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‘X Factor’ Debut: Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul Reunite

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The X Factor has certainty built major excitement after the premiere Wednesday night.

A 20-year-old mama’s boy, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mom and a 13-year-old with big pop dreams were among the discoveries for the new season of X Factor.

The show, adapted from the British hit brings Simon Cowell back together with Paula Abdul and panel judges record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid and pop stars Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger.

How is the X Factor different than American Idol…you ask?

There are several major differences between “X” and “Idol,” foremost being the $5 million recording contract that will awarded to the “X Factor” winner. Other distinctions? “X” is open to singers ages 13 and up, including groups of artists; contestants will eventually be divided into four categories (boys, girls, over-30s and groups); and early audition rounds are held in front of a live audience rather than the closed quarters of the early “Idol” rounds.

The two-part “X Factor” premiere continues Thursday night on Fox.

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