October 19th, 2010
05:20 PM ET
You can expect the unexpected when Simon Cowell brings his UK talent competition "The X Factor" to the U.S. next year.
"I’m not going to tell people in advance what we’re doing," he teased to Deadline.com. "What I will say is that it will be like nothing else you’ve seen before on American TV, I guarantee you that."
What's more, the former "American Idol" judge says the show will have zero rules.
"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," Cowell explained. "I like the idea that anybody can enter, anybody can compete. And obviously the fact that groups can compete as well as individuals...[T]here’s a lot of talent in America and there’s a lot of people over the age of 30 who want to get to these shows as well. It should be a 14-year-old competing against a 50-year-old competing against the next ‘N Sync."
"American Idol" will continue to run on Fox from January to May, with "The X Factor" airing from September to December. And while "Idol" has a judges panel that includes Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, Cowell says his colleagues haven't yet been cast.
"The only person that’s been booked is me," he says. "We’re trying to keep it as open as possible. People approach me to be on it all the time. It’s not about booking well-known people, it’s putting together a panel that hopefully Americans will relate to and like. There will be some surprises, genuinely some surprises."
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.