Simon Cowell 'Scared' by 'X Factor' Teens
October 04, 2011
Sharp-tongued X Factor judge Simon Cowell has never had a problem crushing the dreams of young singers by giving brutally honest critiques and suggesting that certain performers exit the stage for life. But Cowell now reveals to The Insider that some young, cocky contestants on The X Factor are proving to be "a nightmare" and even intimidate him.
Cowell, the creator and producer of the show as well as one of its four judges, also discussed the lower than predicted ratings of The X Factor so far: "It's what I went through on Idol where we eventually hit these peaks of 35 million (viewers). You know, you're kind of like, 'Why can't I get 35 million now.'" But he added that the show is new and still finding its audience and he's confident the numbers will turn around as long as they can keep the quality up and give the fans what they want.
Fellow judge L.A. Reid spoke about which judges he thinks are divas and whether there have been any catfights between female panel members Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
Cowell said one of the most surprising things about the show has been how prepared and confident the show's youngest contestants have been. "The shocking thing was, we were told: 'You've got to be really careful with the young contestants because they are going to be so fragile.' They have been a nightmare. They are more confident, more cocky -- I'm actually scared of them."
Watch the video to hear Cowell and Reid also discuss the show's special boot camp episode -- during which contestants are judged in front of a live audience on their singing, dancing and overall performance styles. The boot camp episode will air tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on FOX.