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Simon Cowell Wants to Beat 'American Idol'

By BANG Showbiz on September 22, 2011

Simon Cowell, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011LOS ANGELES – Simon Cowell wants the US 'X Factor' to be more successful 'American Idol'.

The music mogul - who quit as a judge on 'American Idol' to kick start the new version of the pop star search show - will "die trying" to be the most watched program, and he is confident 'The X Factor' will become the best series of its kind.

He told "You don't compete for the silver or the bronze, you may not get the gold, but you die trying. It's definitely going to be better than the other shows."

Simon's departure from 'American Idol' led to a revamp of the judges with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson on the panel, and he claims he isn't impressed by them.

He added: "It's not my cup of tea."

Nicole Scherzinger was initially named as a host of the US show alongside Steve Jones, but replaced British pop star Cheryl Cole on the panel after just four auditions, something she recently admitted she cried about.

She said: "It's an honor. I'm not going to lie, I cried when Simon told me."