"The X Factor" U.S. is inevitably getting compared to "American Idol," but Simon Cowell (who is an executive producer/judge on "The X Factor" U.S.) says that his show is doing something that "American Idol" doesn't do: use hidden cameras to expose contestants' true personalities.
In an exclusive Q&A with ReelzChannel, Cowell was interviewed by his older half-brother Tony Cowell, who is ReelzChannel's special "X Factor" U.S. correspondent. Simon said in part two of the interview (which aired on September 29, 2011):
"We put cameras in all the makeup mirrors, and we didn't tell them [the contestants]. I've worked with contestants who, on camera, are the nicest, most beautiful people you'd ever meet. [With the] cameras off, they are absolute horrors. On this show, you see everything. Otherwise, it's not real."