Simon Cowell talks 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol' in GQ interview

By David Eckstein


6:57 PM EDT, August 24, 2011


Simon Cowell's new program, "The X Factor" is just weeks away from making its American debut. The show, a singing competition in which the winner will receive a $5 million recording contract, could easily be described as "American Idol" on steroids.

Cowell had hoped to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. years ago. But after "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment filed a lawsuit citing similarities in the two programs, Cowell was forced to delay his plans for five years.

The waiting period is now over and Cowell is out trumpeting the singing competition, including in the September 2011 of GQ. And in true Simon Cowell fashion, the former "Idol" judge takes a swing at his former employer while also giving his thoughts on life, death, children and growing up.

Following are a few snippets from the article. The full story is available at GQ.com.

"The X Factor" debuts September 21 at 8 p.m. ET.