Yesterday, we asked fans to tweet questions to Simon, and he answered them live @TheXFactorUSA. If you missed that fun and informative chat, we compiled his answers below.
If Simon didn’t get to your question, you can post it on his Facebook wall.
@TeamCherylCher what kind of winner are you hoping for to kickstart the series?
Simon: We hope 2 find an artist who can compete with people in the charts. Would love to find the new Lady Gaga. No Rules.
@AlexBellizzi what are you most excited for about XFactor USA?
Simon: Finding a Star. Launching the new show. I miss judging in America!
@ajwooster Andrew J Wooster Simon, what makes X-Factor different or better than AI, so it’s not “just another” talent show. Besides you of course… LOL
Simon: Starting age is lower at 12 Yo. No upper age limit, Groups and $5Million to the winners!
@shelliow Shelley K. Would you like one of my After Eight choccies?!
Simon: Yes Please.
@Ibeawuchi Ibeawuchi: Are ‘Covers’ To A Song. Safer Than Singing An Original
@deannemarie11 Deanne: Simon, is it a bad idea to sing a song at auditions that sounds similar to the original version?
Simon: My advise is to find unique version of a well known song IE Gracen doing Lady Gaga made him stand out.
@KellyLynne1210 Kelly Miller: when is this show gonna air?
Simon: September 2011
@AliZahoor Ali Zahoor: What do you think new judge LA Reid will bring to the table?
Simon: He’s the No1 Hit maker in the world. Judges get to mentor 3 contestants each in the final. He will make a great mentor.
@TWsian Sian Lynes: Which new artist has appealed to you this new year?
Simon: Jessie J. If you haven’t heard of her check her out on YouTube.
@xogaby1697 Gabbrriieelllaaaa: what do you look for when someone auditions? Clothing and personality wise. star type?
Simon: Always like to find someone unique, Hate it when Mums and Dads choose the outfits. Be original!
@CherylColeUSA Cheryl Cole USA:The million dollar question: Will Cheryl Cole be a judge? We want Cheryl!
Simon: Cheryl is in the mix, talking to the network this week, hope to announce the 2 remaining judges very shortly.
@candacedfox45 Candace Dold: You could work w/ big stars in the Industry. Why is it important to you to dedicate your time to ordinary people trying to b stars
Simon: Love working on the show, when u find a new star for the first time, more fun finding nu talent than working w/ est stars..
@RabbleReviver Villhiem Micheál: Do you think it’s possible to find a long reigning superstar like Beyonce on #TheXFactorUSA??
Simon: Absolutely yes, thats why I’ve put up $5 Million as prize.
@PerezHilton Perez Hilton: Can I style you for an episode of @TheXFactorUSA this season? #AskSimon Ha!
@lisa_mulrooney Lisa Mulrooney: Do u prefer current chart songs for auditions or classics?
Simon: DOESN’T MATTER, AS I said before, Try and do a version we haven’t heard before.
@emilymawdsley10 EmilyMawdsley: going to actually sit and sob if Simon doesnt tweet me, i love you si<3
Simon: you can stop crying. x
@icmags icmags: How many people do you think will show up for the LA auditions? Will I have a chance?
Simon: Quite a few! Everyone will be seen. Dress to stand out! and be patient. Good luck!
@GemmaMcx3 Gemma McNamee: what will you do if the show isn’t as successful as it is in the U.K?
Simon: Book a fast flight home.. !
@Kristine_Petal Kristine Kodaleva: Why so much winning prize? 5 million dollars?
Simon: to show that i am certain we will find a star. and it makes the show more interesting. greed is good
@michellesimer: How much of your decision as a judge is weighed upon how the audience reacts to the contestant
Simon: Big difference. And it will help the contestants.
@PerezHilton Perez Hilton: How can you be both so handsome AND talented??? #AskSimon
Simon: I can recommend a good doctor, God was kind to me!
@mndydhn10 Mandy Doohan: Do you think a rapper could do well in the competition or does a contestant have to be able to sing?
Simon: 100% Yes. But with any type of music you’ve just got to be good.
@txmusicgirl76 Jemma Jacobs: What makes you think someone is a star when they walk on stage?
Simon: Like Carrie Underwood and Leona Lewis, if you’ve got it, it’s really obvious.