Simon Cowell is a judge on The X Factor. That's pretty much all you need to know about the Fox singing competition that premiered last night and hopes to out-perfom American Idol.

With this British producer back on TV, we were treated to an event that felt much bigger than any of the early Idol auditions. Aspiring singers belted out their hearts and their souls in front of a packed auditorium right off the bat, as opposed to inside a small room, facing only a few judges.

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Have we already found the first X Factor champion?

Granted, it's a bit early to make such a claim, considering the singing competition doesn't premiere until September 21. But Fox aired an eight-minute preview of the Simon Cowell-judged series last night and gave extended time to Rachel Crow, a 13-year old with a winning personality, a sad personal tale and a terrific dance.

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One was told by an ex-boyfriend that she's never make it. Another is a 13-year old with a dream for the $5 million main prize. Another has the audacity to spar with Simon.

In the latest series of promos for The X Factor, the Fox competition introduces us to a trio of upcoming contestants. Might Stacey, Rachel or Xander be the first-ever American champion of this British import?

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At today's Television Critics Association press panel, Simon Cowell revealed key dates and spilled key details regarding the first season of The X Factor. To wit:

Why did Cheryl Cole get the boot? After two cities’ worth of audition sessions, Cowell said, “we felt that she was going to be more comfortable doing the UK show than the American one [and] I thought it would be been good for the show over there."

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We're less than two months away from the premiere of The X Factor.

On September 21, Fox will finally air this much-hyped singing competition, which reunites Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, while introducing L.A. Reid to viewers and also letting us drool over Nicole Scherzinger.

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It's Simon vs. Simon in a battle of music industry titans.

Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol, has filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting and FremantleMedia. At issue is former Idol host Simon Cowell's forthcoming U.S. version of the British hit, The X Factor.

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Simon Cowell just wants to make your dream come true.

He wants to mold every contestant on The X Factor, give them a positive critique and build their confidence so they have a long, successful career. After all, as he says in the following extended promo for his new Fox series: "It's not about me anymore."

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Might Mariah Carey join husband Nick Cannon in the reality show spotlight?

Sources say Mariah is in serious talks to join The X-Factor this fall as a mentor to contestants, with one mole telling Entertainment Weekly there's a decent chance to comes on board later in the season.

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In a matter of weeks, Cheryl Cole has gone from the X-Factor judge we were most excited to see... to someone without a job.

Earlier this month, Simon Cowell tried to explain what happened with the British pop star - who was removed from his show's judging panel after just a couple days of auditions - and now Cole herself has spoken out for the first time about the flap.

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