Simon Cowell cancels X Factor rows

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Simon Cowell has called a halt to the 'X Factor' judge's famous in-fighting on the new show when it starts on Saturday (21.08.10) - telling his co-stars to concentrate on the contestants instead.

Simon Cowell has called a halt to the 'X Factor' judge's famous in-fighting on the new show - telling his co-stars to concentrate on the contestants instead.

The mogul, 50, has told the panel to stop feuding with each other in the new series which starts on Saturday (21.08.10) because it takes attention away from the acts.

The 'X Factor' has previously been dominated by run-ins between judges Dannii Minogue, 38 and Cheryl Cole, 27, while Simon has had a series of on-screen arguments with Louis Walsh, 58.

But now Simon has called a truce, saying: "Sometimes we've gotten into the habit - and obviously I'm partly responsible for this - of judges' personalities being talked about more than the contestants.

"The judges are there for their opinions, so for me the most important criteria for sitting on a judging panel is, do you actually know what you are talking about?"

The millionaire judge has also revealed he is looking for a truly "original" act to win this year's hit ITV1 show - and doesn't want an impressionist.

"I'm looking for ssomeone who stands out from the crowd, someone who knows who they are and what they want to be - not people copying an artist who is already out there. I want them to be telling me what music we should be making for people their age - especially the younger ones. They have to be relevant.

"All great artists are relevant. They have that steel in their eyes - it's charisma, personality, being unique, entertaining, all those things rolled into one"

The `X Factor' has already gone through a string of changes this year, with more contestants put through from Bootcamp to help Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue choose their finalists.

Because the two judges have missed a large part of the audition process for the upcoming series, bosses put 32 contestants through to the Judges' Houses stages of the competition, instead of the usual 24.

New mum Dannii has been on maternity leave while Cheryl has been recovering from malaria after picking up the deadly disease on holiday.

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