Simon discussed female contestants' chances on "X Factor" versus "American Idol" ("Right now I've got my money on a girl winning on the show"), the decision to include ousted judge Cheryl Cole in "The X Factor's" first episode ("I think she'll be surprised at how much we've shown; everyone thought we were going to edit her out"), L.A. Reid ("When he was running a label and I was running a label, he was the most competitive person I'd ever met in my life; that's why I wanted him on my show"), having no regrets about leaving "Idol," reuniting with his old pal Paula, and why he thinks a girl will win "The X Factor."
Paula, meanwhile, returned Simon's love, gushing, "I always like going head-to-head with Simon. I learned from the best, remember that!" And Nicole, who sof ar seems to be angling for the role of "nice judge" (or least the most teary-eyed) on the show, discussed why her background as a reality contestant on "Popstars" makes her especially empathetic.
See more of Simon and the gang when "The X Factor" premieres on Fox Wednesday, September 21.
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