Simon Cowell is a man willing to hype his show any way he can. Talking up his new “X Factor” judge Britney Spears helps.
“She’s surprisingly quite mean,” he said in a press conference with press yesterday. “She can’t say no quick enough. She’s quite difficult to please.”
(I guess we’ll have to see it to believe it.)
Later, he told TMZ that Britney did indeed have a panic attack the first day of production and almost walked off.
The “X Factor” creator just phoned in to “TMZ Live” … and told us his people “half-lied” to the media back in May when they said Britney only walked off the set because she had to go to the bathroom.
“No one is going to admit that on the first day your highest paid star after 20 minutes has walked off set,” Cowell told us.
Cowell said he will have hosts finalized within the week. The early audition episodes will not have any hosts at all. Khloe Kardashian is rumored (TMZ being the source) to be a candidate. Ugh. He actually insulted Ryan Seacrest by saying one host is too “boring,” thus he’s shooting for two.
He repeated his complaint about Mark Burnett’s “Voice” adding a third night against “X Factor” as “mean spirited” and a “spoiling tactic.” “They don’t want people to see this first episode,” he said. “I pray that it backfires on them. I am pissed off about it.”
He said the groups are stronger this year (though the bar was set pretty low last year.). He said the teens are great. “They’re a new breed who weren’t even brought up on these talent shows. They were brought up on YouTube and social networking,” he said.
Cowell also noted that the other new judge Demi Lovato just happens to have the No. 1 single in America right now, “Give Your Heart a Break.” That’s good timing for “X Factor.”
He promises that the show will feature more back-stage material. “There’s an awful lot of back-stage bitchiness you don’t normally see,” he said. “I found it fascinating to watch.” He also hopes to show more of the mentoring process.
“The X Factor” debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.
- Deadline.com says “Idol” is ready to announce the three other judges: Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias. Nicki should be fun. I would have preferred Brad Paisley over Urban (but Paisley wanted more money, reportedly) and Adam Lambert. Iglesias doesn’t excite me at all. He strikes me to be a bore though I hope to be wrong.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk