Meet two 'X Factor' contestants in 8 minute promo
September 12th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

Meet two 'X Factor' contestants in 8 minute promo

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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  1. Trazey

    LOL @ peeps thinking it's going to flop. Um... no.. It won't. If stupid "america's got talent" can survive, so can this. Everyone loves to hate Simon, but how can you do that without tuning in.... It'll be a smash, guaranteed. And a $5 mill payout? That sounds pretty substantial, more so than a sad song on American Idol

    September 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steven Harper

    I won't watch. It will be fun to watch Simon Cowell flop

    September 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. erich2112x


    September 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dukembe Motumbo

    there is not enough talent out there for all these talent shows to draw from. that's why they all suck. just more cr@p on my tv. d@mn!

    September 13, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    I hope that this show is based on the judges voting throughout the competerision and not allow the public to vote like American Idol. Voting based on popularity opposed to raw talent would ruin the show.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lavell

    X-Factor & American Idol are both on Fox, so they won't be going head up for ratings! As a matter of fact, I think X-Factor will start the 1st half of the season (Sept-Dec) & AI will close it like usual (Jan-May)! I for one am excited about X-Factor & am ready to give it a chance!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Beka

    Just give xfactor a chance to show what they got, and then make ur opinions. Watch out Am Idols.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frances Nance

    I will watch the American Idol, anytime over her. She is discussing.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sokman

    How is it different from American Idol? They let little kids and older people in? Is that it?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. joey washington

    The show is gimmick for tv ratings! Its repeating the same stunts of the 0ther shows, the judges is gonna judge the same way as the 0ther show!! so stop saying you gonna discover TALENT!! OH AND NICOLE CUTE BUT AVERAGE SINGER WITH A SHORT CAREER, HOW SHE GONNA JUDGE, OH THATS RIGHT BEAUTY...THAT SINGS OUT L0UD!! N0 FACTOR!!

    September 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leon

    X FACTOR isn't gonna be a flop America is gonna love this show and it's gonna do great! I honestly think X Factor and Idol may be the only 2 singing shows eventually

    September 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kt

    I hope the show will be great. Also 4 Charlie, who havent u boned!

    September 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. who gives a rats behind

    Why would any one care abov this stupid waste of time? Its crap! What a bnnch of L000000SSEERSS!

    September 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charlie Sheen

    I boned Nicole


    September 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sick of it all

    just what we need. another show to give the huddled masses the illusion there's a chance in he11 they can be famous. Simon Cowell is Satan's little brother!

    September 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Comic


    September 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jillmarie

    I'm unable to watch the clip, but I'm looking forward to this show. I love paula and Simon together, should be fun!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LoJenkins

    September 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |

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