September 12th, 2011
04:12 PM ET
It's 9 days and counting until "The X Factor" bows on this side of the Atlantic, and Fox has released an eight minute long promo so you don't forget that.
Over the swell of dramatic music, creator and judge Simon Cowell tells us that he "walked away from the No. 1 show in America to start a new show," and that the whole competition "is a gamble." (You don't say.)
Judge Nicole Scherzinger (aka she who replaced Cheryl Cole) interjects to add that she "actually started on a show like this over a decade ago. I went through the entire audition process...I live it and I still live it." The rest of the judges panel is unveiled in much the same way:
Antonio "L.A." Reid pipes in to say that he was the chairman of Island Def Jam but opted to "walk away" and "take a shot at discovering the next generation of stars" when running the company and doing the show became too difficult.
Paula Abdul, meanwhile, is "excited," "can't wait to get started" and is looking forward to sitting next to her "partner in crime" Cowell.
After the introductions are done, host Steve Jones ushers in the next segment, which spotlights the audition process and a particularly feisty exchange between Cowell and a contestant named Xander. Mind you, we're only three minutes in at this point.
We then get to meet an adorable 13-year-old named Rachel who reveals that her family "has, like, no money" - and makes a light moment out of the reality that her six person family lives in a two bedroom home - before launching into Duffy's "Mercy."
The judges are kind, telling the 8th grader that she blew them away and that she had the trifecta of being "spicy, sassy and souful," with Cowell saying he thinks that we're "going to be hearing a lot" from her. Cue the clip of an excited Rachel catching up with her mom.
The next auditioner is one who's been told that she was too old and not talented enough to pursue her dreams, and she proceeds to take the stage and, judging from the clip, kill it. The formerly acerbic Cowell had nothing but kind words for this singer as well, telling her it was one of the best auditions he'd heard in his life.
So what do you think? Does this make you more excited to watch the show? "The X Factor's" two night premiere begins on September 21 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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