Simon Cowell’s Blacklist: Songs Reportedly Banned From ‘X Factor’
The past nine “American Idol” seasons have been filled with enough versions of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” to make even rumored prospective “Idol” judge Steven Tyler blanch. But on Simon Cowell’s U.K. talent show “The X Factor,” which starts airing in Britain on August 21, there are a few other oversung songs that contestants will be reportedly forbidden to perform.
British paper News Of The World reports that Simon is concerned that viewers will be bored if the songs remain the same on “The X Factor,” so he has advised contestants not to perform typical reality standards. A source told the paper: “This is about people’s real honesty and personality. It’s about them and their stage presence.”
The list of Simon’s banned songs includes:
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
Paolo Nutini – “Last Request”
Paolo Nutini – “New Shoes”
Eva Cassidy – “Songbird”
Snow Patrol – “Chasing Cars”
So, will these songs be banned from “The X Factor U.S.” when it premieres in fall 2011?