Game on! Fox debuted an extended promo for Simon Cowell's The X Factor tonight during the All-Star Game, and it begins with a not-so-subtle parody of the warm-and-fuzzy "judging" that dominated American Idol after Cowell left. As untalented auditioners are paraded past him, the newly redeemed, pink-sweatered Cowell coos, "I love you" ... until he wakes up from his bizarro nightmare, clad in a familiar deep-V-neck tee. We then get a good look at the Cole-less and proudly half-soulless judging panel doing their best slow-mo strut and, in real footage from the audition rounds, telling the aspiring performers to give it up and go home. Unlike the upbeat ad campaigns for The Voice and the most recent season of American Idol, there's barely any time spent touting that a star will be discovered; instead, The X Factor's solemn promise is that non-stars will be dramatically eviscerated. After all, despite offering a $5 million prize, The X Factor already has its superstar (and he doesn't look good in pink).
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