“It’s like having a dinner party,” he explained. “You invite people for dinner — and sometimes it’s fun and sometimes it’s not as fun as you thought it was going to be.” Yikes.
As for the $5 million recording contract that was dangled before contestants last year, it’s also gone, and replaced with a humber (but still pretty appealing!) one. “The prize is now $1 million,” he explained. “They still get a Sony recording contract.”
Also, expect to see some changes to the show’s format to mix things up lest things have grown stagnant over the course of the last two seasons: “I felt that what we were doing was similar to what other people were doing, and I had this impatience to get on to season three to do what I wanted to do,” Cowell said.
But even if they’re downsizing on The X Factor, there’s still no shot of Cowell jumping ship to return to his once-beloved American Idol. When asked about the likelihood of that, he said, “I can’t imagine the scenario. I just can’t. No.”
That settles that.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]