The X Factor Premieres: What Did You Think?

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Simon Cowell is still honest and snarky. Paula Abdul is still a glitter-laden mess of positive energy. L.A. Reid is straightforward and professional. And Cheryl Cole...

... well, we won't be seeing her on The X Factor again.

Indeed, the wildly-anticipated debut of this British export debuted on American television last night, clearly aiming to come across as the more expensive, dressier version of American Idol. Case in point: forget private ballrooms in hotels or convention centers. Initial auditions took place on a stage in front of thousands.

There were bells and there were whistles, but there were also a number of talented contestants - and that's what determines the fate of any singing competition. My favorite opened the show: 13-year old Rachel Crow. Check out her impression take on "Mercy" now and then vote in our poll.

What did you think of The X Factor premiere?

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I absolutely LOVED Drew Ryniewicz! I hope she makes it Big and may God Bless her through her journey!!


Cheryl Cole was fun to watch and very beautiful. She also has experience with the UK show, so WHY Simon WHY ?
! I loved her accent too..


I loved Cheryl Cole, how could they let her go?