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Viewers finally got their first peek at Simon Cowell’s singing competition The X Factor, which debuts in September in Fox.
The clip debuted Tuesday night during Fox’s broadcast of the MLB All-Star game.
In the promo, Cowell makes an effort to say he’s changed from his days as an American Idol judge, freely handing out compliments and even wearing a pink sweater during auditions (instead of his usual black). He also is seen giving a standing ovation to a young girl who has just sung “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.
“Let’s face it a years a long time, and we all change our attitudes,” Cowell says in voice-over. “This is a different decade. It’s not about me anymore; it’s about them.”
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He even claims his new attitude is about “helping others make a better tomorrow.”
But then — fortunately for those who love the Brit’s acerbic wit — he “wakes up” from what was all just a dream.
“What a nightmare,” he says as the promo kicks in to Guns ‘N Roses’ cover of “Live and Let Die” and the judges are shown mostly dissing a range of contestants.
Cowell and fellow judge Paula Abdul also are seen getting into a tiff where she spills his drink on him.
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The judges’ panel also features Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Nicole Scherzinger, who replaced Cheryl Cole early on in the audition process.
Steve Jones chosts.
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