“The X Factor” U.S. is reportedly the most expensive reality show ever, but the show is not spending big money on lavish dressing rooms for the stars of the show.
“The X Factor” judge Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that the stars of the show do not have private dressing rooms and they have to share the same space backstage — on orders of “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell, who is also a judge on the “The X Factor” U.S.
She tells the Daily Star: “We won’t have private dressing rooms on the show. Simon likes to keep it all out in the open so we share the same space. I think I’ll be the messiest judge of all.”
The other judges on “The X Factor” U.S. are Paula Abdul and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who is chairman/CEO of Epic Records.
British TV personality Steve Jones is the host of “The X Factor” U.S.
“The X Factor” U.S. has a two-part premiere on Fox on September 21 and September 22, 2011.
The show’s biggest expenses come primarily from the salary paid to Cowell, who earns $75 million per season for “The X Factor” U.S., according to TV Guide. He is currently the highest-paid star on TV, now that Oprah Winfrey’s talk show has ended. Cowell’s salary is so high because, like Winfrey, he has an ownership stake in his TV shows.
The three highest-paid judges on U.S. TV talent contests are Cowell, “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez (whose current salary is a reported $20 million per season) and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler (whose salary for the show is reportedly $10 million per season). Other highest-paid judges on U.S. TV talent contests are Christina Aguilera of “The Voice” (whose salary for the show is about $2.7 million per season) and Howie Mandel of “America’s Got Talent” (whose salary for the show is about $2.2 million per season).
Scherzinger and Abdul also rank among the highest-paid judges on U.S. TV talent contests. TV Guide reports that Abdul’s salary for “The X Factor” is $2.5 million per season, while Scherzinger’s salary for “The X Factor” is $1.5 million per season.
In addition, “The X Factor” U.S. has the biggest grand prize ever for a reality show: $5 million and a record deal with Sony Music.
In other news about Scherzinger, she attended the Atom Factory VMA Dinner With Lady Gaga (presented by Ciroc Vodka) at The Beverly in Los Angeles on August 26, 2011.
Scherzinger’s second U.S. solo single, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” (released on August 16, 2011), debuted at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her debut solo album, “Killer Love,” will have its U.S. release on Interscope Records in November 2011, on a date to be announced. “Killer Love” was released in Europe in March 2011.