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'X Factor' Picked Up for Second Season

Simon Cowell's singing competition will return next fall

November 2, 2011 2:00 PM ET
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Host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid of FOX's 'The X Factor'
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Fox has ordered a second season of The X Factor, Simon Cowell's hit talent competition. "I am absolutely thrilled with the news," Cowell said in a statement. "I have loved making the show and I want to thank Fox, our sponsors and most importantly, the fans for supporting The X Factor."

The series, which follows a similar template as Cowell's previous Fox hit American Idol, has been the Number One reality program on the air since the beginning of the fall season with an average of 13 million viewers per episode.  That average may be below that of Idol, but is nevertheless a major success for the network.

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