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Simon Cowell Thinks 'The X Factor' Will Beat 'American Idol'

Simon Cowell may have left the juggernaut that is 'American Idol' for 'The X Factor', but he's as confident as ever.

In fact, Cowell is confident that 'The X Factor', with its unprecedented $5 million cash prize, will top ratings when it debuts in September.

"If I didn't think we could -- and its not just 'Idol', it's any show -- we don't enter something for the silver medal," says Cowell.

"You do it because you want to be number one, and for the next few months we are going to throw everything at this to try and make it the best show on TV."

"I wouldn't have made the show unless I thought it would be different. We see this as a game changer."

But Cowell admits that there is room for more than one television singing competition.

"The idea that there was only ever going to be one singing show in America is crazy. The Voice came along, and we're going to come on during a time of year where there aren't any similar shows."

"How we work with the contestants and how that is shown on the show, it is very different to The Voice."

"There will be certain sections on the show where we have well-known people helping us like Mariah Carey (photosMariah Carey photos). I spoke to her the other day She's been enthusiastic since Day 1."

"But then she selfishly got pregnant and that's why she isn't a judge," he joked.

"We've got to design X Factor for people who have never seen these shows before. We will show the good bits, the bad bits, the ugly bits -- and there are a lot of ugly bits."

As for Paula Abdul, she told reporters: "It's nice to be back in a demented relationship. It's like home."

'The X Factor' will debut on September 21 with a two-hour premiere.

August 8, 2011 |

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