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Simon Cowell can't do both X Factors: 'I don't want to damage acts'

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Simon Cowell has reportedly held talks over a possible return to the UK X Factor.

While the TV producer is said to have agreed that doing both UK and US versions would be possible, he is concerned that he would not have time to mentor his acts.

Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell do not stand up or applaud after Jamiroquai performance on the 'X Factor' Results and Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue give each other a look. Seen on ITV.
England - 31.10.10

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'The X Factor' USA, November 21 - The judges

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Cowell has reportedly come up with a potential plan to use his private jet to fly between both editions, in the same way Strictly Come Dancing judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman travel to appear on Dancing with the Stars in the US. However, he is not confident that it could work.

"I don't want to damage my acts," Cowell is quoted as saying in The Sun.

An insider close to Cowell said: "Bruno and Len fly back and forth each week between LA and London on Strictly - but they are just judges, they don't have to work with the contestants.

"Simon prides himself on being a good mentor and he just cannot see a way to juggle three acts in America and three acts in the UK. He would be instantly open to accusations that he is not hands-on enough - and that is the opposite of how he works."

The source added: "Simon is desperately trying to find a way to do it but he's convinced it's a no-go."

Cheryl Cole and Sharon Osbourne have been linked with a possible return to the UK X Factor, while Gary Barlow has hinted that he may depart in order to focus on Take That in 2013.

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