The Idol chatter has been confirmed and American Idol judge Simon Cowell will be leaving the series to join Fox’s U.S. version of The X Factor. Cowell, who created the mega-popular talent show in the UK in 2004, will serve as judge and executive producer on the stateside The X Factor in 2011. The show will be produced by Syco Television (a music, television and film production joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment) and FremantleMedia North America.
This year’s season of American Idol will be Cowell’s last.
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