Simon Cowell: Michael Bolton & Snooki Will Not Be Judges On ‘X-Factor’ [AUDIO]

March 23, 2011 6:19 am

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Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell called into “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Wednesday along with newly announced “The X-Factor” judge L.A. Reid to talk about the new FOX singing show and how it’s different from “Idol.”

“The X-Factor is supposed to mean that you have an indefinable talent,” said Simon. “So it’s not just about your voice, it’s about everything. Somebody you wouldn’t normally expect to be a superstar, can be a superstar because you’re different.”

Simon has always been a big advocate of a singer being the complete package who both sounds good and presents themselves in a unique fashion.

“Now more than ever, image actually is important. You’ve got to stand out, you’ve got to be different,” explained Simon of aspiring singers. “I think if Lady Gaga had walked in with that weird meat dress on ‘Idol’ three years ago, we would’ve kicked her out, but you’ve got to be more open minded now.”

After squashing Ryan’s rumors of Snooki and Michael Bolton being judges on the show, record executive L.A. Reid joined the interview to talk about how he was chosen to judge “The X-Factor.”

“Simon and I have been friends for many many years and we sort of worked together back when there was a BMG Music,” said L.A. “One day Simon reached out to me, and said, ‘Are your ears burning?’ And they were.”

Simon also explained the delay in making the highly anticipated announcement of who the other two judges will be.

“You’ve got contracts, you’ve got dates, you change your mind, you meet new people,” said Simon. “Maybe in the next week we can announce the final two.”

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Check out “The X-Factor” nationwide audition dates below!

LOS ANGELES L.A. Sports Arena
3939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Saturday, March 26 Sunday, March 27
MIAMI Bank United Center
1245 Dauer Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Wednesday, April 6 Thursday, April 7
NEWARK Prudential Center
165 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Wednesday, April 13 Thursday, April 14
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Tuesday, April 19 Wednesday, April 20
CHICAGO Sears Centre Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Tuesday, April 26 Wednesday, April 27
DALLAS Dallas Convention Center
650 South Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Wednesday, May 25 Thursday, May 26

Wristbands must be obtained from the venue the day prior to auditions. Click on the city name above for additional audition details, including how to obtain your wristband and eligibility requirements.

During the open auditions, The X Factor Hotline (1-855-345-5678) will be updated with relevant audition details.