‘The X Factor’ USA: Simon Cowell lowers prize, touts Fifth Harmony success at TCA

There are changes in the prize -While Simon Cowell was not exactly talking at TCA when it came to the recent news that he was expecting a child was his friend’s wife Lauren Silverman (saying that he wants to respect the privacy and “feelings” of everyone involved for the time), he was a little bit more open when it comes to one other subject of conversation: The show that actually is earning him a paycheck in America right now in the American version of “The X Factor.”

One of the biggest headlines of his entire panel (which included in part his fellow judge Demi Lovato) was hearing the news that the show no longer had the massive / ridiculous “$5 million recording contract” at its disposal. Instead, the plan now is for the winner of the show to receive money, but something that was not so great of a financial investment:

“We got to a point where it was almost too much. We want artists to be artists. The prize is now $1 million, and they still get a Sony recording contract.”

Now, we do have to believe that had Melanie Amaro or Tate Stevens turned out to be something more of a major success, we would be seeing them keeping that prize money going. However, neither has made an impact when it comes to record sales, and that is enough to make us believe that there is a certain amount of protection in here for the show, as well.

Simon also touted the chart success of Fifth Harmony when explaining why it was important for a show to find stars, and disagreed with Adam Levine of “The Voice,” who said that this is not necessarily the obligation of the show:

“No show can survive without that. You’re making a promise to the contestants that you’re going to turn them into a real-life artist. Otherwise it’s a game show. This is the most serious thing that i do.”

What do you think about some of these comments, and are you excited to see what season 3 brings? If you want to read some more news about Cowell’s current baby situation, just be sure to head on over to the link here.

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