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Simon Cowell jumps ship from ‘Idol’ to U.S. ‘X Factor’ in 2011

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 ...
January 11, 2010

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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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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