The British bad boy himself, Simon Cowell of “The X Factor,” is on the verge of announcing the two new judges for this season, but the entire world wants to know more about One Direction, a possible collaboration with Justin Bieber, and a movie in the works.

When asked about what he’s looking for on this season of “The X Factor,” Simon told B96/Chicago, “It’s interesting because I mentioned One Direction who were on the UK show two years ago. They didn’t win the show. They came in third. We thought at the time that this group would definitely break out around the world, and that’s what’s happened.”

Simon also revealed some pretty big news about the pop phenomenon, saying, “I think there’s going to be a One Direction movie being made this year.”

When it comes to One Direction, there’s a new rumor every day. The most recent one claims that a collaboration with Justin Bieber is in the works. What does Simon have to say about it? “I think it’s good for the music business because it’s made people get excited again. I think what you’re going to see in the next few months, you’re going to see a pop explosion.”

Simon uses social media as a way to figure out if an act is going to be a superstar. “With Twitter and Facebook, it makes it much easier because you start to see something building, and it gets bigger and bigger, and the fans become real fans.”

In the next week or so, we can look forward to getting the final decision on this season’s “X Factor” judges. Simon confirmed, “We are very very close, and I think next week, if everything goes well, we will probably announce who the two new judges are. And I’m very excited about what were going to announce!”

Still want to hear more about One Direction? They will be starring alongside Sofia Vergara on “Saturday Night Live” tomorrow.

-Danielle Clasing, B96 Chicago


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