Well, we all knew this was coming. Paula Abdul has recently confirmed that she will be a judge on the highly anticipated singing competition, The X-Factor.
She will be joined by X-Factor creator, Simon Cowell, along with previously confirmed judges, former Def Jam president L.A. Reid and British superstar Cheryl Cole.
Paula and Simon together again makes for very interesting television. They are an intriguing pair, aren’t they? Totally within their own element and could care less what the press says about them.
During American Idol, neither had a filter when commenting about the singers. Paula was all gushy and warm and, sometimes would ramble, but then that’s who she was and is. And Simon was the reverse – rude, insensitive and blunt. Opposites attract! Mystery solved!
Let’s face it. American Idol has been struggling with chemistry between the rotating wheel of judges ever since Paula left a couple of seasons ago. Because say what you want about Simon and Paula, whatever they had together as a judging team simply worked.
Yes, sometimes, things went a little wonky, but, overall, it was a great ride. The viewers developed a love/hate relationship with the duo yet still tuned in every week for more loving and hating.
This show, however, will take them to a different level in that they will be responsible for mentoring the singers. Now, that I can’t wait to see. I want to understand what they, as judges, can offer the singers in terms of developing their performing and vocal skills.
The show debuts this Fall on Fox. Oh Vey! Between X-Factor, American Idol and NBC’s The Voice there will singing competitions 365 days of the year. But it begs to question: Will they all last? Ah, “therein lies the rub”!