‘Zero Rules’: Simon Cowell Says ‘The X Factor’ Won’t Have Age Restrictions

Oct 19, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Simon Cowell tells Deadline.com in an interview that his new talent-competition program, "The X Factor," will have "zero rules." 

"Because I can’t bear rules. For instance, I’ve never liked the idea you have to be a certain age to be a pop star. I like the idea that anybody can enter, anybody can compete," Cowell explains. He adds that his new show will also allow groups to compete. "It should be a 14-year-old competing against a 50-year-old competing against the next ‘N Sync. That to me is an interesting show because it’s got a variety of contestants," Cowell notes.

Cowell says that he hasn’t yet booked the judges for the show, despite reports that the program has booked Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and British pop star Cheryl Cole. "The only person that’s been booked is me. We’re trying to keep it as open as possible," he says.

As for the cost of producing the show, Cowell notes, "Fox gave me its assurance that’s it’s backing the show all the way." He adds that the U.S. version will be three times the size of the U.K. version of the show, which costs about $2.4 million to produce each week.


  1. hi,
    what is your opinion for Wayne Rooney
    Will he really leave Old Trafford?
    because there is now speculation that the 24 year-old could be on the move. It really wouldn’t surprise me if he did move on after all that’s gone on. However it would need to be abroad if he was to avoid the British media.

  2. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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