simoncowell americanidol 290 Simon Cowell's 'American Idol' contract may include 'The X Factor'Part of Simon Cowell’s deal to keep him on “American Idol” for the next two years may include bringing British show “The X Factor” to the U.S.

FOX and Simon are rumored to be negotiating a deal that would not only lock Cowell in as an “Idol” judge for two more seasons (through 2012) but would launch an American version of “The X Factor.”

It is also rumored that Cowell could earn about $50 million
a season for “Idol” and that a if “The X Factor” is successful it could earn him an
additional $50 million a cycle.

What is still up in the air is if Cowell would judge on “The X Factor.” Other candidates tossed around are ex-“American Idol” judge Paula Abdul and the two judges on the British “X Factor,’ Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.

Here’s our question: how is “The X Factor” different from “America’s Got Talent” and/or “American Idol?” Don’t those two shows about cover it?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."