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However, in the United States, prior to launching The X Factor, Simon Fuller sued Cowell, claiming that he should be credited as an executive producer despite having no involvement with Cowell's new show (Fuller also sued Cowell in the U. after Pop Idol was cancelled due to the success of The X Factor). S., Cowell was allowed to bring The X Factor to the United States but could not be credited with the titles "creator" or "executive producer". Cowell told the Television Critics Association that he was leaving American Idol so that he could judge and act as executive producer of the U. A second promo was shown during the course of that evening, featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Lady Gaga, the Pussycat Dolls and Madonna.
In April 2009, it was reported that Cowell was planning to try to launch a version of The X Factor in the U. after his American Idol contract ended at the close of its season nine. On January 11, 2010, News Corporation (via Fox News in the U. and The Times in the UK) reported that Cowell would leave American Idol after season nine in order to bring The X Factor to the U. This promo gave rise to speculation about who would join Cowell on the X Factor judging panel.
For both seasons, some groups were formed from soloists and other groups rejected after the audition process.
Through the live shows, the judges act as mentors to their category, helping to decide song choices, styling and staging, while judging contestants from other categories.
Spears and Reid did not return for the third season and were replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, while Lopez became sole host after Kardashian was not asked to come back.
In 2004, Pop Idol was axed, and ITV announced a new show in the United Kingdom, The X Factor which was created by Cowell. Additionally, Cowell signed a long-term contract with Sony Music, who already supported Syco Music artists in the UK, under which he was involved with the production of the U. version of the show and also worked with the artists who won recording contracts.
The series employed a panel of judges who critiqued the contestants' performances.
Each contestant was assigned to one of four categories.
America voted for the following winners: Melanie Amaro, Tate Stevens, and Alex & Sierra, respectively.
The show began airing on September 21, 2011, and aired annually from September through December until 2013.