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Originally posted 02/08/2012 08:15AM
Simon Cowell blames himself for the big shakeup at The X Factor, saying he set unreasonable expectations for the show, and was forced to let Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger go when it underperformed.
"I would've liked to have kept [Paula]," Cowell, 52, tells Extra. "She was very gracious, and I said that to her. She understands it's business; it's never personal."
Of Scherzinger, he added: "I don't think she's mad. I think she's disappointed."
Originally posted 01/31/2012 02:50PM
The headline-making shake-up at The X Factor has stripped the show down to its very foundation, with Paula Abdul confirming on Tuesday that she is leaving the Fox talent show.
"Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to The X Factor next season," Abdul, 49, said in a statement released by her rep.
"She was fired, but everything is amicable," a source tells PEOPLE. "They had fun last season, but the show's evolved."
Originally posted 01/31/2012 09:45AM
What's even more dramatic than frontrunner Rachel Crow collapsing into sobs after a shocking elimination from The X Factor?
The shakeup that's shaping up for season 2 of the Fox singing competition.
On the heels of the news that Steve Jones was leaving the show as host, judge Nicole Scherzinger is out as well, according to EW.com. And Paula Abdul was also let go from the show, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Abdul had a tough time mentoring the groups, becoming the first judge without contestants on season 1. And Scherzinger faced serious backlash after Crow's elimination.
Originally posted 01/07/2012 11:30AM
Paula Abdul is a single lady.
After a year and half, The X Factor judge and her boyfriend, record label owner Jeff Bratton, have called off their romance.
"Paula and I split in November," Bratton tells PEOPLE. "It was an amicable thing. But between the final months of X Factor and my responsibilities with [my label] Cascine, there was little time for us."
Originally posted 12/27/2011 11:00AM
With Melanie Amaro just crowned this season's winner, auditions are already underway for next season's The X Factor – and contestants and viewers should prepare themselves for a few possible changes.
"Can we make the show better? Yes. I will never ever go into anything going forward unless I can believe I can make it better," Simon Cowell, the show's producer and judge, told PEOPLE Thursday after Amaro had won the $5 million recording contract. "Next year will be a bloodbath. We have to come out with something better than the rest, and that's what we aim to do."
Originally posted 12/22/2011 10:15PM
It's been a drama-filled first season of The X Factor, but in the end it came down to three: Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene squared off in Wednesday's final round of competition for the grand prize – a $5 million recording contract.
Simon Cowell said the trio represented the most talented group of finalists of any singing competition he's done. But after Wednesday's performances, the head judge stood firmly behind his mentee, early frontrunner Amaro, saying the 19-year-old deserved to win following her duet with R. Kelly on "I Believe I Can Fly" and rendition of Beyoncé's "Listen."
Keep reading to find out the winner:
Originally posted 12/22/2011 02:00PM
There can be only one. So, who should it be?
Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene and each made their case on Wednesday night to take the crown as the season 1 winner of The X Factor, and the $5 million recording contract that goes with it.
The judges had their say. Simon Cowell flat-out claimed Amaro should win. And L.A. Reid agreed that her rendition of "Listen" by Beyoncé was "a $50 million performance."
Originally posted 12/22/2011 08:30AM
The top three singers – out of 100,000 who auditioned – performed for the final night of competition on Wednesday in Los Angeles, as season 1 of The X Factor nears its end.
Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro performed first with a superstar duet partner, followed by their "$5 million song" on a night head judge Simon Cowell promised would be "the greatest final we've ever been in, in terms of talent."
The winner, who gets a $5 million recording contract and will star in a Pepsi commercial to air during the Super Bowl, will be announced Thursday night (8 p.m. ET) on Fox in a star-studded holiday show with performances by Ne-Yo, British The X Factor winner Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber and Pitbull.
Originally posted 12/21/2011 02:00PM
It's down to the final three after a dramatic first season of The X Factor – and with $5 million at stake, audiences should expect to see the gloves come off ... musically speaking, of course.
"One of these artists is going to be the legacy of this year," Simon Cowell, show creator, judge and mentor to Melanie Amaro, 19, said at a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday. "I believe they all have a shot. This is $5 million dollar talent here."
Not bad for a group that includes recently rehabbed trash collector Chris Rene, 28, dad and burrito maker Josh Krajcik, 30, and Amaro, who is a piano teacher and college freshman.
"They are all big on talent and charisma," said judge L.A. Reid. "Each one has a distinct competitive advantage."
Originally posted 12/16/2011 08:35AM
And then there were three.
At the end of Thursday's episode of The X Factor, Marcus Canty was eliminated from the singing competition, following Wednesday's semi-finals.
Canty, 20, had frequently found himself in the bottom two in recent weeks and admitted feeling slightly relieved that he wouldn't be competing in the final weeks.
"I feel so good," he told PEOPLE after the elimination. "The pressure is off of me. I don't have to worry about singing no more 'save me' songs. I don't have to worry about America shooting me down about something that I did. I ain't got to worry about Simon [Cowell] throwing me the heat. I can just relax."
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