Simon Cowell really knows how to put the “X” in “X Factor.”
On Monday, it was announced that Cowell had let go of judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, as well as the show’s host, Steve Jones.
And Cowell didn’t even bother to call his old “Idol” friend Abdul to tell her the news himself!
But in the clearest statement she’s spoken in years, Paula said she understood Cowell’s decision, saying, “business decisions often times override personal considerations.”
And thus, three highly-coveted spots are now available on the popular TV show.
So who should replace the two judges and host?
1. Mariah Carey is a shoe-in for Nicole Scherzinger.
The Pussycat Dolls‘ ex-frontwoman was originally poised to be a realistic but fair judge who actually gave contestants sounds advice after performances. But all of that changed when 13-year-old contestant Rachel Crow was eliminated because Scherzinger couldn’t make the decision to eliminate her or fellow bottom-two singer Marcus Canty and sent the vote into gridlock for the audience to decide. In this chair, we need to see a female judge give real criticism for a change.
And who better than the singer who’s already getting buzz as a possible replacement judge: Mariah Carey. “I literally adore her. I love her to bits,” Cowell has said of Carey, who was rumoured to be joining the original cast of the show. “Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with.”
Our money says Mariah hires a nanny and takes the job.
2. Paula Abdul. She’s been the resident sing-songy “you’re perfect if you try” judge on “American Idol” and
“X-Factor.” And while her onscreen feuds with Cowell are interesting, her advice and criticism are anything but. “X-Factor” should have a nice judge, but it needs to be someone who makes sense. And the show also needs a judge from another genre of music than just pop so that artists can learn to achieve universal acclaim. Country star Carrie Underwood or R&B icon Mary J. Blige would bring a lot of experience to the table and add advice that could help life contestants above the umbrella of their genre. Plus, as season four winner of “American Idol,” Underwood can relate to the contestants like no one else. 3. The role of host. The reason for Steve Jones‘ failure is directly related to how much personality he
showed America: zero.And while “American Idol” launched Ryan Seacrest into super-host-stardom, we think “X-Factor” could benefit from a female judge. That way, it separates itself even further from “Idol” or “The Voice.” Plus, Fox has had success with a female host before, see Cat Deeley‘s brilliant hosting job on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Someone with experience in music like Alicia Keys or ex-Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland would be interesting and could throw in corrections to Simon’s critiques if he’s being extra-rude. Then again, “X-Factor” could always bring back Cheryl Cole as a host instead of judge. She was originally supposed to be on the show but got the boot.
Let’s see if Cowell and the “X-Factor” can pick replacements that’ll really shake up TV next season.
Who do you think Cowell should pick as “X” replacements?
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