Simon Cowell: 'X-Factor US' is 'a blank sheet of paper'

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Former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has been busy as ever since departing the gig that made him a household name. And as the current season of "X-Factor" heats up in the UK, the mogul is opening up about what to expect from the US version -- in short: anything.

"With the American show, just think blank sheet of paper," Cowell tells Deadline."Don't make any promises, don't make any predictions. Go in with a blank sheet of paper right now. I can feel a change in the air. While everybody's going left, we're going to be going right."

Oh, vague! "I'm not going to tell people in advance what we're doing," Cowell continues. "What I will say is that it will be like nothing else you've seen before on American TV, I guarantee you that. There are a lot of surprises in store."

The biggest surprise being the lack of rules. Age restrictions are out the window, as are rules requiring people to compete as individuals.

Cowell and FOX are currently constructing a 2,500-seat studio for the series, which will run September through December 2011, but insists that's all we can bank on seeing right now. Rumors of possible judges and hosts, including Nicole Scherzinger, are just that. "Genuinely, nobody has been booked for the show," says Cowell. "The only person that's been booked is me."

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