Simon Cowell, American Idol

What is going on across the pond on The X Factor?! Simon Cowell’s UK Idol-esque hit already raised eyebrows when judge Dannii Minogue kinda sorta outed contestant Danyl Johnson, and on last week’s show, the twin act known as John & Edward performed a direct homage to Britney Spears’ “Oops!…I Did It Again” video that was…well…you’ll have to see it to believe it. If you can, keep watching at least to the 1:00 mark, when things get really, really creepy:

To quote my colleague Michael Slezak, quoting Sue Sylvester, “I was aroused…then furious!” And Simon hit it spot on the nose when he declared the performance a train wreck that he couldn’t wait to watch again. In fact, I’m almost unsure whether I’m more gobsmacked at how bizarre John & Edward seem to be or that Simon takes it all with such good humor, continuing to make clear how much more he prefers the judge’s chair when it’s in his mother country — and on a show he controls outright.

What do you make of all of this, P’Dubs? Do you prefer the laid-back Simon? And what say you on John & Edward: Creepy and clueless? Performance art? Creepy and clueless performance art?

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Simon Cowell, American Idol
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Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio judge Season 3.
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