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Controversial Cowell's presence still echoes at 'Idol'

Simon Cowell has gone from American Idol judge to a potential headache for the show. A furor over whether Cowell's British talent show The X Factor electronically altered contestant voices has prompted Idol to make a pre-emptive strike. "We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning during the American Idol competition," producers of the Fox show said in a statement. Idol fans can attest that contestants have been regularly scolded for "pitchiness." Cowell left the top-rated series at the end of last season and is bringing The X Factor, which he created in Britain and is hugely popular there, to the Fox network in 2011. The show's producers have acknowledged that postproduction has been used to correct for the interplay of the various microphones used during filming. Look for Idol to return to TV in January.

Controversial Cowell's presence still echoes at 'Idol' 08/29/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 29, 2010 11:07pm]

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