March 25th, 2011
02:50 PM ET
Once you start cheering for the American version of "The X Factor," you can thank "Glee."
According to Digital Spy, "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell says the hit Fox show about a high school show choir helped inspire him to bring his British show stateside.
"If somebody said to me five years ago that one of the biggest pop stars or groups in the world was going to be a glee club, I never would've believed it," Cowell said. "What they've done with 'Glee,' I believe, is that they've broken away all boundaries; all shapes, all sizes all mixed together, but it just works."
On "Glee," it's all about the talent, and each glee club character is an individual with different styles. The success of the show speaks volumes, Cowell said.
"It kind of goes against record company thinking... because they like to think in terms of everything's gotta be perfection," he said. "But 'Glee' changed the rules and that's part of the reason we are making this show. To prove that actually you shouldn't have rules for talent...It should be, if you're talented or if you're different, you should have a chance to succeed along with anyone else."
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