Simon Cowell Cleans House On 'X Factor'
January 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM (PT)
Reportedly upset with the less-than-expected ratings success of The X Factor, show creator and judge SIMON COWELL did more than make "tweaks" to the show -- he cleaned house, by not renewing the contracts of fellow judges PAULA ABDUL and NICOLE SCHERZINGER, as well as host STEVE JONES.
EPIC Chairman/CEO ANTONIO L.A. REID remains in place.
A source told HOLLYWOOD REPORTER that ABDUL turned out to be "irrelevant to the mix" and SCHERZINGER raised the viewers' ire in her non-decision on the fate of young singer RACHEL CROW, who subsequently lost.
COWELL apparently feels the show requires a dose of celebrity on the panel for season two.