

As far as X Factor goes, I might give it a try if it’s the only option…but I’m not sure. I’ve tried watching most of the others (AGT, Nashville Star, etc) and haven’t stuck around. Does anyone remember if Pop Idol and X Factor co-existed? Or, was X Factor basically the replacement?

In other news, Q100 has a decent interview with Kelly. She talked about the next album:

“We’re already working on it but it’s probably not going to hit until, like, the fourth quarter of next year — around Christmas next year…There’s still some like singer/songwriter stuff [on the album], but there’s … I don’t know. It’s almost like Garbage-meets-pop-meets-Muse. It’s a little different…I don’t know how it’s going to end up. Who knows?” she said. “It always ends up being something completely different.”

Cannot wait…sort of like the subtle “Well, I’m working on it, but I have no clue how much I’ll have to negotiate with the label so I really can’t say what it’ll end up being….” comment she has here.

Nana

December 17th, 2009
12:51 pm

There had been no snow during the entire month of December. The elves in the bicycle department had been on strike since October, and now there was the possibility that the elves in the doll department might join them.

Daily life at the North Pole was not pleasant, and Santa Claus was in a pretty foul mood. Mrs. Claus was suffering from arthritis and was very mad over the fact that her red velvet cake had fallen in the oven. Santa had tried to round up some extra helpers, but with no snow, they weren’t able to make it by sleigh to the workshop.

Rudolph had a bad cold, and his nose wouldn’t light up. Comet and Prancer were fighting over Vixen, who had just come into heat. Blitzen’s right foreleg was still in a cast, and the vet said that they would have to wait until 24 December to decide if Blitzen would be able to pull the sleigh.

The electricity went off, and all the power tools came to a stop. There was NOTHING going right in Santa’s workshops. The helpers were about three weeks behind in their work, and it didn’t look that all the toys would be ready by Christmas Eve. Santa’s foul mood was exacerbated by a bad case of hemorrhoids, and he wasn’t too happy about the possibility of having to ride so far on Christmas Eve.

Seeing the terrible state of affairs at the North Pole chez Santa, the angels took up an offering to buy a gift for the unhappy workers and the Clauses – something that would brighten their Christmas. They chose a Christmas tree, and they sent it down by an angel.

The angel burst into the workshop room and asked,

“HEY, WHERE DO YOU WANT ME TO PUT THIS TREE?”

Highlander

December 17th, 2009
1:02 pm

I thought that, too, regarding Adam’s eye make-up on the clip. A bit overdone even by his standards.

Maybe someone gave him a Tammy Faye make-up kit as an early Christmas present. (Or would it be Hannakuh?)

Deirdre

December 17th, 2009
1:11 pm

Did you hear Adam’s comment on the View? Joy said, “You’re not exactly a nice Jewish boy, are you?” And Adam replied, That’s true, my dreidel spins the other way”.

JTesla

December 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

K&Cfan, I’m still waiting to see how things shake out this year, but Simon’s departure would definitely spell the end for me. I think there is still too much money to be milked out of the franchise for them to shut the whole thing down after this year, so I think they will keep it going. However, for me they’ve already set things in motion to kill it, if they don’t correct course Simon’s decision won’t matter.

If I reach the point where I don’t watch Idol, I won’t jump to X Factor. Once I’m done with Idol the only TV program that I’ll watch will be Doctor Who, and seeing as I download those, it’s more computer use than TV, I will declare myself TV Free after Idol. Will that be this year? Can’t say for certain, I’m getting excited for the new season so there is still life left in it for me.

Kelly… “Garbage-meets-pop-meets-Muse” I like that.

kelly&carriefan

December 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

JT, I hear you. I’m wondering if all this is really a ploy for more money or Simon just wants to have more control? I, too, can’t see them shutting down Idol, but if Simon goes, who would replace him? Not to mention, we’d already have lost half of the “original” crew. I’m not counting Brian Dunkelman. Yes, I remember his name. ;)

Kelly’s new album should be interesting. I’m hearing that she’s been working on it with the usual suspects (Aben and Jason) as well as the DJ that just toured with her, Ric. I’m very interested to see how having a DJ in the mix will make it work.

D, Adam’s dreidel joke was cute. Made me chuckle at least!

Highlander

December 17th, 2009
2:49 pm

I thought Simon penned a 3-year deal with Idol just this year, just before or around the same time as Ryan’s new contract???

And thanks, D. Now I’ve got this mental image of Adam pirouetting across the stage. …On perfect point, of course! …And maybe with the tutu! …And the pterodactyl crap.

(Yeah, now just try to get THAT image out of your head! Not exactly visions of sugarplums!!)

JTesla

December 17th, 2009
3:10 pm

Highlander, LOL, that reminds me of the Ren & Stimpy cartoon with the Gilded Yak tiptoeing into the homes at night for his annual Christmasesque ritual. I’d take the Gilded (shaven) Yak over Adam any day.

Highlander

December 17th, 2009
3:58 pm

Maybe THAT”S what was on Adam’s shoulder, …Yak yak!

Rodney Ho

December 17th, 2009
4:21 pm

New blog entry (sorry it’s so late today. Been busy with other stuff) with the video of Adam and that THING on his shoulder.

jimmy carter

March 9th, 2010
12:56 am

Jimmy is a HO hence, he is Jimmy HO