Simon Says NBC Pitting The Voice Vs. X Factor Is 'Dirty Tricks,' Frets Britney Will Be 'Devastated'

Simon Cowell, alleging that he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with NBC that The Voice and Fox’s The X Factor wouldn’t tread on each other’s turf, calls the Peacock’s decision to expand its singing show’s Season 3 premiere to a third night — thus pitting it against The X Factor‘s sophomore opener — is a “cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business.” READ MORE

The X Factor Shakeup: 5 Ways -- and 3 Cast Changes -- to Save the Show in Season 2

The news that X Factor host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Sherbetflavors won’t be returning for Season 2 was as brutal as it was predictable. After all, producer/judge Simon Cowell had told People after the Season 1 finale to expect a “bloodbath” in the wake of the show’s decent ratings failing to live up to its megasized hype.

And yet while I applaud Cowell for attempting to reboot a show that was on many levels a creative disaster, I’m concerned …READ MORE

The X Factor Top 3 Performance Finale Recap: It's All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

The voting portion of The X Factor‘s inaugural season ended not with a bang, but with some poorly conceived duets, repeat performances of the Top 3 contestants’ audition songs, weeping children, screaming mayors, a startling new twist in the sordid tale of Nicole Scallywag’s weave that we will never mention again, and the sad sight of an empty suit enthusiastically crossing its sleeves into an X formation — its sole remaining means of transmitting “personality.”

Even Simon Cowell struggled in the hype department, …READ MORE