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Is Britney Spears Joining The X Factor? | Britney Spears, Simon Cowell

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Britney Spears: Is She Joining The X Factor?

Originally posted 02/22/2012 07:35PM

First Janet, now Britney?

Less than a week after Janet Jackson sparked speculation that she may be joining The X Factor as a judge, Britney Spears is now the subject of casting buzz.

"Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes," Simon Cowell told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, but wouldn't discuss what he thinks Spears would bring to the show as a judge. "I've learned a big lesson: keep your mouth shut. Don't give it all away."

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Is Janet Jackson Joining The X Factor?

Originally posted 02/16/2012 06:00PM

Janet Jackson most certainly has the x factor but does she have The X Factor?

The pop icon appears caught off guard by the question when Anderson Cooper asks during an interview set to air Monday on his talk show.

"Oh my God," she said, before stumbling over her words a bit and laughing. Watch the clip above.

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Simon Wanted to Keep Paula on The X Factor | Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell

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Simon Cowell Wanted to Keep Paula Abdul on The X Factor

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."

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Fired Paula Abdul Is Still Friends with Simon | Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul: I'm Not Returning to X Factor

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."

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Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger Won't Be Back on The X Factor | Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul

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UpdatePosted 01/31/2012 01:00PM

Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger Won't Be Back on The X Factor

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.

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Paula Abdul & Boyfriend Split After Year and a Half | Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul and Jeff Bratton Split

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."

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Simon Cowell: Next X Factor Will Be a Bloodbath | Simon Cowell

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Simon Cowell: Next X Factor Will Be a Bloodbath

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 Рand 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."

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The X Factor Crowns Its First Winner!

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The X Factor Crowns Its First Winner

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:

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POLL: Who Deserves to Win The X Factor?

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The X Factor: Who Deserves to Win?

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."

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Simon Cowell Says Melanie Amaro Should Win The X Factor

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The X Factor Finalists Perform Duets with Superstars

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.

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