Can Simon Cowell’s The X Factor be the show that finally overthrows American Idol as the top-rated series on TV?
Cowell thinks so. Asked by a critic at Fox’s press tour in Beverly Hills if the U.S. version of the Brit hit can draw bigger numbers than his previous show, Cowell replied, “If I didn’t think we could — and it’s not just Idol; it’s any show — you don’t enter something for the silver medal. You do it because you want to be number one. And for the next few months, we’re going to shove everything at this to try and make it the best show on TV.”
Cowell made the remarks while appearing via satellite during an occasionally bizarre panel with his fellow Factor judges and producers. Executives announced Factor will have a special two-and-a-half-hour episode this fall — a rarity on Fox, which only programs to 10 p.m. — and said it would be a more performance-oriented show than Idol. “I wouldn’t have made the show unless I thought it would’ve been different,” Cowell said. “We see this as a game changer.” READ FULL STORY