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Simon Cowell Literally Makes Big ‘X Factor’ Changes

02/01/2021 03:31 AM ET

Simon Cowell shocked everyone as he makes his big move on the ‘X Factor’ involving many changes.

One year later and it’s come down to Simon Cowell, who some believe he should be congratulated for creating the shake up at the X Factor, as the changes do mean the firing of judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

There are two people left standing from the original five.

L.A. Reid and Cowell were, without question, the reasons to watch. Both men are respected in the industry, they know how to judge talent and, more than anything, their opinions matter. If the talent show was ever going to separate itself from American Idol the judging had to be the most significant change- a statement that in essence says, “We’re going to find true and lasting musical stars, not ogle or cuddle contestants.”

This might offend some people, but Scherzinger and Abdul didn’t really add much but comfort to The X Factor. They were mostly loving mother hens — cheering on their favorites with gushing support and truly feeling bad for thwarting the dreams of those acts looking to go forward. And Scherzinger was a beautiful diversion when things got boring.

Jones may have just been a handsome diversion without the need to actually judge anyone.

Outside of Cowell’s very real friendship with Abdul — reiterated by both after the parting of ways — all three were expendable from a purely qualitative standpoint. No doubt Cowell, who hinted at these moves quite early on, already has a list of possible replacements or, more accurately, has then ready to sign at this very moment. He didn’t make this decision rashly. He wanted a better show and when he didn’t get it, replaced the parts that weren’t working.

At least that’s the working theory at this moment. He needs to make the announcements rather soon, or media outlets will sponsor guessing-game stories that ‘X Factor’ fans will fill up with impossible people, raising expectations that can’t be met.

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