Simon Cowell’s optimism drives The X Factor! (2011 Audio Interview)


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By Eric Deggans

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Here’s how you measure power in Hollywood.

When a rival network decides to rip off your signature show, they call to tell you first.

That’s what onetime American Idol star Simon Cowell said happened as NBC developed its singing competition The Voice – which happens to bear a passing resemblance to the show he’s developing for Fox, The X Factor.

You can LISTEN to this interview with SIMON COWELL, judge of Fox’s THE X FACTOR and AMERICAN IDOL, by clicking the audio player above!

Since Cowell also owns and executive produces NBC’s biggest summer hit, America’s Got Talent, guess who got a courtesy call to avoid any toe-stepping problems?

“I said, ‘Do whatever you want, but if you deliberately try to steal what is already there with the intention of ruining my show, then we don’t have a relationship anymore,’” Cowell said. “I spoke to Paul (Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios) about it…He’s under massive pressure from his bosses with the success of The X Factor in the U.K. and Idol in America. He had to do something.”

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SIMON COWELL audio excerpt: “If I’m playing Monopoly and I’m losing, I throw the board up. I hate losing. I really do.” 

You can LISTEN to this interview with SIMON COWELL, creator of THE X FACTOR, by clicking the audio player above!

Possibly the most critical guy at the St. Petersburg Times, Eric Deggans has served as music, media and TV critic at various times over 10 years. Read more of his work at!

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