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Simon Cowell

Targeted in "X Factor"

Sabotage Plot

10/24/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid There is a war brewing behind the scenes at "X Factor" ... with two judges vowing to destroy each other ... and TMZ has learned it's the contestants who could feel the repercussions.

Sources connected to the show tell us ... ever since judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were assigned to mentor competing groups of contestants on the show (Reid with the boys, Cowell the girls) ... the two have been ruthless with each other ... even after the cameras turned off. 

Our spies overheard Reid telling people he plans to play "mind games" and "dirty tricks" with the members of Cowell's team ... explaining, "Even if I have to give really bad advice to the other contestants when their mentors are not around ... I will!"

We're told Cowell seemed to be wise to the scheme ... and even called Reid out on it after a rehearsal ... but sources say L.A. is adamant he'll do "whatever it takes" to win and doesn't plan on letting up anytime soon.

Dirty.

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1.

Anthony03    

Oh... this show's still on?

1034 days ago
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hehe    

pathetic fake drama. pretty desperate, simon. is tmz really that gullible?

1034 days ago
3.

Thank You Conrad Murray    

Yeah I didn't even know that show was still on the air.

1034 days ago
4.

Jim in Cali    

and we care because........

1034 days ago
5.

BB in CA    

It is a new show. Of course it's on the air. It's a hell of a lot more interesting than AI.

1034 days ago
6.

Birdsht    

Simon paying you to make this seem remotely important? I watch the show along with the UK and AU versions and ours is absolute garbage. Scherzinger and Paula are just flat boring and make for sht tv. This ship is sinking regardless.

1034 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

I was going to say the same thing as the 2nd commentor, fake drama for a failing show. Besides, there is ALWAYS fake drama in every show Simon is involved with and it's pretty predictable. YAWN

1034 days ago
8.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

From X factor to spade factor.

1034 days ago
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Brent M    

This is the dumbest piece of news ever. Absolutely useless and incredibly unnecessary. Anyone that is even remotely enticed by this ridiculous use of trash needs to give their fat and ugly head a shake.

Regards,

Ur Stupid

1034 days ago
10.

Max    

This reads like a paid commercial. It must be a slow weekend. Either that or someone is trying to score a little pocket money courtesy of Simon Cowell. Disappointing. It's not TMZ-worthy.

1034 days ago
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maya     

TMZ seems to be paid this time, these shows are made up drama and they dont use the public voting to choose winners.

1034 days ago
12.

rui    

REID ROCKS. He and Babyface wrote and produced great songs for Pebbles Whitney Houston Shenna Easton Bobby Brown Karyn White Boyz to men, After seven, Madonna, tlc, Toni Braxton etc,

1034 days ago
13.

OldSchl    

Another reason why the American music scene is so awful. The Europeans are so much more talented with the likes of Roisin Murphy, Anouk, Symphonic Rock like Epica, Nightwish, and Epica, where women have talent and keep their clothes on.

1034 days ago
14.

Truth    

MY BET IS ON LA REID. WHY?? DUDE BASICALLY BANKRUPTED EACH LABEL HE'S EVER BEEN IN CHARGE OF... RECALL HE WAS DISMISSED DUE TO "ACCOUNTING ISSUES" (IE. FRAUD) BACK 20YRS AGO WITH ARISTA/SONY AND WAS BASICALLY GONNA BE HANDED HIS AZZ AT DEF JAM BEFORE HE SUDDENLY DECIDED TO ACCEPT THE XFACTOR POST. WHY DO IDIOT LABEL CEO'S KEEP GIVING THIS DOUCHE BAG JOBS IS THE REAL QUESTION. NOW THIS GUY IS GONNA HEAD EPIC, A DIVISION OF RCA/SONY?? WATCH... HE WILL BANKRUPT XFACTOR SOON ENUFF. YOU CAN TELL BY HIS XFACTOR TEAM CHOICES HE HAS NO TALENT CHOOSING SO-CALLED "TALENT". TRUTH!!

1034 days ago
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Dina The Enabler    

And if you believe this - then I have the World's best actress for a daughter! She's clean, sober and ever so talented. Won't you PLEASE hire her! She'll work for scale!
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Dina the Enabler.

1034 days ago
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