In a preview of Fox’s upcoming singing competition, The X Factor“, show creator and judge Simon Cowell seems to be putting his familiar not-so-nice American Idol ways behind him.
Cowell, 51, who for nine seasons was known for his often cranky and critical feedback at the Idol judges’s table, now is all smiles as he applauds and praises X Factor hopefuls in the clip (“I love your spirit,” he tells one young girl).
“Absolute, total rubbish,” Cowell, true to his familiar Idol style, tells an aspiring contestant in a clip from the auditions.
The preview also veers from the Idol path with product placement: The X Factor judges are seen sipping from Pepsi (not Coca-Cola) cups, and the show features Chevrolet (not Ford) cars.
BY ALISON SCHWARTZ