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Simon Cowell to join Israeli X-Factor show

Appearance on Israeli show will mark first time TV personality joins his creation outside UK or US

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Reality music show mogul Simon Cowell will join the Israeli version of 'X-Factor' as a judge in the new season (Courtesy 'X-Factor Israel')
Reality music show mogul Simon Cowell will join the Israeli version of 'X-Factor' as a judge in the new season (Courtesy 'X-Factor Israel')

The king of the reality music show concept, Simon Cowell, will star as a judge on the Israeli version of “X-Factor.”

Cowell will feature in the fourth season of Israel’s “X-Factor,” produced by Reshet 13. The network said work on the new season, with Cowell, would be getting under way “in the next few days.”

It will be the first time that Cowell will judge on the show he created, outside of the UK and the US.

“Over the years The X-Factor format discovered amazing talents from all over the world, I can’t wait to see what Israel has to offer,” said Cowell.

The role is a bit of a comeback for Cowell, reported Deadline.com, given that the music impresario underwent extensive back surgery following an electric bike accident earlier in 2020.

According to Deadline, Cowell was looking for new opportunities, given that “X-Factor” UK ran its course after 16 years and ran for three seasons in the US, with Cowell as a judge.

Past judges on “X-Factor Israel” have included rapper Subliminal, pop star Ivri Lider, vocalist Shiri Maimon, singer Moshe Peretz and supermodel Bar Rafaeli as host.

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