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Simon Cowell and Fox to launch `X Factor' in 2011

January 11, 2010 |  5:00 am

20091005_simon-white-jpg_ai-01-simon-010__djrV1After years of doing the judging, it's time for Simon Cowell to be judged.

Fox is getting ready to announce that a U.S. version of Cowell's hit British talent show "The X Factor" will premiere in fall 2011. As in the U.K., Cowell will both produce and serve as a judge.

News could be made official as early as this week, people familiar with the situation said.

As a result, the acid-tongued star judge of American Idol" is unlikely to stay on Fox's long-running juggernaut full time beyond the ninth season, which premieres Tuesday.

Cowell’s departure from “American Idol” won’t mean it's curtains for the powerhouse. Fox and producers 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia are committed to several more seasons of the show.

How will Cowell's exit impact "Idol"? What is "The X Factor" and how is it different?

Read the full story here.

-- Denise Martin and Joe Flint

Photo credit: Fox