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It's down to three on The X Factor. Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene will sing for the title on tonight's final performance show.

So, who does Simon Cowell favor? It scarcely matters, he tells Us Weekly. Any one of the singers would make worthy champion.

The X Factor Final 3

"It will be the greatest final we've ever been in, in terms of talent," Cowell says. "The fact that all three of them are undiscovered before this show, amazing artists, amazing vocalists. One of these artists will be the legacy of this year.  This is $5 million dollar talent.  We are going to put on a show and it will be better next year."

While tonight should be exciting, tomorrow evening will really be the one to watch. Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Ne-Yo will all sing "superstar duets" with the show's finalists.

Which of the finalists do you think will win?

 

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It wasn't all an act, Simon Cowell told Barbara Walters on her Most Fascinating People of 2011 special last night. He truly didn't like Paula Abdul when the two first worked together.

"The truth was on the first two seasons, we couldn't' travel on the same plane together," Cowell said during his ABC interview. "We really disliked each other that much."

The X Factor Panel

But things soon changed for the better, Simon says. For the much, much, nearly naked better!

Cowell said he's "a million percent" sure that Abdul wanted him back in the day. Did he consider critiquing her performance... in bed?!?

Yes, "but then I thought... I don't think the after would be as good as the before," he said. "I'd let her stay for a few hours, but then it would have to be good night."

Did Simon make the right choice? Would YOU sleep with Paula Abdul?

 

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With Rachel Crow fans still still buzzing over Nicole Scherzinger's decision to send the most recent elimination episode to a deadlock, resulting in the ousting of this cute contestant, Simon Cowell has now taken it upon himself to anger Marcus Canty supporters.

Speaking to reporters this week, the judge scarcely even acknowledged the singer as an X Factor contender, despite his presence in the final four, saying:

"I think it's quite clear that it's down to three people now. And it's Melanie, Josh and Chris."

The X Factor Final 4

Canty, of course, has been stuck in the bottom two for three consecutive Thursdays, but he remains hopeful that he can pull an upset.

"For me to think for one second in my mind that I don't deserve to be here will be killing myself," he says. "This is my dream too. No matter what people think, I'm up here. This is my dream. And that's why I keep fighting to make it to the top."

That certainly is the right attitude. Who do you think will win The X Factor?

 

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It has produced some great acts early on in it first season run - Josh Krajcik and Jazzlyn Little, for example - but The X Factor has NOT produced the kind of ratings Simon Cowell had initially hoped for.

At one point this summer, the former American Idol judge said he thought his new show could defeat his old and earn 20 million viewers per week. The actual results have been closer to 12 million.

I'm "humbled, but still competitive," Cowell told TV Line when asked about the performance of The X Factor so far. "We’re gonna get there in the end. I do believe that."

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Never one to mince words, Simon Cowell acknowledges Lady Gaga has great star power. Vocally, though, he says she's the most boring singer imaginable.

We're not exaggerating, that's his honest analysis. The X Factor judge recently slammed Lady Gaga, calling her “the most boring singer in the world.”

“If you only heard Lady Gaga, she’s the most boring singer in the world,” he told the UK's Mirror, adding “It's the same ame with Beyoncé. Or Katy Perry.”

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Cowell said the pop star would have been booted in a heartbeat if she came across his panel. “She would have been thrown out within 10 seconds,” he said.

“Even if she had walked in with a lobster on her head, it would’ve been one of the kooky auditions.” However, he admits she's got that ... well, X Factor.

 “You have to be open-minded and embrace that level of expression,” said the 51-year-old Brit. “Really, you just hope to God you find someone like her.”

It's the truth. Fortunately - and we're confident 13 million-plus Little Monsters will agree with us on this - we can hear and watch this performer in action.

That said, check out our Lady Gaga videos and photos!

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Call him mean. Call him nasty. Call him abrasive.

But Simon Cowell has a better word for himself: real.

Simon Cowell on TV Guide Magazine

"I used to wind Ryan [Seacrest] up about this when I'd get accused of being constantly negative," Cowell tells TV Guide Magazine. "I'd say, 'Remember all the people who cried in these auditions and you'd say, 'I'm going to miss you so much. I care so much about you.' Have you ever picked up the phone and said 'Are you OK?' The answer is never. It's all for TV. The difference with me is I have no qualms saying whether I like you or dislike you. I find it more unkind when you give someone false hope."

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Simon Cowell is as honest as they come. Recent case in point: the producer is a huge fan of Pippa Middleton!

He's also about to bring The X Factor from Great Britain to The United States. In the latest issue of GQ, Cowell talks about his excitement over this new show, and how it compares to his attitude over American Idol over the last few seasons.

Simon Cowell in GQ

"I was bored," Cowell tells the magazine of his final years on Idol. "But at the same time I had a deal with Fox, and you've got to do what you've been paid to do."

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Simon Cowell says he would sign Pippa Middleton "on the spot."

Sign her to what? Who the heck knows, but she's got the X-Factor!

"I haven't heard her sing, but if she walked in and said, 'I want to be a TV star,' I would sign her on the spot," Cowell said. "She just has the X factor."

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Our sentiments exactly, Simon.

"To overshadow your sister when she's the one getting married? That was impressive," added Simon, though we don't know if the Duchess concurs.

It's true that by some measures, the 27-year-old Pippa Middleton has trumped her royal sibling Kate in terms of popularity and world intrigue.

Pippa has made such a splash, in fact, that the king of entertainment for the masses has taken notice and would love to harness her potential.

Would it be enough to translate to true stardom, though?

Would she spark such intrigue if her life was totally on display, rather than shrouded in mystery? Would people endlessly debate whether her famous derriere was padded during the Royal Wedding if she had an all-access reality show?

Who knows, but boy, she's a stunner!

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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.

Fuller says the companies failed to honor an agreement from a previous copyright lawsuit he filed against Cowell's rival reality show in the UK in 2005.

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In that legal saga, Fuller claimed Cowell, with whom he has an uneasy relationship at best, stole his idea for the series.

Fuller's publicist said that he filed a legal complaint Fox and FremantleMedia's "refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on The X Factor television program in the U.S."

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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."

JUST KIDDING!

Following a subdued intro, the preview that premiered during last night's Major League Baseball All-Star game features Simon at his snarkiest, Nicole Scherzinger at her leggiest and Paula Abdul at her... Paula Abdul-est. Get your first look at L.A. Reid and host Steve Jones above and decide: Can this compete with The Voice and American Idol?

Are you excited for The X-Factor?

 

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