Simon Cowell creating The X Factor, a talent show for the young and old.

Simon Cowell creating The X Factor, a talent show for the young and old.
The age limit that keeps Pop Idol and American Idol contestants fresher than a Pop Tart in its foil bag. Simon Cowell is creating The X Factor for ITV, a show that will “appeal to somebody over the age of 35 who keeps saying to me there aren’t any artists I like in the competition,” Simon Cowell said. He’ll be one of three judges who “will divide finalists into three groups, with each judge in charge of preparing one group for the final.” The groups will include old people, young people, and people on substances–er, bands. Cowell says, “We’re trying to create a different competition.” The show is part of his two-year, £1.25 million deal with ITV.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.