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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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31.

Michelle    

Isn't this show suppose to be about giving someone their dream? Way to take away from the contestants and put the spotlight on people that are already in front of the camera's all the time.

1009 days ago
32.

tlcmk    

Ratings must be slipping again.

1009 days ago
33.

Different Rules Apply    

Nice way to TRY and get our attention... boring!!!! Good luck with that.

1009 days ago
34.

CarolynAB    

Still not interested in watching this crap.

1009 days ago
35.

Angie    

I like the show. All but a couple contestants are really talented and a few of them are amazing. I look forward to seeing it go live with all the staging and mentoring of the acts. Having said that, Simon will do whatever it takes to generate buzz. I also like L.A. Reid, Nicole and Paula.

1009 days ago
36.

awesomewinner    

this sweet "exclusive" should have mentioned the time and channel the show is on so i can tune in to watch the drama unfold. TMZ EXCLUSIVE: SOURCES SAY BOUNTY PAPER TOWELS ARE THE MOST ABSORBENT BRAND OF PAPER TOWELS.

1009 days ago
37.

Teresa    

I don't like what I saw Tuesday night, especially from L.A Reid. He was horrible. It's one thing to criticize Simon, but he was down right ignorant as though the girl wasn't standing on stage. He made a comment about Simon keeping her. He went as far as saying..."But this" referring the the girl. We are not talking about animals here as to who's has the better offering or sacrifice. These are human beings with feelings.

1007 days ago
38.

gary    

wish us people up here in canada could vote for the contestants to as we watch all the talent shows from the states

947 days ago
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