“The X Factor” may not have the wow factor just yet in terms of ratings, but the show sure knows how to sustain its buzz factor.
Rumors of a rift between judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid have swirled since the Fox singing competition began and they just got even more cutthroat.
Sources connected to the show tell TMZ that the two have been “ruthless” with each other, both on and off camera. Reid has reportedly been heard saying he will resort to “mind games” and “dirty tricks” to take down Simon’s camp of crooners. (Reid is mentoring the team of boys, while Cowell is in charge of the girls’ team.)
“Even if I have to give really bad advice to the other contestants when their mentors are not around … I will!” Reid is quoted as saying,.
As we know Simon suffers no fools, the report claims he’s on to Reid’s strategy and called him out on it after rehearsals.
It’s hard to tell if the smack talk is a playful rivalry, an ego-fueled feud or a staged sabotage, but since are both alpha males and both are heavyweights in the industry, the behind-the-scenes competition could be just as fierce as the competition on stage.
Either way, it’s probably good for what they are really after…ratings!
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