Simon Cowell, American Idol

Football fans across the nation rejoiced as an eight-minute extended preview of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor (premiering Sept. 21 on Fox) aired right after tonight’s NFL doubleheader. It’s got everything: Blank stares from L.A. Reid, ‘O’ faces from Nicole Scherzinger, an absolutely absurd backstage hairstyle on Paula Abdul, some dude with his pants pulled down, and — get this — two females who can really sing. (One’s 13. I can’t call her a woman. I just can’t do it.) Watch it here:

YES! 42-year-old single mom Stacy! She can really wail. I got goosebumps after her rendition of Aretha Franklin when Simon capped off his series of “Loved it”s with a curt “I love you.” I’m such a loser.

“You can be 12; you can be 112,” he gushed in reference to The X Factor‘s lack of age restrictions. Really, Simon? Can you be 112? We can’t all afford magical nutrient IVs, you know.

Overall, despite the tremendous misfortune of randomly pausing my YouTube player on this…

…I’m a lot more excited about The X Factor than I was an hour ago.

What about you?

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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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