‘The X Factor’: Like ‘American Idol’, But With Boy Bands

Becky Bain | September 2, 2011 11:13 am

The X Factor finally reaches our shores on Wednesday September 21, and though its arrival has been endlessly hyped up as the next big thing in reality singing competitions, there’s not a whole lot the show is offering that we haven’t seen before. In fact, after watching four new promos for the show, we’re getting major flashbacks to practically every season of American Idol — and not just because Paula and Simon are back together on the judges’ panel. Jump below to see what we mean.

Look, it’s Simon Cowell getting snippy with snotty contestants!

Sob stories!

Talented kids who should probably be in school!

Okay, it’s not all the same… now there’s the possibility of four guys winning instead of one girl.

If they really wanted to make it seem like a fresh change from Idol, why not throw Simon in a baggy Cosby sweater or something? It’s a start.

Will you be watching The X Factor premiere? And do you even care that it’s barely different from Idol? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.