After months of hype, The X-Factor finally had it's debut on Wednesday night. It started off on a touching note, with 13 year-old Rachel Crow as the first to audition. Simon Cowell asked her what she'd do with the $5 million prize.
"My family has like no money," she told the judges. "We live in a two-bedroom house, and I have six people in my family." She then added: "I'm a girl. I need my own bathroom."
I feel the poor girl, but I do find it funny that of all the things she could do and buy with several million dollars, her first thought is: "bathroom."
After blowing everyone away with Mercy, it was pretty unanimous. Paula Abdul responded:
"What you just did is exactly what we need people to do on this stage."
Simon added: "Get ready for a new bathroom. It's four yeses."
When Cowell was in the process of finalizing judges, English pop star Cheryl Cole was initially recruited for the show. For various reasons, including one that claimed we couldn't understand her accent, Simon fired her and replaced her with Nicole Sherzinger.
Oddly enough, Cole appeared in the first half of the show. The New York Times reviewed her role:
"In the premiere [Cole] just kind of disappears mid show, without much explanation, and suddenly Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls is in her chair. It's a downgrade. Ms Cole showed glimmers of being interesting; in two seasons as a judge on The Sing-Off on NBC, Ms Scherzinger was a pretty face but, judicially speaking, not much more than a seat warmer."
Ouch. The Chicago Tribune agreed, saying that Sherzinger was not "an obvious improvement" and the Los Angeles Times praised Cole's "fabulous Geordie accent."
Okay, so obviously we’re just fascinated by this chick's accent. But she's gone, people. Her accent might be fabulous, but come on. Watch a Colin Firth movie and move on.
Simon Cowell had a pretty strong open, but he's not going to be satisfied until he beats out American Idol. Cowell told TMZ:
"You don't compete for the silver or the bronze, you may not get the gold, but you die trying. It's definitely going to be better than the other shows."
We need a talent competition show for talent competition shows.
When Simon left the Idol panel, they replaced he and Paula with Jenifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and Cowell isn't impressed with the replacement choice.
"It's not my cup of tea."