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'The X-Factor': What you need to know before the premiere
'The X-Factor': What you need to know before the premiere

Television just isn't the same without Simon Cowell. Whether you love or loathe him, there's little denying his impact on reality TV competitions and pop-culture in general. Cowell returns to the tube Wednesday night, when his beloved project (and outside-of-America phenomenon) "The X-Factor" comes to Fox at 8 p.m. It's a two-hour series premiere, so don't be afraid to have that cup of coffee after dinner. If you've somehow avoided the $35 million marketing plan for the show, here are the bullet-points you need to know: •••• The judges are Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, ex-"Idol" judge Paula Abdul and...

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