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Cowell won’t judge both ‘X Factor’ shows

Britain’s ITV network has confirmed that Simon Cowell will not split his time between the United Kingdom and the new U.S. versions of “X Factor,” saying it was “completely comfortable” with that, according to the BBC.

ITV said it was “talking about ways in which he can have an on-screen presence later in the series.”

Mr. Cowell will lead the judges on the U.S. “X Factor.” Other judges for both versions of the show have yet to be announced.

The U.S show is due to start screening in September, while the U.K. show usually begins in August.

ITV said Mr. Cowell would continue to be “an enormous presence backstage” on the U.K. program and that the network would be in constant discussions with him to ensure the show “continues to evolve.”

William and Kate movie: So bad it’s good?

The most talked about movie in Britain this week is probably a made-for-TV special about Prince William and Kate Middleton that documents the early days of their romance, Associated Press reports.

The response so far to “William and Kate: The Movie” suggests the film may find a wide audience — even though it likely will not be in line for any Emmy Awards.

The Guardian newspaper’s response Friday was typical, calling the movie far worse than expectations, which were low in the first place. The newspaper said the movie was so bad it probably would be a smash.

“So bad it’s awful, toe-curlingly, teeth-furringly, pillow-bitingly ghastly,” the paper said. The movie suffers from poor acting, bad locations and bogus accents, it said.

However, those shortcomings, real or imagined, will not keep the movie, shot entirely in Los Angeles, from getting TV time in Britain and in the United States in the two weeks left before the April 29 wedding of the real William and Miss Middleton. It will air at 9 and 11 p.m. Saturdayon Lifetime.

London Evening Standard critic Richard Godwin said American critics have “panned this movie as a cheesy chick-flick” but predicted the English will end up cherishing the movie because it is so outlandish.

It stars New Zealander Nico Evers-Swindell playing a dashing version of Prince William and Camilla Luddington as a highly emotional Miss Middleton, portrayed as determined to snag a prince despite the obstacles she faces.

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