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X Factor Exclusive Video: L.A. Reid Says, 'This Year, It's More About the Talent Than the Judges'

la reid x factorThe X Factor‘s Season 2 premiere is only a few days away, and there’s good news for fans who felt like the show’s maiden voyage spent too much time on dewy closeups of glistening teardrops falling from Nicole Shoobeedooby’s false eyelashes.

“I don’t feel like we’re taking ourselves too seriously this year. It’s probably more about the talent on the stage than it is about the judges’ panel,” says mentor L.A. Reid, in the exclusive X Factor promo video embdedded below.

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In addition to receiving some very kind words from his fellow panelists — Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato — the video finds L.A. taking what can only be perceived as a not-so-subtle dig at The X Factor‘s reality-competition rivals. “It’s not some has-beens. It’s not some wannabes,” he boasts of his show’s panel. But is he throwing shade at The Voice, American Idol, or maybe The CW’s recently launched The Next?

Oh, who are we kidding? Nobody knows what The Next is!

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Press play below for more L.A. Reid goodness, then hit the comments and express your excitement level for The X Factor season premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8/7c on Fox). And do follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV for all my X Factor news, interviews, and recaps.