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The X Factor

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PEOPLE's TV Critic Assesses The X Factor

The X Factor

PEOPLE's TV Critic Assesses The X Factor

Originally posted 09/22/2011 03:10AM

The X Factor arrived on Fox Wednesday night like a bumblebee alighting on a pussy willow.

The bumblebee was the size of a food truck.

The much-hyped, heavily anticipated singing competition, which first began in England, was exactly what the previews indicated it would be and what Simon Cowell intended it to be: a show to out-idol American Idol, out-voice The Voice and outdo any other conceivable reality show. Cowell doesn't have to reinvent the wheel here: Just ramp things up.

The two-hour premiere, a night of auditions, looked expensive – you could have fit the home tree from Avatar on the blue-lighted Los Angeles stage – with the ultimate prize of a $5 million contract for the winner, either solo singer or group, age 12 and up.

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