Television just isn't the same without
It's a two-hour series premiere, so don't be afraid to have that cup of coffee after dinner. If you've somehow avoided the $35 million marketing plan for the show, here are the bullet-points you need to know:
•••• The judges are Simon Cowell,
•••• The first live performance show isn't until Nov. 2. Until then, there are auditions, "boot camp" and something called "Judges Homes."
•••• The host is some guy named
•••• As opposed to "Idol," "X-Factor" performances will be all-out affairs. Think
•••• The winner gets a $5 million dollar recording contract with Syco/Sony.
•••• 2,490 — that's the number of minutes the show will be from start to finish (the winner is announced Dec. 22). Get comfortable.
•••• "The X-Factor" is worth watching based on the gamble alone. Fox is all-in with Cowell's brain-child, and it will either be the thing we're all talking about at the water coolers all fall and winter or it could be one of biggest flops in television history. It will be epic in some way.