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Cowell, will.i.am team up on 'X Factor for Tech'

Cowell, will.i.am team up on 'X Factor for Tech'

Simon Cowell is reportedly working with Intel 'Director of Creative Innovation' will.i.am on a TV show dubbed 'X Factor for Tech.'

Simon Cowell has announced that he plans to launch a reality TV show in an attempt to find the next high-tech entrepreneur, with less autotune and more node.js.

Dubbed, in truly original style, "X Factor for Tech," the programme will bring together Simon Cowell and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am in a 'talent' search that aims to find the next Clive Sinclair, Chris Curry or Sophie Wilson from among the ranks of budding UK technologists.

At least, that's how the show is billed. Realistically, and given Cowell's previous commitment to the entertainment side of things, the programme is more likely to be centred around finding camera-hungry Steve Jobs types than looking for engineers like Wilson.

will.i.am, a man with possibly the most irritating-to-type name in the 'biz next to Ke$ha, is certainly no stranger to technology. Back in January last year Intel announced, in a move designed to shed the company's somewhat uncool image among 'da yoof,' that it had signed up will.i.am to become the company's Director of Creative Innovation, a job which appears to specifically mean 'stand there and look cool.'

'Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity,' will.i.am read from a pre-prepared script at the announcement. 'Teaming up with the scientists, researchers and computer programmers at Intel to collaborate and co-develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain is going to be amazing.'

Cowell, too, has dabbled in the tech industry, most recently by teaming up with Sony to release X Factor themed headphones. If you hadn't noticed, Cowell likes the X Factor brand - meaning it's more than likely that the show will launch as a sub-brand under the all-too-familiar X.

Little is known about the details of the show's format, but will.i.am has revealed a few choice snippets to tabloid the Sun. 'Singing and performance create a couple of jobs - but this will create lots,' the singer claimed. 'It's about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that's in science or mathematics.'

No launch date has yet been provided.

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sub routine 1st October 2012, 13:27 Quote
i got the
plow, plow
for that
cash cow.

So they find the next google or ipod? I tell you this has the potential to make alot of cash anyways. Pity i wont be watching it as it`ll likely be irritating drivel in between the interesting bits.
Griffter 1st October 2012, 13:27 Quote
hahahahahahahahahahhahahaha
Almightyrastus 1st October 2012, 13:44 Quote
They're just after a new version of Autotune
Nexxo 1st October 2012, 13:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
hahahahahahahahahahhahahaha

+1.
Woodspoon 1st October 2012, 14:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Griffter
hahahahahahahahahahhahahaha

+1
suragh 1st October 2012, 14:42 Quote
No, just no...
jrs77 1st October 2012, 14:54 Quote
OMG.

And the next thing we'll see is X-Factor for bakteria.
GuilleAcoustic 1st October 2012, 15:06 Quote
This just reminds me why I choosed to have NO television :D. This song by the Red Hot is perfect :

hB-WHw6uMWg
Fizzban 1st October 2012, 16:42 Quote
Burn it with fire! Do.Not.Want!
fdbh96 1st October 2012, 16:54 Quote
This actually looks quite good :) I imagine people will come up with all kinds of crazy (mostly stupid) stuff. Its a step up from X factor anyway.
Petrol head 1st October 2012, 17:04 Quote
Let's be honest, having your teeth pulled while getting red hot pokers in your eyes is a step up from X Factor. Will Simon sign everyone up on this show to? To end their career if he doesn't like them?
dolphie 2nd October 2012, 08:58 Quote
Someone please shoot Cowell.
fluxtatic 2nd October 2012, 09:07 Quote
Hmm...if it's anything like America's Next Inventor or whatever it was called, it might be entertaining, at least. As long as they don't have that sad, sad man with the doll that said "it's going to be all right" in a soothing, female voice.

Too bad Cowell and will.i.am are involved - that's two people I absolutely loathe collaborating on a show - no, thanks.
Spreadie 2nd October 2012, 09:56 Quote
Um, just don't watch it?

We know it's going to be sh!te, so the best approach is to ignore it and hope it bombs.
sofalover 2nd October 2012, 10:36 Quote
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Someone please shoot Cowell.

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Spreadie 2nd October 2012, 10:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by sofalover
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Blazza181 2nd October 2012, 19:01 Quote
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Comment has been reported to the Daily Mail, so they can complain about another department of the government.
Ending Credits 2nd October 2012, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
Hmm...if it's anything like America's Next Inventor or whatever it was called, it might be entertaining, at least. As long as they don't have that sad, sad man with the doll that said "it's going to be all right" in a soothing, female voice.

Sad, or before his time? :D
KidMod-Southpaw 2nd October 2012, 21:03 Quote
Oh boy...

And this is why I don't watch TV! Anything I do watch are shows up here, and that's just documentaries and mantique shows. The original X Factor is bad enough but this may just end up poking fun at people like us. It wees me off in the same way as girls pretending to be nerds do, can't describe it...
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