As this Wednesday's "X Factor" season finale approaches, "Extra" correspondent Terri Seymour headed to Simon Cowell's Beverly Hills home for a no-holds-barred interview.
The talent mogul revealed his pick for the $5-million "X Factor" winner. "Melanie. I really feel it, yeah." Cowell also revealed Justin Bieber will make an appearance and sing a duet with two of the finalists.
Check out "Extra's" top the three most shocking moments of this year's "Most Fascinating" special with Barbara Walters, starting with "X Factor's" Simon Cowell!
Veteran interviewer Barbara Walters announced her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" Wednesday, choosing the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as her No. 1.
Jobs died in October at just 56, after an eight-year battle with cancer, and although the ABC special chose him earlier in the year after he announced his retirement, Walters and the program's execs decided to stick with their choice even after the tech visionary passed away.
Watch his tribute as the Most Fascinating Person of 2011.
Thursday's "X Factor" eliminations sent teen rap sensation Astro and 14-year-old Drew Ryniewicz packing, and "Extra's" Terri Seymour sat down with Simon Cowell to discuss what happened.
Cowell, who threw his pen across the table after judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger voted Drew off the show, said, "I've calmed down a bit. I just felt for her, Terri."
Michael Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, surprised "The X Factor" judges by attending the performance show Wednesday night, in which contestants paid tribute to the late King of Pop.
Judge Simon Cowell took to his Twitter account mid-show to say how great it was to see Jackson's kids in the audience. He wrote, "Just blown away. That was a massive surprise! I knew something was going on, but I didn't expect that."
For their performances, contestants sang two MJ songs each, including classics like "Black or White," "Dirty Diana," "Earth Song" and "Billie Jean." Later, Prince revealed that he thought it was all "a really well put together show and the performances were amazing". Watch Rachel Crow perform "Can You Feel It" by the Jacksons, after the jump!
A rumor circulated Wednesday that "The X Factor" creator Simon Cowell was considering switching up the judge panels on both the U.S. and British versions of the hit talent competition show.
According to a U.K. tabloid, Cowell was thinking of trading Scherzinger for the British "X Factor judge Rowland. The two would simply switch places, with Scherzinger going to the British version, and Rowland joining the stateside one.
An "X Factor" source told "Extra" it's not true. "It's someone's imagination," said the source, adding, "Absolutely no one has spoken at all about next year's plans on any show because we are all enjoying this show right now!"
"X Factor" fans lined up at The Grove to see their favorite judges on the high stakes reality show, and were given the opportunity to ask some of their burning questions of Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger!
Check out the clip...
Also, watch Mario Lopez challenge them to an "Extra" Rapid-Fire Quiz!
"X Factor" and "America's Got Talent" executive producer Simon Cowell chatted with "Extra's" Mario Lopez and Terri Seymour after heading to The Grove, where he addressed recent news that radio bad boy Howard Stern could join "AGT."
Cowell said, "Nothing's been confirmed yet, Mario, but there are definitely conversations taking place. But there's a lot of logistical issues, so we'll have to wait and see."